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Using Glass Objects in Planes

X-Plane 9 allows you to categorize objects as being on the plane's outside, inside, or glass. X-Plane depends on these flags being right for a few things: The draw order of the airplane is determined by the object types - … Continue reading

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Revisiting Texture Compression

For quite a while now, I have been advocating in favor of DDS compression. I am pretty damned obstinate, but eventually if enough people yell at me, I get a clue. I have come to appreciate that there are some … Continue reading

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More Airplanes

Quick airplane links: Carenado's Mooney M20 J is out, available on the X-Plane.org store. Javier's T34c Mentor is out, available at X-Aviation.com. Pictures available in both links.

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GA Aircraft Abound

X-Aviation has released the Duchess, pics here. Carenado is coming to X-Plane, initial pics here.

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More Global Illumination Video

I realized I have slightly better test shots of global illumination than the ones that got out a week ago. These are from only a day or two after the last shots. This is the Cirrus again, with landing lights … Continue reading

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X-Plane 10 and Global Illumination

Thanks to my foolish use of unprotected directories, we have basically announced that X-Plane 10 will feature global illumination. Here is some basic information on global illumination. What Is Global Illumination? Global illumination is the ability of any part of … Continue reading

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Sometimes You Can’t Change Aircraft-Based Datarefs

A month ago the blog was quiet because there was a lot I couldn't talk about; now it's quiet because I am up to my eyeballs in X-Plane 10. I'll try to get out a few posts I've been meaning … Continue reading

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Lighting Rheostats in X-Plane 9

There were a few threads regarding lighting rheostats in X-Plane 9. Here's a short version of the issue and why we're not changing X-Plane 9's behavior. X-Plane 9's policy toward lighting rheostats is a little bit arbitrary. The sim will … Continue reading

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Plugin-Based Prop Discs

I was discussing plugin-controlled prop discs with a third party developer. The developer wanted to know if custom prop disc control would end up inside Plane-Maker. It may end up doing so, but I don't think this would be nearly … Continue reading

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Where Has All My VRAM Gone?

In the past I have suggested that there is a limit to the value of additional VRAM when buying a graphics card. When I posted this, Nicholas from the org emailed me to point out that with third party add-ons … Continue reading

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