"Realistic 3D taxiway signs, NO WAY! it'll KILL the framerate..." I used to think that, and guess what? It's completely untrue!
Britesigns DEMO for KATL detail:
A total of  signs comprised of [16,212] polygons, 1/3 of which are textured (128x128x8). For example, a decent aircraft model will consist of 11,000 to 12,000 polygons (most being textured)!
Performance figures for KATL signage: (P3:800,384MB,GF3:64MB)
FS2002 Scenery Complexity : NORMAL:
taxiway signs disabled - 15.8 fps
taxiway signs enabled - 12.4 fps
FS2002 Scenery Complexity : MAX:
taxiway signs disabled - 10.6 fps
taxiway signs enabled - 6.2 fps
It would be reasonable to conclude that the signage consumes around 4 fps at any Complexity setting. WOW!
This is the Shareware DEMO for the Final Retail package "Britesigns", available soon!
The retail package includes complete signage for:
KMIA (Miami(in progress))
KSFO (San Francisco(04/19/2002))
KJFK (John F. Kennedy(05/03/2002))
I hope you enjoy the Britesigns DEMO for Atlanta. Have Fun!
Art Granda (Grand Illusions Studio)