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HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY CLOUD ART FSX P3D
HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY CLOUD ART FSX P3D
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Active Sky Cloud Art (ASCA) is a new kind of graphics add-on for Flight Simulator X (Boxed or SE) and Prepar3D that incorporates brand new technologies and content types to transform your skies and significantly increase realism, variation and dynamics.

The technology behind ASCA includes optional tight integration with Active Sky 2016 to enable features such as Real-Time Texture Dynamics, which allow you to manually change or have your textures automatically changed multiple times throughout a flight without needed to shut-down and restart your simulator! The variation experienced throughout a flight  with AS16 + ASCA is unprecedented, especially when flying through areas of varying weather conditions and severity.  In addition, in ASCA’s Full Dynamics theme, simultaneous variation of up to 8 different texture sets (128 cloud textures total) are provided including simultaneous texture resolution to provide increased performance for certain cloud types that don’t require high resolution (such as overcast layers).

ASCA’s graphical content includes replacements/enhancements for everything above the horizon: Cirrus clouds, Cumulus clouds, Stratus clouds, Thunderstorm clouds, Sky colors and Lighting. But in addition to the graphical textures, ASCA also includes something very different: Brand New 3D Cloud Structures, which replace and/or enhance nearly every aspect of the cloud scene within the simulator! Thunderstorms are bigger, overcast is more full, light “few” humilis-type clouds are more visually appealing, and all cloud scenes are specifically tuned to match the ASCA texture content and provide maximum realism.

A primary design focus for ASCA was performance.  From solid overcast, to towering cumulonimbus, everything was designed for the best visuals with minimal performance sacrifice.  Careful 3D modeling of cloud structures and textures enables this, while creating realistic and unique variants of the real-world cloud types including stratus, nimbostratus, altocumulus, altostratus, cumulus humilis, cumulus mediocris, cumulus congestus, towering cumulus, stratocumulus, cirrostratus, cirrocumulus, cumulonimbus incus, cumulonimbus calvus and more.

While ASCA and AS16 work great together, they are also fully compatible (either alone or together) with any other graphics add-on and weather add-on. You have full flexibility to mix and match any aspect and selectable feature set within these add-ons.

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REVIEWS
Everything from the presentation, the performance and the weather engine itself have all been vastly improved upon since Active Sky Next was released. In the 2 years since it was released, it’s amazing to see how they’ve supported ASN, but also developed Active Sky 16 and Cloud Art at the same time. You absolutely need to buy both products to achieve the vision HiFi set out for this weather engine. With hotfix 3 already released, you’re not only paying for a quality add-on, but also long-term support, which will only make an already great product, even better. Start up your sim, set the winds to max, and test your piloting ability like you’ve never been able to before.
July 2016 saw the release of the latest in a long line of Active Sky products. Active Sky 2016. Concurrently, Hifi Tech released an accompanying product: Active Sky Cloud Art. Let’s take a look.
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
Ø from 6 Customer Reviews
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Kevin Collins
*Verified Product User*
2017-02-13 01:05:10
Long time user of Active Sky Products. Up until late I was using AS16 + Rex Textures + Soft Clouds. I was loading REX textures each time (sky, etc.) to match my flight. When I read about ASCA and its ability to dynamically load textures during flight, I thought this was really a game changer. Additionally, the ability to have textures and weather in a clean integrated packages was another plus. But, I was hesitant based on reviews. My experience goes to show you that you can't base your design solely on reviews. You have to try these yourself. ASCA is just a phenomenal product. The Active sky team continues to impress me. The sky texture variations, the cloud formations, the well integrated horizon with just the right amount of haze. All based on your location and conditions of flight. Fantastic. Flying the PMDG 777 around the world has never been so effortless and immersive at the same time. Bravo HiFi! Get it!
GUILLERMO FLOREZ
*Verified Product User*
2016-10-28 19:27:19
THE GOOD :
- THE INTEGRATION WITH AS16
- THE SKY IS REALLY GOOD
- THE SUN
- THE FOG, IT IS ALMOST REAL
- GOING THROW DE CLOUDS HAS A COOL EFFECT.
- YOU WILL HAVE A GREEN INFO LINE WITH THE UPDATE OF THE WEATHER AND MSGS WHEN ASCA LOADS/RENEW OTHER THEME.

THE BAD :
- YOU NEED TO SET "CLOUD COVERAGE" AT MAXIMUM AND IF IT IS CLOUDY.. GOOD LUCK WITH THE FPS.
- THE CLOUDS... LOOKS LIKE OIL PAINTING BY A MONKEY +_+
(YOU DECIDE IF USE AS16+REX4 SOFT CLOUDS OR NOT)
- IT IS EXPENSIVE EVEN WITH A 30% OFF.
kostis papageorgiou
*Verified Product User*
2016-09-20 10:58:06
Very good programme, combines quality and performance.It includes sky, cloud an light textures, i think its better than REX in terms of performance, but no 5 stars from me, because i would prefer better cloud shapes!
Wayne George
*Verified Product User*
2016-09-12 02:04:17
Absolutely love the product. More realistic than Rex Soft Clouds. Also the best thing i love about this product is it's not a huge FPS hit like Soft Clouds is. I highly recommend this product! You'd be insane if you did not try it! Great Job HIFI Team!
Bob Donovan
*Verified Product User*
2016-07-11 18:29:42
This is not a replacement for REX TD ... or even default P3D textures for that matter.

I really liked the idea of having my clouds and weather program integrated and dynamic.
Unfortunately, the visuals produced by ASCA are no where close to what I was using with REX TD and Soft Clouds. The options for cloud types and skies are far less than what I had before and I get some truly awful looking and unrealistic looking clouds. http://prntscr.com/br5mex

I'm also getting new clouds popping in from nowhere, and some sky color changes that make me feel like my sim experience is going backwards in technology rather than forward.
They have a long way to go before I re-install.
The concept is great, but the program isn't filling my expectations compared to other options I already own.
Emanuel Hagen
*Verified Product User*
2016-07-09 20:53:12
4 stars for a solid product.
The new cloud models are nice and surely something different from what we have been used too earlier.

Togeather with AS16 this definately makes up a nice experience and the possibility to change textures on the fly is something the competition has always been lacking so far for sure!

I can not give the full rating though as the textures themselves are not as good as some of the competitions textures - from products that are quite some years old by now already.
The VAS usage also seems rather high since it seems that ASCA is simply loading all the textures into the sim right away and then just chooses which set to display. This of course costs VAS and gave me some 300-400mb additional VAS usage compared to my previous setup (REX4).

All in all, if you got the VAS to spare and don't have any texture addon yet I'd recommend to give this a try. It is certainly worth the 22€ it costs right now.
DELIVERY METHOD
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FILESIZE
723MB 1.1GB HD
REGISTRATION KEY
Registration key after purchase, see order details page in customer account
REQUIREMENTS
Windows Vista or later
Microsoft Flight Simulator X with SP2 or Acceleration OR FSX:Steam Edition OR Prepar3D v3.2+
ASCA works with both FSX and P3D platforms on a single license
2GHZ processor or better
2GB RAM or better
1GB available hard drive space for standard resolution content
2GB available hard drive space for optional HD resolution content
Minimum monitor resolution to access all user interface features: 1280×800
Requires an online internet connection for normal usage.  Online activation is mandatory.  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 ASCA license for each computer that it is installed on.
 

Recommended
3.0GHZ Processor or better
4GB RAM or better
5GB available hard drive space
Broadband high-speed internet connection
1440×900 or better resolution
LANGUAGE
English
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HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY CLOUD ART FSX P3D
Kevin Collins
Long time user of Active Sky Products. Up until late I was using AS16 + Rex Textures + Soft Clouds. I was loading REX textures each time (sky, etc.) to match my flight. When I read about ASCA and its ability to dynamically load textures during flight, I thought this was really a game changer. Additionally, the ability to have textures and weather in a clean integrated packages was another plus. But, I was hesitant based on reviews. My experience goes to show you that you can't base your design solely on reviews. You have to try these yourself. ASCA is just a phenomenal product. The Active sky team continues to impress me. The sky texture variations, the cloud formations, the well integrated horizon with just the right amount of haze. All based on your location and conditions of flight. Fantastic. Flying the PMDG 777 around the world has never been so effortless and immersive at the same time. Bravo HiFi! Get it!
HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY CLOUD ART FSX P3D
GUILLERMO FLOREZ
THE GOOD : - THE INTEGRATION WITH AS16 - THE SKY IS REALLY GOOD - THE SUN - THE FOG, IT IS ALMOST REAL - GOING THROW DE CLOUDS HAS A COOL EFFECT. - YOU WILL HAVE A GREEN INFO LINE WITH THE UPDATE OF THE WEATHER AND MSGS WHEN ASCA LOADS/RENEW OTHER THEME. THE BAD : - YOU NEED TO SET "CLOUD COVERAGE" AT MAXIMUM AND IF IT IS CLOUDY.. GOOD LUCK WITH THE FPS. - THE CLOUDS... LOOKS LIKE OIL PAINTING BY A MONKEY +_+ (YOU DECIDE IF USE AS16+REX4 SOFT CLOUDS OR NOT) - IT IS EXPENSIVE EVEN WITH A 30% OFF.
HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY CLOUD ART FSX P3D
kostis papageorgiou
Very good programme, combines quality and performance.It includes sky, cloud an light textures, i think its better than REX in terms of performance, but no 5 stars from me, because i would prefer better cloud shapes!
HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY CLOUD ART FSX P3D
Wayne George
Absolutely love the product. More realistic than Rex Soft Clouds. Also the best thing i love about this product is it's not a huge FPS hit like Soft Clouds is. I highly recommend this product! You'd be insane if you did not try it! Great Job HIFI Team!
HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY CLOUD ART FSX P3D
Bob Donovan
This is not a replacement for REX TD ... or even default P3D textures for that matter. I really liked the idea of having my clouds and weather program integrated and dynamic. Unfor-
tunately, the visuals produced by ASCA are no where close to what I was using with REX TD and Soft Clouds. The options for cloud types and skies are far less than what I had before and I get some truly awful looking and unrealistic looking clouds. http://prntscr.-
com/br5mex I-
'm also getting new clouds popping in from nowhere, and some sky color changes that make me feel like my sim experience is going backwards in technology rather than forward. They have a long way to go before I re-install. Th-
e concept is great, but the program isn't filling my expectations compared to other options I already own.
HIFI TECH - ACTIVE SKY CLOUD ART FSX P3D
Emanuel Hagen
4 stars for a solid product. The new cloud models are nice and surely something different from what we have been used too earlier. Tog-
eather with AS16 this definately makes up a nice experience and the possibility to change textures on the fly is something the competition has always been lacking so far for sure! I can not give the full rating though as the textures themselves are not as good as some of the competitions textures - from products that are quite some years old by now already. The VAS usage also seems rather high since it seems that ASCA is simply loading all the textures into the sim right away and then just chooses which set to display. This of course costs VAS and gave me some 300-400mb additional VAS usage compared to my previous setup (REX4). All in all, if you got the VAS to spare and don't have any texture addon yet I'd recommend to give this a try. It is certainly worth the 22€ it costs right now.
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