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News! - HD Mesh Scenery v4 Released 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. More Alpilotx screenshots are here: HD Mesh Scenery v4 (for X-Plane 11) HD Mesh Scenery v4 (for X-Plane 11) – COMPARISON shots 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 _____________________________________________________________________________________ News by Stephen Dutton 8th December 2017 Copyright©2017: X-PlaneReviews
News! - More UHD Mesh regional Scenery tiles released There are now a new sets of additional regions UHD Mesh to be enjoyed. They are: Northern Washington state (west of the already existing Montana UHD region)Canadian Rockies (between 49N and 55N ... from the Pacific to the plains around Calgary - quite a big area )Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden)Pyrenees in EuropeThey are all using - just like before - 30m / 1sec resolution data (either from Viewfinderpanoramas / NED or SRTM) and much higher resolution triangle mesh to be able to use all that detailed data. One "difference" is, that the new regions are based on newer Openstreetmap data (from around end of April 2015). Alpilotx notes : "Important: Because of this, the "UHD Mesh Scenery v1" Scenery is very heavy on hardware resources and will only run smoothly on modern, higher end PCs. Its very important - before even considering a download - to have at least 16 GBytes of RAM and a modern / powerful GPU! Especially when activating the new, "extended DSF" feature in X-Pane 10.40, the RAM requirement might double!" For more information then go to the X-Plane Scenery site : Alpilotx.net Stephen Dutton X-Plane Reviews© 23rd July 2015