FTX Global doesn’t like other scenery addons (such as the company’s AU, NZ, EU and NA products) which in general overlay specially created sceneries and textures on top of the default FSX layer to render the ultimate image. It simply replaces FSX default textures in the World\Scenery\Texture folder with its own creations.
This approach is somewhat similar to what REXessential from REX Game Studio or the Ground Environment products from Flight 1 does to FSX — the former replaces FSX’s default clouds and atmospherics items, and the latter replaces FSX’s default ground textures, meshes and some core files with their own modifications.
Even though I don’t quite appreciate Orbx’s approach on developing addons for FSX, the company’s product, however, are no doubt much better than the default FSX and well gain a seat among other quality developers. With the release of its FTX Global, I (same to most flightsimmers) am expecting all ugly default scenery to be gone for good — in theory.
Unfortunately, my first impression on it is: not yet and not quite, in my opinion. (Edit: see update in Post 204) Continue reading →
About a month ago, I reported that Vertical Studios had released the last day of its Colorado Camping Weekend mission pack, which I had been longing for. I was so excited and purchased it immediately. But frankly, I really haven’t had much time flying around the areas.
Now, the company has released the first part of their third mission pack — the Big Budget Blockbuster. A friend, Colin Moir, who wrote to me saying that the new mission is fantastic.
Even though I normally won’t write anything that I haven’t experienced it myself, there is no reason why I shouldn’t recommend this new one based on the good quality, and particularly the continuously affordable prices, from its predecessors.
Nearly two years ago, I wrote my post #100 which talked about customized FSDiscover data for Orbx’s NA region. So in this post #200, I will also talk about my newly compiled FSDiscover data for Orbx’s UK areas. –
Following the same principle, I categorized Orbx’s original Points of Interest (POIs) for England, Wales and Scotland into two FSDiscover data files so that they could be easily assigned with different colors for easy identification. – FTX EU_UK-Lighthouses-Oil Rigs-Wind Farms.dat FTX EU_UK-Misc POI.dat –
Moreover, many of the locations (especially lighthouses) have been eye-ball checked and updated to ensure accuracy. And for this special occasion, I will open the download link for seven days until Jul-10. – https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/25018674/TEMP/FSDiscover%20FTX%20EU_UK%20POI.rar –
After it, the link will be obsolete and only be available to FSX Times Subscribers requesting for it. –