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  1. Thanks again guys, Brad, fill me in on the story Gerold if you would. The only image I could find for the Stillwater powerhouse texture was a small jpg of an old faded postcard, not much to work with. I doctored it up some but I figured no one will be looking up close anyway. Maybe that's not the case now. The surge tower is better however.
  2. Hi Folks Here are a few screenshots of what's new in CAG8 v1.10, now in testing. Originally the update was just going to address a minor issue in P3D v4 but then one thing led to another. Among other things, v1.10 now includes Merry Island with the southern end done as a large model including the iconic lighthouse. There is an associated helipad. Nearby Secret Cove and Smugglers Cove have been added. There is a rather angry fellow standing on the dock near the Secret Cove Marina waiting for his charter flight, talking on the phone. If you are the charter pilot, be careful not to pile up on the rocks getting there. Stillwater Bay to the northwest of Pender Harbour including the power station and surge tower is represented. The surge tower serves as a landmark when heading north and can be seen almost as far away as Pender Harbour thus part of the reason for its addition. There is one new feature not illustrated that I’m sure every sim pilot has felt a great need for: an effect that simulates a school of herring swimming by and then diving down.
  3. Yes, this can be done. I was told I could avoid having to buy a new license by reinstalling Windows. Windows 8.1 for which I have the key in my case with a need to then upgrade to Windows 10. But my purpose was to do an in-place MB/CPU upgrade so I did not have to reinstall not only all my sims but a lot of development software. If you only use the system for one or two simulators, reinstalling windows after the rebuild might be the best option.
  4. Hi Ben, I've just finished upgrading my cpu from an Intel 4th gen to an i7 7700k on a new Gigabyte mobo. I'm very pleased; P3D and in particular v4 works so much better. To me it's not just the cpu but the newer features of the MB. For example my previous MB limited the performance of my Evo 960 NvME to half of what it is capable. And the new MB used much faster memory, lots of little things too. My system had been working very well with not only 4 sims but all sorts of development software and a complete re-install of all of this made me question the need for an upgrade. However if one is willing to buy a new Win 10 license, simply swapping out the MB, CPU and memory is very easy. Windows 10 handles all the needed drivers; I have not needed to install any of the software that came with the MB. After I breadboarded the new system, I plugged in an old backup HDD to be sure that a Win 10 reinstall would not be necessary. So when I made the final switch using the Evo 960, I knew it was going to work.
  5. Powell River plant

    Hi Michael, This is not something I could or would want to do by myself but I have definitely thought about it. I've got one more SPB planned and after that I'll have to see how much energy I have as well as what the options are.
  6. Thanks Larry!

    Only Jack would insist that even the windows be tinted yellow.
  7. Angelfish in V4

    Just for you Jack. [edited: try the texture I sent you]
  8. Powell River plant

    Hi Michael and all, Yes, it's my understanding that the global shipping package has its own traffic files. The original purpose of the PNW ferry system was to replace the frankly ugly default ferries in my area of interest, and only for those who are likewise interested. Not only that, with Orbx PNW installed, a number of the default routes go right over islands or other obstructions. I very much disliked the idea of substituting an edited version of the default trafficboats.bgl traffic file but that's the only way for me to assign appropriate boats to corrected routes in the PNW. Other than editing a few other routes for compatibility with a few Orbx airports, no routes that do not originate in the PNW have been edited. When Vic Plus for Orbx PNW was released there was a temporary trafficboats.bgl that went with it that only added the ferry MV Coho (because the ferry system was just getting started). The Coho is now part of the ferry system so that old traffic file is not needed anymore. And regarding compatibility, I just added a quite detailed model of the BC Ferry MV Quinsam which serves the Nanaimo Gabriola route to make CAC8 a little more authentic.
  9. Powell River plant

    Hi Michael, There could be some AI avoidance on some routes in the PNW but I think in general the global shipping is compatible with the PNW ferry system; they do different things. But I would suggest only trying the ferry system if you fly a lot in the PNW; otherwise it's probably not worth the hassle.
  10. Powell River plant

    Hi Teecee, The Powell River mill is part of PNW ferry system, the one linked on my blog. I'm glad you are interested because I decided to add some PR for the Harmac Mill just south of Nanaimo (CAC8) for a future update. I was going to skip trying to make buildings, but maybe I'll see what I can do. At least there will be smokestacks.
  11. Nanaimo Seaplane – CAC8

    Great shots Magic! I particularly like the third one. I’ve been waiting for someone to ask why the fuel barge Dr. Bonnie Ramsey and the tug Olympic Scout which usually tows it are in Nanaimo; they normally service the cruise ships in Seattle. Maybe you can make up a good story. Speaking of stories, how a fuel barge came to be named after a professor of pediatrics at the U of W SOM (my alma mater) is a special one. http://pulse.seattlechildrens.org/cystic-fibrosis-researcher-christens-petroleum-barge-that-bears-her-name/ https://www.nlm.nih.gov/locallegends/Biographies/Ramsey_Bonnie.html.
  12. Hello, This question gives me a chance to try out a little graphic I made to illustrate this issue which has to do in part with the elevation of objects. The drawing tries to show that the elevation of objects can be greatly influenced by the choice of mesh setting especially on steep hillsides. So rather than needing one mesh setting for one Orbx airport and different one for another airport, a practical standard was chosen long ago. To change to another standard would require that many products would need to have the developer (who may or may not be currently active) check and possibly redo a significant number of elevations. And because elevation issues are common, the product would probably need beta testing again. I think you can see the implications. More explanation: The sim uses the datum of a model as the reference point when setting the elevation based on the ground surface. Model datums (ie zero reference points) are often at a corner of the model because it can be easier to make them this way. I hope the illustration shows how this can result in the elevation of the model in the sim being significantly influenced by the mesh setting.
  13. Hi Henk, Thanks for catching this typo! (Sorry I did not recognize what you were saying initially.) I accidentally left the file name of my test version. Hopefully most users can figure this out from looking at the file name of the effect that they copied to the effects folder but I'll probably have to address it in the Freeware support forum. Or maybe in this case it's better if one does not read the instructions.
  14. Hi Teecee, The update using FTXC3 should work like all the other updates. After you open FTXC3 and choose the simulator, if updates are available for the products you have installed in that simulator, you will see one or more red rectangles in the 'Categories' column on the left side of the window. The number in the red rectangle shows you the number of updates available in that category. In the North America category you should see a red rectangle with at least the number 1, indicating one update. You might have more than one North American updates depending on when you last ran FTXC3. Click on 'North America'. In the panel on the left, you may need to use the scroll bar on the far right to scroll down until you find CAX6. It should have a prominent red banner across the top saying 'Update Available'. Click on the it and you will be presented with the option to update. Note: if you have more than one sim on your machine, it's easy to forget which products you have installed (or not installed) in each sim. If you don't have the product installed in the sim you chose when you opened FTXC3, you will not see 'update available' ... there is no product to update in the sim you chose. Does that help? Larry
  15. Hi Sam, The following also applies to other Orbx airports that are not yet released. Unlike the Orbx products that have been released, CAX6 depends on Orbx ObjectFlow. Without ObjectFlow the entire town of Ganges will be missing. In CAX6, ObjectFlow controls the times and seasons when various objects are visible, and it controls the windsock. ObjectFlow requires the ObjectFlow.dll. For 64 bit P3D v4, this 32 bit file must be redone as a 64 bit file and this is a major undertaking. It's not done yet. The products that have been released did not need any 64 bit conversion. The question of 'when?" has been addressed a number of times in other sections of the forum. The reason I can report on the appearance of CAX6 is that I can see what things look like at specific times and seasons using my development files. These development files are not used in the final product.