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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September-29-2012 at 5:41am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.22.1 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember you must uninstall your current version before installing the new beta (do not delete your c:\OpusFSX folder).
 
If upgrading from beta 2.21.5 or earlier then please read the above post for 2.21.6 very carefully (see also my comment below).
 
After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
This software is identical to the corrected temporary beta version (see above two posts). No need to download it if you have 2.22, or have the beta 2.22.1 and use Live View over a networked system.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September-30-2012 at 4:05am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.22.2 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember you must uninstall your current version before installing the new beta (do not delete your c:\OpusFSX folder).
 
If upgrading from beta 2.21.5 or earlier then please read the above post for 2.21.6 very carefully (see also my comment below).
 
After installing please check the settings in your Configure and Weather dialogues.
 
In this release the OpusFSX server and client programs will now search for their executable paths on all drives as opposed to relying on the correct 'Start In' setting and reported 'executable' path from Windows. Drives C, D, and E are always checked first. All of the outdated static 'Opus...' weather themes have now been removed from the installation.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-01-2012 at 5:25am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.22.3 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember 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.
 
In this release the OpusFSX.msi installation file has been corrected to install acceleration data into the DHM folder when installing on drives other than the default C. The Server and client programs now create a Themes folder immediately after locating their installation folders. The Smoothzoomtime is now set to 2.0 intead of 0.0 in all custom cameras. Pitch, bank and yaw adjustments added to the smooth transition between 2D and VC camera views. The TrackIR data scaling factors in our FSXTRACKIR interface have been increased to allow smooth full 180 degree head movement.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-01-2012 at 11:45am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.23.0 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember 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.
 
The start of a new phase of development on the LWE. In this beta we have reduced the size of the weather data file to cover an area 512km x 512km, just slightly larger than the previous release version. The overall weather map remain at 992km x 992km ready for the Weather Smoothing and Cloud Stabilisation upgrade. The reduced weather data file may help with systems experiencing the occassional blurred scenery, we are not sure whether this has anything to do with our LWE but the previous weather data file had grown to over 2.5Mb, the new data file is about 705Kb.
 
If you have suffered from blurries, no idea if it is anything to do with us but..., please try this and report back.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-02-2012 at 4:34am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.23.0 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember 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.
 
Identical to the above beta, we have released this as a result of the improvements that have been seen and also in preperation for introducing a LWE demo mode operation, which for the first time will allow people to try out a limited range LWE for 10 minutes.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-03-2012 at 7:19am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.23.1 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember 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.
 
In this release all Spy windows are automatically closed after 60 seconds. The Live Weather Engine (LWE) can now be used in a limited fashion in demo mode. In demo mode the LWE will only generate and load live weather while the aircraft is on the ground, also the live weather is limited to cover an area 256km x 256km. In other words extending 128km (80 miles) in all directions, beyond this range the weather becomes global and unvaried. After the demo period has ellapsed all weather is cleared to blue skies.
 
FSXSERVER_B737.CAM file has been included within the installation and is automatically copied into the system's CAM file if no CAM file is found to exist. This file contains example camera definitions for the B737 and PMDG 737NGX aircraft.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-04-2012 at 3:54am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.23.2 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember 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.
 
In this release the FSXTRACKIR interface program has been modified in an attempt to minimise its use of the cpu whilst still provide a smooth head movement. Users should be able to adjust and rely on the speed, smoothness, and profile settings provided by TrackIR now. All TrackIR raw data transmissions are now suspended and all 6DOF updates inhibited whenever the simulator is in an inactive state to minimise any impact on load times.
 
The Smoothzoomtime has now set to 2.0 seconds for all cameras, not just custom cameras.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-05-2012 at 6:43am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.24 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember 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.
 
In this version we have corrected a problem when testing the turbulence effects with the AHM Bamking option disabled. The TrackIR Interface program has been further modified to control the TIR 6DOF update frequency to obtain a smooth and less demanding head movement. Users must adjust the TrackIR Profile, Speed and Smoothness settings to suit their own preference.
 
The LWE has been upgraded to depict Low Overcast effects, these effects come into force whenever the overcast cloud cover is less than about 2000 feet AGL. A 'Disable Low Overcast Effect' option has been added to the Weather dialog to make this effect optional. Finally some METAR decoding errors corrected relating to certain poor visibility reports.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-08-2012 at 5:17am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.24.1 is now available for download on our website.
 
Remember 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.
 
In this version the custom and windowed camera definitions are only added to the Cameras.CFG and aircraft CFG files when the Live Camera option is enabled. The user is now prompted to restart the FSXSERVER program whenever the Live Camera enable option is changed. The FSXSERVER program will either prepare all remove all camera definitions each time the program is started.
 
The FSXSERVER program's Configuration settings and file access to the specified simulator installation folder is now validated on startup and appropriate warnings displayed in a message box.
 
I have also doubled the frequency FSXTRACKIR scans the TravkIR raw data inputs. It now scans the TIR device 50 times a second.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-09-2012 at 7:12am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.25.0 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.
 
In this beta the camera transition speed is now adjustable for each individual camera view, the valid range can be set to either zero (instant) or any value ranging from 1 (fastest) to 50 (slowest).
 
A Disable TrackIR option added to camera view configuration and a Toggle TrackIR On/Off button has been provided to enable or disable the TrackIR device whilst editing the view.
 
A DHM Rotorcraft option added to increase the level of the vibration effects for flying helicopters.
 
The standard FSX Hat switch can now be used to pan the view with TrackIR when the TrackIR device is paused. The TIR raw data scanning frequency increased to about 80 times a second.
 
Live Camera now allows the same joystick button or keyboard input to be assigned to multiple camera views. In such cases, repeated use of the assigned button or key will cycle through all the assigned camera views for the selected aircraft type.
 
The wind smoothing effects have been extended, and the fog and mist effects both now use 8 octas cover with half thickness for mist covered areas.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-10-2012 at 5:55am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.25.1 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.
 
In this beta I have reverted back to the previous TrackIR raw data polling method but using reduced 20ms scan time and finer smoothing resolution. I have also translated the raw data to align the TIR head meovements to the loaded camera view. Hence, the TIR device should be perfectly usable with external aircraft views.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-11-2012 at 6:55am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.26.0 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.
 
In this beta the TrackIR scanning speed (6ms to 60ms), XYZ raw data scaling (0.5 to 2.0), and PBY raw data scaling (0.5 to 2.0) can now be adjusted on the fly from within the Configuration dialog. These settings should be adjusted in conjunction with the TIR device Speed and Smoothness settings.
 
I found it best to set the TIR Speed to 1.0 and Smoothness to 50 (max) and then adjust the TIR and OpusFSX settings from this initial level, you can adjust the OpusFSX settings on the fly with the Configure dialog open. But the past few weeks have proven that everyones system is different.
 
The Weather dialog now provides lower and upper altitude limits for the cirrus cloud. The actual altitude will be randomised between these two limits. The valid range of altitude settings are from 18000ft up to 50000ft (default range is 34000ft to 44000ft).
 
Weather configuration data for the historic METAR option has been included ready for the upgrade. Finally, the Spy window will now automatically close after 2 minutes.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-12-2012 at 7:54am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.27.0 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.
 
In this beta we have corrected a problem generating weather in very sparse regions. We have reintroduced the Transition and Recovery altitudes for people still experiencing wind shift problems on their systems, improved the visibility smoothing to permit greater variability between weather cells, and altered the minimum limits imposed on TrackIR raw data.
 
If your system is still plagued with wind shifts at higher altitudes then first try setting the Transition altitude to 0 feet and adopting global surface winds. I would like to stress this is a known FSX bug and the only complete cure is to adopt global (static) weather. You could also look to minimising the overhead on FSX by reducing the number of active addons making demands through the SimConnect interface.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-14-2012 at 7:38am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.28.0 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.
 
In this beta we have added new wind stabilisation and smoothing options to the Weather dialog along with 'Set Dynamic Weather Defaults' and 'Set Wind Stabilisation and Smoothing Defaults' buttons to assist configuration changes and try to keep things simple for those who do not like tweaking.
 
The new Max Wind Change option allows users to fine tune the surface wind recovery condition by specifying the maximum allowed wind direction change before recovery is allowed.
 
The new Relax Wind Smoothing option has been provided for users who mainly fly low level, typically VFR below 20,000 feet. When relaxed, the maximum permitted wind speed and direction change in every 32km (20 miles) can also be specified (default 15 knots and 15 degrees change).
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-15-2012 at 5:33am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.28.1 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.
 
In this beta we have changed the FSXTRACKIR program to now accept TEST and NOLIMIT arguments. Test mode will display the pre-scaled raw TrackIR data and NOLIMIT will disable the minimum change limit that is applied to the raw data.
 
We have solved the problem saving the TrackIR configuration data. Finally, the Save, Restore, Open, and Close buttons renamed using the postfix 'Win' instead of 'Views' to prevent users
getting confused between Windowed views and normal non-windowed Live Camera views.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-16-2012 at 10:46am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.28.2 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.
 
In this beta we have allowed the TrackIR scan time to be adjusted from 1ms through to 60ms.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-19-2012 at 7:41am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.28.3 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.
 
In this beta we have changed the camera transition speed for PMDG aircraft types - you may have to edit the views and readjust your transition speed.
 
We have corrected a problem editing client cameras. There is now a noticable short delay when selecting a client system in the Cameras dialog, this is to allow the client system to fully initalise its camera view in synchronise itself with the server system.
 
Finally, when adding new camera views the previous camera view is now fully cloned and ready for editing.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-20-2012 at 7:24am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.28.4 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.
 
This beta includes further changes to the camera transition speed.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-21-2012 at 7:00am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.28.5 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.
 
The Live Camera's smooth transition will now use all 6DOF when the TrackIR device is enabled. The duplicate cloud algorithm has been changed and extended to incorporate both stratus and cumulus texture types.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-23-2012 at 11:08am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.29.1 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.
 
This beta includes a revised and updated METAR station list. The geodesic calculations and weather mapping have both been revised and improved, ensuring a perfect mapping of the weather data into the simulator. The OpusFSX LWE weather map and simulator are now perfectly mapped and synchronised to well over 450km away from the aircraft's current location.
 
The camera smooth transitions extended to include external aircraft view types. Delays have been added to camera editing software to ensure correct initialisation and display of camera views. The VC view is now used as the initial step in the cycle to displaying external aircraft views, previously the 2D cockpit view was used which caused problems with aircraft not equipped with 2D views.
 
A problem editing and saving Windowed camera views on client systems has been corrected.
 
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P.S. It seems that under certain circumstances we are begining to overlaod FSX with visibility layering which is causing FSX to show poor vis even at high altitudes. This is now a known problem that will be fixed in the next day or two. Smile
 
Also working on including the use of secondary weather servers, historic weather download, also Vatsim and IVAO options.
 
Whoops ... 2.29.0 did not contain the new MetStations data file, sorry. Embarrassed
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-26-2012 at 8:38am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.29.2 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.
 
In this beta we have changed the mist effect cloud cover to 7 octas to help differentiate between mist and fog effects. The mist effect is now disabled by default. Neither effect is displayed if there is already low level overcast conditions or a reported low lying status cloud layer.
 
The visibility layering changed to prevent FSX/P3D renedering very poor vis at high altitudes. It is still possible to get reduced vis at altitude when the widespread surface conditions indicate that is likely.
 
The camera view mode control changed to try and prevent problems encountered by some systems when selecting external view modes.
 
The local weather report window is now always displayed but indicates 'No Weather Available At Present' if the LWE hasn't generated or updated the weather at the time.
 
This beta also includes an element of automatic relaxing of the surface wind smoothing which at lower altitudes can be automatically disabled altogether if the surface wind strength is 10 knots or less. Future versions will attempt to fully automate all wind smoothing and stabilisation whenever the user has explicitly enabled the effect. The default relaxed surface wind smoothing is now set at 60 knots and 60 degrees per 32km.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-28-2012 at 5:55am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.29.3 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.
 
In this beta, all Aircraft.cfg files are now prepared and restored automatically when the Live Camera option within the FSXSERVER program's Configure dialog is changed. The Aircraft.cfg files are also prepared automatically each time the FSXSERVER program is run if the Live Camera option is enabled.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-29-2012 at 7:58am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.29.4 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. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta, ground vibration effects have been added while the aircraft is on the ground depicting vibrations when power is applied against the brakes and during the initial roll out.
 
All single cloud layers above 1100 feet are now depicted as cumulus to improve both the appearance of the weather and agree more closely with typical conditions around the globe.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-30-2012 at 7:43am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.29.5 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. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta, the camera transition software changed to improve smoothness on systems previously experiencing problems. Minimum TrackIR scan rate is now set back to 6ms. Low overcast single cloud layers are now treated no different to pre-version 2.29.4.
 
Windows 8 compatible FSOPUS.DLL Flight1 licensing library file has been included.
 
Relaxed wind smoothing will no longer allow direction changes greater then 60 degrees between adjacent 32km wind cells. The previous '180 degree no limit' can result in serious wind shifts at present. We will remedy this when we prepare or implement the true winds upgrade.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-30-2012 at 9:36pm
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.29.6 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. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta I have fixed a METAR decoding problem that was rejecting METARs with missing dew point values.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October-31-2012 at 4:08am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.30 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 also provided as a ZIP file accessed via the Beta button on our downloads page, 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.
 
 
This version incorporates all the changes to date and extends the demonstration mode to 15 minutes with the weather region extended 160km (100 miles) in all directions. The Spy windows will now close automatically either after 3 minutes or when another dialog is opened.
 
If Live Camera is enabled then the aircraft.cfg files are no longer scanned or prepared on startup. This procedure is now undertaken the first time the user opens the Camera dialog.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-01-2012 at 2:28am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.30.1 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. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta I have added the Vatsim weather server to fill in any missing METARs in sparsly covered regions (e.g. New Zealand). The Vatsim server will be checked whenever there are fewer than 12 METARs downloaded and those METARs represent 50% or less of the available met stations.
 
I hope I got this in time for you guys downunder, well in NZ, and what is it with NZNP, my FSX places a building right on RW23's numbers !
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-02-2012 at 9:47am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.30.2 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. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta the upper wind targets have been changed to take into account the FSX strange behavoir at different latitudes and to prevent the resulting wind shifts. On approach, all weather updates are now disabled for 15 minutes on the final descent as soon as you descend through 2800 feet AGL. This process is cancelled whever you climb above 3000 feet AGL.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-03-2012 at 3:24am
OpusFSX Release Version 2.30.2 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 identical to the previous 2.30.2 beta with one minor change to the FSXTRACKIR interface. The new FSXTRACKIR program uses a sleep of 1ms instead of 0ms in its main thread. The previous sleep of 0ms releases the cpu for other tasks but asks Windows to resume  its operation wihout delay if it has nothing else to do. So the 100% was  perfectly OK and was just Windows giving all free cpu time to  the TIR interface. I have now changed it to 1ms (which does not always mean 1ms). This setting will prevent 100% usage because Windows will wait until the requested time before resuming the thread, I have done this just in case users get alarmed at seeing the 100% cpu usage.
 
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-03-2012 at 3:53am
Vatsim Flyers ...
 
I have finished the Vatsim weather server interface but have not completed the user interface allowing you to select the Vatsim option.
 
However, if you want to fly on Vatsim this weekend then please go to our downloads web page and download the FSXSERVER_VATSIM.zip file, you will find it's hyperlink at the bottom of the page on the right.
 
Extract the FSXSERVER_VATSIM.EXE executable into your OpusFSX install folder. If you run this program instead of your usual FSXSERVER program (no need to rename it) then you will be able to download the Vatsim METARs (Warning - the download from Vatsim is much slower than NOAA so you will have to wait longer for the weather to be generated and loaded).
 
N.B. You must upgrade to either the Beta or release version 2.30.2 before using this option, both are still available on our downloads page.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-04-2012 at 5:31am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.30.3 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. You can download it from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
In this beta I have changed the target winds aloft to be more in tune with the simulator and employing a target schedule similar to previous versions.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-10-2012 at 5:14am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.40.0 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
 
In this beta the Weather dialog has been simplified and now uses additional dialogs for specifying parameters relating to the weather download and wind smoothing/stabilisation. The weather dialog also includes options for the destination ICAO code with an auto update distance specified in km. When specified the destination METAR will be given priority within its weather cell and an automatic weather update will be forced at the specified distance from the destination. If this distance is greater than 48km then a second weather update will be undertaken when 32km (20 miles) from your destination.
 
The new Weather Download dialog contains additional options for specifying historic data, enabling the download of true wind GRIB forecast data (not implemented yet), specifying the source of the data, and controlling the disable update on approach parameters.
 
The new Wind Smoothing/Stabilisation dialog contains options for the normal 'low level' wind smoothing, along with 'high level' wind stabilisation parameters. The previous option for more severe wind smoothing has been removed since the smoothing had to be so severe the LWE could not maintain parity with the reported surface winds, so full wind stabilisation provides the better solution. The full wind stabilisation has now been employed with better recovery procedures to attempt to recover the surface winds whilst flying below the specified recovery altitude.
 
The primary weather server option for historic data has now been implemented providing historic METAR download for the most recent 24 hour period. At present, both primary and secondary weather server options for the current and historic data select the default NOAA site.
 
The Camera dialog's '..Aircraft of Interest' button has been renamed to 'Restrict Cameras to Aircraft Types of Interest' in an attempt to avoid confusion with new users.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-10-2012 at 9:07am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.40.0 has now been updated and is now available for download on our website.
 
The previous upgrade had the Historic Weather option greyed out. This has now been enabled within the dialog. Please download and upgrade to this current beta.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-10-2012 at 11:15am
Everyone, please check and adjust your Configure and Weather dialog settings. Make sure you check the new Downloads and Wind Smoothing dialogs and just assign defaults to those.

Make sure the import option is disabled in the Weather dialog. If you are a high flyer make sure after selecting defaults you tick the wind stabilisation option in the Wind Smoothing dialog.

N.B. If you still have problems then delete your DAT files and reconfigure FSXSERVER from scratch.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-12-2012 at 5:31am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.40.1 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
 
In this beta, Wind Stabilisation option can now be turned on and off whilst airborne, but ideally should still be set or reset on the ground before you fly and before loading the weather. DHM is now paused during a weather update instead of being disabled, this is to prevent inadvertent changes to the displayed view.
 
The OpusFSX software should now be run after FSX to ensure correct initialisation. If you run the software before FSX then you must manually force a weather update after FSX has loaded, you may even need to restart the server program to get the weather loaded.
 
All users upgrading to version 2.40 from previous versions (2.3x and earlier) should delete their OpusFSX\FSXSERVERCFG.DAT file and reconfigure their OpusFSX server program, or at the very least check their Configure and all the Weather dialogs settings carefully, setting defaults and adjusting the parameters from there is recommended. If you are a high flyer then you may also need to enable the Wind Stabilisation option to overcome the sim's wind shift problem.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-13-2012 at 7:30am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.40.2 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
 
In this beta, we have corrected a problem with the METAR decoding of RE..(Recent) and FM..(From) type statements, and also corrected a problem handling the GLOB type METARs. We have improved the decoding, interpretation and variability of the rain and snow effects.
 
We have also corrected a problem which prevented buttons from joysticks 4,5 and 6 being assigned to camera views. Finally, the destination ICAO code is cleared each time the FSXSERVER program is started.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-14-2012 at 9:04am
General Announcement ...
 
We are currently working on improving the surface wind recovery procedures and seeing what can be done to improve the accuracy of the destination station's weather as you descend and approach.
 
These changes are going to take some time but we will keep you informed of our progress. In the meantime if you could refrain from pointing out errors in the destination weather, especially the surface winds as there can be up to five different causes effecting this,
 
Wind smoothing (needed to stop FSX failing)
Wind Stabilisation (unable to recover or achieve target wind due to smoothing after recovery)
Inaccuracies of FSX wind direction (in some places FSX can be over 30 degrees off its target)
No recent weather update (especially within 25nm of the destination)
No destination ICAO code specified (METARs may be averaged on top of smoothed)
 
We are now trying to address many of these, some will have to wait a week or two. Thank you for your patience in this matter, unfortunately there is no quick fix. Also it is important to get this right before attempting to introduce upper wind forecasts, which if done without correct preperation could knock your plane out of the sky ! (unless we resort to global weather).
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-15-2012 at 3:41am
General Update ...
 
Work is proceeding very well on the new Beta Version 2.50.0 which includes the following additions and enhancements.
 
The Local Weather Report window will now distinguish between Light and the new Very Light rain/snow intensities. Reported drizzle, small hail/snow pellets, snow grains, and ice pellets will now result in Very Light precipitation. Similar conditions will be assumed with reported light rain/snow when there is little cloud cover.
 
There are now options to specify the destination and two alternate airfield designations within the Weather dialog. New destination, 1st Alternate, and 2nd Alternate Weather Report windows have been added to provide accurate weather reports for the user's specified destination and two alternate airfields. These reports can be used in place of ATIS and are accurate out to the edge of the weather map (over 300 miles out). The ICAO codes and where appropriate the station names are now listed within each of the four weather report windows.
 
The pressure stabilisation improved between successive weather updates in an attempt to prevent problems flying the PMDG MD-11 and similar aircraft. Some new recovery conditions have been added and the weather smoothing has been relaxed for the areas surrounding the specified destination and alternate airfields.
 
The OpusWeather.txt file is no longer updated during METAR file imports and so it can even be imported itself.

A separate 'Update Weather' button has been added to the Weather dialog, the OK button will no longer force an update of the weather and can now be used to just save any changes, such as any new destination or alternate airfield designations. The maximum weather update distance is now limited to 160km.
 
The specified destination and alternate airfield weather is now updated automatically without the need to constantly download new METAR reports. These automatic updates ensure compliance with the current downloaded METAR reports at these locations. This is ideally suited to all flyers, low and slow, and high and fast types. Just remember to configure your destination and alternates and leave the rest to the LWE.
 
A forced recovery altitude has been added (default 8000 feet) to allow full recovery of the reported surface winds after wind stabilisation and during the final descent phase.
 
We are hoping to release the new beta either tomorrow or over the weekend.
 
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P.S. Refering to the above list ...
 
Wind smoothing - Improved and now excludes destination and alternate airfields.
Wind Stabilisation - recovery improved with forced recovery option at lower altitude.
No recent weather update - now done all automatically for your destination and alternates.
No destination ICAO code specified - that's up to you but you can edit without generating new weather.
 
We're getting there ... Thumbs Up
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-16-2012 at 8:47am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.50.0 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
 
This is beta zero of a new development cycle aimed at providing an exact match between real world METARs and locations within FSX. For those of you that asked, well I think you will find your early xmas presents have been included. Smile
 
The Local Weather Report window will now distinguish between Light and the new Very Light rain/snow intensities. Reported drizzle, small hail/snow pellets, snow grains, and ice pellets will now result in Very Light precipitation. Similar conditions will be assumed with reported light rain/snow when there is little cloud cover.
 
Destination. 1st Alternate, and 2nd Alternate Weather Report windows have been added to provide accurate weather reports for the user's specified destination and alternate airfields. These reports can be used in place of ATIS and are accurate out to the edge of the weather map (over 300 miles away). The ICAO codes and where appropriate the station names and distances are now listed within each of the four weather report windows.
 
The OpusFSI Addon menu structure has been changed to make it easier to select the various options and Opus reports.
 
The pressure stabilisation has been improved between successive weather updates in an attempt to prevent problems flying the PMDG MD-11 and similar aircraft. Some new recovery conditions have been added and the weather smoothing has been relaxed for the areas surrounding the specified destination and alternate airfields, along with all other METAR sites.
 
OpusWeather.txt file is no longer updated during METAR file imports and so this file can be used as an import file.

A separate Update Weather button has been added to the Weather dialog, the OK button will no longer force an update of the weather and can now be used to just save any changes, such as any new destination or alternate airfield designations. The maximumim weather update distance is now limited to 196km.
 
The specified destination and alternate airfield weather is now updated automatically without the need to constantly download new METAR reports. These automatic updates ensure compliance with the current downloaded METAR reports at these locations.
 
The weather smoothing has now been relaxed at all METAR sites within the weather map to ensure compliance with the reported meteorological conditions.
 
A forced recovery altitude has been added (default 8000 feet) to allow full recovery of the reported surface winds after wind stabilisation and during the final descent phase.
 
Regards
Stephen
 
We are now working on improving the visibility layering, both coordinating the vis layers at higher altitudes across the weather map and trying to improve both the fog, mist and overcast effects. We are also looking to improve the appearance of all high level clouds, altostratus and altocumulus. These changes will be included in the next beta in this cycle. Thumbs Up
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November-16-2012 at 10:42am
OpusFSX Beta Version 2.50.1 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
 
Looks like the xmas present didn't come with batteries Embarrassed. Corrected the problem and also extended the search for your specified destination and alternate airfields to include both our Met and extended station lists.
 
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