New toy

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 Leave a comment

I finally replaced my dying laptop, and decided in one swoop to also move flight simulator testing to a newer laptop.  I chose the Lenovo Y50 from Newegg, which I’m quite happy with.  Specs:

  • Windows 8.1 – a joke of a user interface, which I’ve bypassed by using Classic Shell.  No wonder Mac visitors to my website have gone from 5% to 15%!
  • 2.40 gigahertz Intel Core i7-4700HQ
  • WDC WD10S21X-24R1BT0-SSHD-8GB [Hard drive] (1000.20 GB)
  • 16GB PC3-12800 DDR3L SDRAM 1600 MHz
  • NVIDIA® GTX-860M 2GB (Maxwell)
  • 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) display

So I can run P3D at last (although I don’t like the washed out colours much and I can’t adjust sat/gamma/contrast on the NVidia card to correct this), but it’s good for testing so I am content.  At least I was once I convinced P3D not to use the lousy integrated graphics using the NVidia control panel.

One of my big issues for testing was FSX load time which is now down to  11 seconds to get to the sandbox, and 86 seconds to load a complicated area like VictoriaPlus.  These were both several minutes on my old rig.

I’m still slowly migrating applications.

Another distributor for VictoriaPlus V8 PNW

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 Leave a comment

I’m delighted to announce another great distributor for VictoriaPlus V8 PNW: SimMarket, which has done such a great job at selling VancouverPlus over the years, joins the FlightSim Store as another great place to enhance the Victoria area.

Experience with the Flightsim Store

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 2 comments

Selling VictoriaPlus V8 PNW is my my first experience in working with the FlightSim Store.  Here’s a summary:

  • my installer requirements were met without question and fuss
  • they created the installer/wrapper at no charge
  • they had no problem taking on the no-profit function of upgrading current users for free
  • response was very prompt to requests and modifications
  • all communication was courteous and respectful
  • the margin they take is very reasonable
  • their vendor on-line interface is excellent
  • their ability to sell is great, exceeding expectations
  • their customer service is excellent, as far as I know all issues have been attended to promptly and professionally
  • their payments come through with an astonishing speed

In summary, Adrian and his team are an awesome group to work with, and I highly recommend them to any developers.  I like working with people with a “can do” attitude.  More info here.

VictoriaPlus V8 PNW is #1 for the week at FSS

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 Leave a comment

Thanks for your support, folks.  VictoriaPlus V8 PNW is today ranked #1 for the week at the Flightsim Store.

VictoriaPlus V8 PNW SP1 released!

Monday, August 18th, 2014 18 comments

Now available at the Flightsim Store!  If you purchased from there, you do not need to upgrade, you have the latest.  Current owners/donators get a free upgrade.  Log in to the Flightsim store (or create an account) using the same email address you used for your PayPal payment when you bought directly from me.  Go ahead and select VictoriaPlus for purchase, and you will find it available at a price of $0.00.  Dig deep and pay up!

Getting close on VictoriaPlus V8 PNW

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 Leave a comment

2014-8-16_12-59-54-343A release candidate is being built shortly. Testers found a bunch of minor glitches and had many very useful suggestions for improvement. It’s a much better product now!

More VicPlus V8 PNW screenshots

Saturday, August 9th, 2014 Leave a comment

These courtesy Rudolf Aigner and myself.  FSX and P3DV2.2.

AI Harbour Ferry

AI Harbour Ferry

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt

Victoria Harbour and Johnson St. Bridge

Victoria Harbour and Johnson St. Bridge

Belleville Ferry Terminal and Inner Harbour

Belleville Ferry Terminal and Inner Harbour

MV Norwegian Pearl at Ogden Point

MV Norwegian Pearl at Ogden Point

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