WorldEditor 1.4.1 is out – it’s a very small patch to 1.4.0 that increases the strictness of validation to catch a number of errors we found in the last export from the X-Plane Scenery Gateway.

Please upgrade!  WED 1.4.1 will become the mandatory version to upload to the X-Plane Scenery Gateway in a few days if we don’t find any major bugs.

64-Bit WED

Last week I completed most of the work to modernize WED and the scenery tools for modern OS X/X-Code, which finally lets us build 64-bit Mac scenery tools. (This also lets anyone compile WED without having to find a Mac from the dark ages.)

WorldEditor 1.4.1 will be the last 32-bit build of WorldEditor. The next update (WED 1.5) will be 64-bit on all three platforms: Mac, Windows and Linux. This transition will also raise WED’s minimum operating system for OS X to OS X 10.7 (Lion).

Having WED be 64-bit on all platforms should solve problems that advanced scenery authors are seeing where WED runs out of memory when editing a custom scenery pack with a lot of textures or reference imagery.

WED 1.5 Features

I am not sure of the feature list for WED 1.5 yet; 1.4.1 has been kept intentionally small to get a quick patch out. (The longer we have a WED that does not properly validate airports, the more weird stuff ends up in the scenery gateway.) Two features are very likely for WED 1.5:

  • 64-bit on all operating systems.
  • Support for apt.dat file format extensions to coincide with X-Plane 10.50.

My plan is to have WED 1.5 ready for beta before X-Plane 10.50 is ready for beta, so we can test X-Plane’s new capabilities with WED.

We have internal notes on the apt.dat 1050 extensions; I’ll get an RFC posted in the next few days.

About Ben Supnik

Ben is a software engineer who works on X-Plane; he spends most of his days drinking coffee and swearing at the computer -- sometimes at the same time.

5 comments on “A New WED Release and 64-bit WED

  1. Lately, applying an exclusion zone (trees – roads) to a remote corner of an airport, wipes out all buildings and everything else on the whole airport. There was something about the exclusion zones (not in the most recent post), but I was not having problems and kinda ignored it. Will this new (latest post) take care of this… or am I doing something wrong?

    1. By the way, this is a global airport in Custom Scenery (KROA to be specific) and I just found that adding a light post to the parking area has the same effect. Using WED 1.5. Thanks.

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