PTaylor's WebLog

Flight Sim discussions; mostly on the core platform ( graphics and terrain, platform team, sim engine, geo tools and geo data, international, internal tools, technical art ) plus news on releases and updates, and the occasional tweaks and tips.

Guess who's back?

In an excellent piece of good news, Adam Szofran, late Terrain Dev lead of Aces, has returned to the...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 04/17/2008

“Holy Grail or Fools’ Errand”, Indeed!

There is a lot of discussion and buzz around Intel, Larrabee, and ray tracing on the GPU. So I...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 03/19/2008

Vista SP1 review and rollout timeframe

http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/winvista_sp1.asp is an excellent and informative article. I hear...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 03/17/2008

Updated:Issues that may affect 3rd party content for FSX and that will not be fixed in SP1

I forgot the name of the #define for handing the VS2005 SP1 redist dependency and accidentally...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 02/04/2008

Interview up at SimPilot

Mike McCarthy of FS Open Components fame ( amongst other things ) takes his time as a raconteur to...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 02/01/2008

GPU variants, performance envelopes, and being an informed consumer

Overall, performance is only as good as the weakest link in the chain. So if you skimp on the GPU...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 01/29/2008

Last Post was 100th Blog post

I thought it was noteworthy of mention that my last post on FSX version identifiers was my 100th...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 01/24/2008

FSX Release Identifiers, so users can verify what they have installed

RTM: 10.0.60905 SP1: 10.0.61355 (Russian: 10.0.61357) SP2: 10.0.61472 XPack: 10.0.61637 You can...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 01/24/2008

Manual for F/A-18 VC in Acceleration

For the F18 cockpit manual, go herehttp://www.fsdreamteam.com/forum/index.php/board,4.0.html

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 01/24/2008

Partial fix for the "w-key" cockpit view issue

Sidewinder on avsim.com came up with a decent partial fix for this issue, see the thread here.

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 01/23/2008

Aces Studio Organization:Yesterday and Today

Now that I am starting a new series of posts, let’s talk about where the Studio is from an...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 01/16/2008

Great jobs available in Aces

We have openings in both Dev and PM in the graphics org, see these postings on the MS job site: PM,...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 01/15/2008

New Year, new role, new series of posts

So now that I am back and just about dug out from the holidays and some intense management training...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 01/15/2008

Four points about FSX and Blurries

First and before I forget - Happy New Year! Next, this post is not meant to minimize, marginalize,...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 01/04/2008

Why your 4G of RAM Windows 32-bit system may not report all of the 4G (even though it is in use )

The best explanation of this I have yet found is here; with this article as a supplement. This...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 01/03/2008

Registry repair tool if you have installed more than 1 time and have troubles

If you have installed before, and especially if you have installed add-ons - its entirely possible...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/31/2007

How to upgrade the propellers in FS9 aircraft for FSX-SP2

From Stoopy at avsim.com in this thread, the following instructions should allow you to upgrade the...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/31/2007

DXDiag, DX versions, and what your computer can do

DXDiag is this great diagnostic for your gaming hardware. It was created during my time as DX SDK PM...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/28/2007

Help for SP2 Menu Crash?

some users are reporting the menu crashes with SP2 are related to FRAPS and do not happen without...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/27/2007

Christmas Eve Holiday Wishes!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all! And enjoy your flying, no matter if it be in-game or...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/24/2007

FSX-SP2 SDK is available for download

it just went live!, find it here...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/17/2007

Trying to help with FSX-SP2 install issues

“Bob “The Setup Guy” Arnson makes a post to try to help SP2 users figure out why their install is...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/17/2007

FSX-SP2 is available for download!

With a week to spare before the Winter Solstice and fall is over! A lot of people worked hard to get...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/14/2007

For real this time, Vista SP1 RC available for public download

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9de6260e-4275-482d-9524-de850c4dd91c&Di...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/13/2007

True FSX Planes

In another excellent thread on sim-outhouse.com, DennyA has collected a list of planes along with...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/12/2007

FS9 Planes that work in Acceleration ( and by implication the "to be released" freely downloadable SP2 )

In an excellent thread on sim-outhouse.com, Jim ( JimJones ) has collected a list of planes along...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/04/2007

FSX Perf Benchmark

Gary ( Reset MCP Alt ) at AVSim has an excellent FSX benchmark and from that has deduced some quite...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/04/2007

4 HW reviews of interest to the FS community, and 1 comparo

New nVidia part, 8800GT New NV 8800 GT, slightly cut down GTX...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 12/04/2007

More reasons to not worry about DX10.1

Extremetech has a thorough review of the new ATI chip the RV670, in its R3870 form here. And it...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 11/26/2007

More on FSX-SP2(DX10) delay factors

I will try one more time to explain why SP2 is taking longer, since there are persistent doubts as...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 11/21/2007

ESP Part III

Let's start with the details in my last post "ESP is a separately versioned, side-by-side...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 11/16/2007

FSX-SP2 Beta posted

To the beta tester group. Size is approximately 166M. This is an important milestone in the drive to...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 11/16/2007

More on ESP

I see some people talking about ESP already, which is good. But I see the discussings blurring ( pun...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 11/15/2007

FSX-DX10 Info, Part III

Sebby makes a nice post about the DX10 Water feature with a video, here This is his 3rd about DX10...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 11/14/2007

FSX-DX10 Info, Part II

Sebby makes a nice post about the DX10 HDR feature with a video, here This is his 2nd about DX10...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 11/14/2007

Microsoft ESP announced

Starting Jan 1, 2008, the FS technology will be available for commercial purposes as a platform for...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 11/14/2007

AVSim FanCon news

AMD showed this unannounced system at FanConhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A3jpG3rv4zIit will be...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 11/13/2007

Great Tool for AI carriers when using Acceleration

http://library.avsim.net/download.php?DLID=111605 This package, aicarriers2.zip, uses the same...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 11/06/2007

Game Engine Design, Design Goals, and Choices

There was a recent thread about game engines trying to compare them on avsim.com. And I thought I...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 10/28/2007

3 Transparency Fixes for older content with issues in Acceleration/SP2

Fix 1: Replace wonky texture with a modified grayscale alpha from "Stoopy" in this thread:...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 10/26/2007

Maybe old news, but Windows Vista SP1 Beta is available for download

see...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 10/23/2007

DevCon Topics

DevCon is fast approaching us. And yes, I am speaking as well as attending. So if you want 1-1 time,...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 10/18/2007

FSX-SP2(DX10) delay factors

This has come up multiple times, including in the comments of the SP2 post, so I want to cover why...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 10/10/2007

FSX-DX10 Info

Sebby makes a nice post about the DX10 VC shadow feature with a video, here

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 10/09/2007

Acceleration and SP2

Overview Acceleration has RTM’ed. Acceleration Pack contains the SP2 fixes; including both DX9 and...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 10/03/2007

FSX-SP2 Details post should be

next Monday or Tuesday. just to set expectations. I was hoping for this Friday, but that is not...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 09/27/2007

FSX-SP2 details post is delayed

We are still hard at work trying to get things finished, and I need to wait until the dust settles...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 09/11/2007

Vista OOM fix:Must have update from the mother-ship

Aug 28th a fix became available for Vista from the Windows team. The bits will be made generally...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 08/13/2007

FSX-DX10:3rd progress report - just another Wednesday

It is time to update everyone on the progress we have made on the FSX-SP2(DX10) release. First, we...

Author: Phil Taylor Date: 08/08/2007

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