Wow - Switzerland!

  • So has anyone flown Switzerland DLC lately? For me it's be a few months and I need to get something clarified as I am noticing some seriously nice quality I never noticed before.


    Is it me or is this DLC just a whole new level since it was first released? Seriously, I have been enjoying the many new Helipads IPACS has delivered along with their awesome new R22 in the region and I can't for the life of me remember so many of the airports being upgraded as I am finding. Has this DLC been given some upgrade treatment over the past year?


    I mean look at the detail of Altenrhein in the attached screenshot. Reflective surfaces, benches, flowerboxes, photoreal and accurate to real-life buildings....this is not limited to this airport alone. It seems half of the airfields in the DLC are more sophisticated then I remember them months ago. So devs, am I imagining this or has much of this been improved without the fanfare I would think it should have received.


    I want the best for Aerofly and commend IPACS on the work they are doing. For $19.99USD Switzerland DLC is one heck of a value!and flying in Switzerland DLC recently with the R22 is a true joy.

  • Agree favorite place. Switzerland is an OSM data goldmine. Adding Orbx Saanen building textures makes all the autogen towns look great! Ipacs added that heliport on top of the skihill outside of Interlaken and it is breathtaking. Wish R22 had more power for high elevations.

  • It is my favourite scenery but it is old and could do with an update, surely the cross-border textures could be improved especially the southern side of Lake Geneva. It screams out for bridges, look at the bent 'tapes' crossing the steeply banked Aare river winding through the city of Bern which is also far too 2D ugly, Bern completely vanishes if trees are displayed.

    I find Switzerland delightful, much more pleasing than the desert of the western U.S.

  • Switzerland is where the FS2 dream started. I wish it could be given a complete upgrade. It really needs complete coverage of autogen buildings. With the current cultivation means and OSM data it shouldn't be of much difficulty.

    So true!


    Sylvain from Orbx promised this a long time ago:

    https://orbxsystems.com/forum/…for-aerofly-fs2-freeware/


    drassaud has done a great job starting some of this himself:

    https://flight-sim.org/filebas…autogen-switzerland-west/


    We desperately need more autogen for the free and paid DLC from IPACS. One of the most common complaints by new players is flat and empty terrain, and autogen makes a big difference. Massive difference when it includes night lighting.

  • I drafted an OSM cultivation coverage for Switzerland a long time ago.

    Since Sylvain was planning to release one, I stopped development and started working on other projects.


    Hope Sylvain can update us on his project. If it's stalled I can resume mine.


    Regarding lake Geneva, I've been working on my own to improve the place and created a French ground photo scenery covering the complete western Swiss border, from Basel to Mont Blanc and repainting the French waters of lake Geneva.

    For technical reasons, some low res tiles of the Swiss DLC need to be deactivated for my scenery to show up, due to lack of clear priority management.


    Cheers

    Antoine

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  • Maybe we could share the work ;-)

  • Wish for Aerofly FS 2:

    - Flightpath recording on hard drive and replay in sim from different view points

    - Smoke for aerobatic planes

    - Multiplayer or at least watching other people flying sitting on ground or inside tower

  • Back to the topic of this thread: a well coordinated effort for improving the Switzerland DLC would be great. Some published cultivation (USA) is of a poor quality, e.g. people are not aware of the exclude feature (result is a mixture of cultivation and Aerofly scenery) or they are not really familiar with the scenproc script. For a good result only people with a very good understanding of scenproc should do building cultivation of Switzerland. And enhancements would be needed. For Switzerland it would be good to have e.g. farmhouses. This exists in the OSM data and can surely be filtered by Scenproc, but they do not exist in the cultivation library. I also think that the vegetation needs to be done for the whole switzerland, which is a lot of work. Maybe this includes new texturing also.

    Best regards,

    Thomas


    i7-6700K @ 4.0 GHz, Geforce GTX 1080, 32MB RAM, 500 GB SSD, 1 TB SSD, 1TB HD, 32" Monitor 4K, Oculus Rift

  • Back to the topic of this thread: a well coordinated effort for improving the Switzerland DLC would be great. Some published cultivation (USA) is of a poor quality, e.g. people are not aware of the exclude feature (result is a mixture of cultivation and Aerofly scenery) or they are not really familiar with the scenproc script. For a good result only people with a very good understanding of scenproc should do building cultivation of Switzerland. And enhancements would be needed. For Switzerland it would be good to have e.g. farmhouses. This exists in the OSM data and can surely be filtered by Scenproc, but they do not exist in the cultivation library. I also think that the vegetation needs to be done for the whole switzerland, which is a lot of work. Maybe this includes new texturing also.

    You're right, and coordinated effort for improving the Switzerland DLC is a very good idea, but to want to do too well, we often don’t do anything. Personally, I have very little expertise, but the autogen I created, at least has the merit of being there and being shared. All contributions are good to take, free for everyone to use or not.

  • Seriously looking forward to this.

  • I have copied a radio tower (fernsehturm) from the switzerland dlc to four other places within the switzerland dlc. The link below contains the explanation how this can be done. I could share the tsc files with you of the four places I copied. You then only need to copy the folder 'fernsehturm' from the switzerland dlc, rename it and replace the tsc in it.


    Copy an object

    Best regards,

    Thomas


    i7-6700K @ 4.0 GHz, Geforce GTX 1080, 32MB RAM, 500 GB SSD, 1 TB SSD, 1TB HD, 32" Monitor 4K, Oculus Rift