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» Prepar3D® Version 1.3 Release Notes / Change Log

After receiving great feedback from our SW Forum users, we have implemented new application enhancements and made fixes to improve stability and usability of Prepar3D®.
New Simulator Enhancements

  • ExternalSim based SimObjects can now participate in Air Traffic Control distributed simulation/multi-player sessions
    The simulation can now play sound when it does not have focus in Windows

    • Accessible via a checkbox in the ‘Options – Settings – Sound’ menu
    • Or as the ‘MUTE_ON_LOST_FOCUS’ entry in the Prepar3D.CFG file
    • The Prepar3D Learning Center sound article has been updated with details on this change
  • Used distributed simulation/multi-player mission roles will now be recycled
    • If a player leaves the distributed simulation session their role will be recycled back to available so that the player can re-join or a new player can take their role
  • Ground Vehicles can now support left and right wheel animations
  • Custom weather themes are now supported and will be loaded into the simulation
    • The Prepar3D Learning Center weather themes article has been updated with details on this new feature

Performance Improvements

  • Default performance configurations have been updated to reflect new updates to the user interface and performance profiles

User Interface Updates

  • Two additional levels of detail (LOD) are now available for the Terrain LOD Radius slider
    • Very Large (5.5) and Extremely Large (6.5) are now available options
  • The existing ‘WideViewAspect’ configuration setting in the Prepar3D.CFG file for wide screen monitors is now accessible via a checkbox in the ‘Options-Settings-Display’ user interface
  • Simple and advanced control settings sections have been redesigned and simplified in the ‘Options-Settings-Controls’ user interface
  • Air Traffic Control (ATC) window is now resizable
  • Minimum sizes have been enforced when resizing the multi-player chat, ATC and learning center windows
  • Modeless windows now return the focus back to the main application when closed
  • The “minutes until session starts” notice in multi-player exercises can be expanded up to 100 minutes
  • Tooltips have been added to the multi-player user interface to give more detail on available settings

Content Updates

  • Updated airport geometry, taxiways and aprons for
    • Langley Air Force Base (KLFI)
    • Orlando Executive Airport (KORL)
    • Eglin Air Force Base (KVPS)

SimConnect and Software Development Kit (SDK) Enhancements for Developers

  • The first pass of a Content Error Reporting System is complete
    • More details are available in the SDK about how to enable with the ContentErrorLogging flag in your Prepar3D.CFG file
    • Asserts caused by content in the simulation will now be logged for developers to reference and fix
  • SimStart and SimStop now function correctly

Known Issues Resolved

  • Autogen and new season textures are now fully loaded after a change during runtime
  • Time of day, season and weather information are now set, saved and loaded from FLT files
  • Fixed an issue with the menu system not properly shutting down on exit with additional third party menu add-ons installed
  • Several controls settings that were not being saved are now being saved
  • Two controllers of the same type and name are now supported and can now be used in Prepar3D (including XBOX 360 controllers)
  • ‘CTRL-SHIFT-?’ now loads the Prepar3D Learning Center
  • Fixed several errors that would prevent multi-player client missions from being loaded
  • Fixed a program crash on exit if a user deletes their AppData and ProgramData directories