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  1. 61 points
    Hello everyone, What a year 2016 has been! My goodness, so much change, so much hard work by the team, so much patience and good grace shown by customers. One thing is for sure, there's never a dull moment with Orbx eh? So 2016 saw Orbx be the main sponsor of FlightSimCon 2016, release 18 products including a new FTX region, another openLC region, airports, ports of all our products to P3D 3.x (for free), new developers, new staff, new unified lclookup, new FTX Central and of course, new store: OrbxDirect. Whew! Has it all been smooth, perfect and without issues? No of course not, change comes with a price, and we hope it's a price that most of you are willing to pay. The end game is clear: the best customer experience, the simplest product management, and the continued release of the highest quality FS addons in the industry. We're not quite there yet, but I believe we have made good progress towards our vision. Some are wondering what is the Orbx mission? Is it to be a rich company that dominates FS and just wants to be MegaFS Corporation? Not on my watch. Orbx is about innovation, quality and fostering the best talent. We are far from the biggest FS company in our community. There are other companies that could swallow Orbx up in an instant, such is their revenues and depth of products that span into the commercial side as well. So world domination is not our plan. Doing a good job is, however. I would give us a score of 7/10 for 2016, because I admit some things we did not roll out in the most smoothest and effective manner. We learn, we grow, we adapt. That is the nature of business. So what for 2017 and beyond? Well this is where things get exciting, not only for us, but for you. Let me share some key things to look forward to, whilst at the same time keeping our cards close to our chest. We will keep to our policy of not announcing products until they are in beta (yes, I know - we broke our own rule with ENNK and Cote d'Zur but hey, nobody's perfect ) Regions The big one is Germany South. When I say 'big', this will be our biggest region yet in terms of content. 770 airport upgrades! Large areas of photoreal and cityscapes 'lite'. Hundreds and hundreds of POIs with custom 3D models. The usual meticulous attention to detail from Sascha and Holger. Oh, and mountains. Lovely, hilly, wonderful alps and mountains. We love mountains at Orbx and GES will give you a nice playground. Release timeframe? Hmmm, April maybe, possibly May. After GES we will be spending R&D resources on some top-secret projects, see below. OpenLC South America is almost in beta, should be in your hands by the new year sometime. Better data, incredible detail, a whole new continent to explore in glorious openLC detail. Oh, and we'll be making airports in SA as well. Good times. Airports etc Let's tackle this by developer shall we? These guys have their own following from you, and you have your favourites. So without giving away too many secrets let's begin with Jarrad. Jarrad Marshall is finishing LOWI Innsbruck, which I think is his biggest and most beautiful project yet. I can't stop flying my beta build, it's that good. And in VR, my goodness it's something special. Jarrad will be in Europe in February on a special project and at the same time he'll be venturing out to take photos. Where? I can't tell you ... Misha Cajic is finishing Santa Barbara which will take a bit longer since he's been spending time in EU with family and friends. Well deserved too, he's been very busy in 2015/16. I'm looking forward to KBSA very much, it will have that classic Misha touch to it. D'Andre Newman from AirDailyX is even claiming developer credits for some water masking, haha! After KBSA Misha has a number of options including KHAF Half Moon Bay, but will also start his university degree. He'll need to balance his time. Scott Armstrong is still working on BuildingsHD. It's gone quiet on that project but he does fly commercially as a pilot so it's not his day job. Do I want it finished yesterday? Of course! Let's see how that goes, I'm looking forward to seeing cities take on a whole new shiny look. Maurizio Giorgi's labour of love Cityscape Cote d'Zur is going to be his focus for many months to come. Some projects need that hand-made care which Maurizio is now famous for after his freeware for OZx and then Canberra. Alex Goff is now working full time but still actively making great little airports in the New England region. The next one is Block Island which looks just terrific. It will work nicely with Bill Womack's upcoming Nantucket and we hope the attention to the NEM region continues by those guys. Tim Harris is now going solo after years of a successful partnership with Ken Hall. It's good for developers to team up; we've had a lot of fantastic partnerships at Orbx this last decade, but at the same time it's also good to focus on a solo project or two to get new inspiration. Tim is now working on a project on the US mainland. It will be a great destination I promise you. Ken Hall is working on GES for now and casting his eyes to 2017 for a few projects he and I are cooking up. Watch this space. Finn Hansen is our young Norwegian Tornado and I am sure he has his eyes on many more Norway destinations. Together with Tore Stranden (Bodo) and Andreas Hegi (EN??), Norway is going to be the hub of lots of activity in 2017. Why not? It's one of the prettiest regions in the world to fly. We love mountains remember? EDIT: Oh what the hell, here's a sneak preview of Andreas's project which is on short finals now: Marcus Nyberg and Philip Schall are still glowing in the success of Valdez (what an airport eh!?) and are back in southern Europe working on another destination. All will be revealed soon. ESSA's moving jetways have been outsourced to a contractor and we hope to have that patch delivered soon. New developers. We have new developers not yet introduced to our customers who are working on airports in the US, South America and Europe. These guys all have years of development experience and I am sure their Orbx debuts will impress! Top Secret Projects Now to the juicy stuff! Next year we have a number of top-secret projects being started. All of these are big budget, big investment, risky, adventurous and a little bit scary for us. I know I am going to sound deliberately vague, but understand we are investing deep into six figures for these initiatives so it's important to keep things within the company for now. Don't worry, I think you know how much we as a team love showing you new stuff, so things will be revealed soon enough. Project A - Massive. A huge investment in new tech, new tools, new apps and new staff. It will surprise many of you, and delight you all. It will focus on both Europe and North America. It will perform like nothing you have experience in your simming life. It will support VR. It will be a VFR flyer's wet dream. It will be sold on OrbxDirect. Oh, and it will be 64-bit. Project D - The evolutionary next step. Another big $ commitment, worldwide coverage, new tech, new experiences, a strong partner and an established record. Oh, and it will be 64-bit. Project P - Our continued commitment to our strongest platform and it has a huge backing. More refinement, more performance, more destinations from Orbx than ever before. An old friend gets better, faster, stronger, bigger. Oh, and it will be 64-bit. Project X - The surprise package. The dark horse. A big $ R&D commitment. Orbx quality where it's needed the most so things finally get to truly shine. Oh, and it's 64-bit. Project O - Introduced in 2016 this will become your go-to for all things Orbx with more stability, more features, better performance, and continued development so it never gets stale. How's that? Obscure enough for you? So let's recap: 2016 was huge, we're growing at over 20% per year in revenues, this is accelerating with OrbxDirect. 2017 sees your trusted developers doing what they do best; delivering quality, reliably good addons that you know will deliver what it says on the tin. 2017 will most importantly see a huge R&D investment by Orbx, new tech, new partnerships and new adventures for us all. Won't you come along for the ride?
  2. 54 points
    Hi all, There's been a bunch of speculation about our pricing policy for the next version of P3D, likely based on my previous posts back in December. Let me clarify: we will NOT be charging anything for our products for the next version of P3D. They will be 100% free to use on the new platform. Better still, through the magic of FTXCv3 you won't even need to re-download them. Please do NOT ask me or any member of the Orbx team about any tech details about any new P3D releases from LM, or why we can make this zero-cost promise. We are under NDA and we will not be pressed into talking about it for obvious reasons. If and when LM give us permission to discuss things publicly then we'll do so. I just wanted to reassure those with a sizeable investment in Orbx products for P3D that you won't be asked a penny more to upgrade.
  3. 51 points
    Hello everyone, Here's a quick sneak preview of TrueEarth US Washington for X-Plane I've put together. It really shows the incredible diversity of this amazing new region. Bush flying is finally on the agenda for XP11 users! A full announcement is coming next week with all the info you need. Enjoy!
  4. 49 points
    G'day All, Whilst John has been mercilessly teasing you all with early alpha shots, the team are very proud to officially present the first of our next generation of region products; TrueEarth Netherlands! This is a game-changing product for the team; for the first time we are combining the full suite of features from our FTX Region sceneries, with a completely photoreal terrain base, a feature previously limited to our airports. It is important to understand that Netherlands TrueEarth is far more than a traditional photoreal product; comprehensive (and complete) building and vegetation placements, thousands of hand-placed landmarks and POI, complete seasonal and night variations, integrated GIS components and hand-edited textures only scratch the surface of the complete feature list. Ground-breaking technology has gone into bringing you the most detailed and accurate terrain product ever seen in a flight sim to date; we are very excited at what this product represents. ORBX TrueEarth TrueEarth is the name that we will be giving to our new line of photoreal region products. An ORBX TrueEarth scenery will combine the best features found in existing Region products, with the added benefit of full photoreal terrain. Many of the components found in TrueEarth packages are a natural evolution from our existing lines; for example we are leveraging CityScene technology found in CityScene Gold Coast, expert GIS technology found in our latest Regions, advanced night lighting from ORBX Global Base and openLC, propitiatory autogen techniques previously seen at Innsbruck, Berlin (GEN) and Munich (GES), and many more. TrueEarth regions will also sit alongside landclass-based regions; both types of Regions will be continued to be developed into the future. As John has already mentioned in other discussions, several other TrueEarth titles are currently in production for locations in Europe and the United States. TrueEarth pricing will mirror our existing regions; Netherland will be released for AUD$54.95 (~USD$42 / £30 / €34 ) TrueEarth Netherlands As our first TrueEarth photoreal region, Eugene and the team have pulled out all the stops to bring the best product possible. Rather than describe all the details (there are just too many!), please find a partial feature list below: The entirety of Netherlands depicted in complete detail! 85,000km2 of photoreal terrain at 1m resolution (nb the same resolution as traditional landclass textures) Complete seasonal variation: 5 hand-coloured seasons! Full 3D night lighting and night ground textures 43 updated airports, including 18 not found in the default scenery. CityScene building technology for all major cities, towns, villages and urban areas. CityScene tech improves on traditional autogen by adding unusual footprints, higher detail (roof details etc) and better long-range visibility Incredibly dense autogen vegetation. Far superior to automated OSM technology, our agn is compiled from multiple data sets, and hand-edited to ensure maximum fidelity, accuracy and density. Beautifully edited terrain textures - colourised, edited, cleaned up. Blemishes such as cloud cover, water sun glare, seamlines, discolouration and some vehicle footprints have been removed. Colour palettes have been edited to match ORBX Global texture sets. Custom-painted rural variations, including tulip fields during spring Ultra HD mesh at 5m resolution. Netherlands may be flat, but incredible details such as tailings dumps, sand dunes and even highway overpass ramps are visible Accurate road, waterway, bridges, transmission line and other vector/GIS components. Road AI traffic also included to regular Region standards Beautiful custom building textures for all autogen buildings Hundreds of custom landmarks and POI Traditional Dutch windmills Major churches and cathederals custom modelled Custom models for all major TV and radio masts Many major bridges custom designed Custom ship models unique to Netherlands Thousands of hand-placed wind turbines, refineries, harbours and other library objects Hand-edited and colourised water textures, including complete watermasking Fully compatible with neighboring regions (GES, GEN), ORBX Global and OpenLC Europe Netherlands will launch for AUD$54.95 (~USD$42 / £30 / €34 ) The TrueEarth Netherlands Team As to be expected from such a huge project, many developers have been working tirelessly to get Netherlands prepared for you all. First and foremost, Netherlands TrueEarth is the brainchild of Eugene Krikunov, the lead developer of many other best-sellers such as Global Base and our Open Landclass series. Holger Sandmann has contributed his considerable GIS expertise to the scenery, in between his long list of other projects. Chris Clack and Neil Hill bring the airports of the Netherlands to life; as our regular "region airports" specialists, their work can be found at each landing zone around the country. Richard Bui, Frank Schnibben and Sylvain Delepierre are the "special detailing" team; the custom landmarks, ships, bridges, radio towers, windmills and thousands of other custom placements are their work. Frank has also designed the custom building autogen texture sets found exclusively within this region. Finally, Allen Kriesman has brought components of his CityScene technology over to the urban and city centres of Netherlands. Iain Emms and John Lovell have been hard at work capturing many facets of the Netherlands, please find a small taste of the screenshots below. As always, we don't give any release dates. The team are working extremely hard in the background; we look forward to sharing more info with you over the coming weeks. Most importantly for you guys, Emmsie and JL will be posting even more shots later in the week... but in the mean time, enjoy! Cheers, Jarrad
  5. 47 points
    Toowong, Australia. 1st of April, 2019 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Orbx today announced support for the industry-leading simulator, Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 (FS9). All titles will be ported to FS2004 within the year, with extra features added to fully support the eye-candy that FS2004 offers. “Ever since VOZ was released, I’ve missed the FS9 days” said Orbx CEO John Venema. “The Microsoft/ACES developers were ahead of their time in the VR department. There is no other consumer flight simulator that can deliver a VR experience as good as FS2004 can.” Throughout 2018, Orbx has supported seven simulators simultaneously: FSX (including Steam Edition), P3Dv1, P3Dv2, P3Dv3, P3Dv4, AFS2 and XP11. The community have reacted very positively to Orbx’s ventures into Aerofly FS 2 and X-Plane 11, especially with the TrueEarth series of products. “The only simulator sorely missing from that list is FS2004” added John Venema. Support for FS2004 has already been added to FTX Central: Orbx has already started to explore other highly requested flight simulation platforms. Ed Correia, Orbx Production Manager, confirmed: “we have a whole team dedicated to new simulator technologies. FS2002, FS2000, FS98 and Fly! are all under our microscope at the moment” Developers throughout Orbx are extremely excited about the change. Senior Developer, Jarrad Marshall said “I’m very happy about FS9 support. We’ve had to hold back on a lot of features because of engine limitations in Prepar3D and X-Plane” Misha Cajic added “the scenery development bar is constantly being raised. It’s nice to not worry about things like PBR, ObjectFlow or material scripting. We can finally get back to adding features that everyone really wants” Jarrad has provided some teaser screenshots from his upcoming Perth Airport product for FS2004:
  6. 44 points
    ORBX BUYS FORMER EARTH SIMULATIONS ASSETS - PLANS CHANNEL ISLANDS REDUX August 1st, 2018 - Toowong, Australia: Orbx Simulation Systems has recently purchased all digital assets from Earth Simulations Ltd, which ceased trading in 2015. Over the coming year, the Orbx team will be developing completely refreshed versions of their popular Channel Islands and Isle of Man titles for Prepar3D, Aerofly FS2 and X-Plane 11. Orbx CEO John Venema today said "This is a great result for both the former users of Earth Simulations and also the Orbx community.. It has been a desire of mine for some years to carry Darren and Vicki's benchmark scenery titles forward and give them a new lease of life." The sceneries will be split into four products: Alderney Guernsey Jersey Isle of Man Each will be priced competitively based on their land mass and features, and all will be completely rebuilt from the ground up using freshly licensed imagery from 2015 and 2016. We will add a vast selection of Orbx library objects and completely overhaul the performance of the autogen and models in order to provide state-of-the-art destinations for simmers. John added, "Our colleagues at Turbulent Designs have been tasked with these projects for FSX and P3D and I am confident their team will produce a rock solid set of products." Following the FSX/P3D releases, the scenery will be ported to XP11 and AFS2 and the usual 40% cross-platform discount will apply for Orbx customers. Because this project has involved a substantial investment in new imagery, contractor, and other license fees there will be no free upgrades for previous owners of the ES versions of these islands from 2015 and earlier. These titles will be exclusively available from OrbxDirect. Darren Vincent - the former director of Earth Simulations - said today, "I'm very pleased that Orbx have taken custody of our work and will give it a new lease of life across these simulator platforms. I am sure our previous ES customers will embrace this redux of our sceneries which we are very proud to have made back in the day. I wish John and his team all the best with their plans!" John concluded with "We will make use of the many digital assets that are available from the ES files, which you will see in products like TrueEarth Great Britain and elsewhere." The first channel island to be released will be Alderney for FSX/P3D which you can expect within the next 3-4 months. Previews will be shown once it has entered into beta testing.
  7. 44 points
    Hello everyone, I just wanted to share the status of openLC North America and some new tech we've developed leading up to its beta. As you know, currently in FTX Central you need to manually select the area of the world in which you want to fly in, such as Europe, Oceania, North America etc. This is purely because we have in the past developed separate unique lclookup.bgl and autogendescriptions.spb files for each worldwide area to cater for the large diversity of landscapes and buildings across the world, far in excess of the original FSX engine's design. We're getting FSX/P3D to do things it was never designed to do in the first place. We will shortly begin testing a new approach; a completely unified lclookup.bgl and supporting core files that will completely remove the need to ever switch worldwide regions in FTX Central ever again. This is a huge breakthrough in flexibility of all Orbx FTX Regions and FTX Global working seamlessly together. So soon you will be able to start a flight in the UK, fly to Europe or the USA and never have to think about which worldwide region you're in because everything will work seamlessly together. You can fly from FTX Regions such as PNW, NCA etc then east to openLC USA without blinking or worrying about which area FTX Central is set to. So goodbye Hybrid Mode and switching. Hooray! The benefits of this new tech are substantial. We will have an unlimited set of textures, landclasses and autogen to now continue to develop FTX Global for every corner of the globe without fiddly switching, hybrid modes or other stuff getting in the way. It will all just work seamlessly. Developing this tech however, has come at the price of it needing to be completed before we continue towards the openLC NA USA/Mexico beta stage. We wanted to ensure this all works before continuing with openLC. The good news is that we have also found new ways to increase the speed with which we can roll out Asia and South America openLC areas so in the overall scheme of things we should recover lost time pretty quickly. We will complete testing of the unified lclookup system over February then openLC NA USA/Mexico/Caribbean will enter beta in March. Expect to see preview screenshots in late Feb/early March. I know the rest of openLC NA is highly anticipated by most of you, and I know it's been delayed several times - but I can promise you the benefits of reworking the foundation on which it sits far outweighs an extra month of waiting here and there. Thanks again for your support and your continued patience; the wait will be worth it!
  8. 43 points
    Hello all, We have been working with the (now in-house) Turbulent Aviation team on establishing a true end-to-end PBR workflow for the creation of P3D/XP11 airports. You will soon be shown some spectacular preview shots of our first airport to be built using 100% compliance to the correct PBR standards for all materials. This workflow allows us to release for both P3Dv4 and XP11 at the same time, or near enough to the same time, scheduling permitting. In the meantime, let me preview you two screenshots which highlight the details not only on the ground services equipment but also on the apron on which they sit. To view these full size, click on each so it appears in its own broswer tab, then click again to zoom. The incredible level of detail on the baggage lifter does not mean it is an FPS hog. The original model was made up of over 24 million polygons and that model was used to create the PBR map for a lower poly target. This means you get the benefit of insane amounts of detail without the high-poly penalty. Likewise, with the entire airport being PBR, the apron reflects light based on each material used such as asphalt, paint, metal grates and puddles etc. The lighting changes depending on the time of day, level of cloud cover, rain etc. Please don't ask where this airport is; we won't reveal it until it is in beta, which should be around the end of this month or early May.
  9. 42 points
    In another topic about future regions I hinted about an Orbx Netherlands. Since this will soon be in early beta testing I've decided to show these alpha build shots to get people excited about our very first completely photoreal FTX region! This incredible region will feature every house, building, tree, mast, power line, windmill, industrial area and wind farm in the entire country in 3D and perfectly annotated and positioned. Many POIs. Every water body. Every airport upgraded. 5 Seasons. Night lighting. Vehicle traffic. 5m mesh. And more ... And a few screenshots of the amazing night lighting. Emmsie, John and the beta team will be doing proper previews soon enough.
  10. 42 points
    Hello all, With the recent announcement by LM about P3Dv3 I'm pleased to announce that we have been testing all our regions, FTX Global, Vector and openLC over the past few months and they all function without any changes needed. Ed Correia has developed a new Multi-installer which now auto-detects what sims you have installed so therefore supports FSX:Boxed, FSX:SE, P3Dv1, P3Dv2, P3Dv3 with a simple pull-down so you select the target sim. We will be rolling out these new Multi-Installers for our core non-airport products over the coming month (there will be a delay for some weeks due to a staff member at FSS having to undergo surgery) Airports I've asked each developer to review exactly what is required to port their airports to P3Dv3. If it's a simple process then I'll compensate them for their hours spent and the airport will be a free download for FSS customers with a new Multi-installer. If there is substantial work involved then I will leave it to each developer to notify me if we charge a nominal fee for the work involved. I will leave that up to each developer to decide at their discretion. Rest assured we are keen to make any migration to P3v3 as painless as possible for everyone.
  11. 40 points
    Hello all, For a few years now I have been posting product roadmaps a few times per year, mainly to provide insight into our product plans for the next year or two. The main thinking behind this was to inform our customers of future plans and also to create anticipation. However the downside of such posts is that expectations are created as to when announced products will be released, and symptomatic of that are increasingly demanding requests for updates. This leads to a tension between you the customer and us the Orbx team, something that is counterproductive on both sides. To avoid this situation, from this point moving forward I will no longer be providing roadmaps for future product plans. This is what you should use as a guide from now on: Orbx will not provide release dates for any new product or patch which is not in the final stages of beta testing You will only find out about new products when they have entered beta testing and the first batch of screenshots are released by the team We will no longer provide sneak peak preview screenshots of any products or technology not yet in beta We will not respond nor answer any customers posts asking for updates on releases, even for patches or service packs. As a service to your fellow community members, feel free to refer such posts to this pinned topic. The team will be asked to not comment, reply to, or respond to any questions about release timeframes With regard to existing products the current practice remains and can be summarised as: Orbx will continually improve our products and release bug fixes, patches, service packs when appropriate. This is particularly true of products in the FTX Global series where the whole basis of selling them to you is continual updates and improvements. Orbx will use its own discretion about patches and SPs to its products, there is no onus to do so but you can use our history over the last eight years to see that we always provide continual improvements Orbx will not provide release dates for patches and service packs. We will introduce a new FTX Central app in which you can choose to be informed of any new patches for your installed products, automatically, then download at your leisure. We will always provide 24/7 tech support on these forums for free, for all products. With regards to the immediate future I can share these plans: We are continuing to port all remaining products over to P3D2.x - this won't happen overnight because in some cases developers have left the Orbx team, contractors are no longer available and developers have other personal issues to deal with including working on brand new projects concurrent to the ports. I will promise though all products will move across and you will see many new updates released over the coming months as triple-installers. We want everyone to have the chance to embrace P3D2.x We aim to release two FTX full-fat regions a year, but this varies according to the size and workload of the region We aim to release a new FTX airport each month, but this again varies based on developer availability and their own work/life balances We aim to release an openLC region every 6-9 months but please do not extrapolate that and come up with your own timeframes for the next OLC region. The FTX Global product series is an immensely ambitious programme that will take years to come to fruition, but your patience will be rewarded at the end when you have the OLC level of detail covering the entire planet. Sim engine and point release upgrades With regards to Prepar3D Version 3.0 we will be charging a nominal upgrade fee for any Orbx products ported to it, depending on the complexities of the P3D3.x engine and work required. Since V3.0 is very far away I wanted to go on record and give you a heads up that our policy moving forward is to charge a nominal fee for upgrades to new sim platforms. The same applies for any 'point' release of existing products, i.e. like the charge for YMML when it went from 1.x to 2.x I know this announcement won't please many of you but Orbx as a business is always revising itself, checking what works and what doesn't and there is an enormous amount of work going on behind the scenes that you aren't aware of to keep the business ticking over day to day. This means we refine and change processes, marketing, customer messaging and how we communicate. Any business that never adapts and changes to respond to market forces will stagnate and eventually fail. We don't plan for that to happen to Orbx. May I take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your support, your custom, your loyalty and the great sense of community that YOU create and foster on these forums. Thank you!
  12. 39 points
    Hello everyone, In the coming week we'll be testing openLC Alaska/Canada which is now about 90% done. Preview screenshots will begin as soon as Emmsie and co get to play with it. We listen to our customers, and because you've asked for it, we're going to split openLC NA into two products, both triple-installers and FSX:SE ready. 1. openLC NA Alaska/Canada - due August - AU$19.95 (US$14.50 £9.50 €13.50) 2. openLC NA USA - later this year - AU$19.95 (US$14.50 £9.50 €13.50) The price is effectively half of the original $39.95 planned for all of NA. This approach means you get Artic/Alaska/Canada *now* instead of waiting until later this year, and you're not paying any more for the split products. The rest of openLC USA is well underway and we are negotiating with more contractors to help refine and better represent the small towns and settlements which have been the major hiccup. We want everyone in the USA to be able to accurately recognise their home town. In terms of new ground textures there is a vast new palette already done for the USA to better represent the SE coast, deserts, cities, suburbs, rural plains and everything in between. It will be like a 'mega-region' covering the whole of the USA and we're excited about it already! UPDATE: I've posted some alpha preview shots in the USA - http://www.orbxsystems.com/forum/topic/100340-first-ever-alpha-screenshots-of-openlc-na/ Vector 1.3 The PILOT'S team are doing final compiles of the Vector 1.3 update which addresses many user reported bugs and missing features and add major new data for PNG and North America. We hope to have this in testers' hands by the end of next week. Vector v1.3 will be a free update and triple-installer. PILOT'S is under contract to Orbx to product Vector 1.4, 1.5 and 1.6 over the coming 24 months, so the commitment to the roadmap is very real and it's a multi six-figure investment by Orbx, our largest single contract ever negotiated in our company history. We want Vector to be the go-to product for everyone and the only way to achieve that goal is constant improvement. I hope this news is welcome to you all, and I do thank you for your patience given the delays in our rollout roadmap announced back in 2013. It will be worth the extra wait.
  13. 37 points
    Its my great pleasure to show some screenshots from the forthcoming region package FTX NA SCA Southern California. Please note this scenery is still in production, and therefore some elements shown may not be finished. All shots are taken in Prepar3Dv3... and thank you for looking.
  14. 36 points
    Hello everyone, Firstly, please allow me to thank all our customers for the continued loyal support which you've given Orbx through 2018 as we rolled out brand new technology, further tuned our delivery platforms, and embraced a new simulator platform. Orbx revenues are continuing to show very robust and healthy growth and in 2018 most of our profits have been invested back into the company for R&D, new staff and acquisition of IP from other companies. In 2019 we embark on a major expansion programme with our our new UK development centre which will focus on TE regions and airports, and our IT Centre in Melbourne which will focus on new product delivery infrastructure. I'd like to wish everyone and their families a fantastic festive season these holidays; please stay safe and in good health as we welcome 2019. If you missed tonight's OrbxLive Twitch stream where we covered the roadmap for 2019, here it is again in "hard copy" format. You can also revisit the Twitch stream again when the video is made available. *** Please note! *** Many of the screenshots shown here are from pre-alpha, alpha and beta stages of development and are not necessarily indicative of the final product. Inclusion in this roadmap does NOT indicate a commitment or promise by Orbx to deliver the mentioned product in calendar year 2019; all software projects are subject to delays and resource requirements are sometimes out of our control. I am going to start by focusing firstly on our core systems in terms of product delivery and customer experience, then onto our core sim platforms. Goodbye FTX, It's Been Real! Next year we will completely drop the "FTX" tag from our products, website, apps and documentation. FTX was an acronym based on the original 2007 product line "Full Terrain Experience" and whilst we still endeavour to bring you the most authentic terrain possible for each platform, we going to focus on the single Orbx brand to avoid confusion to customers. You will already have noticed that FTX has all but disappeared from the OrbxDirect website; for example we now refer to the former FTX Global as Global Base Pack. Orbx Central Completely new for 2019 is Orbx Central, the multi-platform version of what used to be called FTX Central 3. This is a complete re-write of the code from the ground up and it now runs on Windows, MacOS and Linux. Here's a sneak preview of the login screen shown on all three platforms. Customers using Orbx addons for XP11 on Mac and Linux will now have the same seamless experience as their Windows cousins. The number of changes and enhancements to Orbx Central is just too long to mention here and early in 2019 Ben will be sharing a detailed in-depth announcement topic on the new version and all the benefits that it brings. We're very excited about many of the features that have been added to Central including many that stem from customer feedback and requests. If you thought it was simple and painless to buy addons from Orbx now, you ain't seen nothing yet! OrbxDirect We will be making changes to the OrbxDirect website/store mostly to improve the browsing and selection experience. In 2018 we have already introduced multi-currency pricing shown on product pages, and also the ability to filter the site by simulator platform: This greatly speeds up your ability to hone in on the products for the platform you are interested. We have many improvements planned for the website in the coming year, so stay tuned! Prepar3D V4 The majority of new content we're working on now is for Prepar3D. This is still the dominant platform used by over 70% of all our customers. Whilst it may have appeared that over the past year we have lost focus on P3D in favour of XP11, this is a perception mostly based on ports of airports from FSX/P3D. Most of that ported content is six years old. In 2018 we released twenty brand new content products for P3D, versus 12 products for XP11, most of which were ports from P3D. Last year we clearly signalled our intent to embrace new simulator platforms and we have delivered on our promise. However, this should not be viewed as a "threat" to those of you who use P3D as your main platform, because any content released for P3D first will come to XP11 eventually - and vice versa. As we begin to hire more staff to cope with the demands of multi-platform development, you'll begin to see the gaps between platform releases come closer together until we will almost have concurrent releases.. A heads up though - we will slowly be phasing out support for FSX as developers begin to implement new tech such as PBR and the use of larger textures. You saw this trend start with TrueEarth Netherlands for P3D only, and the recent Tyabb airport is again P3Dv3/4 only, as well as some upcoming releases I'll show below. Here are some of the P3D products in development (not a complete list): openLC Africa - FSX/P3D The highly anticipated next instalment of our openLC series is due in Q1 2019 and here are some preview shots. New landclass textures New autogen buildng types Arid city night lighting Arid city More unique landclass textures NZNV Invercargill - P3D Tim Harris is working on another iconic airport for New Zealand. NZNV will be a fully modelled airport featuring the new terminal, 540km sq of pristine photoreal imagery, full city of Invercargill with many POIs, Bluff Harbour including the town and seaport, Flat Hill windfarm and the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. KSGU St George Regional Airport - P3D Misha Cajic's next project is a desert airport in Utah that only opened in 2011. It hosts GA and airline services for the area, and will come with an enormous coverage area covering the beautiful red coloured plateaus and mesa's all around the airport, as well as multiple lite renditions of smaller airports in the area. KSBA - SODE Jetway update - FSX/P3D LDDU - SODE Jetway update - FSX/P3D Channel Islands Alderney - P3D The first of the Earth Simulations Channel Islands series given a new lease of life by Turbulent Designs, Alderney is progressing very well and has many enhancements over the original release. Expect a release early in 2019. CityScene Honolulu - P3D Holger Sandmann and Frank Schnibben have been working on a project sure to delight most simmers - a complete coverage of the Honolulu area! Here is a render of the cityscape And overlaid onto the photoreal imagery This is then combined with landclass enhancements Australia Version 2.0 - FSX/P3D The one that has been eagerly awaited by thousands of you for a long time, here are the first sneak previews of this monumental upgrade of the oldest continent on Earth. Here are some of the highlights to look forward to: Wooramel River, Western Australia Telfer Mine, WA Sunrise Dam Gold Mine, WA Sunrise at the Olgas, NT Shark Bay, WA Port Phillip Bay, Victoria Lake Eyre, SA Lake Eyre facing south Kalgoorlie Mines, WA Great Barrier Reef, comparison to AUv1 Cadia-Ridgeway Goldmine, NSW Boddington Gold Mine tailings, WA Boddington Gold Mine pits, WA One of the major undertaking of AUv2 is the upgrade of all 400+ default FSX/P3D airports and additionally the inclusion of 400+ grass strips. A lot of the work that went into these airport upgrades is the final legacy of Neil Hill before his sad passing. YBUN Bunbury WA enhanced Flinders Island, Tasmania - Terminal day Terminal night YHSM Horsham VIC enhanced Also included in AUv2 is a comprehensive cityscape of Melbourne, covering the CBD and reaching well out into the suburbs. Melbourne cityscape model (before texturing) Global BuildingsHD - FSX/P3D Work continues on BuildingsHD, a project with a very long gestation which is finally coming to completion in early 2019. This will transform the look of every town and city on the planet in a single install. Asia Central Apartment complex Russia South America East Africa Central KSUN Sun Valley by Turbulent Designs - P3Dv4 Exclusive A custom modelled airport area with sloped runway and taxiways, dynamic season textures using v4 native scripting, light reflections in puddles, custom modelled autogen around airport area, bonus 1ID5 Lukes Wood River Medical Center Heliport, many POIs and Turbulent RealFlora around the airport area LEAS Asturias - P3D This is the next project from Marcus Nyberg     ESSA Stockholm Arlanda - P3D - major update This SP will be quite big with lots of new models and textures and some areas of the airport has been updated to reflect the changes that has been made since the airport was released. Also all vehicles and clutter has been redone with new models & high-res textures, all of this with no significant performance loss, also this update includes SODE-jetways. CityScene Orlando - P3D CityScene Orlando is the biggest CityScene project to date - developed by Allen Kriesman, this scenery package covers a whopping photoreal area and includes two major airports - KMCO Orlando International Airport and KORL Orlando Executive Airport. We have also included Lockheed Martin's HQ east of the main coverage area. CAE3 Campbell River Water Aerodrome - FSX/P3D Here are a few screens from Larry Robinson's CAE3 Campbell River Water Aerodrome which also includes the town of Campbell River and some other odds and ends. During the 1960’s CAE3 was said to be the busiest SPB in the world. This will be freeware. Cityscape Cote d'Azur - P3D Maurizio Georgi continues to make progress with his epic hand-crafted mini-region in the South of France. Boulder City 61B -FSX/P3D 61B services tourist flights around Hoover dam and Lake Mead, short flight from Las Vegas, surrounded by some of the most colourful rock formations in Nevada. Scenery includes a huge photoreal covering lake Mead and surrounds and over 30 POI's. Main terminal is a very unique building faithfully modelled. A major release from Ken Hall based on photos taken by Orbx staff after FSExpo 2018. LIEO Olbia city & airport - P3D Matteo Veneziani's next airport includes a large photoreal area with dozens of POI's and a full recreation of the airport with 2019 layout, new 2019 runway extension and SODE animated jetways.  KBUR Burbank Bob Hope Airport - P3D A quick sneak peek of Matteo's other project for 2019 ENBO Bodø - FSX/P3D Tore Stranden continues to make progress with this complete re-make of his original project and is currently focusing on airside static vehicles, aircraft and ground polygon. No vegetation in place yet. Here are some screenshots from the airport area. KDAL Dallas Love Field - P3D Bill Womack shares some early renders of his next project TrueEarth Great Britain South - P3Dv4 This has now entered official beta testing, so lots more screenshots incoming soon. Here are some pre-beta snaps. TrueEarth Pacific Northwest - P3Dv4 Very early build shots from some time ago but scheduled for a 2019 release. X-Plane 11 The new kid on the block (for Orbx at least), XP11 has made a big splash onto the VFR scenery scene in 2018 with our TrueEarth regions and ports of iconic small-to-medium sized airports. We are absolutely delighted with the extremely positive reception to Orbx's move to the XP11 scenery market and sales volumes have been very encouraging to say the least. Most importantly, we have not seen any major hostilities between enthusiasts from the main sim camps, with most people welcoming thousands of new forum members to the fold and sharing screenshots and videos from all the platforms we support. We have seen quite a few long time Orbx customers try XP11 for the first time as well. Our opinion is that each sim has its own strengths and weaknesses and many simmers have them all installed on their PC to suit what experience they are after for any given time. Long may this trend continue! Our plans for XP11 in 2019 is to continue to port our legacy Orbx airports from P3D to XP11, concurrent to releasing brand new content as well. We will also continue to develop TrueEarth regions, with TE Pacific Northwest for XP11 being the first in North America. Also today's issue of PC-PILOT magazine features scenery on its front cover for the first time ever, with their review of TrueEarth Great Britain South for X-Plane, hading us their their Platinum Award with a score of 95/100! Here's some upcoming stuff for XP11: TE GB South SP1 - XP11 No less than several hundred more POIs and bug fixes/improvements! Below is the third road colour option 'Darker X-Plane Roads' which blends in much more seamlessly into the Ortho. TrueEarth Netherlands North - XP11 There is a poll still underway on the forums to see if there is demand for the northern part of the Netherlands to be released as a budget region to allow Schiphol to Heathrow flights. Once we get to a over 200 votes it will tell us whether to green light this. Here's a good indication of what it will look like: TrueEarth GB North - XP11 Work is well underway for the final instalment of the Great Britain series, and here are some sneak preview shots from the Oban area: Eagle County Regional Airport - XP11 Jarrad Marshall's classic high-altitude airport nestled in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, Eagle-Vail is notorious for its challenging terrain and difficult weather. As gateway to many nearby mountain villages and ski resorts, the airport is busy with airline and GA traffic, the attached National Guard rotary-wing base, as well as being one of the largest corporate jet bases in the country. Often listed as one of the world's most dangerous airports, be sure to test your mettle with the well-known and highly-unusual Gypsum Five and Meeker Two departures. Unannounced Project for X-Plane 11 A single shot from an upcoming X-Plane project, which Jarrad is very excited about EGSG Stapleford - XP11 Continuing our ports of the legacy airports from England, Scotland and Wales, the next one in line is Stapleford. A few from Jon Murchison while performance testing during the beta (so not long now!) Orbx Global for XP11 R&D work has begun on providing a global replacement texture solution for X-Plane11. We are still at the experimental stage and looking at different approaches on how to solve the technical implementation. We are aiming for a release sometime in 2019. XP Default textures Orbx Global new textures Aerofly FS 2 Our plans for AFS2 in 2019 are less defined than for P3D and XP11, although we will continue with some ports of the most popular airports which fall within an IPACS region DLC coverage, and perhaps porting the TrueEarth GB series to the sim. It remains our favourite sim for the smoothest VR experience due to its incredible frame rates, made even faster with the recent Vulkan support. We are constantly in communication with IPACS and thus have insight into some exciting new developments in store for 2019. Sedona Airport, Arizona - for Aerofly FS2 An iconic airport set atop a red-rock mesa, located in one of the most scenic destinations in the United States. A short flight from the Grand Canyon, and within the default AFS2 scenery coverage zone, Sedona is popular with GA, helicopter, military and corporate flyers alike. So that wraps up our 2019 Roadmap, and it's by no means an exhaustive list of some of the 50 projects we are working on behind closed doors. As you can understand we do keep some cards close to our chests so that we don't dilute the impact of announcing major new products in the first quarter of 2019. There is some very exciting new releases due in the first half of the year! As a team we are very excited about the state of the consumer flight simulation software market, with many new developers entering the scene for the first time in 2018 and what we feel is a significant groundswell towards XP11 since 11.2x was released. We are seeing many younger people entering the hobby and a large part of our customer base is now made up of the 18-34 bracket. This is a very encouraging sign and bodes well for the future. 2019 will be an expansion and growth year for Orbx as we endeavour to meet the demand for our regions and airports from an ever-growing customer base. We hope that we can meet all your expectations! Thanks again for your unwavering support, we truly do appreciate it! JV
  15. 36 points
    G'day everyone, I am proud to offer you all a sneak preview of my current major airport project, Innsbruck Airport (LOWI), located in the very heart of the European Alps. A destination that needs no introduction, Innsbruck is one of the iconic airports of the world, with a jaw-dropping backdrop, heart-stopping approaches, and a location smack dab in the heart of Europe, only a short flight away to major German, Swiss, Italian and Austrian mega-hubs. A European destination has long been on my radar, so starting in September last year, I got to work putting the pieces together for this scenery project. Given it is my first foray into the EU (and first non-US airport in quite some time!), I thought it best to pull out all the stops and include something a little extra - hopefully these first screenshots will give you a taste of what's to come. In addition to the airport, an exhaustive coverage area is included (the largest PR area of any ORBX airport to date), many helicopter landing areas, and over 160 detailed landmarks and points of interest. Far beyond the city, explore the peaks of Karwendel, Stubai and Tux Alps, the picturesque Inn, Wipp and Stubai Valleys, a portion of the historic Brenner Pass and even Germany's tallest mountain, Zugspitze. Over a dozen towns and villages dot the Tyrolian landscape, each carefully reproduced with colour-blended scenery and highly-detailed autogen. Keep an eye out for visual cues useful to pilots of all stripes; animated trains, prominent structures (including notable church spires along the flightpath), custom-modelled bridges, hazardous power lines and notable buildings are all lovingly recreated. Innsbruck is the largest city in Western Austria; located in the heart of the intersection of the Inn and Wipp valleys, the city is unofficially known as the Capital of the Alps. A major winter sports destination, the city has hosted several Winter Olympics; evidence of which can be found dotted around the city in the form of stadiums, ski facilities and institutions. Aside from this, Innsbruck is a major university city; campuses are located across the metro area, including noteable locations adjacent to the airport and University Hospital Heliport (LOIU). Be sure to also keep an eye out for the distinctive Tyrolean architecture to both churches and major landmarks alike. Innsbruck Airport itself is Austria's third largest, with major carriers from across Europe serving the popular tourist destination. A true multi-use airport in every sense, Innsbruck caters for aircraft from gliders and helicopters through to Boeing 767's (we won't count the one-off appearance of an A330!). In addition to the busy international terminal, a vibrant business jet / GA terminal (currently undergoing redevelopment) and heavy maintenance facilities, Innsbruck is home several gliding clubs and flying schools. The adjacent heliport - Innsbruck Air Rescue (LOJO) - is a major base for both Rescue and Federal Police services, both utilising EC135 aircraft. Almost all virtual pilots will be aware of the unusual departure and approach procedures for the airport - one of the very best APX designers in the business has come on board to ensure this is replicated as close to the real world as possible. Lighting, navaids, hazard lighting - it's all included and closely matched to real-world specifications. I have endeavoured to capture the atmosphere and palette of the beautiful Tyrol region, whilst still spending a huge amount of time on the "small details". As always, I stress greatly about performance; as such huge efforts have gone into optimising this scenery in anticipation of you flying your favourite resource-heavy airliner - we are currently deep in performance benchmark testing with the team. Whether you are a by-the-book airline captain, bizjet guru, helicopter rescue pilot, casual general aviation flyer or even slow-and-silent glider pilot, ORBX FTX Innsbruck will be the scenery for your simming adventures. Work is ongoing with this airport; we are deep in development and beta testing mode, and as always, no release date is given. I would ask you to please not ask for release dates (thank-you in advance, sincerely!). COMPATIBILITY: - FTX GLOBAL BASE or OPENLC EUROPE is required - the scenery is colour matched to blend with either. - Fully compatible with FTX Vector and Pilots Mesh - Will be compatible with the upcoming FTX Germany South region TOPOGRPAHY & COVERAGE AREA - Massive 2500 sq km of PR at 1m/60cm/30cm - Huge extended coverage area with full LC, 10m Holgermesh, vector roads/rail/powerlines and waterbodies. - 200,000+ building and 800,000+ vegetation autogen placements - Custom seasons files with transitional altitude-based snowlines (mimicking what you would see in a full-blown region). AIRPORT & HELIPORTS: - Innsbruck Airport (LOWI) - The centrepiece of the scenery, in full HD - Innsbruck Air Rescue Heliport (LOJO) - major helicopter base attached to Innsbruck Airport. - Innsbruck University Hospital (LOIU) - the famous rooftop helipad in the city centre. - Hat Tux Heliport / Alpin 5 (LOJT) - forward base for alpine rescue operations, located high up in the Tux Alps. - Fire Service College Heliport (LOIN) - a fun location, and a little hard to find. Training school for local fire/rescue operators. - Emergency Helipad - A nondescript landing area situated adjacent to the railway line near Buch-in-Tirol. SCENERY FEATURES: - Ultra-detailed rendition of LOWI Innsbruck Airport - Enormous coverage area at 30cm and 1m coverage - our largest coverage area yet! - Colour blended and corrected orthoimagery coupled with highly detailed custom autogen - All new static aircraft & ground GSE unique to LOWI - all controllable via the CP and sorted by type (Airliner/Airline Charter/Corporate/GA) - Super high-quality ground poly with environmental effects (oil/rain/sitting water) - Advanced rendering, ambient occlusion and unique night-lighting methods used for maximum realism - Highly detailed and AI-ready APX designed by resident APX guru, Graham Eccleston - Over 160+ landmarks and POI in coverage area, including highly detailed cityscape - Full suite of ObjectFlow, PeopleFlow2, TextureFlow and more included - Complete seasonal variations for immersive experience - Airport modelled on massive on-site photography by Fabian Stuefer, Fabian Klamm & Maximilian Gruber - Optimised for use with high-end airliner products, control panel with full option suite via FTX-Central NOTABLE FEATURES, POI & LANDMARKS - Most major buildings in Innsbruck City Centre including University campus, hospitals, churches and hotels. - 5x animated trains over 30km of routes, including local, ICE and freight (OBB) types. - Both major train stations modelled - Innsbruck Central and Innsbruck Westbahnhof, including brand-new Adlers Hotel - Olympic Park, Tirol Football Stadium and Ramada Olympic Park hotel - Bergisel Olympic Ski Jump - Innsbruck University Technical campus (massive complex next door to airport) - Europa Bridge (one of the tallest in Europe) - Many major churches including Basilika Wilten, Stift Wilten and others - Most noteable apartment towers - 20+ custom modelled bridges, elevated freeways and overpasses - Outlet shopping centre - Standschützen Military Base - Large sections of detailed powerlines with visible cables - Zugspitze - the tallest mountain in Germany - Many other apartments, schools, shopping centres and industrial complexes - over 160+ custom POI in total. Cheers! Jarrad
  16. 35 points
    G'day All, I am delighted to make three introductions to you all; a new member of the Orbx Team, a new line of Orbx Products, and a much-anticipated new scenery project for Australia! Allen Kriesman is a legend of the Flightsim community; a master of his craft for several decades, you will know from his company Scenery Solutions, and highly popular products such as Ultimate Terrain X (UTX). We are delighted to have him on the team; not only will you see new scenery projects from Allen during 2018 and onward, but his technology will be making it's way into many of our other product lines over the coming months. Orbx CityScene is a new line of scenery products that will recreate urban centres and cityscapes around the world in incredible detail. Building upon thousands of hours of R&D over several years, Allen's ground-breaking new technology enables highly-detailed scenery, coupled with highly improved performance and optimisation compared to default city centres. Bypassing traditional autogen methods, buildings correctly replicate unusual footprints, improve on building height and type accuracy, and even add more details for an immersive experience. Vegetation, lighting, terrain, traffic, are all fully integrated. Most importantly, CityScene technology uses next-gen optimisation techniques to ensure the very best performance. The CityScene line will sit alongside bespoke hand-made Cityscapes such as Maurizio's Canberra and Cote d'Azure; likewise some components of this new tech will be utilised in upcoming region and airport products. In short, features you can expect from an Orbx CityScene product: - Highly detailed city and urban landscapes brought to life - Accurate and detailed buildings that go far beyond the limitations of the P3D autogen system - Realistic photoreal/satellite orthoimagery base - Dense and highly-accurate vegetation placement - Road traffic, vector, mesh (DEM) and landclass where required - Full 5 seasons (where applicable) and complete night lighting - Important POI, landmarks and features modeled - Optimised for the best balance between performance and detail CityScene Gold Coast is Allen's first project with Orbx, and recreates the entire City of Gold Coast and surrounds. A long-awaited return to our Australian roots after a hiatus of several years, Goldy has been designed in parallel with Matteo's YBCG Gold Coast International Airport (more news on that soon!). The CityScene captures one of Australia's favourite tourist destinations in complete detail; explore 600 sq km of beautiful beaches, urban landscapes, hotels, towers and waterways. As a bonus, Allen (with the help of Jordan Gough) has included lite renditions of several helipad locations, and Southport Flying Club (YSPT), perfect for launching low-and-slow flights over the coverage area. As Australia's largest non-capital city, Gold Coast has long been famous for it's beaches, surfing and weather. After a massive development boom in the 1980s, the population of the area is now over 600,000, as well as being home to dozens of skyscrapers, including Q1, the tallest building in Australia. The area straddles the New South Wales - Queensland border; Brisbane lies 65km to the north, whilst major NSW regional centres such as Balina, Byron Bay, Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie lie just to the south. One of the features of the calendar is the Gold Coast 600 Supercar Motor Event; held in the centre of the city, the event is a launching stage for spectacular aerial displays from the RAAF (recommended flying inspo here, here and here!). Given it's southern Queensland location, Gold Coast is the perfect centre for short airline flights to well-loved ORBX destinations such as Brisbane, Coffs, Port Mac, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, Cairns, Tamworth and Bathurst. Talking of airline flights, CityScene Gold Coast is prepared and ready for the upcoming Gold Coast Intl; a simple placeholder airport representation has been included as an interim measure until the full HD airport is ready as a separate product. CityScene Gold Coast has been designed to blend with ORBX Australia. ORBX CITYSCENE GOLD COAST FEATURES - Highly detailed, accurate representation of the City of Gold Coast and surrounds - Beautiful ground textures at 60cm, with bonus 7cm ultra-HD at Southport Flying Club - Huge 600km2 coverage area - Next-Gen CityScene Technology - Custom 3D lighting, road traffic, and vector components - Bonus Southport Flying Club (YSPT) lite airport - Bonus light helipads: Marina Helipad and Gold Coast University Hospital - Custom DEM mesh - POIs including Q1 (Australia's tallest building), Jupiters Casino and more - Over 69,000 custom objects! - 119,000 accurately-placed buildings - 1.12 million trees! - Expertly optimised using ground-breaking techniques for best performance. - Compatible with all versions of FSX and P3D, designed for use with ORBX Australia - The exciting first product for Allen Kriesman! - Price will be AUD$24.95 (approx. USD$19.50 / €16 / £14 ) COVERAGE AREA MAP Please enjoy these first screenshots from Emmsie, and stay tuned for plenty more shots and information over the coming days! Cheers, Jarrad
  17. 34 points
    Hello everyone, We have been hard at work since November to further enhance your experience when flying over TrueEarth Great Britain South for XP11. Many of the fixes, additions and improvements have been a result of customer requests and our desire to improve the realism of the region even more. Here are the main improvements in SP1: Removed buildings from airports (as long as they have a boundary set in X-Plane) Added Ambient Occlusion (AO) ground and wall effects to autogen Updated autogen to PBR Upgraded tree placement algorithm (forests are now even more accurate) Updates to autogen placement, fixed reported building rotation bugs Made the roads darker to better match the ortho, and these are now enabled by default Added supermarkets (Sainsbury's, Lidl, Morrisons, ASDA and IKEA) Added fast food outlets Numerous small bug fixes with object placements Some optimisation to London buildings to improve performance In addition we have added 192 344 new Point of Interest (POI) 3D models to the regions including: Many castles Stately homes Every stadium over 7,500 seats Many cathedrals Bridges Other POIs The majority of models are new, others are redone versions of previous models. Also note that we have enhanced many ports and harbours including boats, ports and cranes, shipping yards etc. Here is the complete list of POIs added to TEGB South SP1:Various Gasometers (London)Various Static Boats, CranesCastles Beckington CastleSalisbury CathedralSaint Michael MountGloucester CathedralCanterbury CathedralMacLaren TechClifton Suspension BridgeBristol CathedralNATS RadarGuildford CathedralRoyal CrescentWinchester CathedralEden ProjectRochester CathedralKidderminster Viaduct 1Kidderminster Viaduct 2SatcomCastles Christchurch CastleCastles Pevensey CastleColchester CastleChilham CastleScotney CastleLeybourne CastleHastings CastleKinnersley CastleAllington CastleLongford CastleTonbridge CastlePlace HouseUpnor CastleSutton Valence CastlePendennis castleIOW FerryMarisco CastleRose BowlSouthwold PierWeston Grand PierCity GroundSt Andrews StadiumSelhurst ParkBET365 StadiumLondon StadiumAmex StadiumAshton Gate StadiumStamford BridgeThe HawthornsEmirates StadiumSt Marys StadiumStadium MKWembley StadiumThe ValleyVilla ParkMolineux StadiumOxford City CenteBanwell CastleEastnor CastleWolvesey CastleCooling CastleRougemont Castle ExeterChiddingstone CastleSherborn CastleSecond Severn BridgeNorris CastleKim Bolton CastleKing Power StadiumBrampton Bryan CastleWilton CastleCooling CastleBeckington CastleChiddingstone CastleBanwell CastleCaverswall CastleWolvesey CastleBrampton Bryan CastleNorris CastleLongtown CastleWalton CastleStourton CastleBramber CastlePortman RoadStraddle carrier4Dean CourtPriestfield StadiumSandy ParkRoots HallBurnham on Sea High SomersetPevensey CastleInce CastleElvaston HallPengersick CastleHurst CastleKimbolton CastleLewes CastlePortsmouth Naval MonumentSubmarine bunkersSmeatons TowerRoyal CitadelMount Batten TowerTavy House BlueTavy House GreenTavy House RedFort AlbertFort MoncktonFort GilkickerSt Helens FortNML FortFort BrockurstFort CumberlandSpitbank FortHorse Sand FortFort VictoriaGolden Hill FortFort RownerDungeness Power StationBigbenCoventry CathedralHarringworth Rail ViaductSixways StadiumKassam StadiumBrewery FieldBescot StadiumLiberty StadiumPenydarren ParkPontypool ParkMillennium StadiumHuish ParkTottenham Hotspurs StadiumColchester Community StadiumTwerton ParkCardiff Arms ParkParc y ScarletsCardiff City StadiumMemorial StadiumSt James ParkSWALEC StadiumRodney ParadePride Park StadiumKenilworth RoadNew MeadowCroydon TowerCrystal PalaceT owerBAE Complex on Portsdown HillRoyal GarrisonPyramids CentreIOW BuildingClocktowerD-Day MuseumSpice Island May Rose MuseumM33HMS BristolBritish American Racing HQPortsmouth CathedralStill & West PubOld PortsmouthRound TowerHMS WarriorCastles Pembridge CastleLizardNorth ForelandLundy Island SouthPakefieldDovercourt HighLongshipsEast Nene Sutton BridgeTater DuDuIlfracombePortland BreakwateBurnham on sea lowgorlestonHunstantonWatchet HarbourAnvil PointPortland BillLyde RockPendeenSt Andrew s ChurchFolkestone PierShorehamRoyal SovereignLundy Island NorthSouthwoldNab TowerBerkeley Pill RearBelle ToutHartland Pointcrow pointdungeness 2Start PointOrfordnessBow CreekLowestoftBerry Headdungeness 1Gorleston South PierRamsgate West PierBull PointSouth Foreland LowDubris PharosRound IslandBlack Nore LighthouseHurst PointSt AgnesPortland Bill LowSt AnthonyTeignmouthWolf RockPortishead PointEddystonePortland Bill HighLynmouth ForelandBishop Rock LighthouseHappisburghHarwich LowGunfleetBerkeley Pill FrontPlymouth BreakwaterLundy IslandSt Cartherines OratoryWintertonSt CatherinesSmeatons TowerChapel RockSouth Foreland HighHarwich HighCromerDovercourt LowGodrevyPeninns HeadWest Nene Sutton BridgeTrevose HeadCarrow RoadHome ParkCraven CottageNew Den StadiumFratton ParkMeadow LaneTrent BridgeMadejski StadiumLoftus RoadWelford Road StadiumSkyStudiosTescosSthBkTowerShellCntr100BishopsgateScalpelSGAptsBT TowerHeron TowerCubeSky News HubSky Gillette22 Bishops gateOXO TowerTwickenhamSky Carp arksNational TheatreSky CentralSky Out Buildings (Near Heathrowe)Tate ModernGillette CentreCastles Hurst CastleBrighton MuseumBrighton StationShoreham Power StationBrighton PavilionShoreham WarehouseCastles Tintangel CastleColchester CastleRochester CastleBrownsea CastleCarn Brea CastleStar CastleHedingham CastleCromwells CastleElvaston CastleDeal CastleHertford CastleDownton CastleFort HooHartlebury CastleTreago CastleLulworth CastleOdiham CastleST Mawes CastleGoodrich CastleLaunceston CastleSnodhill CastlePorchester CastleHadleigh CastleCalshot CastleStarkey CastleWalden CastleMackworth CastleRye CastleFranklins GardensCentre CourtCrystal Place National Sports CentreRecreation GroundCounty GroundKingsholm StadiumSt Lawrence GroundLondon Road StadiumCastles Kentchurch courtCastles Clifford CastleLangstone Tech ParkMarchwood IncineratorMedina MosqueeWilton CastleGrace RoadLongtown CastleWithdean StadiumAbbey StadiumNO 1 COURTAdams ParkPembridge CastleCaerhays CastleBerry Pomeroy CastleRufus CastleCompton CastleCorfe CastleWoodsfordPowderham CastlePlympton CastleCroft CastleGidleigh CastleHemyock CastleArundel CastlePortland CastleOkehampton CastleKingswear CastleSt Catherine CastleAffeton CastleSalcombe CastleLongthorpe CastleDrogo CastleWatermouth CastleBickleigh CastlePennsylvania CastleTiverton CastleLydford Castle Here are some screenshots of the improvements and POIs: New PBR autogen models with reflections, bump textures and new night lighting: New darker roads that integrate much better into the ortho: Many cities are improved, such as Portsmouth: Missing items such as bridges have now been added: Too many castles to mention, such as Arundel in West Sussex: Many new stadiums, such as Amex in Brighton: And much much more .... SP1 will be announced as available released shortly, and you can update using Orbx Central.
  18. 34 points
    Hello everyone, I'll keep this as brief as possible. Firstly, my sincere apologies for removing PayPal as a payment option for now, but we had no choice as you will see below. I am on the phone to PayPal daily and working with them to resolve the situation. I am sure Orbx is not the first business in the world to face this problem but their timing could not be worse, right after our store opening and during a sale. We're as outraged as you all are, that much I can promise you. I love using PayPal myself, have done for years. It's quick, convenient and secure. It's also the first time we have been on the other side of the fence as a merchant. So here is the facts, although as you can understand there are delicate confidential business discussions taking place which would be foolish for me to disclosure until the matter is settled. On November 29th PayPal informed me our account was under review and limited. This limitation was restricted to Orbx not being allowed to close our PP account. Not a problem for us The reason cited was the sudden huge increase in $ and transaction volume since our store opened PP requested company documentation to clarify what business we are in - this was provided immediately We heard nothing more about the matter, but I thought this would be a formality and the limitation lifted On December 6th PP informed me our account was further limited This time we were unable to move any money out of our merchant account, effectively freezing our funds Extensive further documentation was requested and immediately provided I called PP every two days expecting the review to be concluded. Meantime the merchant account balance was growing; I normally do a transfer each Monday When the merchant account balance grew to six figures and with no resolution in sight, I made the decision to stop all PP payments We now have a substantial amount of our income held by PP until this review is concluded We have no promise this money will be released We have no choice then, but to protect both the interests of Orbx and its developers to ensure they are paid for their hard work If we fail to resolve the issue then many customers would have 'bought' and effectively gotten free products We will continue to call PP daily, as I have just done. I have been requested more documentation today which I provided. I hope, along with all our staff and of course you as customers, that PP can complete this review and allow us the confidence to use their service again. We did not feel it was appropriate to reveal this information to you yesterday because it is business confidential and frankly, we're not obliged to tell you. But after waking up to the furore on the forums this morning, and the rampant conjecture that has been going on at many forums, I thought I would reveal as much as I can without actually risking jeopardising the PP account review. So .... it appears some people like to think Orbx is doing its best to push customers away with V2 migration, OrbxDirect, FTXCv3 and now this PayPal situation. The truth is that we have had a vision for some years to make the way our customers interact, purchase and maintain our software the simplest and easiest on the market. Sure, there have been bumps in the road. Sure, there are bugs outstanding. But Rome was not built in a day and I believe we are heading in the right direction. We have closed over 2,000 Zendesk tickets since the store opened. We have hired two permanent support staff to deal with issues. Ben is working some very long hours on coding and other tasks. We feel your pain, but we know most issues will be resolved eventually. Orbx is not going anywhere soon. We have a lot of very exciting plans for 2017 and beyond. Plans that move us beyond just FSX/P3D and into some of the most ambitious projects we have ever conceived. We are spending many hundreds of thousands of dollars on R&D in 2017 and this is without any guarantee of success. But where there is no risk there is no reward. So watch this space! Allow me again to apologise for a situation that was NOT in our control, not planned, nor desired. I hope to have it end in a positive outcome as soon as possible but the matter is not in my hands. Thanks for your continued loyalty to Orbx products and your support in 2016, I hope you will give us the chance to grow into new ventures in 2017 and come along for the journey ... A great festive season to all of you!
  19. 33 points
    Happy Easter everyone! Whilst we are very excited to bring you TrueEarth Netherlands for FSX/P3D in April, we are also hard at work on many other TrueEarth regions for FSX/P3D, AFS2 and X-Plane 11. This teaser trailer shows EGCB Barton Manchester Airport fully integrated into TrueEarth Great Britain, the first of our UK+Ireland TrueEarth series for X-Plane. When our company decided to commit to the X-Plane platform, we meant business. EGCB is the first Orbx product we are releasing first for X-Plane. Expect dozens more X-Plane 11 products from us in 2018 and even more in 2019! We commissioned renowned video producer Thomas Rasmussen to create this teaser trailer, and I hope you enjoy it!
  20. 33 points
    Good day to all, Welcome to San Diego v2! I'm very happy to announce my new project which I’ve been working on since Gold Coast Intl was launched. I've put all of myself to give to you a much-improved version of KSAN. Using the latest optimization techniques this version is almost 100% new compared to the KSAN you are all currently flying. Performance increases, plenty of new details and a few new major features are all part of the update. I’ve taken on board all of your feedback, and have channelled this into the new version. I hope you all get even more enjoyment out of this new version! Of course, the most exciting part of this news is that KSAN v2.0 is an entirely free update for all existing users! If you haven’t had the chance to try KSAN yet, now is the perfect time as the scenery is currently on sale. What's new in this version? First of all, I spent a great deal of time trying to understand how to improve this huge scenery, using latest techniques. This has been achieved by re-working almost every 3D component of the airport, extensive optimisation and consolidation, whilst at the same time adding more detail. Our testing team have all shown big performance improvements across the board, with a few testers even showing double the performance when used with Orbx FTX Global! Whilst the performance has been a large focus of my efforts, I have added many other features as requested by you: Massive optimization efforts to greatly improve performance New animated jetways! (CTRL-J) Far more terminal detailing (P3D only) New modelled interiors for main terminals (P3D only) Totally replaced static aircraft – new types unique to KSAN Updated ground poly (with new textures), New ground imagery (higher quality, better colors and blending) Updated and revised GSE placement and types Added lite versions of surrounding airports: KMYF, KNRS, KNZY, KSDM, KSEE Major updates to POI and downtown textures Improved autogen Improved clutter and details Dynamic lighting (P3Dv4 only) Compatible with FTX GLOBAL, openLC North America or Southern California For Microsoft Flight Simulator X and Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v1-4 A little bit of info about beautiful San Diego city: San Diego is a major city in California, United States. It is in San Diego County, on the cost of the Pacific Ocean in South California, approximately 190km south of Los Angeles and immediately adjacent to the Mexican border. The city has a population of 1,419,516. As well as the airport, this scenery covers the entire city in detail, including dozens of POI and a detailed rendition of downtown. San Diego International Airport: San Diego International Airport, formerly known as Lindbergh Field is an international airport very close to downtown San Diego, Many of you will know it for its famous approach, and for challenging landings over the short runway, coming very close to the well-known parking lot. The airport serves domestic, transcontinental and international destinations. You can see at the airport almost all types of aircrafts, from Boeing 737 to Boeing 747. Don't miss the opportunity to pick up this scenery whilst it is on sale, and of course, keep an eye out for more previews coming soon! Enjoy!
  21. 32 points
    Hello all, Normally Orbx does not announce projects until they are at least in alpha or beta stage and we have something to show. However in the case of this announcement, a lot of exploratory pre-alpha work has already been done and indeed I've shown some sneak preview shots already. Moving forward I think in the current climate of multiple sim platforms we will likely be giving more advanced notice of future projects. What I can announce today is that we have secured pristine aerial photography for all of the UK and Ireland and this now paves the way for projects to commence in earnest. Jarrad Marshall will be announcing the name of these series of addons this weekend so I won't reveal the Orbx product series name yet, but they will be made entire from aerial photography orthoimagery and not landclass based. In addition to the Netherlands for FSX/P3D coming in a matter of weeks, we will be releasing photoreal regions for England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland, Pacific Northwest USA and Germany in 2018/19. These will be released as a region each, allowing you to pick and choose which ones you want and also manage the footprint sizes on your drives. We may split Germany into halves to contain the installation size. The prospect of flying from Ireland to the eastern part of Germany in a contiguous photo based scenery is now very real. The first sim platforms these UK/Ireland regions are to be released on will be X-Plane 11, followed by Aerofly FS2. This is because the pre-work has already been done and they will be summer season only. FSX/P3D will follow but there is a lot of work to produce 5 seasonal variations of each regions therefore extra development time will be required. We will be producing a test compile somewhere in the Midlands soon, and we can then share a few further sneak preview shots. These regions will be "install-and-fly". Everything will be managed by OrbxDirect and FTX Central so you can focus on just enjoying the regions themselves. We plan to include every house, building, tree and structure in all of the UK/Ireland and the regions will also include (based on each sim's functionality) night lighting, traffic, power lines, water masking, light houses, cityscapes, POIs, marinas, ships and thousands more 3D objects. Airports will be upgraded in the FSX/P3D version but we are not 100% decided on XP/AFS2 for airports at this stage. Those may follow in a service pack or we take a different approach (more details TBC). So imagine doing an approach with scenery that looks like this: This will soon be possible across multiple sim platforms and I am sure you are just as excited as we are about the prospects of seeing this level of detail in your favourite sim. More information to come in due course!
  22. 32 points
    We have encountered a number of posts on these forums from customers advising us that their entire ORBX folder has disappeared. The blame is being pointed at the 151108 Orbxlibs release. Firstly, let me assure you that there is absolutely nothing wrong with that Orbxlibs installer and there's no need to be concerned about your ORBX folder disappearing if you have purchased legitimate licenses for all your Orbx products from day one. Please allow me to remind everyone that you don't own any Orbx software, products or libraries. What we sell is a *license* fee that gives you permission to use our intellectual property on a single PC for personal use. Of course, we also sell a commercial variant of that license. We have clear links to the End User License Agreement (EULA) on our website here: https://fullterrain.com/eula Furthermore, since our first product release back in March 2008 we have asked every single customer to click on a button in the installer applications to agree to those EULA terms, and again we offer a printed copy in the User Guide. The license is not transferrable. You can't buy someone else's copy on eBay or Amazon etc. You can't install a 'friend's' copy, or receive it as a 'gift' from someone. You can only buy them from flightsimstore.com (they sell vouchers if you do want to gift Orbx products, by the way). Allow me to give an analogy: If you are of driving age, the government in your country asks for a paid fee to sit either a theory and/or practical test and then awards you the privilege to drive a vehicle. You don't own the privilege, it's the government's right to take it away, as it often does if you breach the terms of your license. I know; I lost my driving license twice in my youth when I was a bit reckless. It sure taught me a good lesson. So then, we make it clear that you need a valid paid license to use our software. However, if in the past at any time you have perhaps "tried before you buy" and availed yourself to a copy of Orbx software from any source other than flightsimstore.com or a previously authorised DVD reseller, whatever mechanism that was used to install that unauthorised copy of Orbx software was logged onto your Windows system somewhere. Every now and again we release products (they can be Orbxlibs, regions, airports - these are random) where the installer checks for any evidence of past unauthorised Orbx products having been installed on your PC. In that instance if we detect a breach of the EULA, we reserve our right to remove all our intellectual property from the ORBX folder. You have essentially forfeited your privilege to use our software, so we're enforcing our rights as the owner and publisher of it. Please note that we do not touch anything outside the ORBX folder, nor interfere with your Windows or PC installation or other vendors' products. How do you fix this situation? The solution is to think back to that "try before you buy" (to clarify: pirated, torrented, illegal) Orbx product that was installed and then go and purchase an authorised license from flightsimstore.com for that and any other unauthorised products that may have been installed in the past. Here's the hard part: You will need to re-install Windows from scratch to prevent a random Orbx installer from affecting the ORBX folder yet again. Whilst this may cause you inconvenience, it pales into insignificance compared to the millions of dollars worth of Orbx products that have been stolen in the past eight years. I need to remind people that Orbx provides a means of income for many people, some of who develop on a full-time basis and who can spend up to 12-18 months working on a single project at a time. We have a zero tolerance policy towards customers who think they can download our products from unauthorised sources. Those people who have been affected recently will be contacted and given a ban from the Orbx support forums for a few months to think about their actions and allow them time to purchase legitimate copies. So it matters not if you've purchased every single Orbx product including a few "try before I buy" copies in the past; you need to ensure 100% of your product installers come from FSS and if you have experienced an ORBX folder loss you will need to re-install Windows. I will make the unusual step of leaving this open to discussion but the moment the topic becomes antisocial it will be locked. I don't want to see any inflammatory posts or cries of "how dare you call me a pirate" etc etc. I can promise you that the tech we used to detect unauthorised activity has been thoroughly tested, and this is borne out by the fact is has affected only 9-10 people out of some 3,000 installs of Orbxlibs in the past week. It actually beggars belief that these people are posting on the Orbx forums in these circumstances. To the majority (and I mean, 99,9% of the 57,875 registered forum users) who always support Orbx by purchasing licenses from flightsimstore.com - I say "thank you".
  23. 31 points
  24. 31 points
    Hello everyone, I thought it would be a good time to update everyone on key developments going on in the background so you're all up to speed with stuff. 1. FTX Central V2.1 Migration This is the big doozie We have had over 8,000 customers migrate to FTXCv2.1 and about 1-2% of customers have experienced post-migration issues ranging from mild to severe. Let me apologise to those 1-2% because it was never our intention to cause a single person disruption to their enjoyment of the sim nor have people resort to re-installs. We're genuinely sorry that things have gone awry for you. Ben has been back at work for a nearly a week and we're testing his diagnostic tool. Here's a beta screenshot of what to expect when you run the tool: Ben, Ed, Eugene and the testing team are currently working hard to tie down any loose ends, missing files, migration issues and also testing on clean-install machines versus complex-install machines. We will try to get this tool into your hands ASAP since we MUST have this resolved and everyone happily using unified lookup before we can move onto new product releases that depend on it. 2. Last of the P3DV3 airport ports These are just about done, Ed's just finalising the installers and then we will be finished with what has been a massive task for Ed, the developers and the testers. I know it's taken a lot longer than many people wanted but we're pleased to have made it across the line finally. Expect Ed's release announcement any day now, and thanks again for being so patient with us. 3. openLC North America The big one! You've been spammed many beta shots of the southern half and testing is progressing well; most testers are reporting an almost perfect match between Google Earth and the landclass they are testing, so that bodes well for a release in the next few weeks. Please note that some features like missing beaches etc will be patched in an upcoming Vector release since that's a different development team in charge of those aspects. Logistically, every customer who already has openLC NA Alaska/Canada installed will only have to download the new southern NA zip files from their FSS accounts once they purchase the second part of NA. We are placing the new 3D lighting tech layer in a high priority scenery layer so it automatically upgrades both the FTX NA regions and also openLC Alaska/Canada. The installer will take care of all the housekeeping for you. Note that openLC NA will require you to be using the new unified lclookup and FTX Central V2.1, so that's why our focus is to resolve those issues as soon as possible. Finally please remember all owners of openLC NA Alaska/Canada will get an automatic AU$22.50 discount on the southern part. You still have time to purchase openLC NA Alaska/Canada to qualify for the discount. 4. FTX Central V3 and OrbxDirect webstore Once Ben has resolved all customer issues with FTXCv2.1 and migration, his focus will return to the new FTX Central V3 and the integrated website/OrbxDirect store. I can promise you that we won't be going live with this new way of buying Orbx products until I'm personally satisfied the infrastructure is rock solid and the payment gateway is secure and seamless. In the meantime it will be business as usual with Flightsimstore.com (FSS) so nothing changes until we're ready. If that means the new FTXC/website/store is pushed out to August, September or October, that's just the way it will be to ensure a smooth transition. In the meantime these forums and the website will be moving to new hosted servers with better bandwidth and resilience. We are aware of several glitches with the forums and these will be addressed in due course. There's a lot happening in the background in Orbx-land but in the end things will settle down and run a lot smoother. We may invite a group of a hundred or so customers to beta-test the new store, and this will involve migrating their FSS accounts to OrbxDirect and then making a purchase in the new store. We will naturally offer a discount to those customers for offering to be guinea pigs for us The thing that will be exciting for all our customers will be the seamless way in which you browse the new website, click on a purchase, checkout your basket and then let FTX Central V3 do its magic in the background while you continue to fly. You'll get an alert once a product is ready to use and that's about as complex as it gets. The wrapper system will be gone, it's a case of browse, click, buy, fly. 5. VECTOR 1.4 This is finally ready for release and includes an option in the configurator to disable FTX Australia for max compat. There is a huge amount of customer-driven fixes in 1.4 and the wait will be worth it. Please don't stop reporting bugs you find such as missing lakes, beaches, rivers - anything that is not in the current dataset is open to be patched into V1.5, 1.6 etc. Ed should be announcing the availability any day now. Thanks again to our customer community for helping us make this a better product with every release! UPDATE: This has now been released: 6. New product releases June/July has always been a traditionally quiet period for Orbx release but we have some major products due in the next month and beyond such as openLC NA, FTX Germany North, LDDU Dubrovnik, ENNK Narvik, YMML V3, L05 Kern Valley SCA, KBSA Santa Barbara, FTX BuildingsHD, Cityscape Cote 'dzur to name a few. There's a lot more other unannounced projects in the works from 'Tim and Ken The Experience Men', Jarrad Marshall, Alex Goff, Andreas Hegi, Scott Armstrong, Misha Cajic and more. Early prep work is already underway for openLC South America and FTX Germany South as well. I hope this fills in a few blanks and assures you we're busy bees in the background. Yours in updates.
  25. 30 points
    Never let it be said that Orbx does not listen to its customers. We most certainly do, and with regard to the lack of seasons in TE GB for P3D, let's have a discussion about it openly and in consultation with you all ok? Firstly, to dispel some rumours and FUD: I made the decision to not have seasons in TE P3D during the TE Netherland beta, and made this public knowledge not long after. Why? Purely based on business economics. There is no technical reason we can't do it at all. Compare the size of a 5-seasons TE product like TE Netherlands for P3Dv4, and extrapolate it out for larger regions: TE Region Size in Sq Miles Size on Disk Netherlands 16040 72GB Great Britain 80823 360GB Washington 71362 320GB Oregon 98466 440GB California 163696 730GB TOTAL 2TB So we'd be at 2 terabytes just doing Netherlands, GB and part of the US west coast with 5 seasons at LOD15 for P3D. The cost to deliver that level of data to tens of thousands of customers would literally run into the millions. We are already spending well into 6-figures right now on our data delivery bill, let alone move into crazy new territory like you see above. And we want to cover a large chunk of the world with this tech. This would pretty much bankrupt Orbx on data delivery infrastructure costs alone. Remember - we give customers unlimited lifetime downloads. Who else does that? Either we begin to charge for data delivery, or we have to compromise on product spec to contain costs. So what options are there? OPTION 1. Use the current LOD15 TEGB in beta testing for P3Dv4 and use trees for seasons. The TE GB regions in P3D will support tree colouring based on seasons. Here I am using Global Trees HD Summer Fall (Autumn) Spring Another location, lower to the ground. Spring Winter Summer Just the change in sun position, lighting and tree colours do a very convincing job of seasonality in P3D OPTION 2. Add 5-seasons but at LOD14 - this keeps the product size the same as LOD15 1-season Believe it or not, we can squeeze five seasons into a TE region at LOD14 and keep the installer the same size as LOD15. Thank P3D's efficient bgl compression for that benefit. Here is a shot of the current LOD15 beta: And here is the same area at LOD14 If you click to enlarge the above shots, you can use your keyboard arrow keys to switch between them to notice the difference in quality. It's discernible below 500FT, but hard to pick at 2,500FT which is the average altitude for VFR flying. Also look near the blue/green strip of scenery at the horizon and below it - there is zero difference in quality because P3D uses lower LOD imagery further away from your aircraft anyway. So that is the current state of play internally - we are doing a bunch of test seasonal colouring at LOD14 and we'll share those results on the forums to get feedback. What will likely go on sale is: TrueEarth GB South LOD15 Summer Edition TrueEarth GB South LOD14 Seasons Edition They will both be the same price but there will be a 40% cross-grade discount between them. You decide what is more important to you and install what suits your needs. Install them both and switch them on/off as needed. We deliver seasons as the community wants, but without breaking the company's back in data delivery costs. The customer has the option of both editions but pays for the download costs. I will open this up to discussion, but please be nice to each other. UPDATE 02-JAN-19 : LOD14 SEASONS SCREENSHOTS Some shots from testing a LOD14 5-seasons build. Season show in red top centre of each shot.
  26. 30 points
    The History Of Orbx – Part 1/7 – Early FS forays As part of the 10th anniversary celebrations and the week-long sale event we're having, Ben suggested I should write a series of articles on the history of Orbx. I thought it was a great idea so here goes nothing. This will be quite a personal walk down memory lane. I'll add a new chapter during each day of the sale event. So where to begin? Before Orbx, before VOZ, before anything that had a public face, I was mainly a flight simulation enthusiast. I had always been fascinated with aircraft and flying. An Aviation Family As a young boy in the early 1970's my father would give my mum a break from the kids by taking all his sons (about six of them at home at the time) to the newly built YMML Melbourne International Aiport which had an observation deck at the top of the terminal. We'd sit there for hours planespotting and trying to imagine where all those aircraft had come from and were going to. My parents brought my siblings to Australia from Holland in 1971 and they flew back to the Netherlands every few years. Every departure and arrival at YMML was a major event for us, and they would always treat us to new boxes of Lego and Dutch licorice when they came back! I loved being at airports. In my later IT career decades later I would spend 300 days in one particular year flying around the world for my job. At one time I had over a million frequent flyer points. My father was involved in aviation with the Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF) and had experience in flying in Cessnas around Australia. His love for aviation rubbed off onto his sons because three of them ended up with their PPLs and one became a CFI. Many thousands of hours of stick time is shared between them. Me? I was the dreamer of the bunch, never doing more than playing with flight simulators from the pre-FS1 module for the Apple II called A2FS1 by Bruce Artwick. This allowed me to model the trench run scene from Star Wars and I thought I was at the pinnacle of 3D animation at the time! Then came FS1, colour graphics on the PC and various iterations of FS2/3/4/5 etc until I sort of lost interest in the mid 1990's. Rediscovering Flight Simulator Then in 2000 I rediscovered Flight Simulator again in the form of FS2002 and I began to resume interest in the hobby. When FS2004: A Century of Flight was released in July 2003 I began to collect aircraft and scenery addons, admiring the skills of those early developers and gaining an appreciation for bush flying. I loved Bob Bernstein's Orcas Island and Harvey/Monroe - the little details made the airports seem like microcosms and little universes. I would spend hours looking at the detail and doing circuits. Then I discovered Holger Sandman's early projects both payware and freeware - amazing stuff like Misty and Tongass Fjords and Glacier Bay and many lovely other sceneries around B.C. and Alaska, the early Ultimate Terrain series by Allen Kriesman, great little airports by Bill Womack - all legends of the hobby in my eyes. I became quite the flight sim hoarder, downloading hundreds of freeware addons, scouring forums, buying every new aircraft and scenery that my budget would allow, filing everything into neat folders and filling up hard drives with a vast collection. Each new acquisition would give me the pleasure of discovering something new and admiring the authors’ skills. My morning coffee at work would involve reading forums, product reviews and looking for more destinations to visit. BEV It was during this time of enjoying flight simming again that I stumbled upon a guy called Stephen Stever sharing some amazing new ground textures for FS9 on the Ultimate Terrain support forums. I commented on how great the screenshots looked. At the time he hinted it was a personal project and they were just some "alpha shots". I sent him a PM and told him if it ever went to beta I'd be keen to help out. Sure enough, he replied a little later and after a few teething problems with logins etc, a crew of about 12 people assembled in a private forum called "AREA 51". So the BirdEyeView (or BEV) project was born. Stephen was great texture artist, but had very little clue about sales, marketing, forums, websites or generally a business model at all. Being a sales and marketing executive for IT companies, I set about organising things in the background, creating little logos and banners and working a (lot!!) of hours in my spare time. Here's one of my early creations, a forum signature image for the testing team So BEV occupied an enormous amount of my time and I'd often be found at work editing textures, logos, website, and testing - much to the dismay of my bosses! Eventually after finding a work colleague of mine to code a switcher app, we had some sort of a product on our hands and the website began to take shape and interest grew in the product. KoorbyGen Because Stephen was using standard FS9 autogen building textures I set about sourcing building textures, learning the autogen SDK, editing texture sheets and creating a whole new set of autogen, which I dubbed "KoorbyGen" (my forum nickname has always been koorby for many years). Koorbygen textures are in fact still used in Orbx NA regions, believe it or not. That's because I had created HD textures four times the resolution of FS9, not knowing that would be the native resolution of FSX some years later. In fact you can still download KoorbyGen from AVSIM BEV ended up using my KoorbyGen for its North American products which was released just before I left the team, because real life got in the way and the hours I was spending on BEV were getting too crazy. I learnt so much from the experience though and generally had a great experience working on a project and seeing it come to life. I also learnt that FS development could be a huge time sink and you needed discipline and structure to make commercial releases, or relax a bit and make freeware stuff. The first release of BEV The BEV website So after BEV I sort of lost interest in flight simulation for a while, I needed a break. Of course, a bit later I decided to begin my PPL and began lessons. The problem was, FS9's depiction of my local area in Australia looked like the Gobi Desert so trying to practice my navs and circuits was a joke. What happened next is for part 2 tomorrow .....
  27. 30 points
    Hello guys, this is a map that I've created for myself, but I found it quite cool so decided to share. It is basically a copy of the official Orbx product map, but I made several changes: - added standalone freeware airports - added airports from the 2018 roadmap - color coded the airports. This is to easier decide which ones are suitable for different kind of airplanes. The coding is as follows: BROWN - grass strips ORANGE - small paved GA airfields, LIGHT GREEN - bigger GA / small regional airports suitable for Dash 8 or a bizjet DARK GREEN - airports suitable for 737 BLUE - regional and international airports, with enough runway and parking place for at least 757 I did not use any fixed criteria for this classification, rather a combination of runway length, apron size, real world schedules and common sense. So there can be some errors or you may not agree with the classification. But I hope you'll find it useful https://drive.google.com/open?id=1-fqf4PZR7FHf0M7L3M_d2t5o2AuFgO22&usp=sharing
  28. 30 points
    Hi everyone, All you all know we released KCGX Meigs Field for X-Plane 11 yesterday, and it's proving to be a HOT seller, certainly on par or if not better than small to medium airports for our other platforms. So please allow me to say a big THANK YOU to the X-Plane user community for embracing "the new Orbx kid on the block" and I hope it has met your expectations! We don't have delusions of world domination but we hope to see many other FS developers embracing XP moving forward as well. You may be wondering about the choice of Meigs Field as our debut. The reason is fairly simple - we hired a contractor to port this over a year ago as part of our evaluation of XP11 and to see what was involved. We then sat on the 80% completed work for various reasons as well as working on enhancements to the existing FSX/P3D/AFS2 versions to vastly expand the cityscape well into the suburban areas and add a larger photoreal terrain coverage. So basically, we've added the last 20% to make it on par with the other platforms and released it. However, we have 2-3 more Orbx airport ports coming in a short while and also a new first-for-XPlane release; EGCB Barton Manchester Airport by Tony Wroblewski, which looks just ridiculously stunning I have to say! (There are many more shots but I don't want to steal Tony's thunder - needless to say it looks gobsmackling good ) 2018 X-Plane (sort of) Roadmap We don't yet have a formal roadmap to announce yet but here is the rough plan: Hire more XP experienced developers to add to those already recently joined Port our most popular small to medium airports to XP11 Potentially port some of our larger more complex airports and their attached 'micro-regions' Develop a photoreal Pacific Northwest region Port the PNW airports across to establish a bush-flyer's paradise Work with Ben Supnik and the guys at Laminar to try and add bone animations to the sim so we can add some Flow technologies Release more 'first-for-XPlane' titles (yes, we may end up porting XP airports back to FSX/P3D/AFS2, how about that eh? ) Port across our Netherlands photoreal region Investigate further US regions Investigate a UK photoreal region with ported and brand new airports Some pre-alpha shots of a UK region exploratory work: What we don't plan to do: Create an Orbx Global, openLC or Vector product; for now this is too ambitious in scope for the platform Create land class based regions; XP doesn't have seasons and we are not yet up to speed with the XP internals just yet Hopefully this post will be welcomed by the XP community as a sign of our commitment to the platform. Orbx is morphing into a multi-platform FS developer and whilst we remain focused on our core sims (FSX/P3D) we also recognise that there are new sims emerging as choices for the FS community (XP/AFS2/FSW) and it makes good business sense to expand the scope of our offerings to them.
  29. 30 points
    They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn; At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, We will remember them. Please just take a moment chaps to remember all and everyone lost from all the world. Thank you Iain
  30. 30 points
    Hi, Earlier this year we announced ESSD Dala Airport, a small regional airport in Dalarna, Sweden. Today we are happy to announce that it will be part of an airport bundle and I'm eager to also show you some screenshots of ESNQ Kiruna Airport. Kiruna is a mining town in the far north of Sweden, located beautifuly in the wild landscapes of Lappland. There are daily flights to Stockholm Arlanda and just across the border you'll find Narvik, so you will for sure be able use your Orbx-sceneries to commute. With this package I'm also very proud to announce snow as rarely seen before in the simulator. As a native Swede, snow is close to heart and we bring you 3D-snow that will make the airports really come to life during wintertime with hardly any performance hit. I hope you will enjoy the screenshots, remember it being work in progress and things might change. So, enough talking, here we have ESNQ Kiruna Airport and ESSD Dala Airport. Regards, Marcus
  31. 30 points
    Hello, Gold. Near LOWI yesterday Morning p3Dv4.1 Rex sky Force & PTA
  32. 30 points
    Hello everyone, Firstly before I forget, I'd like to thank each and every single one of you for the fantastic support through 2015 and here's wishing you and your family a great festive season and a safe new year. Drink responsibly and blue skies to all! Now onto business. I just wanted to give you a heads up on some impending releases and one delay. The FTX NA SCA Southern California first release candidate is being prepared by Ed as we speak. Hopefully the testing team can give it a good bill of health this coming week and we can get it into your hands. It will certainly make your xmas stocking, that's a promise. Adrian at FSS has recently finished a massive infrastructure upgrade so the CDN will be able to cope with the demand for this very anticipated region. openLC NA USA/Mexico (including Hawaii and the Caribbean) will be delayed until the new year. All the new textures and LC are done and we're just waiting on final autogen and night lighting to be completed. We may possibly be in beta as soon as late next week but as you can understand there's no way I am going to sign off on it without testing most of the millions of square miles of landclass, so I'd rather it be in good shape and delay release for a bit. I'm confident it will be out in the first quarter, possibly by February. Airports - We finally have some Scandinavian airports incoming (applause!!) and in beta testing right now or imminently we have EDBJ Jena Schoengleina, ESSA Stockholm Arlanda, ENSD Sandane and ENNO Notodden. Tore Stranden is also trying as hard as he can to complete his magnum opus ENNK Narvik. Also Turbulent Designs are still popping their speed pills and we may see O60 Cloverdale in the mix as well. As to how many of these will make it for xmas I can't tell you, and please don't ask. Watch the preview forums for screenshots from the usual suspects to get an idea. Further afield for January we have KCGX Meigs Field for FSX/P3D, another Turbulent NCA airport and some goodies from Alex, Jarrad, Misha and maybe a few more surprises. So that's about 11 releases to look forward to in the next eight weeks. Whew! Finally FTX EU GEN Germany North is about halfway through development and looking uber-fantastisch! Here's two sneak peeks around Berlin: So lots to look forward to in the next few weeks and months and I promise 2016 is going to be a HUGE year for Orbx releases with at least 20 more projects now currently in development or starting soon, over and above what I've just mentioned. We have added another developer to the openLC team to double the rate of LC texture creation and of course we expect almost all our 120+ products to be P3Dv3 ready by the end of the first quarter, sooner if we get Ed to drink copious amounts of Red Bull! Once again, thanks to all our amazing customers for 2015 and here's to a bigger and better 2016!
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  34. 28 points
    A little mix of caps from TEGB South & TEGB Central in X Plane 11.32... Also using XVision with my own modded preset. I would like to extend a huge thank you to Ken Hall for the help and kindness he has given me... you are a star and these first caps are for you mate Thank you for looking
  35. 28 points
  36. 28 points
    Hi everyone, After far too long, I am very proud to finally (re)introduce to you all my absolute largest project to date, KSBA Santa Barbara Municipal Airport for P3D and FSX! I've taken the last few months during my travels and student exchange in the United States to complete this incredibly scenic and unique destination just up the coast from Los Angeles in FTX Southern California. This is also the tenth Orbx airport product that I have directly worked on, so it's quite a milestone for me. KSBA is surrounded on all sides by beautiful approaches, with the beach and shore immediately to the south, and the mountains to the north posing a bit of an challenge . The unique architectural style of the terminal really makes this airport pop, as you will see below, with various artwork and designs all faithfully recreated in this addon. KSBA is a short flight from other Orbx airports like L70 Agua Dulce and KPSP Palm Springs, as well as a short airliner flight down the coast from KSTS Sonoma County and KTVL Lake Tahoe further inland. KSBA is served by 5 airlines on a regular basis by CRJ's, 737's, A320's and more, and is the perfect combination of airline and GA destination. With its main 6000ft runway and two 4200ft GA runways, this airport caters to pretty much whatever your favourite type of flying is. As usual, I've spend a long time tweaking the performance and making sure that it runs with as little impact as possible, so everyone can have a great experience no matter what they fly. Aside from the high detail airport, I have also included a HUGE area of 500sq km of fully annotated and detailed scenery around the airport, covering the entire city of Santa Barbara, Goleta, and the stunning mountain range that can be seen from the airport and city. You certainly won't run out of things to explore here! Stay tuned for updates over the next week on this - it's very close to complete FEATURES - Ultra-detailed rendition of KSBA Santa Barbara Municipal Airport - HUGE 500km2 coverage area at 30cm/60cm /1m - Beautiful rendition of the terminal, including interior modelling for maximum depth - Additional "lite" landing area - 0CA3 Crawford Airport - Custom vegetation and trees native to area - Advanced rendering, ambient occlusion and night-lighting methods used for maximum realism - Plenty of VFR landmarks and POIs to explore including schools, shops, factories, custom bridges and others. - Full suite of ObjectFlow, PeopleFlow2, TextureFlow and more included - Extensive control panel with options for alternative APX/AI configurations - Strongly optimized for good performance with complex aircraft types Please note that KSBA Santa Barbara is designed to blend seamlessly with FTX NA Southern California for P3D/FSX - can also be used with FTX Global Base only, but may contain a few small anomalies KSBA will be available to purchase from OrbxDirect soon for AUD $39.95 (approx. USD $28.60 / €24.75 / £21.75) COVERAGE AREA Enjoy the previews Cheers, Misha
  37. 28 points
    Hi, Just wanted to share two screenshots of ESSD Dala Airport, part of my upcoming Swedish bundle package also including ESNQ Kiruna Airport. With that said, may I add that all good things comes in threes? Still a major surprise to reveal. Stay tuned. And oh, yes, soon done! Regards, Marcus
  38. 28 points
    The History Of Orbx – Part 7/7 – Global Series And Beyond 2012 was an eventful year for me personally, with my 26 year marriage coming to an end, then relocating to the UK and despite Orbx's momentum, the company not being in a great financial shape. I do pride myself on one thing though; Orbx has no debts, has never borrowed from a bank and has never failed to pay any invoice on time (usually well before they are due). With an expensive divorce behind me and living on the other side of the world with an empty personal bank account, it seemed like I needed a reboot and a refocus to get the company back on track. I thought about how to expand our offering to beyond just regions and airports. The most logical thing to do was to repurpose the five years of R&D in terrain textures into a global product. As I was musing about how to achieve this, something remarkable happened. An Orbx user posted some screenshots on our forums where he had combined textures from a bunch of Orbx regions and created a whole new super-region, mainly to cover eastern Europe where he lived. Of course he was not aware this was against our EULA so I immediately contacted him - not to threaten legal action but to offer him a job. Eugene is a rare talent and has the chameleon-like ability to adapt to new methods and technologies like he's breathing air. So in secret as a side project without telling my staff, he and I set about creating FTX Global. Going Global FTX Global sounds like an easy thing to do; throw all our textures into a big bucket, swirl them around and out comes a mega world-covering region. But with anything covering such a vast area there comes challenges. We needed to unlock not dozens more land classes, but hundreds. We needed Global to 'play nice' with our regions and their customised system files. We needed thousands of new unique textures to depict terrain in all corners of the world. And we needed to convince our customers that Global was something they needed. So that is where the now-famous unified LClookup came into play. It took a lot of painstaking reverse engineering on Eugene's part to get all the pieces to work with each other but slowly but surely it came together. About 14 months after we began, the FTX Global Base Pack was released - and boy did it strike a chord with our customers! Now there was a way to get the Orbx regions look and feel for the entire planet. It wasn't a perfect solution of course, but it certainly made a huge improvement over the bland and dated default terrain of FSX and P3D. About the same time as FTX Global was released we struck a deal with the guys from PILOT'S in Austria and licensed their vector product which they helped to enhance further and package it as FTX Global Vector. It was released in December 2013. Not content with just texture and vector products, we saw the need for better worldwide landclass. So the openLC series was born out of that and soon Europe and the US began to look closer to our full-fat regions The Ben Factor Around this time I received an email from a young guy who had started university, criticising our website as being clunky and high maintenance. Instead of telling him to p__ off, I had to agree with him! As the CEO I was still editing the site by hand - it was made up of thousands of images, didn't use XML and it had become clunky an cumbersome. Ed Correia had to hand craft new thumbnails, headings and graphical elements in PhotoImpact each time a new product has due to be released. The solution was easy - I offered Ben a job and in the time since then he has finished his Computer Science degree and we've had the benefit of continual revisions of the Orbx website, the introduction of FTX Central and OrbxDirect and countless other invaluable apps and tools behind the scenes which the developers and management rely on every day. Ben McClintock joined Orbx in 2014 and introduced a new web design language to Orbx. The site continues to evolve, each time finding ways to cope with an ever-increasing catalog of products and sim platforms FTX Central and OrbxDirect Ben's talents as a coder really came to the fore with FTX Central. I had always wanted to create a simple and easy-to-use front-end to the Orbx products, sort of like how the Steam Store works. I mocked up sketches and conceptual ideas and he began coding. Matt Davies worked on the GUI elements. Fast forward to 2018 and FTX Central has evolved from a simple way to manage Orbx addons to a front-end to the OrbxDirect store. I set Ben a goal - customers had to be able to purchase a product with just a few clicks - and after a few years of continual development we finally got there when we opened the OrbxDirect.com online store in November 2016. The combination of our own online store deeply integrated with an easy to use management tool has really been incredibly well received by our customers. With faster internet download speeds becoming prevalent it is entire possible to use FTX Central to decide on a new Orbx product and have it purchased and self-installed onto your PC completely automatically within literally minutes! This was a revolution to many customers who hated dealing with ZIP files, extractors, download managers, serial numbers - the whole cumbersome approach that basically got in the way of enjoying the hobby. We've probably made it too easy and many customers on the forums seem to refer to terms like SWMBO and 'Her Indoors' or The Good Wife when trying to explain their addiction! Of the new products coming, I am very excited about our Netherlands project and after that PNW. To fly over the beta is like nothing I’ve experienced before, especially in VR. It sometimes is hard to discern from reality at certain altitudes. The sheer amount of objects we are cramming into the scenery is like nothing before it, it truly is a game changer! We have some very cool airport projects coming and some long overdue destinations. 2018 is set to be a great year indeed! So here we are in 2018 and I hope you've enjoyed a little bit of my self-indulgence in sharing the journey that got us here. I know I have left about 90% of the story untold, and to be honest the cast of characters is large and varied and I apologise to the many amazing people that contributed and didn't get a proper mention. There are guys on the team who have been with us through much of the journey like Chris, Neil, Wolter, Tim, Andreas, Maurizio, Sascha, Ken and Alex; new talent like Tore, Marcus, Finn, Richard, Frank, Scott, Jordan, Thomas and Richard. Then we have our amazing support and screenshot team like Emmsie, John, Nick, Doug, Richard and Matt. Our beta testers are too numerous to list here but their contribution is absolutely invaluable. I could probably write a book about the whole saga truth be told. It has been a decade of highs and lows, success and despair, good times and bad times, but mostly it has been ultimately fulfilling for many people, and I hope I've been able to add to the enjoyment of many people's love for this hobby. The Future I've posted our 2018 roadmap last December: I think with 115 screenshots, new tech and platforms and a lot of new challenges we are taking on including some exciting new concepts for regions you will soon be able to experience, you probably get the picture that we are not resting on our laurels and taking a breather for the next decade. Future star gazing, the end of the sim platforms Indulge me a bit here. I spent a lot of time in my IT career presenting future trends to CIOs and in 1999 I predicted that by 2009 people would be using touch screen smartphones to do internet banking and video calls. Those executives that did not laugh me out of the room and invested in infrastructure early had e-Banking apps ready for the iPhone in 2007. I am a voracious reader; I devour biographies of successful entrepreneurs, companies and businessmen and spend a few hours a day reading fiction, non-fiction, e-News and trends. You're never too old to stop learning. So what does the future hold for our hobby and for Orbx? Let me try to forecast a little and give some insight into the next decade. Firstly we will see VR and AR finally become mainstream and affordable, with cheap wireless 16K resolution headsets becoming the norm and sold for not much more than a smart phone. You will have a least a 220 degree field of view (FOV) with 8K+ resolution per eye, weighing a few hundred grams and using haptic feedback gloves as input devices. You will 'feel' the yolk as you hold it, feel the resistance from levers and switches and be totally immersed in the flying experience. For those who get motion sickness from VR there will be flexible 5mm thick wrap-around 8K or 16K monitors spanning about 10 feet in diameter. Nvidia will continue to lead the GPU war with cards so powerful they will make todays Titan-X look like a bundled on-board $5 Intel chip. The CPU will be less relevant versus the GPU as APIs mature to offload more and more physics and terrain handling to GPUs. Flight simulation engines will become more efficient and the interim platform winners will be the ones that are the most tightly coded and embrace new modern technology and systems without dragging the sim to its knees. Sim companies that don't foster a healthy third party developer community from inception will lose out (remember the MS-Flight debacle?). Flight sim addon developers will become increasingly platform-agnostic and new tools will emerge to compile content across many simulators and operating systems at once. The consumer won't be locked into a single sim, but will pick and choose addons for all his installed sim platforms to suit whatever mood they are in for the flights they want to do. And they will be most loyal to publishers that make buying choices easiest and provide support across the most platforms. The days of fan boys devoted to a single platform will die quickly as more and more new sims enter the market. There will be no guarantee that the darling favourite sim of 2018 will be the dominant platform of 2028, not by a long way. Simmers will become more fickle about which sim they use, even more so than some of the flip-floppers we see posting on forums today about how they switched away, and then switched back. The new minimum frame-rate will be 90FPS. There are kids less than 14 years old today who will be CEOs of companies that introduce remarkable new simulator engines and technology this coming decade and will uproot and disrupt the status quo of the our industry. The simple rule is: 'adapt or die'. Eventually the actual flight simulator engine will be marginalised and not relevant anymore. It will be all about the content which will run across a bunch of different simulators. The best performing most open standard sim will be the most commonly used. Closed proprietary platforms will die off. It has always been about the content. There is a reason we guard our IP so diligently at Orbx; all those assets can be used on future platforms without knowing what those platforms are today. Orbx's value as a company is not how many sims we support, but how many assets we produce that will eventually run on anything. A lot of Flight simulators will be cloud-based; meaning you will install a small base app and all the content you need and addons you purchase will be kept in the cloud and delivered on demand. A huge scenery addon won't be loaded all at once, but streamed on-demand based on your FOV, current position and distance to horizon. You will have multiple accounts from various vendors in the cloud and a standard FS addon format will likely emerge based on Vulkan and DX12 APIs or some other emerging 3D standard, terrain, weather and physics tech. To get an idea of what on-demand cloud based simming is today, trying using Google Earth's flight simulator mode or the Google Earth VR version and you'll see what I mean. It is total immersion and you can jump to anywhere on the planet almost instantly and zoom from the stratosphere to street level in seconds. You will run some sims on your smartphones and view them wirelessly on 8K VR headsets using haptic gloves, pretty much anywhere on the planet or in aircraft, trains, boats or in your car (which will likely not have a steering wheel anyway). By 2028 1-terabyte flight sim scenery addons will be the norm, and that is because PCs and other smart connected devices will have 30-50 terabytes of storage with five times the transfer rate of today. This storage will use new forms of memory far more dense and efficient that the type being used now. Battery technology will mean incredible power in handheld devices that only need charging once or twice a week. Internet download speeds will be multiple Gb/sec in 50% of western world homes, and mobile data will be using 6G technology with 500Mb/sec almost anywhere on the planet. Texture sizes for terrain will likely be 2048 or 4096 in size and new satellite imagery will be so clear you will make out newspaper headlines on cafe tables. The distinction between flight simulator and first person games will blur. You will be able to combine time in your virtual cockpit to time in your virtual car, house, land-based missions, water based missions and massively multiplayer worlds where flight is just one aspect of the experience. If you think we are in a simming golden age now, you ain't see nothin' yet! Does this all sound too fanciful? Save this text somewhere and read it again in 2028, that's my challenge What about Orbx? What will it look like in 2028? Well I can safely say I won't be its CEO, and apart from still being a shareholder, I won't be involved in the running of the company on a daily basis. By then I would have handed the mantle and vision onto the next generation who will have fresher ideas and sharper minds and business agility than me. I will likely be sitting on a boat in the Med somewhere, enjoying the sun, or exploring the world somewhere. I'll be almost 65 and well and truly retired. Because I am a serial entrepreneur (I have been involved with starting five companies here in the UK since I moved here in 2012, and I own one and am a part owner of two of them), I am sure I will have fingers in many pies and always keeping my mind active in that respect. The FTX brand will disappear, replaced by a unified Orbx brand. So FTX Global becomes Orbx Global and so on. The new Orbx Central will have intelligence added to scan your host device for any sims installed and will configure itself to offer addons that run on them. You will be able to have Orbx addons from the cloud and download them on-demand when needed. You will be able to pull up Orbx Central mid-flight from inside your virtual cockpit, then buy and install scenery for your flight destination in real-time, ready for you to land there. Orbx will likely be a publicly listed company by then, still be very much cloud-based but have actual bricks and mortar offices in almost every continent and have a staff of well over 100. Many of you will be shareholders in the company and enjoying dividends and feeling part of its future. It will have a board and management team of both old and new faces and will have released perhaps another 500 products across probably 15 platforms by then, including VR, consoles and whatever new mediums are available. The changes in Orbx have already begun with the FTX brand slowly disappearing from the website. Management changes will begin from the middle of this year so stand by for some announcements from FSExpo 2018 in Las Vegas. Better still, why not come and join us there and chill with us for the weekend? It's our annual pilgrimage to relax and chat to customers and drink a few bourbons If you've stuck with me all this way - thank you. It's been quite an exercise this past week digging into my fading old brain cells to recall some of the history, and it's made me smile, frown and experience a mix of emotions with the walk down memory lane. Last words: Thank you. Thanks for making Orbx what it is today and your continued loyalty and support. Long may we be able to serve you.....
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    Yes it’s an active project. Australia V2 will be next year and be a paid upgrade (big discount for existing customers though). New tech, new textures, new vector, every airport upgraded and possibly photoreal Great Barrier Reef as well.
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    G'day all, After a little more development time than originally planned, I am very excited to show off the second set of previews of Innsbruck Airport, focusing on the completed airport area. Every effort has been made to push the detail and quality envelope with, whilst still maintaining strong performance and VAS usage. A great deal of help has been provided by my friends Fabian K, Maximilian and Fabian S, who have shown endless patience with my hundreds of requests and questions. I won't spend too much time just yet discussing the ins-and-outs of the airfield; this will come later. In the meantime, please find a shortened feature list for the airport. For first-time viewers, I would also strongly recommend visiting the original first previews for complete product feature list; this scenery is far larger than just the airport. SCENERY FEATURES: - Ultra high-definition rendition of Innsbruck airport - Extremely detailed ground polygon optimised for FSX and P3D - Over 30 static aircraft unique to LOWI - no type/skin seen in any other airport project to date!* - Entirely new custom GSE for Innsbruck - highly detailed refuelling trucks, fire appliances, buses, carts, cars and more. - Highly accurate baked ambient occlusion and new lighting techniques - Complex lighting options to match real-life (including the famous extended "Rabbit") - Highly accurate APX designed by our resident guru, Graham Eccleston - Advanced rendering, modelling and optimization techniques for best balance between performance and detail. * Aside from the B757 - this was also included with our recent Dubrovnik scenery. All shots a mix of FSX-A and P3D. As always, be sure to click on each pic to see in full resolution Enjoy! FSX-A DX10 (with an ancient HDR mod) P3D v3.4 (with PTA 2.0)
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    Hello everyone, I hope you are enjoying the fruits of our labour with TEGB Central! I am looking forward to seeing your screenshots and watching your videos. However, we have more work to do. In addition to SP1's for TE Netherlands, GB South and GB Central being worked on right now, we have already made good progress on TE GB North. We are hoping to license 10M elevation mesh to make the Scottish Highlands area just stunning to explore. Here are a few cheeky shots that TonyW made for me a few days ago. Notice how the clarity of the ortho improves the further we go north? Obviously our data provider improved their QA as they progressed further north with their aircraft, and the results are impressive. The last one is my current desktop wallpaper. Just to remind me we have more work to to ...
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    Neil will be sorely missed; his energy and enthusiasm put many of our younger team members to shame. His legacy will live on through the untold countless hours of enjoyment he has brought to people arriving at thousands of airports worldwide. Even though Neil never regarded himself as being old, if the community agrees we’d like to rename the Old Coots Club the Neil Hill Memorial Lounge. RIP Neil, our dear colleague...
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    Hello everyone, You may remember ages ago that we announced that developer Marcus Nyberg was creating two Swedish airports - ENSQ & ESSD - for FSX and P3D. I'm here to tell you that we lied... it's actually a triple pack, and the third one is a biggie! Not only does this airport pack feature ESNQ Kiruna Airport and ESSD Dala Airport, but ESSV Visby Airport as well. This is especially significant for those who fly in the area frequently due to the vast number of commercial flights to Stockholm, Malmö, and Gothenburg. This pack also features a unique 3D snow effect at ESSD & ESNQ, making these airports a great place to... chill. ESSV Visby Airport Visby is located in Gotland, an island located southeast of Stockholm in the Baltic sea. Sweden is normally a rainy place, however Gotland may be the exception! Famous for nice weather, beautiful landscapes and world heritage sites, it is a hugely popular destination for Swedish nature lovers, tan-seeking beach goers, party people, and the Swedish political elite. Famous Swedish director Ingmar Bermgan used to live here and a lot of his movies are set in the surrounding area. ESSV itself is a busy airport made up of three main areas: Swedish military operations run out of the northern part of the airport, a buzzing commercial airport takes up the majority of space in the middle, and there is also a GA area in the southern region with a cross-direction grass airstrip straight under the approach to the runway. Visby Airport has been developed with great care and is highly detailed featuring high res textures throughout the airport and advanced modeling to ensure maximum realism. Marcus spent a lot of time trying to make atmosphere as true-to-life as possible around the city of Visby, the harbour and the old town with custom objects and coloring, really capturing the unique Swedish vibe around the airports. He has even included custom vehicles that you would normally find in the area! ESSD Dala Airport Across the Baltic Sea and northwest of Visby is Dala Airport, located in Dalarna County just outside the city of Borlänge, and 25 minutes drive from where Marcus grew up in Falun. This county is famous for tourism as well, however as it is close to Stockholm, Dala Airport is primarily used for charter flights & general aviation - commercial traffic is very limited. It also hosts a model airplane club and has a very active glider community. Dala Airport is an important milestone for Marcus, as he once developed it for FS9 years ago as freeware - he is incredibly excited to bring ESSD up to date for the modern simulation market. This airport features a very cool approach with approach lights located in a nearby horse paddock as well as animated horses (I've never heard of a horse strike before but nevertheless, make sure you aren't coming in too low!) Another cool feature of Dala is the replication of the famous red houses in the surrounding area, which have been modelled in-sim. ESNQ Kiruna Airport For our final airport, we are taking you waaaaay up north - 1,200 kilometers north of Dalarna County - to ESNQ Kiruna Airport, a mining town towards the far tip of the Norwegian border. Kiruna is situated in the middle of the vast Swedish tundra, however it is vital to the Swedish economy. Kiruna is the key city in the northern inland part of Sweden and is an important source of iron ore as well as a popular tourist destination for hikers and climbers en route to the nearby Scandinavian Mountains which boasts the highest mountain in in Sweden, Kebnekeise. ESNQ Kiruna Airport has been developed with high detail, high resolution textures and even 3D-snow to create an immersive feeling that really captures the nordic spirit. As Kiruna is close to the Norwegian border, it has frequent links to Stockholm-Arlanda which feature primarily private jets and cargo traffic. A lot of work and precision has been put into details such as a whole new fleet of Swedish airport vehicles and flora unique to the surrounding area.The town has also been updated with 100,000's of handplaced houses and trees as well as the nearby mining area. Key Features: Ultra-detailed renditions of Dala Airport, Kiruna Airport, and Visby Airport Advanced baked ambient lighting PeopleFlow throughout the three main airports Custom vehicles and objects typical to Swedish aiports 30/50cm airport and approach coverage Introducing new unique 3D Snow effect at ESSD & ESNQ High resolution textures throughout the airports Towns of Visby & Kiruna For the best experience, FTX Global should be purchased and installed prior to using this airport pack. Coverage maps: The ESSV Visby Airport pack will be available to purchase from OrbxDirect soon for AUD $39.95 (approx. USD $28.80 / €24.60 / £21.95 ) Here are a few screenshots from Marcus and Emmsie. Don't forget to stay tuned here and on our Facebook and Twitter pages for plenty more shots over the coming days!
  44. 26 points
    Are you looking for something different? How about a highly detailed seaplane base, Nanaimo Water Aerodrome on Vancouver Island BC in fact. And how about free, as in Orbx Freeware? Economists say the value of something is what you pay for it, but I'll let you be the judge. A long-term goal has been to recreate the feel of flying from Seattle to Desolation Sound on Kenmore Air, something I did for many years. Nanaimo is a main stopping point along this route and thus is a natural for my first Orbx project. A detailed seaplane base may be a first for Orbx too. Nanaimo Water Aerodrome (IATA: ZNA, TC LID: CAC8) consists of two areas of operation, A and B. Area A, adjacent to downtown Nanaimo serves Harbour Air and Sunshine Coast Air. Area B to the north will not be included in the initial release but will be part of a service pack. Here's an overview: The initial release will include the following: What a pilot sees when approaching the Area A seaplane dock, done in considerable detail; the breakwater, the marina, the waterfront walkway, the downtown buildings one can see from the water, the park to the north. The industrial area to the south including Port of Nanaimo structures and a high-resolution static model of the ship MV Ocean Wind Two reasonably authentic AI foot ferries, one going to nearby Newcastle Island and one going to the locally famous Dinghy Dock Pub, also modeled A high resolution static Seaspan tug (Seaspan Corsair) and an AI version (Seaspan Cutlass) which follows a route to the booming grounds to the south Large log booms in appropriate places High-resolution Seaspan Barges, First Nations racing canoes, and a model of a bathtub racer. The may I say --- crazy sport of bathtub racing was born in Nanaimo Various authentic marine navigation aids A static model of a Harbour Air DCH3 adapted from an FS9 model by Premier Aircraft Design with the kind permission of Bob May Repaint by LR from a photo taken at Nanaimo last September The BC Ferries Nanaimo to Gabriola Island ferry terminal just south of the marina If my separate PNW AI ferries Community Scenery project is installed, a detailed model of the MV Bowen Queen will accurately dock at the ferry slip. (Note: the ferry system is not an Orbx project and is not supported by Orbx.) When ready, a service pack will add Area B including the SeaAir terminal, the large Departure Bay Ferry Terminal and nearby features. Please note: Orbx PNW is strictly required. CAC8 will not work without it. CAC8 is in the final phase of testing and barring unforeseen problems, should be released soon. And now what you really want to see; screenshots.
  45. 25 points
    Hello all, Just a heads up that we have service packs aplenty coming in the coming week. First up is SP1 for TE Netherlands AFS2, followed by SP1 for TE GB South for P3D. Finally we have a MASSIVE set of upgrades coming for TE GB South and a Central for XP11. A full preview post is coming on Monday, listing the literally hundreds of new POIs, bug fixes and improvements, but I thought I would show you a little teaser of what is in store, Here is Arundel Castle in West Sussex, complete with PBR textures: Note how the light affects the walls and surfaces? PBR is a major element of the service packs and we’ll show you more on Monday.
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    As we work hard on getting TrueEarth GB Central to beta, we are concurrently working on the first service pack (SP1) for TE GB South. As has always been the case with Orbx regions, we continually update them to fix bugs and add new and improved content. For TE GB South here's a list of things to come (and Richard BUI has already posted a preview topic of some of what he's been working on): Hundreds of new castles in England and Wales More unique models in London and other cities Many upgrades to ports like Dover, Southampton and Portsmouth to add ships, cranes, containers, forts and other detail A new ZL18 ortho imagery for central London spanning from Hyde Park to EGLC London City Airport. This will make the capital really look amazing especially doing those Thames runs down low, and approaches to EGLC. Improved ZL18 ortho for Portsmouth Possible new Dover cliffs and detail Many more 3D models along the coast to improve the look of coastal towns More variety of light houses and correct placements Many more POI models of important structures, including bridges Here is a quick sample of some of the castles and cathedrals going into SP1. Remember, this is just a few out of the hundreds being added: Raby Castle Hartlebury Castle Halton Castle Blackburn Cathedral Beverley Minster Barnard Castle Barnwell Castle The good news? All Orbx service packs are free, and automatically delivered to you via FTX Central. Just look for the announcement and you'll see the little red icon next to the region's thumbnail to install the SP. Here's a sneak peek at London in SP1: Rest assured that your initial license fee for TE GB South is used to spend further R&D into the region over many years. With this cycle of continual improvement you're investing in a region that will get much more detailed over time. As a sneak preview of TE GB Central, here's the view of Liverpool from Bidston Hill, comparing a real-life photo to TrueEarth.
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    Well then chaps to day i have been here for ten years, It does not seem this long though as people say time flys when your having fun. Ten years ago i had only been using FSX a short time and was looking online and came across this little outfit called Orbx from Australia what i saw looked great and a lot better to what i had seen before so i dipped my toe in and bought the regions FTX: AU Blue Temperate South,FTX: AU Gold Subtropical East,FTX: AU Green Tropical North,FTX: AU Red Central Outback. Then came a few Airports for these areas and i was hooked i could not get enough of these products they were just fantastic i started to take a few screenshots along the way and post them on the forum after awhile i became i think the first member to become a VIP, Then i was asked to join the Team and take official screenshots for you all to see in the preview forum.This i jumped at i can tell you its been a privilege to do this for a number of years now and something i love doing. Now up to date and just a few posts later ha ha i moved to P3D and it was like starting flightsimming all over again, i now have AFS2 and XP11 installed, With Orbx supporting these platforms our simming world can only grow and grow. Along the way i have met some fantastic people here on the forums not in real life you understand but its so friendly here its like one big extended family you get help when and if you need it from the other forum members and from the guru of the forum Nick whos knowlage is second to none. I follow the screenshot forum all the time and the shots you put up are second to none and i Thank you all for supporting the Screenshot contests that i put up ever month i see this grow all the time. I would like to Thank JV who started all this and had the vision to bring us to where we are today with the best Developers and the best scenery in the business, Also the people you dont see the Beta Testers who pound these new products for us all to find any faults before being released. Here at Orbx things will get better and better as time marches on and Emmsie will be here all the way. Thank you all for being here on the forums and supporting Orbx as i say to me its been one outstanding time ive had here and will be for many years to come. cheers Iain
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    Hello everyone, It does not seem that long ago that we released FTX AU BLUE, the very first Orbx product. It was in fact, a decade ago on March 6th, 2008. I remember being in the (then) Orbx office as Adrian pressed the button at FSS and we had a live TeamSpeak call between the devs in Melbourne and Sydney and drank a few well-earned beers that evening. In the lead up to the 10th anniversary I am going to share some old videos we made over 13 years ago for the Vista Australis (VOZ) project and then some early Orbx trailers. Here is the very first VOZ trailer I made in 2005, a few months before we released. We released VOZ on the day my family went on a camping holiday on the Australian east coast. I recall checking my phone every few hours to see how the downloads were going and was astonished to see it pass 1,000 in less than an hour, then 10,000 - 20,000 - 30,000 - it was an incredibly satisfying period for the VOZ team after years of hard work. It's amazing to see how far we have come today and my goodness - what are we going to see in our sims in 2028 eh? Contrast the above VOZ video to seven years later when we previewed PeopleFlow2: Or Jarrad's LOWI masterpiece in 4K ... And here is the very first Orbx preview trailer, made in FSX for our Tamworth project More nostalgia to come!
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    Kia ora, welcome to NZWR Whangarei Airport, Orbx's first North Island airport; located in the northernmost city in New Zealand in the Northland region of the North Island. Whangarei has been on my radar for several years now, and with the assistance of one of our forums members (tuisong) for on-site photography this beautiful NZ destination has been made possible. This project includes the airport itself along with a large amount of photoreal coverage of the bay and valley that the city of Whangarei itself is in. There are some additional locations included in this package, including 3 helipads and many important points of interest for navigation and visiting. Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand, and the regional capital of the Northland region. Situated in a river valley at the back end of its large harbor, Whangarei is an important industrial area producing cement, refining oil, and shipping industrial goods via its ports. The city is host to Northland Emergency Services Trust (NEST) which operates helicopter rescue operations in surrounding Northland. The NEST Helicopter Base north of the city, NZJR Whangarei Hospital Helipad, and McLeod Bay Rescue Helipad have all been modeled in addition to the airport. Whangarei Airport is situated on the Onerahi peninsula, southeast of the city center. While limited by the geography of the area, it has two runways, a sealed asphalt runway of 3,599ft and a grass runway of 1,558ft. The airport is served by regular flights to Auckland operated by Air New Zealand Link on Dash 8 Q300 aircraft. A smaller air taxi service, Sunair, operates flights to Claris, Hamilton, Tauranga, and Rotorua using Piper PA-23 Aztec's and Cessna 172's. The airport has been previously served by Beechcraft 1900's and ATR 72's. This project has just entered beta, so all going well it should be available this holiday season. Compatibility Available for FSX, FSX:SE, and Prepar3D v1, 2, 3, and 4 Requires FTX NZ New Zealand North Island (NZNI) Coverage 60sq mi/155sq km of photoreal coverage at 10cm/30cm/60cm/1m Airports and heliports NZWR Whangarei Airport - HD airport NZJR Whangarei Hospital Heliport - helipad atop the city hospital, west of the city center NEST Helicopter Base - rescue helicopter base north of the city center McLeod Bay Helipad - new helipad at the entrance of Whangarei Harbor, built for rescue operations Features Detailed rendition of NZWR Whangarei Airport Three additional helicopter pads around the city and surrounds Color blended and fully autogen annotated photoreal coverage of Whangarei airport, city, and harbor Advanced rendering techniques for realistic materials at the airport, including precipitation effects on the ground surfaces, specular shine, and bump mapping Dynamic lighting in Prepar3D v4, provided by Jon Murchison APX designed for AI Traffic Australia and New Zealand package, designed by Graham Eccleston POI's including Marsden Point refinery, Portland cement plant, Te Matau bridge, and detailed city center ObjectFlow, PeopleFlow2, TextureFlow, and StaticFlow included Airport modeled with on-site photography provided by Roger Alchin. And without further ado, screenshots. Many of these shots were produced for these previews by our very own Adam Banks. His New Zealand screenshots are finely tuned to reflect the real locations and as such I wanted to have his input by providing preview images that look the closest to setups that flight sim users from New Zealand might have for their daily flying. NEST Helicopter Base NEST Helicopter Base NEST Helicopter Base NZWR 24 Approach NZWR 24 Approach Advanced materials for precipitation on sealed surfaces NZWR terminal area NZWR terminal landside entrance NZWR landside parking area NZWR fueling NZWR Air New Zealand Link gates NZWR Sunair terminal and parking NZWR Skywork Helicopters operations area NZWR general aviation area NZWR 06 holding point NZWR 24 approach NZWR overview NZWR 06 overview Te Matau Bridge Whangarei city center, looking south Whangarei suburbs, looking north NZJR Whangarei Hospital Helipad NZJR Whangarei Hospital Helipad Marsden Point refinery Marsden Point refinery McLeod Bay helipad area (helipad is by the road on the right)
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