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Hello Holger,

I'm looking at trying my hand at editing the mesh and coastlines and roads etc in a small part of southern portugal and was wondering what tools you use. I've downloaded a couple and managed to get some mesh going using FSDEM but there seem to be so many tools out there and the FS9 SDKs just went straight over my head, anyway any help would be much appreciated



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Hi Laurie,

can't have enough scenery designers :wink:

A good place to start is the AVSIM "Beginner's guide to scenery design" post - http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=3298&page= - and design forum: http://forums.avsim.net/dcboard.php?az=&forum=123

Most people would probably recommend SBuilder -http://www.ptsim.com/forum/forum.asp?FORUM_ID=18 - because it's currently the most versatile tool for landscape design. I use it too but I also use Ground2K4 a lot and, for placing objects, EZ-Scenery.

For compiling terrain mesh I use the commercial Global Mapper - http://www.globalmapper.com/ - for pre-processing and then export the data in BIL/BSQ format, which is what the FS resample.exe compiler requires. FSDEM works well with Shuttle Radar source data but if you want a better interpolation of the common gaps in the source data then I'd recommend Jim Keir's "Slartibartfast" software -http://www.jimkeir.co.uk/FlightSim/index.html - which also happens to be a great tool for all sorts of things, including generating more accurate shorelines.

I realize that the choice of data, utilities, and the technical lingo can be very confusing (certainly was confusing for me at first) but it is important that you get a good handle on how FS uses and displays landscape data. IMO, the best summary of the terrain "engine" remains Christian Stock's "Terra Model File Manual" (tmf_manual.zip, at Avsim) because it nicely describes all the aspects of the FS landscape.

Finally, a great tool for getting to know the FS data formats and spatial subdivision as well as the all-important error dagnostics, is Jim Keir's LWMViewer, which is available in two versions at the same website as Slartibartfast.

Hope that helps. Have fun!

Cheers, Holger

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