New Installer Released

We’ve released a new version of the OpenSceneryX installer (v2.4.0) for all platforms.  No changes to the library itself, but this version introduces the ‘Steam’ button for Windows and Linux, as well as fixing some bugs and changing the hosting.  Here are the full release notes:

  1. Library update hosting has now switched to AWS + CloudFront + CloudFlare, to reduce load on the web servers for static files (even with full Cloudflare caching the origin servers were still serving ~200k requests per day).  Should be faster for you too.
  2. Steam install button now implemented on Linux and Windows.
  3. Fixed a problem in the Mac version where the X-Plane folder was not remembered between executions.
  4. Mac version is now notarized (security audited by Apple).
  5. Mac version now supports new ‘Dark Mode’ in macOS Mojave.
  6. Fixed missing logo banner in about box.

Download the new version from the home page: www.opensceneryx.com

OpenSceneryX on YouTube

Also, for those of you just starting out with X-Plane and OpenSceneryX, we’ve produced a series of ‘How-to’ videos on YouTube. There’s some for all users of X-Plane and a couple for scenery developers who want to use the library. Not for the experts, but if you’re having trouble with first steps, take a look and let me have any feedback in the comments.

New Installer Released

There is a new version of the installer out – v2.3.0. This doesn’t include any changes to the OpenSceneryX library itself, but does include the following improvements:

  • The new backup library was missing placeholders for .net (roads) and .str (object strings) which could cause issues with some scenery packs installed.
  • Added a PayPal donation button to the installer to try to help cover the costs of running the library.
  • Fixed some display issues on Linux, mainly related to button sizes.
  • The ‘Steam’ button on Mac now finds an X-Plane 11 install if one exists, and if not it will try to find an X-Plane 10 install.

Grab it for all platforms from the OpenSceneryX home page.

 

New Mac Beta Installer

There’s a new beta version of the Mac installer available, which hopefully fixes the issue where it couldn’t find an X-Plane 11 Steam install when hitting the ‘Steam’ button.  It’s available for download here.

Edit: The beta period has now finished, get the latest release version of the installer from the OpenSceneryX home page.

There are a couple of other changes, the full release notes are:

  • The new backup library was missing placeholders for .net (roads) and .str (object strings) which could cause issues with some scenery packs installed.
  • Added a PayPal donation button to the installer to try to help cover the costs of running the library.
  • The ‘Steam’ button on Mac now finds an X-Plane 11 install if one exists, and if not it will try to find an X-Plane 10 install.

More New Installers

Another new installer version has just been released for all platforms. I’ve spent a lot of time optimising and improving the networking code, so this version should be a lot faster, smoother and also (especially on Windows) the user interface should be more responsive.

Also, the Mac version is now a Disk Image download, with a customised look and feel.

The full release notes:

  • The intensive local file checking process is now threaded, improving application responsiveness and redraw. The improvements are especially noticeable on Windows.
  • Both intensive file operations now yield some time to other threads to improve application responsiveness and redraw. The improvements are especially noticeable on Windows.
  • The install operation is now much faster, and can make full use of fast Internet connections.
  • The Mac and Windows installers are now code signed, meaning they will not be blocked from running.
  • The Windows installer now runs as an administrator, using the proper UAC mechanism, specified in the application’s Manifest.
  • The Mac installer is now distributed as a Disk Image (DMG) with a custom design.
  • Cross-platform bugs in the license confirmation dialog fixed.

Download the new versions from the OpenSceneryX Home Page.

New Installer Version Released

A new version of the installer has been released, which hopefully fixes some of the recent problems with failed file downloads.  The Mac and Windows builds are 64 bit and we also now have Linux x86-64 bit, Linux x86-32 bit and Linux ARM 32 bit builds.

This release includes the following changes:

Version 2.1.0

  1. The Mac installer now provides support for the default Steam location.  A new button allows you to select the Steam folder if it exists.
  2. The installer now includes the Backup Library that chris k originally built and einstein took control of.  This means that if you have OpenSceneryX installed, you no longer need the Backup Library.  The installer allows you to choose whether the placeholders used are visible or invisible – the visible ones should be bright red.
  3. The Mac version is now a full Cocoa application.
  4. There are three Linux versions: x86-32 bit, x86-64 bit and ARM 32 bit.
  5. The installer should be a bit more robust if your network connection is interrupted.
  6. We now support high resolution displays.
  7. Switched to secure HTTPS for all server communications. This required a rebuild of the network code.
  8. Small design refresh.

Download the new installer from the OpenSceneryX home page.

 

Public Beta of New Installer

We now have a public beta of the installer available for testing.  If you are happy testing pre-release software, please download this version and give it a try.

The headline new features are:

  1. The Mac installer now provides support for the default Steam location.  A new button allows you to select the Steam folder if it exists.
  2. The installer now includes the Backup Library that chris k originally built and einstein continues to expand and maintain.  This means that if you have OpenSceneryX installed, you no longer need the Backup Library.  The installer allows you to choose whether the placeholders used are visible or invisible – the visible ones should be bright red.
  3. The Mac version is now a full Cocoa application.
  4. There are three Linux versions: x86-32 bit, x86-64 bit and ARM 32 bit.
  5. The installer should be a bit more robust if your network connection is interrupted.
  6. The Mac version supports Retina displays at high resolution.

The latest public beta downloads are available from the Support page.

If you have any problems, please either reply to this post (you’ll need to register as a user of the site if you haven’t already) or get in touch using the contact form.

Beta Release of Installer and Library

A beta version of the installer and library are now ready for testing. This beta includes two new features, as well as one other significant change behind the scenes:

  1. The Mac installer now provides support for the default Steam location.  A new button allows you to select the Steam folder if it exists.
  2. The installer now includes the Backup Library that chris k originally built and einstein continues to expand and maintain.  This means that if you have OpenSceneryX installed, you no longer need the Backup Library.  The installer allows you to choose whether the placeholders used are visible or invisible – the visible ones should be bright red.
  3. The installer has been rebuilt using the latest version of the Xojo development environment. This means that the Mac version is now a full Cocoa application.

We need some testers to try out this beta and test the new features, as well as ensuring that no bugs have crept in.  Although the third item above sounds innocuous, a lot of things have changed under the covers so it needs a good test.

WARNING: If you are not happy testing betas, which may have bugs, please skip this and wait for the full release version.

However, if you would like to help out, please either reply to this post (you’ll need to register as a user of the site if you haven’t already) or simply get in touch using the contact form.

Backup Library soon to be included

Some of you may be aware of the excellent Backup Library that chris k originally built and now einstein maintains over at the .org.  Having this library installed removes a lot of errors you get in X-Plane if you use a scenery package that needs a library, but haven’t got the library installed.

It basically supplies fake invisible objects, lines, polygons etc. that are used instead of the real ones, so that X-Plane has something to load rather than complain about.

After some discussions with einstein, we have decided to join forces so that OpenSceneryX automatically installs the Backup Library too.  This means that you won’t need to download and install it separately if you have OpenSceneryX installed.  The installer will also give you a choice whether to show visible or invisible placeholders for the Backup Library, so that you can choose to know whether you’ve got libraries missing or not.  The visible ones will be bright red, so easy to spot!

Note that einstein will still be maintaining the Backup Library and the full version will still be available from the .org but it will be slightly different as the full version still needs to include a backup for OpenSceneryX itself in case you don’t want to install it.

This feature will be included in the next version of the library and installer.

Steam

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Several users have raised an issue with the Steam version of X-Plane on the Mac. Because the default Steam install location is inside your ‘Library’ folder, and this folder is invisible, you cannot select anything below it in the OpenSceneryX installer.

To solve this, the next version of the installer will have a ‘Use Steam’ button on the Mac – this will automatically check whether the X-Plane Steam folder exists and if so, sets it to be used by the installer.

This work is done, but there is another feature being worked on at the moment (watch for the next blog post!), so a beta version will be released at some point once both new features are ready for testing.