ASP4 Upgrade (for P3D)

Compatibility: P3D v4, P3D v3
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This Upgrade edition of Active Sky 2016 is for current owners of Active Sky Evolution (ASE), Active Sky 2012 (AS2012), and Active Sky Next (ASN). Please note that this does not include the version of Active Sky Next (ASN) sold on the STEAM store.

This add-on now provides ASP 4 for P3D v4 - the new version of Active Sky released on 17 July 2017 - as well as the previous Active Sky 2016 software for P3D v3.

New ASP4 Features

  • Redesigned 64-bit ASConnect simulator interface with tight P3D v4 integration
  • Updated XGauge radar and weather display gauge, now in 64-bit
  • New Air Effect Enhancements including Low-Interval Smoothing for a more organic and realistic feel to updrafts, downdrafts, thermals, gusts, sheer, turbulence and microbursts
  • New Visibility Depiction Enhancements including new low and high altitude visibility horizon distance adjustment options
  • New Active Runway Data, showing the active runway in use based on current wind conditions via Map pop-ups, Conditions Screen METAR text and Briefing text
  • General improvements in performance and stability throughout
  • Incorporates all of Active Sky weather engine previous product technologies including highly-realistic global weather data integration, advanced radar and precipitation simulation, cloud position awareness and synchronized cloud-based effects, advanced air effects, microburst simulation, wake turbulence simulation, and much, much more
Active Sky 2016 (AS16) represents the culmination of 16 years of weather simulation engine development! New In-Cloud Motion Effects, Weather Scenarios System, Airborne Weather Radar, P3D v3 Visibility Smoothing and Volumetric Fog Integration, Navigraph Data Integration, Re-designed Map-based Custom Weather Editing System, Universal Web Companion App, an Improved Mapping System and a High-Latitude Cloud Squeeze Fix are just a few of the new features to debut in this brand new version of Active Sky.

Beyond the many new features, AS16 also extends and improves all aspects of weather simulation and depiction, from data parsing, to synthesis, interpolation, depiction, performance, and everything in-between, your entire weather experience will be more realistic than ever before.

AS16 also incorporates full integration with Active Sky Cloud Art (ASCA), HiFi Simulation Technologies' brand new graphics add-on for both FSX and P3D. ASCA includes cloud textures, sky textures, and brand new 3D cloud models to transform your skies, while also debuting a ground-breaking new feature when used in combination with AS16: Real-Time Dynamic Cloud and Sky Textures! This enables realistic weather-influenced texture variation that reloads throughout your flight without needing to shut down and restart your simulator.  You can use any graphics add-on(s) with AS16, but dynamic texture reloads require the AS16+ASCA combination.


Visibility Improvements, Effects Improvements, New API Features and More!

Redesigned P3D visibility depiction was overall a great improvement to debut in AS16, but many users had different needs and expectations, and asked us for enhancements in several key areas including elimination of excessive haze at the horizon, elimination of occasional sudden visibility shifts around 10,000ft, and better restricted visibility depiction, both surface and aloft, without harsh lines in certain scenarios. We’ve reworked the visibility depiction again, and significantly improve these areas (and several others) with SP1.  Cloud motion effect detection/synchronization and general speed sensation and particle effect placement was another area our users asked us to work on, and we have spent considerable time improving this for SP1.

Beyond the visibility and effects improvements, there are also new user options, improved turbulence effects, jet-stream and boundary-layer turbulence effects, general depiction and interpolation improvements, and hundreds of minor fixes and adjustments in effort to make AS16 even better.

Finally, many new API functions and capabilities have been added, enabling all kinds of developers to tightly integrate with Active Sky technology in all aspects including getting and setting weather, controlling weather modes and more.

In-Cloud Motion Effects - Feel the speed of motion while flying through clouds.

P3D Visibility Smoothing and Volumetric Fog Integration - Finally, smooth and realistic visibility depiction for P3D is here.

XGauge WX + Radar - Enhanced weather gauge with included realistic airborne radar mode.

Weather Scenarios System - Challenge yourself with several scenarios including a Microburst Encounter, Gusting Winds, Wake Turbulence, and more.

High-Latitude Cloud Squeeze Fix - Fly high-latitude areas without stretched clouds.

Map-Based Custom Weather Editing System - We’ve re-designed custom weather editing and provided a new easy map-based custom weather area manager and weather setting wizard.

ASCA Integration for Real-Time Texture Dynamics - AS16 works with any texture/graphics add-ons (including default graphics), but when combined with ASCA, real-time texture dynamics and automatic wx-influenced selections are enabled.

Web Companion App - Remotely view and control weather using any device on your local network with new webserver/browser technology.

New Map System - Vector Background Options and New Overlays.

NAVIGRAPH Data Integration - Airports, Navaids and Fixes now provided by Navigraph!  A complimentary expired database is included with AS16, and regular AIRAC cycle updates are available with a Navigraph subscription.


Award-Winning Active Sky Weather Simulation Engine – Enhanced Further!
We’ve been enhancing and growing Active Sky since 2000, and this new version expands our weather engine even further than ever before.

Enhanced Thunderstorm Effects
Thunderstorms are now very dangerous, as they are in the real world, and require avoidance, in most cases, to ensure safe and successful completion of your flights – Flying into heavy cells can result in loss of aircraft control and even airframe stress overload.

Performance-Focused Design
We’ve taken the previous codebase for Active Sky and re-factored it, tuned it, and re-designed many core areas for increased performance and usability.

User Interface Improvements
We’ve incorporated user feedback and made dozens and dozens of improvements throughout the entire UI

Hybrid Weather Depiction Technology
AS16 uses multiple integration and depiction methods to provide realistic, smooth and correct weather and ambient conditions at all times, while also providing full cloud position awareness to enable advanced cloud-synchronized radar, precipitation and air effects.

High-Fidelity Data Resolution and Coverage
Active Sky 16 includes enhanced global gridded weather data, global sigmets and airmets, global surface data and global aloft data for much improved realism and coverage for all kinds of conditions in all areas without relying strictly on METAR reports.

High-Fidelity Air Effects
Wake Turbulence, Microbursts, Downdrafts, Updrafts, Terrain-influenced Drafts, Thermals and more!

Smooth Transitions
Cloud formations, wind, temperature, visibility and every other aspect of your weather is smoothed, transitioned and interpolated for the ultimate in realism.

Private Server Network
AS16 utilizes the high-performance and high-availability HiFi DataNet weather network with multiple servers in multiple regions around the world, providing high-resolution weather data and historical data archives for the past 2 years.

Online Historical Data with Playback
Fly in weather at any date/time up to 2 years in the past and have weather update realistically throughout your flight according to hourly-archived conditions.

Active Sky API
AS16 utilizes an extended version of the Active Sky API, allowing 3rd party developers to integrate and take advantage of advanced radar, icing, wind shear, weather data and weather controlling extensibility.

Much More!
AS16’s full feature list is too numerous to list here, but we invite you to TRY AS16 FREE for yourself and experience all it has to offer!

While ASCA and AS16 work great together, they are also fully compatible (either alone or together) with any other graphics add-on and weather add-on. You have full flexibility to mix and match any aspect and selectable feature set within these add-ons.


Q. How do I upgrade?
A. You can upgrade to this latest version of Active Sky 2016 if you have a valid licence for Active Sky Evolution (ASE), Active Sky 2012 (AS2012) or Active Sky Next (ASN). You just need the previous product licence key (or have the previous product installed, which will auto-populate the licence key) to enter during an eligibility check when you first run the software. Simply enter your AS16 licence key (as usual with all software on first run) and then, when AS16 notices it is an upgrade version licence key, it will ask for your previous product key.

Q. Will PMDG 737/777, iFly 737, or other aircraft add-ons using ASN Radar API continue to work with AS16?
A: Most add-on aircraft developers using AS radar integration have already updated their products with the new 64-bit ASP4 API changes.  Please check with your aircraft developer for details.

Q. Do I have to use ASCA with AS16?
A. No, AS16 is compatible with all graphics including default graphics.  AS16 can be combined with ASCA for real-time dynamic texture reloads, but this feature is not required.  Feel free to use your favorite graphics add-ons with AS16 just as you have been able to with ASN!

Q. Will I get AS16 for FSX and AS16 for P3D with a single licence as before with ASN?
A. No, AS16 for FSX and AS16 for P3D are separately licensed, separately developed and separately maintained (with separate price points).

System Requirements:

  • Prepar3D v3/v4
  • Windows 7, 8.1, 10 or later
  • 2GHZ processor or better (3.0GHz recommended)
  • 2GB RAM or better (4GB recommended)
  • 1GB hard drive space
  • Minimum monitor resolution to access all user interface features: 1024×768 (1280×800 or better resolution recomended)
  • Sound device (for sound and voice features)
  • Broadband high-speed internet connection recommended.
  • License is valid for one computer/installation only.  Moving software to another computer will deactivate the previous computer.  10 automatic reactivations are permitted.  Multiple-computer installations will require an individual AS16 license for each computer that it is installed on.
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Active Sky 2016 Upgrade (for P3D) The latest version of Active Sky 2016 / ASP4 provides many new and updated features for this impressive weather simulation engine for P3D.

Among these are new in-cloud motion effects, updated XGauge radar and weather display gauge, new active runway data, new air effect enhancements, performance and stability improvements, Navigraph data integration, a re-designed map-based custom weather editing System and an Improved Mapping System.

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