Posts by nickhod

    In Steam go to Steam menu > Settings > Downloads > Steam Library Folder button

    You can then set the default location for downloads.

    I can't think of a good reason why GeoConvert is so slow to be honest. Most of us are running it on really fast PCs and SSDs.

    6 and 8 core chips should chew through this stuff if it's multi-threaded.

    Even if you're resampling, converting an image format, compressing, and cutting up a large image into smaller chunks it's hard to end up at 2 hours unless you're doing thousands or tens of thousands of operations.

    When I first wrote AeroScenery I said that IPACS should just open source GeoConvert so the community can fix it and optimise it. It's clear that IPACS don't have time to, which is understandable. I still stand by that.

    The following problem.

    In the program I see working grid sqaure 4 from 77.

    but in the geoconverter module it often stops, example:

    Unfortunately GeoConvert is an IPACS app and it is, in my opinion, full of bugs. There seems to be no interest from IPACS to fix them.

    AeroScenery has to try to detect when GeoConvert is done (as it doesn't send any signal). It's sub-optimal to say the least.

    What I would recommend is:

    - Run every other task apart from GeoConvert and let them complete successfully. You'll get good error logging for any AeroScenery (not GeoConvert) problem).

    - Run GeoConvert while you're away from your PC. Don't move the window, Don't start other apps. This seems to be the cause of most issues.

    - Try fewer than 77 squares for a GeoConvert run. Try one at first to confirm it works, then build up.

    Hello, nick.

    what get to do, start the geoconverter manually after load pictures?

    i have to change the textures of the airfield, because the airfield changes, in Bing and google there are still old sat pictures.


    In the left sidebar you can select which tasks you want to run if you change the drop down to "Choose Actions To Run".

    Just uncheck everything apart from "Run GeoConvert" and only GeoConvert will be run against your existing data.

    Hi! Your choice should probably be between the Oculus Rift S and the HP Reverb.

    The Valve Index is also a great headset, but double the price of two above (for a full kit).

    The Rift S is a great all rounder. The tracking works really well, the controllers are great, and software support will always be very good.

    It's main negative point is its screen resolution. It'll be a little clearer than the headset you used in 2018, but not massively so.

    The HP Reverb has high resolution displays and so the cockpit will be much clearer. However, it lacks the solid tracking of the Rift S, having only two font cameras to the Rift S's 5. It also needs higher spec hardware to run well due to the increased resolution. Your 1080 (assuming not Ti) might be OK, but a 1080 Ti or 2080 Super or above is apparently recommended.

    It seems like the Black Friday price for the Reverb is £514 (available now).

    I would guess you might see the Rift S for £350

    If I were buying my first VR headset I'd probably go for a Rift S as it will "just work" with minimal fuss. Just don't expect super visual clarity.

    I have a Rift CV1 currently, which is even lower resolution than the Rift S, and the VR simming experience is still great.

    As for the glasses, you should be able to wear them with the Rift (possibly less so in the smaller Reverb). Search "vr prescription lenses" for an alternative solution.

    Hope some of that helped!

    Thought #1 : Fantastic, I'll grab it ASAP

    Thought #2 : Why? Is WMR about to release a v2 hardware spec? Extra cameras?

    Thought #3 : Am I bothered if they do upgrade the h/w spec? My Odyssey tracking is fine for simming

    Thought #4 : Oh that's enough ruminating.....

    Haha .. yep, the struggle is real.

    I've come to the (probably temporary) conclusion that the Reverb is the best we'll get for simming for a while. Possibly until a "Rift 2" is released.

    I'm prioritising a CPU upgrade so I hope that £514 deal is still available in January. :/

    The Pimax 8KX looks interesting but:

    - It's really expensive by the time you've bought lighthouse trackers and wands

    - I tried their headsets at CES and it's about as comfortable as having a house brick on your face

    - No card can run full 4k x2 @ 60-90 Hz, so you'd have to up sample anyway

    I plan to order from a reseller - £80 cheaper & the pro version.…kp43ea-abb-.p1461184.html

    Makes sense to try a reseller. Apparently, serial numbers after '931 / 932 / 933' are the fixed versions. Can always send it straight back if it's lower than that.

    Just ordered a new GPU, then CPU next month, then hopefully try the Reverb in January.

    Pretty expensive this flight simming malarkey!

    This becomes highly visible where default IPACS textures are poor.

    For instance, my Caribic scenery (Petites Antilles) requested me to generate Level 7 too, otherwise Level 9 scenery pops up in the distance when flying GA from an island to the next one, even as low as 5'000ft (default IPACS textures are scattered with clouds).

    That's interesting, thanks.

    I take another look to see what I can do to generate level 7 output. As you say, it could just use level 9 areas as input.

    There are so many different threads on this forum about AeroScenery that I'm sure you can't see them all. I made a post earlier today but it got sucked up into a previous post that I made a few weeks ago so I'm sure you would never see it. I am going to post it here and delete the other one.

    Would it be possible to add Grid 7 to your outstanding AeroScenery program?

    Unfortunately not. When I started Aeroscenery, I based the level 9 size on being near the size of a Ortho4XP grid square which I had used before.

    Quite a lot of things in the app depend on that base size of level 9, and it would take some work to change that.

    I know it's a few more clicks, but you can still select 16 level 9 squares at ZL15, build them with GeoConvert at level 9 only, and you'll have a large area, quickly created, without using much disk space.

    I must admit I don't know the altitude cutoffs where Aerofly displays a certain level of scenery (i.e. at what point would it show the very basic default level 7 scenery over the level 9 scenery described above - if at all).

    As I only fly GA I never reach it, or maybe it will always use a minimum of level 9 if available.

    I noted that most add-on scenery includes a minimum of level 9.

    I will take a look at the blank pixels in USGS scenery though. I thought that one was fixed.

    If you have any questions or tests that you want me to run, I would be glad to help. It really is hard to make these VR HMD choices when we can't try them on. I bought mine from the HP store for $499 (the consumer version ) with the idea in mind that if it just didn't work well for me, I would send it back for a full refund. My previous HMD was an Odyssey+ so I had all the WMR software and knew how to best set it up.

    Thanks for the review.

    $499 is a great buy. We're paying $732 over here in the UK, so it makes the decision that bit harder.

    I'm due to go to the USA in April on business so I'll keep my eye open for any deals then.

    I've been trawling HP Reverb reviews. This one seems to sum up what a lot of others say

    - Amazing resolution. Fixes SDE. Where all headsets need to be eventually.

    - Pretty bad optics

    - Very small sweet spot

    - Not great tracking

    I think I give up on my search for a perfect 2nd gen headset for now. (Until I change my mind). Talk about 1st world problems.

    I just tried the Cosmos at RAF Cosford, in a C172 on Aerofly. Yes it was a little crisper than my Ody, but no great step forward and the contrast was lower. I think if i get anything of the current crop it needs to be the Reverb.

    Good to know. Also saw another YouTube review panning it. Shame.

    I think it's either the Reverb or nothing for me too.

    Enjoy Cosford if you're there for the Sunday!