Originally Posted by usb777
Definitely Yes! You can use REX with GEP and it works beautifully too. But, there is a method to it just as Nils said. As he mentioned, always make a backup of your FS9 texture folder for safe keeping in case you need it later, because if you use REX for your weather also, then be prepared for it to make changes to many of your textures as needed by the REX program to give the best appearance to the weather theme --- unless... you un-check the appropriate texture boxes in the 'Options' Menu window tab prior. See notes below>
1. I run the GEP software first, pulling a METAR report and installing the GEP ground textures to match it into FS9. Do not load or start FS9 or anything else. Then I close GEP completely. I do not have GEP sky texture sets loaded (this is the job of REX).
2. I open REX initially (this step is not needed everytime, only when (you) decide you want to change certain textures) and create a 'Custom Theme' selecting the various textures I want to see in my FS9 such as the taxiway/runway surface textures, sun effects, water color textures and effects, etc. I save it as a 'Theme'. See below>
3. Then go to the 'Options' tab and un-check the boxes I want to remain unchanged by anything REX decides (it) wants to automatically change, based on the generated METAR weather report. Example:> Sun, Lights, Water, Airport signs, Runway/taxiway textures. Now, REX will only change the sky and cloud textures as needed. See below>
4. Next click either the 'Weather' or the 'Flight Planner' tabs and load the REX METAR report for the area you wish to fly in, or the airport code. Then load the REX weather textures into FS9 using the Install button. At this point if not using REX for your weather generation, then I close REX completely also. (I personally use ASE for my weather needs, REX for my environment needs and GEP for my ground texture needs.)
If it all sounds involved, it's really not... and once you do it twice, you won't even notice. It's very easy, and it gives you the best of everything! Enjoy and I hope this was helpful. ~Glenn
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