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News! - HD Mesh Scenery v4 Released

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News! - HD Mesh Scenery v4 Released

 

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Alpilotx has released the next level of mesh scenery for X-Plane in v4. This scenery covers...

 

  • The triangle mesh resolution is far higher than in the default mesh and even a bit above the level of the previous HD Mesh Scenery v3::
    • this give – obviously – better DEM (elevation data) representation (slopes, mountains etc.)
    • BUT this also vastly(!) improves the landclass data representation (which in X-Plane is very closely coupled with the triangle size in the mesh). This is most obvious with forest detail.
  • The vector data simplification is less aggressive than in the default mesh (where Laminar needed to do that to limit the overall size of the global scenery). Thus road / railroad bendings are more accurate and the same is true for rivers, shorelines (but where the OSM raw data is bad, this can’t help much either)
  • HD Mesh Scenery v4 also has the new “high buildings” feature included, which I introduced with Laminar in XP11. This puts all (well, with some filtering of not reasonable stuff from OSM)  buildings > 20m “height” or > 5 “building:levels” as some “high building” object (with a more or less correct height – as defined in OSM) in the scenery (“building:levels” are simply multiplied by 4m to get an approximate height). This usually gives most cities a much better look  (New York is a great example, where in OSM almost all buildings already have a height defined). This same approach also “imports” antennas / masts from OSM (as antenna obstacles)
  • OSM data is updated (its “date stamp” is 1st October 2017) . Which makes it newer than current XP11 default mesh data and of course much, much newer than the data in HD Mesh Scenery v3.
  • Most of the Landclass data has seen an update (which already happened with my work for the XP11 default scenery … but HD Mesh Scenery v4 can represent the high res landclass data much better)

 

And areas covered by the mesh tiles are:

 

  • Europe (from the Canaries and Iceland in the west up to Moscow an and most parts of Israel in the East)
  • North America (USA, Alaska, Canada)
  • South / Central America
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Hawaii and most of the tiny Pacific Islands
  • Australia
  • Himalaya

(Coverage to the north ends at 73 N !)

 

This mesh is X-Plane11 only, as it uses the X-Plane11 features to generate objects on the mesh. Note some mesh downloads are large Gb sizes to download bujt well worth the the download time.

 

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More Alpilotx screenshots are here:

 

 

And the Official Site with all other (continuously updated) information, download links and important instructions can be found on the official HD Mesh Scenery v4 Site:

 

http://www.alpilotx.net/downloads/x-plane-11-hd-mesh-scenery-v4/

 

Images and text are courtesy of Alpilotx

 

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News by Stephen Dutton
8th December 2017
Copyright©2017: X-PlaneReviews
 
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