I’ve updated the download page to now point to Release 4. You can begin the download process via torrent here.
You can also grab the airports I’ve added to X-Plane, many of which are not on the gateway, as I’m using the Beta and can’t submit them. These airports are all using default assets, so won’t require any other installations. Just drop them into your Custom Scenery folder.
This is an entirely new release, as there’s too many changes to patch. It will feature all the previous patches and the recent updates I’ve blogged about.
If you don’t mind downloading a lot of data to get these changes, then go right ahead. It should all work fine, but early adopters will need to help me identify any major issues that are present. I’ve made the best effort to fix everything!
Probably 95% of the ortho is unchanged from Release 3. So if you’re entirely happy with it, then you may not be missing out on much new stuff. But here’s a summary of what’s changed.
A basic summary of changes
All new scenery for the Chatham Islands:
Updated ortho photos
Tweaks to many areas. Entirely updated and corrected scenery for Milford Sound and an updated Queenstown. Updated areas of Auckland, Christchurch, Whanganui, Rotorua, Napier and more.
Shoreline water masking
Every shore has been masked to fade into the sea. This means a lot more ortho is visible, such as water colour, beaches, sand bars etc. I have also added custom masking for many harbours and inlets. You will now see channels and harbours in much more detail. A known trade off is that on surf beaches, you will be able to see some surf frozen in time.
An all new mesh
Featuring terrain decal bump mapping and shadows. Custom mesh patches were applied to several airports. (NZFH, NZRV, NZMB etc). This should resolve mesh issues on NZWN and NZMB that broke some users experience.
I’ll be seeding this torrent as best I can, so give it a go and please report any issues in the comments below.
On top of this ortho, you may want to run custom scenery packs for specific areas:
to name a few…
Finally, a big thank you for all your support!
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