Although each set has what one might call a ‘comfort zone’, they are flexible enough to accommodate drastic changes of weather outside of their intended application. Anyway, back to discussion of the actual product; yes, the clouds are very good indeed. I reviewed this product with all of the cloud textures enabled in the Options tab.
But REX isn’t finished yet; multiple variations of sun and lens flare are available, and new lightning bolt algorithms promise a spectacular experience in thunderstorms. Promoted as ‘a first of its kind’ product, REX is a complete photo-realistic, professional graphics package for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X, fashioned from state-of-the-art photography. UTX tells FSX in great detail what bit of land is a forest, city or water terrain. GEX replaces all the standard low resolution boring FSX textures with absolutely new ground textures. Combining UTX and GEX is like installing FSX Service Pack 3.0! After a year of fiddling, I still haven’t gotten a theme that I’ve really loved, but there’s a certain fun in that, too.
So far, on my system, I have found no reduction in performance when using REX. This was after selecting the mid range system option during the REX initial set up. In fact, at times I got the distinct impression that performance had actually improved. However, in heavy weather scenario’s, performance will suffer, just as it always has in FSX. You can’t escape the fact that when REX installs weather based textures it does take time, as long as twelve minutes on my system.
Generally, ocean water will have a certain amount of plankton, but rivers often have very little. Judge where you are flying and what sort of environmental factors would be present and play with the sliders accordingly. A big thanks to Mr. Paul Wheeler of Flight Sim Water Configurator and PW Sceneries (fswaterconfigurator.com) for explaining these to me.
This is, perhaps, not an unfair comparison; I’ve seen aircraft that, in screen shots, can hardly be differentiated from the real thing. Some people will be upset with this comparison, but please; have some more salt. Selecting this option will take you to a screen which will ask what season and severity of weather you’d like and which airport you’ll be flying at. This will then generate weather along your planned route. It will also allow you to have REX load textures which it deems appropriate to the theme by clicking the ‘WX Textures’ button. REX 2.0 will also bring up a map of your flight plan with the weather fronts displayed upon the terrain.
This can take a few time, there are 7 files that have to be done. When I purchased REX, it was primarily for the clouds. To me, it had been marketed primarily as a cloud program, but now I accept that there is much more to it than that. 5 nines automation However, because of my initial impressions, I was most interested in the clouds and therefore most critical of them. Take this with a grain of salt, as opinions will vary. I have 7-8 World / Scenery folders and 4-5 Texture folders.
It will not be available until it finishes the weather update, so be patient. Even though sometimes it seems to be “frozen”, wait until it is done. • Realistic high definition three dimensional clouds. The product comes with a 34 page PDF manual, available on your hard drive after installation. I found it to be adequately written and very easy to follow.
From here, selecting the ‘Flight Plan’ button will allow you to create the actual flight plan. Is a flight simulation industry expert with over 20 years of experience and also has a keen interest in aviation and technology. Ian spends a lot of his time experimenting with various simulator packages but has a love for Microsoft Flight Simulator X because of the huge selection of add-ons available. However, Ian also has copies of Prepar3D and X-Plane installed.
It keeps the sim experience fresh and fun and interesting. Have a big collection then play around with each and see what you like and don’t like. But as the question has been asked in a FS9 forum it may be a wasted journey as they seem to have discontinued some/all FS9 products recently.
At times I found the multitude of chromatic renditions to be quite beautiful and the clouds very impressive. Enables the user to load specific textures based on the prevailing weather conditions at departure and arrival airports. With this option chosen, I found installation time for the textures to be protracted, as long as 12 minutes on occasions.