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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.

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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:

Fixes

  • 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

Enhancements

  • 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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Future updates to VicPlus PNW V8

Thursday, May 29th, 2014 Leave a comment

A service pack will be available at some point for VicPlus PNW V8 which include, among other goodies yet to determined, the following:

  • fix for floating SCO object on Pelly Island
  • fix for aircraft crash over Ogden Point breakwater
  • a number of changes to the AI, which will reduce avoidance maneuvers that cause some oddities; these will also improve performance
  • improved representations for a number of buildings, including the Promontory and Hotel Grand Pacific2014-5-26_7-22-34-766
  • thanks to Larry, addition of static and AI harbour ferries to the harbour area, as well as addition of the main docking area near  Ship Point2014-5-29_13-35-0-686
  • addition of Maple Mountain antenna2014-5-29_13-53-43-660
  • documentation updates

Some of these will require objects from Larry’s library so it will be necessary to download it again.

Support forum for VicPlus PNW V8

Sunday, May 25th, 2014 Leave a comment

Very few problems with VicPlus PNW V8 have been reported.  But if you do have issues or suggestions, please first read the manual, then read the FAQ on the support forum.  If that’s not enough, please post on that forum.  Thanks to Tom at AVSIM for hosting!

Victoria PNW Screenshots

Friday, May 16th, 2014 1 comment

Victoria Belleville Ferry Terminal released

Sunday, May 11th, 2014 5 comments

Larry Robinson has released his stunning Victoria Belleville St. Ferry Terminal, (scroll down and select the two links under “Addon Pack for Vic+ V8 and Orbx PNW”), ferry (static and AI) MV Coho, and freighter Tai Harvest.  Read instructions carefully!! For FSX and P3D.  Designed to work with Victoria+ V8 Special Release for PNW, this completes the Victoria, Canada harbour.

NOTE: FOR DISCUSSION GO TO THIS THREAD AND READ THROUGH.  Thank you!

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Victoria+ FSX/P3D for FTX Pacific Northwest (PNW) users

Thursday, May 1st, 2014 6 comments

This long-awaited version of Victoria+, only for PNW users, is now available.  Download here.  This is payware, only $8.95.

NOTE: FOR SUPPORT GO TO THE SUPPORT FORUM.  Thank you!

Features

  1. Custom buildings, waterfront and objects for Victoria, BC, Canada Harbour
  2. Custom buildings for the greater Victoria area
  3. Radar domes on Mt. Newton and Mayne Island
  4. Antenna on Mt. Douglas
  5. Corrected locations for many other antennae
  6. Improved landclass over PNW
  7. Airport facilities for:
  • CAP5 Victoria International Floatplane Base
  • CAX6 Ganges Floatplane Base
  • CBF7 Victoria – Camel Point Heliport
  • CBK8 Victoria Jubilee Hospital Heliport
  • CBW7 Victoria General Hospital Heliport
  • CBZ7 Victoria – Shoal Point Coast Guard Heliport
  • CMAP Maple Bay Floatplane Base
  • CMBH Mount Belcher Heliport
  • CYWH Victoria Harbour Floatplane base

AI craft and traffic

  • DHC-2 floatplane and traffic (Harbour Air, Kenmore Air, Pat Bay Air)
  • pilot boat which travels to rendezvous with static freighter, see Larry Robinson’s addons below
  • users of Misty Fjords and Vancouver+ will also get additional cruise ship traffic:  the Island Princess and the Volendam
  • Vancouver+ also has flightplans which will populate the Victoria+ area with lots of traffic
  • For Vancouver+ users (which has the Bell 206L model): Canada Coast Guard helicopter
  • flying from CBZ7 (Shoal Point), BC Ambulance helicopter flying from CMBH (Mount Belcher, Saltspring Island). It is recommended that Helitraffic 2009 be used, and these aircraft added to that program’s database.

Changes from Version 7

  • Deletion of all San Juan and much of the Gulf Island scenery
  • Compatibility with FTX NA Blue PNW
  • Compatibility with Larry Robinson`s MV Coho vessel and dock
  • Improved Victoria Harbour seawall, now with airphoto data
  • New and improved buildings
  • Updated Ogden Point Terminal with new textures
  • Removal of small boat traffic, alternative is to enable FSX default small boat traffic

Companion Products

Required

Essential for complete coverage

  • Latest version of CYYJ from Don Grovestine is highly recommended, and it will add buildings and docks to CAP5:
  • Larry Robinson’s MV Coho ferry and Belleville St. Ferry Terminal (scroll down and select the two links under “Addon Pack for Vic+ V8 and Orbx PNW”) and static freighter are highly recommended, Victoria Harbour is incomplete without it. You’ll also need Larry’s object library.  Read installation instructions completely!! Note: Be sure to set the “Ships and Ferries” traffic to 38% or less the prevent the default object from appearing.

 

Recommended

 

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Hyack floatplane terminal in Victoria sold

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012 Leave a comment

Hard to say what this announcement means for the embattled Vancouver terminal, but it looks like a possible competitive service to Harbour Air on the Vancouver-Victoria floatplane route.

Fudging Vic+ to work in FTX PNW

Sunday, August 28th, 2011 4 comments

What (not) to do in an Earthquake

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011 Leave a comment

In this post I outlined sources of information to use for guidance in preparing for, and responding to, an earthquake.   It appears that some misguided information is also finding its way around the internet once again: the Triangle of Life promoted by Doug Copp.   It may apply in some third world countries, but guidance in North America still says to drop, cover and hold on.  Follow these links to learn more:

The problem here is not Doug Copp, it’s folks who do not take the time to verify the validity of information.  Google makes this easy now, and a simple search will quickly give you guidance as to whether the information is credible.  So the rule is: don’t pass on any advice on any life/safety issue unless you’ve verified it with a couple of credible websites, or it comes directly from someone who you know personally is an expert.

As an aside, I was surprised to see people standing around or running out of buildings in videos of the recent Japanese earthquake.  That’s the wrong thing to do, and in any case don’t think you’ll have that much mobility.   The earthquake was well offshore and the ground shaking in Tokyo (where much of the video was from) was much LESS than we might experience.  You may not be able to walk or even stand.  Most injuries occur (according to the American Red Cross statement above) when people try to run out of a building: stepping on broken glass, being thrown about or falling down stairs.

This article shows that Tokyo was subject to ground accelerations peaking at 0.16 g (VII on the USGS scale).    To put this in perspective severe ground shaking (X+) was recorded of up to 2.7g in Miyagi prefecture, more than 15 times higher.  A human would be thrown about like a ragdoll at such accelerations.  Unless they had dropped, covered and held on.  Tight.

Could it happen here?

Saturday, March 26th, 2011 Leave a comment

Coastal British Columbia is in an active earthquake zone, and recent events have raised awareness of the risks.  Although in Victoria and Vancouver we are largely protected from Pacific Ocean tsunamis, a damaging tsunami from a near-shore earthquake may occur, and it’s worth restating that your best protection is to be prepared and know how to respond.  In BC, the organization ultimately responsible for your safety is your Local Authority (municipality, district or First Nation) so contact them with any questions, and lots of useful information can be found at the Provincial Emergency Program site, with particular attention to their Earthquake Preparedness and Tsunami Preparedness documents.

Some videos from a recent Kirtan in Victoria

Thursday, October 28th, 2010 4 comments
Categories: Entertainment, Music, Victoria

Toasty roasty

Sunday, May 16th, 2010 1 comment

My (now older) machine is running a bit hot.  How hot?  Well when running FSX core#0 gets as high as 94C.  Yikes.  And that’s just a Q6600 quad core at 2.4GHz.  No overclocking.  So I’ve minimized using the machine the last few days, and will take it into the shop for a cleaning and cooling system upgrade, and a pinch of overclocking (it always did run too warm, 80C or so when stressed).

Holger and I decided to hold off a bit on the Victoria+ FTX PNW patch as it turned out to be more complicated than we thought, and we felt it best to focus on Van+ V3 first.  I’ve been working on the seasonal photoscenery: we have to have two complete sets, one that matches the Van+ custom ground textures, and one that matches the PNW textures.  As well, PNW adds a “hard winter” month (snow) that Van+ didn’t have, so PNW users will get that texture as well in V3.

CYYJ (2010) Released

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010 4 comments

Don Grovestine has released CYYJ (2010).  Here’s what this offers at no charge:

CYYJ (2010) portrays the Victoria (British Columbia, Canada) International Airport (CYYJ) and surrounding area as it appeared in early 2010, including the Coast Guard station at Pat Bay and the nearby industrial parks. It is fully compatible with Victoria+ (both FS2004 And FSX versions), Ultimate Terrain Canada/Alaska for FS2004 and Ultimate Terrain X – Canada for FSX, other FS9 road and shoreline upgrades for the area and ORBX’s FTX NA Blue. CYYJ (2010) includes aircraft, flight plan and traffic files for a realistic AI scenario other than scheduled airline operations. (Use BC Regional AI – also available from this file library – for scheduled traffic). CYYJ (2010) updates Victoria+ FSX and all earlier versions of standalone CYYJ. Version 5.04 fixes known bugs, includes a few minor enhancements and adds compatibility with ORBX’s new FTX NA Blue Pacific NorthWest offering.

Congrats, Don!

Timing of Vancouver+ updates

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010 Leave a comment

We’re taking our time to add some goodies (like lots of new condos in downtown Vancouver, the Olympic Athletes Village, etc.) to Vancouver+ V3, the version that will be compatible with FTX PNW.  The installation and configurator will have some complexity as well.  So it’ll be a bit (no dates!) until we release that version.

In the meantime, Holger is working on an interim patch that will disable files in the existing version of Vancouver+ which conflict with FTX PNW.  No dates on that either, but watch this space!

And some users have reported successful compatibility between FTX PNW and Victoria+ by just disabling the “VicPlus Lower Priority” scenery folder in the scenery library.  Give that a shot.  We know there will be some conflicts and funnies, but it may provide some of the goodies you yearn for.

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