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Dreeew

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  1. 1. Real world weather 2. To have some cloud coverage! Cx generates thermals in a certain range, after that it's blue sky..
  2. New modified stratus New cumulus All put together via xml scenery file
  3. New fake cumulus/former stratus (custom CLD file & cumulus textures) + thermal cumulus. Fx are manually placed. Basically now the only problem is Cx not making thermals w stratus and no cumulus in weather description. ... I guess you can figure out easily right now where is stratus/fake cumulus and where are thermals. I'll make them more similar, but so far I'm really happy with stratus (given the fact they werent ment to look like this at all)
  4. Thanks for the link Joachim, it's very instructive. Anyway I'm redoing *.cld files to make stratus look like cumulus. Interesting discovery - stratus clouds arent sprites in FSX but 3D objects! The bad news their orientation seems to be "hardcoded" - I guess, I cant change it. There are variations of course like +-20 degrees but mainly they are paralel to the ground. It will be hard to make them look as cumulus. I have to say though they look really good for geometry-based clouds.
  5. Ok first of all fps hit wasnt due to fx size, but to particle generation rate, I've changed it for my tests. But I have to make them smaller anyway! Right now Cx scales the "cumulus object" (my 1x1m dummy cube) to match the size of the thermal. The fx is way bigger, so basically when the cube isnt in sight the whole cloud disapears. It's not a big problem, I have to scale them down like 3x and it'll be fine. OR if I can disable object scaling in Cx (how?) I can avoid this with huge dummy objects, like 1x1km transparent boxes. Not to mention with cumulus that big you'll have hard time finding the thermals under them But anyway it's technical stuff and it doesnt matter, I just wanted to show fx clouds can look good. The wheather issues are actually problematic. ASA can generate stratus instead of cumulus but no thermals with stratus. So I guess if we replace fsx clouds textures with transparent ones or somehow disable them in a different way we'll get real winds + real visibility + real temps + fake clouds I'll take a look this evening, maybe I can make stratus look like cumulus edit: oh we reaaally need stratus, if fsx has to render 60 miles of fx-cumulus in all directions we'll get 3 fps at best, thats a fact.
  6. Yep I see what you mean, using only fx-cumulus would mean we cant use real weather or at least not in the way we used to. I had a performance hit with the latest modifications of the fx file but that was due to the size of the effects and not their quantity. They're just too big, it was basically an fx-generated overcast. Well anyway I get your point about the weather, I've read this part of manual yesterday and sadly ye theres not much we can do. Thanks again for Cx Alex
  7. So you wanted them bigger huh Ye thats too much!
  8. Hi Peter thanks About the form and the size - they arent actual fsx clouds but only use cloud graphics. It must be feasable to make sharper base though. The effect is fully customizable. About the transparency - I didnt get much but its bad isnt it? I mean we cant do all what you just said with an effect, or can we? The fx file only contains simple parameters for emmiters and particles, there is no way to program special z-buffer tricks with it. Oh btw, effect placed manually with xml still causes transparency issues. It's going nowhere. But I have an idea. What if we.. it's coming.. .. wait for it .. .. delete all fsx cumulus and only use stratus, cirrus and Cx thermals? -B21 mentioned above that all cumulus have thermals so it kinda makes sense -Stratus look awesome actually and are underrated especially when they have some decent depth and ASA can be configured to use stratus only (dunno about REX) -Cx has to generate more thermals - like 10x what we have now but most of them should be weak (performance and FPS hit is the big question here but I think it should be OK) -Oh did I forget to mention this - I've tested the effect with stratus and it's BUG FREE so far, will keep testing. Several set of cumulus/effects can be done for variety etc etc Also, Cx doesnt generate any thermals when there are no cumulus in scene, and even unblue doesnt help, so I'm testing with manual placed effects or FX Tool. Tell me what you think about it.
  9. Guys I posted about this issue here http://www.fsdeveloper.com/forum/showthread.php?p=116089#post116089 and hopefully this "documented bug" was fixed or there is a new solution, but the chances are small, sorry.
  10. The clouds in the screenshot are actually default fsx clouds, fair weather theme with few thermals. And yes it is possible to make them bigger. Now there is a bug with transparency in FSX and I see no solution. Still looking.
  11. Oh and by the way. I need a little help from real life glider pilots. Is there any difference between a thermal cloud and a non-thermal cloud? I mean, right now it's really tough to see the difference between thermals and ordinary clouds. So I can make them lighter or darker or bluer or more transparent or smaller, you people tell me!
  12. 1. Yes. It's a 10x10cm transparent cube. The effect is attached to the object 2. Yes. 3. I took Wingman's modified forest fire for a start and modified everything. I never did any addon or effect so I needed something to see the syntax and stuff. Sorry cant answer the last 2 questions cause well.. I never made an effect But ye, what you see in FSX are Cumulus sprites, they are all the time oriented to user (all but one axis), long story short they behave EXACTLY like FSX clouds. There's a small emitter in the center of the cloud wich emits particles - individual cloud parts with a variable lifetime. So these thermal cumulus do change a little over time, they arent fixed. Anyway, I think there might be a bug, I'll take a look this evening and make the 2nd version. Also I'll make a simple tutorial about UVs mappings since all cloud addons dont have the same cloud types in cells. That means this effect DOES work with any clouds (default, REX, FEX, any resolution) but results may vary, I'll write a short tutorial about how to get more control over it and make it look exactly like you want.
  13. Sorry forgot the file Drews Thermals.zip
  14. Hi First of all I have to say thank you to Peter. Without CumulusX I would stop simming years ago! Thanks for a great software. So, anyway, I think I succeded to make real cumulus clouds for thermals. When I saw Wingman's post in this topic http://www.forum.aer...showtopic=26567 I decided to give it a try and installed sdk and gmax. So basically I made a dummy 3D object and attached an effect to it. The effect is very easy to edit so you sure can make them look even better. The effect uses your actual cumulus graphics, so in theory it's compatible with every addon. You just have to copy cumulus01.bmp from Textures to Effects\Textures and the effect can use it. Hope you enjoy it Alex Instructions 1. Unzip Thermal Model.zip to Microsoft Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\Misc\CumulusXCloud and overwrite existing files. 2. Copy fx_therm_cloud01.FX to Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Effects 3. Go to Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Texture and find cumulus01.bmp. COPY this file to Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Effects\Texture
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