I have problems downloading some files, what to do?

Some Mac users have problems with the Safari browser, in this case try another browser like Firefox, Opera or Chrome.

Sometimes you cannot get a connection, as the number of simultaneous connections is technically limited. Then please retry to download at other, unusual times. 😉

Some users noted problems with antivirus software like Avira, there is missing a little part at the end of the archive, so extracting the archive isn’t possible. If you have such problems, deactivate the security software (realtime scanner and browser protection) before downloading.

How to install and uninstall the sceneries?

Just uncompress the 7z file with 7-Zip (Windows) or The Unarchiver (for MacOS X) and copy the extracted folder into the custom scenery folder of XP. You could also copy the extracted folder to an extra folder outside of X-Plane folder and then create a shortcut in the custom scenery folder to the new scenery.

After running XP10 once (only necessary till startup screen) adjust the order/priority of the sceneries (see below).

To disable a scenery edit ‘scenery_packs.ini’ and change the entry for the scenery ‘SCENERY_PACK’ to ‘SCENERY_PACK_DISABLED’.

To uninstall sceneries just delete the folder or shortcut in ‘custom scenery’ folder.

What is OSM (OpenStreetMap)?

Tony Wrobleski wrote a plain tutorial, see his article on FlightSim.com

Which OSM/W2XP scenery version should I download?

For Europe are 2 versions available: ‘osm’ and the normal without suffix. The difference between the versions is that in ‘osm’ the autogen objects are excluded, so you’ll have only the data that osm (open street map project) delivers. In many European countries quality and quantity of osm data is high enough.

The normal version has smart exclusions to avoid autogen objects where OSM buildings are. Outside these smart exclusions, autogen objects are possible.

All other continents are only available in normal version, as OSM data could be poor. For Europe it’s recommended to use the normal version together with ‘Europe Library‘.

How should be the priority in scenery_pack.ini?

The order and thus the priority in the ‘scenery_packs.ini’ (you find it in ‘custom scenery’ folder) from top to bottom should be as follows:

  1. own and custom airports
  2. original airports
    (Aerosoft …)
  3. regional sceneries
    (New Zealand Pro, GB Pro, Norway Pro…)
  4. additional w2xp sceneries (if installed)
    (e.g. VFR-Landmarks, w2xp_Europe_net, VFR-Aerials…)
  5. w2xp sceneries (if installed)
    (w2xp_Europe, w2xp_America…)
  6. add-ons, libraries
    (w2xp_world-models, Europe Library, SeaTraffic, OpenSceneryX, FF_Library…)
  7. overlay photo sceneries (if installed)
    (yOrtho4XP_Overlays if you are using Ortho4XP sceneries)
  8. photo sceneries (if installed)
    (generated with G2XPL Ortho4XP…)
  9. mesh files (if installed)
    (HD Scenery Mesh v3)

Note that HD mesh files work only when there is no photo scenery active in this region, as photo sceneries have their own mesh, derived from standard x-plane dsf or from hd scenery mesh.

What does it mean ZL16 and ZL17?

ZL means “zoom level” and stands for the quality of photo sceneries. Take the examples of Barcelona and look at the pictures of various zoom levels from 500ft and 2000ft. The higher the ZL, the higher the quality, but also the higher the disk space, download time, scenery loading time and memory in X-Plane you need. If you have sceneries of high ZL, XP can stuck during flight to load next scenery or tile.

zoom level scale length per px
ZL16 1:8.000 2,4 m
ZL17 1:4.000 1,2 m
ZL18 1:2.000 60 cm
ZL19 1:1.000 30 cm
ZL20 1:500 15 cm

It depends on your hardware, your X-Plane version 32/64bit and the flights you make. For flying IFR you don’t need the whole area between airports in high ZL, as you fly most of the time at high altitudes, ZL16 is sufficient. If you fly VFR at low altitudes and lower speeds, take ZL17 as you can see more details on the ground.

Before downloading gigabytes of tiles, test if the ZL is appropriate for you, download some test sceneries or the region you want to fly and see…

Normally you’ll have a higher frame rate when using photo sceneries.