Microsoft published on github computer generated building footprints for various countries: USA, Canada, Australia and parts of South America and Africa. Thanks to user @ueid who did the script, we are proud that we now included these footprints into the sceneries to complete and fill poor OSM data.
An impressive number of 213,442,146 buildings are newly added to the continental sceneries.
X-EUROPE was updated to v5.3, available as full download or update file from 5.2/5.2.1 to 5.3. Main features are in layer 4-scenery: I’ve corrected the preprocessing which lead in v5.2 to missing height tags and thus smaller objects and buildings and new: complex buildings (building:part in OSM) are now generated.
This version will be the blueprint for next upcoming scenery packages, starting X-AFRICA and then X-AMERICA
The download was updated to 5.3, which covers new VFR objects in layer 1-vfr.
X-EUROPE Network Mods
There is a modification for the network available to change vegetation and tunnel objects along highways. In the default network (this is roads_EU.net from XP11) highways may have trees along highways:
Using the mod you can change the vegetation to bushes:
Or eliminiate the vegetation along highways, which is my prefered option:
The second mod, sometimes at tile borders you may see tunnels where in reality no tunnel is:
Using the mod you can eliminate the tunnel objects:
In the download of Network mods, the mods are set by default to no vegetation and no tunnels. If you use this mod, please send me a feedback, as I would like to include these mods into X-EUROPE.
X-EUROPE 5.2 This full update has many improvements using the latest OSM data: – better performance – 278 new vfr objects – FlyAgis asynchronous wind-turbines added – new farm and hotel facades – minor changes to layer 3, 4 and 7, all new generated Delete older versions of X-Europe before installing the new version. You still need the simHeaven Vegetation Library and OpenSceneryX library.
X-AMERICA X-AMERICA covers North, Central and South America! There is a beta version having houses in European style. I will rework layer 4-scenery and change red roof houses to gray roof, change building for central and south America, but actually I am still looking for support doing the houses in American style, which is different from European houses. If you could help with doing objects in different sizes, please let me know. I intend to use these objects even for Asia and Australia which will follow after America.
X-AFRICA There is a beta version, layer 4-scenery will be reworked and even some textures to more white colours, maybe by end of November the X-AFRICA should be final. The coverage is shown here, including Canary Islands: