X-Plane 10.30 beta 6 is out; as with the entire 10.30 beta 6 run, complete release notes are here. The release notes are meant to be a complete reference; what follows is a few of the major things you might notice in beta 6 (if you’ve managed to update).
Beta 6 fixes a major performance problem from the X-Plane 10 betas. Beta 6 also sets the cloud graphic settings to match 10.25, so at this point 10.30 should be as fast or faster than 10.25 in all cases.
We used the X-Plane Airport Gateway to consolidate over 750 airports that users sent to Robin since X-Plane 10.25. These updates include over 300 new airports and hundreds of updates. You’ll get these lego-brick airports automatically with the update.
I’ll post more about the gateway in a future post, but I believe that at this point WED 1.3 and the gateway are ready to go into beta shortly.
Please do not send any more airport updates to Robin; the gateway will go into beta soon, and we’d like to use it to collect all future changes. (You can only imagine how much work it was for Robin to gather up 750 airports by hand! We imported them into the gateway ourselves to test the gateway and get control of the process.)
GPS In the Default Aircraft
With beta 6 we now have the new GPS in the C172, the Kingair, and the Baron; all have the full res GPS in the 3-d cockpit, and the Kingair even gives you dual GPSs.
Still More On the Todo List
There’s still more bugs to fix. On the top of my list is fixing bugs with the cloud visuals, and with their base height (which sometimes doesn’t match what you set in the weather settings). I am also working on getting a few majorly borked DSFs fixed in the next beta (Sydney, Rio, etc.). I’m hoping for another beta by Tuesday, which will also fix the auto update bug.
Where to File Bugs
I say something about filing bugs using the bug report form in every post, and yet readers try to post bugs on the blog. Since writing “don’t do that” in each post clearly doesn’t work, I’m going to try it using the Swedish Chef translator.
Fur zee lufe-a ooff ell thet is mooppet, pleese-a du nut pust boog repurts tu thees blug. Pleese-a use-a zee boog repurt furm – a furm dedeeceted tu nutheeng boot…boog repurts. Iff yuoo pust a boog repurt tu zee blug, I veell delete-a it. Bork Bork Bork!
So…you have been warned – keep posting bug reports to the blog comments and things will only get sillier.