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  1. Captains, It is with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement that I get the opportunity to announce SkyMaxx Pro v5 to you today! Version 4.0 was our longest major version run, and it's time to turn the page to Chapter 5. A release date is at the bottom of this post. We have wanted to bring what v5 has in it for years, but it just wasn't feasible till now. With that said, SkyMaxx Pro v5 brings GPU ray-casted clouds. Internally, we attempted GPU ray-casted clouds many versions ago, but the performance was just not there. However, they will now be the fastest clouds we offer (you rea
    9 points
  2. In addition to the VNAV work we have also these fixes lined up for the next update: Improvements * Added switch in aircraft file to always force experimental flight model on * Improved tracking ability of nosewheel in tight turns (less skidding) * A "direct to" turn will not attempt to re-intercept the line between current aircraft position and the waypoint * Yoke checklist can now be flipped up and down and yellow bug goes all the way to top again * Added a dataref to indicate if autothrottle is active or not * Added a preference to "pause on Top of Descent" Bug fi
    7 points
  3. Holds / VNAV are in our current sights. What kind of progress we make remains to be seen, but we are actively focusing on it now. -tkyler
    7 points
  4. I have an issue.......new one. I have to leave my beloved SMP 4 behind! The new update fixed all issues with my system...can fly with my plugins and am enjoying great cloud work!
    5 points
  5. Hello All, This will serve as a formal forum announcement that we have released the version 5.0.1 update for SkyMaxx Pro. All customers who have purchased SkyMaxx Pro v5 up till now have been sent an e-mail by X-Aviation with complete instructions on how to obtain your update. We have made this a very simple process! For those that purchase SkyMaxx Pro v5 from today forward, your purchased download will already be updated to version 5.0.1 for you. What if I didn't get the update e-mail? If you did not receive your update e-mail don't fret! X-Aviation has updated our system to allow all
    5 points
  6. Quick update: We are deep into the VNAV rewrite. Not just poking around and tweaking....we're cutting out huge swaths of inefficient code....and I have to say, its going really well so far. I believe this will make the VNAV calculations an order of magnitude easier to perform.....and if there are any issues during testing, at least I don't believe it will be "whack-a-mole" where one bug creates another. We'll keep you posted. We are working on this regularly at this juncture. -tkyler
    5 points
  7. An update on the situation... We have made contact with the developer of XPRealistic, and we feel we have a handle on why this is occurring. XPRealistic is writing to some required view monitoring datarefs every frame which SkyMaxx Pro also monitors. This is causing numerous allocations of depth buffers until things eventually explode. We are discussing how to deal with this. There are talks of us creating a workaround, and XPRealistic coming out with an update. As we get more information we will let you know.
    4 points
  8. Hi @Honey56, This is a pretty extreme comparison. If $19.95 USD is going to cause you a life or death situation, you should probably re-evaluate flight simming. I'm sorry that you're in tough times. I do hope things improve for you in 2021. On our side, SkyMaxx Pro v4 has been on the market for 4 years. In that time there have been many updates; all free. At some point, just like X-Plane 11 going to X-Plane 12 will be, new transitions must be made to keep development flowing. This is common in software (heck, even cars!). We are happy to offer you the 50% discount and feel this is a
    4 points
  9. I will yes. Quite a bit more progress on the cockpit. Finally some "downhill work" after messing about with the interior trim -tkyler
    4 points
  10. That's interesting indeed. If this is true I would really appreciate a setting to switch clouds intercation with wind off to get much better performance, this is especially true for people using lower end GPUs. For me personally having moving clouds is not that important, it's a cool feature but it comes at the cost of massive FPS loss I would like to turn it off.
    3 points
  11. The new Skymaxx 5 was an instant purchase for me. Yesterday, before I went to bed I installed the original release and started to my first flight with the 5.01 update today. I have deactivated XP Realistic and have unlimited cloud range, using the 3D option and very high fps. Once again you have pushed the clouds on a high and nice level.
    3 points
  12. Well now....I've got my 40+ FPS back with SMP5. Still struggle with the dark clouds but I'll figure that one out. Thanks for the quick update !!
    3 points
  13. ADMIN NOTE: SkyMaxx Pro v5.0.1 has been released and supersedes this post for the time being: ------------------------------------------------------- We have received numerous reports of insanely high RAM usage up to the point X-Plane eventually crashes and/or FPS are simply unsustainable. In every one of these instances, XPRealistic has been in use and the culprit of the issue. Our best guess at the moment would be that they are somehow changing the format of the depth buffer, which would mess up our attempts to copy it for our shadow and soft particle effects, and u
    3 points
  14. That rain cell with the clouds. I have missed this. Aside from the XP bug. This is something else. Thank you.
    3 points
  15. I unticked "Natural movements" and "Ground Shakings" in XP realistic v2, and now both plugins work correctly together
    3 points
  16. Thanks for understanding! I think sometimes a friendly no is better than a politically correct - "ok, we will see what we can do" - and then never do anything .
    3 points
  17. This does happen in the real cockpit as well - and I consider it realistic. As is the solution: Be careful! We will definitely not disable yoke input because it is a real and important feature of the real aircraft: You can override your autopilot with flightcontrol inputs most of the time. Cheers, Jan
    3 points
  18. Please try to understand this from the perspective of users who paid $65 for what well may be the most expensive add-on GA aircraft in X-Plane, doubly so for those who paid for it during the last seven months without having been told that the most basic ILS technology (which works in every default XP aircraft) is nonfunctional in the Hot Start TBM900. This is a customer relations issue, not a technical one. It's X-Aviation's reputation that's on the line, not that of the customers. If you wish to censor and scold us, then have at it. I'm not so sure that works well in the social media-ri
    3 points
  19. Using SkyMaxx Pro's volumetric clouds with X-Plane 11.51, my FPS goes from high thirties to low forties while flying low over Orbx London scenery (lots of clouds) in the Rotate MD-80, but the flight is very smooth. My system is an i9 9900K running at 4700MHz with an RTX 2080 Ti and 1440p monitor. Keep up the good work.
    2 points
  20. Hello All, This will serve as a formal forum announcement that we have released the version 5.0.4 update for SkyMaxx Pro. All customers who have purchased SkyMaxx Pro v5 up till now have been sent an e-mail by X-Aviation with complete instructions on how to obtain your update. We have made this a very simple process! For those that purchase SkyMaxx Pro v5 from today forward, your purchased download will already be updated to version 5.0.4 for you. What if I didn't get the update e-mail? If you did not receive your update e-mail don't fret! X-Aviation has updated our system to allow all
    2 points
  21. One added bonus for me....I can now use FS Global Real Weather to inject weather into XP, something I couldn't do with SMP 4 as it killed my frame rates. So, another paid software I can use now! And at 30,000 draw radius as opposed to 10,000 draw radius. Take a look at the frame rates Although, I was getting pretty nice weather/cloud depiction with SMP 4 and RWC also
    2 points
  22. 2 points
  23. Thanks for the terrific customer support -- as usual!
    2 points
  24. Whilst I’ve yet to test V5.0.1, I would like to express my gratitude to Cameron and Sundog for going above and beyond. The easy approach would have been to wait for XPR to issue a fix, instead, recognising the excitement and expectations set by a new ground breaking product, you opted for an interim SMP V5 patch to get your customers going. Respect. Great customer service will always be rewarded by loyal customers.
    2 points
  25. Impressive response! Kudo's to the team. Full disclosure - XPRealistic is a "cute" plug-in but not one I would miss terribly if interaction with another plug-in caused a major issue. Still, it's a fun type of plug-in and I hope that dev will continue to work with you folks. Thanks!
    2 points
  26. After having both V4 and V5. I am getting much better frame rates (after disabling XPR2) and the clouds look soooooo much better. Thank you. Only downfall is XPR2 is a must for my airliners. I hope it gets solved. Thank you again.
    2 points
  27. I can confirm, in my case it's XPRealistic as well
    2 points
  28. 2 points
  29. 737ng can be flown without FMS and I did it a copule of years ago(Both FMS failure at an airport with no maintance cover). You just set the vspeed and N1 limit using the knobs instead. Regarding the RNAV, Airports should have contingency procedures in case an aircraft lose its rnav capability(eg:omnidirectional departure or radio aids to hold in case of radio failure). In Salzburg the airways bring you directly over the VOR and from there you can star your procedure.
    2 points
  30. A little update: smartco 3.1.3 / IXEG 1.33 Less jitter for the slave. As before, are not synced: GPU / ASU, guards, hyd failures. Download ⋆ Sky4Crew
    2 points
  31. This is already the case for v5 voxel clouds. Ambient light and how it scatters within the cloud based on the sun or moon position are factored in. Yes, they will remain the same.
    2 points
  32. fantastic piece of news, when I fly XP11 I always use SMP4 with RWC and Activesky, on the odd occasion it may be a little slow but my system is 3 years old.......I have tried them all and still come back to SMP as this to me usually looks great and especially lately performs very well.... can't wait for release and also feel the upgrade cost is good to....
    2 points
  33. Great new , in two ways, first in the performance of the software itself with Vulcan and second nice commercial approach for us the users and owners of SMP and RWC I'll be there next week for buy V5 , thank you
    2 points
  34. Looking forward to promo video or stream to understand the improvement being made.
    2 points
  35. Hi there!, I see that you're in a part of the world where it's currently past sunset. Technology is a fun thing, and these days manufacturers of phones and computer operating systems now have the night shift where blue light is removed and a yellow hue comes in. This got me the other day. Be sure to turn off any night shift mode on your operating system or phone, and view again. These clouds are very...white.
    2 points
  36. Not when using the new volumetric option for overcast clouds. You can always switch this back to one of the other options if that feature is important to you. The reason is kind of technical, but it boils down to there not being a good way to do this without really affecting performance - it's a tradeoff that's not worth it in our opinion.
    2 points
  37. Hi @marco.auer, Thanks for the kind words. ASXP has integration with SkyMaxx Pro, but Real Weather Connector is required to get that working. Once Real Weather Connector is installed you will find a new menu option in SkyMaxx Pro for Real Weather, and then a checkbox to select ASXP. Hope this helps!
    2 points
  38. Hi Everybody, This is a Southwest Airlines Flight, flight #2287 with nonstop service from Phoenix Sky Harbor to Albuquerque International. We are parked at gate D4, our takeoff runway is 25R and our departure out of Phoenix is the FORPE1 departure. We descend into our arrival airport via the KRKEE3 STAR (Albuquerque International), our arrival runway is 03 and our gate assignment is A8.
    2 points
  39. First off i would like to thanks the XAviation team for this brilliant aircraft... I don't know if i'm just lucky or do things right... First off i have tested all of the systems against the real POH and the feudality is 95% there... I LOVE it. I am running XPlane 11.51 in open GL and KABOOM rain effects and ILS is working correctly after implementing a simple navigraph install fix... and for all you guys out there who are going on about the fix.... gosh it took me like 5 mins to do it it's simple!!!!! and here is a screen shot showing both the rain effects and the ILS (localizer) working!!!!
    2 points
  40. Happy New Year all. Great plane, but the ILS issue is a real frustration. I use this plane to help me with real world currency, so having ILS capability is a must. And Like many of us we have extremely busy lives. So the idea of spending precious free time trying to fix things is doubly frustrating. To the developers: understand that my frustration, and probably some others, is that you’ve developed a great plane that people want to fly, but is currently incapable of flying one of the staple approaches in the IFR world (without an investment of time from your clients t
    2 points
  41. Hello, I am one of those users, Tbm purchased 10 days ago, didn’t know was broken, let’s say it’s my bad. Total guessed usage (gps only ofc)..8 to 10 hours until new airacs. I totally rely on ssalis and jrw4’s tought, as I am also fully understanding X-Avi point of view and efforts, even if the lack of info still gives me thoughts. Btw..everyone I speak with, I only get the best reviews for you. I absolutely don’t wanna be polemic but since the long time needed to develop this tricky fix, may i suggest to at least write the issue on the selling page? Wait wait..I know, this i
    2 points
  42. Sounds great and thank you. Wrapping up a flight now and I'll check it out for the next leg.
    2 points
  43. Do the recommended changes to the navdata files have any impact on other XP aircraft, e.g., Aerobask, Toliss, and ZiboMod? Many thanks and best wishes.
    2 points
  44. Yes, the full 6 digits are needed. This is an X-Plane system issue that we can't control. We've reported it to LR.
    2 points
  45. Any further update on this? Cameron? Goran? Is this workaround really working, or not? I'd rather know it for sure before doing any change... Navigraph just released their 2014 AIRAC Cycle, which they reaffirmed is going to be the last one with the double version for X Plane, 11.50 AND 11.41. From the next cycle (2101, I suppose) only the 10.50 version will be available. At this moment, this means that the ILS LOCs will be out of service for those of us using the (in any other sense fabulous) X-Aviation TBM 900 on X Plane 11.50. I guess Navigraph shouldn't be blamed for
    2 points
  46. The temps are persistent, so they will return to just as it was left (In this case a warm engine). I'll take a look at cover/tie down persistence to see if there is anything going on with the code for that.
    2 points
  47. Goran_M, Thank you for the quick response. I am glad to hear that. At least the installation I did worked. I have been a flight simmer for years and this is the best single engine turboprop add on aircraft out there. Keep up the good work!!!!!!! Chuck B.
    2 points
  48. Hi everyone, thanks for the feedback and reports regarding our 1.33 update for the IXEG 737-300. Naturally some things slipped our quality control and some things we simply *** up . Rest assures, we are working on fixing those, for some there are already workarounds. I will post, update and maintain the list here for you - so if you encounter a problem, check it against this list and if it is already known, you can save yourself the time to post (unless you maybe have some further information for us!). Test button for leading edge devices on aft overhead panel does not wor
    2 points
  49. I've been a long time user of SMP and RWC and have found MAXX FX a great little utility to tweak the visuals to nicely bring out a little more contrast in the clouds as well as making XP look soo much better over all. The only yellow clouds I see is at sunrise and sunset and (since I don't often see that where I live) I've been able to tone down some of the reds and yellows to make things look more like my little corner of the world (not to mention I can adjust it seasonally). Since Gizmo is already installed for SMP, MAXX FX has really no fps hit that I've noticed.
    1 point
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