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News! - Plugin Release : Hi Fi Simulations releases ActiveSky XP

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News! - Plugin Release : Hi Fi Simulations releases ActiveSky XP

 

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A quality stalwart brand in FlightSim Hi Fi Simulations have released their premier product ActiveSky for X-Plane11...  features include:

 

  • Active Air Effects: Replaces internal X-Plane turbulence and air effects, providing enhanced turbulence, drafts, thermals, terrain-based wind effects, surface friction, gusts, variability, wake turbulence, microbursts and more
  • High-Performance Weather Depiction: Uses internal X-Plane 11.2x/11.3x cloud depiction for maximum performance and smoothness, with multiple weather depiction modes including theme cell “real weather” mode and global static mode – VR compatible and optimized!
  • Active Sky Weather Engine: An evolved version of the Active Sky platform brings the core features that made Active Sky the leading weather engine for other platforms: Advanced weather synthesis and interpolation, high-resolution global winds aloft, realistic air and atmosphere effects, a comprehensive weather data network, integrated visual mapping and planning, and much, much more
  • Voice Weather Delivery: Active Sky ATIS and Flightwatch are available at any time by listening on 122.00, 122.02 or 122.03 for closest station, actual/current interpolated conditions and destination weather reports, respectively
  • Surface Crosswind Attenuation: Optional, for better ground handling in crosswind conditions while preserving headwind/tailwind component for performance accuracy
  • Mobile Companion App: Use any device/browser to connect with Active Sky over your network and view and control the weather

 

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There are a few notes to take in below before consideration of a purchase.

Not a complete visual cloud rendering replacement

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  • We have put our previous X-Plane visual cloud rendering replacement efforts on hold (until next year) due to performance considerations and changing API environment/tools that are not yet finalized
  • We expect our visual cloud rendering replacement technology to debut in Q4 2019, subject to change based on many factors
  • ASXP features high-performance cloud depiction with a focus on conditions accuracy, utilizing the X-Plane internal cloud rendering via a hybrid API approach, with two different modes available
  • ASXP also features an optional high-performance photo-realistic cloud texture replacement with a simple texture installation wizard

Windows 64-Bit (v7 or later) Only

    • Mac, Linux and 32-bit X-Plane/Windows versions are not supported
    • In a networked environment, the ASXP application/client may run on Windows 32-bit (7 or later), but X-Plane must be 64-bit on Windows 64-bit (7 or later)
    • We hope to bring additional OS/platform support in the future
    • X-Plane version 11.26 or later (64-bit for Windows) is required

 

Requirements:

  • X-Plane v11.26 or later, 64-bit Windows Version (Mac and 32-bit Windows versions are not compatible)
  • Windows 7 or later, 64-bit Version
  • Active and stable internet connection (broadband recommended)*
  • 500mb available hard drive space
  • 1GHZ+ CPU
  • 2GB+ RAM
  • OpenGL 3.3 graphics device (nVidia GTX500 or or equivalent, or better)
  • 1024×768 minimum available screen resolution to display all user interface features

 

I would note that the plugin uses the default X-Plane11 cloud system for now... and obviously Hi Fi are waiting for the full implementation of the Laminar Research Vulkan API changes before adding in the more custom visual cloud rendering replacement (3d clouds) for speed and efficiency of course.

 

Hi Fi note that the full product with visual cloud rendering will not be available till the end of 2019, and that any charges to upgrade to the visual cloud rendering is to quote...

 

"work to maintain and enhance our products, with several free updates planned.  The details of what would be included in such updates are yet to be determined."

 

ActiveSky XP  is now available from HiFi's website for 35.99 EUR.  (US$40.78)

 

Images and text are courtesy of Hi Fi Simulations

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News by Stephen Dutton

12th December 2018

Copyright©2018: X-Plane Reviews

 

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