Implications of development strategy changes

Thursday, July 24th, 2014 Leave a comment

As mentioned in the last post, Vic+ will not include the Ganges update.  Here’s a summary of implications:

  1. If you downloaded Vic+ PNW V8 as donationware, and did not donate, now is the time to purchase your copy.  I expect everyone who downloads SP1 to have purchased a copy, although I will make it available on the honour system.  It’s the price of two latte’s!
  2. I don’t plan further enhancements to Vic+ in the near future, but they may happen, and certainly bug reports will be considered.
  3. Future enhancements, like Ganges, will be separate projects.

And if you’ve been following this blog, you’ll note the number of times I mention Larry Robinson.  He has been a source of inspiration, wise advise, provided many objects and beautiful textures, including the Belleville Ferry Terminal, and allowed me to link to his Victoria-related maritime vessels, including the MV Coho, Victoria Harbour Ferry, and MV Norwegian Pearl.  And he’s working on other goodies as well.

Larry does stunning work and I’m humbled to have his support.  Thanks, Larry.

Evolving strategy

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 4 comments

As I continue to work on Ganges it’s becoming apparent that it’s a project in its own right.  So before long I will publish the Vic+ 8.0.06 patch (now called SP1) with goodies promised, except Ganges.  Ganges will be a separate payware product, perhaps the precursor of a series of payware floatplane bases.

Another view of the Pearl

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 1 comment

A hint of things to come in Vic+…

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 7 comments

Here, not in final form, is the Norwegian Pearl, which Larry Robinson is creating.  This will be used by Vic+ in future versions for cruise ship traffic.

Meanwhile, I’m still working on Ganges.


Ganges product

Friday, July 4th, 2014 Leave a comment

Work in progress, still need some photos of the Mouat’s buildings.  Update: got great photos thanks to Bill and Bernice joining me on a field trip, much work to do, will be separate product, not part of Vic+.

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Update on VictoriaPlus PNW V8 Service Pack 1

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 1 comment

SP1 is firming up.  Here, subject to change, is what to expect:


  • Reduced seaplane AI traffic to reduce the number of avoidance manoeuvres which resulted in AI objects behaving strangely to avoid collisions
  • Fixed height of SCO object on Pelly Island
  • Updated documentation
  • Removed crashbox at Ogden Point Breakwater
  • Excluded isolated antenna near Royal BC Museum
  • Upgraded configuration file for Pilot Boat so that it turns smoothly and doesn’t “waggle”.  Thanks, Larry.
  • Improved visibility for CCG Laurier so that it shows up at lower scenery complexity settings


  • Replaced model for the Promontory
  • Added Maple Mountain antenna
  • Added new static harbour ferries and ferry docks and signage
  • Upgraded Empress Hotel model
  • Added Brotchie Ledge light model from Larry Robinson
  • Added flagpole to Beacon Hill Park
  • Improved Maple Bay floatplane base
  • Improved Ogden Point surface texture
  • Modified cruise ship flightplans to use Larry’s Norwegian Pearl rather than vessels from other products

Performance Improvements

  • Reduced seaplane AI traffic to reduce the number of avoidance manoeuvres which resulted in AI objects behaving strangely to avoid collisions
  • Deleted heli traffic, recommend Helitraffic 2009
  • Removed wharves and fishing boats that had animated birds associated with them to improve performance

Coming soon!  And be sure to get Larry’s new AI Harbour Ferry!

Another cool addon for VicPlus PNW

Saturday, June 7th, 2014 1 comment

Larry Robinson has published his AI Harbour Ferry designed to work with VictoriaPlus PNW V8.  It’s a lot of fun watching it scoot around the harbour.

Helmut has posted some great screenshots.

Go to his scenery file list and scroll down to the link under, “An AI water taxi as an addition to the addon pack above.”



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