Ferry Quinsam added / P3D v4 updates

Hi folks,

I’ve now posted an update to the PNW ferry system that adds the BC ferry Quinsam to the Nanaimo Gabriola route. This is the regularly assigned boat to this route. Below are a few clips. Consider it an enhancement for CAC8.

I’ve also made some adjustments so that everything works in P3D v4 as far as I’ve checked. Beta tester Greg assures me that his computer did not melt while testing so that’s a positive sign.In fact, the screen shots are from version 4 using some of my working files for CAC8. So that will work too when the ObjectFlow module and the installers are ready.

A number of the wake effects have been redone for v4 but a fair number remain to be tweaked. It’s a slow process and I still learn something new with each one, meaning I then need to go back and fix the ones I just did. I also fixed a large number of scenery errors here and there.

The package of all the files is linked on the links page of the blog as usual. I’ve revised the instructions trying to simplify them. If at all possible I would strongly encourage P3D users to take advantage of the .cfg file method of telling P3D where the ferry system files are located. That way updates are as simple as replacing a single large folder with the new one. See the instructions on how to do it if you are not familiar with the method.

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P3D v4 updates, a new boat soon

Hi Folks,

This is about the old adage ‘the more you know the less you know’. It turns out that there are several issues with effects in the initial release of P3D v4. Among them, effect textures are flipped upside down. And in previous versions they had been flipped left right. The LM guys will fix all of this, but it means that my wave effects made to look right in P3D v3 will not look right in V4 as is.

In the process of fixing some of the wake and wave effects I’ve learned more of what should have been obvious. I’ve been using this understanding to fix my Orbx wake effects but it’s taking 1 to 2 hours per effect so it will be some time before I get to all the wakes for each ferry. However I have done a couple.

I have almost finished a new ferry for the Nanaimo Gabriola route; the MV Quinsam which is currently assigned to the route. It’s based on close-up photos I took on my trip up there a couple of years ago and is fairly detailed.

When it’s done I’ll post a new version of the PNW ferries with the new boat, some revised effect (including a better long range lighthouse effect) and a number of other fixes.