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  1. In addition to Tom's instructions with pictures showing you where to go on this site, if you're still struggling to find what you're looking for...you can do a Google® search. Try typing "Aerosoft repaints" as see what you come up with. The top hit was the correct one when I tried it....and took less than .38 seconds (It took me longer to open the page and type in the search) I remember in 7th grade I had to do a report on the sulton of butan...I had to go to the library, break out the Encyclopedia Britannica, etc. Took me HOURS and hours to find a few tidbits of info on the subject. As you can see below, I got six million, four hundred and thirty thousand results on the subject in a half a second. I even spelled Sultan and Bhutan wrong above (on purpose) just to point out that I didn't even have to know how to spell it and this wonderful machine in front of me instantly knew what I was looking for....and didn't even make me break out a paper dictionary to get the proper spelling (anyone remember those?) Anyway.....just trying to point out that Google search is your friend when looking for anything if you don't like to explore within the vendor's website specifically, and it is uncanny how fast and accurate it can be. Yeah....it might take you a few MINUTES to find exactly what you're looking for on a slow day...but imagine if you had to go to a library to find the same info like my example? Here.....I can even give you a one-click solution if you're in a hurry and seconds count: Click here to get the Google search for Aerosoft repaints Amazing technology. This whole post took less time to compose than it took me to ride my bike to the library that day looking for info on the Sultan. Perspective.
  2. Looking great Stefan! One livery to take off my list. Nice adds to the modeling too (great to see the little details included...adds so much to the experience!)
  3. I plan to try Lufthansa on 4096 textures and see if there is any performance hit (I really don't think there will be). Scaling up the maps is not hard...but re-adding all the detail at the new resolution is certainly going to be time consuming. I want to have a fuse that complements the photo-tail I'm placing on her: By the way....this is the same photo tail I've been using on all my Lufty paints for years (just have to scale and shape it to fit each tail....that is the tricky part!) On the Queen (Fictional Freighter): On the real Queen: On the CRJ: On the 777F: Having too much fun flying the Bus now to concentrate on painting, hehe. (I blame that squarely on Aerosoft!) Besides, I'll have some serious testing to do with her in the very near future (right Dave?)
  4. Lufthansa rocketing out of EDDF on a sunny summer day. (The tail is a custom photo rendition, I plan on painting the whole plane soon...I just threw it on Holgi's Lufty paint for now).
  5. This is ONE issue that should never be forgotten as we all know....I hope if nothing else if it fades into obscurity, the justified actions were taken and the issue was dealt with accordingly (I feel we'd know that by seeing a certain website suddenly vanish with no explanation, all eCommerce activity suspended and eventually terminated) LOL I can only imagine the firestorm it created in the Dev back rooms. I was a sailor for 11 years and I bet some of the expletives heard on those private Skype sessions are ones even I never heard from my fellow sailors...ROFL! (and we even made some up)
  6. Well said Mathijs! And your customer service efforts to deal with piracy in a Professional manner, not some back room, shady method that will impact the entire freaking community! (That fact is so lost on some...thinking ONLY FSL has to deal with this). Trust is the key as you say...and to put your great comment into a computerisque' tone "Trust comes in years of effort building good customer relationships, but leaves in a microsecond NANOSECOND of complete and utter stupidity!" FSL not only obliterated trust for them, but for EVERY flightsim software vendor is impacted...having the eyes of the computing world examining us as recent, global computer enthusiast sites have picked up...our community is now viewed as a bunch of prepubescent kids trying the best way to get a copy of an airplane for free. Not how we want to be portrayed to the rest of the world for sure.
  7. Hey Emi, With that said I don't suppose we'll ever see him attending any FlightSim conferences throughout the globe huh? This incident has really shown our whole community how naive and blindly fanatical some very sad simmers are who in any way try to rationalize or (gasp) condone his behavior JUST because they like his software and fear they won't get their precious other Airbus models if FSL goes under. (that they'll have to pay for separately too..and I see them trying to skin $40 for each because they are "so" different and they put sooo much dev time into modeling those differences, ). They don't see that there is no difference in what he did than if he physically came into your house, grabbed all your credit cards, and that piece of paper that you store your passwords on, and commenced to buying stuff with your cards. The comments about whether a customer stores anything regarding passwords and logins on their system or uses chrome tools to expedite the many internet transactions we ALL do have absolutely NOTHING to do with the topic at hand. That's like someone coming up to you and shooting you in the chest...and some folks try to reflect the blame for damages on you because you were not wearing your Kevlar vest (which you didn't know you were supposed to be wearing just to walk to the corner market to get some millk? Come on...really?). What he did purposely and worst, covertly to EVERY customer and not just trying to target a specific group (that being pirates) was immoral, illegal and purposely deceitful. I mean, if they really thought it was the right way to catch pirates, they would have (or should have) made a general statement saying : "Hey, we're putting malware in our installer, it will lift all your chrome passwords/log-ins and send them to us...over an UN-ENCRYPTED HTTP port for any hacker to lift from us without our knowledge, BUT...BUT...ONLY if you are trying to register our software with a serial we have on some list of "suspected" serials that pirates have been known to use in the past." TRUST us that you won't be at risk..IF you're not a pirate, OR mistype the serial, OR something unforeseen goes wrong during the install process and our MALWARE payload releases on YOUR (our paying customer) PC." How many simmers would be willing to install software if it had that kind of statement associated with it? Optimistically I'd like to say zero...but sadly we know different. And...what nobody has mentioned yet....how about this scenario: 12 year old flightsim fanatic and Airbus lover is on Dad's PC, who has all sort of confidential info on HIS machine (remember the issue whether he should or not is irreverent)... "Hey Dad...there is this cool new software for my flightsim passion, can I buy it?". "Sure Son...you got straight As on your report card this semester....go ahead..just make sure you run it through our anti-virus software 1st"... "OK Dad...no problem" (like he listened or even cared)...After buying he goes to the official forums....Reviewing the official install recommendations on the site "Turn off your anit-virus software when installing"..."OK, I'll do that because its an official vendor recommendation"...Well I don't have to finish the scenario... Suppose that same kid, who's Dad says "$140...for ONE plane...no way son, sorry" .... but he REALLY wants it, and his "friend" told him about a site he could visit that would let you register the plane for FREE!!! Imagine Dad a few weeks (days, hours, whatever) later is getting all sorts of credit card alerts about purchases from a place half way around the world from him....yeah...that is a real scenario this horrendous episode by the poor decisions of FSL brings to our community. Just sad that our community has had to deal with this....some remain ignorantly bliss, or decide to rationalize this behavior for the sake of defeating those terrible pirates or worse, wanting their Airbus soooo badly they are willing to absolve them and think all is good now, while a few simmers who know better, understand just how bad this was and will forever stay clear of FSL and hope they get the justice they have coming to them.
  8. I asked a question along a similar line regarding time compression recently, which I hope will go hand in hand with auto step climbs and generally accepted as long-haul essentials IMO. Here is what Emi replied (which is encouraging, but we can only hope they'll consider them as important as we do when it comes to flying a plane that can stay up for 12 hours + at a time.) http://forum.aerosoft.com/index.php?/topic/127623-aerosoft-a318a319a320a321a330-professional-preview-part-4/&do=findComment&comment=865829
  9. Glad you found the decision that works best for your simming style Eric.
  10. Hey Tom, this is a systemic problem you're never going to resolve. I would suggest adding a script to the posting box that checks for the words "Release, Date, wing flex, FSL, etc" and stops the post from landing here with a window that opens and says something like: "It appears you're about to ask about a release date, wing flex, or how this plane compares with a competitor's plane, etc. Any of these topics have already been answered and highly frowned upon on this forum. There is a post pinned to the top of every page that describes the official information regarding this software release. Please review your text and if you are indeed going to ask about any these topics, either cancel this post and use the search function to see how many times these subjects have been beaten to death, or post anyway, endure the ridicule and disdain from the community, and be monitored for the next time you try to ask one of these questions...which if you do, will automatically grant you a one week vacation from this forum. If you persist from that point, you'll be awarded a lifetime vacation from this board." Doing so would save you and the other mods at least half your time here answering the same questions over and aver again, and best of all, significantly cut the number of superfluous posts here that we have to weed through.
  11. Hey Emi, Thanks for the info, and if it does happen for the 330 I know there are a bunch of 777 flights I'll share with the 330. I've been around, lurking mostly just seeing how everything shakes out. Not much to comment on since sadly most of the posts here are about how to manipulate a release date from Mathijs or comparing this bus to others. I'm not sure about your feelings on the new LH livery...but I'm probably eventually going to add it to my 747 LH fleet paints, either after I see it on a -400 or after we see the release of a certain -8. Right now I'm not enthusiastic about it at all.....maybe I'm just getting tired of change. (It doesn't help that the now "old" LH livery is my all time favorite and they had to go and mess with it!) I'll give you 1st choice on the registration number when I put her in the paintshop.
  12. Hey Mathijs, Was the consideration to add time compression logic to the A330 one of those "special features" you speak of? I can't recall where we left that at months ago or if there has been internal discussions since the last public comments. I know it would be an invaluable tool for most simmers for a long-haul aircraft.
  13. There is also a timeframe on the pinned post at the top...specifically "That will probably this year very early 2018". Note the lined thru words. The lined thru words are updated when they have more info about the progress on the project and are probably the closest you'll get to a release timeframe. And note that he says "that is most certainly their plan". Just look back at all the posts last year as the end of the year was nearing and some even thought they may be flying the Bus by Christmas. Then the ones just after New Years when folks were hoping for a late January, early Feb. release. It is really pointless to point out (pun intended) any statements made about timeframes. You won't see it in the next six weeks just because that will be the end of Quarter 1, if it gets too close to that date and Mathijs feels they won't make the date, you'll see that line in the pinned post change to something like: "That will probably this year very somtime in 2018". Best to just disregard anything and everything regarding release dates and/or timeframes. You can bet they will release it as soon as they feel its ready (like that's never been said before, hehe). And really best to disregard release dates from EVERY developer (based on very recent news from another dev that probably has their fans crawling the walls...LOL) I do....and my life is much calmer because of it.
  14. Definitely the wrong impression Tom! Testing, when done as a "Tester" and not some FS fan hoping to get an early, unstable copy of the newest bus to fly around, is one of the most mundane and mind-numbing tasks. But you can't convince these people of that Tom. All they see is an opportunity to get the new bus and hope to fly it around with glee, totally ignoring or forgetting that they are obligated (I hope contractually) to test, verify they tested, and participate in the testing meetings to progress the project to retail release. i.e. its a real job and I have a feeling when they realize that, some of the excitement goes away, LOL. I test software for a living, and the level of complexity involved is massive for the type of software I test. The testing process should not be much different for any software, and I'm sure testing the bus is very structured and organized. At least you don't have to do interface testing with 84 other applications that interface with your main application!
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