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#1 John Venema

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:43 PM

Hello all,


I am pleased to announce that Orbx will be releasing a worldwide vector product to compliment FTX Global and openLC. Wer'e calling it (logically) FTX Global VECTOR. Here is the logo and tagline:




As you can read in the attached press release, FTXG VECTOR is a partnership between Orbx and PILOT'S and adds another layer to the complete transformation of your simulator to a whole new world. The key features of FTXG VECTOR are:

  • Roads
  • Rivers
  • Lakes
  • Coastlines
  • Railways
  • Power Lines
  • Motorways
  • Moving traffic
  • Corrected airport elevations (optional install)

Future enhancements in the form of free patches may include ports, docks, graveyards, golf courses, forests and ocean beaches.


When: We envisage releasing FTXG VECTOR at the end of October

How much: This single installer upgrading the entire planet with OSM and multiple sourced vector will be only AU$69.95 (€49 / £41 / USD65)!!



So this completes the three main layers of the FTX Global family:





What does it look like?


Obviously we will be sharing plenty of screenshots and videos over the coming six weeks but to give you an idea of the way in which it dramatically transforms the whole world, I picked two areas in Asia where the default vector data is particularly lacking, Malaysia and Singapore:


And Singapore:
Not enough? Well it gets even better! :)
To convince more people to try FTX Global + openLC + FTXG VECTOR we have been working very hard on a demo. Not just a small area, but a complete country, and as a bonus it includes beautiful FS Global 2010 Mesh from PILOT'S as well.
The free demo covers all of Iceland. That's right, the whole country with all the FTX Global goodies included. We're going to give this whole FTX Global country with all the three layers plus mesh to you for absolutely FREE! And here are some alpha screenshots to show you how the demo is shaping up:

The FTX Global Iceland demo is due for release at the end of this month.


If you have any questions please ask here and I will do my best to answer them over the coming week.


Yours in announcements! :)



Oh .. and one last thing ..  The Iceland demo includes a Photoreal CityScape Reykjavík, including the business district and docks (as you can see in some of the above shots) - completely integrated into the demo and fully hand-annotated.





Q: Will it work with UTX? A: No it does the same thing, but of course you can disable Vector in the FSX Scenery Library if you want to use UTX for example while flying in the USA. We suggest though that you first install Vector to see what job we've done over the USA and Europe before needing to do that. 


Q: Do I need to purchase 3rd party mesh?  A: No, at install time you can decide if you want to use the corrected airport elevations or not. If you don't install them you can use the default FSX/P3D mesh. If at some later point you purchase FSGlobal or FSGenesis mesh, simply re-run the installer.


Q: Will there be a discount for FTXG customers? A: No, because we've already discounted Vector by 30% by releasing it at AU$69.95 instead of the planned AU$100.


Q: Can I use Vector without FTX Global? A: Yes you can, we will bundle any custom textures from FTXG with Vector so you can use it with default or other texture products. Obviously for the best results as we intended we recommend FTX Global.


Q: Will the Iceland Demo come with an uninstaller? A: Yes it will.


Q: How do I uninstall UTX? A: Ask the support forums at Flight1, UTX is not an Orbx product and we will not give support advice as to the best way to uninstall it.


Q: PILOT'S have announced FS Global Vector - is that the same product? A: Yes it is, but they can only sell on DVD with their own branding and logos, and Orbx can only sell online with both Orbx and PILOT'S branding. That is the deal we have struck. The two products are essentially the same.


Q: Can I customize Vector using a front-end app or tool? A: No you can't. We are keeping it simple and easy to install and use. There are no residential roads and the 3D lights don't cause any FPS hit, so we believe it's best to not allow customers to customize the product because there is no need to do so. The only option you have is to not install the airport elevations at install time, but that's it.


Q: How big in size is Vector? A: Around 5GB, but we cannot confirm this until the end of beta testing.


Q: How big in size is the Iceland Demo? A: Around 1GB or less, although this may change before release.


Q: Will the Iceland Demo work with Aerosoft Iceland X? A: No, it does the same thing (a landclass texture and vector based scenery addon), so you will need to disable the AS Iceland X addon in your scenery library if you have it installed. If they have their airport upgrades in a separate scenery library entry perhaps you can keep them active if they match the airport elevation corrections we have made.


Q: Will Vector and Iceland Demo work in P3D 1.x and 2.0?  A: Yes they will work in 1.x and we are 95% sure they will work in V2.0 although that is yet to be tested and confirmed since we don't have the P3D 2.0 beta code yet.


Q: Will Orbx sell a global mesh product one day? A: No, we have no plans to, that's why we've partnered with the guys from PILOT'S.


Q: How is performance like for Vector? A: Find out for yourself very soon, when the Iceland Demo is released.


Q: Will Vector work without openLC? A: Yes of course but you won't want to. The Iceland Demo is going to convince you of the quality of openLC combined with Vector, we are sure of that :) However please keep in mind that Vector is made for openLC and FTX Global, so there will be specific texture calls dependant on those two products. We are releasing a trilogy of products that are designed to work together rather than with other products. Please keep that in mind.


Q: Does Vector + openLC + FTX Global replace the Orbx regions? A:No FTXG Vector does NOT replace or feature more details than our FTX Regions. The biggest differences are a. custom textures native to the region, b. hand-crafted landclass, c. Updated default airports, and d. Photoreal imagery for significant wilderness areas.  Much more discussion on that here: http://www.orbxsyste...gions-obsolete/



Q: Will updates and patches be free? A: Yes - we are Orbx, they are always free :)

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:49 PM

HOLY COW! You have now taken over the virtual world. I bow in your dust and can't wait to start flying the ORBX Globe. Maybe now I have to learn to fly something faster than the DC-3 and Twin Otter :)
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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:49 PM

Oh my ! ..... Time to start Ebaying !!!

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:52 PM

Excellent!  ORBX replaces the fsx world one step at a time :D

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 07:54 PM


Oh my

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:07 PM

Talk about hook , line and sinker . Christmas has come early boys and girls .





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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:08 PM

Any issues for users of other world mesh besides FS Global?  I use FS Genesis world mesh and don't want to add another package and 120gb of mesh  :D

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:13 PM

I'm in.


Q. Does this in any way improve / impact on existing full-fat FTX regions?



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:14 PM

I know were all my mad money will be going. This is great news.



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:19 PM

This is precisely what's needed to transform FSX into an experience that can be enjoyed anywhere in the world.

The transformations of waterways clearly evident in the demo shots is only the most obvious case.

Being able to fly confidently along proper roads and other scenery elements as an exploratory experience is not just big in FSX, but I think a revolution in 3d simulation for all of us. It means you can explore something that is not a vague abstraction, but instead mapped closely to real-world elements. It's like a paean to the dream that was Misty Moors years ago, in spades! Flights that matter!

I love plotting out trips on Google Earth, and it's a severe disappointment when part of the globe ends up being a complete abstraction in FSX. This changes that.

I can see all sorts of follow-on effects from this transformation; best of luck with the interim development process, and thank you! Once again.
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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:24 PM

Does this now make UTX unnecessary? Thanks..


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:26 PM

looks great BUT does it smooth the geometric FSX default coastline?



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:27 PM

Wow I am excited! I'll eagerly await the Iceland demo!

Question for you John, as road traffic is a resource hog even at lower levels are there any ways that will be improved on at all with this add-on (meaning changing how much traffic is on specific roads at certain times or poly modifications of the models)? For myself I've turned it off with more complex aircraft but would like to re-enable if it won't be such a big performance hit.


Regardless, I'll be purchasing FTX Global Vector on release day! Thanks for you and your team's great work!



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:32 PM


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:34 PM

Looks absolutely awesome. This will make a nice replacement to a very dated UTX USA and Canada as after the land-class packages are released all I would be using UTX for would be it's vector data... Once North America and the Caribbean land-class packs are released I'll be picking up FTX Global.


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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:45 PM

I guess whoever reverse engineered the blurred picture to read "Vector Free" was either way off, or wishful thinking.  :P

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:54 PM

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:57 PM

Looking great!


One question though, "Corrected airport elevations" is listed as a feature. Does this mean FTX Global is also going to include a mesh? Because I always thought airport elevation data is included in the mesh...


I'm asking this because I'm actually a bit scared of the infamous airport elevation problems which meshes like Fs Global bring to FSX... :(

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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:57 PM

Here's a question for you John. Do major highways include interchanges and ramps? Can't tell from the included screenshots. Thanks!



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Posted 12 September 2013 - 08:58 PM






srsly, this is so awesome, holy crap...this is just crazy... We will enjoy the world like we never did before !

oh did I read it right ? end of october ?! this year ?!

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