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[05AUG21] PMDG DC-6 for MSFS updated to build 36 and a few other bits and bobbles of news

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    [05AUG21] PMDG DC-6 for MSFS updated to build 36 and a few other bits and bobbles of news

    Captains,

    For the last couple of weeks we have been focused mostly on finding/fixing problems that have occurred as a result of the continued growth in the MSFS platform, and today we have just pushed another update aimed at bringing some closure to a few such items while cleaning up a couple of others. You can grab the update to 2.00.0036 via the PMDG Operations Center, as normal effective just a few moments ago.

    Changes for this build are included here:

    PMDG DC-6 for MSFS v2.00.0036 Released 2021-08-05
    0010128: [External Model - Geometry] Pink door frames on DC6A after MSFS SU (jbrown)
    0010127: [External Model - Lighting] Landing Light and Wing lights still have light texture when OFF. (jbrown)
    0010120: [External Model - Geometry] NAV and beacon lights INOP after MSFS SU (jbrown)
    0010133: [Systems Behavior/Functionality] Remove sequential prop de-icing verbiage from POH (hvanrensburg)
    0010118: [External Model - Geometry] Outside view issues when using VR (jbrown)
    0010129: [Virtual Cockpit - Geometry/Textures/Appearance] Floating knobs for Captain/FO Lights (vscimone)
    0010125: [Systems Behavior/Functionality] GPS NAV1 Volume knob still spinning after MSFS SU (hvanrensburg)

    We very much appreciate the patience and humor you have shown during this transition from MSFS to MSFS Performance Plus. For us, the experience has been a bit like sitting cross-legged on a yoga ball in a dark room on a ship navigating rough waters while balancing a tray of flaming champagne glasses with an eye patch on one eye... There might also be someone throwing MSFS branded tennis balls in this circus act, at times it is hard to tell, but I think you get the point.

    This is a strange time in history generally, with much of the world hoping to get in some normal summer vacation after 18 months of captivity, and it is also an odd time for simmers since a major update for everyone's favorite platform dropped while many involved in the platform and the dev community generally are in some stage of leaving for/enjoying/returning from the aforementioned much-needed-vacation. This is having a disruptive impact on communication and making it a bit harder for all of us to determine which things popping up are "a PMDG problem to solve" or "a platform-update-related hiccup that Asobo will fix later."

    We continue to log/track/research things just as quickly as we can, and as we adapt the product to the changes in the platform we will continue to hand you updates to keep you moving with the latest so that your enjoyment of the DC-6 is not interrupted.

    In other PMDG news:

    Right now about 75% of the development team's workflow is dedicated to getting the 737 into testing. We had originally planned to put the 737 into the hands of our beta team around 01AUG, but that timeline went up in flames when we learned through a blog-post that Microsoft had their Performance Plus update coming for the base platform. The new update sort of threw things into chaos around here and we haven't made the sort of progress we had anticipated in July- but we are beginning to see forward progress on 737 once again and I am just itching to begin the preview process. Not much longer for that now!

    Also in the background, we are putting an update for the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies product line together for our beta teams. This update includes our new LNAV and flight director models and will be the first major overhaul to this area of our technology in nearly 12 years, which is exciting. The plan is that once our beta team signs off on it, we will push that to you and then begin rolling it into the 777 and 737 airplanes, both of which should go pretty quickly once the base tech is signed off in the 747. Once LNAV and the flight director are updated, we will make another pass-through to update the navdata process for all three product lines, which is the third-leg-of-the-stool for this core technology update cycle.

    And of course- the great news is that all of this will come to you at no cost with an update.

    Happpy Birthday, PMDG!
    07AUG will mark PMDG's 24th birthday! To celebrate, we are going to give you one week of 24% off all PMDG products for Prepar3D, beginning at 0001Z 07AUG21! If you have been on the fence about that new 777-200ER, now is your chance to save big- and we won't even make you eat an extra helping of cake in order to qualify!

    It is astounding to me that PMDG continues to grow and thrive after all of these years- and on behalf of all of us on the PMDG team- thank you. We couldn't have gotten here without you and we very much appreciate your business!

    (Now have some cake!)
    Robert S. Randazzo
    PMDG Simulations
    http://www.pmdg.com



    #2
    Thanks!!!!
    Josรฉ Luรญs
    |Flightsimulator: MSFS (2020) | Weather Engine: | MSFS default | Add-Ons: | PMDG Douglas DC-6 | Tools: SimToolkitPro | Self-Loading Cargo |

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      #3
      Awesome news!

      Kind Regards,

      Lucas Jackson
      PMDG Unofficial Discord Server : https://discord.gg/htZkWNgj9K

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        #4
        As always thankyou Robert and team for the hard work and effort for this challenging update and adventuring with the new platform.Also like to wish pmdg Happy 24th birthday and bringing us many hours of joy and happiness in the world of simulation and may you have another 24 years of simulating and creating many masterpieces for us.Great work PMDG all the best.
        Danny Z.Cebis

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          #5
          we are waiting for 737 previews!

          saygin sacoglu

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            #6
            Thanks for the update and HBD to PMDG!

            Steve Dwyer
            Steve Dwyer Seattle WA

            Microsoft Windows 10 Home Intel i5-9600K CPU @ 3.70MHz, 3696 Mhz, 6 Cores, 6 Logical Processor(s) Asus Motherboard 32 GB Ram GeForce RTX 2060 Super 8 GB Memory.

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              #7
              You're a class act rsrandazzo!
              Warmest Regards,
              -Jim Engelke

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                #8
                Thanks so much for the update... what's this... three in less than ten days? Ya'll been busy! Off to fly "The Six" right now... thanks again!
                Matthew Scott @ KSBP (controlled) and KPRB (uncontrolled) - PPL since 1978
                5600X; X570; 5700XT; 32GB RAM; 1TB Gen 4 SSD - T.16000 M FCS + TWCS Throttle

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                  #9
                  Thanks for the update. I've been super impressed with PMDG keeping the MSFS DC-6 up and flying despite the "turbulence" introduced by SU5. I especially appreciated that PMDG was ready with their first update in parallel with the release. That is how things are supposed to be. Keep up the great work and I'm looking forward to purchasing the 737 as soon as it is available. My Dad had lots of fun flying various versions of that aircraft for United. A release around Labor Day would time out well with my birthday--just sayin ๐Ÿ˜„. I hope your servers will be up to the load ๐Ÿ˜ƒ. I don't think that the demand for a full-fidelity jetliner in MSFS can be overestimated and I hope PMDG makes bags of money selling MSFS products. We still need a good long haul airliner; maybe the 777? And of course, a DC-3 would be an instant hit. Anyway, keep doing what you guys are doing and thank you again for keeping my DC-6 in the air. I'm currently a few legs into an around the world tour and I continue to be amazed at how much fun I'm having flying "The Old Lady." Happy Birthday PMDG!
                  Last edited by geoffda; 06Aug2021, 02:06.
                  Geoff Darst

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                    #10
                    It's going to be well worth the wait. I have many of your FSX aircraft, and also got the FS2020 DC-6 and very pleased with them all. and a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY PMDG !

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                      #11
                      Happy 24 birthday to pmdg , rob I have been buying your products for such a long time that I think I had some that came in CD or DVD formats too , though I forget now if itโ€™s yours , had a friend of mine who bought that in UK and shipped it to me in India back in early 2000s , pmdg has been the best and I am glad I could enjoy your products for over two decades now , I started Microsoft sims when I was like 29 years old and now I am 53 , was a pleasure having known you guys and having bought all that you sold till date , I missed buying dc6 for fsx and what a miss that was , itโ€™s one hell of an amazing aircraft I have ever flown and enjoy it much better that the rest , thanks for all these good years and hope for many many more
                      vivekanand

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                      • rsrandazzo
                        rsrandazzo commented
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                        vivekanand - I'm only a year behind you- as i turned 52 last week. I have all of the DVDs on display here in the office. It is fun to know that we have had a positive impact on other simmers all over the world for this long. If only everyone could belong to a community of users as diverse as ours! - RSR

                      #12
                      Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
                      Also in the background, we are putting an update for the PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies product line together for our beta teams. This update includes our new LNAV and flight director models and will be the first major overhaul to this area of our technology in nearly 12 years, which is exciting. The plan is that once our beta team signs off on it, we will push that to you and then begin rolling it into the 777 and 737 airplanes, both of which should go pretty quickly once the base tech is signed off in the 747. Once LNAV and the flight director are updated, we will make another pass-through to update the navdata process for all three product lines, which is the third-leg-of-the-stool for this core technology update cycle.
                      Quick question since the wording is a bit confusing. I'm guessing the LNAV and flight director will be able to function with the current navdata process until the new one is out?
                      Originally posted by geoffda View Post
                      We still need a good long haul airliner; maybe the 777?
                      Unless anything has changed, I believe the 777 will come after the 737.
                      Captain Kevin

                      Kevin Yang

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                      • rsrandazzo
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                        Kevin- Yes. The navdata process remains unchanged. -RSR

                      #13
                      Thanks for the Update!
                      Ken Robinson

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                        #14
                        Please guys, share some screenshots of 737!!! WE are waiting ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€! I wish you all the best

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                          #15
                          Has the channel that you mentioned asobo has disabled for higher fps in dc-6 cockpit been enabled/ or will be enabled in the hotfix?????
                          Doshi Kevin
                          Computer Science graduate

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                          • rsrandazzo
                            rsrandazzo commented
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                            Doshi- Not yet. I suspect Asobo is barely keeping their nostrils above the water during vacation season in Europe. LOL - RSR

                          #16
                          Waiting for the 100th birthday of PMDG
                          Jacob Stolz

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                          • rsrandazzo
                            rsrandazzo commented
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                            Jacob- I promise that if both of us make it to PMDG's 100th you can have all of it for free. - RSR

                          #17
                          Thank you for the constant updates both product and word wise. Happy Birthday PMDG, (I hate to make anyone feel old but PMDG is a year and 2 weeks older than me )
                          Joe Colehouse EGCC

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                            #18
                            The bad side of PMDG: Missing out on the discounts because you already own everything ๐Ÿ˜‚

                            Happy birthday!

                            Wez Healy
                            Wez Healy

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                            • rsrandazzo
                              rsrandazzo commented
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                              Wez- Well at least you can have a party hat. Thanks for your loyalty, Wez. - RSR

                            #19
                            Thank you for the update!!

                            PMDG and I are celebrating birthday together...

                            Eugene Warrick
                            Eugene Warrick

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                              #20
                              wow! amazing news. Can't wait for the 737 now. such a great aircraft!!!! well done!
                              Sam, MSFS Cardiff

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                                #21
                                From all the 737 product lines I am very waiting for the 737MAX release or some news about the plane. Almost everywhere around the world this plane has started flying, so it would be great to fly MAX in sim...
                                Happy birthday PMDG!!!!
                                Alexey Ermolaev

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                                  #22
                                  Many thanks for the update Rob and the patch for the DC-6, well done guy's.

                                  Looking forward to further updates about the 737 along with everyone else!

                                  Also a big Happy Birthday to PMDG, we all know you guy's put the awesome in our hobby! Here's to the next 24 years!
                                  Pete Simpson
                                  EGTC

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                                    #23
                                    Ive heard the 737 might be pushed back to next year?? Is this true?
                                    Sam, MSFS Cardiff

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                                      #24
                                      Originally posted by MSFS Cardiff View Post
                                      Ive heard the 737 might be pushed back to next year?? Is this true?
                                      I would not believe in rumors. Believe what you read from Robert only
                                      Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                                      PMDG Technical Support
                                      http://www.pmdg.com

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                                      • MSFS Cardiff
                                        MSFS Cardiff commented
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                                        Yes for sure robert is the man!!!

                                      • rsrandazzo
                                        rsrandazzo commented
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                                        Yes... Yes... BELIEVE WHAT I SAY. I like how that sounds. LOL Seriously tho- if you hear stuff floating around for the most part you can ignore it. If it comes from me here- then it is the current and latest accurate news. - RSR

                                      #25
                                      Originally posted by Kevin Doshi View Post
                                      Has the channel that you mentioned asobo has disabled for higher fps in dc-6 cockpit been enabled/ or will be enabled in the hotfix?????
                                      We don't know yet. Asobo says they have fixed 99% of the problems they were having with the new renderer, so that's promising -- but they haven't given us a firmer idea of its release timing.
                                      Regards,
                                      Chris

                                      Chris Powell
                                      PMDG Simulations
                                      http://www.pmdg.com

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                                      • Peter Clark
                                        Peter Clark commented
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                                        The way the sim update 5 hotfix 2 announcement was worded makes me think not in HF2, slight chance for WU5 but more likely SU6 in mid September, but thatโ€™s just speculation.

                                      • Kevin Doshi
                                        Kevin Doshi commented
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                                        Ya hopefully its released soon gpu is not utilized fully in dc-6 cockpit atm. Getting great fps in external view.

                                      #26
                                      "everyone's favorite platform"? Those on P3D would disagree with "everyone" commentary.
                                      Eric Fisher

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                                      • rsrandazzo
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                                        <Shakes Eric Violently> COME ON MAN! KEEP IT TOGETHER! P3D updates are comig! Don't let yourself sound like one of the Xplane users still angry at us for some perceived slight from a decade ago. DON'T GIVE IN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahahahahahahaahahah - RSR

                                      • Seanmo
                                        Seanmo commented
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                                        Given the number of likes you have received, Eric, I'd say there's no one else left to disagree. LOL! But keep the faith and have a great weekend!

                                      #27
                                      So what's happened to GFO?
                                      Craig Norman

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                                      • matrosov
                                        matrosov commented
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                                        Forget GFO . T7 in MSFS by Xmas so I can start recovering some of my hard drive space. I am not enamored by MSFS one bit but having three sims is getting quite taxing and expensive .

                                      #28
                                      All good stuff, but if you could create an actual pause button for MSFS I'd pay $39.99 for it. Some of us have young kids and wives with limited levels of "understanding"!! *shakes fist at Asobo*
                                      Matthew Glanden

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                                      • Rockwell_Lancer
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                                        Hey Matthew! This might help you, but if you enable developer mode, and then choose pause from the menu at the top of the screen (it's either Tools > Pause, or Options > Pause, can't remember precisely), the sim will pause everything, including the fuel consumption of the aircraft.

                                        Cheers! - Dominick
                                        Last edited by Rockwell_Lancer; 08Aug2021, 02:16.

                                      • mglan80
                                        mglan80 commented
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                                        Thank you, Rockwell_Lancer. That does actually pause things. Still grumpy it's buried in a Developer Mode and has no key assignment.

                                      • Rockwell_Lancer
                                        Rockwell_Lancer commented
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                                        mglan80 No worries! Until I learned that little bit of info, I was terrified I wouldn't be able to use the DC-6 for a true start-to-end flight. Like you, I can't normally do a flight in one go, and have to pause and come back.

                                        But I hear you! It's rather irritating. Fortunately, there is a way to auto-hide the developer mode menu (much like the one in X-Plane), so it's not insanely cumbersome to pause if you have your mouse at the ready.

                                      #29
                                      Thanks!!!

                                      PD: time to get the 737 and the 737F
                                      Home base: SCEL // Yuri Oyanadel // 737 - 747 - 777

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                                        #30
                                        Dear PMDG,

                                        Congrats on your 24th Anniversary and GO for the Next nautical milestones!
                                        I'm sure that the team and the Community will overcome the child diseases which r occurring at this particular time, so the future looks bright to me.
                                        Enjoying the marvelous DC-6 and I'm anxious for the forthcoming Boeing family, starting with the 737NG

                                        Cheers, Happy Birthday!

                                        JJ Baas
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                                        JJ Baas

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