Friday, May 24, 2013

TFDi Design Boeing 717 Update


FSX/P3D. TFDi Design has posted some updated information regarding their in development Boeing 717 project. Firstly, there will no longer be a preliminary "lite" version - the release version will be fully detailed. Apparently, progress is moving very quickly. Further, the release is to include some type of "new technology" which significantly minimizes frame rate difficulties. As you may remember, MilViz is part of the development team. See the full update inside.

The full statement as posted on the developers official forum:

We've been quiet for a while (like always - our progress tends to come in waves), but I want to break the silence to give everyone some information regarding the 717's progress. Today's update won't have pictures, but there is some information I want to share.

As it is, the virtual cockpit, external model, systems, and flight dynamics model are being developed by different team members at the same time. We will continue this throughout the development, which will let us move faster without loosing quality. As promised from the start, we're pushing development speed as hard as we can without sacrificing quality. In addition to the amount of people working on the project, we have thousands of pages of reference material and countless pictures taken by 717 crew members specifically for us that have been our guidelines while making this airplane.

On that note, I want to talk about our "lite" simulation plans. Originally, that idea was intended as a way to deliver the 717 to our followers faster, as well as involve the community (which we will still be doing). As progress has become more reliable, we've been able to reconsider our plans. As of now, the initial release is no longer planned to be lite. This decision was made as a result of the speedup in development (which we alluded to when we announced our contract with Milviz), a growing library of resources (which were not available when we planned the lite release), and our utilization of new technology.

This "new technology" will remain secret until release, however, it has allowed us to do a few things that users will appreciate. Our systems will be very detailed and accurate (for instance, our primary flight display is currently accurate within a pixel of the real one - less than 0.2% difference), and we will continue to go the extra mile to match small details. Something that this new technology delivers is the ability to have such details with next to no impact on the framerate. Now, we can develop a higher quality visual model and still end up with better performance than the old technology would have delivered. Similarly, we will be able to introduce new features which were previously considered impossible due to their performance overhead.

So, although we've been quiet, it is for good reason. We are making progress very quickly and look forward to sharing pictures in one of our next progress updates.


Plus, some other 717 tidbits as posted on the developers Twitter page:
Another 717 development tidbit: our 717's Primary Flight Display is accurate within pixels of the real one.
One of the many details the TFDi 717 will have: the ventilation system and fans will actually cool it, if they're used right. 

See the developers statement, visit their forum - click here

Visit the developers Twitter page - click here


Anonymous said...

Lol! Best joke of the day !

Anonymous said...

I'm sure you could develop something 1000 times better!

Why do you feel the need to troll? Last time I checked, posts here are moderated. I can't believe they let something so useless and degrading be approved.

And before you ask, no I am not a member of TFDi.

Anonymous said...

Why is it funny? I've seen their products and dev work .. And it's impressive. Don't judge until you try it. It's like vegetables. How do you know you hate broccoli before trying it?

Anonymous said...

Wow very good news, definitely looking forward to this one!

Todd said...

Smart business decision. Since when has a 'lite' version been successful before release of the full version? I'll save first poster above the work. It NEVER has.

Anonymous said...

Unless the dev team misjudges the development timeframe and end up running out of capital (Airsimmer) or motivation. (NLS)

I think there isn't a big market for the 717, say compared to the a320 where there are multiple developers making both 'lite' and full versions, with Aerosoft moving from Airbus X Basic to Extended and v1.2.

Anonymous said...

Great, I'm excited for this!

Anonymous said...

Looking forward to this!

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