I have received a number of emails from people trying to use DSF2Text (a fixed version is coming real soon). From this I can only guess that people are trying to customize the global scenery!
We are working on the “overlay” system – when this is a little more hammered out (a week or two) I’ll try to describe it in detail. But the basic idea is to allow additional DSFs that contain only objects and other 3-d “clutter” to be superimposed on the basic terrain, adding to or replacing the default objects.
This would have a few benefits:
– Small distribution size for custom airports and other such object-based scenery (because you don’t have to redistribute our mesh).
– No legal limitations (since you don’t have to copy our scenery).
– Since many overlays can go on one base, a user will be able to install a number of custom airports.
– Probably the small overlay DSFs will be easier to work with – a 25 MB DSF makes an insanely huge text file in DSF2Text.
Anyway, this is all very experimental; I will have more info soon, but all of this is subject to change. For now I can only say with certainty that we are working on this problem!