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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-17-2012 at 7:23am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.50.2 is now available for download on our website.
 
This download is provided as a ZIP file, to upgrade please download it then Extract All files into your c:\OpusFSX installation folder. You do not need to uninstall or re-install anything. After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Two addition alternate airfield designations added. All reports are now accessed via a selection window which of course can be manually undocked and re-positioned on multi-screened PCs. Airfield names are now displayed in title case.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-18-2012 at 4:34am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.50.3 is now available for download on our website.
 
This download is provided as a ZIP file, to upgrade please download it then Extract All files into your c:\OpusFSX installation folder. You do not need to uninstall or re-install anything. After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
The automatic disable update on approach feature is now disabled whenever the distance to your specified target airfield is greater than 16km. The new weather report window content has been improved and an (m) marker is now attached to airfields that are also METAR sites. Stabilised winds are now marked (Static) within the weather report windows. The default weather update is now 30 minutes and 80km. This beta is just about ready for release now.
 
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We are still working on improving and coordinating the visibility layering and attempting to improve the appearance of fog and mist effects, along with the high level cloud formations.
 
Please use the weather report windows, these reports provide ideal long distance ATIS reports accurate to over 300 miles. It is still possible to experience wind shifts, more minor shifts at low level now, after the surface winds have been recovered. We are hoping to combat these as we introduce more automated weather insertion at various altitudes, this is moving closer towards the weather smoothing feature to be fully introduced at a later date.
 
Also we are confident of being able to elliminate many of the remaining abrupt changes in weather patterns after we implement the second phase of improvements for the WINTER (Weather Interpolation) algorithm and introduce full weather smoothing.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-19-2012 at 4:14am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.50.4 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
This download is alse provided as a ZIP file, to upgrade please download it then Extract All files into your c:\OpusFSX installation folder. You do not need to uninstall or re-install anything. After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this version if wind stabilisation is in force then the weather reports will show both the Static and the True surface winds.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-19-2012 at 11:29am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.50.5 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
This download is alse provided as a ZIP file, to upgrade please download it then Extract All files into your c:\OpusFSX installation folder. You do not need to uninstall or re-install anything. After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Corrected a problem decoding METARs with missing pressure settings and including RMK sections.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-20-2012 at 7:15am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.50.6 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
This download is alse provided as a ZIP file, to upgrade please download it then Extract All files into your c:\OpusFSX installation folder. You do not need to uninstall or re-install anything. After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Corrected a problem extracting and decoding historic METARs that could previously cause FSX load errors.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-22-2012 at 6:25am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.0 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This version marks the start of the beta development cycle for the World Wide GRIB Upper Winds and Temperature Forecast data option. This beta also includes a new Upper Atmosphere Weather Report option. When enabled, temperature and wind targets will be set for flight levels FL120 through to FL450. The surface and FL120 through to FL420 targets are displayed within the Upper Atmosphere weather report along with the Tropopause forecast data (height, temp, and winds).
 
Please note, the world wide GRIB data forecasting cycles are updated less frequently than the North American specific (USA) forecasts. A future update may see us access a variety of GRIB forecast data depending on your current Lat/Lon coordinates, but for now the world-wide data will be used as the sole source of GRIB forecasts. The GRIB forecast cycle date and Zulu time code is displayed in the Upper Atmosphere Weather Report window.
 
All weather reports now have an added Live, Imported, or Disabled indication in the title line. Part of the wind and pressure smoothing has been disabled below 8000 feet AGL. The delay used between switching weather report windows has been increased to prevent FSX from ignoring the display request. FSX is no longer paused when opening the weather dialog. The weather smoothing dialog defaults are now set at 30 degrees and 30 knots instead of 45.
 
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P.S.
 
It takes some time to download the GRIB forecast data, you can follow the process in the Spy window. The LWE will only download the GRIB data when it determines the current data is out of date with a new more accurate forecast cycle available. On most occasions the GRIB data will remain valid from anywhere between 4 and 10 hours. If a new forecast cycle becomes relevent the LWE will download the new GRIB forecast. In future we may be able to speed up the download but I hope you will find it is not too great an inconvenience and be happy for now to just wait for the download.
 


P.P.S. See the new GRIB sticky topic ...

The known problems have been identified and mostly corrected, new beta posting tomorrow.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-23-2012 at 7:37am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.1 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this version the World-wide GRIB data file is now downloaded in the background, the user should display the Upper Atmosphere weather report to wait for the file to be downloaded, only then will the data be extracted and the weather generated. If the download fails then the GRIB option is automatically disabled and the normal simulated wind targets are used.
 
The FL120 data has been omitted and the wind target altitudes have been tightened to match the previous simulated wind targets to help prevent violent wind shifts. The tropopause data is now used as the main parameters to determine the upper atmospheric conditions and forecast the upper winds and temperatures.

We will be adding further GRIB forecast upper wind and temperature data as we progress through the beta development cycle. We will also be looking to minimise the download times.
 
The GRIB data file extraction is now validated to ensure no false upper wind targets are set. The GRIB forecast cycle hour is no longer reset each time the weather is generated and is re-initialised each time the FSXSERVER program is activated.
 
Clicking on the Save All Cameras button no longer automatically re-orders the camera views.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-24-2012 at 7:25am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.2 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this version the LWE will search for the most recent world-wide GRIB cycle data and employs a much faster and improved method of download, access and data extraction. The downloaded GRIB data file is now assumed to be invalid when 6 or more hours have ellapsed since the file's last forecast cycle time.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-25-2012 at 1:40am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.3 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This beta fixes the problem decoding number formats in different cultures. The problem searching for available cycle data across day boundaries has been corrected, and the LWE no longer automatically disables the GRIB mode when the download fails. I have also changed the temperature interpolation.
 
The LWE is still just using the Tropopause data to guess at everything below and above. I am now looking for other forecast data that can be used, then I will announce what I see as the available options for general discussion (mostly relating to the setting of wind direction targets).
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-26-2012 at 7:43am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.4 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta the LWE downloads, extracts, and decodes the tropopause data along with eight different altitude levels to give accurate forecasts from FL200 upwards for the ambient air temperature, wind speed and wind direction.
 
After uninstalling the previous beta please delete the contents of your OpusFSX\GRIB folder.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-28-2012 at 5:47am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.5 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This is a pre-release beta version. All GRIB data decoding has now been offloaded into a separate program (FSDECODER.EXE) to prevent any delays to the normal Live View and Live Camera operation of OpusFSX.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-29-2012 at 5:43am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.6 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This is a pre-release beta version, it includes improved decoding of METAR conditional qualifiers, obscuration and phenomena. The 24-hour historic weather download option has now been extended to include the GRIB forecast data. The GRIB download uses the Zulu date and time set within the simulator which is expected to correspond to a valid historic forecast period at the NOAA site.
 
We have also changed the OpusFSX icon for this beta, courtesy of skypara. Smile
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-29-2012 at 7:15am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.7 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this pre-release beta version we have changed the method of wind injection to improve the general accuracy of the target wind direction within FSX/P3D.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-30-2012 at 5:16am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.60.8 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
This download is alse provided as a ZIP file for users who already have 2.60 installed, to upgrade please download it then Extract All files into your c:\OpusFSX installation folder. You do not need to uninstall or re-install anything. After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This is the initial release of OpusFSX with true upper wind and temperature forecast data. The FSDECODER program is no longer invoked when the GRIB, CSV, and DAT files are deemed to be still valid. The DHM vibration effects for light aircraft are now initiated at 40% throttle setting. Finally, the Spy window will now remain open for up to 5 minutes.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-03-2012 at 6:52am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.9 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta the Upper wind and temperature targets have been improved. New program icon choices have been included within the installation files. Any precipitation between two closely spaced cloud layers is now associated with the cloud layer having the greatest cloud cover. We have improved the general cloud appearance. Finally, the wind stabilisation is now enabled automatically if the user climbs above the Recovery Altitude + 500 feet.
 
For GRIB users, this is the first of our 'Big Brother' betas in which the LWE tries to monitor your flight and minimise any chance of violent wind shifts. In this beta the monitoring is restricted to altitudes above FL200 and continues up to FL440. Future upgrades may introduce further monitoring of FSX to make sure it is conforming with what the LWE has specified.
 
Please only report any minor and major wind shifts (minor fluctuations are to be expected) above FL200, and if possible let me know what the Upper Atmosphere wind targets were within the report window.
 
Please for now select the defaults with GRIB enabled, Wind Stabilisation enabled or disabled depending on the likelyhood of your system experiencing wind shifts whilst climbing up to FL195 etc.
 
Regards
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P.S.  This beta is really aimed at GRIB users and not those using simulated upper winds. But should you wish to install then the posted beta after 01:25 Zulu will work just fine. I may be extending the above 'Big Brother' checks to include the simulated wind targets soon enough.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-04-2012 at 7:29am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.10 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This beta greatly improves the GRIB SAT temperature control within the flight simulator, extends the improvements to the upper wind control for simulated (non-GRIB) winds, and corrects a slight problem with the automated wind stabilisation control.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-04-2012 at 12:40pm
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.60.10 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v260_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
See Above. My apologies, the previous beta was showing the wrong temp targets in the Upper Weather Report, they were the temps for a much lower altitude. My boob, but if you download after 17:36 Zulu you will get the corrected version.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-05-2012 at 6:21am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.70.0 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v270_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This beta improves the wind directional targets for the simulator above FL200.
 
If there is room, the Local Weather, Destination Weather, and all Alternate Weather report windows now display the targets for the upper (above FL200) ambient temperature (SAT), ambient wind direction and speed, also the current ambient air temperature and TAT inside the simulator. The idea being, you can now use these report windows to monitor the temperatures and ablove FL200 compare the target temperatures and winds with the actual.
 
The Weather Download dialog now includes an option for 'Force Sim Friendly GRIB Wind Targets', this option should be enabled along with the Wind Stabilisation option in the Wind Smoothing dialog on any system experiencing troublesome wind shifts.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-06-2012 at 4:02am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.70.1 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this release of OpusFSX the LWE now depicts snow or rain even when no clouds specified in METAR due to a vertical visibility restriction, at present this is achieved using a precipitation bearing cloud layer above the low lying fog. A future release will interpolate the unknown cloud from the sorrounding area.
 
The Local, Destination, and Alternate Weather reports now show FL200 target temp and winds when at lower altitudes. Finally, the Spy window will now remain open for up to 10 minutes.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-07-2012 at 7:03am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.70.2 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v270_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This beta we have included further automatic 'big brother' checks and monitoring added to the live weather engine to help the sim maintain its targets above FL200. Ambient temperature and wind parameters removed from Spy window since they are now available within the Local, Destination, and Alternate weather report windows.
 
A single cirrus_overcast03_Opus.bmp is now supplied to remove the 'cloud of doom' (re: Immoveable Upper Cloud Layer - Sky Fog topic). As a trial the software automatically replaces the cirrus_overcast03.bmp file with this replacement each time it is started. So the worst you should need to do is simply restart FSX
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-09-2012 at 5:21am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.70.3 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v270_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta I have removed the Big Brother weather refresh and limited the number of attempts the LWE will try and force FSX to adhere to the upper wind target directions. The 'Sim Friendly GRIB Winds' have been changed to adjust the wind directions above and below the forecated tropopause height in an even more FSX friendly manner. All wind speeds and temperature remain unchanged from the forecasted data.
 
The mouse focus is now returned to the FSX/P3D main window after updating any displayed Opus weather report. The defaults for the Disable Update on Approach option have been changed to 2000 feet (prime) and 1800 feet (disable) respectively. Problem selecting and displaying user specified weather themes corrected.
 
The OpusFSX software can now be installed into a sub-folder provided the final folder name is OpusFSX. Users should still refrain from installing OpusFSX in Program Files though.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-09-2012 at 3:58pm
Warning ...
 
Some people are reporting problems with the latest beta with their systems unable to cope with all the new very tight wind targets causing wind shift problems, others are reporting no problems. But I thought I should warn everyone. We are in the process of going back to the previous wind target spacings and also adding wind speed control to the 'friendly' adjustments.
 
I would like to stress this is a beta TRIAL and so there is no gaurantee every trial is going to work for everyone.
 
We have also had reports of the NOAA site being unavailable for a period this evening, with others obviously claiming OpusFSX has failed. But the NOAA site appears to be up and running at the moment so it should be business as usual.
 
We will have the target problem resolved shortly, probably by tomorrow.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-10-2012 at 1:33am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.70.4 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this release of OpusFSX the precipitation base changed to try and force snow and rain down to ground levels at all times. The winds aloft target spacing for the 'Sim Friendly GRIB' option has now reverted back to version 2.60 levels to prevent certain systems experiencing excesive wind shifts. Additional targets will be added very soon to assist in the climb and descent phases of the flight (see current beta dev cycle and trials). For the time being all GRIB users should enable the 'Sim Friendly' option but may experience a small wind shift between FL200 and FL220 as the sim adjusts to the forecasted wind direction. The above lower level targets
will help FSX transition more smoothly.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-10-2012 at 8:26am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.70.5 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
In this release we still have the FL200 targets but have tried to make them as acceptable to FSX as we can. We are continuing to try out different alternatives this end.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-10-2012 at 10:47am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.70.6 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
In this release we have improved temperature targets at lower altitudes and modified software to ensure on the final approach the METARs no more than 15 minutes out of date at destination and all alternates.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-11-2012 at 3:00am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.70.7 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v270_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta I have introduced the Manual Ordering of Camera Views using up and down arrow keys within the Select Camera View dialog.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-11-2012 at 7:33am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.70.8 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v270_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta all distances, apart from visibility, within the weather report windows are now displayed in both km and nautical miles (nm). Previously they were all displayed in km and statute miles.
 
The LWE now ensures the METARs are no more than 5 minutes out of date for your specified Destination and Alternate airfields.
 
This beta includes the initial prototype of the 'Bump Aircraft' DHM option which when airborne will bump the aircraft in unison with the turbulent motions. The Turbulent Motion or Turbulent Bump options must be enabled for the effects to be seen.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-11-2012 at 8:59am
Away on Business ...

Cheryl and I will be away on business all day tomorrow Wednesday, 12th December.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-11-2012 at 1:33pm
OpusFSX Release Version 2.70.8 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this release I have corrected a problem that resulted in contuous weather updates above RA + 500 feet when you have all weather options default with just Wind Stabilisation enabled.
 
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P.S. This release version was further updated after 20:10Z 11th Dec to correct a problem that could occur if you enabled the GRIB option whilst above FL195.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-12-2012 at 2:20am
General Notice ...
 
I have uncovered a problem with the forced recovery of the surface winds. I will have this fixed tomorrow and post 2.70.9 then. For now if you wish to force a recovery then do not stop and restart OpusFSX, just open the Weather - Smoothing dialog, turn off Wind Stabilisation and then Update the weather.
 
We will of course be starting to tweak the Bump Aircraft (turbulence) effects as weel. For now I really want to make sure there are no SimConnect problems and all systems are coping.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-12-2012 at 2:56am
Unofficial Beta ...
 
I have posted an unofficial Beta behind the Beta button on our downloads page. Take a copy of your current FSXSERVER.EXE program first before uninstalling though.
 
In this beta I have added a bit more pitch turbulence and balanced out the bank and yaw turbulence. I have also smoothed the motions slightly as well. For those of you testing the Bump Aircraft, please see how this compares.
 
I have also included the untested fixes to the forced recovery. This is a largely untested beta, so definitely not official. But you could give it a go if you wish. Please no complaints if you find something wrong, I will be testing it properly tomorrow and posting it officially as a beta or release.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-13-2012 at 6:38am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.70.9 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v270_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This beta reduces the general aircraft turbulence (bump) effect and adds variability to the turbulent motion by taking into account both the low and high frequecny turbulence data. The phase between the two turbulence effects (aircraft and head motions) has been altered to give the impression that the turbulent aircraft bumps are causing the head motions rather than the two operating in unison. We have also tried to harmonise the aircraft and head motions taking into account the greater inertia of the aircraft. The vibration effects have been removed from the Bump Aircraft turbulence, these were added in error before.
 
This beta also corrects a problem preventing the forced recovery of surface winds. The camera view delays have also been increased to allow all systems time to process the 6DOF SimConnect commands and prevent the default FSX view being displayed when switching cameras
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-14-2012 at 5:13am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.70.10 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v270_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta I have changed the method of controlling the aircraft turbulence in an attempt to prevent aircraft control problems on some systems. This beta also includes the fix for the compass drift problem but make sure you download after 11:30 zulu.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-15-2012 at 3:26am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.70.11 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v270_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta I have changed the Bump Aircraft turbulence to ensure less interference with the aircraft controls, this beta also includes the compass fix.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-16-2012 at 1:40am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.70.12 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v270_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta I have changed the Bump Aircraft turblence to further minimise interference with the aircraft's contols and autopilot. The elevation limits for strong surface winds and gusting conditions have been changed so that any rotor effect can be graduated. Make sure you have both Turbulence Effects and Bump Aircraft options enabled to enable the bump aircraft motions.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-17-2012 at 2:10am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.71.0 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This release is virtually identical to the above beta with the addition of enabling the Bump Aircraft option as part of the defaults for the DHM dialog. The software has been brought to a release version in preperation for starting a new Beta Development Cycle.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-18-2012 at 3:57am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.71.1 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v271_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This beta introduces a new Lower Atmosphere Weather Report along with lower atmosphere wind and temperature targets in an attempt to nurse FSX/P3D up though the climb to FL200 and finally back down in the descent from FL200 to assist the sim to recovery the true surface wind conditions at your destination or alternates. During the climb and descent you should expect the sim to remain ahead of the lower altitude wind targets.
 
I have also reintroduced a slightly modified form of the Big Brother monitoring above FL200 which attempts to kick an errant wind direction back towards its target. Please note, the wind and temperature targets are always specified to FSX but act only as guidlines for FSX to try and follow. These targets are re-evaluated during every weather update, essential considering now the LWE actually contains over five times the amount of data FSX or P3D can handle at any one time.
 
To test this beta please set all Weather dialog defaults with GRIB enabled, Sim Friendly GRIB Winds enabled, and Wind Stabilisation enabled, also ensure you have the default Recovery Altitude of 19000 feet set. The RA settings may even be removed soon as the LWE does everything automatically.
 
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After these tests I will extend the lower level targets and control to non-Sim Friendly GRIB Winds. I also plan to have a closer look at the destination weather updates.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-19-2012 at 3:09am
Wind Speed Targets and Controls ...
 
I will be improving the wind speed targets very soon, especially relevent when the upper winds are strong. I will also see about adding some form of wind speed monitorig and nudge FSX in the right direction should it drift too far off target above FL200.
 
But once again all I can do is set targets for FSX to try and follow the rest is down to the sim.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-20-2012 at 4:46am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.71.2 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v271_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This beta improves the lower and upper altitude wind speed targets. The Weather button is greyed out whilst the LWE is busy. Big brother monitoring changed to attempt auto-weather updates.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December-21-2012 at 7:07am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.71.3 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember when installing the OpusFSX_v271_Beta.msi file you must uninstall your current version before installing the new version (do not delete your previous \OpusFSX installation folder). After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
After installing please check all the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
This beta improves I have changed the big brother checks to ignore wind differences whenever the ambient wind speed is 8 knots or less, otherwise it will try up to 3 auto weather refreshes each 3 minutes apart. I have slightly reduced the turbulence parameters when flying above stable fog and misty conditions. Finally, I have changed the recovery procedures to try and prevent major wind shifts occuring on some systems at FL190.
 
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