XP11: A comparison of SkyMaxx Pro v4 vs xEnviro vs Default tweaked clouds (Video}

One of the biggest sought after features for X-Plane is that of trying to get a good depiction of weather and clouds, something that P3D (ActiveSky) users often take for granted. ??I still run both P3D and X-Plane 11 (XP11), so in doing this comparison I still have Active Sky Next (ASN) + Active Sky Cloud Art (ASCA) in mind when I try to tweak settings to look as good as possible. ??In this article I’ll try to take an objective look at SkyMaxx Pro (SMP) as well as xEnviro and the default cloud set for XP11 beta 9. ??As it turns out I will probably alternate between SMP and XE for different situations, nothing really wrong with that and more on this later. ??I also show a few tweaks that can be done to make even the default look better. ??I may also throw in an ASN P3D shot for comparison just for fun. ??So lets get started… UPDATED now to include a video comparison Continue reading

Xplane 11 Beta – Increase FPS with a few shadow tweaks via a FlyWithLUA Script

I’ve spent the better part of several months now tweaking my simulators for use with Oculus Rift + Flyinside (and also having tested the Vive). ??More recently, I’ve had the pleasure of using X-Plane for the first time. ??As an aside, X-Plane out of the box (version 11 beta) is leaps and bounds ahead of (Prepar3D) P3D in terms of visuals and of course also due to being 64-bit. ??P3D will hopefully catch up in 2017 as its expected they will release a 64bit version. ??I’ve also had some time with Aerofly FS2 and its quite good in terms of eye candy, right out of the box with no tweaking, however it will be some time before this one is refined. ??That said, I’ve had to become accustomed to using DataRef changes (DataRef Editor) and also using FlyWithLUA so i can drop what are called .Lua files inside the scripts folder. ??Using these tweaks you can gain back some performance that the beta for XP11 is lacking. ??Its been noted that Beta 6 will gain back some FPS, so patience will win out with this one. ??Here are the steps I took to getting FlyWithLua working in XP. Continue reading