xAmbience Service Pack 1 Available Now

By
Sam Clark
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The first major update to High Sky Tech's xAmbience weather addon is now available, adding many new features and fixing multiple post-release bugs. The plugin, initially debuted in November last year, features a custom atmosphere model with Raleigh-scattering and a custom seasons engine, which works with default terrain (it is incompatible with orthoimagery at this stage).

Announced back in February, Service Pack 1 most notably features a complete re-working of the plugin's internals intended to boost performance on lower-end systems.

Here's the change-log:

  • Optimized all plugin processes
  • Fully reworked code
  • New raleigh scattering
  • New 16 sky colors with new rendering technology
  • Added checkpoint "Simulate Ice on Water"
  • Added checkpoint "Passing FX"
  • Added new slider "Cloud effect speed"
  • Removed weather themes
  • Added new slider "DSF Distanse"
  • Fixed sun
  • Added new 16 sky color
  • Added compatibility for other addons who control default x-plane LOD and default x-plane DSF.
  • Fixed feature "Dynamic lightning"
  • Added new sky calculations logic
  • Fixed sun logic
  • Fixed alpha channel of clouds
  • Fixed seasonal logic. No more reloads on high flightlevel.
  • Fixed cloud altitude.
  • Fixed perfomance issues (fixed boolean)
  • Fixed cloud dynamic calculation logic
  • Fixed sun dynamic calculation logic
  • Fixed sky color dynamic calculation logic
  • Added raleigh colors for dusk, sunset
  • Added volume bumps for snow season
  • Fixed cloud presets (added volume lightning)
  • Added startup helper
  • Fixed more issues with UI
  • Fixed raleigh scale configuration sliders
  • Fixed issues with cloud "sharping"
  • Killed slider "Cloud smoothness" (replaced by new slider)
  • Added cloud flow

To update your copy of xAmbience to version 1.03, re-download the product from the store of purchase. You can buy HighSkyTech's xAmbience for EUR 29.00 from the simMarket.

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