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Fly the Maddog X 64bit edition 1.7b745 open beta installers released! (P3D v4.4 - v4.5 - v5.0 - v5.1)


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Hello Captains!

I'm glad to announce that our latest updates (1.7b745) for Fly the Maddog X are available as incremental installers: visit P3D v4.4/4.5 and P3D v5.0/5.1 download pages.

The incremental installers are released as 'Open Beta', with new full installers on simMarket being released in about 2 weeks.

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This new version brings several updates and enhancements to the MD-82/-83/-88 code, addresses some bugs reported with previous versions (see changelog at the end of this post), adds compatibility with P3D 5.1.12.26829 (aka 5.1 hotfix 1), and is free for all 64bit edition customers as usual (P3D v4.4/v4.5 - P3D v5.0/v5.1).

Together with those improvements and fixes, we’ve worked with Mark Foti to bring our EFB and PMS as part of the Aviaserver suite, and are now included in the Aviaserver EFB licensing scheme.

Additionally, we have integrated Pushover service as a printing option for the ACARS messaging.

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Version 1.7b725 is required to install this upgrade, and you'll have to save your airframes before upgrading  since the aircraft.cfg will be overwritten (instructions are detailed in the included PDF guide).

With P3D v5.1 hotfix 1, Enhanced Atnosphere has received a lot of love and looks awesome; additionally, a huge number of bugs have been adressed: even if not perfect yet (there is still margin for improvements, we expect further developments in the future), now this version looks definitively very nice and robust.

Being one of the few products with a full PBR cockpit and external models, we spent a significant amount of time to update the texturing and completely rework the metallic reflections/effects again, to achieve the best possible result with the new shaders and graphic capabilities in this new version; in the next few days, we will also release updated native 'metallic' liveries, specifically reworked for 5.1 compatibility.

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Last but not least, I wanted to touch a bit on our future plans and Microsoft FS2020.

We've been working, for quite some time now, on a new paid expansion for Fly the Maddog X: Instructor Panel. Modeled after the real counterpart, the instructor panel is a stand-alone program that can connect to the simulator, basically to manage all Maddog systems and failures for training purposes, either in local mode or Shared Cockpit sessions. Further details soon!

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Well before it's official release, we've been asked to join the MSFS2020 beta team and we've been studying and experimenting with the new simulator; but unfortunately (as you might have read from other developers), the SDK at the moment is still missing important parts for a complex addon like ours to be successfully ported over.

Anyway, for what can be done now, the Maddog looks phenomenal in FS2020: rest assured we will bring it to the new platform whenever it'll be possible. Until then, we are going to keep our focus very strongly on the P3D ecosystem!

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******1.7b745 - 19/11/2020******
1.7b725 -> 1.7b745 incremental upgrade
64bit edition - P3D v4.4/v4.5

>>>>[NEW]
*MISC*
- Added Pushover support;
- Added Aviaserver EFB and PMS support;

>>>>[FIXED]
*AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS*
- Improved aircraft/Instructor Panel code;
- No battery drain when the EFB is switched OFF;
- Reverse thrust and flight dynamics fine tuning;
*LOAD MANAGER*
- "Refueled aircraft" and "Automatic update aircraft weight and CG" now separated from the "Realistic mode";
- Load Manager now correctly exports all settings;
*DOCUMENTS*
- Quick Guide updated to include latest changes;
- User Manual updated to include latest changes;
- List of Documents updated.

 

******1.7b745 - 19/11/2020******
1.7b725 -> 1.7b745 incremental upgrade
64bit edition - P3D v5.0/v5.1

>>>>[NEW]
*AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS*
- Added P3D v5.1 support;
*GRAPHICS*
- Optimizations for supporting v5.1 Ehnanced Atmosphere (PBR and metallic reflections);
*MISC*
- Added Pushover support;
- Added Aviaserver EFB and PMS support;

>>>>[FIXED]
*AIRCRAFT SYSTEMS*
- Improved aircraft/Instructor Panel code;
- No battery drain when the EFB is switched OFF;
- Reverse thrust and flight dynamics fine tuning;
*LOAD MANAGER*
- "Refueled aircraft" and "Automatic update aircraft weight and CG" now separated from the "Realistic mode";
- Load Manager now correctly exports all settings;
*DOCUMENTS*
- Quick Guide updated to include latest changes;
- User Manual updated to include latest changes;
- List of Documents updated.

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