August 28, 2014, Columbia, South Carolina. Laminar Research is pleased to announce the release of its Airport Scenery Gateway, as well as an updated and improved version of its airport scenery tool, World Editor 1.3. The Airport Scenery Gateway can be accessed on the internet at //gateway.x-plane.com and the new and improved version of World Editor is available for download at //developer.x-plane.com under Scenery Tools.
The Airport Scenery Gateway was created to facilitate the populating of X-Plane with 3D airport sceneries that are consistent in quality and appearance, error-checked, and will work with a standard installation of X-Plane 10. During the past several months Laminar Research has received hundreds of airports designed by World Editor users. World Editor is an airport scenery creation and editing tool for Laminar’s X-Plane 10 that allows the typical X-Plane user to create airport scenery.
By establishing an internet gateway for scenery submission, it is now possible with World Editor 1.3 for users to automatically submit airport scenery contributions directly to the Airport Scenery Gateway. X-Plane users can visit the Airport Scenery Gateway to search for airport scenery submissions. The scenery can then be immediately downloaded into X-Plane 10 before it appears in a scheduled X-Plane update.
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A few notes:
- If your airport is not already in X-Plane 10.30, please use the Gateway to share it via WED 1.3; do not send it directly to Robin. At this point Robin should only be getting navaid patches. You must use WED 1.3 to upload to the Gateway!
- The airports that are already in 10.30 are uploaded by ‘WEDBot’, which is an account we used to transfer our existing collection into the Gateway. As users share data, we will start to get good attribution; I think this is important because we will know who to contact to sort out issues with airports.
- If you could not upload an airport due to a missing ICAO, we are working on this now.
- We are working on a Linux build of WED 1.3 and will post it as soon as we resolve the chaos of shipping a working app on multiple distributions. mroe has done great work to make Linux happen.
- We will periodically ‘roll’ shared airports into X-Plane via point releases to the sim. I do not recommend collecting a huge pile of Gateway custom scenery packs; they will simply conflict with newer data from X-Plane when it comes out. The ability to download a pack directly from the Gateway is meant for authors who want to view the state of a pack and possibly modify it. The gateway is not meant to be a scenery file sharing site.
Finally, I think this has been discussed before, but…custom scenery authors:
Always put exclusion zones around your custom airports! Even if there are no 3-d buildings at an airport today, they may appear in the next update.
With the Gateway open, 3-d is going to appear quickly!