OpenSceneryX 3.1.0 Released

We have just released OpenScenery v3.1.0. The main change in this version is the addition of over 1200 individual plant and tree objects. These should be much easier to use than forests if you just want to place a few individual plants around your sceneries. The full changes are:

  • New scenery objects in this version:
    • A huge collection of 1263 individual plants and trees, built using the same textures as the existing forests for efficiency. As objects, these are much more convenient to use than forests if you need to place individual plants.
  • Modified scenery objects in this version:
    • Updated DDS version of European tree texture to include two missing trees.
    • Added DDS versions of US tree textures.
  • Other changes:
    • Added 15 missing or incorrect paths from RE_Library.

The installer hasn’t changed, so if you already have the latest version just re-run it. If you need to download it, go to the OpenSceneryX home page.

OpenSceneryX v3.0.0 Released

It’s a massive new release of the library, with almost 1,000 new objects. Here are the full release notes:

  • New scenery objects in this version:
    • Incorporated most of RE_Library by Richard C Elliott (einstein at the .org) into OpenSceneryX, which is about 900 objects. There are too many to list individually here, but the collection includes offices, radio installations, vehicles, hangars, fire stations, control towers, terminals and visual control rooms. Thank you Richard for offering this merge, it is hugely appreciated and expands the scope of OpenSceneryX considerably.
      • IMPORTANT NOTE 1: Certain iconic objects from specific airports were not included because OpenSceneryX, by design, does not contain world-unique objects (for example, the old EGCC Manchester International control tower). If any designer has used these objects, they will disappear. To fix this, airport designers will need to include these objects directly in their scenery packages. Richard has given permission to use his objects directly in this way (see the documentation in the RE_Library package) but as a courtesy it might be polite to drop him a note to let him know.
      • IMPORTANT NOTE 2: Some objects that were very similar to others were merged, for efficiency.
      • IMPORTANT NOTE 3: Because OSX requires all vehicles to be facing North with the tip of the nose at the origin, The RE_Library fire engines will change position and orientation. I’m afraid the only way to sort this out is for airport designers to tweak the placements of these objects and release new versions of their airports.
      • IMPORTANT NOTE 4: Some of the control tower objects in RE_Library were combinations of specific office blocks and specific Visual Control Rooms (VCRs). For efficiency, these have been replaced with the equivalent office blocks (without VCR), so airports that have used these will need to be modified to have a VCR placed on top of the office block. However, this has the added advantage that many more building / VCR combinations are now possible.
    • Four Supacat SUV600 fire vehicles, based on Land Rover 6×6 chassis.
    • A set of fire training rigs in a variety of colours.
    • A set of churches in two sizes and a variety of construction materials.
    • A fuel hydrant hatch polygon.
    • A collection of metal sheds.
    • A pair of white and yellow bollards.
    • A hotel.
    • A school / play-centre.
    • A wooden bungalow.
    • A pair of concrete barriers.
    • A small orange cone.
    • A hut constructed from a shipping container.
    • A set of shipping containers in various sizes and textures.
    • A small office constructed from a shipping container.
    • A wooden airport security building.
    • A wooden clubhouse.
    • A GPU unit.
    • A wooden airport terminal building.
    • A wooden hangar with a house attached.
    • Two baggage carts.
    • A baggage cart tractor.
    • A small tug.
    • A 27m concrete control tower.
    • A selection of fire extinguishers, standalone and in cabinets.
    • A complete fuelling installation, including underground tanks, pump, lights and signs.
    • A flood light.
    • A collection of warning and emergency signs for use around fuel installations.
    • A refuelling pump station.
    • Underground fuel tanks.
    • A set of fuel drums.
    • A set of gable markers in various colours.
    • Two metal garages.
    • Two metal glider boxes.
    • A grandstand for a sporting event.
    • A set of 5 metal hangars.
    • A further set of 28 metal hangars.
    • A set of 6 larger, more complex hangars.
    • A pair of wooden parking barriers.
    • A 250m radio mast and a 30m radio tower.
    • Three small metal huts.
    • A set of 56 plastic and galvanised tanks in a variety of sizes and colours.
    • A toilet facilities block.
    • A set of green waste bins with lids in various colours.
    • A McDonalds® fast food restaurant.
  • Modified scenery objects in this version:
    • All legacy X-Plane v7 objects have been converted to v8. The only objects affected were the animals.
    • Fishing boats 1, 2, 3 and 4 were not pointing North. These have been rotated 90 degrees to conform with the OpenSceneryX standard. Apologies for any problems this may cause with existing scenery packs.
    • None of the Robin DR221 aircraft were pointing North. These have been rotated 90 degrees to conform with the OpenSceneryX standard. Apologies for any problems this may cause with existing scenery packs.
    • The small yellow, white and red/white cones have been replaced with improved models.
    • The existing 12m shipping container was rotated 90 degrees to standardise across all shipping containers. Apologies for any problems this may cause with existing scenery packs.
  • Other changes:
    • Two invalid lines were fixed in the backup libraries (RE_Library and world2xplane library).
    • Added support to include external libraries within OpenSceneryX, which provides the ability for libraries to be merged. Items in external libraries are published to their original paths as well as new OpenSceneryX paths.
    • All deprecated paths are now exported into a DEPRECATED section of the library file, so they no longer show up in WED.
    • Refreshed design and branding in library docs and developer pack docs.
    • All processing for legacy X-Plane v7 format object files has been removed. The v7 format is no longer supported by OpenSceneryX.
    • Re-compressed a bunch of the PNG textures that gave the best saving in file size.
    • Developer documentation PDF now contains clickable screenshots and titles to take you to the online docs for the item.
    • Website now shows a carousel of the latest additions to the library, with screenshots and links.

Night Lighting in X-Plane 10

Just reading one of the latest posts on the absolutely excellent XPlane10’s Blog, they mention ‘glowing buildings’ at night on one of their scenery package reviews.

So, just a quick note about glowing buildings in OpenSceneryX – now that we’re firmly in X-Plane 10 world, more OpenSceneryX QA time is being spent ensuring our LIT textures look good with the new lighting model. A lot of older objects have slightly ‘glowing’ night textures, which were used in X-Plane 9 and earlier to try to simulate spill lighting from floodlights. These are now outlawed, and a further audit of all night textures will be done to remove any night textures that glow. Unfortunately, sometimes this means that legitimate lighting effects (e.g. illuminated window panes) may have to be removed, but for an overall improvement in the look of our objects at night.