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    Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

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    G-GMDH

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    Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by G-GMDH on Thu Nov 12, 2015 9:20 pm

    This web site is worth a look in as it offers FREE photo real scenery of ALL of Italy. You have a choice of two download resolutions 2M/PIX and 1M/PIX.

    I have started to download the 1M/PIX and checked it against my home made and its OK, like me they have used Virtual Earth satellite images.

    Unlike me they have gone to the trouble of making the water masks for the coastline and the larger lakes.

    Its going to save me a load of work trying to do it with FSET.

    Check it out..................... http://italyphotoreal.weebly.com/download.html

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    Post by donnybalonny on Thu Nov 12, 2015 10:04 pm

    I have the 2m/pix and its pretty good. There´s some nice autogen trees that does change things. Quality is a bit changy, but never bad. Some places the mountains are very dark but thats typical VE/Bing in the Alps (long shadows).
    I am considering downloading some of the 1m/pix coast of northern Italy and do the inland 1m/pix myself in FSET. Its almost an automatic process and it will save me a LOT of harddrive space.

    This download version is freakin 400GD with day, night, summer and winter textures. I even believe it comes with lights as well. Thats all good... but a 400GB download..... You live in Italy, so I fully understand that you download it all.
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    britfrog

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    Post by britfrog on Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:52 am

    this is the site where i downloaded all of the north of italy down to Rome, it also cover a bit of austria and france so links up well with France VFR and Austria Pro, combine that with the aosta scenery which is excellent and AS Venice as well as genoa and Milan (2) and you can have a pretty good flight around some great scenery
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    G-GMDH

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    Post by G-GMDH on Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:12 am

    Hi DB,

    Your idea of just downloading the coastline and doing the inland with FSET is a very good thought, THANKS.

    I have just seen some of these bgl files and boy are they big.

    Unfortunately VE/Bing must have changed their map number, I have 1239, as some areas around me are out of focus and white tiles below Zoom 5 using FSET.

    Anyone out there with the new number please?

    Cheers, M
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    Re: Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by britfrog on Fri Nov 13, 2015 11:55 am

    hi mike try 1711
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    G-GMDH

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    Post by G-GMDH on Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:20 pm

    Thanks for that but no luck, still white tiles etc. M

    PS Also tried 156, 160, 168, 170, 173 and 203.


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    Re: Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by britfrog on Fri Nov 13, 2015 12:45 pm

    GE is now 189
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    G-GMDH

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    Re: Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by G-GMDH on Fri Nov 13, 2015 2:15 pm

    britfrog wrote:GE is now 189

    THANKS, M

    PS. Had a quick look at GE with the new number and it looks good for Italy, at the moment downloading a test area to fly over.

    PPS. Completed test area of my part of Italy and to sum up its "crap".

    Stick to VE/Bing.


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    donnybalonny

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    Re: Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by donnybalonny on Fri Nov 13, 2015 6:36 pm

    Where do you find the map numbers and what do they do?
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    G-GMDH

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    Post by G-GMDH on Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:04 pm

    donnybalonny wrote:Where do you find the map numbers and what do they do?

    You will find them in the FS Earth Tiles ini folder. When you open the folder near the top of the information you will see SERVICE 1 (GE) and SERVICE 2 (Bing)

    [Service1]
    ServiceName = GE
    ServiceCodeing = qrts
    ServiceUrl =http://khm0.google.com/kh?t=t%s&n=404&v=189
    Referer = http://khm0.google.com
    UserAgent = Mozilla/4.0
    ServerVariations = khm0,khm1,khm2,khm3

    [Service2]
    ServiceName = Bing
    ServiceCodeing = 0123
    ServiceUrl = http://a1.ortho.tiles.virtualearth.net/tiles/a%s.jpeg?g=1239
    ServerVariations = a0,a1,a2,a3

    Both satellite image providers change the codes from time to time and if they are not up to date in FSET it can result in downloading white tiles and or older images.

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    Re: Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by donnybalonny on Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:30 pm

    Ok, thanks. Where do you find out the changes?
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    Post by G-GMDH on Fri Nov 13, 2015 9:17 pm

    donnybalonny wrote:Ok, thanks. Where do you find out the changes?

    Now that's the million dollar question, I know Nigel found a way to do it for GE but I cannot find any answers for VE, sorry.
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    Post by donnybalonny on Sat Nov 14, 2015 9:35 am

    Sorry, I may have expressed myself wrong.
    Where do you find the new updated numbers to put in the FSET.ini?
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    G-GMDH

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    Post by G-GMDH on Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:07 am

    donnybalonny wrote:Sorry, I may have expressed myself wrong.
    Where do you find the new updated numbers to put in the FSET.ini?

    Sorry DB I don't know the answer to that one. My FSET.ini is as above which is the latest GE number according to Nigel.
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    britfrog

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    Re: Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by britfrog on Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:54 pm

    mike try 1457
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    G-GMDH

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    Re: Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by G-GMDH on Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:15 pm

    britfrog wrote:mike try 1457

    Thanks Nigel for your continued help, however this is coming up with the same poor quality images and or white tiles.

    I checked on the FlashEarth web site using their Bing images and yes they are the same as I am getting in FSET. However select Arcgis for the images and like magic they are all perfect and I mean really excellent quality to the point of almost reading a vehicle number plate.

    That then begs the next question how do we connect FSET to Arcgis satellite image server?

    Cheers, M
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    Post by britfrog on Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:39 pm

    just been having a look at Arcgis their images of Nassau and my home here are exactly the same as I can get currently from GE there is no difference at all
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    Re: Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by G-GMDH on Sat Nov 14, 2015 6:43 pm

    The plot thickens as they say, just come off Bing Map satellite web site and around this area still the same problems in "Aerial View", however select "Birds Eye View" and it works with perfect images.

    So we need the code number for the "Birds Eye View" for Bing as we are currently using the "Aerial View" in FSET.

    Cheers, M
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    Re: Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by donnybalonny on Thu Nov 19, 2015 9:54 am

    I downloaded a test area (123-408) to compare with the 2m/pix that I already have downloaded and installed.
    There is a difference, but its rather samll and both look good. So I decided to just stay with my 2m/pix install of all of Italy. For me its a good option to have favorite places in the 1m resolution and the rest in 2m resolution
    I showed me one thing, that quality of photoscenery is 80% about the quality of the downloaded images. All the rest (resolution, compression etc) comes second. If an image is poor (out of focus, wrong shutter time), then higher resolution wont help.

    The problem with photoscenery is just that.... Many places the images are poor (google), the coastlines are badly reproduced (bing) or the general color is either to bright or to dark (both)
    Hopefully the future will change that.
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    Re: Photo Real Scenery of Italy........FREE

    Post by G-GMDH on Thu Nov 19, 2015 2:40 pm

    donnybalonny wrote:I downloaded a test area (123-408) to compare with the 2m/pix that I already have downloaded and installed.
    There is a difference, but its rather samll and both look good. So I decided to just stay with my 2m/pix install of all of Italy. For me its a good option to have favorite places in the 1m resolution and the rest in 2m resolution
    I showed me one thing, that quality of photoscenery is 80% about the quality of the downloaded images. All the rest (resolution, compression etc) comes second. If an image is poor (out of focus, wrong shutter time), then higher resolution wont help.

    The problem with photoscenery is just that.... Many places the images are poor (google), the coastlines are badly reproduced (bing) or the general color is either to bright or to dark (both)
    Hopefully the future will change that.

    I have downloaded areas 132, 133, 134, 135 and 136 which covers a large area of my Central part of Italy. Surprisingly its not a big file about 62 Gb which is less than my FSET home made file.



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