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  1. Thanks to both of you for mentioning Ultra Weather XP. I just finished watching a YouTube video demo, and it looks great! I've added it to my purchase bucket list.
  2. Just for the record: We're using exactly the same 64-bit build. Perhaps it was the difference in helicopters, or perhaps your atmospheric conditions differed from those that I tried. It could be due to one of your plugins, too. That was an interesting experience that you had.
  3. I tried to replicate your experience, Wayne, with the default X-Plane 11 helicopter, but I was unable to get a contrail. I flew over Seattle at various altitudes (going even higher than you did), and I tried various temperatures and barometric pressures, but I saw no contrail for the helicopter in the X-Plane 11.30 final release that I was flying. What sim were you using?
  4. This image shows the new particle effects in X-Plane 11.30 being used for engine exhaust.
  5. X-Plane 11.30 Release Notes
  6. According to a search I did, your question about controlling reflectivity gets into an area where X-Plane 11 does differ from FSX. About the best I can do is to provide a few links that may lead you to the desired reflectivity control: How to create Chrome/BareMetal look/texture in X-Plane 11 X-Plane 11 Material Model Modeling Documentation
  7. Soaranden

    Trio

    Nice trio! I noticed the aircraft's Guatemala registration. Is that where it's flying?
  8. Using DXT3 or DXT5 should provide the desired semi-transparancy, John. Although I have not developed anything for X-Plane, I expect the rules regarding DXT textures are the same in both FSX and X-Plane. Here is an excerpt from the FSDeveloper Wiki regarding DXT1 versus DXT3 in FSX: In Flight Simulator there are two different texture formats, the DXT1 and DXT3 texture. The DXT1 texture has a 1-bit alpha channel, while the DXT3 texture has a 4-bit alpha channel. This means the DXT1 alpha channel can only contain 2 color, black and white. All parts that have a black color in the alpha channel will become fully transparant, while all parts with a white color in the alpha channel will show as normal. This format can thus not be used to make parts semi-transparant. In a DXT3 texture you can use up to 16 colors in the alpha channel, so you can also use different tones of grey. These tones of grey allow you to set parts as semi-transparant. The darker the grey color is, the more transparant it will become. Due to the larger size of the alpha channel, the size of the total texture is also bigger in the DXT3 format, so only use this format if you really need semi-transparancy. To read the full article see: Alpha channel creation with Photoshop I hope this helps. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES Here are a couple of additional resources from the FSDeveloper Wiki. Again, I'm making the assumption that this information is applicable to X-Plane, too: DXT compression explained Texture formats overview Finally, and importantly, here is an X-Plane-specific article regarding Texture Compression The article shows the preceding FSX DXT texture information is equally applicable to X-Plane.
  9. Canadian Rockies in vicinity of Banff during a summer sunrise in X-Plane 11
  10. Flying past Tokyo Skytree in Japan Pro freeware for X-Plane 11
  11. I recently purchased the Embraer Phenom 100 for X-Plane 11, which I'm running on both Windows and Linux. Your livery will be my first addition. Thanks! Incidentally, all of James' liveries for X-Plane are available at jaydor's Content - X-Plane.Org Forum
  12. Stunningly beautiful screenshots, Jury. Now everybody will want to fly.
  13. Hi, Martin Here is a suggestion that could enable you to purchase a new custom computer that could be both more affordable and better than an HP and that could provide the option for you to buy new USB peripherals with the savings: Take a look at the ComputerLX web site. I've had them build two custom computers for me. They are an excellent company located in Ohio. They ship within the United States and provide free FedEx ground shipping. Both of my systems are Intel/Nvidia systems (highly recommended), and I couldn't be happier with them. Dan
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