HiFi Simulations released Active Sky Next SP4

Active Sky released SP4 for Active Sky Next. If you're unfamiliar with Active Sky, it started as an add-on for Microsoft Flight Simulator and can now be used in FSX, FSX:Steam Edition and Prepar3D. Active Sky offers you a new level of weather realism: realistic radar simulation, cloud position awareness and synchronized ambient effects, brand new air effects, brand new thunderstorm depictions, microbursts, thick overcast, smooth cloud transitions, variable cloud areas, voice weather briefings and forecast data integration, among other features.

What's new in Active Sky SP4

Directly from HiFi's revision log:

FSX

  • Fixed issue with date handling when loading saved weather file
  • Fixed issue related to BR, FG plus RA or SN in a METAR resulting in no precipitation
  • Icing depiction adjustments for more consistent and expected results both in and below clouds (i.e. freezing rain)
  • Fixed an issue regarding surface temperature interpolation
  • Additional RVR/Runway Conditions handling adjustment
  • Fixed issue regarding 9999+ meters decoding when vis close to threshold (5.6SM)
  • Fixed issue with radar API leading to excessive intensity levels in lighter rain for areas close to the aircraft
  • Adjusted invalid simconnect version message warning from ASConnect to specify that the simconnect.msi file is located in REDIST or SDK folders (it depends on which Simulator type/version)
  • Adjusted “Ambients error” message to be more accurate, descriptive and refer to a special URL (www.hifisimtech.com/ambients-error) which goes directly to our knowledgebase article
  • Adjusted documentation regarding ambients error and SimConnect and networked configurations
  • Fixed issue with METAR visibility parsing related to RVR and “Runway Conditions” elements being mis-identified, resulting in improper visibility

Prepar3D

  • Fixed issue with date handling when loading saved weather file
  • Fixed issue related to BR, FG plus RA or SN in a METAR resulting in no precipitation
  • Icing depiction adjustments for more consistent and expected results both in and below clouds (i.e. freezing rain)
  • Fixed an issue regarding surface temperature interpolation
  • Additional RVR/Runway Conditions handling adjustment
  • Fixed issue regarding 9999+ meters decoding when vis close to threshold (5.6SM)
  • Adjusted documentation regarding ambients error and SimConnect and networked configurations
  • Fixed issue with METAR visibility parsing related to RVR and “Runway Conditions” elements being mis-identified, resulting in improper visibility
  • Disabled Visual Fix: Cloud Pop Fix feature from P3D version as it is no longer supported or needed in P3D v3, and could potentially cause issues with P3Dv2.5
  • Adjusted invalid simconnect version message warning from ASConnect to specify that the simconnect.msi file is located in REDIST or SDK folders (it depends on which Simulator type/version)
  • Adjusted “Ambients error” message to be more accurate, descriptive and refer to a special URL (www.hifisimtech.com/ambients-error) which goes directly to our knowledgebase article
  • Adjusted ASConnect default install path search order to P3D v3 vs V2
  • Miscellenous installer fixes and adjustments related to P3Dv3
  • Added detection of new P3Dv3 install + P3Dv2 paths set in ASN = Notification message that paths should be checked/set to the intended P3D version
  • Added new v3 variant of xgauge.dll for new path/registry locations

    Added new ASN client handling to support installation of proper xgauge.dll variant

  • NOTE: P3Dv3 users should uninstall/reinstall XGauge via the XGauge Installation Wizard (TOOLS menu) to ensure that gauge files are properly updated
  • Added compatibility with P3D 3.1.2.15841

Important Notes:

  • You will need to set your paths appropriately in ASN for P3D (simulator installation and simulator appdata path) and restart ASN.

    It is recommended to run P3Dv3 “As administrator” or you may experience logging/ambient errors.

  • P3D v3 base install no longer includes legacy simconnect interface. You will need to install the simconnect client from here: [P3Dv3 folder]\redist\Interface\FSX-SP2-XPACK\retail\lib\SimConnect.msi
  • ASNext utilizes traditional FSX/P3Dv1/P3Dv2 add-on configuration and file/folder locations P3Dv3 recommends that add-ons use a brand new system with add-on content and files located outside of the P3Dv3 installation location in order to avoid potential issues during updates.
  • Until such time that Active Sky is redesigned for specific P3Dv3 recommended locations, we recommend uninstalling ASN before applying P3Dv3 updates, in order to avoid any potential update issues.
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Sérgio Costa

About Sérgio Costa

Sérgio has been a flight simulation enthusiast for nearly 25 years. His passion with helicopters developed during MSFS 2000 when he discovered the complexity of these aircraft and the challenge it was to control them. Since then he has been primarily a helicopter flight simmer, trying his best not to crash and kill all his virtual passengers. Sérgio is HeliSimmer's editor and writer and one of the Three Grumpy Simmers, a YouTube series and Podcast produced together with YouTubers Bel Geode and NovaWing24, obviously dedicated to flight simulation.

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