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Rex Essential - Feature #7 - Part 3

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#1 timest999

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 10:18 PM

REX Essential - Feature #7 - Part 3


CONFIGURATION - VISIBILITY

ALL of us hardcore simmers realize there are visibility bugs inherent within simconnect that can be QUITE frustrating at times. We have spent the past year coding and performing test after test to see if we could make this process more rich and full of 'depth'. We believe we have accomplish this task.

In addition to what we have created as the default for the new REX Weather Engine, we now give the user more options to further tweak and control the visibility throughout FSX/P3D.

Below is a listing of each new feature with a brief description:

ENABLE REAL VISIBILITY
This feature forces the REX Weather Engine to utilize the actual visibility setting provided by the metar report. Turning off this feature causes the REX Weather Engine to use a default setting of 20NM or to use the settings provided in the GLOBAL VISIBILITY LAYERS.

ENABLE REAL VISIBILITY SMOOTHING
This feature helps create more smoothness to the visibility across a region. Thus, because of the limitations of the FSX/P3D visibility plane we are still able to produce a smooth transition vertically and horizontality. However, this will also cause your metar reports to not accurately report the visibility for each station.

ENABLE REAL WEATHER FOG
With this feature turned on, the REX Weather Engine is forced to utilize special processes to create a more realistic fog representation vertically and horizontally based upon the metar report.

ENABLE STRATUS CLOUDS AS FOG
To bring more depth to fog within FSX/P3D, we have coded an option for the user to allow the REX Weather Engine to utilize stratus clouds to bring more realism to their flight experience. Thus, it gives the user a feeling of transition as they fly out of a fog deck.

SET GLOBAL VISIBILITY LAYERS
To satisfy those that want to create their own visibility layers we have provided a means to add your own visibility layers globally to FSX/P3D. The user can add as many layers as they want. Using this feature will supersede real weather visibility.

Next Feature: Wind Configuration
We will highlight some of the wind settings that can be modified for FSX/P3D.

#2 funnelpond

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:17 PM

Jesus Tim i dont have a university degree,Sounds like alot to swallow over all the features and updates.Good luck to me.................lol.

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:25 PM

We're not done Ron! LOL :D

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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:27 PM

Holy Moly.
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Posted 16 February 2012 - 11:42 PM

Just think... some folks at AVSIM think that giving away REX Essential (REX 3) for FREE is a desperate move on our part... hmmmm, go figure! :(

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 12:40 AM

Hey,

Has this issue been addressed yet?

http://www.realenvir...in-cloud-layer/

Thanks, and good luck with your project.

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#7 timest999

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:46 AM

Odai,

Yes it is please peruse all the features announcements and you will understand.

Thanks for your kind words.

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 04:44 AM

Spectacular news! They just keep on coming :) Fog is a must for me as a bush pilot, and to have it done realistically by REX is a big ^_^ from me!
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 10:59 AM

timest999, I'm sure you're not worried. Sadly a large proportion of the nerd population on this planet seem to spend more time justifying their own decisions on hardware/software etc. than actually using it. Witness the Apple and MS or Android fanboy wars. Or for that matter my car's better than your car - must be because I bought it - even though it breaks down every 5 minutes . . . sensible people just make their choice on their own circumstances and don't try to tell the rest of the world what they should do . . hang on! What . . .

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 03:24 PM

I'm loving these reports. Which feature addresses the abrupt fog at 2000ft.?

@Tim.....I notice there is animosity among those who seem to have money to burn towards those who appreciate freeware or free updates. I think they just want to feel justified in all the money they spent on their hobby. What they fail to realize is that paying customers are benefiting from the updates to this product. I commend this company for standing by your customers in an age where most developers are pushing beta updates as new games or basically turning the experience of using there software into a credit card fest for every little feature. I truly appreciate you and all the REX team for your integrity and generosity towards your customers. Not to mention your great customer service. And I also see that this company does not follow the trends of others in the face of ridicule. Keep up the good work!

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Posted 17 February 2012 - 07:22 PM

Just think... some folks at AVSIM think that giving away REX Essential (REX 3) for FREE is a desperate move on our part... hmmmm, go figure! :(


And just out of curosity, why do you take the low signal to noise ratio at Avsim with anything but a huge grain of salt?
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 08:32 PM

@Mistro: spoken like a true man!! Txs!
@dougo: lol you hit the nail on the head!
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Posted 17 February 2012 - 09:30 PM

Thanks to both of you for putting things into perspective... sometimes I just need to take a step back and look at the bigger picture.

Cheers and have a great weekend.

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 08:56 AM

I agree with funnelpond, a lot to take on board. Will there be a manual for REX Essentials?
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Posted 18 February 2012 - 10:51 AM

Guys, I am just blown away with the "clouds", that REXv3, A.K.A. "REX Essential", is a FREE Upgrade !! I have said this already in another post, but the fact that you are doing this tipped the scales for me, so that I have now purchsed v2.0, and, I am enjoying the experience, while we wait -- paitiently -- for v3 to be released. I have read through these Announcements: "Features 1 through 7", and considering what I now am experiencing with v2, all I can say about the new features is .... "Wooo Hoooo ...." ( Remember the intro to "Flight Unlimited II ?? ... that's me now 8) )

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 04:34 PM

I agree with funnelpond, a lot to take on board. Will there be a manual for Rex Essentials?

Absolutely ;)

@Flyboy_Pete: Thank you sir!

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Posted 18 February 2012 - 07:50 PM

I gotta say thanks too, Tim! You guys at REX are doing a great service in keeping FSX improving and going strong for the future.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:32 AM

timest999 thanks for your response. Like so many I wait for the release of Essential with great interest.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 04:34 PM

Due to R/L callings, haven't checked in here in loooong time. Maybe I should more often. The list of upgrades to my favorite enviro add-on is stunning! Looking forward to this. Thanks, guys.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 05:37 PM

Excellent features!!!! REX Essential is simply the Best!
Thanks a lot for all your efforts and providing it for free!!!!!!!!!!!
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