• Airport Enhancer HDX By Cielosim

    <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/loose.dtd"> <html> <head> <meta http-equiv="Content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8"> <title></title> <style type="text/css"> hr.c7 {text-align: left} p.c6 {font-weight: bold; text-decoration: underline} table.c5 {background-color: #99FFCC} td.c4 {background-color: #009966} p.c3 {font-weight: bold} small.c2 {font-style: italic} div.c1 {text-align: center} </style> </head> <body> <div class="c1"> <h1>Review: Airport Enhancer HDX By Cielosim</h1> <h3>By Bill Stack (15 September 2010)</h3> </div> <div class="c1"><a href="/images/reviews/cieloapt/AEHDX9.jpg" title="Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/AEHDX9.jpg" width="350" height="219" hspace="10" vspace="10" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt= ""></a></div> <br> <table cols="3" align="center" border="0"> <tr> <td width="260" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/AEHDX4.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/AEHDX4.jpg" width="250" height="156" hspace="10" vspace="10" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt= ""></a></td> <td width="238" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/AEHDX3.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/AEHDX3.jpg" width="228" height="156" hspace="10" vspace="10" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt= ""></a></td> <td width="260" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/AEHDX6.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/AEHDX6.jpg" width="250" height="156" hspace="10" vspace="10" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt= ""></a></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center"> <p><small class="c2">Screen shots by Cielosim</small></p> </td> </tr> </table> <br> <br> <p><span class="dropcap">D</span>efault ground surfaces at airports in Microsoft Flight Simulator® look the same regardless of age and usage. Concrete, asphalt, grass, and pavement markings are the same everywhere. <i>Cielosim</i> addresses this shortcoming with its Airport Enhancer HDX program, which is abbreviates "AEHDX."</p> <p>Cielosim touts these features among many other features of its program:</p> <ul> <li>The most detailed runways ever seen in FSX</li> <li>A wide variety of detailed concrete and asphalt textures</li> <li>Extremely detailed airport parking spaces</li> <li>State of the art, photoreal, perfectly tiled grass texture</li> <li>Remade airport signs that match those found in airports around the world</li> </ul> <p>Cielosim is a company founded by Alex Ranc in 2006. Originally he had created a freeware texture package that became fairly popular. "Due to its wide success, I decided to create a more complete addon and <a href="/vbfs/content.php?741">Flight Enhancer</a> was born," he explained. "Since then, I've been creating new products whenever I get new ideas or whenever I get the time. In the meantime, I'm a full time university student."</p> <p>Airport Enhancer HDX was created because the developer was tired with the quality of both the default FSX textures and the ones already available through addons. "I'm real picky with how my simulator looks, and thus I decided to give a shot at creating some HD textures for my own use," he said. "I started experimenting with new texturing techniques and some newly acquired DSLR photos. I was impressed with the results and decided I could create an addon out of this."<br> <br> <br> <!-- PRODUCT FEATURES TABLE --></p> <table class="c5" align="center" width="450" cellpadding="5" cols= "3" border="1"> <tr> <td class="c4" height="20" align="center" colspan="3"> <p class="c3">PURCHASE FEATURES</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" width="350"> <p>Instant download from the Pilot Shop</p> </td> <td align="center" width="100"> <p>YES</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" width="300"> <p>Installation program</p> </td> <td align="center" width="100"> <p>YES</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" width="300"> <p>License key required</p> </td> <td align="center" width="100"> <p>YES</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" width="300"> <p>Copyright acknowledgment required</p> </td> <td align="center" width="100"> <p>YES</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" width="300"> <p>Manual included</p> </td> <td align="center" width="100"> <p>YES</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td align="left" width="300"> <p>Uninstall program included</p> </td> <td align="center" width="100"> <p>YES</p> </td> </tr> </table> <br> <br> <br> <h3>Major Features</h3> <p>Three overall features stand out above all the rest:</p> <ul> <li>The variety of textures that can be applied to runways, taxiways, and parking areas: <ul> <li>Five textures for concrete runways and taxiways such as "classic," "roughness," and "tiled look"</li> <li>Five textures for asphalt runways and taxiways such as "radiant," "shaded," and "compressed"</li> <li>Three textures for parking areas, such as "medium," "filthy," and "Mr. Clean"</li> <li>Two textures for surface markings</li> <li>Two appearances for jetways</li> </ul> <br> <br></li> <li>The easy-to-use menu-driven program: <ul> <li>All textures are selected with simple button clicks</li> <li>Texture options are shown in a window within the menu,</li> <li>The program installs the changes with a single button click</li> <li>The whole menu is self-explanatory</li> <li>The included manual is very helpful</li> </ul> <br> <br></li> <li>The ability to backup and restore the current FSX textures configuration file.</li> </ul> <!-- IMAGES --> <table align="center" width="600" cols="2" border="0"> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="center"><br> <p class="c6">TEXTURE COMPARISONS</p> <p>These comparative screen shots show<br> only a few examples of all the available textures.<br> <br></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="300" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/KATL_Gate01_AE.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/KATL_Gate01_AE.jpg" width="250" height= "200" hspace="5" vspace="10" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt= ""></a><br> Airport Enhancer</td> <td width="300" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/KATL_Gate01_FSX.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/KATL_Gate01_FSX.jpg" width="250" height="200" hspace="5" vspace="10" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt=""></a><br> FSX Default</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="300" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/KATL_Ramp01_AE.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/KATL_Ramp01_AE.jpg" width="250" height= "200" hspace="5" vspace="10" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt= ""></a><br> Airport Enhancer</td> <td width="300" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/KATL_Ramp01_FSX.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/KATL_Ramp01_FSX.jpg" width="250" height="200" hspace="5" vspace="10" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt=""></a><br> FSX Default</td> </tr> <tr> <td width="300" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/KPDK_Ramp02_AE.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/KPDK_Ramp02_AE.jpg" width="250" height= "200" hspace="5" vspace="10" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt= ""></a><br> Airport Enhancer</td> <td width="300" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/KPDK_Ramp02_FSX.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/KPDK_Ramp02_FSX.jpg" width="250" height="200" hspace="5" vspace="10" border="0" align="absmiddle" alt=""></a><br> FSX Default</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center"><br> <small class="c2">Screen shots by Bill Stack</small></td> </tr> </table> <br> <br> <br> <h3>The Manual</h3> <p>A five-page manual in Adobe format (*.PDF) explains how to use the program. An annotated image of the menu shows what the program does, but the program is easy to figure out because all the buttons are labeled and results are shown on a window in the lower right. A little experimentation is all that's needed. The manual also provides important information about files needed by Windows and changes that are made to FSX configuration file.<br> <br> <br> <!-- MANUAL IMAGES --></p> <table align="center" width="700" cols="3" border="0"> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center"><br> <p class="c6">PAGES FROM THE MANUAL</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="200" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/ManualPage1.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/ManualPage1.jpg" width="200" height= "260" hspace="5" vspace="10" border="1" align="absmiddle" alt= ""></a><br> Table of Contents</td> <td width="200" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/ManualPage3.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/ManualPage3.jpg" width="200" height= "260" hspace="5" vspace="10" border="1" align="absmiddle" alt= ""></a><br> Main Menu</td> <td width="200" align="center" valign="top"><a href= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/ManualPage4.jpg" title= "Click for larger image"><img src= "/images/reviews/cieloapt/t/ManualPage4.jpg" width="200" height= "260" hspace="5" vspace="10" border="1" align="absmiddle" alt= ""></a><br> Backup Option</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="3" align="center"><small class="c2">Screen shots by Bill Stack</small></td> </tr> </table>

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