Category Archives: File Formats

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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Posted in File Formats, Development, RFC | 1 Comment

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

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

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

Scheduled Maintenance and Free Passes

This may have happened to you: you import the latest approved airport scenery pack from the X-Plane Airport Gateway and modify it. When you go to export your improvements back to the gateway, WED says your work is invalid and has a … Continue reading

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Posted in File Formats, Scenery, Tools | 3 Comments

X-Plane 10.40: The New DSF Loader

I’ve been meaning for weeks now to write up some notes about 10.40. I’ve also been trying to put the hood back on 10.40 so we can get it to public beta; instead the last few weeks have been a flying … Continue reading

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Posted in File Formats, Scenery, News | 60 Comments

RFC: Library Dependencies

This is another “Request for Comments” post – please discuss the proposal in the comments; if you comment asking about the OccRift your comment will be piped to /dev/null. There’s one aspect of the library system that acts as a sharp unprotected corner, … Continue reading

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Posted in File Formats, Scenery, Tools | 18 Comments

RFC: Dataref-Driven Library Regions

I have a working prototype of a proposed modification for X-Plane 10.40: dataref-driven library regions. The idea is simple: you can define a region in a library pack, and X-Plane will only load those art assets when datarefs written into the … Continue reading

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Posted in File Formats, RFC | 12 Comments

Editing Gateway Airports (and Bit-Rot)

WorldEditor 1.4 is almost ready for beta, and among its new features (there are several big ones) one is very important to the X-Plane Airport Gateway: WED 1.4 can browse airports on the gateway and download scenery packs directly into the WED workspace. “Direct download” is really … Continue reading

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Posted in File Formats, Scenery, Tools, Development | 25 Comments

Please Help Find Crashing Scenery

I’ve been fielding crash-related bug reports for X-Plane 10,30, and a lot of them are turning out to be caused by third party scenery packs. Now there are two possibilities for why a third party scenery pack might crash X-Plane: There is … Continue reading

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Posted in File Formats, Scenery, Tools | 21 Comments