Version 2.4

Version 2.4 Build 63 will be released shortly. It has the following highlights.

Generation 4/5 Shadows

 

Figure 1

 

 

Improved Shadow Accuracy. Figure 2 is V2.3, Figure 3 is V2.4 Note Antennae shadow and shadow at rear of wing.

 

Figure 2

Figure 3

 

 

 

Look at shadow under wing leading edge in Figures 4 and 5 and 6 and 7 (Odd figures are new version)

Figure 4

Figure 5

Figure 6

Figure 7

 

In the VC the shadows line up much better with the window frame Figure 9 is new version.

 

Figure 8

Figure 9

 

 

 

Improvements to HD Shadows

 

In previous releases HD Shadows worked well with any aircraft for which the Virtual Cockpit Model just modelled the cockpit without the wings.
This was usually the case for airliners with swept back wings which cannot easily be seen (if at all) from the cockpit.

There were therefore two downsides

  • If the HD shadow option was enabled and the VC model then contained wings or other external aircraft parts then the behaviour was very
    poor – strange false shadows would sweep across the cockpit when panning the viewpoint around.

     

  • Shadows were disabled for external cameras within the aircraft radius (i.e closer than the spot view) – but this matching was not 100% and so
    for a few aircraft some surfaces within the VC would not show shadows and/or external close cameras would show false shadows.

     

In this release the implementation now operates like a cookie cutter centered at the camera and discards portsions of the model that might cause issues when HD shadowing is enabled.
This means that HD shadowing can be successfully used acrosss a much wider range of aircraft without false shadows.

The following pictures show the improvement that HD Shadows can give with a plane of DC3 dimensions – Baslar BT67 (Daniel Fuernkaess, Manfred Jahn, Alexander M. Metzger, Hansjoerg Naegele).

 

Figure 10

Figure 11

 

Unshadowed Surfaces Fix

 

A few aircraft had surfaces which didn’t show shadows when HD shadows was selected. Here is an example.

 

V 2.3

Figure 12

V2.4

Figure 13

 

With the new behaviour it has been possible to provide an option to extend HD shadows for smaller aircraft.

The gain with very small aircraft is not so dramatic as with larger aircraft and may not be worth the compromises in external cameras. For example the high winged Cessnas suffer an issue
with the wing supporting struts which appear to be unshaded as they get further from the plane.

 

A2A Cub w/HD

Figure 14

 

A2A Cub with HD

Figure 15

 

 

 

About stevefsx

I don't use FSX that much. But I am very annoyed when it doesn't work properly!
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26 Responses to Version 2.4

  1. NEPTUNE6P2V7 says:

    Good day Steve
    i go to my FSS account, but the purpose download is V2.3 and not 2.4 .

    when it’s ready to download . i’ll download i espect your Green light to do

    Thank’s

    have a good day

    Patrick

  2. Sherman kaplan says:

    Thank you, Steve. I think many of us had feared that you abandoned the project. Delighted tha is not the case

    Sherm

  3. Andy says:

    Great news to see you back!! 🙂

  4. odourboy says:

    Hi Steve – Is the fixer back on the market or is this update only for your current install base?

  5. Ron Attwood says:

    Welcome back!

  6. adamski123 says:

    Let me be one of the first to welcome you back, Steve! You’ve been sorely missed!

  7. David says:

    Thanks Steve there have being a lot of people waiting on another release.

  8. Bram Stikkel says:

    Thank you, Steve, for still going on develloping DX10 SceneryFixer. I still think it is a very well thought out program. Hope you still enjoy working on it.
    Greetings !
    Bram Stikkel

  9. Jim H. says:

    Good news, the Fixer is back!!!

  10. stevefsx says:

    There have been some reports of HD shadows not working with the airbus extended. If this is the case try going into the debug dialog and roll back the shadow version pulldown to 4, then 3 then 2 and if it fixes the issue – I don’t know that it will mind.

    • adamski123 says:

      Phew! Thank goodness I’m subscribed to this blog! I’ve just spent many hours in my shiny new Aerosoft A318/A319 with HD Jet shadows working perfectly with Fixer 2.3 only to find them go all screwy with 2.4.

      Dropping back one notch in the Debug drop-down worked for me! I’ll dust off my A/S A320 and report back.

      Thanks, Steve.

  11. daniel M. says:

    Thx Steve for continuing !!

    • NEPTUNE6P2V7 says:

      HI Steve, nice release, i try it and it’s wonderfull aspect shadows in cockpit and exterior . I try on many planes FSX free and Payware

      Another time, thank’s for your work

      Patrick

  12. stevefsx says:

    If using EZDOK you must go into debug dialog and select “Shadow Version 4”

  13. adamski123 says:

    Steve,

    Is there any way we can get the FSS download archive reconfigured?

    IMHO, the installer EXE should be separated from all the documentation – so it can all be digested well before you hit that install button! Ideally, the archive should contain a short “important_install_readme” file, the manual itself and possibly something like the “How-To” guide – or at least a link to it.

    Giving users (new or updaters) at least the basic install/re-install procedures could save you a *lot* of low-level support calls.

    Adam.

  14. stevefsx says:

    I am looking at this for next release

  15. I have windows 10 tech preview. FSX works great in it and no more disconnects with the joystick. Think that windows 10 will be the best os for fsx but in direcxt10 mode the ui is gone? in direcxt9 it works perfect. Hope you can fix this in the near future

  16. Pisitt says:

    hello,Steve
    I have the problem with the graphic which are the artifact spike and stuttering during the flight.
    I am AMD user as well and continuing support your product!

  17. Martin says:

    HI Steve,
    After changing to DX10 and applying your fix 2.4 still don’t have runway, taxi and papi lights although in DX9 everything is ok. Any tip to sort it out? I’m using standard and Orbx England scenery.
    BTW you are doing great job.

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