P3D v4 Attempting to fix afcad errors on payware scenery removes ground photo

#1
There is one developer I purchased 2 sceneries from and the afcads are poor. Bugs such as not a single parking spot connected. Hold short nodes not added or too far from the runway and many more basic errors. When I try to fix and compile this airport and load P3D4.4 the ground photo is missing. The developer has not responded to emails and a forum post. What can I do to get this airport compiling correctly? I added the scenery folder to the libraries and it has no missing effects or object warnings when compiling. Thanks.
 
#2
With the ground photo I guess you mean the photo real satellite image?
Then there is something else wrong as the satellite image has nothing to do with ADE or AFX or whatever AFCAD program.
You do not add the scenery folder to the libraries. You import the 'AFCAD'.bgl in ADE (then back up the original one, if not you have double airports), modify it to your liking and compile again into the scenery folder of your payware airport.
 

=rk=

Resource contributor
#4
The term "afcad," refers to proprietary software and some potential contributors may not understand you are referring to an airport .bgl file. This file is distinct from the ground polygon .bgl file, which contains the ground photo.

There is one very important reason to never edit an airport .bgl and instead, work from the .ad4 file, or whatever software format was used to generate the airport .bgl, because that file, the airport .bgl, works in conjunction with several other files that control objects, elevations and other aspects of an overall airport scenery. These are combined within the ADE interface and the .ad4 file, which makes it easy to confuse their relative and distinct functions.

You may edit parking and hold shorts to your specific liking and replace that exact file, the airport .bgl, with no consequence to the ground polygon. Other "basic errors," may not be as basic as they seem.
 
#5
The term "afcad," refers to proprietary software and some potential contributors may not understand you are referring to an airport .bgl file. This file is distinct from the ground polygon .bgl file, which contains the ground photo.

There is one very important reason to never edit an airport .bgl and instead, work from the .ad4 file, or whatever software format was used to generate the airport .bgl, because that file, the airport .bgl, works in conjunction with several other files that control objects, elevations and other aspects of an overall airport scenery. These are combined within the ADE interface and the .ad4 file, which makes it easy to confuse their relative and distinct functions.

You may edit parking and hold shorts to your specific liking and replace that exact file, the airport .bgl, with no consequence to the ground polygon. Other "basic errors," may not be as basic as they seem.
Not sure if I understand you correct.
When I rework and AFD, I open this one from the scenery developer and change the things I want. I don't start from scratch with the default P3D file.
 
#6
When I rework and AFD, I open this one from the scenery developer and change the things I want. I don't start from scratch with the default P3D file.
Not a good idea unless you do not have the ade file from the developer! One bgl from the scenery developer contains only so much, as there can e.g. also be a xxx.cvx.bgl, a xxx.gp.bgl, a xxx.obj.bgl and an xxx.ALT.bgl (maybe in the scenery\world\scenery?) and with a different name.
 

tgibson

Resource contributor
#7
If you want to edit the developer's airport there's little you can do other than open the airport from the BGL file. Then (if needed) you can use Tools/Import Raw Data to get some of the default airport's features back (again, if needed). But after that you should save your edited airport as an AD4 file and always open that when you need to re-edit the airport.
 
#8
I had this problem again. I changed parking spots at Aerosoft ENGM (not many scenery developers care about cargo, all the spots did not align on the yellow line and the radius is much too small for heavy aircraft) the latest version for P3D4 and my ground photo is gone! The ground is all concrete.
 

tgibson

Resource contributor
#10
Did you create the ground polygon using this AD4 file, and did you make sure the _GP BGL file was copied to an active scenery folder?
 

tgibson

Resource contributor
#12
You cannot load ground polygons into ADE via the BGL file. In earlier sims the ground polygon would probably still be there. I don't know about P3D.
 
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