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    My first reactions were the same. However, Microsoft has been delivering commercial software for many years now without including manuals, so to condemn them for doing it with this one is hardly fair. And not only Microsoft have been going this way - many commercial software products arrive with no manual, and no alternative available.
    From Microsoft;
    • Windows 7, 8 and 10
    • Office since about 2010
    • Visio since about 2010
    • Visual Studio
    • Access

    from other venders:
    Adobe
    • Many (if not all) do not boast a manual

    Most commercial anti-virus manufacturers
    aShampoo

    the list goes on.

    So, I decided early on that I would purchase the SoFly manual, and TBH I've been most impressed with the scope and quality of their publication. And the number of updates, that have tended to match major released of the Sim - AT NO EXTRA COST.
    Does it cover absolutely everything? No, it doesn't, but it covers the items that are going to be of most interest to the average fan, and also for MOST of the aficionados, as well.
    As of today's date, it is in release 1.90, and contains 272 pages - well up from the original 120 pages.
    Is it worth while? Well, it certainly has been for me.
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    The TOC from the latest version will give you a feel for what is in there. I trust that posting this is OK with SoFly. Otherwise, mods please trim this image out. Thank you.
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    I also bought the SoFly manual, the day after I loaded up MSFS. Read thru the first revision pretty much entirely, now use it as a handy reference. Not perfect, but it does a great job...highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bjl345 View Post
    Thanks for the tip. I upgraded my computer, bought MSFS, downloaded it (tried to) but there was a power outing (wind) and still 62 GiB are missing. You can't resume and it's now stuck in the updating. Been retrying for 9 days now. If it doesn't work in the next hours I'll ask for a refund (so helps me Gosh), and willl be back to recover my faithful FSX.

    Bst rgds.
    UPDATE.

    Now have it installed and running, missing what everybody else is missing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nels_Anderson View Post
    FSX, or at least the version I have, came with a printed manual and a separate quick reference guide. That of course was in the days when software came in boxes instead of via download. The manual was not as extensive as the book SoFly offers, but at least you had something you could refer to.
    I have de FS Deluxe Edition (2 DVDs) with a Quick reference and Insider information. First one containing even an illustration of the joystick and its functions, all of them enough to have you in full command in almost no time at all. But now, the commercial part "took over" and I promise never ever again buy a MS simulator, or plane or train or whatever. Regards.

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    Sorry but I've and I'm sure others have spent a fortune getting fs up and running. I flatly refuse to spend any money on a PDF file which should have been included with the product..... What happened to the world, it seems to get crazier by the day !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nels_Anderson View Post
    I've been told that the manual will receive updates from time to time, and these will be free to existing customers.
    I can verify that you can download updates for one year after date of purchase. I have two of the updates.

    I don't know if I can give it a glowing recommendation for content. What is there is mostly correct but there is so much to cover in MSFS that any guide would need many more pages to do it justice. My strong preference would be for a physical, printed and bound copy like those things they used to make called books. That way I could quickly flip to the page marked with a post-it note while still keeping one hand on the yoke. But IMHO it is the best guide to MSFS available.

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    No manual comes with the BOXED VERSION of msfs2020. I have had the box version when it was released last year. A simple guide comes about how to install the game and one booklet comes along with it which looks like a MANUAL in the picture of the BOX, the booklet only contains some information of
    the handcrafted AIRPORTS and the handcrafted AIRPLANES, nothing else such as how to fly any of the planes

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    Yes - with each update of the Sim, the manual is updated to cover the changes.
    They've introduced a more complete manual that is about twice the price of the original, but which now(currently) has 282 pages.
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    To be fair, they have included a pretty comprehensive pilot training package with the sim, which, while maybe not as accessible to many, is certainly truer to life for pilot training than a sim manual would be.
    There are a LOT of videos out there on YouTube covering most aspects of the sim from basic setup, through settings, to pilot skills, that are in some ways better than a paper manual.
    As this is probably the first truly representative flight sim for the masses that is as realistic as it gets, I think in retrospect that this is a good move - away from manuals.
    There are already literally thousands of addons available for this sim, which cover all the way from complete cities and complete aircraft, to small iconic sights that were missed in the mapping, plus a wealth of tools to make your life easier with MSFS, and expand your experience greatly.
    I still think that this site is one of the best flight sim sites available, but for downloads, I use flightsim.to, which is awesome.
    John Glossop

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