Many of you are planning to make the switch from Prepar3D v4 (P4D)to Prepar3D v5 (P5D) today.
Here are some things we would like you to know. Please read throughall of it, so that we don't have the forum flooded with the samequestion over-and-over, thanks!
Compatibility: In order to run PMDG products in P5D, we willneed to rebuild certain key pieces of each product in order to stripout problem areas, replace them with correctly implemented features,and capitalize on many of the new efficiencies that are to be gainedin this new platform. This process of doing this is underway, but willtake some time..."
Getting Our Products Rebuilt: We are in the process ofpreparing new version builds of our NGXu product line, the 747, 777and DC-6 respectively- each updated to be compatible with P5D. Thesebuilds are going to take a litle time to roll out to you and yourpatience is appreciated. The first to roll out will be the 747- and weare hoping to have that to you within days. The others will followswiftly thereafter.
No Charge for Entry: As previously announced, moving fromP4D to P5D will be a free update. (Please don't confuse free witheasy, however. There is a significant amount of work we have to do inthe background for you... and this work takes time.)
Timeline Expectations: This is hard to pin down, as theserebuilds are not simply a matter of recompiling the installer withawareness of P5D. There is quite a bit more that goes into them,including complete refactors of certain functions, lighting,etc. These things take time.
Manual Dragon-Drop: (Yes, I call it that onpurpose... Laugh--it is funny!) Enterprising users who know enoughabout how products are structured into P4D will probably be able tomanually drag-and-drop all of the necessary files over to P5D. Sincewe do not make any effort to prevent our product from running whenversion numbers change- you will find that the P4D versions will runquite happily in P5D- which is just grand, but be warned: There aremany things that need to be adjusted in order for the product to runwell.
Beware of Dog: Anyone who feels enterprising and wishes todrag files around in hopes if seeing our products in P5D: You do so atyour own risk. We will not provide, nor will we even answer questionsrelated to any problems you create while doing this. We will not resetlicense keys for you because you locked yourself out due toimpatience, nor will we provide even a hint of suggestion on what youmight be doing wrong or how to fix your installation if things goawry. Generally we think it best that you wait until we give you aproper working installer and then you will be all set.
Yes... We are probably aware of that... We have already seena number of users flooding our technical support team with questionsalong the lines of "I see the new P5D has will PMDG." I have instructed our support team to replyto you politely with the following phrase:
"As with all of the platforms that we have worked with duringthe past 22 years, we will evaluate what features we can use toenhance our excellent product quality. We will communicate thosethings to you as we accomplish them. Thank you for yourinterest."
So now you don't have to go to support to ask them. You alreadyhave your answer. No, all of these things won't be in the first roundof installers... we will bring them to you later when we have actuallyhad time to implement them.
The Order of This and That: (Which sounds like a great,Genesis (circa Peter Gabriel period) song title, doesn't it?) You maybe wondering what order in which to expect things, such as our alreadydiscussed product updates that are rolling out, etc. We don't know atthis juncture. Simply focusing on one airplane at a time is the bestfor our team but it will slow down the P5D update schedule so it isn'toptimal- but we really don't even know if it is necessary at thisjuncture. Many many moving parts and we will push updates and newinstallers to you as we have them ready.
Thank you for your patience during this transition period. We are asmall team and we are working through the tasks just as quickly as wecan.
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