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[23FEB19] Weekend Update: The Future of FSX and P3D v3 development and technical support. Also some PBR update information

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    #31
    This is great as 64 bit is the future of flight simulators.
    Karl Richard Warren

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      #32
      Awesome news!
      Kind regards
      Ryan Sansome

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        #33
        Congrats on the new forum! Nice place you’ve got here!

        I see the fridge is stocked with a few cases of PBR for those who might be thirsty.

        Noticed the plastic runners on the new carpet, so I took my shoes off before coming in...

        Jim Barrett
        Jim Barrett - KELM

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          #34
          Originally posted by HighFlier View Post
          Great news and I’m very happy to be here!
          Quick question: Since we are currently in a transition period, should I be monitoring the AVSIM forum for anything or is it safe to completely move over here?
          James,

          You can move here full time. Major announcements will be appearing in both places for a brief transition period, but as the next few weeks roll on more and more of our attention will be here.

          Robert S. Randazzo
          PMDG Simulations
          http://www.pmdg.com


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            #35
            Originally posted by JRBarrett View Post
            Congrats on the new forum! Nice place you’ve got here!

            I see the fridge is stocked with a few cases of PBR for those who might be thirsty.

            Noticed the plastic runners on the new carpet, so I took my shoes off before coming in...

            Jim Barrett
            The mirrors in the loo still have the plastic wrap on them too.
            Robert S. Randazzo
            PMDG Simulations
            http://www.pmdg.com


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              #36
              Originally posted by planemusic View Post
              Robert,

              Given what you just mentioned about FSX:SE, will GFO be available for it, though, upon it’s launch?
              Ashwant,

              PMDG Global Flight Operations will be compatible with your existing FSX products- no worries there. (I suppose that sort of breaks my description of what we are doing with our development cycle... No more AIRPLANES is what we mean. LOL)

              Now where is that new and untested USER BAN button?
              Robert S. Randazzo
              PMDG Simulations
              http://www.pmdg.com


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                #37
                Good news!
                congratulation on new forum.

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                  #38
                  Great to see the move out of avsim!
                  Vimal Ana

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                    #39
                    Great news and all the best for the future to you guys at PMDG. I have bought almost every product that you guys developed and loved them all. Sadly my back pocket and (cough) wife will not allow me to upgrade to a machine capable of V4+ standards so will have to stick with FSX for the forseeable. I had hoped to get the NG3 but never mind you guys have a business to run and that is totally understandable. So thanks once again guys for your amazing efforts and support. Good luck PMDG and Godspeed.
                    Terence Jordan
                    Flyin​​​​​​g is my life

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                      #40
                      Good news and good decision. Focusing resources on relevant platforms can only mean quality for the products going forward.
                      Andy Souyiol - CASA CPL/ME/IR - ATCO

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                        #41
                        Originally posted by ActiveSky
                        The XP customers are just as smart as before. But is it ever good that PMDG has determined that the XP and P3D V4 + or V5 are the future and that they are no longer developed for the FSX? I hope the XP customers are smarter with the next news for XP and are not just kept warm again.
                        Please do me a favor and set yourself up with a signature to automatically attach to your posts. That will keep you in compliance so that when we start enforcing the rules (which you read... up there at the top) you won't run afoul... Thank you
                        Chris Makris (Olympic260)
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                          #42
                          Originally posted by ActiveSky
                          Hello Chris
                          Have now inserted my signature, but only temporarily, since I am probably too blind and do not find the point where the automatically inserted.
                          Still no signature is showing. Signature is added via clicking the username pull-down at the top right, then selecting "User Settings." You will find the signature editor on the ACCOUNT tab, about half way down the page. Look for "Edit Post Signature." Be sure to click the "Show Signatures" box.

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                          Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                          PMDG Technical Support
                          http://www.pmdg.com

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                            #43
                            Thank you for the update, I like the new forums.
                            Bernhard Schiel

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                              #44
                              Originally posted by Drinian View Post
                              Thank you for the update, I like the new forums.
                              Please do me a favor and set yourself up with a signature to automatically attach to your posts. That will keep you in compliance so that when we start enforcing the rules (which you read... up there at the top) you won't run afoul... Thank you

                              https://forum.pmdg.com/forum/main-fo...-add-signature
                              Chris Makris (Olympic260)
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                                #45
                                Originally posted by ActiveSky
                                Okay Chris but now
                                Perfect Thank you
                                Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                                PMDG Technical Support
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                                  #46
                                  I see this as good news. There's no use continuing to support 32-bit platforms, especially if it slows down future work. Looking forward to more news about the NG3!
                                  Fahad Al Riyami
                                  PMDG 737NGX, 737NGXu, 747 (+ -8), 777 (+ -300ER). Prepar3D v4.X (always on the latest version), Honeycomb Alpha Yoke.

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                                    #47
                                    Originally posted by fahdriyami View Post
                                    I see this as good news. There's no use continuing to support 32-bit platforms, especially if it slows down future work. Looking forward to more news about the NG3!
                                    Please do me a favor and set yourself up with a signature to automatically attach to your posts. That will keep you in compliance so that when we start enforcing the rules (which you read... up there at the top) you won't run afoul... Thank you

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                                    Chris Makris (Olympic260)
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                                      #48
                                      Lots of great news. I hope to see more X-Plane 11 content as I really like that platform bbut still fly both as neither is perfect

                                      Looking forward the NG3 as well, and good to have the new forum with an easy URL to keep in mind. Actually thanks to autocompletion I only had to memorize the 351 part of the URL to always get back to the PMDG AVSIM old forum

                                      One very little suggestion, it would be nice to have a very dedicated board to news where only PMDG post the important stuff, separate from General discussion. It also makes it possible to subscribe to this unique category to get warned on the new content posted there automatically, while in this mix with general discussion there will be much more "noise"
                                      Aurelien Vandoorine

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                                        #49
                                        Funny, we at Milviz made the call to dump 32bit just 24 hours before you guys. Might we have helped hurry ye lads along a tad?
                                        Jonathan Bleeker

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                                          #50
                                          Excited about the possibility of seeing PMDG in X Plane in the not tooooo distant future!
                                          Long time FSX user but made the change and the only thing that I miss is PMDG.

                                          Congrats on the new forum!
                                          Greg Palmer
                                          X Plane Evangelist™

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                                            #51
                                            Testing my new account here...
                                            Waiting for PBR:
                                            tiger 05.jpg

                                            Have this in the paint hangar queue....just waiting for the GO-PBR button to be pushed at PMDG headquarters.
                                            I'm half thinking (like I always do LOL) that I should start coding the RGB channels as if the PBR architecture is the same across all P3D, as I already "know" how to paint PBR from a previous project.
                                            This way I could post this paint (and possibly other metal beauties...look for posts by me at the "other" forum if your curious) shortly following the aforementioned GO button is pushed.
                                            However, given the history at PMDG to fully utilize the SDK, they may have some tiny internal mods that would render my work moot and I'd have to start all over again.

                                            Either way....I suspect I won't get away with just slapping some texture mods in the red channel and popping these liveries out....so I'll most likely take the "I'll wait to see what PMDG did with PBR" option and save myself some work.



                                            And seeing the news that the 777 will get PBR as well....this one may get the treatment too!
                                            tiger 06.jpg

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                                            Regards, Steve Dra
                                            Click here to download my paints

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                                            #52
                                            Thanks for the updates Robert. Exciting times ahead for us PMDG fans 😀. Congrats on the new forum.
                                            Jeff Hendershot

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                                              #53
                                              Originally posted by rsrandazzo View Post
                                              Captains,

                                              Welcome to the new PMDG forum system! (In 21 years of operation, we have never operated our own forum. Is it my imagination or does it smell like a new car in here?)

                                              Since this is the beginning of a new era for PMDG I thought it might be appropriate to start out with a major announcement regarding the future development plans for PMDG products.

                                              Let's get right to it:

                                              PMDG to Cease Development of New Content for Microsoft Flight Simulator X & Microsoft Flight Simulator X - Steam Edition: As we prepare to entire our 22nd year in operation, PMDG will, effective immediately, focus our development efforts on platforms using 64bit architecture.

                                              The FSX and FSX-SE platforms have served us very well since their respective debuts, but with rapidly declining customer adoption rates and increased complexity supporting these outdated platforms it is no longer considered to be economically viable and in fact slows our development process attempting to maintain compatibility across all off the platforms we have been supporting for the past four years.

                                              Products currently on the market for these platforms will remain for sale, and will continue to be fully supported by PMDG as there are many tens of thousands of users still enjoying these platforms worldwide. We will not be bringing new products such as the NG3 to these platforms, choosing instead to focus on Prepar3D v4.4+ and possibly Prepar3D v5 and XPLANE in our future development endeavors.

                                              To be more clear: Nothing here should cause any change for existing or new customers of our FSX product lines. We will continue to sell and fully support the existing FSX products lines, to include occasional product updates and bug fixes. This change means simply that no new product lines for FSX or FSX-SE will be introduced.


                                              PMDG to Cease Development of New Content for Lockheed Martin Prepar3D v3: Concurrent with our decision to focus on 64bit platforms, PMDG will release no future titles compatible with Lockheed Martin's Prepar3D v3. This decision is being made in order to allow us to focus on the increased capabilities of the Prepar3D v4.4+ platform, as well as other x64 platforms such as Prepar3D v5 and/or XPLANE11+.

                                              Products currently on the market for the P3D v3 platform will remain for sale and will continue to be fully supported by PMDG, but no new products will be introduced for the P3D v3 platform.

                                              We are currently evaluating an End-of-Life option for our P3D v3 products due to extremely low adoption rates and the difficulty in maintaining compatibility as we update our products to take advantage of new features in the P3D v4 platform. More information on this topic will be forthcoming when a decision is made later in 2019.


                                              PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II Update Update Update We hit a code-side snag in the 747 product line that has the next update cycle in holding while we seek a solution. The issue is mine to solve, and unfortunately this week was a mess with other "stuff" on the agenda so I haven't had the time to dedicate to the research process. I'm working this weekend, so with some luck we I'll be able to sort out whatever-it-is-I-broke for the last test cycle, and we can hustle a new build to beta testing. I'll keep you posted...

                                              (If you listen closely, you will likely hear me using profanity in a loud voice when I discover that after many hours searching, it was something simple... It happens sometimes. )


                                              Okay- this wraps up the first formal announcement in the new forum. Oh- and since it will only be a matter of moments before one of the XPLANE Evangelists™ starts hopping up and down with angst since I haven't said anything specific about XPLANE... That was intentional. I have no information to share on that topic in this update except to say that we are lightening our load on the MSFS/P3D side of the house and that will eventually give me a bit more developmental freedom for a much needed overhaul of our XPLANE plans that have been collecting too much dust. When? I haven't the slightest clue- but as soon as I know- you'll know!

                                              Happy Saturday, everyone!


                                              No update for the 777?
                                              Yori Smulders

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                                                #54
                                                Originally posted by CRJHendy View Post
                                                Thanks for the updates Robert. Exciting times ahead for us PMDG fans 😀. Congrats on the new forum.
                                                Please do me a favor and set yourself up with a signature to automatically attach to your posts. That will keep you in compliance so that when we start enforcing the rules (which you read... up there at the top) you won't run afoul... Thank you

                                                https://forum.pmdg.com/forum/main-fo...-add-signature
                                                Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                                                PMDG Technical Support
                                                http://www.pmdg.com

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                                                  #55
                                                  Originally posted by Yosm View Post

                                                  No update for the 777?
                                                  Please do me a favor and set yourself up with a signature to automatically attach to your posts. That will keep you in compliance so that when we start enforcing the rules (which you read... up there at the top) you won't run afoul... Thank you

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                                                  Chris Makris (Olympic260)
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                                                    #56
                                                    Originally posted by cmakris View Post

                                                    Please do me a favor and set yourself up with a signature to automatically attach to your posts. That will keep you in compliance so that when we start enforcing the rules (which you read... up there at the top) you won't run afoul... Thank you

                                                    https://forum.pmdg.com/forum/main-fo...-add-signature
                                                    Oops 😳 Looks like I already failed my first test in here 😏. ‘Knocks on own skull’......RTFM !

                                                    All set now Chris 😀
                                                    Jeff Hendershot

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                                                      #57
                                                      Originally posted by CRJHendy View Post

                                                      Oops 😳 Looks like I already failed my first test in here 😏. ‘Knocks on own skull’......RTFM !

                                                      All set now Chris 😀
                                                      Thank you Jeff
                                                      Chris Makris (Olympic260)
                                                      PMDG Technical Support
                                                      http://www.pmdg.com

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                                                        #58
                                                        I think it is a good choice to move focus. More platforms means more development and support capacity and this gives also the possibilities to use the new options of the 64bit platforms, like PBR support...
                                                        Erik de Meijer
                                                        Somewhere between EHRD and EHEH

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                                                          #59
                                                          xplane users want your product sir, we are done with unfinished buggy products in xplane )))
                                                          MertCan

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                                                            #60
                                                            Originally posted by mertcan23 View Post
                                                            xplane users want your product sir, we are done with unfinished buggy products in xplane )))
                                                            Please do me a favor and set yourself up with a signature to automatically attach to your posts. That will keep you in compliance so that when we start enforcing the rules (which you read... up there at the top) you won't run afoul... Thank you

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