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Old 06-11-2018, 10:44 AM
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Worth Updating?

I have an old copy of RealFlight -- it's ver 4.5. I also bought a number of expansion packs. The program fell into disuse due to an old PC which just didn't have the power to run the program properly. Having just built a new PC, of course a much faster machine, I'm now interested in installing RealFlight. Since I originally spent over $200 for the basic program, plus more for the expansion packs, I have quite an investment in this old software. So what's my best course of action now? Should I consider using the old program, or will it even run under Windows 10? Even if it can, is the newest version of RealFLight so improved, would I be foolish to not upgrade? Any thoughts would be appreciated......

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Old 06-11-2018, 11:03 AM
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If I were you i’d Probably try just getting your RF4.5 going again, then decide. RF4.5 should work fine with your new pc and win10. Later you can decide whether or not to upgrade to RF8. I upgraded from RF5.5 and I think it’s a nice upgrade. Up to you to decide,
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:46 AM
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If I were you iíd Probably try just getting your RF4.5 going again, then decide. RF4.5 should work fine with your new pc and win10. Later you can decide whether or not to upgrade to RF8. I upgraded from RF5.5 and I think itís a nice upgrade. Up to you to decide,
I believe I'd rather decide now instead of trying an evaluation first. From what others have said, I can still use my existing controller, so that will lessen the upgrade cost I had been expecting.
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Old 06-11-2018, 11:37 AM
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I have an old copy of RealFlight -- it's ver 4.5. I also bought a number of expansion packs. The program fell into disuse due to an old PC which just didn't have the power to run the program properly. Having just built a new PC, of course a much faster machine, I'm now interested in installing RealFlight. Since I originally spent over $200 for the basic program, plus more for the expansion packs, I have quite an investment in this old software. So what's my best course of action now? Should I consider using the old program, or will it even run under Windows 10? Even if it can, is the newest version of RealFLight so improved, would I be foolish to not upgrade? Any thoughts would be appreciated......

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You should definitely upgrade to RF-8 I wouldn't even think about staying with 4.5. I'm one of the modelers here and the planes being created for RF-8 is SO much better than anything before it. For instance the maximum triangle count in RF 6.5 was 20k, in RF 7.5 27k, in RF-8 it jumped to 135k so you can create highly detailed planes in RF-8. Like my latest plane. The 9 cylinder radial you see in it is an engine I modeled not painted on detail like you've seen in the past. If you load the plane in the RF Editor and look at it close it looks great. The engine itself is over 25k triangles you simply can't do this type of detail in any of the older versions, so go with RF-8 for sure.
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Old 06-11-2018, 12:11 PM
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If you had 7.5 maybe not .. but since you have 4.5 definitely worth it.
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Old 06-12-2018, 12:06 PM
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If you had 7.5 maybe not .. but since you have 4.5 definitely worth it.
Given the consensus here, I expect to buy the latest version very soon.

Given the size of my older one, I assume the latest version is quite large. I hope there is a convenient way to save fixed data like scenery and maybe aircraft designs on another drive other than drive C:. I always like to keep the large caches of invariant files on another drive to keep my drive C: as small as possible for backup purposes.
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:53 AM
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Those photos of that plane and engine are really beautiful. I can see the point of upgrading. And another flyer said that I can use my existing controller, so that will save money. Or am I wrong about that? Is the latest controller different or improved enough such that I should consider buying that too?

Another aspect I cam confused about are Expansion Packs. On my first go-round with all this, I recall having to buy many expansion packs which significantly increased the overall price tag. Do you happen to know whether the latest version of the program comes with more builit-in planes, fields, and/or scenery when compared to my old rev 4.5? Or will I again need (or at least want) to invest in many Expansion Packs?
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You can use your existing expansion packs as well as your older controller. There are also five add-ons you can download and install for free.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:18 AM
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You can use your existing expansion packs as well as your older controller. There are also five add-ons you can download and install for free.
I don't believe I ever got around to installing the expansion packs, so I never found out how much benefit they provided.

Another aspect of all this is space taken up on drive C:. I'd like to keep as much as possible on another drive -- I hope they make this convenient to do.
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Old 06-13-2018, 09:27 AM
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I don't believe I ever got around to installing the expansion packs, so I never found out how much benefit they provided.

Another aspect of all this is space taken up on drive C:. I'd like to keep as much as possible on another drive -- I hope they make this convenient to do.
You can install RealFlight 8 on a different drive if you want and it will work fine, but all the downloadable content will be placed in your Documents folder so lots of planes means some storage place there. I haven't done it recently but you used to be able to tell Windows to store your Documents folder on a different drive too and I imagine RealFlight would work fine with that too. But these days I have a 512 GB M2 SSD so I keep everything on the C drive.
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Old 06-25-2018, 03:50 PM
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You can use your existing expansion packs as well as your older controller. There are also five add-ons you can download and install for free.
Sorry... just a bit more on this.

Would even very old expansion packs (say from RF G3) work okay and offer a benefit to RG 8? Just checking!

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Old 06-25-2018, 04:59 PM
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Sorry... just a bit more on this.

Would even very old expansion packs (say from RF G3) work okay and offer a benefit to RG 8? Just checking!

John
I have all the expansion packs and add-on's and if you can use the built-in editor there's some value in them, if you like the particular plane. But I've found the physics in 'most' of the older planes needs work, so without redoing their physics I don't think much of them. There comes a time to move on, and now's a good time to do it.
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Sorry... just a bit more on this.

Would even very old expansion packs (say from RF G3) work okay and offer a benefit to RG 8? Just checking!

John

I have the original RF Expansion pack #1, copyright 2006 for G3 and up, installed on RF8 and it works fine. I mainly use this for a few of the heli's in it and they seem to work fine with RF8.

Just my opinion but I would not worry about too much more of this. Either buy the RF8 software or just reinstall your old G4.5. For basic RC practice there is nothing wrong with 4.5 imho.
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I agree. RF8's a good upgrade. Since you already have a controller, you could go with the S/W only version. Or you could try the Steam version. I'm pretty sure you can buy the Steam version & "return" it within 14 days if you decide you don't want to keep it.
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Old 06-12-2018, 12:08 PM
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I agree. RF8's a good upgrade. Since you already have a controller, you could go with the S/W only version. Or you could try the Steam version. I'm pretty sure you can buy the Steam version & "return" it within 14 days if you decide you don't want to keep it.
I had no idea I might be able to use my old controller. It saw little use so it is like brand new. Still, I wonder if the latest controller would offer any benefits over my old one.....
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