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RESOLVED Selective Textures and WorldWide Airports vs Texture Direct

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I could use a little guidance regarding what I guess is a pick and mix question with respect to the REX products I have. I guess I could post this one in a couple of sections. so please forgive if another would be more appropriate! Apologies for longish post but I wanted to ensure all info was supplied :)

My REX products:
-REX Worldwide Airports HD
(this is currently not installed yet, following a recent sim rebuild)

-REX Texture Direct/With Soft Clouds Enhanced Edition
(Recently removed, effectively, using the built-in Restore option to revert P3D back to a pre-install state. This was in prep for installing REX Sky Force 3D)

-REX Sky Force 3D
(Installed just a couple of days ago)

The goal: SF3D is looking very promising, but in moving to it I am without my airport runway/taxiway and grass textures, which would be nice to have again.

One option I could use would be to reinstall via Texture Direct, selecting only the Runways/Taxiways and Grass textures

But as I also have Worldwide Airports HD (I've not installed the new build yet) and as there seems to be some product feature overlap (with Texture Direct) I wonder if this would be a better route to take. However I'm unclear if grass textures are included in the product (Worldwide Airports) too, or would I need to install grass textures only from Texture Direct, and remaining airport content such as runways etc from Worldwide Airports HD?

Any advice/recommendations on mixing components from those products would be appreciated.

Finally as I have Sky Force 3D installed now, that will have carried out a backup of original P3D textures I believe, so if I do add selected features from Texture Direct and/or Worldwide Airports, would I need to do that again (or would that in fact end up backing up content that has been placed into the P3D folders during the SF3D installation?)

I hope I've been clear in explaining what I am trying to achieve! :)

 

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Hi there,

The only thing that Texture Direct has that Worldwide Airports and Sky Force do not is water enhancements. So if you want those, go into the Texture Direct Texture Configuration area (the 'wrench' icon in the top right) and disable all but the water options.

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Thanks for that Galen, I'll go for the Worldwide Airports HD install as the next step then.
 

Kind Regards

Dave

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Hi Galen, sadly not resolved! :( Unexpected issues arose as follows, here are the steps I went through:
- I noted I still had some TD/Soft Clouds Enhanced folder content on the drive, although using the TD console it indicated no selections were actually installed (that would be after using the TD restore option to return P3D to default content I presume) For neatness and clarity, I used the Win10/Settings/Apps option to Uninstall, and all remaining TD folders were then cleared, During this I noted no adverse effect on the sim, so I think that confirms my thought that nothing was actually installed was correct, and content was merely sat there waiting to be installed via a theme.
-I then progressed with WWAHD install, selecting preferred textures to add to a theme ready to install. This all went without sign of error, and I also opted to create a preinstall backup of P3D textures.
-Going into P3D there was the expected initial loadup lag as new content was loaded, and I could see that using a default airport, the runway markings were now non--default in appearance, and grass looked a lot better too. I was quite happy until I noticed a strange effect. Namely the runway texture was shimmering and looked fresnel lens like, when viewed from certain positions. From the rear of the aircraft, and (typically!) the cockpit view were not good at all and most distracting. Hoping this may be a characteristic of one texture only I went into the WWAHD console to select an alternate runway look, but there was no indication of a theme nor indeed the textures for each selection category actually being installed! I know they were as the initial theme load took a little time, as did the P3D load, as mentioned. However the theme I created WAS listed there.

Tonight I've taken it a little further and returned P3D textures to default state using the restore option. Textures certainly look back to default (yuk) but the shimmer is gone.

I'll happily acknowledge error on my side if a graphic setting could be responsible, but right now I'm puzzled.

Not sure about posting links here but I believe I have captured the effect on a couple of Youtube vids I uploaded whilst discussing this with a fellow SIMmer.

regards

Dave

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Hi Dave,

Are you saying that now Texture Direct is simply off your system?

Could you provide some screenshots of what you were seeing, or links to those videos?

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2 hours ago, REX Support said:

Hi Dave,

Are you saying that now Texture Direct is simply off your system?

Could you provide some screenshots of what you were seeing, or links to those videos?

Hi Galen

Yes that's correct. I wanted a clean start before installing WWAHD and following the discussion about TD vs WWAHD texture options decided to go with the newer product, or have I misunderstood the installation approach?

Prior to then installing WWAHD from scratch, the P3D textures very much looked to be back to default, and as I say the last thing I did with TD was to merely remove the remnants that Win10 Uninstaller recognised, which I saw more of a disk tidy exercise more than anything.

Here's a link to a short capture, apologies for quality, but hopefully the effect I mention can be seen https://youtu.be/jyg7xHjleTM

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Hi Galen, were you able to see the effect in the posted video?
I'm strongly considering just going back to TD just for runways etc. and grass, but if you'd recommend otherwise I'm all ears :)

thanks
Dave

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I looked at the video it was hard to see the shimmer, but I can confirm that they are WWA textures.  There are numerous versions of runway and taxiway textures.  Did you try a different set? 

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Hi Reed, yes apologies for the video quality. Coincidentally I'd been changing recorder settings and they weren't optimal when I grabbed that short clip, but viewed on my GSYNC in real time, the effect is more obvious, with an almost prismatic effect look to the shimmer.

However, as you mentioned, my next thought was to try a different set, and that's what I've just done.
I ensured within that that I picked a different Ground Environment set for a new theme. At first I thought it was still showing, so I started looking into my P3D graphics settings, hoping a tweak might sort things. It did not seem to help, but after reverting those to previous values, things look ok now. Most odd. I'd add that my P3D v4.3 install is pretty new having just rebuilt the lot, and had not seen this effect before. If it continues to behave I'll be happy, but still a little puzzled! B)

Dave

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