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  1. According to the latest comments from JV openLC Africa/Middle East should be in beta right now so hopefully it will be released within the next month or so. As far as future openLC areas, there's really "only" Asia left to do. It is a massive area so ORBX may decide to split it into 2 separate products. Considering that it's been 2 years since the last openLC release, I'm not expecting openLC Asia for at least 2 more years and possibly longer. Moreover, when you factor in the new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 who knows if the next openLC area will even be developed for FSX/P3D. Dave
  2. Sorry, I didn't realize you were being humorous. Not that I was offended or anything even if you were being serious. I'm just a stickler for the facts and truth generally. Thanks. Dave
  3. "Now here in Australia we drive on the correct side of the road, as does most of the world, the US seem to be unconventional with regards to vehicles, where the driver sits on the left and drives on right hand side of the roadway, as also the unwillingness to follow the rest of the world in using Metric measures which have been in use for decades. " I'm not sure why you felt you needed to make the above-quoted critical assertions regarding the United States, but I'd like to correct them. 1. The great majority of countries actually drive on the right side of the road. 2. The U.S. uses both the imperial and metric system of measurements and kids learn both in school. We do use the imperial system more in everyday life, but for most engineering, technical, military, and scientific applications we use the metric system. You should study up a bit more before you make erroneous assertions about another country. Dave
  4. I think the best way to implement seasons is by using shader techniques to change the textures based on the time of year. The current method of using different textures for each season and then displaying them based on the extremely coarse and inaccurate month of the year scheme is just not the way forward in my opinion. Not to mention the quadrupling of storage requirements in order to add textures for every season. Dave
  5. I must say that your style of flightsimming is much different from mine. I like to explore the world and fly lots of different aircraft. I can see where the TrueEarth scenery and the limited areas that Aerofly currently offers would appeal to someone like yourself. Small, uber-detailed scenery areas just don't appeal to me, and from many comments I've come across both here and in other forums they don't appeal to many others as well. Now, once those small areas accumulate and equal a continent then I'll be interested. I'm disappointed in the slow progress of the openLC sceneries and wish that ORBX would make a final push and just finish Africa and get Asia done within a year, but with the focus being clearly on the development of TrueEarth scenery I don't realistically expect that to happen. So however much folks like me might complain, we're apparently in the minority as I don't believe that ORBX would place so much energy into TrueEarth if it weren't the best-selling thing they've produced. We'll just have to be patient. Good things come to those who wait so they say. Dave
  6. Now I'm confused as well. The only ORBX products I could find for Aerofly are the TrueEarth Netherlands, 4 airports in North America, and one airport in Europe. How then does ORBX have Aerofly scenery for "all of the USA"? By the way, I'm not trying to start a war openLC vs TrueEarth or Aerofly vs P3D. Each simulator and type of scenery has its advantages and disadvantages. The quote I referred to was a bit critical, albeit in a nice way, of those of us who prefer the landclass-based scenery. I'm just responding to that and I'm also curious if the poster really only flies in areas with the TrueEarth scenery, since flying anywhere else means using landclass-based scenery, unless he has photoscenery for other areas which is also a possibility. Dave
  7. So you only fly in areas for which you have TrueEarth scenery then? And you fly mainly Aerofly FS2? Are you really content then to fly almost solely in a single tiny country? Granted it does happen to be your home country I believe, which I suppose is nice, but is that really enough? You say "landclass, no thanks". Does this really mean that you *never" fly in areas covered by only landclass scenery? If you also use P3D, which you indicate you might, then your TrueEarth offerings are currently GB South and the Netherlands. Let's also add those areas that might be available this year like GB Central and North and Washington State. OK, this area amounts to .0034, about one third of one percent, of the earth's land surface. To be reasonable, let's exclude the more remote and sparsely populated parts of the globe like Antarctica, most of Greenland, most of the Northern Territory of Canada, and about half of Siberia. That still only gets us to a coverage of less than one half of one percent of the Earth's land surface. I'm sorry, but I would quit flightsimming altogether if I had to limit my flying to such a tiny area of the world. Don't get me wrong. I am impressed by the TrueEarth scenery and think it would be wonderful to have all of the U.S. or Europe covered by this scenery. However, until that day comes, I'm very happy to have scenery like openLC. I don't really find anything "funny" or "surprising" about that. Dave
  8. I have all the openLC scenery, FTX Australia, and FTX Vector and Trees. I'm ready to buy the next openLC and the HD buildings when they are finally released. I also plan to buy more scenery regions and Australia v2 in the near future. Personally, I'm not interested in the super-detailed airports or the TrueEarth scenery. ORBX won't make any money from folks like me until they get back to producing openLC and region scenery. Dave
  9. I don't really understand what your point is. I suppose you didn't like my criticism. When you say that John has no use for Vector, does that mean ORBX will no longer support it? It doesn't matter to me who added the fixed airports. I just think that users should have been told about it as these scenery BGLs can cause conflicts. It took me a while to find out that a BGL in this directory was interfering with my KABQ scenery because I had disabled KABQ in the configuration tool. Personally, I think FTX Vector is a great product overall. Dave
  10. The elevation corrections work pretty well generally, and can easily be disabled using the configuration tool. However, beware that there is a "Vector_FixedApt" directory which makes changes to other airports that are not on the elevation corrections list and are not affected by the configuration tool. I have already had to disable an airport in this directory as it was causing conflicts with an airport that I made. The Pilot's developers have been remiss in not informing users of FTX Vector about these "fixed" airports. Dave
  11. Rongor, thanks for finding JVs response which answers my question. I did read that thread but must have overlooked that post from JV. I understand what you're saying in regards to openLC releases. I had hoped to have the whole world covered by now, especially considering the fact that it was stated by the developers here years ago that there would be 2 openLC releases per year. Having said that, I'm also a realist, and therefore understand that 1)things happen which can upset one's plans, and 2)priorities in a business sometimes change due to customer demand and real world concerns like making a profit. Therefore, I don't begrudge ORBX's focus on this TrueEarth scenery. While I am disappointed that openLC seems to have been put on the back burner, I'm also happy that it hasn't been discontinued all together. I'm hoping that ORBX will finish the rest of the world with openLC. Dave
  12. Hi. I was perusing the 2019 roadmap today and realized that "openLC Africa" was the name used for the next installment of openLC. I know that in the past ORBX developers referred to it as openLC Africa/Middle East. Is the Middle East included in the next openLC? Thanks. Dave
  13. And that's just the data storage cost. This isn't even factoring in the cost of the scenery for the entire world, although one can purchase this in "chunks" and so spread out the cost over time making it more affordable. I think ORBX is actually very reasonable where the cost is concerned. The cost of data storage will continue to decrease over time, and the density will increase meaning smaller devices will store more data, so I don't think that's a problem, really. My issue has always been the lack of coverage in the near term. Right now I can fly to the UK and really enjoy the Trueearth scenery as long as I stay within the confines of the UK. This is easy as the UK is an island, plus you have a water transition before you get there. On the other hand, I imagine flying across Europe and having Germany covered by beautiful Trueearth scenery but all the other countries not covered and thus looking decidedly different. This is simply a reality of developing new cutting edge scenery. The developers just can't cover the world fast enough. I'm pretty happy with ORBX's approach to scenery development. Soon they will release openLC Middle East/Africa and hopefully within a year a subsequent openLC Asia to finish out the rest of the world, while at the same time they continue to develop the Trueearth scenery. Exciting times... Dave
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