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Monday, April 23, 2012 11:17

Ray, the menu structure is unchanged

Just load \FSX\Uires\dlgmed.bmp into Paint and start messing about, its not difficult.

Monday, April 23, 2012 09:38

Actually, when I first saw this – I went yes! The video said to me – this is the way Microsoft should have structured their Menu system..

I am waiting for someone to take the plunge and buy it and offer a review – I mean, I have so carelessly thrown around money in the past – and there is a couple of other things I would like first…..

Monday, April 23, 2012 09:05

People probably expect stuff like that to be free, because people usually offer (even popular) mods for popular PC games for free (except Gary’s Mod for Half Life 2) for the sake of helping / boosting the community. I don’t disagree that lots of work is worth lots of money and developers have to pay their bills, just like me. This is their right, this is their decision. But within the FlighSim community, it seems many people regard FSX-users as a money-milking cow, and every little piece of code has it’s buyer. The word “rip-off” comes to my mind, when… Read more »

Monday, April 23, 2012 09:09
Reply to  Patrick

-And I’m not sure if a “New Realistic Moon HD” (also by AR mods) is really worth 7.14 EUR. Especially when other mod developers for PC games offer High Resolution texture packs for free. I doubt this moon texture requires for more work than those packs. But it is their decision. I guess if people are willing to pay for this, a mod like that has its payware justification.

Ian P
Monday, April 23, 2012 11:01
Reply to  Patrick

So what you’re saying, Patrick (which, as a freeware developer, I happen to agree with) is that people offer freeware to ‘help the community’ – but that’s not a reason why people should be entitled to anything for free, just a reason why some people allow their work to be available for free. If you think that FSX/FS9 users are the only people who would pay for a GUI mod then you’re mistaken, though. The whole world of “free to play” games is funded on a principle of getting people to pay for things that they don’t ‘need’ to play… Read more »

Ian P
Monday, April 23, 2012 11:19
Reply to  Patrick

I’ll put this as a seperate comment rather than editing my last to include it, because it’s actually a fairly important point. A lot of titles – PC and otherwise – that allow modding tools do so with a license condition that the new content cannot be sold or traded. There are many reasons why this may be the case, such as protecting copyrights and trademarks, for example, but in the case of MSFS, like other titles such as The Sims to name but one, the restriction does not apply. You are not allowed to reverse engineer or decompile content… Read more »

Monday, April 23, 2012 12:09
Reply to  Ian P

Hi Ian – I agree, nobody is entitled to get anything for free from any developer. And I also understand that developers don’t get rich making FSX addons (sometimes it is quite the contrary) – or can even survive just by making FSX addons. My wording was maybe a little bit to strong, but when I see replacement textures for the moon for 7 EUR I think, somebody just wants to make quick money from people who don’t now of free alternatives. Sometimes I think, I should offer a mod/texture replacement for FSX, that took my less then an hour… Read more »

Ian P
Monday, April 23, 2012 16:05
Reply to  Patrick

Can’t find free alternatives, or don’t want to spend the time looking/creating alternatives – that’s how I see it, these days. A lot of people in most hobbies will look for an “easy” option; maybe a pre-built RC aircraft/car, a filter/frame in Photoshop or a painting service for their VA. It’s not always laziness, which some people ascribe it to, often it’s a lack of time or inclination to put the hours in for whatever reason. The price for these things is set by a number of things and basically, the cheaper the price, the more you have to sell.… Read more »

Ian P
Sunday, April 22, 2012 22:17

And as Alex says above, nothing forces anyone to buy it.

Isn’t this a little bit of what people are complaining about regarding people feeling “entitled” to get things they want with the hobby these days? Why should it be free? Why, aside from licensing conditions on some things, should there be ANY freeware for ANY sim?

Sunday, April 22, 2012 22:03

I SERIOUSLY think this should be FREE…
What a shame…