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Ultra Weather XP V2.5 Preview Trailer and User Guide Available

Although not yet released just yet, the V2.5 update for Ultra Weather XP is hotly anticipated. Whilst people await the actual release, the development team did publish a brand new preview trailer along with the user guide.

The video itself showcases some of the new features that will come with version 2.5, including reloading the textures without having to restart the simulator.

In terms of a release, no specific date was given. However, the developer, Abdullah Almuntassir did say that it is getting “closer and closer”.

You can download the user guide on Facebook – but you do have to be a member of a closed group.

If you’d like to purchase the product in its current form, you can do so by heading to the X-Plane.org store. The cost of Ultra Weather XP is $35.00.

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Ultra Weather XP v2.5 Preview Video

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Over in their Facebook group, Ultra Weather XP has posted a link to a preview video for their upcoming v2.5 product update. The video previews the new 'flying through clouds' effect in v2.5 with the new look of layered and varied cloud types. Do note, however, that the video is sped up to 150%. The update will be available free of charge
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Active Sky XP Details Revealed

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HiFi Simulation Technologies has shed a light on Active Sky XP, or ASXP. ASXP was announced earlier this year, and its reveal was very welcomed by the community. The HiFi SimTech team has been perfecting the ASXP Prepar3D counterparts, ASP4 and Active Sky Cloud Art, for many years now. In a recent post on their website, they shared some details
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Navigraph FMS Data Manager Adds Active Sky XP Support

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It's essentially a monthly ritual, where sim pilots hit that "Update" button in the Navigraph FMS Data Manager to keep their navigational data up to date for their next flight. In doing so, the data manager updates all of the (supported) installed aircraft and add-on applications that simmers hold in their arsenal. This month though, Navigraph has made a lot
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[UPDATED] HiFi Provide Development Update, Previews Of ActiveSky For X-Plane Soon

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HiFi Simulation Technologies, the company behind ActiveSky - the renowned weather engine for P3D and FSX, has provided a development update on their forum. The first talking point that Damian delves into, is the ActiveSky for X-Plane product that was announced some time ago. The team has been rather quiet about this since then. Damian tells us that ActiveSky for
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Ultra Weather XP v2.3 Released

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The quiet achiever of X-Plane weather add-ons, Ultra Weather XP, has been updated to version 2.3. This free update for existing v2.x license holders brings a number of new features, fixes and improvements to the already well-equipped software.

In a post to the X-Plane.org forum, developer Abdullah Almuntassir introduces the new version as being compatible with X-Plane 11.11+, and any users still on X-Plane 10 will need to remain with version 2.2. Following this, he goes on to list the changes in the latest version.

The interface has seen the addition of new options regarding visibility mist and texture sets – the visibility mist now has the option of Low, Medium and High settings, while the textures (sky, clouds, water) have the ability to be randomised at each launch.
Behind the scenes, there have been some enhancements to what you see based on the current weather data being fed to the sim. The atmosphere now has automatic control added, meaning the horizon size will now change with the visibility mist based on the weather data. In addition to this, overcast conditions will now mean that the terrain looks cloudy from above the clouds.
There have also been some adjustments to the sun’s intensity during morning and afternoon, reducing the brightness of it during these hours, and the ambient sounds will now pause with the sim.
As mentioned, there are a number of fixes to some of the plugin’s behaviour too – one of these being the cloud cutoff which was very noticeable in v2.2. This has now been fixed, as has the erratic shadow in the cockpit.

Graphically, improvements have been made to the ocean waves, cloud sizes and appearance of Stratus cloud types, the gain effect on clouds has been reduced for a more realistic appearance, all of the cloud sets have either been improved or replaced entirely and said clouds have had colour and darkness fixes too. Furthermore, the sun size has been reduced in all of the sky colour sets.

For the full details, as well as a large selection of screenshots showcasing the new-look v2.3, head over to the forum post. Existing owners of v2.x are able to upgrade for free through their point of purchase, and anyone new users who wish to experience this capable weather engine should head to the X-Plane.org store where it can be purchased for $35.

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xEnviro 1.08 Released

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After many development delays, as well as a traumatic personal event for developer Andrey Sheybak, the highly anticipated 1.08 update to xEnviro has been released. The long drawn-out update brings with it a large re-write to the weather engine, which means a large changelog, but users can expect improvements right throughout their atmospheric experience. Changes include a new turbulence model,
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[UPDATE] FSElite Exclusive: xEnviro 1.08 Due Soon, Overhauled

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Update @ 1550z on 9th March 2018 Firstly, I'd like to thank people for the support and nice comments we've had since this story was published. Secondly, I want to assure our readers and community that we have never posted a 'fake story' for the sake of it. Sure we've leaked some stuff in the past that was questionable (P3Dv4 being
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REX Releases Video Teasing Sky Force 3D

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Real Environment Xterm has released a YouTube video ahead of FlightSimCom demoing a new weather add on that will add tons of clouds and weather effects to FSX, FSX:SE and P3D. No release date is given, but, the video is mighty impressive. We can expect to hear and see more from REX at FlightSimCon this weekend. Stay tuned to FSElite.net
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