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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.


February 2018

Dovetail games brought Flight Sim World (FSW) out of early access and into what they call "Phase 2". So, more updates and features will be forthcoming. Watch the Flight Sim World Moments Trailer.

Over on YouTube Aus Flight Simmer made a video Top 5 Must Have Flight Simulators 2017. For the lazy: 1) X-Plane 11 2) Prepar3D v4 3) Flight Sim World 4) FSX: Steam Edition and 5) Aerofly FS2.

Our featured addon this time is La Guardia Airport for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


January 2018

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Prepar3D Version 8.5.9 is now available.

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D V8.5.9 – 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 flight numbers. Flight numbers that are not allowed by the simulator are flagged as problems. For example, a flight number of "C-5" would be invalid because the dash is not alphanumeric. The aircraft Repair feature can correct these problems automatically.

Select Addon Files

  • When loading a large zip file, a progress bar now appears.
  • Adjusted the default sizing of the 3 panes showing the folder, zip file and zip file contents to make the screen more useable. Also increased the minimum pane size to make it easier to work with narrow panes.

Edit Aircraft

  • Addit! Pro can now Repair invalid aircraft flight numbers. Select the aircraft, right click and choose Repair to fix these problems automatically.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug "Error #13: Type mismatch" in the Select Addon Files and Browse Folders windows. This error could appear if the Windows regional date format was set to include the weekday. For example, "Thursday 08 Jun 2017 06:00:00" would cause the error.
  • Fixed a "Error #76: Path not found" error during addon Repair that happened when the aircraft.cfg file contained an invalid relative path reference for the reference list or checklist entry statements.
  • Fixed a "Run-time error 52" error that could happen when a path name with an invalid character was encountered.
  • Fixed a potential problem diagnosing aircraft title conflicts.
  • In the Installation Summary window, the right click menu Report option now correctly saves the Installation Summary list to a file.
  • The Program Information screen now accurately shows the operating system as Windows 10 (instead of 8) for all Windows 10 systems. It also now shows the date/size stamp of the Addit! Pro main database.

General

  • Included updated high resolution default aircraft, panel and scenery images.
  • Added a new startup splash sound file--splash4.wav.

1C Game Studios announced a new Blitz Edition of IL-2 Sturmovik: Cliffs of Dover. Watch the trailer here.

Wargaming.net released World of Warplanes 2.0 (and a 2.0.1 update). Here's the video trailer.

Our featured addon this time is Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


December 2017

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X Version 7.5.8 is available. This is primarily a bug fix and small feature update.

Improvements and Changes in Version 7.5.8

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

Select Addon Files

  • A progress bar now appears when loading a large zip file.
  • Adjusted the default sizing of the 3 panes showing the folder, zip file and zip file contents to make the screen more useable. Also increased the minimum pane size to make it easier to work with narrow panes.

Edit Scenery

  • The program now remembers the last folder used after you click Add Area.

Fixes

  • Fixed a "Error #76: Path not found" error during addon Repair that happened when the aircraft.cfg file contained an invalid relative path reference for the reference list or checklist entry statements.
  • Fixed a "Run-time error 52" error that could happen when a path name with an invalid character was encountered.
  • Fixed a potential problem diagnosing aircraft title conflicts.
  • Fixed a scenery addon installation problem where the default custom addon scenery folder might be incorrect when using both FSX:Steam Edition and a FSX traditional edition on the same PC.
  • In the Installation Summary window, the right click menu Report option now correctly saves the Installation Summary list to a file.
  • The Program Information screen now accurately shows the operating system as Windows 10 (instead of 8) for all Windows 10 systems. It also now shows the date/size stamp of the Addit! Pro main database.

General

  • Included updated high resolution default aircraft, panel and scenery images.
  • Added a new startup splash sound file--splash4.wav.
  • The program icon is now higher resolution and uses alpha transparency. Also, several internal graphic resources were updated.
  • Increased file input/output performance in key areas such as when loading all your aircraft in Edit Aircraft.
  • Addon files encoded in either windows-1252/ANSI or UTF-16LE/Unicode are now supported.

1C Game Studios announced 3 new IL-2 Sturmovok sim games: Battle of Bodenplatte, Flying Circus and Tank Crew – Clash at Prokhorovka. All are due in 2018-2019.

IPACS's Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator has officially launched to mostly positive reviews.

Our featured addon this time is Fletcher FU24 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v4.


November 2017

Lockheed Martin released Prepar3D version 4.1. This update includes many enhancements, new features and bug fixes.

Laminar Research is working on X-Plane version 11.10, currently available as Beta release #5. Version 11.10 will be X-Plane's first major upgrade.

A new flight simulator from astragon Entertainment called Take Off – The Flight Simulator has taken off.

Our featured addon is Boeing BAE T-45C Goshawk for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.


September-October 2017

X-Plane Developer posted about X-Plane 11.05 and 11.10.

Gaming Nexus discusses Aerofly FS 2 Flight Simulator from IPACS.

Flightsim.com reports Flight Sim World Update 10 is live.

Our featured addon is Global Super Tanker Boeing 747-400 for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.


July-August 2017

SimHQ reports DCS World 2.1 from Eagle Dynamics is now available.

Ace Maddox put up a Flying Tigers: Shadows Over China trailer video.

Our featured addon is McDonnell F-101 Voodoo for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.


June 2017

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Prepar3D Version 8.5.2 is now available.

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D V8.5.2 – 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!

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug detecting and saving Prepar3D v4's location after the user manually inputs the folder.
  • In Work With Addons, the wrong icon resource was shown for addons located in Addit! Pro's File Cabinet.
  • In the Customize window, moving the splash screen delay slider now enables the Apply button.

General

  • In Edit Aircraft, the hidden aircraft icon is better differentiated from the shown aircraft icon.

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Prepar3D Version 8.5.1 is now available. This update includes Prepar3D v4 support, new automated file replacement options, an improved addon repair feature, general tweaks, bug fixes and more!

Addit! Pro For Prepar3D V8.5.1 – 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 Repair

  • The aircraft repair feature now automatically creates missing aircraft reference information sheets and checklists in html format.
  • Prepar3D v3 files can be used to repair Prepar3D v4 addons. This is handy when an addon assumes you have effects, gauges, sounds, etc from the other version.

Customize

  • Added an option under the category "Addon Installation", in the section "Confirmation and Warnings". Your two choices for this option are explained below.
  • When installing a file that already exists:
  • Ask me what to do each time - if the file being installed already exists, you will be prompted for instructions. This is the default.
  • Replace existing file if older - if the file being installed is newer than the one that already exists, always overwrite it. Pick this option and you will no longer see the Confirm File Replace dialog during installation; Addit! Pro will decide what to do by comparing the date/time stamp of both files.
  • Added an option under "Addon Repair" to use Prepar3D v3 files to repair Prepar3D v4 addons.

Edit Scenery

  • The program now remembers the last folder used after you click the Add Area button.
  • Prepar3D v4's new UTF-16 format for its scenery.cfg is now supported.

Fixes

  • Fixed a "Run-time error 52" error that could happen when a file with an invalid character was encountered.
  • Fixed a potential problem diagnosing aircraft title conflicts.
  • The Program Information screen now accurately shows the operating system as Windows 10 (instead of 8) for Windows 10 systems.
  • Fixed a rare "Error #5: Invalid procedure call or argument" and "Error #91: Object variable or With block variable not set" bug when installing certain incomplete aircraft base packages.
  • Fixed a rare "Error #9: subscript out of range" error when loading the aircraft list.
  • The import addons at startup feature will now work properly once again.

General

  • Added support for Prepar3D v4.
  • Improved the "Select Flight Simulator Installation" window that appears when several versions of the simulator are installed and you must pick one.
  • The program icon is now higher resolution and uses alpha transparency. Also, several internal graphic resources were updated.
  • Increased file input/output performance in key areas such as when loading all your aircraft in Edit Aircraft.
  • Files encoded in either windows-1252/ANSI or UTF-16LE/Unicode are now supported.
  • The Program Information screen now shows the date/size stamp of Addit! Pro's main database.
  • Adjusted the large database warning message to appear when the mdb file is much closer to its maximize size.
  • Included high resolution versions of all default aircraft, panel and scenery addon images including new Prepar3D v4 addons: Lockheed Electra 10A, Milviz P-38L, Lockheed Martin F-16A, Sikorsky Black and Battlehawk variants.
  • Updated internal library components to latest versions.
  • Updated help text.

Prepar3D version 4 from Lockheed Martin is now available. This 64-bit Prepar3D features a revamped user interface, new and updated aircraft, new speedtree models, an improved look for taxiways and runways, refreshed 3d rain and snow effects, updated dynamic lighting and lots more.

The recently released X-Plane 11 from Laminar Research was updated to X-Plane version 11.01 and version 11.02 will soon follow.

Dovetail Games, publisher of FSX: Steam Edition, released their latest flight sim called Flight Sim World. It's available to purchase now as a Steam Early Access title. Watch Dovetail's short Flight Sim World trailer for a quick glimpse and check out a longer FSW announcement video for more about their latest flight simulation platform.

Our featured addon is Port Columbus International Airport for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.


May 2017

X-Plane version 11 has taken flight. Watch the X-Plane 11 trailer and learn more about the new X-Plane from Laminar Research.

A couple of X-Plane 11 reviews have surfaced, one at Flight Sim Nexus and another at Flying X-Plane.

Take an in-flight tour of a World War II era Boeing B-29 Superfortress, one of two remaining flight-capable B-29s left.

Our featured addon is Aryus Cessna 56X for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D.


April 2017

X-Plane is getting closer to offical launch, according to the X-Plane 11 Release Notes.

Learn how to Build Your Own VFR Scenery With FSEarthTiles over at Flightsim.com. Michael Hayward demonstrates how to use the venerable but free FS Earth Tiles software to easily create high resolution FSX or Prepar3D scenery based on Virtual Earth.

The screenshots below show scenery created at a resolution of .5 meters per pixel which stays pretty sharp even close to the deck:

Flightsim.com has an X-Plane 11 Default FMC Tutorial by Paul Mort showing how to use the X-Plane Boeing 737-800's FMC.

Our featured addon is Lockheed T-33A T-Bird and Allison J33 Soundset.


March 2017

The X-Plane 11 beta was recently previewed by Wired magazine.

Lockheed Martin updated Prepar3D v3.4 again with Hotfix #3 focusing on SLI support.

Laminar Research's X-Plane 11 beta 10 is out now along with some interesting X-Plane 10 and 11 usage metrics.

A new entry level flight simulator is coming from Aerosoft called Ready for Takeoff and here is the short trailer.

Our featured addon is Aena Boeing 727-200.


February 2017

Addit! Pro Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator X Version 7.5.6 is available. This update includes an automatic file replacement feature, general tweaks, and bug fixes.

Improvements and Changes in Version 7.5.6

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

Addon Installation

  • Added an option to automatically overwrite existing files during installation if the installed files are newer than the existing files.

Customize

  • Added a new option under the category "Addon Installation", in the section "Confirmation and Warnings", called "When installing a file that already exists". Your two choices are explained below.
    Ask me what to do each time - if the file being installed already exists, you will be prompted for instructions. This is the default.
    Replace existing file if older - if the file being installed is newer than the one that already exists, always overwrite it. Pick this option and you will no longer see the Confirm File Replace dialog during installation; Addit! Pro will decide what to do by comparing the date/time stamp of both files.

Fixes

  • Fixed a rare "Error #5: Invalid procedure call or argument" and "Error #91: Object variable or With block variable not set" bug when installing certain incomplete aircraft base packages.
  • Fixed the stock panel images for the AgustaWestland EH101, FA-18 Hornet and P51 Racer. The Reload Default Addon Pictures function now includes these images.
  • Fixed a rare "Error #9: subscript out of range" error when loading the aircraft list.
  • The import addons at startup feature will now work properly.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #91: Object variable or With block variable not set" in Configure Aircraft, Configure Panels, Configure Scenery and Configure Textures when the All tab was shown first.
  • Fixed a display issue in the Customize window where two locked item lists were accepting input.

General

  • Improved detection of FSX: Steam Edition and co-existence of FSX:SE with traditional FSX installations.
  • Included high resolution versions of default aircraft, panel and scenery addon images.
  • Adjusted the large database warning message to appear when the mdb file is much closer to its maximize size.
  • Updated the Help system.

Lockheed Martin updated Prepar3D v3.4 with Hotfix #2.

Laminar Research's X-Plane 11 beta 9 is out now along with the first beta of WorldEditor.

Our featured addon this time is Boeing C-97.



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