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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.

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

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    FS9 Planes that work in Acceleration ( and by implication the "to be released" freely downloadable SP2 )

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    In an excellent thread on sim-outhouse.com, Jim ( JimJones ) has collected a list of planes along with their functionality under both DX9 and DX10 in Acceleration/SP2 here . Nice work, this is a great service to the community!
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    FSX Perf Benchmark

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    Gary ( Reset MCP Alt ) at AVSim has an excellent FSX benchmark and from that has deduced some quite interesting bits about FSX perf on dual and quad cores. Basically if you dont use add-ons, a dual-core CPU is good enough. If you do use add-ons, then...
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    4 HW reviews of interest to the FS community, and 1 comparo

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    New nVidia part, 8800GT New NV 8800 GT, slightly cut down GTX http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2209197,00.asp Net-net – close to the top end perf for much less power draw and $250 price point. A quote: “ This is, by far...
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    More reasons to not worry about DX10.1

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    Extremetech has a thorough review of the new ATI chip the RV670, in its R3870 form here . And it states this about DX10.1: "A quick word about DirectX 10.1, which is coming to Vista users with Service Pack 1 early in 2008: While this is the first chip...
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    More on FSX-SP2(DX10) delay factors

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    I will try one more time to explain why SP2 is taking longer, since there are persistent doubts as to Aces intentions in general and my truthfulness in particular. While the features may have been final, they have not been tested. What do you mean, they...
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    ESP Part III

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    Let's start with the details in my last post "ESP is a separately versioned, side-by-side application. With an SDK that targets that separately versioned, side-by-side application. And issues like: 1) Branding ( being brand neutral ), 2) EULA...
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    FSX-SP2 Beta posted

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    To the beta tester group. Size is approximately 166M. This is an important milestone in the drive to deliver SP2 before "end of the fall".
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    More on ESP

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    I see some people talking about ESP already, which is good. But I see the discussings blurring ( pun intended ) the boundaries between consumer and commercial, they are distinct. By that, I mean ESP is a separately versioned, side-by-side application...
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    FSX-DX10 Info, Part III

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    Sebby makes a nice post about the DX10 Water feature with a video, here This is his 3rd about DX10 features
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    FSX-DX10 Info, Part II

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    Sebby makes a nice post about the DX10 HDR feature with a video, here This is his 2nd about DX10 features.
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    Microsoft ESP announced

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    Starting Jan 1, 2008, the FS technology will be available for commercial purposes as a platform for solution providers to develop on top of. See http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1895,2216455,00.asp http://money.cnn.com/news/newsfeeds/articles...
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    AVSim FanCon news

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    AMD showed this unannounced system at FanCon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3jpG3rv4zI it will be announced in the next week or so. What they showed was the new Phenom Quad core CPUs, planted on a mobo with 4 PCI-E slots and the new chipset, and the...
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    Great Tool for AI carriers when using Acceleration

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    http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=111605 This package, aicarriers2.zip, uses the same carriers that FSX Acceleration uses. It allows you to place them ( or a fleet ) where ever you like. Note the cruisers and destroyers have hard decks, which...
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    Additional Issues in Acceleration/SP2

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    Having already blogged about transparency issues in Acceleration/SP2, here is a list of some additional issues we have identified. Note these are in no particular order and with no attempt to be exhaustive, this is just a list of what I know and can address...
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    Game Engine Design, Design Goals, and Choices

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    There was a recent thread about game engines trying to compare them on avsim.com. And I thought I would collect some of the thoughts here, clean it up, and re-publish it. Lets talk about the terrain, some ( but not all ) of the objects in the world...
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    3 Transparency Fixes for older content with issues in Acceleration/SP2

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    Fix 1: Replace wonky texture with a modified grayscale alpha from "Stoopy" in this thread: http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=121&topic_id=419638&mesg_id=420007&page = and I quote: So anyway I just did it...
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    Maybe old news, but Windows Vista SP1 Beta is available for download

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    see http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsexperience/archive/2007/09/24/experiencing-windows-vista-service-pack-1-beta.aspx
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    DevCon Topics

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    DevCon is fast approaching us. And yes, I am speaking as well as attending. So if you want 1-1 time, come on down. The two topics I will be responsible for are: 1)Day 2 ( Thursday ) Customer Engagement:Striking the Right Balance 2)Day 3 (...
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    FSX-SP2(DX10) delay factors

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    This has come up multiple times, including in the comments of the SP2 post, so I want to cover why there is a time delay from when Acceleration will be available and until the download for SP2 will be availble. Yes, there is a reason for the delay...
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    FSX-DX10 Info

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    Sebby makes a nice post about the DX10 VC shadow feature with a video, here
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    Acceleration and SP2

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    Overview Acceleration has RTM’ed. Acceleration Pack contains the SP2 fixes; including both DX9 and DX10 work. Acceleration Pack looks really good, and for the $30 US list price there is a lot of value with 3 aircraft (F-18 jet, P-51 racer, EH101...
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    FSX-SP2 Details post should be

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    next Monday or Tuesday. just to set expectations. I was hoping for this Friday, but that is not going to be possible.
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    FSX-SP2 details post is delayed

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    We are still hard at work trying to get things finished, and I need to wait until the dust settles to assess things and make an accurate post. End of next week or early the week after is looking like the earliest I will have solid data. If its going...
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    Vista OOM fix:Must have update from the mother-ship

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    Aug 28th a fix became available for Vista from the Windows team. The bits will be made generally available from the link here and relatively detailed KB is attached. The issue is that Vista was creating an extra copy of graphics memory ( noted...
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    FSX-DX10:3rd progress report - just another Wednesday

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    It is time to update everyone on the progress we have made on the FSX-SP2(DX10) release. First, we have a name change. We have a set of fixes that we want to widely deliver, and that means installing on XP and Vista, for DX9 and DX10. So with that...
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