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[06MAR19] Update for 747 fleet is pending & RSR needs some help. (No, really. I do...)

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    Thanks for the update Capt. RSR!!! Looking forward to the update. Excited to know that I can use the liveries that I have installed withe the update and PBR will still work. At least I'll be able to finish my trans-atlantic tonight from KIAD-EDDF...Currently at FL350. This will probably be my last flight using tomatoshade with the 747. Thanks again!!


    Darren Esannason

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  • [06MAR19] Update for 747 fleet is pending & RSR needs some help. (No, really. I do...)


    PMDG 747 Queen of the Skies II Update:
    Wanted to give you all a quick update on the progress of testing the pending update for the 747 series because I know many of you are hoping to see us push an update before the weekend. Currently, I am very optimistic that this will happen, as we have largely satisfied ourselves that the update is ready for your use.

    One VERY important observation that I want to make: Lockheed Martin has been saying that in order to use PBR, you only need to update the Prepar3D Client to v4.4. We have found this not to be valid guidance, as any airplane that uses reflective, polished aluminum will not appear correctly unless you also update the Prepar3D Content as well. We brought this up to Lockheed and they stuck to their guidance, but other developers in the discussion jumped in to back our findings with identical findings of their own- so please file that away as a point of reference.

    If you want to use PBR in Prepar3D v4, PMDG's guidance is to update both CLIENT and CONTENT or you are going to see strange results on polished aluminum surfaces.

    Stay tuned for update... It won't be tonight, but possibly wednesday or thursday.

    Also note: This update does a bit of tweaking and tuning in areas OTHER than just adding PBR to P3D v4. I'll get you those details in the change list a bit later.

    Also note 2: This update will break backward compatibility with Prepar3D v4.0- P3D v4.3. We mentioned this in an earlier update cycle- so the time has come to update that sim platform!

    Rob Needs Help Connecting With Livery Painters:
    A few months back, we reached out via our (old) forum seeking livery painters that are interested in helping us with some items related to PMDG Global Flight Operations. Almost immediately after putting out that request, we hit some knee-knockers that prevented us from moving forward with the request- and I diligently stored all of the emails in a folder within Outlook. Fast forward a few months and we are finally ready to pick up where we left off, but I lost the contents of that folder during the transition to Outlook 365. (Don't get me started on a rant related to Outlook's latest tantrum...)

    I managed to find a few of those folks whom I had replied to earlier, or otherwise retained the email- but I lost about a dozen contacts from folks I was genuinely excited to work with. If you were one of those folks, or if you are just seeing this now and have experience painting liveries and wish to be involved- please drop into the livery painters forum and plant a flag to let us know you are interested. I'll have some instructions for you- and we will see where things lead.

    Also- if you happen to have a favorite livery artist who you think might be interested in working with us who might not see this because they aren't yet signed up in our new forum system, please point this out to them and encourage them to join us over in the livery painter's channel.

    We have some interesting things brewing!