As if the Prepar3D v2 beta testing wasn’t enough for me, and while some were asking why there aren’t more screenshots showing more features, details etc, well, it is maybe because at the same time I was flying FSX (well, not at the *same* time, but you get my drift!) and beta-testing the new Activesky Next weather engine.
What I really like about ASN is the promptly fast loading of the engine. It’s the one most needed feature when it comes to the weather engine. Furthermore, the depiction has been completely revamped, so what you have seen from Opus or FSGRW, ASN now has and in my opinion way better. Actually, Activesky is the oldest player in the house. With the longest experience on the Microsoft Flight Simulator series. The screenshots I am about to show are just some random screenshots from my flights I did with ASN testing it.
Some neat things I like about ASN:
– in program update notifications
– way more simpler and more clean menu (with still all the features AS always provided easily accessible!)
– removed texturing, making the program way lighter and faster loading
– the configuration for the flight couldn’t be simpler (which under ASX wasn’t bad, but now there is a bonus I really like and often use -> the average route winds calculation, you don’t have to search for it in the briefing lists, but it’s displayed on top of the Briefing)
– Depiction! Wow… I really didn’t expect this when I entered the beta.
– the Wx Configuration window – it has historical time, yeah old known thing, but there is also “Force Historical Time to Sim Time” -> I absolutely love the feature. Imagine having some old flight saved on the disk, and then you had to set historical time according to the sim. Now just check the checkbox. Maybe ASX had it, don’t know, but this is the first time I noticed it!
There are countless other features, which I am sure are going to be presented to you when the program comes out, but for now, enjoy some shots.