How Does MegaScenery differ from default FS2004 Scenery?
How much hard disk space does MegaScenery use?
What kind of frame rate reduction will I experience with MegaScenery?
What speed system do I need to run MegaScenery?
Tell me more about night scenery?
What about bodies of water? Can I land my float plane?
Does MegaScenery Also Support AUTOGEN?
Yes absolutely and not only that but we've actually improved FS2004 autogen! Yes, that's right, we've improved Autogen with our own more "correct" autogen. Our technology enables us to differentiate land use and as a result we correctly place houses, commercial buildings and trees, etc. So its a more accurate representation. You can activate or de-activate Autogen as you wish with MegaScenery.
Will There Be Other MegaScenery Areas Available?
Absolutely! Our plans are to cover many popular regions of the USA (and world) with MegaScenery. The frequency of release and number of areas will, of course, depend upon the marketplace demand. MegaScenery is indisputably the best visual scenery ever developed for a PC based flight simulator - it's the best thing you could have asked for! So if you want more areas, show your support with this first product as demand will be the main factor in how many and how often.
Will MegaScenery be available in stores?
MegaScenery will not initially be available in stores and will only available direct through PC Aviator's website and catalogue as well as through specialist flight sim stores (online and catalog). The retail store marketplace simply isn't as fair as it could/should be for smaller publishers such as ourselves with specialist products such as flight sim add-ons. This channel set-up doesn't limit availability to you and you can purchase MegaScenery from anywhere in the world on the web. Even though it is only available through direct channels MegaScenery still is professionally produced and comes in a spectacular shrink-wrapped box with all the goodies inside. It truly is a great value for money package especially if you get the Full Kit version which gives you around $20 worth of aeronautical charts for just $10 more than the Lite version.
So Who Makes MegaScenery USA 2004?
MegaScenery USA 2004 is a joint effort between Aerosoft Australia (developer) and PC Aviator (publisher).
MegaScenery USA 2004 is developed by Aerosoft Australia. These guys are true "wizards" when it comes to scenery design and the powerful proprietary tools they have developed for creating scenery. The quality of their products is impeccable. They are most well known for their SceneryUSA scenery for Fly! They don't just create scenery though, you can go to their website at www.aerosoft.com.au and check out their Boeing 747-400 Primary Flight Display (For Microsoft Flight Simulator) as well as their 747-400 Mode Control Panel hardware.
PC Aviator publishes MegaScenery or in other words creates the final boxed product and takes it to the marketplace. People who have previously purchased products under the PC Aviator label would be aware of the high quality of the product they are purchasing. We've been publishing flight sim add-ons for over 10 years and only decide to publish a product if it is one that truly stands out as a truly unique and ground breaking product. PC Aviator is also the publisher of Computer Pilot Magazine, the world's only monthly flight sim magazine (www.computerpilot.com) and we also operate PC Aviator Direct (188.8.131.52/pcaviator.com) through which we sell flight sim software and hardware. PC Aviator has offices in the USA and Australia.
Does MegaScenery Run With FS2002?
Yes, absolutely. It runs perfectly under both FS2004 and FS2002**. MegaScenery has a smart installer. During installation, MegaScenery will install into the folder you specified and will look to see if both versions of Flight Simulator exist on the system. It will only install once but will set-up pointers to the scenery in both versions of Flight Simulator. It will also optimize the configuration files on both versions of Flight Simulator for best performance.
If you are running FS2004 and FS2002, MegaScenery will install just once and update scenery libraries for both simulators. It also gives you the option to automatically update your configuration files to optimize performance.
** There is one limitation with FS2002 and that being misalignment with default object placement. When default Flight Simulator 3D objects are displayed over the geographically accurate MegaScenery tiles, it becomes clearly apparent that the location of these default objects are crudely located and not at thei exact geographical locations. While the development team have been able to go in and reposition default FS2004 objects, this procedure is not possible with FS2002. So in FS2002, while MegaScenery will display perfectly, some objects will appear to be misplaced. Again, this is a shortfall in FS2002 and not MegaScenery.
What's the Difference Between the "Lite" version and the "Full Kit" version?
We cater for 2 types of user tastes with MegaScenery. Some users want all the charts to get the most out of their MegaScenery experience and some don't. When you order the "Lite" version you get a fully boxed product that includes the software on CD-ROM and the 64 page manual. Our manual includes 48 pages of professionally authored VFR flight lessons. When you order the "Full Kit" version for just $10 more, you receive an additional $20 value with authentic printed aeronautical charts. You get the software on CD-ROM, a 64 page printed manual, a full color printed VFR Sectional Chart for VFR cross country navigation. a VFR Terminal Area Chart for VFR navigation in terminal areas and you also get over 200 printed instrument approach charts for Instrument Flying. The first title (Southern California) includes 2 Terminal Area Charts - one for LAX and one for San Diego. For more information on the charts that come with MegaScenery , CLICK HERE.
Regardless of whether you order the "Lite" or "Full Kit" version, unlike a lot of flight sim add-ons released these days, you will receive a comprehensive, printed manual.
Is There A Downloadable Version of MegaScenery?
Unfortunately the size of MegaScenery makes it virtually impossible and not economically viable to provide a download version. In it's compressed form on the CD-ROMs or DVD on which it is delivered MegaScenery titles are between 900 MegaBytes and 3.6 Gigabytes. Dial up download time for that would be between 12 and 48 hours and while it would be much faster for broadband users, the bandwidth consumption and cost of that bandwidth would be prohibitive. Plus you simply wouldn't get the value that you do with our 1.5 pound box full of goodies that make up the MegaScenery product. It's not just amazing scenery. You'll see that when you receive your "Full Kit" box.
Why Are Some Titles on DVD Format?
MegaScenery is fully compatible with terrain mesh products. Just put MegaScenery above terrain mesh sceneries in the scenery library within Microsoft Flight Simulator. From Volume 3 onwards, MegaScenery comes with its own terrain mesh created from 30 meter terrain data so terrain mesh is not required anyway when flying in a MegaScenery area.
USA Roads – MegaScenery is fully compatible with Flight One’s USA Roads. Keep MegaScenery on top of the priority list and when you fly into a MegaScenery area, USA Roads stops displaying. This is the desired effect anyhow since MegaScenery gives you all the roads anyway and you do not want its display to be overridden by USA Roads.
Airport scenery products - MegaScenery is highly accurate geographically – down to within feet. Where necessary we have gone in and repositioned FS2004 default airports so that they sit perfectly over MegaScenery textures. If you have a detailed airport add-on that is in the MegaScenery area, there may be object alignment issues since these 3rd party airports generally use FS2004 default coordinates and positions for laying down their airports. If you have a 3rd party airport product that doesn’t quite line up – ask the developer of that product about their plans or availability of a patch or upgrade to their product to perfectly align with MegaScenery.
Highly detailed city scenery such as Aerosoft’s )Germany) Scenery Manhattan. Again slight alignment problems may exist. Consult the publisher about alignment patches. Scenery Manhattan does have a patch that aligns it perfectly with MegaScenery New York.