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11/03/20135976

Are you looking for Active Sky Next, the latest product from HiFi?  If so, click HERE for the ASN product page

AS2012 is continuing to be offered at a reduced price for those looking for an integrated graphics/weather solution, or as a graphics solution to be used with ASN.

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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Features:

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.
 
Custom Recoloring
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).
 
Includes Sounds
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.
 
High-Resolution Runways
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.
 
Hurricane Simulation
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.
 
Find Weather
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. 

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REVIEWS
\"So, for a conclusion here. I like the program, and how easy to use it is. I absolutely love how it sends accurate weather to FSX. And generally the textures aren’t bad at all. On the other hand, I’m definitely not impressed with the replacement airport textures. And there’s another thing I don’t like: the price. Active Sky 2012 currently retails for €59.49 on SimMarket. This is quite a steep price, no matter how good the program is. But with one add-on doing both weather and replacement textures, you get quite some bang for your bucks. Looking at it objectively, I think Active Sky 2012 is worth it’s price. But that doesn’t change that fact that €60 is a lot of money. On that note, if you plan on buying AS2012 for the textures only, there are better (and cheaper) products that are better known and longer established in that department. The real power of AS2012 lies in the weather, and in combining weather with relevant textures.
That said, when taking all features into account, Active Sky 2012 is a very good product, one which I can truly recommend to all FSX users who like flying in something else than clear skies.\"
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
Ø from 14 Customer Reviews
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Maohua dadianxia
*Verified Product User*
2013-09-16 02:49:15
This is not one of the best weather Addons, because this is the very best weather addon. The ONLY weather engine that you can fly with without any worry. It's worth every penny of it. Excellent!
Achmad Ferdi Iskandar
*Verified Product User*
2013-08-23 18:53:40
I've been simming for 15 years and i must admit, this is one of my best purchase so far! Without a doubt, it's worth every penny.
Simon Tyrie
2013-05-20 08:47:15
Always owned and used all the AS versions. Prior to buying this I was using ASE with REX Overdrive. This version of AS is awesome, as much as I loved REX the weather modeling with AS 2012 is far more realistic and in my opinion much easier on your system. A must have.
Kristof Barocz
*Verified Product User*
2013-05-19 18:08:25
I was a bit hesitant to buy ActiveSky due to the low-specs of my PC. But believe it or not, I think the performance of FSX was slightly improved after running Activesky. I highly recommend AS2012, especially for those who enjoy realistic flight planning and preparation. The added control of wind-shear and turbulence strength give users the ability to adjust their weather experience. Overall, a great buy. My love of flight sim just got stronger after purchasing AS2012.
chaf zitouni
*Verified Product User*
2013-04-16 10:36:31
The product is good but the support is very poor, no reply to help messages
Harry Giannias
*Verified Product User*
2013-03-31 04:30:24
I was a REX user for many years but now poor old REX is in the recycle bin. AS2012 is super awesome on graphics and smooth FPS.....bravo dev team!
Robert Yunque
*Verified Product User*
2013-03-25 02:12:37
Enough has been said above to persuade you to slick up your credit card and buy Active Sky 2012. I just want to add that the support offered for the product is second to none.
A quote from within their support email says it all: "If you still have any issues please don't hesitate to contact us." "Please let us know if you continue having any trouble? Thank you!"
I give 5 Stars, not just for the product, but for the support that stops at nothing to get any problems solved.
Bruce Bailey
*Verified Product User*
2013-03-24 18:51:43
I am tempted to begin by complaining about the competition wx program which I persevered with for 12 months before uninstalling in exasperation! However, since I discovered Active Sky 2012 I am enjoying FSX again. Personally I only use the weather component of Active Sky and it is quite superb, completely stable and reliable with FSX and complex airliners. Flying online, Active Sky injects the weather aloft superbly and the weather depiction in the latest upgrade is very realistic. Frame rates ? No problem at all even at 1024 medium resolution. In short - Active Sky is a great product, it just works so well with FSX.
Kylan Walters
2012-08-28 12:08:48
This product is superb! It includes AS Graphics which blows REX out of the water. The graphics are fantastic, the program runs very smoothly and snappy, and the integration between the weather engine and the textures themselves is seamless. Visibility graduation is also extremely realistic, and never goes in and out of infinite visibility. If you set it at 35nm of visibility, it stays that way until you change it. Fog is also done well and hugs the terrain very well. If you have anything but AS2012, you are missing out. I upgraded from ASE by the way. I was reluctant to upgrade because of the extra cost, but it really is a better, more improved product... Not just a repackage to bring in more money *cough* REX *cough*. Buy it!!!!!!!
Dominic Smith
*Verified Product User*
2012-08-28 09:42:27
Amazing product!!

I had REX before I purchased Active Sky and whilst lovely to look at, it took forever to load textures and impacted greatly on my frame-rates.

Active Sky does neither of these. Very quick to load textures and no impact it seems on frame-rates.

Well done to the developers; many thanks!

Dominic
Jerzy Krol Jr
*Verified Product User*
2012-08-13 19:45:16
Purchased this after I have purchased and installed REX software. Had a lot of issues with REX with frame-rates. This has cured a multitude of problems I have with REX on my system. Feels good to be able to fly like it should again. Not knocking REX just didn't do it for me on my system setup.
mark Visch
*Verified Product User*
2012-08-05 14:35:08
I say, the best weather and graphic engine for FSX, uses much less FPS then REX and runs smoother.

never fly without it!
Andrey Osnovsky
*Verified Product User*
2012-02-08 13:16:49
A+ whether engine, really nice lights, STUNIN haze effects and much more inc. fast covert and loading, but Im staying with REX for HD 3d clouds and RW textures...
Per Svensson
*Verified Product User*
2011-12-16 08:01:06
Fantastic product.
REX overdrive is a very good product also but I prefered Active sky 2012.
The graphics and fps is better and it install textures much faster.
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FILESIZE
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REGISTRATION KEY
Registration key after purchase, see order details page in customer account
REQUIREMENTS
  • Windows XP, Vista, 7 or later
  • Microsoft Flight Simulator X (deluxe version required for networked configuration) with Service Pack 1 or 2 (free download from http://www.fsinsider.com Acceleration includes Service Pack 2 or Prepar3D
  • Internet Explorer
  • Pentium 2GHZ processor or better
  • 1GB RAM or better
  • 25GB free hard drive space
  • Internet connection for online mode and manual wx file downloads
  • Sound card for voice features
  • Note: Requires online activation in order to use online features. Only one computer may access online features per license purchased. If you need multiple computers that require online access, one license per machine/user must be purchased.

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  • Intel i7 2.4GHZ processor or better
  • 3GB RAM or better
  • 100GB free hard drive space
  • Broadband internet
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A_A SCENERIES - KUALA LUMPUR INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT V2 KLIA FSX
Hon Wing Terry Tsui
Just bought the Version 2 at upgrade offer price of 6 euro. What a reasonable price. Found user friendly on the frame rate and displayed every important details of the whole airport. But the tower view is not shown correctly, it provides the view of the terminal front. To my surprise at night time it shows very clearly through the glass the inside details of the terminal. I have been visited this airport many times, glad to see this which gives a warm feeling of the past memory about this airport. All in all, highly recommend this for all simmers.
MYTRAFFIC 6 FSX+FSXSE+P3D
Christopher Worrel
It took 5 hours of screwing around to get it to install and behave. Yes I've owned FSX since launch, yes I own many other popular addons, yes I read the instruction. Simply it was a pain.(but what isn't in Flight Sim) How ever I've been testing and wow. I owned Aerosoft 2013 and its an improvement on that. There are so many extra bonuses and features I'm still testing all of them. I say buy it and install it but take the afternoon off from work.
HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY NEXT SP2 UPGRADE FSX P3D
Patrick Meissner
Weather is still limited by the METARS.. Move away from the METARS, HiFi! Otherw-
ise it's "good".
HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY NEXT SP2 UPGRADE FSX P3D
William Alexander
Being a dedicated HiFi Active Sky user from the onset, I upgraded sequentially as this amazing team listened to our feedback. They not only delivered, they surpassed every time. I was using AS Evolution until yesterday; seeing as I also just purchased PMDG's Boeing 777LR, I wanted to use its advanced weather radar - of course, the HiFi team got involved with the seamless integration and I am blown away by its super-realism! Aside from that, so many other areas have been improved way beyond my expectations. No more cloud popping, no more clouds hugging high terrain and mountains, amazing in-cloud visibility reduction and so much more. Using Active Sky Next with REX 4 plus with their soft cloud package has made my simulation experience so realistic that I have nearly grabbed onto my chair during turbulence, wind shear (audible alerts will wake you up too) and wake turbulence. Even the lightening effects and sounds have improved hundred-fold. At the upgrade price, I definitely got a heap of bang for my buck! Thank you HiFi Technologies and keep up your amazing work!
ARMI PROJECT - OERK KING KHALID FSX
Chris Jepsen
Sorry, but only 1 star for this one. The ground textures are horrible and the building textures aren't much better. The taxiways must be labelled as "dirt" because the aircraft tires are kicking up dirt on every taxiway. Just feels like this was rushed or something. Pretty poor quality considering the work done on VTBS by this group.
FSDREAMTEAM - GSX GROUND SERVICES FOR FSX P3D
Tom Divendal
Great product! I know I can't fly without GSX ever again, it adds alot of realism to the "gate experience"! Didn't come across any issues reported by the previous reviewers.
BANGKOK AIRPORT VOL1 SUVARNABHUMI INTERNATIONAL FSX
Aleksey Kochi
Great scenery! Excellent support! If you have problems with error in FSX, please write to support for help.
THAI CREATION - NAMASTE MUMBAI : CHHATRAPATI SHIVAJI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FS2004
Richard Todd
I agree with everyone else, a great airport with excellent textures and eye-candy as always from Thai Creation. Great to see an airport sadly neglected by designers in the past. Who will be the first to finally release ZBAA?
ARMI PROJECT - KUWAIT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT OKBK FS2004
Richard Todd
I concur - where it is good to see developers looking at areas such as Asia and the Middle East, and I say well done for that, there are one or two niggles which prevent this from getting 5 stars. The ground vehicles as already mentioned are annoying, wizzing around like ants on steroids! Also I personally do not like photographic ground textures used for the airport apron - it does not look right. Although I have not yet used the AFCAD for flying in or out of the airport but it is clear not much effort went into it, as there is a total lack of gates to choose from. Maybe spend a little more time before releasing would make this a 5* product.
TURBINE SOUND STUDIOS - BOEING 767 GE HD SOUNDPACK FSX
Justin Lawrence
I purchased these sounds to supplement the Level-D Boeing 767. The interior sounds are just like they are in the real thing. The audio quality is great, and unlike the previous review, I did not experience any "popping" sounds.