- user aircraft
- obj placer
X-Plane ADD-ON sceneries tend to be less available than their FS counterparts. This package interprets STATIC ADD-ON sceneries designed for Microsoft FS98, FS2000, FS2002 or FS2004 from within X-Plane. There are numerous such FS freeware and payware ADD-ON sceneries available. This is due, in no small way, to the many FS scenery design tools, scenery designers and the popularity of the FS series of simulators.
You can now download ADD-ON FS sceneries for your favorite areas onto your PC, install them for FS as directed, and then use them for X-Plane. FSImp can interpret ADD-ON sceneries even if you do not have FS at all. Best results are obtained with ADD-ON sceneries that replace all default buildings, runways and taxiways.
Sceneries are only interpreted and no temporary model files are generated. This is to prevent converted sceneries being sold or redistributed via CD ROMs or the internet. I think that FS scenery designers will accept that this decision in their interest. I hope that they will be happy that their sceneries will now reach a wider audience.
FSImp divides the earth into 1x1 degree tiles. It monitors the position of the viewer. When the viewer approaches a new tile then FSImp starts generating models for the new tile from all ADD-ON FS scenery files which cover the tile. This generation takes place slowly in the background until the new tile is ready. If the eye TELEPORTS to a new tile then models are generated as quickly as possible. In either case, the simulator still runs. Bitmap images are automatically loaded, displayed and discarded.
The plugin also has a frames per second (FPS) monitor in order to maintain acceptable FPS rates under a wide variety of operating conditions.
The goal of FSImp is to produce ready-to-fly sceneries. It does this by placing source models and taxiways there where they have been defined and then moving them relative to the X-Plane runways. There are inconsistencies between X-Plane and FS airport and runway positions. There are regular updates of the X-Plane global airport and navaid databases.
FSImp plugin for X-Plane