297: A Summary of Prepar3D v25 Changes

The confusions many Prepar3D users encountered after upgrading to version 2.5 are the result of a mixed subtle to major changes happened to the program’s long-held file structures that was inherited from Microsoft Flight Simulator.

Although many of these issues have been addressed by third-party manufacturers, it’s still useful to know what are the differences.   Following is a list summarizing the changes (but not limited to) made to the new version compared to earlier versions:

Under Prepar3D Program Directory

  • Folders REMOVED
    Addon Scenery
    categories
    dialogs
    flights

  • Files REMOVED
    bkg.bmp
    cameras.cfg
    language.exp
    language.lib
    LWcfg.spb
    mpc.ini
    Prepar3D.exe.manifest
    SimDisplay.xml
    System.Windows.Controls.DataVisualization.Toolkit.dll
    ui.dll
    unins000.dat
    unins000.exe
    unins000.msg
    VIConfig.VIC
    VirtualRenderer.dll
    VirtualRenderer.exp
    VirtualRenderer.lib
    WPFToolkit.dll
  • Folders RENAMED
    3rd Party (for aircraft) –> Ecosystem
    Missions –> Scenarios
  • Folders RELOCATED
    Licenses and TritonResources folders previously under 3rd Party are now in Program Root Directory
  • Files RELOCATED
    All *.CFG files under Program Root Directory are moved to the folders of Prepar3D.cfg and scenery.cfg
    default_thumbnail.jpg is moved to the uires folder
  • Folders NEWLY created
    Countermeasures in SimObjects
    Weapons in SimObjects

 

Under Prepar3D.cfg Directory

  • File NEWLY created
    LWcfg.xml
  • Files MODIFIED
    cameras.cfg
    DefaultRecordAndPlayback.xml
    fdr.dat
    Standard.xml
    WaterConstants.xml
  • Changes in Prepar3D.cfg
    Default Flight RELOCATEDFrom
    SITUATION=FLIGHTS\OTHER\Prepar3D (P3D Root Directory)
    To
    SITUATION=C:\Users\Tom\AppData\Local\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v2\Prepar3D_Default
    (where Shaders folder is located)Note the name of the default flight also changed from Prepar3D to Prepar3D_Default
    All SimObject Paths previously used as shown below REMOVED
    SimObjectPaths.0=SimObjects\Airplanes
    SimObjectPaths.1=SimObjects\Rotorcraft
    SimObjectPaths.2=SimObjects\GroundVehicles
    SimObjectPaths.3=SimObjects\Boats
    SimObjectPaths.4=SimObjects\Animals
    SimObjectPaths.5=SimObjects\Misc
    SimObjectPaths.6=SimObjects\Submersible
    SimObjectPaths.7=SimObjects\Weapons
    SimObjectPaths.8=SimObjects\Countermeasures
    New Entry ADDEDUseGlobalTerrainView=False

 

Under scenery.cfg Directory

  • CFG Files RELOCATED from P3D Root Directory
    airlines.cfg
    display.cfg
    effects.cfg
    fonts.cfg
    scenarios.cfg
    shadersHLSL.cfg
    simobjects.cfg
    suneffect.cfg
    terrain.cfg
  • DAT File RELOCATED from P3D Root Directory
    stars.dat
  • XML Files RELOCATED from P3D Root Directory
    AirObjectVisuals.xml
    license_academic.xml
    license_professional.xml
    license_professional_plus.xml
    SimObjectsDlls.xml
    ThermalDescriptions.xml
  • Changes in scenery.cfg
    Addon Scenery Entry REMOVED from scenery.cfg

 

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