HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY NEXT SP1 FSX P3D
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Service Pack 1 Now Released Officially for FSX and P3D!

Active Sky Next has just been upgraded officially to SP1 and brings dozens of new features, improvements and adjustments to raise the bar even further in high fidelity weather simulation for both Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D v2.4:

  • Higher Performance
    New cloud depiction techniques, new storm depiction variations, and improved smooth theme reloading brings new levels of performance with reduced cloud-drawing overhead
  • Increase Data Resolution and Coverage
    Enhanced global gridded weather data synthesis provides new kinds of data and over 10 times the previous resolution, offering much improved realism and coverage for all kinds of conditions in all areas, regardless of availability of METAR reports
  • Improved Oceanic and Sparse-Coverage Weather Accuracy and Variation
    Utilizing the new data resolution and coverage, oceanic and sparse-coverage flights now include realistic weather conditions and cloud coverage that does not rely solely on interpolation
  • New Overcast Pattern Fix
    Overcast stratus cloud layers in FSX are no longer subject to ugly and obvious rectangular patterns during dawn and dusk lighting scenarios when using the new Overcast Pattern Fix, part of the new Visual Fix options
  • Improved cloud-based effects
    A new local cloud detection process greatly improves the synchronization of cloud-based effects including visibility reduction and turbulence
  • New in-sim Weather Request Menu
    Receive weather updates for local area, flight-plan stations, and winds aloft via an integrated SimConnect text menu that can be used directly within the simulator
  • New Prepar3D-based Enhancements
    ASN for P3D is now compatible with P3D v2.4 and includes additional performance tuning specific to P3D
  • New Dynamic Positional Variation for Sigmets and Airmets
    Airmets and Sigmets are now fully dynamic and provide variable conditions simulation for turbulence and icing in addition to convective activity
  • Improved Stability
    New installation and configuration routines provide a smoother user experience
  • Dozens of additional features, enhancements and fixes that are too numerous to list here!

The Next Revolution in Weather Realism

Active Sky Next brings an entirely new level of realism to your simulation experience!  Advanced technologies enable incredible levels of accuracy and smoothness.  Realistic radar simulation, cloud position awareness and synchronized ambient effects, brand new air effects, brand new thunderstorm depictions, microbursts, thick overcast, smooth cloud transitions, variable cloud areas, voice weather briefings and forecast data integration are just some of the features that await you!

Details:

Active Sky Next (ASN) is the next weather simulation engine from HiFi Technologies, Inc. In development for 3 years, this new version of Active Sky has a completely new depiction system to enable enhanced visuals, accuracy and smoothness never before possible.

Using new low-level weather control techniques, the new depiction system eliminates many problems faced in the past, including inaccurate cloud locations, inaccurate coverage, thin overcast and excessive coverage gaps, non-smooth cloud transitions, inaccurate winds, and required compromises in depiction settings.

With ASN, your skies will be accurate, smooth, visually stunning and uncompromised. No longer must you configure complicated settings to achieve accuracy in certain areas while compromising others. You can have it all, all the time.

ASN also introduces, for the first time ever in a weather engine: Complete cloud position awareness, synchronized cloud-based ambient weather effects and an integrated accurate radar simulation. Precipitation is accurately depicted in the proper locations within and below appropriate cloud structures. Entering or exiting a cloud brings an appropriate change in precipitation, visibility and turbulence. The exact position of clouds and precipitation cells are always synchronized between the simulator depiction and the radar display.

Thunderstorms have been given great attention, utilizing the new depiction system, ambient effects, radar and cloud position synchronization. Completely new microburst, updraft and downdraft, enhanced turbulence and wind-shear effects combine to make thunderstorms beautiful yet dangerous. Using the new radar system will be key to safe piloting in the vicinity of these storms.

Full International Airmet/Sigmet simulation is now provided in real time weather mode, with airmet/sigmet areas shown visually on the map and/or gauge.  These areas are now also synthesized, influencing weather depiction appropriately.  If a Sigmet warns against severe turbulence, convective activity, or icing, you can expect to encounter this appropriately during your flight.

New voice weather briefings, a new intuitive user interface with resizable/undockable and multi-window support, redesigned high-resolution wake turbulence simulation and enhanced air effects are just a few of the other new features in ASN.

Features:

Hybrid Weather Depiction System

  • Utilizing a combination of Theme Control, SimConnect Interfacing, and new Low-Level interfacing via our brand new AS Connect module, comprehensive control of the weather environment is finally achieved
  • Ambient conditions including Visibility, Wind Direction and Speed, Pressure, Temperature and Precipitation type/density are completely controlled, smoothed and synchronized for accurate and realistic conditions at all times
  • Higher performance depiction and updates utilizing new features such as dynamic Cloud Draw Distance Control

Smooth Cloud Theme Transitions

  • Clouds depicted using the Theme Control method are smoothed during transitions to new conditions using our unique Smooth Theme Reload method

Newly Designed High-Fidelity Air Effects

  • Air effects are brand new, bypass all internal simulator air effects and include:
    • Wind Shear with Predictive Detection and Alert System (via audio warnings and visual mapping overlay)
    • Microbursts synchronized with thunderstorm activity
    • Updrafts and Downdrafts with high-resolution terrain awareness
    • Thermals with realistic simulation based on temperature and surface type
    • Wake Turbulence with realistic moving wake trails effected by wind
    • Cloud Turbulence synchronized with cloud sprite positions
    • Enhanced Wind Turbulence with direct aircraft attitude control vs. simple camera head movement

Cloud Sprite Awareness For Accurate In-Sim Depiction Synchronization

  • In-cloud visibility reduction
  • Cloud-related turbulence
  • Accurate ambient precipitation localization and control
  • Accurate radar precipitation graphics
  • Accurate cloud position graphics

New Precipitation Radar Graphics

  • New levels of realism are provided with totally accurate precipitation radar that is aware of actual cloud sprite positions in the simulator
  • See and avoid dangerous conditions on the radar that accurately match the in-sim depiction

Graphics Compatibility

  • ASN works with any graphics add-on, or default graphics textures

Included Radar and Weather Mapping Gauge

  • Easily installs into any aircraft using the Installation Wizard
  • Realistic satellite-wx-based mapping display with NEXRAD precipitation simulation
  • Predictive Wind Shear system provides aural wind shear alerts

New Thunderstorm/CB Simulation

  • Thunderstorms are bigger, higher, and more consistently depicted
  • Integrated Turbulence, Wind Shear, Microburst, and Vertical Air effects
  • Strong thunderstorm cells can be difficult if not impossible to fly through
  • Different effects depending on position relative to the thunderstorm clouds

Uncoupled Audio/Voice System

  • Allows playback of audio on either client or server in networked configuration
  • Allows selecting the desired audio device
  • New voice sets and new voice weather briefings
  • New voice SIGMET and AIRMET warnings

Comprehensive Weather mapping With New Overlays:

  • Precipitation Base Reflectivity and Echo Tops
  • Detailed Cloud Positions
  • Predictive Wind Shear
  • Other Aircraft (includes wake trail representation)
  • Winds, Visibility, Sigmets, Airmets, Pireps, Stations, Airports, NDBs and VORs
  • Flightplan Route and Waypoints with integrated flight plan editing capability
  • New high performance display with click and drag panning and track-up display mode

Integrated Real-Time Sigmets, Airmets and Pireps (Both USA and International)

  • Sigmets and Airmets provided by actual data for all global regions
  • Sigmets and Airmets provide influence in weather synthesis (i.e. appropriately injecting forecasted turbulence)
  • Pireps provided by actual AS user reports

Aloft Inter-layer Interpolation

  • Provides smooth and realistic vertical transitions of wind direction, wind speed and temperature as you climb and descent

Weather Cell Awareness and Depiction Control

  • Complete awareness and synchronization of weather cell-based cloud model drawing for the ultimate in cloud depiction accuracy
  • Prioritization of inter-cell weather station data depending on departure and/or flight plan relevant stations

Forecast Weather Integration Including New Forecast Aloft Data

  • With the click and drag of a mouse, see forecast conditions, graphically and textually, hour by hour, up to 24 hours in advance
  • Improved winds aloft planning accuracy
  • Dynamic weather changes based on forecast conditions when METAR information becomes stale

Brand New User Interface

  • Multi-monitor support
  • Resizable and undockable windows
  • Multiple weather condition window support

Access to the Improved HiFi Weather Data Network

  • Multiple high-performance servers in different regions for excellent redundancy and availability
  • Always-improving coverage and resolution
  • High-resolution surface and wind aloft data collected from multiple sources
  • Newly incorporated multiple forecast-window wind aloft data (real-time and historical)
  • Historical data access for the past 2 years

Accurate Winds Aloft

  • Using World Area Forecast System data (a.k.a. GRIB data), developed and improved since 2002
  • Enhanced high-altitude wind and temperature simulation above 50,000ft
  • Completely smooth transitions at all times with no wind shifts

Hurricane Simulation

  • Realistic hurricane simulation based on actual hurricane data
  • Overrides surface weather station data (which is usually erroneous during hurricanes)

Full Flight and Weather Planning

  • Manually enter, import, or build a flight plan using auto-routing
  • Easily change waypoints/route during planning or while in-flight
  • Receive updated navigation log, weather briefing text, or voice weather briefings
  • Receive favorable wind/altitude information, dynamic ETAs per waypoint and live conditions updates

Integrated Voice Features

  • Receive realistic voice weather updates via ATIS, FlightWatch and FSS simulation by tuning your radio to 122.0, 122.02 or 122.05

Enhanced Weather Search

  • Easily find weather conditions with improved station/range filtering

Smart Data Interpolation

  • More robust data interpolation for more realistic weather conditions and depiction in areas with fewer reporting stations

Station Database Management

  • Easily add, edit or disable different types of stations (Weather, Airport, NDB, VOR)

Additional New Features

  • New Hail simulation and included hail audio effects
  • Automatic Simulator Flight Plan Import (optional)
  • Customizable User Option Presets and EASY/REALISM mode option sets
  • Favorite Weather Stations (add, remove, and recall any station’s conditions from the favorites menu)
  • Quick Start-up (ASN loads in less than 10 seconds in most cases)
  • Persistent Windows (all screens position, size, and docked/undocked status restored at startup)

First-class Customer Support

  • Ticket-based technical and order support system
  • Official staff-moderated forums
  • Unofficial AVSIM HiFi forum
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CUSTOMER REVIEWS
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Tom Divendal
*Verified Product User*
2014-11-15 02:12:44
Works great, puts FSX's standard weather engine to shame. I know I won't fly without Active Sky Next ever again!
Jevon Munsanto
*Verified Product User*
2014-10-31 15:15:52
This is a great product! Don't get me wrong. It does everything everyone prior to me says it does. However, FOR ME it is just too resource intensive when compared to OPUS FSI. Now with that being said a typical flight for me consists of Opus Active Cameras, AI Separator, Radar Contact 4, Fspax, and the Aerosoft Airbus A319/A321. I have FTX Global loaded along with various WOAI packages and too many numerous airports to count (most with AES support). To top it off my clouds, sky and water come from FEX. (albeit the clouds are set to 512 not HD) For a 3.20 GB quad core AMD with a GTX 650 and 16g of RAM all of this is already really taxing. ASN puts it over the top. Which is unfortunate because it is an amazing weather engine. My biggest complaint with Opus has been the developers unwillingness to integrate an accurate automatic historic option (you have to download and load the METARs yourself and his automatic history only goes back 24 hours.) The lack of this option alone would make ASN the clear winner because it allows you to fly on any day up to 2 years prior to the current date. That is amazing!!

Sadly, because of my setup I simply can't run ASN and this is why (FOR ME) OPUS is the clear winner. I may not get my historic option, but I can still get accurate weather without such a big FPS hit. If you have the "firepower" to run your sim with ASN with out a performance hit, then ASN edges out Opus FSI. If like me you're severely limited and refuse to turn off things like AI....well use ASN at your own risk.
CHAYAPOL SOOKCHAYEE
*Verified Product User*
2014-09-05 02:16:57
After 2 months of using ASN, I am still amazed how realistic it depicts weather. Before ASN, I used OpusFSX and it was okay but I did not like how I rarely experienced turbulence when there are no clouds. With ASN, I get it constantly and I love hearing the sound of FsPassengers making the seatbelt annoucement automatically due to turbulence. My favorite feature of ASN is when you fly through clouds and you are at wing view or outside view, the aircraft will vary in visibility just like in real life. Seeing the wings dissappear and reappear is something I never thought FSX could do. Other features I love include the moving map with many selectable details, the historical weather injector, and the weather briefings. All these features really immerse you in your flight.
Eduardo Patino
*Verified Product User*
2014-08-19 19:36:29
Excellent product. A must have addon for weather generation in FSX. I'm really impressed by the smoothness and good representation of the in cloud and winds turbulence, rain, etc. Absolutely FIVE stars
Wanseok Yoo
*Verified Product User*
2014-07-29 12:18:14
More realistic weather environment. But it have METAR text dependency so some airport area be confused. Some of system resources are consumed.
ILARIO MASALA
*Verified Product User*
2014-07-26 00:17:45
For me it's the Best Weather Add on on the market, I tried others before, but this is the only working great, with real update and other features.
Edbern Scantlebury
*Verified Product User*
2014-02-17 01:20:39
This is an excellent weather program. Weather is projected highly realistic than any other weather program for Flight Simulator..No sudden weather changes like with other weather engines. Also improved fog, haze, turbulence and wake turbulence. The interface is easier and simpler to use as well.
John Godfrey
2014-02-11 12:55:40
Forget the 5 star rating this deserves 10 Stars! I did NOT purchase ASN from SimMarket, I did however purchase it from another vendor and it is easily THE SINGLE BEST WX ENGINE EVER. Still not convinced from other reviews and ratings, just go to HiFi' website and download the FREE FULL TRIAL version to try for 7 days with NOTHING locked out or non-functional. That's right a full version trial for 7 days that is 100% functional as if you purchased it, and you don't even need a credit/debit card to try it, just an e-mail and your IP address, and that's it. Click on the YouTube video above for my full review of ASN, I promise you will not regret trying/purchasing this WX Engine!

*Note: I also strongly recommend purchasing REX 4 Texture Direct to use in conjunction with ASN, they both work seamlessly together and in fact compliment each other to the fullest extent!
Billy Lundin
*Verified Product User*
2014-01-20 10:32:47
Probably the best weather engine out on the market!!
Hifi Tech did it again!
Fabio Anzalone
*Verified Product User*
2014-01-14 15:03:11
I'm OpusFSX and FSGRW owner, but watching screenshots and video around the web, I was really impressed and I decided to buy it....It's the best weather engine ever! NO WAY!
Sammy Schamp
*Verified Product User*
2014-01-09 22:25:43
TL/DR version: Great fun. Trials are rare in Flight Simming, use it!

January 6, 2014 around 23:00 UTC. Approach to EDDL from EDDH. The 737-800 Reg. D-ABKG is shaking violently,
FSPassenger are screaming and would be starting to fly around with recorded accelerations of 0 to 2 G
but the Autopilot is doing a good job.
The slow 2.2 Ghz dual core CPU is not complaining, and the dark cloudy sky looks nice at lowest settings.

Final approach, ATC is getting nervous.

"BER1, go around!"

Huh? Traffic on the runway?

Nope.

A mistake by them, as the gear was down unlike the controller said in that typical over-emotional way again.

Well, more fun for the passengers...

Attempt number two, let's see what autoland does...
Not a good idea. This weather requires a real pilot, and the plane hits the ground a bit hard
with the left gear and close to the edge of the Runway.
No way to talk about survivability here without a proper crash detection system.
Maintenance will certainly find some kind of deformations.

-The story of my final decision to buy ASN
Chirag Geiantilal
*Verified Product User*
2013-12-24 09:18:03
Excellent weather engine, very well done Hifi. It does simulate all correctly and make all things as it must.
Alessandro Quaini
*Verified Product User*
2013-12-19 17:09:35
I just say Great!!!!The new texture are the most beautyfull i have see expetially when you flight in to the cluod you cant see the Aircraft then the weather is fantastic and very smoot. Must have :)
DELIVERY METHOD
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FILESIZE
FSX: 160MB P3D: 190MB
REGISTRATION KEY
Registration key after purchase, see order details page in customer account
REQUIREMENTS
  • Windows XP or later (Windows Vista, 7 and 8 compatible)
  • For Active Sky Next for FSX: Microsoft Flight Simulator X with SP2 or Acceleration or Prepar3D V2.4 or later
  • Pentium 1GHZ processor or better
  • 1GB RAM or better
  • 300MB free hard drive space
  • Minimum monitor resolution to access all user interface features: 1024x768
  • Online internet connection (for weather data access)
  • Sound device (for sound and voice features)
  • Requires an online internet connection with automatic online activation in order to use online features.  License is valid for one computer/installation only.  Moving software to another computer will deactivate the previous computer.  10 automatic reactivations are permitted.  Multiple-computer installations will require an individual ASN license for each computer that it is installed on.
Recommended:
  • 2.0GHZ Processor or better
  • 2GB RAM or better
  • 500MB hard drive space
  • Broadband high-speed internet connection
  • 1280x800 or better resolution
  • nVidia high-performance Graphics Card for improved cloud drawing performance
LANGUAGE
English
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