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Flight Sim discussions; mostly on the core platform ( graphics and terrain, platform team, sim engine, geo tools and geo data, international, internal tools, technical art ) plus news on releases and updates, and the occasional tweaks and tips.

May, 2007

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News about Aces Studio and our products ( Flight Sim, Train Sim, ESP )  from the source.

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    FSX SP1:New tweaks

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    In fsx.cfg --- There is a tweak to control scheduling of threads on cores. It is not recommended to change these settings unless you have a performance reduction and/or maxed out CPU loads in the PerfMonitor. The tweak is Edit:Fixed...
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    FSX SP1:Beta4 posted

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    While we fixed the perf regression issue in B3, we still had aircraft mouse-rect and animated part issues left over and found a photo-scenery corruption issue. In both default and 3rd party aircraft. Thus we felt we needed confirmation on those fixes...
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    FSX SP1 is now live!

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    Available on here Please read the rest of the SP1 "wave" of blog posts.
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    FSX SP1:Performance work

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    Finally, we have shipped! It’s been solid work since Nov from the Graphics and Terrain team on SP1 performance. Here is a work-list on performance so you can understand what we did: General Performance Work 1. performed more work...
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    SP1 Tips

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    Here are some general suggestions and a few tips I have gleaned from the forums. General Performance The goal of SP1 was: · to increase performance 20-40% · to enable FSX to take advantage of multi-core machines · fix some other bugs...
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    FSX SP1:Size of the download

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    This gets asked all the time and I have replied about it at least a dozen times, so lets make it sticky now with a blog post. There is 1 patch per language, 7 languages. English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Polish. Edit: Russian is...
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    Tweak of the Week

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    So here is an idea. Occasionally I will publish information on various "tweaks" to the product and what they do. A "Tweak of the week" if you will. So let’s start with the mysterious sounding FIBER_FRAME_TIME_FRACTION. There are page after...
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    FSX SP1 in Final Test

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    We have resolved all Beta bugs, including fixing 4 late graphics bugs. We found a couple small Loc issues today, and are rebuilding tonite with an RC candidate. The build goes into Final Test tomorrow. All thing being equal and "the creek dont rise...
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    FSX SP1:Preparing to Install

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    Setting up for SP1 SP1 needs a pristine RTM. That includes no add-ons. Many 3 rd party add-ons can cause crashes, especially if they load dlls. In that case they will likely need to be refreshed. If you really don’t want to do this,...
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    FSX SP1:Aircraft and Scenery Fixes

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    Scenery SCENERY: Night textures not appearing on Vancouver's Canada Place SCENERY: Drop-out of night textures occurring on many generic buildings SCENERY: Mission Paris Airshow at LFPB SCENERY: Nijubashi bridge is on the wrong place. SCENERY...
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    FSX SP1:Missions, MultiPlayer, and Misc Fixes

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    Missions · MISSIONS: Monsoon Approach: Rain is missing · MISSIONS: Swedish Championship Soaring Course: Thermals are not showing in mission (schematic) · MISSIONS: Swedish Championship Soaring Course: When User gets the Club Record time they...
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    FSX SP1 News:AMD quote

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    Today AMD announced their new Phenom™ processor here . As part of this press release, Aces Studio participated with a quote about our improved multi-core support in SP1. The quote stated “Like AMD, we too envision quad-core technology as an enabler...
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    FSX SP1:SDK, SimConnect, and 3rd party fixes

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    Z has a great article on what SP1contains for the SDK, SimConnect, and 3 rd party developers here . I’d like to point out a few of the key fixes that will affect flyers: Graphics: · Virtual Cockpit Lighting Re-enable the ability to define gauge...
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    Moderated Blog comments and rules

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    So it’s been almost 2 weeks since I started moderating blog posts. I am publishing some of them, but not all. It’s a matter of time and appropriateness. Certainly posts in the following categories: a) Schedule questions, b) Requests to be...
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    This blog is not Support!

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    This blog is not product support. I cannot take support questions on configs, bug reports, etc. I just cannot do it. Right now, I am publishing those comments and stating so. I am doing that because I know SP1 is still "hot off the presses" and...
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    Deleted the imminent post

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    It got in the way of the flow of the SP1 data. I hope no one minds. I saved it just in case, but it seems redundant anyways.
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