• Review: REX SkyForce 3D

    After the installation is completed you will now find both a desktop icon for the program as well as a PDF manual/guide. The guide is a very comprehensive 91 page manual/guide that contains a variety of information like Important Info, Compatibility, Installation, Procedures, Recommended Settings, etc. I would suggest reading closely on subjects that are important to you, but reading the complete guide will take quite some time even though the guide is an easy-to-read guide.

    REX Sky Force 3D

    Functionality: What Does It Do?

    When you start up the SkyForce3D the program opens up a quick-start menu as default - this can be disabled if you would rather go directly to the main dashboard, but I kept it as a start-up menu that can just be closed if I want to go into a deeper and detailed setup. The quick-start menu features a direct entry to 'Randomize', 'Customize', 'Flight Plan' and 'Settings' - which all are areas to quickly get the program set up in only specific areas and then go flying.

    Going to the main screen of the SkyForce3D you will find a nice dashboard where you can navigate around the various features and options together with getting your immediate update on the selected primary nine airports.

    You can select one of the six main areas by clicking on the center of each entry or you can use the additional selectable icons in the first column (the left blue column). From this dashboard you can navigate to all corners of this program - personally I normally use the left column because here you have additional features that you can customize,however most of the general settings you do not have to change often as for example the texture resolution which is quite static when you first have found the correct setting that fits your system and your desire.

    REX Sky Force 3D

    To take you though the various parts and screens of this program I will start with the blue column and start with the icon number 1.

    Clicking this icon folds out the blue column so that there are a header for each icon and that's about it. You can fold out this column at all times and it will be visible on top of the other screens.

    Next icon which looks a little like a speedometer in a car, is the icon for the dashboard as you know it and can see on the image above.

    Icon number three from the top is the icon for the 3D cloud models - in this area you can manage the 3D cloud model and settings within a limited range of options.

    Icon number four is the cloud and that is the icon for the environment where you can select specific types of clouds to be installed - here both 3D and cirro-type. Here you can also customize the day-cycle, the sun and atmospherics, the moon and phases, lightning effects and sounds.

    Next icon is number five and is a plane. This icon represents the flight plan which can either be imported from a local drive or downloaded from the REX community 'cloud' server.

    The number six icon from the top is the windsock - this will give you a very detailed schematic of the weather at a selected airport with data as dew point, temperature, weather conditions, latest METAR or TAF, pressure, visibility, wind direction, etc.

    Next icon is number seven and features an interactive weather map function and which in great detail can display a comprehensive weather map with selected options and hereby provide crucial information about the flight.

    In the SkyForce3D you are also able to create themes and this is exactly what you can do in the next icon. This icon opens up for the themes area where you can save your own themes or import shared community themes from fellow simmers - really nice idea.

    The 'PTA' icon takes you to an area where you can select a specific 24-hour circle theme with a list of default themes. Do be aware that this can be in conflict if you have selected a specific sky-texture as they are automatically matched and installed with the PTA - this warning is also written in the top of this area.

    This icon is a standard icon and it also represents in this program the general settings. It is not just the settings for the flight simulation platform or the textures, but it contains all the specific settings covering everything from general settings to weather specific settings as well as texture settings etc. There are several entry points to unique areas within the SkyForce3D from this area.

    Of course there is also a help function - this icon does not open up for a specific area but adds an overlay of help in form of text boxes that are unique for whichever area you are viewing. E.g. looking at the themes area and clicking the question sign you now get a detailed description of the menu points within this specific area, whereas if you were viewing the environment area a different overlay would be visible. This way of help that are linked to the specific view is really a nice detail and a superb idea. Very user friendly indeed!

    1. MrUnSavory's Avatar
      MrUnSavory -
      I purchased this when it first came out and could not be happier with it. You get the 32-bit and 64-bit version with it. It adds great realism with the new cloud models. When this is mixed with the new Weather force coming out you will no longer see weather updates that make clouds just suddenly disappear. They will gradually fade away just like real clouds as weather fronts change.
    1. anaismith's Avatar
      anaismith -
      Page 6 mentions Rex Overdrive is installed. Is this essential?
    1. RaysAviation's Avatar
      RaysAviation -
      Quote Originally Posted by anaismith View Post
      Page 6 mentions Rex Overdrive is installed. Is this essential?

      The Rex Overdrive is not essential - I only use that when flying FSX and the SkyForce when flying P3D
    1. thomasfalubo's Avatar
      thomasfalubo -
      I was a bit dissapointed with SkyForce. It was an incredibly hype before release and it didn't work that well initially.
      Still waiting for "WeatherForce" that will eliminate these enoying transitions and will try it again then...

      Therefor I still use Active Sky where the transition is unnoticeable and I really appreciate the "Real-Time Texture Dynamics" option by them. No need to choose all these themes or cloudtypes. Just the current weather at my current location and this is where Actice Sky it great!
      It's a great weather addon (something X-plane really need).
      Regards Thomas
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