Latest Update: 06/08/2021

The below log shows all updates for this product since release:

Update 080221

– Updated documentation, revision log and readme regarding new P3D 5.2 HF1 EA Mode considerations and ASCA compatibility


Update 122920

– Additional logging and guidance messages for new forced uninstall/repair function


Update 122120

– Various path/installation integrity checks added for ASP3D use with P3D non-EA mode

– Added new ASP3D/ASCA handling for automatic forced uninstall/repair of old ASCA content in new ASP3D add-on folder specification installations – When user initiates forced uninstall, ASCA will automatically remove/restore content

NOTE: If any issues come up prevent proper uninstall/restore, an ASCA reinstall and/or P3D CONTENT item reinstall may be required


Update 121220

– New integration with ASP3D Update, with new version checking functionality

– Added handling/warning for situation where user’s previously correct path has been changed/moved by OneDrive features or other action

– Related fixes for ASP3D+ASCA integration issues reported in ASP3D release version (including failure of graphics installation to complete or various graphics installation errors)


Service Pack 3

– Added compatibility with ASP3D and P3Dv5. Must use the ADD ON FOLDER path for ASP3D (i.e. [documents]\Prepar3D v5 add-on files\ActiveSkyP5 and not the actual sim folder when using ASP3D. If using ASCA stand-alone without ASP3D or with a previous version of ActiveSky, you may select the simulation install folder itself.

– Updated auto simulator/path name handling when ASP3D client overrides path (a normal behavior when ASP3D is running) – previously the path name text prefix was shown, now it should properly show “ASP3D+P3Dv4” or “ASP3D+P3Dv5” accordingly.

– Updated theme definition text in Global Automatic and Full Dynamics so that AS16/ASP4/ASP3D required is shown instead of AS16 required

– [051820] Adjusted handling of texture files in attempt to avoid interference by other add-ons

– [052120] Changed handling for restoral and category de-selection in options screen, when using ASP3D, for proper deactivation of ASCA content using the P3D add-on folder specification

– [052120] Updated documentation for ASP3D use

– [061520] Fixed problem with structures re-enabling properly in some potential uses of options screen structure checkbox enabling

– [061520] Added compulsory warning/notice about restarting the full session if cloud structions option is changed (to prevent depiction/cache error/cld not found errors if user changes this during a session)


Service Pack 2

– Added P3D v4 support

– Added new “Reset Simulator Definitions” button in settings screen which will clear existing items and reset them as per a new first run installation

– Enhanced simulator name / identification logic to prevent incorrect or obscure simulator names, especially with custom P3D installation paths

– Added description of Reset Simulator Definitions button in User’s Guide


Service Pack 1

– 4 brand new “Ultra-Soft” HD cloud texture sets: Fusion, Oasis, Silk and Stratify

– 2 brand new “Soft Congestus” HD cloud texture sets: Meridian, Citadel

– 2 brand new Sky Colour sets: Serenity and Horizon

– 1 brand new HD cirrus cloud texture set: Nautical

– Newly modified cloud base textures for all previous cloud sets providing better blending and realism

– Modified cumulus congestus cloud structures for better base depictions and volume

– Modified cumulonimbus incus and cumulonimbus calvus cloud structures for more blended lighting graduation in most cases

– Improved Sky Colour texture contrast, saturation, vibrancy and darkness graduation adjustments for all previous Instinctive sets

– Improved both overcast models with reduced patterning/lighting issues in lower-light (sunset/sunrise) conditions

– Adjusted all sky colour sets to incorporate more shading, contrast and shadows in cloud depiction

– Adjusted Instinctive 1-5 sky colour sets for darker and more shaded cloud depiction in stormy/raining conditions, become brighter and more white in fairer conditions

– Adjusted automatic wx influence definitions for significant influence towards newest content

– Adjusted full dynamics associations for significant influence towards newest content

– Adjusted all previous theme definitions for significant influence towards newest content

– Adjusted stratus cloud models to reduce vertical scaling/stretching of certain wispy-style textures

– Adjusted error during theme install message to always be “topmost” to avoid errors being hidden behind other windows

– Adjusted UI processes to automatically select a new theme when created, when returning to main selection screen

– Redesigned standard and congestus-type overcast cloud models to eliminate “dark elongated” clouds that would look strange when viewing overcast from high above due to inherent simulator z-order issue

– Added new geographic influence capability (using AS16) for latitude-based influence of all items (currently used for Sky Colours, but user can configure any category)

– Added new option “Full Dynamics Overcast Texture Resolution” and defaulted this at 1024-32bit (was locked previously to 512-dxt) for user control and increase default overcast resolution in Full Dynamics mode

– Added new ASCA server news message at startup

– Added new ASCA version checking with new update notification

– Added new Wx Influence Configuration screen/utility (available via the Settings Screen) allowing user to adjust wx selection profiles and geographic profiles for all content

– Added new Art Tools API allowing users to create and share their own ASCA/AS16 content – Currently enabled for Sky Textures only

– Added file handling adjustment to clear potentially erroneous temporary files from a sim crash or other windows issue, which could result in a failed activation in some cases

– Added more failsafe file copy/transfer routine during activations to prevent potential failures during intermittent connection stability issues in some networked configuration cases

– Added additional work file cleaning routine to prevent potential issues during previous failed activation/installations

– Added small delay during cirrus file copying/backup/work file deletion steps to prevent potential installation errors in some cases

– Fixed issue with Full Dynamics not working leading to Low Resolution and Static texture depiction

– Fixed problem where unchecking Cloud Structures option might not restore cloud definitions to default, resulting in potential cloud texture issues / missing clouds when cloud structures disabled in ASCA

– Fixed problem when using Cloud Structures but not Cloud Textures, where the models/definitions/metadata was not properly set in sim to activate ASCA cloud structures

– Fixed problem related to creating a new theme that could result in application crash

– Fixed problem in Nautical cirrus set causing installation/activation errors

– Updated documentation for recent changes

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