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#1 timest999


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 04:07 AM


We are very excited to introduce you to REX Essential!

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This FREE comprehensive update is a massive overhaul of our award-winning Real Environment Xtreme software. After extensive research, planning and effort, we are delighted to report we're in the final stages in preparation for release.

Following are some of the main features for REX Essential, including a fix list as reported by our users:

- INCLUDES all previous REX Service Packs

- NEW REX EDGE Technology allows REX users to share their texture themes with nearly 40,000 REX users. Easy to access and simple to implement.

- NEW WXTEX technology utilizes ALL textures within REX Essential / OverDrive to create the most realistic weather related environment based upon current weather conditions.

- NEW weather search feature allows users to search for various weather conditions worldwide.

- NEW integrated TARGET Mapping allows the user to view your REX flight plan or imported flight plan within the new REX Weather Engine.

- NEW weather engine now includes real-world winds and temperatures aloft provided by the world-wide database of radiosonde reports... not forecasts. This process improves wind variability throughout the column of the atmosphere. What you get is what it is! Wind levels include winds from surface up to 69,000 ft. Temperature levels are more uniformed and removes issues associated with the past weather engine.

- NEW vertical and horizontal visibility feature. We have spent months researching and testing how to handle the visibility with FSX. We have now integrated this feature within our new weather engine. You can still set a default visibility, but you can now enjoy more realistic vertical and horizontal visibility based upon metar reports.

- NEW menu tools available within the REX Weather Engine, including ability to manually re-load weather from within the REX WX Engine, set opacity, time interval for live updates and Weather Load Balancing. This feature allows user to control the speed in which REX loads weather into FSX. Faster speeds will reduce FPS but allow the weather to be loaded more quickly. A slower balance load improves FPS during load processes.

- NEW integration allowing for special licensing and use with Prepar3D.

- INTEGRATION of the new REX Weather Engine inside the flight planner for improved flight planning.

- COMPLETE rewrite of backend database and removal of xml data files for better database handling and improved performance.

- MASSIVE user interface performance improvement across the board.

- UPDATED aircraft symbol on WASys for easier viewing.

- UPDATED precipitation displacement on the WASys tool throughout the system.

- UPDATED and enhanced weather download process. Allows user to turn on overwrite process so that the latest weather will be downloaded for the most accurate metar reports during the hour.

- IMPROVED upper-level winds and temperatures.

- IMPROVED wind smoothing effects both vertically AND horizontally.

- IMPROVED visibility smoothing feature. User-controlled visibility based upon depicted visibility over a region for smoother transitions.

- IMPROVED flight planner performance. More accurate waypoint selection, with ability to set number of waypoints between your departure and arrival points.

- SIMPLIFIED "I just want to fly" process.

- ADDED ability to disable/enable green information bar within FSX, per users requests.

- ADDED weather data storage in local database for faster search capabilities.

- ADDED ability to purge weather data.

- ADDED ability to configure initial weather load time so that weather can load while setting up flights in FSX, or delayed depending on FSX start-up time.

- FIXED "Top-Most of WASys tool".

- FIXED VATSIM data source.

- FIXED CAVOK issue.

- FIXED weather engine pressure issue.

- FIXED issue with saving inland water themes.

- FIXED weather influenced texture processes.

- FIXED font issue upon opening REX on some systems.

- FIXED the need to alter the FSX exe.xml file.

- FIXED runway texture edges per users feedback.

- FIXED database error that caused some textures not to load correctly.

- Because FSX limits weather representation to simply cumulonimbus, cumulus, stratus, and cirrus wispy cloud 'types', true real-world cloud formations were difficult to depict correctly. We have developed a way to utilize ALL cloud groups within the texture sheets to best represent the most realistic weather conditions. With REX's various cloud textures we are able to integrate better, more realistic flight environments including: nimbostratus, cumulo-stratus, alto-stratus, cirro-cummulus, and cirro-stratus clouds.

More to follow, stay tuned!

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 04:40 AM

Wow! Sounds great, please update us on any time frame we can expect this. :)

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 04:48 AM

This sounds awesome! :D

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:01 AM

Sweeeeeeeeeeet!! Looking forward to this Tim :D

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 05:45 AM

OMG. THANK ALL U GUYS! I was just wondering what was next for REX.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 06:48 AM

Yes well done chaps and Thank you.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:19 AM

truly awesome announcement.

Well done chaps and Tim. Hopefully a nice Christmas present.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:33 AM

Yes - sounds awesome .... bring it on.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 10:41 AM

Great, thank's for your Christmas gift :)
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:03 AM

Sounds fantastic Tim, really looking forward to this update! Looks like a lot of great things in there!
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:11 AM

You guys just made my day. Can't wait! :D
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 11:13 AM

Waiting so long! >:D
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:06 PM

Great! Just one question, I used REX for quite a while but never really the flight planner (sorry....) - but with the new integration i would really look into it.

But i have one question. In ASE ic an read the winds at different altitudes at my waypoints to put into my FMC wind forecast page, has REX such a feature as well?

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:12 PM

Quick question Tim, is there an option to run with 1024 or 2048 clouds?
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:14 PM


You guys are the best because like Overdrive, it's free for existing customers! :)

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:15 PM

Just a question too : When the link will be available to download the product ??? ?


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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:47 PM

Great news Tim !

One question : would it be possible to use the weather engine on my client pc and the program with weather dependant textures on my flying pc ?
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:53 PM


This is excellent news. Looking forward to the update.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 12:54 PM

When the link will be available to download the product ??? ?

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 01:22 PM

Wow! Can't wait too long! :)

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