known problems of v4.5.1:
- service roads in some airports, will be fixed in v4.6
- vegetation in Eastern Europe, will be fixed in v4.6
- all layers will be reworked for v4.6, so if you add OSM data, this will be visible in v4.6 (can’t say now the deadline for getting OSM data)
Maybe these links are outdated now (April 2020):
SFD Global 1.11 + X-Europe integration
Use of Orbx TerraFloraXP for X-Europe (in German)
SAM – Scenery Animation Manager
SAM Extension | Seasons Library
European highway lights (removes street lights at highways, in German)
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. If this fails try a download manager.
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 outside folder and then create a shortcut in the custom scenery folder to the new scenery folder.
Ensure that there are no doubled folders like
“X-Plane 11 / Custom Scenery / My Scenery / My Scenery / …”,
check for sceneries if it’s like this
“X-Plane 11 / Custom Scenery / My Scenery / Earth nav data / …”
and for libraries you should have this:
“X-Plane 11 / Custom Scenery / My Library / library.txt”
Entries for new sceneries will always be added on the top, therefore after running XP10/11 once (only necessary till startup screen) you have to 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
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 (from local to global):
- own and custom airports
- original airports
(Aerosoft…, Global Airports …)
- additional regional sceneries
(VFR-Addons like VFR-Objects, …)
- X-EUROPE (if installed)
- continental w2xp sceneries (if installed)
(for outside Europe e.g. VFR-Landmarks, VFR-Aerials, Forests…)
- overlay photo sceneries (if installed)
(yOrtho4XP_Overlays if you are using Ortho4XP sceneries)
- photo sceneries (if installed)
(generated with G2XPL Ortho4XP…)
- mesh files (if installed)
(HD Scenery Mesh v4)
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||size per tile|
|ZL16||1:8.000||2,4 m||2 GB|
|ZL17||1:4.000||1,2 m||8 GB|
|ZL18||1:2.000||60 cm||32 GB|
|ZL19||1:1.000||30 cm||128 GB|
|ZL20||1:500||15 cm||512 GB|
It depends on your hardware, your X-Plane version 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 or higher if your hardware allows as you can see more details on the ground.