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  1. Thanks for the reply, Nick. Shame the appropriate developers can't be bothered to check this forum but nothing surprises me any more. I will try creating fake entries (symlinks or similar) in the Orbx library folders for those products I already own via the original vendors. I hate looking at Central and trying to remember if the very few I don't have flagged as owned are genuinely stuff I don't own or just stuff I decided I don't want - a rare but occasional thing. I'm perfectly fine about getting my updates from the original vendors, I just wanted a more accurate list of what I own.
  2. So, two months later and no glimmer of a response from Orbx. Not even an acknowledgement. I wasn't expecting Orbx to jump to implement such a request, but an acknowledgement would strike me as a reasonable minimum response, not to mention being somewhat more polite than just ignoring me. I can understand not replying to every little post in the general forums, but this is supposed to be a support forum, and so I assume is monitored. If such a request, which I thought was reasonable and politely made, was seen but no response made - then that is simply impolite. If it was never even seen, what is the point of a support forum? I'm not looking to create trouble here, or have a "throw my toys out of the pram" moment, but this sort of thing is pretty much what I meant in my comments about the way Orbx is perceived by some to have lost the plot a bit. Just on the slight chance that anybody on staff bothers to read this, I would still like my original request to at least be considered. If it doesn't happen, fine. But a bit of courtesy to a fairly serious customer wouldn't go amiss either.
  3. Like a few others here, I'm another oldie who has bought a lot of Orbx stuff over the last few years. Up until a couple of years ago I probably had every single product for both P3D and XP, and I was another one of those who thought that Orbx could do no wrong with its scenery. But I am also amongst those who feel that Orbx is losing the plot these days. Ever since the partner program got into its stride, I've felt (and posted a couple of times to say so) that the focus has been far more on corporate growth and identity at the expense of core quality. I still buy a lot, but not quite all, of Orbx products, and a lot of the partner products. And I am a big buyer of scenery for MSFS generally (I have somewhere approaching 1800 folders in my addons linker folders, admittedly that also includes liveries but still the majority of that is scenery), and I don't fly P3D at all now, and XP maybe two or three times this past year. But Orbx is now middling at best in terms of quality, in my opinion. And it's not just the "throwback Thursday" stuff. I've thought that several of the cityscape products have looked a bit plasticky and unreal, and it's rare for me now to get that real "wow" from an Orbx product. Plus, as a couple of folk have mentioned, MSFS provides such good basic scenery that the urge to buy yet more of the same-old-same-old airports is beginning to recede, even for a committed scenery junkie like me. Most of my interest nowadays is in areas outside Orbx's traditional areas. I am far more interested in exploring those parts of the world that have effectively been denied to us in the past in the previous sims - places like Africa, Asia, middle Europe etc. Having said that, there are plenty of Orbx airports that I would love to see properly ported across or redone for MSFS, places like KPSP, Bowerman, most of the OZ and NZ airports etc. The fact that they existed and were pretty good in P3D has possibly stopped other developers going ahead to produce their own, as they might reasonably have assumed that Orbx would swing in with an impressive version at some point, but I suspect that won't hold true for much longer. Truth is, there is freeware out there for MSFS that makes some of the Orbx MSFS stuff look poor. So like a lot of other folk, I suspect, I haven't totally given up on Orbx, but I don't see it as anything special these days. Which is a shame, but that's life. I support the concept of brand loyalty, but only up to a point. For myself, I feel that Orbx has squandered a lot of the goodwill that it has built up over the years with a combination of mediocre releases, and what I consider to be a very defensive attitude in the forums. I no longer bother to come here generally - I pop in occasionally to pick up messages and I just happened to see this thread today on one of those occasions. It may well be that Orbx will regain its position of eminence in the scenery business, and I would be well pleased if it did - but I'm not holding my breath. I'll keep checking on Central to see what's new, but I will also keep buying partner products from other sources if I already have a setup with them, and I'm sure I'll keep on buying Orbx stuff, but in some cases it's getting to be more in hope than expectation, as the saying goes.
  4. Would it be possible to add a feature to Orbx Central to allow a user to either hide individual products or mark them as already owned or similar? There are some products I have already bought from the original vendor or other sources and being able to hide them makes it easier to see which actual products I don't have and may want to buy.
  5. Well, I'm not personally convinced this is completely true. There is really no need for the level of detail provided in the basic sim if they only ever planned it to be a pure flight simulator. It is really a world simulator, and currently we just fly in it. I would not be surprised to see other aspects (trains/ships/boats) being catered for in the sim in future, in a much more integrated fashion than the currently available addons. If you are flying around in this sim in something like the spendid H135, then building detail is a primary part of the experience. I may be a bit more extreme than most folk in my preference for scenery and low'n'slow flying (as far as I'm concerned you could remove all the big tin from the sim and I probably wouldn't notice), but I suspect there are a very large number of folks who use this sim in a very similar way - way more than in the other sims. Plus, I've just been looking at the announcement shots for Shoreham and Elstree and they do have nicely weathered and decayed textures to some of the buildings, so the techniques are obviously available. Like I've said before, I'll keep on buying the stuff - this is not me having a hissy fit - but I will always be pushing for what I know you folks are capable of, and I don't feel Orbx is always achieving that with the city packs.
  6. Don't come here much these days but popped in to check announcements. Same comment for this as for the Shoreham airport - truly wonderful work on these textures - the real world is a grubby old place and these two airfields have got this handled really well.
  7. Wonderful! The wear on the buildings is beautifully done. This has been my main source of dissatisfaction with the various landmarks packages - everything there is way too shiny and pretty unrealistic. But this is pretty much perfect.
  8. Looked at that first picture and the thought that struck me first was "that looks like a copter but it's not the H135" so was well pleased to see the Optica announced here. I have a converted version but this looks great. As for the scenery/citypacks etc, I'm sure I will continue to buy everything that comes out for MSFS, but I would just add a suggestion/comment/plea re the citypacks stuff. For me, it feels like the quality of the surfaces/modelling of some of these big city buildings is not what it could be. It tends to feel a bit lego-like in some cases. That may be a limitation of the sim/sdk etc, I wouldn't know. But a lot of it feels way too shiny and lacks realism. I feel a bit of weathering to the surfaces would improve things big time. This is not meant to be a bitch. Like I said, I can pretty much guarantee I'll buy anything you put out for MSFS (I have so far), but the truth is that MSFS has raised the bar so much now that whereas Orbx used to be pretty much the scenery supremos, nowadays the products are simply just amongst the good stuff out there. I have plenty of other addons, in some cases even freeware, that are (in my opinion, granted) better looking than some of the Orbx stuff. Which is not what I would have expected to be saying a year ago. But this announcement is certainly very welcome, and I look forward to getting my hands on this lot. Nice to see some non-standard places as well, Mumbai, Panama etc.
  9. Wouldn't have thought so, judging by the size of my scar. I'm no surgeon so don't take my comments as gospel, but I think it's quite a mechanical operation, so I'd be pretty impressed if it were possible. But I seriously wouldn't be apprehensive about it - it's a really basic op these days and like I say, it's not far off day surgery - a couple of nights just to make sure you can walk, climb stairs, kossack dance (ok, I made that last bit up) and you're back home. Bit of awkwardness trying to get comfortable sleeping for maybe a week or so but do the exercises and it all comes back good in no time. You'll be back out tromping round the woods (or wherever you moved) in no time and you won't feel at all awkward with it. My knee had been bad for over a decade before I finally convinced them it needed doing, and I remember maybe three months after it was done I was walking round the garden and suddenly thought 'hey! I'm walking normally!' and realised it had been years since I'd been that comfortable just walking. Shame that the other knee is going now, along with a hip! But hey, you can't have enrything <grin>
  10. Don't know how you're feeling about that, but I had a full replacement for one a couple of years back and it was absolute magic. In and out in a couple of days, a few weeks of physio and better than it had been for years. Probably about the only joint I have now that doesn't ache!
  11. Thanks everybody, I can definitely recommend this plane. And it you turn the photogrammetry off, the UK is looking pretty good in MSFS generally (although the shoreline now suffers from 'popping' on approach since the update). For me the benefits still far outweigh the issues. And hey, @Jack Sawyer, you're back! Hope things calmed down for you in the end.
  12. Still playing with the different recorders. Did a circuit from Stapleford, but on the playback the wheels didn't come down so can't grab any shots of that or use it to make a video. Nevermind, got some pix. So, out from Stapleford in the new Spitfire Headed west over Enfield (another old home patch for me) turn towards the smoke gonna head back down the river first Southend Pier Coming back in to Stapleford I did actually land reasonably ok, but like I say, the replay didn't capture the wheels coming down so it looks a bit weird.
  13. first ever video attempt, just wanted to show that this is available now. Ends abruptly - just wanted a bit of footage to show. Used the freeware recorder to record the flight initially then x-box capture for the vid. 4k and ultra settings in the sim. not tried putting a video up here before, hope this is done the right way.
  14. now available on flightsim.to - first time out for me so no real info but seems to go up and down and back and forward!
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