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Phoenix

Phoenix v 3.0.a BETA

We are pleased to be able to offer the first public BETA of the new 3.0 release of Phoenix.This update is a self-installing manual update, and can be downloaded from our Downloads page.Please note that this update currently only includes the English language. More languages will be added very soon leading up to the final release.

New features, Improvements and fixes

• Physics:
• Helicopters:
• New detailed flybarless physics system:
• Choose from Standard, Passive flybarless or Active flybarless systems
• Adjust advanced parameters such as Agility, Response and Gain
• Accurately simulates all low-gain and high-gain flybarless effects such as:
• Retreating blade stalls
• Grabbing
• Wag/bounce
• Active flybarless system with fully configurable self-righting behaviour
• Improved, more accurate flybar physics (e.g. cyclic interaction)
• Increased stability in pirouetting manoeuvres (e.g. Piro-flips/chaos)
• Improved tail-rotor wash profiles
• Improved engine torque/drag curves
• Added rotor-bearing drag for correct behaviour under autorotations
• Various changes and tweaks to model setups and variants

• User Interface:
• New-look user-interface and more themes to choose from
• Huge number of User Interface improvements and tweaks
• New, easier-to-use Widget UI system
• Sort model selection by make, type, etc
• Show actual model names and manufacturers in list
• Added support for extended character-set languages, e.g Russian/Chinese/etc
• Improved translation for all languages
• Onscreen indicator for software functions (i.e. rates, idle-up, throttle-hold, etc)
• Quick Tips on loading screen
• New “Look At” menu under the “View > Camera” menu makes spectating easier

• Launch options:
• Set your preferred launch method for each model
• Choose from:
• Ground launch – for powered models
• Hand launch – new hand-launch system controlled from your radio
• Tow launch – have an AI-controlled pilot tow your glider into the air

• Widgets:
• New Timer widget
• New logbook widget
• Improved onscreen transmitter display

• Improved model > Edit screen:
• Simple and Detailed views
• Easy “Model Setup” control lets you change a model’s general setup
• Clearer editable parameter list
• More description on editable attributes
• Scale Wizard helps you resize models more easily

• New toolbar system for more streamlined interface:
• Notifications bar
• Favourites bar
• Inflight tuning bar

• Graphics:
• Pilots on all model types (planes, helicopters, autogyros, tilt-rotors)
• Multiple pilots on models
• Fixed moving tail and nose wheels
• New water-spray effects
• Improved and optimised water wakes and splashes
• Improved smoke system
• Extra camera zoom option for smaller models
• Improved mouse-wheel zooming

• Controls:
• New software low-rates control for all model types
• New control profiles added

• Buddies:
• Fly with up to 3 computer-controlled pilots
• Set their skill level and model choice
• Intelligent AI avoids you and flies in a realistic manner
• Spectate a buddy and learn from their control movements

• Online:
• More advanced lobby and lobby-chat
• Select your own avatar and see other pilots’ avatars online
• Filter models – choose only to fly with certain model types
• Messenger widget replaced with Multiplayer Toolbar:
• Enhanced chat
• Easier control for hosts

• Competitions:
• All modes revamped with better graphics, user-interfaces and competition logic
• New competition system:
• New “challenge” mode
• Keep your top scores
• Online and offline play
• Clear, easier user-interface and controls
• New Laser Combat mode added

• Layouts:
• Improved layout graphics
• More layouts added

• Improved update system:
• Improved, clearer update browser
• New updates shown more easily
• Icons for updates
• Seperate program update system

Click below to download Phoenix Sim Version 3.0 BETA or go to PhoenixRC for more download content.

Screen shot 2010-09-22 at 2.19.53 PM

Source: PhoenixRC, Bri

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