Category Archives: Development

X-Plane Developer Live Q & A

For those that missed it, here's the recording of today's live video Q&A.  

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Blender Exporter Testers

Ted and I have been working on a new version of XPlane2Blender for Blender 2.5. The new version mostly focuses on bug fixes and optimizations to get perfect WYSIWYG output from Blender to X-Plane with optimal OBJ code. If you use the version 3.3.x … Continue reading

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Posted in Development, Tools | 12 Comments

Roll Over Beethoven (and Pilot’s Head)

Long overdue, coming in 11.02 beta 2: sim/graphics/view/pilots_head_phi That's a new dataref that (finally) lets plugin authors tilt the pilot's head. Previously this had to be done by manipulating the multi-monitor view offsets. That method worked (barely) but doesn't work … Continue reading

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X-Plane 11.02 Beta 1 Is Out

To get this beta you'll need to run the updater and click "Check for New Betas" - we won't ever prompt you to install a beta when you have a final release of X-Plane. Here's the Release Notes. Please file bugs using the Bug Reporter! 11.02 is … Continue reading

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Three Performance Optimizations for X-Plane 11.02

X-Plane 11.02 should be out this week; we're down to one bug, whose fix I am verifying now. There have been a number of questions about performance, so to start, here is some info on three things we've done to … Continue reading

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The FMOD Starter Template Is Available

The FMOD development guide now contains a link to the FMOD starter project generator. If you want to make an aircraft that is FMOD enhanced, you must start with this starter project! If you already have an FMOD project, please copy the events … Continue reading

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X-Plane 11.01 Released

X-Plane 11.01 is now final, both via our installer and Steam. We're going to do one more bug fix release (11.02); at this point it looks like Gateway airports will go into a separate 11.05 release to give authors a … Continue reading

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We Have FMOD Documentation

Hot off the presses - first draft today: new docs on Using FMOD With X-Plane Aircraft and a file format spec for those .snd files you need to tie FMOD To your aircraft. This is a first draft, so please: use … Continue reading

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Posted in Aircraft & Modeling, Development | 26 Comments

X-Plane 11.01: Lighting the Fog

X-Plane 11.01 release candidate two is now available - on Steam too! We hope this is the one. Here's one more before-and-after view - the new fog applied correctly to lighting spill and billboards. 11.01 should go final too and then we'll … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Physical At Night

X-Plane 11.0 shipped with all new Physically Based Rendering - the lighting and material model is based on the real physics of light interacting with dielectrics and metals (kind of) to make rendering look more realistic with less art tuning. But...X-Plane's night lighting … Continue reading

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