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  1. Yes, it is very disappointing, and no, you didn't sign a contract with your customers guaranteeing delivery of your announced projects. However, you have repeatedly teased projects over the years which have either never been completed or have taken several years longer than you said they would. You stated more than once that openLC would cover the entire world within a few years. It has been at least 5 years since the first openLC scenery was released and now you tell us that Asia is very likely dead and openLC Africa is at risk. You could have completed both these scenery projects years ago but you made a conscious decision to put those on the back burner for more promising opportunities, e.g. X-plane projects which you said you would not do, and TrueEarth projects. If you do not complete development of openLC Africa and openLC Asia then you will have broken your original agreement with your customers, plain and simple. I really hope that you at least finish openLC Africa, especially considering all the work that has likely already been done on it and how long many of us have been waiting for it. openLC Asia would have been nice but frankly I never believed you when you engaged in more hyperbole stating that it would be completed before the end of 2019, so it's no great surprise to me that this won't happen. I really enjoy your products and have supported your company since its inception, so I do applaud you for all your great products which have enriched the flight simulation experience. However, you have lost a lot of credibility not only from me but many others in the flightsim community. Hopefully you can regain it by doing what you said you would do. Dave
  2. Thanks Carlos. I agree with you about being more specific in what I'm asking for. Some screenshots would be nice... Dave
  3. First of all, I'm only asking for a status update and maybe a few screenshots. JV stated 3 months ago that there was about 3 months of work left on openLC Africa. If the developers don't want to provide this for some reason then that's their prerogative. I was simply pointing out the fact that a couple of folks ask for news on a couple of small airports and they get an instant response, but when several people ask about openLC we are told "it will be released when it is released". I'm not sure why it is "sad" that I described the airports as relatively obscure, meaning not well known. This was not meant as a derogatory statement. Invercargill and Bodo are towns of about 50,000 people in small countries. I've been simming for 35 years and love studying maps, and I've never heard of those towns or those airports. Dave
  4. So, someone asks about the status of a couple of relatively obscure airports and they get a response from developers within a few hours. On the other hand, folks ask about the status of openLC Africa and Asia (it's been 3 months since the last update), and not a peep. Interesting. Dave
  5. I hope you're right. Been waiting for openLC Africa for several years now so another couple months (or maybe less?) is nothing. Are you just guessing that we'll see preview pics this month or do you have some inside information? Thanks. Dave
  6. Thanks a lot for the update. Looking forward to both products. Dave
  7. There is indeed more to flight simulation than just scenery, but I don't think anyone can argue that realistic scenery isn't near the top of the list of essential features. My guess is that the current FSX-based aircraft flight dynamics and fidelity won't change much and if anything would be improved; same thing goes for weather depiction. Microsoft has already stated that they intend to fully support the 3rd party development community so I don't see addon availability suffering. As far as openLC Asia is concerned, I have already said that if it is released in a timely manner, i.e. within a year, then I would be a buyer, otherwise I'll just wait for the new sim which will provide unparalleled aerial/satellite scenery for this area of the world that has been neglected for years. I rarely even fly in Asia because of the lack of accurate landclass. Dave
  8. From what I understand, the Azure AI engine will process the aerial and satellite imagery. This will probably involve correcting the imagery e.g. removing cloud cover and substituting best-guess appropriate imagery in its place, color correction, other imagery error corrections, photogrammetry to place 3D objects such as houses based on the imagery e.g. scanning the imagery and detecting rooftops and vegetation and then determining from this what type of buildings and trees to render , etc. This is just my speculation based on my own limited research. The process won't be perfect, but over time it will improve and eventually be perfected. I, too, am pretty satisfied with the current landclass scenery provided that it is accurate and utilizes realistic textures, which openLC and the region scenery does quite well, so I'm happy to continue using it for a few more years until the aerial/satellite imagery scenery matures. However, I am convinced that aerial/satellite imagery scenery is the future, which is also evidenced by ORBX's foray into, and heavy focus on, the TrueEarth type scenery. Dave
  9. This is definitely the future of flightsim scenery. These 3D areas will only multiply and increase in size over the coming years. I can see drones being used all over the world to capture the necessary images to produce the 3D scenery. Eventually, the whole world will be covered in 3D aerial imagery which can be displayed in the sim. Pretty exciting. Dave
  10. I hope some of you guys are right and that ORBX does go ahead and make openLC Asia. Here's the thing, though: it's probably going to take 2 years, and that's simply too long. Have you guys taken a look at Bing Maps aerial imagery? It's really good and very high resolution, even in remote locations. I've zoomed in on remote villages in Africa and South America and can see individual huts and buildings. If this is what MSFS 2020 will be using then landclass scenery will quickly become old, obsolete technology. If ORBX speeds up development a bit and releases openLC Asia by next Summer then I'll buy it. Otherwise I'll be happy to save my money and wait a little longer for MSFS 2020. By the way, I think it likely that ORBX will still have a role to play with the new sim, perhaps making airports, POIs, autogen, textures, etc. Dave
  11. Hate to be negative about this but I'll be really surprised if ORBX develops openLC Asia for FSX/P3D. It has been 2 years since the release of openLC South America, so I'm expecting openLC Asia to take at least that long. With the announcement of MSFS 2020 releasing next year, ORBX has to make a risky business decision: should they develop openLC Asia for FSX/P3D and hope that enough folks purchase it to at least recoup the development costs? If MSFS 2020 turns out to be a really good flight simulator, then openLC and likely other types of scenery products will quickly become obsolete and very few simmers will buy any of it as they will have already switched to the new sim or will be planning to soon. Personally, I don't plan on switching to the new sim for at least 6 months to a year after its release, so I'll continue to be an FSX:SE user for another 2+ years, but if it takes ORBX 2 years to finish openLC Asia then even I won't buy it as I'll be switching to the new simulator. Dave
  12. Nothing in Africa yet other than Alexandria. Lately I've been working on the flying boat bases in Brindisi, Athens, Crete, and Alexandria. and will also do the ones in Marseille and Lake Bracciano near Rome. I'm focused on the flights made by Imperial Airways using Short Bros. flying boats right now, but eventually I'll do the land-based airports in Africa for the earlier Imperial Airways flights. Dave
  13. This is the primary reason why I'm so excited about openLC. I've made these flights, those done in the 1920s and 1930s by Imperial Airways, a few times but was always unimpressed by the landclass scenery. I've been working on scenery for the airports and flying boat bases for several months now and will have them all completed within the next few months. I've already posted Croydon Airport in London over at AVSIM and I'm working on Le Bourget in Paris right now. I'll post all these as freeware to AVSIM once they're ready. Dave
  14. I, too, had a few of those scenery disks for the Commodore 64 back in 1984! Thanks for sharing that. We've come a long way for sure, especially thanks to developers like ORBX. Dave
  15. 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
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