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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-03-2018 at 10:18am
OpusFSI Beta Version 5.20.9
 
This beta has been re-posted on 3rd Feb, 15:15 Zulu. The revised copy employs multiple methods to determine the destination weather in an attempt to overcome further P3D problems at certain weather station sites.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-05-2018 at 10:14am
OpusFSI Beta Version 5.20.9
 
This beta has been re-posted on 5th Feb, 15:15 Zulu.
 
The 'Disable Update when Destination Actual' Weather Downloads option now inhibits all weather updates scheduled as a result of distance or timeout. This option does not prevent updates scheduled as a result of changing altitude zone or surface wind recovery (these are part of the wind stabilisation procedures).
 
Once enabled, the Max Upper Visibility Limit is now set to 240km instead of 160km. This option is disabled by default as it has the potential of destroying the sim's sunrise and sunset effects.
 
Inversion layers are now generally limited to below 7000 feet to minimise sudden 'lateral' visibility changes in the sim until such time as new wind/temp/pressure/visibility stabilisation procedures can be developed.
 
The Dynamic Weather Theme (DWT) size has been changed back to 640 x 640 miles. The maximum allowed weather update time and distance has been changed to 120 minutes and 240km (150 miles). The default weather update parameters are set at 60 minutes and 160km (100 miles). The previous increases have been removed after confirming the sim is not capable of storing any real weather at great distances.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-06-2018 at 8:57am
OpusFSI Release Version 5.20.10 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Release version.
 
The 'Disable Updates on Approach' weather option now resets any outstanding or new weather updates.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-12-2018 at 5:31am
OpusFSI Beta Version 5.21.0 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
The default weather update distance has been set at 80km to minimise cloud shifting, optimum setting to be determined with this beta series. The weather update distance may now range from 32km to 240km.
 
Improved Cloud and Visibility Smoothing procedures which are now effective over a larger area.
 
Added a temporary Enable Wind Stabilisation (Beta Test) checkbox option to the Weather dialog. This must be ticked prior to generating weather each time the OpusFSI server program is activated. Setting this option before flight, along with setting all defaults in all the weather related dialogs, will prepare the weather engine ready to test the new wind stabilisation method. This method eliminates the need for weather 'theme' updates during the altitude zone changes and forced surface wind recovery.
 
Added a new Global METAR Conditions checkbox and combobox option to the Weather dialog's METAR Import section. This new import option can be used to select and specify Global METAR conditions for use in the sim. The global conditions are specified in standard METAR form excluding the ICAO and Day/Time code at the start. In other words excluding the "ICAO DDHHMMZ" phrase at the start.
 
For example, the string 27004KT 2000 SCT042 04/01 Q1018 would specify a surface wind of 270 at 4 knots, visibility of 2000 metres, scattered cloud at 4200 feet, temperature 4, dew point 1, and a QNH of 1018mb.
 
DHM turbulence effects now factor in landing gear and spoiler positions.
 
The Spy window now indicates the Distance Since Last Update in km each time the weather cell data is displayed.
 
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On Live View systems with Live Weather enabled you MUST make sure all Options-General-Weather settings are identical in the server and all client systems. If you don't then the cloud formations and positions in the client(s) will not match the server system. For example, you must set the exact same Cloud Draw Distance and Cloud Coverage Density, Detailed Cloud settings etc.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-21-2018 at 9:14am
OpusFSI Release Version 4.73.6 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Release version.
 
NOAA Weather Server access changed to new HTTPS service.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-21-2018 at 9:40am
OpusFSI Release Version 5.21.1 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Release version.
 
NOAA Weather Server access changed to new HTTPS service.
 
Improved the Live Weather engine's Dynamic Wind Control (DWC).
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-22-2018 at 5:19am
OpusFSI Release Version 5.21.2 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Release version.
 
Further improvements to the Live Weather engine's Dynamic Wind Control (DWC) and Cloud Smoothing. Default weather update distance now set at 120km (75 miles).
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-25-2018 at 7:28am
OpusFSI Beta Version 5.21.3 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Removed 'Weather Updates on Approach' and 'Historic Data - Weather Server' options from the Weather Downloads dialog. These options are now set automatically within the software to ensure optimum performance and correct destination weather.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February-28-2018 at 10:37am
OpusFSI Beta Version 5.21.4 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
FSISERVER and FSICLIENT start up programs changed to run all Prepar3D version 2 and 3 systems (except P3D version 3.4) in dotNet 2 mode. Hence, only program arguments P3D3 and P3D34 will start the server up in dotNet 4 mode. The P3D2, P3D30, P3D31, P3D32, and P3D33 arguments will all start up in dotNet 2 mode. In other words, these early Prepar3D sim types all use the FSX server program and Microsoft SimConnect library.
 
Radio and Nav frequencies appended to the OpusFSI Destination and Alternate Weather Reports.
 
Visibility Smoothing procedures changed to 'minimise' sudden visibility changes during flight and on approach to your destination. Please set all defaults in all weather dialogs (including Preferences) before beta testing.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March-03-2018 at 5:10am
OpusFSI Beta Version 5.21.5 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Cloud Smoothing improved at lower altitudes.
 
The ButtKicker control program (BKCTRL) is now monitored and automatically restarted by the OpusFSI server program should it shutdown for any reason. If you want to shutdown the program you must now either shutdown the OpusFSI server program or disable ButtKicker control in the server program's configuration.
 
The ButtKicker initialisation procedure has been shortened to a single pass.
 
In dotNet 2 mode (using the P3D2, P3D30, P3D31, P3D32, and P3D33 start up program arguments) the FSX server and client programs have been modified to only use the OpusPDK v2 Interface. Hence for this beta, when using the OpusPDK Interface the OpusPDK_v2.DLL library should always be installed and launched within the P3D DLL.XML file (see the OpusPDK_Setup.txt file for details on preparing and launching the v2 library).
 
The dotNet 4 P3DSERVER program now makes use of the latest SimConnect functions to allow smooth transitions between all camera views, similar to those previously available with the OpusPDK Interface. The new smooth transitions are applicable to all view modes and not limited to just the VC view modes supported by the PDK.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March-12-2018 at 5:44am
OpusFSI Beta Version 5.22.0 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
The FSX and P3D server programs now remember and restore the state, size, and position of the program's main Spy window, the LWA Map window, the Wx Locator (Overview) window, the number of small footprint Wx Map windows, and the number of OpusFSI Weather Report windows.
 
Removed all unnecessary options from the Weather related dialogs in keeping with the new Smoothing and Stabilisation procedures. Much of the previous configuration data has been reset to defaults so users must check their Configure dialog settings after upgrading.
 
Improved all DHM vibration effects and factored in the position of the aircraft's spoilers. Removed the landing gear and spoiler effects from the DHM turbulent motions, treating them as vibrational effects.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March-18-2018 at 2:50am
OpusFSI Beta Version 5.22.1 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Corrected a problem preventing the OpusFSI Weather Report windows from being aligned flush to the left edge of the screen.
 
AS turbulence now assumed to range from 0.0 to 1.0 as opposed to the documented 0 to 100. This mode will become fully active only after a valid connection to the DLL and an AS turbulence level of at least 0.02 is detected.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March-25-2018 at 3:03am
OpusFSI Release Version 5.22.2 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Release version.
 
Corrected a problem with destination weather updates in Prepar3D mode. These updates should have been disabled unless the destination is a pre-defined 'in sim' weather station. This is down to a current 'reported' bug in LM Prepar3D.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June-04-2018 at 7:27am
OpusFSI Beta Version 5.22.3 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Corrected server problems when users have more than eight joystick devices connected.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June-05-2018 at 4:09am
OpusFSI Beta Version 5.22.4 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Improved Buttkicker response to reverse thrust and included provision for reverse pitch on piston aircraft using the 'Light Aircraft' as opposed to 'Heavy Aircraft' DHM settings.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: June-15-2018 at 1:26am
OpusFSI Release Version 5.22.5 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Release version.
 
Modified the handling of unknown departure and destinations within the Live Weather Engine.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: August-19-2018 at 3:56am
OpusFSI Release Version 5.23.0 is now available for download on our website.

Download from http://www.opussoftware.co.uk/opusfsi/downloads.htm
 
Release version.
 
Users with the OpusFSI v5 Upgrade licence no longer need to have a valid and active OpusFSI v4 licence installed and active.
 
The OpusPMDGData.txt PMDG upper wind import file is now always generated and stored in the x:\OpusFSI_v5\Weather folder irrespective of what aircraft type is selected in the sim. The PMDG upper wind file is generated whenever an OpusFSI Flight Plan is defined (even if its just a simple EGNX EGKK, departure + destination type). The file is automatically copied into the sim's PMDG\WX sub-folder if the sub-folder exists.
 
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This release software was corrected and re-posted on the 20th August 2018, 17:00 ZULU. The previous post would still fail licence checks if the old v4 licence files were deleted.
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