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March 2020

Addit! Pro For X-Plane 11 icon Addit! Pro For X-Plane 11 Version 1.1.5 is now available. Watch the introduction video.

Announcing Addit! Pro For X-Plane 11!

Addit! Pro For X-Plane 11 is a full-featured addon manager for X-Plane 11 by Laminar Research. Easily install, manage and remove aircraft, liveries, scenery, libraries for scenery, plugins, flight plans, sounds, textures, videos and more!

Fast and Easy Addon Installation and Removal

  • Quickly install aircraft, liveries, scenery, libraries for scenery, plugins, flight plans, sounds, textures, videos and other files.
  • The old hassles of extracting addon packages, copying files to the correct locations and setting it all up are a thing of the past.
  • Remove addons without breaking other addons, restoring backup copies of any files that were replaced.

Powerful Addon Management

  • Import existing addons into Addit! Pro.
  • Repackage any addon to a zip file to share it with friends.
  • Archive addons into storage or remove them completely with safety checks to ensure other addons remain intact.

Aircraft Fleet Management

  • Assign aircraft and panel pictures with a few mouse clicks.
  • Quickly hide aircraft to streamline X-Plane's in-game aircraft list.
  • Easily access configuration files and directly edit details such as name, description, author, call-sign, etc.

Problem Flagging

  • Identify conflicts and configuration problems.
  • Examine an addon's health to ensure it runs properly.
  • Validate existing addons and newly installed addons.

Scenery Library Management

  • Addit! Pro can automatically update X-Plane's scenery library during addon scenery installation.
  • Enjoy total control over your scenery library with the robust scenery library editor.
  • You can even assign pictures to scenery.

Amazing Customization

  • Change Addit! Pro's appearance and startup behavior.
  • Sort lists by any column, perform searches and create printable reports.
  • Choose not to install space-wasting "macosx" files, thumbnail browser files, etc.

The Addit! Pro Advantage

  • It's fast! No unzipping or file copying is necessary.
  • It's easy! Simple and straightforward Wizard-based approach.
  • Robust program help system, online knowledge base and walkthrough guides.

More Time To Enjoy Flying

  • Let Addit! Pro tackle addon installation, management and removal while you enjoy flying.

Eagle Dynamics DCS World in 2020 will focus on performance, lighting, new weather systems and clouds, damage modeling and more according to an article at Flightsim.com.

Flightsim.com announced the results of their latest community survey with questions such as what is the most popular flight simulation software?

Our featured addon is DH82 Tiger Moth II for X-Plane 11.


February 2020

If you need help getting your favorite whirly bird into the air and back on the ground safely, Helisimmer.com has got your back with a new helicopter video tutorial using DCS World.

A thread over at the AVSim.com forum speculates about what the Prepar3D team is working on these days (hint: they feel it's Prepar3D v5).

Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Feature Discovery Series Episode 5: Soundscape video was released talking about MSFS's audio.

Our featured addon is MEFT Typhoon for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


January 2020

FSElite.com posted an article, Microsoft Flight Simulator Blog Update 12-Dec-2019, with some new media and details about the Partnership Announcement Series. They also posted, Microsoft Flight Simulator Development Update 19-Dec-2019, the final blog of the year featuring new screenshots.

Flightsim.com disclosed details on Flight Simulator 2020's Tech Alpha 2 Timeline. They also posted an article, Ratty's Ramblings - Slow Flight, the first in a series of pieces to offer hints, insights and suggestions to enrich your flight simulator experience.

A new Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Feature Discovery Video focusing on cockpits was reported by FS Pilot Magazine.

A new flight sim from the Kerbal Space Program developers called Balsa Model Flight Simulator was announced in this video trailer and it seems to have aerial combat.

Our featured addon is Howard 350 Concept for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


December 2019

Laminar Research announced X-Plane 11.40 Has Released with changes to the experimental flight model, including seaplane handling, stalling, and prop wash improvements.

Flightsim.com offers up a Jennifer Kimball Developer Interview discussing Jennifer's development work on freeware X-Plane addons.

PC Gamer tells us Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 is looking gorgeous, and offer up new screenshots released for MSFS 2020. The official XBox YouTube channel also released a new Microsoft Flight Simulator - X019 - Gameplay Trailer and Flight Simulator 2020 does indeed look stunning.

Eagle Dynamics discusses their latest DCS 2.5.5.39384 Open Beta. They plan a late November release.

Our featured addon is Macdonald-Cartier International Airport for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


November 2019

Lockheed Martin posted a second Prepar3D v4.5 Hotfix. This corrects a few more issues with previous releases and brings the version up to 4.5.13.32097.

Laminar Research talks about X-Plane 11.40 Beta 8 and a Roadmap. They discuss the normal X-Plane flight model versus an experimental flight model and future Vulcan and Metal API support.

Eagle Dynamics has a new Release Trailer for DCS: F-16C Viper showing off the new aircraft for Digital Combat Simulator.

Our featured addon is Douglas A-20 Havoc for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


October 2019

FSElite posted a an article Laminar Research Previews X-Plane 11.40 Flight Model Updates detailing new flight model improvements in the upcoming X-Plane 11.40 update.

It appears X-Plane 11.36 Is Now Final. Bungee steering is in place for the default Cessna 172.

Frooglesim previews Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 after visiting the studio. Co-developed with Asobo Studio over the last 5 years, Flight Simulator 2020 looks to make a leap in visual performance and realism and is set to arrive next year.

Our featured addon is Lockheed PV-1 Vega Ventura for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


September 2019

Laminar Research released X-Plane 11 version 11.35. New stuff includes landmarks for New York and Washingdon D.C., FMOD sound for the Boeing 737 and Beech C90B, some new watercraft, updated objects and more.

Reported by Flightsim.com, Microsoft Retakes Control Of FSX. Flight Simulator X went to Dovetail back in 2014 and now it's back with Microsoft.

FSElite posted a notice FlyInside Version 0.6.0.0 is Released. This update makes it possible to fly beyond the United States and adds new features..

Our featured addon is Spartan 7W Executive for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


August 2019

After overcoming a snafu with its previous beta, Laminar posted, Let’s try this again: X-Plane 11.35b6. Be sure to read the release notes for the special workaround.

Laminar put up an article X-Plane 11 Landmarks: New York City, NY, USA. Watch the video to see New York's default scenery in X-Plane 11 including the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, and Williamsburg Bridge, Empire State Building, One World Trade Center, and the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island.

Eagle Dynamics put up a DCS: F-16C Viper Official Trailer showing off the new aircraft for Digital Combat Simulator.

Older addons listed in our Featured Addon History Archive compatible with Prepar3D v4 are now marked as such.

Our featured addon this time is Alpha HP Victor for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


July 2019

Lockheed Martin posted a Prepar3D v4.5 Hotfix. This corrects issues with the previous release and brings the version up to 4.5.12.30293.

Flightsim.com announced DCS World has been updated. This is a major update to the DCS World sim environment and its add-ons, available now from Eagle Dynamics.

X-plane Developer posted an article called Usage Data Never Goes Out of Style, a breakdown of the sim's metrics from X-Plane 11 users who opted into data collection.

Our featured addon this time is Avro Native 621 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


June 2019

Flightsim.com announced they've gone over 200,000 files in their file library. That's amazing!

This YouTube video Giant Scale SR-71 Blackbird (Scratch-Built) -- Top Gun Invitational 2018 shows off the exceptional flying 1/8th scale model SR-71 replica that won the Florida Top Gun Scale competition last year.

Our featured addon this time is Aermacchi MB-326 E-G-H-K for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


May 2019

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X Version 7.6.5 is available.

Improvements and Changes in Version 7.6.5

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

Addon Management

  • Added validation for aircraft tail numbers (ATC IDs). Tail numbers that are not allowed by the simulator are flagged as problems. For example, a tail number of "UR_82027" would be invalid because the underscore is not allowed. Use the aircraft Repair feature to correct these problems automatically.
  • Soundai.cfg files are now installed with related addon files instead of going to the file cabinet or being flagged "install folder not set".

Customize

  • Added an option to the Aircraft Filter for OrbX FTX aircraft. To exclude FTX AI aircraft from processing, check the box under Customize > Aircraft > Aircraft Filter > Exclude OrbX FTX AI aircraft.

Edit Aircraft

  • Addit! Pro can now repair invalid aircraft tail numbers (ATC IDs). Select the aircraft, right click and choose Repair to fix these problems automatically.

Fixes

  • Fixed an "Error #6: Overflow" bug in the Select Addon Files window that sometimes occurred with very large zip/rar files.
  • Fixed an issue with Edit Aircraft's progress bar where it could "sputter" when handling a large amount of aircraft across many folders.
  • Updated the documentation and fixed a few errors.

General

  • Made some sizing improvements to better accommodate larger Windows DPI scale settings.
  • Updated UnrarDLL component library to the latest release.

Lockheed Martin made an update to Prepar3D available for download. Read the official Prepar3D v4.5 patch notes here.

Prepar3D v4 was reviewed over at Flightsim.com and the topics discussed include which license to get, CPU vs GPU performance, 64-bit issues, the addons included, the flight model, graphics, weather, freeware and payware addon support and more.

Our featured addon this time is General Downing Peoria International Airport for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


April 2019

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Prepar3D Version 8.6.5 is now available.

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D V8.6.5 – Improvements and Changes

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D is a full-featured addon manager for Lockheed Martin Prepar3D. Easily install, manage and remove aircraft, adventures, flights, flight plans, gauges, missions, panels, A.I. airport and facilities data, scenery, sounds, textures, videos, weather and more!

Addon Management

  • Added validation for aircraft tail numbers (ATC IDs). Tail numbers that are not allowed by the simulator are flagged as problems. For example, a tail number of "UR_82027" would be invalid because the underscore is not allowed. Use the aircraft Repair feature to correct these problems automatically.
  • Soundai.cfg files are now installed with related addon files instead of going to the file cabinet or being flagged "install folder not set".

Customize

  • Added an option to the Aircraft Filter for OrbX FTX aircraft. To exclude FTX AI aircraft from processing, check the box under Customize > Aircraft > Aircraft Filter > Exclude OrbX FTX AI aircraft.

Edit Aircraft

  • Addit! Pro can now repair invalid aircraft tail numbers (ATC IDs). Select the aircraft, right click and choose Repair to fix these problems automatically.

Fixes

  • Fixed an "Error #6: Overflow" bug in the Select Addon Files window that sometimes occurred with very large zip/rar files.
  • Fixed an issue with Edit Aircraft's progress bar where it could "sputter" when handling a large amount of aircraft across many folders.
  • Updated the documentation and fixed a few errors.

General

  • Made some sizing improvements to better accommodate larger Windows DPI scale settings.
  • Added default aircraft and panel pictures for the four new Carenado Commander 114 aircraft.
  • Added default scenery pictures for San Diego, Orlando, Kennedy Space Center, and Rockhampton.
  • Updated UnrarDLL component library to the latest release.

DCS F-14 Tomcat for DCS World has taken flight and here's an excellent DCS F-14 trailer that will make you want to re-watch the movie Top Gun.

Our featured addon this time is Northrop RF-61C Reporter for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


March 2019

The Laminar X-Plane blog site developer.x-plane.com announced version 11.32 of X-Plane is coming soon.

Not to be outdone, Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D version 4.5 will soon enter beta testing.

FlightSim.Com Best Of 2018 FS2004 Freeware showcases many fine addons for the venerable FS2004. Many work fine in FSX, too.

Rock Paper Shotgun posted a piece called The Flare Path: Devoted to Deadstick, discussing REMEX's upcoming flight simulator Deadstick.

Our featured addon this time is Younkin Airshows Twin Beech C18S N9109R for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


February 2019

Laminar Research released X-Plane version 11.30. New features include an updated ATC voice system, Dubai landmarks, embankments & piers, a new particle effect system and more.

Helisimmer.com posted an article Chase The Experience, Not The FPS which discusses how X-Plane 11 may be showing us a "different way" to approach performance.

Eagle Dynamics put out a new DCS World 2018 and Beyond trailer.

Our featured addon this time is Younkin Airshows Twin Beech C18S N9109R for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


January 2019

An update to Prepar3D is now available. Read the official Prepar3D v4.4 patch notes. Prepar3D now supports Physically Based Rendering (PBR) content and the stock F-16 has been updated to PBR. This version also features performance and rendering improvements plus an AC11 Commander and an update to the Indago Unmanned Arial Systems (UAS) making it a user controllable vehicle.

FlyInside Flight Simulator is a new virtual reality flight sim featuring 10 stock aircraft and scenery coverage of the continental US (for now). It's an "early access" title meaning still in development and is available to buy now.

1C Game Studios continues to update IL-2 Sturmovik now to v3.009 with a new bomber and bug fixes.

X-Plane 11 And Low End Systems talks about the XP 11's visuals running on more modest hardware.

Our featured addon this time is Seinajoki EFSI Finland for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


December 2018

1C Game Studios released game update 3.007 for their WWII combat sim IL-2 Sturmovik.

Beta 5, Default and Custom Particle Effects is an article from Laminar Research discussing the updated particle system in X-Plane 11.

Our featured addon this time is Boeing B-50 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


November 2018

Eagle Dynamics announced DCS: F-14 by Heatblur Simulations and DCS: MiG 29 for Digital Combat Simulator World.

Preview: Deadstick Bush Flight Simulator over at Flightsim.com introduces an upcoming flight simulator from REMEX Software.

Our featured addon this time is South African Airbus A340-313X for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


October 2018

The X-Plane developer blog features an article discussing X-Plane and Nvidia's new RTX video cards.

How To: Trim Like a Pro is a piece from AVSIM.com covering the art and science of trimming your aircraft.

Our featured addon this time is Native Aero Commander AC520 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


September 2018

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X Version 7.6.1 is available.

Improvements and Changes in Version 7.6.1

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator X.

Addon Installation

  • Improved addon file installation for many types of addon files. The result is more automatic or "hands off" installs instead of "red dot" installs that required manual tweaking.
  • Enhanced the right-click menu option Install to Folder Defined by Zip Folder Entry feature. To use this feature in any addon file list box, select an addon item, right-click then pick "Install to Folder Defined by Zip Folder Entry". The improved feature smartly sets the installation folder based on the zip folder.

Customize

  • Enhanced the Addon Installation option called Flag thumbnail browser and related files as "do not install". To mark all unnecessary thumbnail browser and operating system attribute files as "do not install", check this box. To avoid using these files at all, check "Skip Entirely". Files affected: thumbs.db, pspbrwse.jbf, .DS_Store. The Skip Entirely option can improve performance when installing large addons.
  • Added a new Addon Installation option called Flag MACOSX related files as "do not install": To mark all extra MACOSX related files as "do not install", check this box. To avoid using these files at all, check "Skip Entirely". Files affected include those having "__MACOSX" in their zip folder entries as a result of being archived on a MAC. The Skip Entirely option can greatly improve performance when installing large addons.

Select Addon Files

  • Double clicking on a single zip file now analyzes it and presses the OK button for you. This makes it easier to select and process a single zip file out of a list of many zip files.

Fixes

  • The Addon Wizard uses the correct thumbnails once again.
  • Fixed a rare bug "Extraction Error, Could not extract (filename)" that sometimes appeared when installing addons from certain RAR archives.
  • Fixed a rare bug "Extraction Error, Could not extract (filename)" that might appear when processing a ZIP archive where the zip folder entry ended in a space just before the back slash ala " \".
  • Fixed a rare bug that could appear if the tab control was overloaded on some screens.
  • Fixed a font size issue on the Customize screen that appeared when Windows used larger DPI settings.

General

  • Building and displaying report windows is now up to 5 times faster.

X-Plane 11.26 release candidate 2 is downloadable from the X-Plane 11 website.

Our featured addon this time is Vultee XP 54 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


August 2018

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Prepar3D Version 8.6.1 is now available.

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D V8.6.1 – Improvements and Changes

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D is a full-featured addon manager for Lockheed Martin Prepar3D. Easily install, manage and remove aircraft, adventures, flights, flight plans, gauges, missions, panels, A.I. airport and facilities data, scenery, sounds, textures, videos, weather and more!

Addon Installation

  • Improved addon file installation for many types of addon files. The result is more automatic or "hands off" installs instead of "red dot" installs that required manual tweaking.
  • Enhanced the right-click menu option Install to Folder Defined by Zip Folder Entry feature. To use this feature in any addon file list box, select an addon item, right-click then pick "Install to Folder Defined by Zip Folder Entry". The improved feature smartly sets the installation folder based on the zip folder.

Customize

  • Enhanced the Addon Installation option called Flag thumbnail browser and related files as "do not install". To mark all unnecessary thumbnail browser and operating system attribute files as "do not install", check this box. To avoid using these files at all, check "Skip Entirely". Files affected: thumbs.db, pspbrwse.jbf, .DS_Store. The Skip Entirely option can improve performance when installing large addons.
  • Added a new Addon Installation option called Flag MACOSX related files as "do not install": To mark all extra MACOSX related files as "do not install", check this box. To avoid using these files at all, check "Skip Entirely". Files affected include those having "__MACOSX" in their zip folder entries as a result of being archived on a MAC. The Skip Entirely option can greatly improve performance when installing large addons.

Select Addon Files

  • Double clicking on a single zip file now analyzes it and presses the OK button for you. This makes it easier to select and process a single zip file out of a list of many zip files.

Fixes

  • Fixed a rare bug "Extraction Error, Could not extract (filename)" that sometimes appeared when installing addons from certain RAR archives.
  • Fixed a rare bug "Extraction Error, Could not extract (filename)" that might appear when processing a ZIP archive where the zip folder entry ended in a space just before the back slash ala " \".
  • Fixed a rare bug that could appear if the tab control was overloaded on some screens.
  • Fixed a font size issue on the Customize screen that appeared when Windows used larger DPI settings.

General

  • Building and displaying report windows is now up to 5 times faster.
  • Included several Prepar3D v4.3 compatibility tweaks and new thumbnail images for the 6 new C-130 aircraft.

An update to Prepar3D is now out. Read the official Prepar3D v4.3 patch notes at Lockheed Martin's website. Version 4.3 features include interactive panel windows in VR, improved scenery lighting performance, new C-130 aircraft, UI enhancements, stability and performance improvements, bug fixes and more.

In general aviation news the huge Airbus BelugaXL aircraft transport made its first flight.

Our featured addon this time is Gloster Meteor T Mk 7.5 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


July 2018

Laminar released some Usage Data as of June 2018 for X-Plane showing a bunch of metrics on how people are using the flight sim.

DCS World 2.5.5 Update 4 is out. For details visit digitalcombatsimulator.com for the 2.5.5 scoop.

Our featured addon this time is Beechcraft AT-11 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


June 2018

Flightsim.com reviewed Aerofly FS2 published by IPACS concluding "Aerofly FS2's scope is sufficient for new users of flight simulation, mainly because of the reduced complexity compared to other simulators." Learn more about the sim at the Aerofly FS2 website.

X-Plane 11.2 final, the latest update for the X-Plane sim, has been released. X-Plane 11.2 includes a lot of exciting new features, such as native Virtual Reality, a new aircraft, & a new set of landmarks.

Our featured addon this time is Grumman G-73AT Mallard for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


May 2018

To learn what addons fall into the category of 20 Best Freeware Addons for FSX in 2018, look no further than the recently updated article from Fly Away Simulation.

Adam Breed, Engineering Project Manager of Prepar3D, was interviewed by Helisimmer.com. Adam discusses his history with Prepar3D, the development challenges, Lockheed Martin's commitment to the project, the newly released helicopters that come with v4 and more.

Fltsim.com offers an interview with addon developer Neil Birch where he is asked about his flight sim history, his best projects and the tools he uses to create them.

From the twin powers at The Fighter Collection and Eagle Dynamics comes an annoucement: Digital Combat Simulator World 2.5 is out. DCS World 2.5 is a free-to-play digital battlefield game and simulation environment.

Our featured addon this time is Grumman S2A Tracker for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


April 2018

The folks over at X-Plane Developer are reporting X-Plane 11 is now at version 11.20b3 and features gateway airports, terminal kit additions, a customizable jetway kit, improved night lighting textures and more.

Flightsim.com featured a Milton Shupe Developer Interview asking the legendary addon creator several good questions.

The world's biggest plane called the Stratolaunch is designed to offer another way into space as reported by nbcnews.com.

Our featured addon this time is Beechcraft D18S Amphibian for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


March 2018

Lockheed Martin released Prepar3D V4.2 featuring three new user controllable helicopters, new rendering techniques for improved virtual reality (VR) performance, countless legacy bug fixes, and even a couple new exciting experimental features.

Gaming Nexus reviews X-Plane 11 - VR concluding "As it stands today, the VR implementation is already far superior to anything else on the market, as is befitting X-Plane’s traditional position at the pinnacle of consumer-level flight simulation market."

DCS World 2.5 Open Beta is available now from Eagle Dynamics. Watch the DCS World 2.5 teaser trailer here.

Our featured addon this time is DeHavilland Mosquito B. Mk 35 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


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