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Orbx Central Now Available to Download

Orbx Central Released

Building on the success of Orbx’s FTX Central V3, Orbx Central is your one-stop-shop for browsing, purchasing and downloading Orbx products. Built from the ground up, Ben and his team have delivered an easy tool to manage installations and purchases with just a few simple clicks.

The new Orbx Central features a range of brand new features that make it more efficient and advanced than before. For the first time, Orbx Central is cross-platform compatible, so whether you’re on Windows, macOS or Linux, you can now buy and install your products into your simulators on any platform. That means X-Plane users can now download to macOS with just a few clicks and avoid unzipping large files. To make purchasing products easier, you can now do in-app purchasing for the entire Orbx collection. Exploring pages with the new UI is fast and when you find a product you like, you can securely input your payment details and keep them in your account for the next time.

One of the more significant changes to Orbx Central compared to previous iterations is the focus on speed. Using new technology, downloading and installing Orbx products is now extremely fast and efficient. Download times have improved, and users have the ability to pause and auto-update products on the fly. To make installation easier, Orbx Central now enables you to install scenery on any hard drive attached to your PC and your simulator will know exactly where to load it. Furthermore, Prepar3D V4 users will be pleased that Orbx products now support add-on.XML meaning uninstalling P3D will mean you don’t have to re-install your Orbx products.

Orbx Central is available for all users on all platforms right now. A brand new dedicated page has been created for you to familiarise yourself with the platform. There’s also a new user-guide available you can get stuck into before downloading.

Full details and the forum thread can be found here.

Primary Features of Orbx Central

  • Cross-Platform: whether you use Windows, macOS or Linux, Orbx Central will work for you.
  • Modern UI: the user interface has received a full overhaul, making it easier to use than ever before.
  • In-App Purchasing: you can now purchase and install Orbx products completely within Central! If you take the optional step to save your card, you can even complete purchases with just a few clicks!
  • Automatic Updates: never wonder if you’re using the latest version of Orbx scenery – Central will keep them up-to-date automatically.
  • Install Anywhere: want to install your Orbx scenery to another drive? Libraries make this easy. You can choose any location you wish, and have your Orbx scenery intelligently linked back into your simulator (using symbolic links in X-Plane and Aerofly, and add-on packages in Prepar3D v4).
  • Add-On Packages Support (add-on.xml): we now use add-on packages for Prepar3D v4! This means that if you need to re-install your whole simulator, you will not need to re-install all of your Orbx products.
  • Speed Improvements: the download and install component of Central has been completely re-written. It is now more robust, stable, and faster than ever before!
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Just Flight Releases Their PA-28R Turbo Arrow III/IV for Aerofly FS 2

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After their initial announcement of the project back in April, Just Flight has finally released their second GA aircraft for Aerofly FS 2, the PA-28R Turbo Arrow III/IV. This four-seater, turbocharged piston-engine aircraft is an ideal tourer and proficient trainer, used commonly for instrument training across Europe and the USA. With this release, users can expect a high-resolution well-animated aircraft
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Taburet Aerofly FS 2 Canary Islands Now Available

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Scenery developer Taburet has released their first entry into the world of Aerofly FS 2. The developer, who focuses on creating photoscenery coverage for specific areas of the world, has released the Canary Islands for Aerofly FS 2 and features coverage for each island in the region. The photorealistic textures are at a resolution of 1.5m and 19m mesh for
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Just Flight Announces Cessna 152 Coming to Aerofly FS 2

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Just Flight continue to develop a range of general aviation aircraft for a range of simulators with the announcement that they are bringing the Cessna 152 to Aerofly FS 2. Detail are light right now, but it has been confirmed that the aircraft will feature a 3D virtual cockpit with fully functional IFR avionics, flight computer panel and a custom-coded
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Orbx Shares New Details of Orbx Central

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Teased during the roadmap post late last year, Ben McClintock from Orbx took centre stage today to share the immense number of changes coming to the new Orbx Central. Orbx Central will replace the current FTX Central V3. In his post, he gave a detailed account of what features and benefits the new tool will bring.

The biggest piece of news is that the new tool will be cross-platform ready. So whether you fly in FSX, P3D, X-Plane 11 or Aerofly FS 2, and whether you use Windows, Linux or macOS, Orbx Central will work for you. Downloading and installation can be down across any platform on any sim through Central. The new modern User-Interface will be the same across all platforms and the various new views will make finding new products easier than ever before. You can also use the search functionality to find an airport of your choice.

One of the cooler new features is the fact you can now purchase your products within the application. With a few clicks, you can easily find, purchase and install any Orbx product. You will also be able to save card data and use the built-in one-click purchase and install button.

With updates from Orbx products coming frequently, it can be tough trying to update them all the time. Fortunately, the new automatic update system will update your products automatically when the simulator is not running. You also have the ability to turn this off globally or on a product-by-product basis.

Orbx Central also introduces the ability to finally have Orbx products as ‘Add-On’ packages for Prepar3D. With Orbx products now being able to download and installed anywhere on your PC (or attached hard drives) through the new library system, you can have your products spread throughout and when you re-install a simulator, you won’t have to re-download your many gigabytes of data anymore.

As for downloading and installation, the team in Melbourne have spent considerable time and effort into creating a brand new system to make it even faster than before. One example of improvements is the scanning of files. In the example given by Ben is that EGCB in FTX Central takes 4,080 milliseconds to scan, whereas now it only takes 24 milliseconds. This will yield significant improvements for products with many thousands of files. In addition, JPG to DDS conversions are now done whilst the product is downloading. The will bring overall installation times of up to 66% faster. Finally, downloads are done in multi-thread and you can now pause/resume downloads at any time.

With Orbx Central, you will be able to easily backup and restore your content really easily. No more having to download hundreds of files again and giving you the chance to fly even faster.

The final few improvements mentioned are now the fact you can manage your account from within the app itself, including password management, Fastlane status and also enabling Multi-Factor Authentication. Finally, from launch, Orbx Central will support multilingual UI. Initial languages will be English, German and French. More languages will be looked at in the future.

Ben and his team are hard at work at completing Orbx Central as soon as possible but are looking for help. If you’re keen to beta test the new tool, please sign up via the Google Form application.

 

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Just Flight Releases Duchess Model 76 on AeroFly FS 2

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Just Flight has released the Duchess Model 76 on Aerofly FS 2. The four-seater, twin-engine T-tail aircraft has a cruising speed of 155 knots, a range of 780 nautical miles and a service ceiling of 20,000ft. This makes it a great aircraft for long-range tours. The aircraft has been modelled to the same standard you would expect from Just Flight, with real-world
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Just Flight Announces PA-28 Arrow IV for Aerofly FS 2

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Recently updated on their Facebook, Just Flight has announced development of the PA-28RT-201T Arrow IV for Aerofly FS 2. They claim that it will be their second add-on release for Aerofly following the Duchess later this month. The PA-28RT-201T Arrow IV is a four-seater, turbocharged piston-engine aircraft equipped with retractable tricycle landing gear and a constant speed propeller. The aircraft
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Orbx Release Swiss Cultivation for Aerofly FS 2 as Freeware

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Although Aerofly FS 2 was given just a brief mention during the 2019 roadmap from John during the Orbx Twitch stream, the team today released a new piece of freeware for users of the simulator. Orbx developer Sylvain Delepierre has designed a product which enhances the Switzerland DLC originally released by IPACS. The pack released by Orbx enhances the generic
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