Category Archives: Scenery

Andy Colebourne Takes Over AC3D Plugin Development

As some of you know, it was my plan to end-of-life the AC3D exporter for X-Plane; the decision was based on having limited resources to develop exporters. The good news is: Andy Colebourne of Inivis has taken over development of the plugin, … Continue reading

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More Airports in X-Plane 10.51

Our original plan for adding more X-Plane scenery gateway airports to 10.50 was to add two batches: one at the beginning of beta and one at the end. We are changing that plan – I think our new plan is going to … Continue reading

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WED 1.5b1 is out now!

The first beta for World Editor 1.5 is now available to download. This version features numerous bug fixes, along with major improvements to make editing airports easier and faster by providing more visual clues. It’s also the first 64-bit version … Continue reading

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apt.dat 1050 Proposed Format Changes Posted

We’ve posted a Request for Comments for the apt.dat 1050 file format. You can see the proposed changes. Please comment on that article with feedback about the file format.

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Coming to WED 1.5: WYSIWYG Taxi Sign Editing

That’s the new taxi sign editor in WED. Signs in the hierarchy are shown as a rendered preview of what the sign will look like. When you click on it (as if it was text) you get a WYSIWYG editor with … Continue reading

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Posted in Development, Tools | 42 Comments

Per-Airport Flattening

X-Plane 10.45 fixed one of the big “ecosystem” problems with the global airports by excluding airport objects by ICAO code. This makes the global airports much less likely to conflict with custom scenery, even if that custom scenery lacks exclusion zones. For … Continue reading

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Posted in File Formats, Scenery, Tools | 36 Comments

The Autogen Is Really Fast

In my previous post, I posted a screenshot of X-Plane 10.50 with the new autogen update we are working on.  This is an AG update that includes a bunch of buildings, particularly tall ones; I’ll post a lot more detail no … Continue reading

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Posted in Development, Scenery | 49 Comments

Blender 2.7 Exporter: New Version

Ondrej has posted a public thread about the new version of the Blender 2.7 exporter here. The 3.3 release is the first release where we (Laminar Research) have worked closely with Ondrej to build what we hope will be one of the … Continue reading

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Posted in Aircraft, Aircraft & Modeling, Development, File Formats, Scenery, Tools | 15 Comments

Third Party Cars Should Really Be Instanced

I’m going to keep going with “random stuff I looked at today” and see if there’s something for authors mixed in. I spent part of today measuring shader and texture changes in our engine under heavy load – my goal was to … Continue reading

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A New Way To Exclude

MH1212, developer of the Prefab Airports for X-Plane, requested this feature, and it looks like we are going to be able to sneak it into X-Plane 10.45. (If we hit bugs, it might get pushed out to 10.50, but so far things look okay.) … Continue reading

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Posted in Development, File Formats, News, Scenery, Tools | 15 Comments