High-Fidelity Weather Simulation and High-Definition Graphics for FSX! Now upgraded to Service Pack 2!
Active Sky 2012 expands on the award-winning Active Sky Weather Engine and combines it with brand new high-definition graphics, fully integrated to debut what we call "Total Weather Immersion".
Over 16GB (uncompressed size) of high-definition graphics textures in dozens of categories are at your fingertips - accompanied by advanced imaging techniques including high-quality down-sampling and user-recoloring. Easily create your own texture variations with a few clicks of the mouse. Route awareness, weather-influenced selections, custom themes, universal graphics add-on integration and a clean, intuitive interface provide robust command of the total experience.
New Service Pack 2 Upgrade!
Service Pack 2 has been official released, and this comprehensive upgrade to the #1 weather simulation engine for desktop flight simulation brings significant improvements in many areas, further increasing realism, enhancing visuals, and super-charging the overall weather experience
New weather engine features include Overcast Ceiling Enhancement, In-Cloud Visibility Reduction, Default Options Profiles, Official Prepar3D support, and an overhauled "Direct Weather Control" depiction system that provides smooth transitions and better cloud coverage accuracy. Improvements are numerous and include better overall weather depiction and smoother transitions in all weather modes, updated station databases, increased tropical storm coverage, overhauled wx data network for better performance, and improved interpolation.
On the graphics side, tons of brand new graphics variants have been injected, and existing graphics were tweaked for better visuals and variety. Some of the new graphics include 59 cloud variations, 22 water wave variations, 74 taxiway variations, 40 runway variations and 20 new sky variations, all in extremely-high detail and focused on what users have been asking for. In addition, new SP2-based themes and new customization allowing items to be enabled or disabled from wx-influenced selections are provided.
Many fixes are also included, with adjustments and fine-tuning based on user feedback. All together, this represents the biggest service pack for Active Sky ever produced, creating the most advanced weather environment solution to date.
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FSX and Prepar3D Integration
Active Sky 2012 is designed specifically for FSX and Prepar3D.
Integrated High-Definition Graphics
Over 16GB (uncompressed) of beautiful, complex and ultra-realistic graphics textures including Clouds, Sky, Water, Waves, Lights, Roads, Railways, Runways, Taxiways, Sun, Moon, Lense-Flare and more. Dozens of photo-realistic Tropical water sets, new styles of winter runways, and new runway and taxiway textures are also included, in full high-definition quality.
Full Performance Control
Graphics include extensive performance/quality options including resolution and color depth/compression in several categories including Clouds, Water, Runways and Waves.
Complete Weather/Graphics Integration
Weather-influenced selections, route awareness and an intuitive, integrated user interface.
Universal Graphics Add-on Integration
Using our exclusive Snapshot system, your FSX graphics states containing graphics from any add-on or combination of add-ons can be saved, assigned weather influenced categories, and automatically installed directly from Active Sky 2012.
Easily create your own recolored variations in several categories including Stratus Clouds, Cumulus Clouds, Wispy Clouds, Cirrus Clouds, Tropical Water, Ocean Water, Inland Water, and all Sky types (Dusk, Dawn, Day, Night).
Several styles of high-quality thunder and rain sounds are provided to accompany your assortment of graphics.
Custom 3D Cloud Generation
Control the generation of your 3D Cloud textures by independently selecting the different elements including Cumulus sprites, Wispy sprites and Stratus sprites.
You can also control generation of runway textures including the surface style and features (cracks, rubber, oil, dust, etc.) independently. Runway textures are provided in unprecedented resolution and maintain clarity and sharpness even at extreme zoom levels.
New Winter Runways
Photo-realistic runway styles simulating snow, billows, ice and and frozen runway surfaces.
Expanded Weather Engine
Further refinement of our award-winning and time-tested weather engine technology brings increased realism, accuracy and quality of weather depiction.
Improved Flight Planning
Includes Auto-route Building, TOC/TOD Waypoints, Integrated Planning and Mapping, Drag and Drop Waypoints and Plan Export Capability.
In-Flight Weather Display Gauge
XGauge gives full in-flight mapping, radar imagery and textual weather information - Includes XGauge Installation Wizard utility to easily install into your aircraft panels.
Accurate Winds Aloft
Using global forecast data at 60x60nm resolution, winds aloft around the globe are simulated and smoothed using HiFi's exclusive Direct Weather Control techniques.
Hurricanes are depicted using advanced virtual station-generation and real data to provide a realistic weather experience within and in the vicinity of these massive storms.
Real-Time Sigmets and Airmets for the Continental United States
Actual Airmet and Sigmet data is provided from live data.
Weather Editing with Drag And Drop
Manually configure every aspect of the weather conditions and apply it to any station and range - or visually drag and drop preset weather conditions directly on the map.
Real-Time Global Networked Pilot Reports
All Active Sky users will receive networked Pireps as posted by other users, and can make a Pirep at any time.
Station Database Management
The user is in full control of their station databases, allowing on-the-fly additions, deletions and modifications in several different categories including Physical Stations, Data Stations, Airports, NDBs and VORs.
Integrated Visual Mapping
See all weather information on the map including route waypoints, precipitation, clouds, winds, visibility, airmets, sigmets, pireps, stations, airports and more.
Comprehensive Flight Planning System
Easily configure or import your flight plan and view important weather-related information and navigation log.
Scan the world and quickly find any kind of conditions you are looking for.
Direct Wind Control, Visibility Graduation, and Smoothing
Using exclusive Direct Wind Control techniques, we have achieved accurate control and smoothing of the wind, temperature and visibility - When enabled, you’ll have an environment with little to no wind shifts, accurate direction and speed, and smooth visibility graduation and transitions.
Quadrangle Distance-Weighted Interpolation Technology
Intelligent interpolation fills the gaps in weather data.
Vertical Air Simulation Technology
Realistic up and downdrafts as well as thermals and ridge lift are simulated automatically throughout your flight - Manually configure your own thermals at any time.
Many Additional Features
High-fidelity wake turbulence simulation, historical weather data for the past 3 years, private weather data network access, near limitless options and first-class customer support are just some of additional features that make Active Sky 2012 a great value.