Although it may not justify to compare the two products head-to-head as AS Cloud Art comes with additional features rather than just pure-enhancement to the cumulus clouds in Soft Clouds, I think it would still be interesting to find out what the two products bring in terms of cumulus clouds improvement only.
I was planning to write a follow-up on the REX Worldwide Airports HD. Following is my reply to Paul who commented my Post regarding the product earlier.
Short but seems to be good to express what I (as a user) feel about it so far: Continue reading
Switching to P3D could also mean losing many handy features added to FSX previously. FSDiscover is definitely one of them. Until Flight1 launches a P3D compatible version, command TOGGLE_AIRPORT_NAME_DISPLAY is my temporary measure when I am lost in the sky.
Just open the Standard.XML file inside the Controls folder where Prepar3D.cfg is located. Then add the command to any key or key combination and save it. That’s all. Names of airports around current location will be shown when the key or key combination is pressed.
Just purchased the FTX Northern Ireland to complete my UK collection after thinking for quite a while. Followings are updated network links for my UK Google Earth maps. If you have installed the same links from previous posts, you will find the Northern Ireland data already included.
As always, it is recommended to just COPY the URLs and add them via Network Link in Google Earth so that updates can be immediately downloaded when available.
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.
With the recent purchase of Orbx’s Scotland region, the followings are updated download links for my modified UK Google Earth map.
Anyone who wants to compare Orbx’s airports and POIs with Playhorizon’s and UK2000’s addons in the same area could look at my earlier Post 184 here.
As always, it is recommended to just COPY the URLs and add them via Network Link in Google Earth so that updates can be immediately called up when available.
My Google Map for Orbx NA Airports and Landmarks have been updated with the inclusion of the new Southern Alaska Areas (SAK).
Those who are currently using my Google Earth Network Links should find their maps updated already. Any others who are interested to try my maps could see my Post 70 and Post 74 for the Landmarks Map and Airports Map respectively.