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    Posted: January-01-2013 at 10:02am

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 NOTE: DVDs with the latest GEX releases are now available. See this post:
 
 
 
ALL THE GEX PRODUCTS LISTED AT FLIGHT1 ARE NOW THE MOST RECENT RELEASE VERSIONS. YOU CAN USE THIS THREAD FOR PRODUCT LINKS, OR, THE FLIGHT1 CATALOG PAGES
 
THIS THREAD CONTAINS DETAILED INSTRUCTIONS ABOUT INSTALLING GEX IF YOU NEED THEM
 
 
 UPGRADING YOUR CURRENT GEX PRODUCTS IS FREE!!!
 
 
 GEX WORLD - OFFICIAL RELEASE
 
 ALL GEX REGIONS OF THE WORLD - READY TO UPGRADE
 
ITS ABOUT CHOICES, BEING ECONOMICLY FRIENDLY TO OUR CUSTOMERS AND ABOVE ALL ITS ABOUT WORKING CORRECTLY WITH THE FSX SDK AND ANY ADDONS THAT RESPECT THE FSX SDK.
 
 
 
 
All region upgrades of GEX are now in OFFICIAL RELEASE STATUS. The links at the Flight1 catalog for all GEX products are the NEW RELEASE versions of GEX and include the latest interface update patch (v1.30).
 
 
The upgrade region releases are FREE to existing GEX region customers. If you currently own a GEX region (download or DVD) you can upgrade for FREE. You may also purchase new GEX regions using the same links. The links are FULL PRODUCT INSTALLS and not patches!
 
 
IF you are already using new 'SINGLE' GEX interface installed from the initial forum release -  The names of the GEX regions in your new interface link directly to the Flight1 catalog pages. Should you wish to add another GEX region simply click on the name of region in the GEX interface and you will be connected to the Flight1 page for the product. If you need assistance adding additional regions to your NEW GEX product interface the GEX Manual outlines the process or you can scroll down in this post to: NEW GEX REGION USERS - ADDING ADDITIONAL REGIONS
 
 
 
 
 
You may also use this thread to obtain the official release products. The links posted below with the product change descriptions are the same product links posted at Flight1 for each region.
 
 
 
 

 

IF YOU ARE USING THE OLD 'BLUE' GEX INTERFACE PRODUCTS,

 

 

IN ORDER TO UPGRADE YOU MUST RESTORE THE BACKUP FROM ALL THE ORIGINAL GEX PRODUCT INTERFACES ONE-BY-ONE, THEN UNINSTALL THEM ALL FROM WINDOWS BEFORE INSTALLING ONE OR MORE OF THE NEW GEX 'SINGLE INTERFACE' RELEASE VERSIONS. THE PROCESS IS SIMPLE AND OUTLINED BELOW UNDER: HOW TO UPGRADE.

 

 

 
 
 
 

ALL REGIONS: GEX INTERFACE UPGRADE:

 
ITS ALL AUTOMATIC NOW!
 
 
No install orders, no opening/closing multiple interfaces, automatic detection of installed GEX regions and their locations and automatic UTX region detection and upgrades.
 

· Automated detection of GEX regions as they are added as well as UTX regional products.
· Automated one click/browse move of backup directory with free space verification.

· Refined update system which checks for updates of all products at once.

· Automated install order of GEX regions as they are added or removed.

· Single interface readout and control for all GEX region products.

· NO INSTALL orders or specific install directories to deal with.
· Install different GEX regions to any location on your system.

· Direct product links from the interface to add new regions.

· Real time region status interface readout.

· Universal user manual for all products.

 

EXAMPLE OF THE NEW SINGLE GEX WORLD INTERFACE -

 
 

 
 

 

GEX WORLD REGION UPDATES: CHANGES AND FIXES

 

The following is a list of the changes to the newly released GEX region products.

 

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Windows security and Antivirus or Malware scanners are known to flag EXE files as dangerous. Please DISABLE security programs when downloading these files!
 
We highly suggest Windows UAC and Windows Defender should be SHUT DOWN completely and not used as they are well known for causing failures with many addons and slowing down FSX!
 
 
 

GEX NORTH AMERICA (GEX NA) v1.096

 
 
DOWNLOAD BOTH LINKS TO A FOLDER THEN RUN THE EXE FILE
 
 
  

· Upgrades to forest and tree tile sets for color and tone and removed repeat patterns.

· Lowered autogen building height on UTX industrial tiles.

· Several reported minor issues repaired.

 


Installation of any ONE of these three GEX regions:

GEX Africa and the Middle East - v1.20

GEX Atlantic and Pacific Tropics - v1.10

GEX Asia and South America - v1.0

....will automatically upgrade GEX North America from v1.096 to v1.099.

 

 

NOTE: When flying Alaska with UT Alaska running, be SURE TO DISABLE ALL OTHER LANDCLASS PRODUCTS such as SceneryTech North America and Xclass Canada!

 

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GEX EUROPE (GEX EU) v2.30:

 

DOWNLOAD BOTH LINKS TO A FOLDER THEN RUN THE EXE FILE

 

· 75% of primary northern Europe textures replaced with new source data.

· 25% of secondary rough terrain textures replaced with new source data.

· Improvements in color and tone to southern Europe texture sets.

· Upgrades to forest and tree tile sets for color and tone.

· Upgrades to GEX replacement tiles for UTX Europe.

 

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GEX AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST (GEX AFME) v1.20:
 
 
 DOWNLOAD BOTH LINKS TO A FOLDER THEN RUN THE EXE FILE
 
 
 
· Comprehensive upgrade for North America to v1.099 with new source textures.

· Three rough terrain texture sets replaced with new source data.

· Two primary texture sets replaced with new source data.

· Improvements in color and tone to existing texture sets.

 

 

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GEX ATLANTIC AND PACIFIC TROPICS (GEX APT) v1.10:

 
 
DOWNLOAD BOTH LINKS TO A FOLDER THEN RUN THE EXE FILE
 
 
DISCOUNT FOR AFME USERS: 30%
 
If you downloaded AFME for purchase, use this coupon: http://www.flight1.com/coupons/GEX-AMFE-APT-Download.zip
 
If you purchased the AFME DVD use this coupon: http://www.flight1.com/coupons/GEX-AMFE-APT-DVD.zip
 
 

· Comprehensive upgrade for North America to v1.099 with new source textures.

· Added full support for UTX Tropical America and Caribbean.

· Three terrain texture sets replaced with new source data.

· Improvements in color and tone to existing texture sets.

· Several reported minor issues repaired.

 
 

NOTE: When flying with UTX Tropical America and Caribbean outside the USA, be SURE TO CHECK LOCATIONS BY DISABLING ALL OTHER LANDCLASS PRODUCTS such as SceneryTech North America and Xclass South America. 3rd party landclass in use with UTX Tropics may help with better texture layout in some locations but in many others they may produce poor results. You must check this yourself to see what works better!


 

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NEW GEX REGION RELEASE:

 

GEX ASIA AND SOUTH AMERICA (GEX ASA) v1.00:

 
 
DOWNLOAD BOTH LINKS TO A FOLDER THEN RUN THE EXE FILE
 
 
This is a 'dual-region' release, typically a 60+ dollar purchase, for $44.95
 
Discount for GEX APT USERS: additional 20% off
 
BOTH DVD and DOWNLOAD coupons are in this zip. Please select the correct coupon for your GEX APT purchase
 
 
NOTE: A release thread with product images will be produced as soon as we can! We are currently swamped with product update release support and monitoring. You can wait for that thread, or, obtain this region now. Both SceneryTech Asia and Xclass Asia landclass products are supported however many places the default FSX landclass may work better in Asia.
 
 
COVERAGE:
 
Asia: China, India, Mongolia, and Japan
 
South America: Brazil, Columbia, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Chile, Argentina, Uraguay, and the Falkland Islands.
 
 
 
· 20% discount for GEX Atlantic and Pacific Tropics users (unlimited time offer)

· Covers N. Asia through Mongolia, India, China and Japan with South America.

· Economically friendly "Dual-Region" coverage of Asia and South America.

· Enhanced textures to assist in rendering clear visuals as low as 250-500ft.

· High volume autogen layout with optimizations for maximum performance.

· Update system checks for updates of all installed GEX products at once.

· Automated install order of GEX regions as they are added or removed.

· Sync patches provided for UTX USA\Canada or UT Alaska customers.

· Synchronizes all GEX regions. No texture switching between regions.

· Upgrade GEX North America to v1.099 when installed with GEX NA.

· Full texture support for SceneryTech and Xclass landclass products.

· 1m/pixel - 1024x1024 Textures - No excessive resolution to render.

· Automated file backup system with merged region backup storage.

· Single interface readout and control for all GEX region products.

· 2D enhancements produce simulated 3D depth in textures.

· Textures derived from licensed Arial and Satellite imagery.

· Direct product links from the interface to add new regions.

· FSX tree render issue addressed in autogen annotation.

· Automated one click/browse move of backup directory.

· Includes all seasons and night lighting environment.

· Realistic custom designed night lighting textures.

· Real time region status interface readout.

· Improved default FSX road night lighting.

· Universal user manual for all products.

· Highly detailed aerial views.

· Natural seasonal blending.

 

 

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 COMING SOON
 
 
 
GEX Australia and Antarctica (GEX AA) v1.00 - IN PRODUCTION
 

Regional coverage of Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea. This product will also include arctic locations such as Iceland/Greenland
 

 

 

 
 
 
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HOW TO UPGRADE YOUR GEX PRODUCTS TO THE LATEST VERSIONS
 
 
 
 

NOTE: PLEASE BE SURE TO COMPLETEY DISABLE WINDOWS UAC AND SHUT DOWN WINDOWS DEFENDER. FAILURE TO DO SO MAY RESULT IN ERRORS WITH THE INTERFACE AND OVERWRITING THE TEXTURES IN FSX. IF YOU NEED INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO DISABLE THOSE WINDOWS FEATURES PLEASE READ THIS POST: http://www.simforums.com/forums/solved-issue-with-gex-interface_topic44503_post264902.html#264902

 
 
 
There are 4 catagories of users and install instructions:
 
1. NEW GEX USERS -or- NEW SYSTEM/FSX INSTALLS
 
2. GEX PRODUCT DOWNLOAD USERS - UPGRADE FROM OLD VERSIONS
 
3. GEX PRODUCT DVD USERS - UPGRADE FROM DVD
 
4. NEW GEX INTERFACE USERS - ADDING MORE REGIONS
 
 
Each set of instructions are posted below...
 
 
 
 
 
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NEW GEX USERS
 
IF YOU DO NOT CURRENTLY OWN ANY GEX PRODUCT -OR- YOU ARE REINSTALLING A WINDOWS/FSX SYSTEM FROM SCRATCH
 
 
 
 
DVD PRODUCT: Please read this link, NEW GEX PRODUCTS are now available on DVD - http://www.simforums.com/forums/gex-new-version-dvds-released_topic45647.html
 
 
 
DOWNLOAD PRODUCT:
 
 
THIS IS VERY SIMPLE!
 
 
1. Download BOTH region links to a single folder - BE AWARE these are LARGE files and we suggest the use of a download manager to download them since connection breaks can produce corrupt downloads. I personally use Free Download Manager LITE (The LITE version) http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/download.htm
 
 
2. With both region files in a folder, RUN the F1-GEX-<REGION>.exe file and either purchase the product OR use your original KEY and PASSWORD to reinstall. NOTE: If you lost your key or password use the Flight1 AUTOMATED recovery system http://www.flight1.com/view.asp?page=wrapperservice OR submit a ticket to Flight1 for assistance. http://www.flight1.com/ticket.asp
 
 
3. Once the product unwraps you can opt to have it launch to install or you can manually run the installer that will decompress by default to: C:\Flight One Software. During the install IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE THE GEX REGION IS INSTALLED TO. You can opt to install it to the default location or BROWSE it anywhere on the system. As long as the partition is available to Windows the GEX interface will locate the region through the registry automatically.
 

4. Repeat steps 1-3 to install additional GEX regions.. once complete launch the GEX interface from the desktop icon and the GEX interface will take it from there.. simply follow along. The interface will direct you in setting up the backup, moving the backup and preparing your system to install the GEX regions into FSX.

 
The GEX manual is availible through the HELP button and can walk you though any operation with the interface.
 
  
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GEX PRODUCT DOWNLOAD USERS:
 
 
HOW TO UPGRADE GEX....
 
 
IF you are currently using the OLD BLUE GEX interface products as shown here:
 
 
 
You must restore the backups (if you keep backups) from each GEX region interface you currently use and then uninstall all the old GEX products from Windows. The process is VERY SIMPLE.
 
All the steps have been outlined below..   it is not hard! Just follow the directions in each step
 
 
 
 DO NOT USE ANY older GEX region interfaces to install GEX files into FSX once you begin this process!


1. Download BOTH region links to a single folder - BE AWARE these are LARGE files and we suggest the use of a download manager to download them since connection breaks can produce corrupt downloads. I personally use Free Download Manager LITE (The LITE version) http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/download.htm

NOTE: If you have elected through the original GEX interface to not retain FSX file backups you may skip to STEP 4 as there is nothing to restore before updating the products


2. Once you have obtained all the new wrappers for your currently installed GEX products, open each original GEX region interface you own (one by one, not all at once) and select the BACKUP button. Click "Restore Original Backup Files", and then if Ultimate Terrain products are installed, in the "Backup Actions For" box move the bullet to the UTX option(s) and click "Restore Original Backup Files". 

3. Repeat STEP 2 with each original GEX region interface product currently installed until you have restored ALL the original GEX region backups to FSX. Once complete, move to STEP 4
 

4. Uninstall ALL of the old GEX product regions from 'Programs and Features' in Windows7 / Vista or 'Add or Remove Programs' in WindowsXP.
 

5. With both region files in a folder, RUN the F1-GEX-<REGION>.exe file and either purchase the product OR use your original KEY and PASSWORD to reinstall. NOTE: If you lost your key or password use the Flight1 AUTOMATED recovery system http://www.flight1.com/view.asp?page=wrapperservice OR submit a ticket to Flight1 for assistance. http://www.flight1.com/ticket.asp
 
Once the product unwraps you can opt to have it launch to install or you can manually run the installer that will decompress by default to: C:\Flight One Software. During the install IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE THE GEX REGION IS INSTALLED TO. You can opt to install it to the default location or BROWSE it anywhere on the system. As long as the partition is available to Windows the GEX interface will locate the region through the registry automatically.
 

6. Repeat STEP 5 until all your GEX regions are unwrapped and installed into Windows. Once complete launch the GEX interface from the desktop icon and the GEX interface will take it from there.. simply follow along. The interface will direct you in setting up the backup, moving the backup and preparing your system to install the GEX regions into FSX.
 

7.  It does not matter which GEX region is enabled in FSX first. Interface will automatically correct any install order issues.
 

8. Once you have replaced all your GEX regions you may delete the original GEXn_Backup directory with files. The NEW backup directory created is named: GEX_REGIONS_BACKUP
 
 
 
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GEX PRODUCT DVD USERS
 
 
HOW TO UPGRADE GEX...
 
 
NOTE: The latest products are now on DVD and if you wish to obtain a update DVD you will need to contact Flight1 directly.
 
If you wish to upgrade right away you will have to download the products like everyone else. We have set up a system where GEX DVD users can automatically obtain a vaild download key for their DVD product.
 
If you wish to upgrade your GEX DVD products be aware you will need to replace ALL the products you have on GEX DVD at the same time. You can not use one of the new interface GEX regions and still continue to use others from original GEX DVD's.
 
DO NOT USE ANY older GEX DVD region interfaces to install GEX files into FSX once you begin this process!
 
 
To obtain the updates now:


1. Download BOTH region links to a single folder - BE AWARE these are LARGE files and we suggest the use of a download manager to download them since connection breaks can produce corrupt downloads. I personally use Free Download Manager LITE (The LITE version) http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/download.htm

NOTE: If you have elected through the original GEX interface to not retain FSX file backups you may skip to STEP 4 as there is nothing to restore before updating the products


2. Once you have obtained all the new wrappers for your currently installed GEX products, open each original GEX region interface you own (one by one, not all at once) and select the BACKUP button. Click "Restore Original Backup Files", and then if Ultimate Terrain products are installed, in the "Backup Actions For" box move the bullet to the UTX option(s) and click "Restore Original Backup Files".

 
3. Repeat STEP 2 with each original GEX region interface product currently installed until you have restored ALL the original GEX region backups to FSX. Once complete, move to STEP 4

4. Uninstall ALL of the old GEX product regions from 'Programs and Features' in Windows7 / Vista or 'Add or Remove Programs' in WindowsXP.
 
TO ENABLE YOUR NEW REGIONS:
 
NOTE: If you already have an account with Flight1 Software, skip to #6 below...
 
5. Go to http://www.flight1.com/login.asp?mode=new and open an account with Flight1.
 
6. Use these links for each GEX DVD region:
 
NOTE: There is a GOOGLE TRANSLATION button at the bottom of each page if you need language support

http://www.flight1.com/dvdupgrade.asp?id=4 - GEX Atlantic Pacific Tropics
 
 
7. Have the Registration Code handy from the DVD box and follow a link to validate the order with DVD registration code.
 
8. You will be sent the information for converting to the download wrapper product. Save it to a safe location. You can also retrive that information in the future if needed through the Flight1 automated system. http://www.flight1.com/view.asp?page=wrapperservice
 
Repeat steps 7 and 8 until you have obtained replacement download data for all your DVD products.
 
You will be sent the information for converting to the download wrapper product. Save it to a safe location. You will also get a new certificate number, this is used as a ID for later if needed but it is not needed for the wrapper/installer
 

9.  With both region files in a folder, RUN the F1-GEX-<REGION>.exe file, put in the account information and password provided in the sent communication for each of the GEX region products.
 
 
When you run the installer/wrapper for the product use the: CLICK HERE TO REINSTALL button which bypasses the purchase agent. Place the bullet into the box: Reinstall using Flight1 Login/Password  Input the email account information and password provided in the sent communication for GEX region you are upgrading in the boxes of the wrapper. Click VERIFY It will go online and verify that information then start the decompression of the installer for the product.
 
 
Once the product unwraps you can opt to have it launch to install or you can manually run the installer that will decompress by default to: C:\Flight One Software. During the install IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE THE GEX REGION IS INSTALLED TO. You can opt to install it to the default location or BROWSE it anywhere on the system. As long as the partition is available to Windows the GEX interface will locate the region through the registry automatically.

10. Repeat STEP 9 until all your GEX regions are unwrapped and installed into Windows. Once complete launch the GEX interface from the desktop icon and the GEX interface will take it from there.. simply follow along. The interface will direct you in setting up the backup, moving the backup and preparing your system to install the GEX regions into FSX.
 

11. It does not matter which GEX region is enabled in FSX first. Interface will automatically correct any install order issues.
 

12. Once you have replaced all your GEX regions you may delete the original GEXn_Backup directory with files. The NEW backup directory created is named: GEX_REGIONS_BACKUP
 
 
 
 
 
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NEW GEX REGION USERS - ADDING ADDITIONAL REGIONS
 
 
 
If you are already using the NEW interface as shown here:
 
 
 
.... simply follow these 4 SIMPLE steps:
 
You may click on the NAME of the product in the GEX interface and a web page will open to the region at Flight1 or you can use the links posted above.
 
1. Download BOTH region links to a single folder - BE AWARE these are LARGE files and we suggest the use of a download manager to download them since connection breaks can produce corrupt downloads. I personally use Free Download Manager LITE  (The LITE version) http://www.freedownloadmanager.org/download.htm
 
 
2. With both region files in a folder, RUN AS ADMIN - the F1-GEX-<REGION>.exe file and either purchase the product OR use your original KEY and PASSWORD to reinstall. NOTE: If you lost your key or password use the Flight1 AUTOMATED recovery system http://www.flight1.com/view.asp?page=wrapperservice    OR submit a ticket to Flight1 for assistance. http://www.flight1.com/ticket.asp
 
 
3. Once the product unwraps you can opt to have it launch to install or you can manually run the installer that will decompress by default to: C:\Flight One Software. During the install IT DOES NOT MATTER WHERE THE GEX REGION IS INSTALLED TO. You can opt to install it to the default location or BROWSE it anywhere on the system. As long as the partition is available to Windows the GEX interface will locate the region through the registry automatically.

 

4. Repeat steps 1-3 to install additional GEX regions..  once complete launch the GEX interface from the desktop icon (RUN AS ADMIN if UAC is enabled) and the GEX interface will take it from there..   simply follow along. The interface will direct you in setting up the backup, moving the backup and preparing your system to install the GEX regions into FSX.

 
The GEX manual is availible through the HELP button and can walk you though any operation with the interface.
 
 

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If you would like to read a copy of the new GEX manual before updating or while waiting for your downloads to complete, you may click here to obtain: http://gex.flight1.net/forumimages/gex_manual.pdf
 
 
 
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