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HiFi Sim Tech: ASXP SP1 and Open Beta Updates for ASP4 & AS16

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HiFi Sim Tech has released a bunch of updates today for almost their entire product range. X-Plane, Prepar3D and FSX users are all part of the update release today.

Active Sky XP SP1 is now officially a download. After an extensive beta and release candidate testing phase, the team are laying to rest SP1 development and will work towards future updates.

As for Prepar3D/FSX users, both Active Sky for Prepar3D V4 and Active Sky 16 have seen updates. New functionality for ASP4 includes additional API functionality for audio and AIRMET and SIGMET data. There are also a range of fixes and changes to other parts of the product.

Finally, Active Sky Cloud Art also saw a small update which made a slight change to the user interface.

All of the downloads and details can be found via the HiFi Sim Tech website.

All your change log needs are down below.

ASXP Changelog

Service Pack 1 – Release Candidate 4 March 16, 2019

  • Further turbulence tuning (less overall rotation, more translation, less roll and yaw in general)
  • Added new API function GetWeatherInfoXml to receive extended weather/layer information from Active Sky
  • Added new API functionality to change audio volume
  • Added new API functionality to get active SIGMETS/AIRMETS
  • Updated API documentation

Service Pack 1 – Release Candidate 3 March 4, 2019

  • Attempted fix for potential crash related to wind smoothing
  • Attempted fix for X-Plane crash on exit in some cases

Service Pack 1 – Release Candidate 2 February 22, 2019

  • Slightly reduced roll motion in turbulence effect
  • Adjusted turbulence for less overall effect for light/medium weight GA aircraft (2000-10000lbs)
  • Fixed potential memory leak/OOM issue related to logging
  • Fixed an error in parsing old .fms flight plan format containing an uppercase “3 VERSION” line

Service Pack 1 – Release Candidate 1 February 13, 2019

  • Changed maximum surface visibility (and minimum surface visibility’s maximum setting) to 30SM vs. previous 20SM, when in default theme/cell depiction mode, to increase surface vis when conditions dictate

Service Pack 1 – Open Beta 4 February 11, 2019

  • Adjusted gusts/variability effects for increased smoothing, more organic feel and reduced repetitive yaw movement in near-surface wind layers
  • Tuned turbulence for more effect for heavy to super heavy aircraft (767+)
  • Tuned turbulence for less effect for mid weight airliners (757)
  • Improved Cirrus depiction for more appropriate cloud/texture type

Service Pack 1 – Open Beta 3 February 8, 2019

  • Fixed 2 potential crashes
  • Miscellaneous stability improvements
  • Updated User’s Guide (typos)

Service Pack 1 – Open Beta 2 February 2, 2019

  • Tuned turbulence: Decreased effect scale for middle-heavy weight aircraft, Increased effect scale slightly for light aircraft, increase pitch rotational effect overall, reduced roll effect slightly
  • Updated API docs to correct issue regarding as_xconnect.txt module log filename
  • Added client IP address/ports logging into in as_xconnect.txt

Service Pack 1 – Open Beta 1 January 30, 2019

  • Added Turbulence improvements throughout for increased realism and compatibility with various aircraft types
  • Improved weather update process to significantly reduce “cloud redraws” when the relevant cell areas haven’t changed significantly even during a download/update process
  • Added new 3-letter USA airport/weather station data support – 3 letter airports now provide actual weather data, when available, instead of interpolating
  • Improved weather station coverage by approximately 500 stations globally
  • Added 5 second delay when looping ATIS/Flightwatch messages
  • Added common data export path support as per FSX/P3D AS products (available in General options)
  • Added support of VV/// METAR elements which will force ceiling to 0ft
  • Added additional X-Plane version checking logic during folder selection process to prevent a case where automatic detection of an old/obsolete version could be found without user’s confirmation and no ability to select the desired/proper version folder
  • Added + character support in Active Sky account e-mail addresses
  • Improved documentation regarding default X-Plane location/folder selection process whether standard or Steam variant
  • Added various user registration process improvements
  • Improved cell/station logic logging for debugging purposes
  • Improved interpolation logic for very short flights with or without flight plan for more accurate weather conditions even when a station borders multiple “cells” that previously may have had variable weather causing apparent discrepancies
  • Improved interpolation logic in general
  • Improved “Force to sim time” historical mode handling to better match X-Plane’s simplistic timezone/UTC conversion process and attempt to avoid discrepancies in sim-listed UTC time and ASXP’s active time
  • Adjusted Maximum and Minimum Surface Visibility options when in default non-global depiction mode to limit maximum value to 20 miles (due to X-Plane limitations in this mode)
  • Reduced yaw/side forces during turbulence effects
  • Various UI adjustments for 125% and 150% scaling modes
  • Changed default maximum surface visibility to 20 miles for consistency between depiction modes
  • Updated Documentation to account for changes
  • Fixed problem with ASXP turbulence not effecting larger aircraft appropriately
  • Fixed issue regarding yaw forces seemingly persisting after turbulence events in some cases
  • Fixed problem with cirrus clouds not depicting in many cases when in default cell/theme depiction mode
  • Fixed some UI layout issues in certain cases
  • Fixed some language issues and typos in UI messages, descriptions and documentation
  • Fixed problem in password change function where password change may cause inability to login in some cases
  • Fixed issue with crosswind attenuation with gusts/variability present
  • Fixed problem with very long passwords
  • Fixed an issue regarding sigmet boundary parsing in some cases
  • Fixed problem regarding delayed/obsolete TAF data preventing proper interpolation in some cases
  • Fixed issue regarding AI aircraft data read in some cases (regarding certain add-ons that modify internal AI aircraft datarefs)

ASP4 Changelog (Open Beta)

Update 031519

• Fixed issue with privacy policy popup reminder message even when it had already been accepted
• Added correct handling of VV/// in METAR reports (0ft AGL cloud base)
• Added 5-second delay when looping ATIS/FlightWatch messages
• Fixed potential memory leak/crash/OOM regarding logging
• P3D Compatibility Updates
• Attempted fix for Privacy Policy “Unable to download” issue preventing acceptance
• Fixed issue with dewpoint at higher elevation airports
• Added new API http feature to get extended weather information via GetWeatherInfoXML function
• Added new API functionality to change audio volume
• Added new API functionality to get active AIRMET and SIGMET data
• Updated API documentation

AS16 for P3Dv3 and AS16 for ASX Changelogs (Open Beta)

Update 031519

  • Fixed dewpoint depiction issue at higher-altitude airports
  • Fixed problem where XGauge Cloud Tops display was not showing correctly

ASCA Changelog (Open Beta)

Update 031519

  • Minor UI adjustments
  • Added new “Suppress Shut Down Messages” option to prevent shut down warnings in all cases
Tags : Active SkyHiFi Sim TechUtilityWeather
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