Wycliffe Barrett 895867 wrote:
Can I suggest you look at the forum regarding the new pilot client that is in development, his will be a cross platform pilot client and will be compatible with xplane. It's been in development sometime now by volunteers. There is still some way to go, but it is being developed and will look breathtaking when completed.
While it will eventually be cross platform, my understanding from developer discussions is that those of us in the X-Plane community are not the priority when it comes to the client. In fact, at one point I believe it was actually stated that X-Plane integration was one of the last things being worked on (meaning it will be a functional client for Microsoft legacy products first before becoming cross platform). While this may have changed, and there has also been debate on it, but I'm sorry to say that it appears often times those of us using X-Plane often appear to be second class citizens (even though it is the one software still being produced). As a result, I understand the original poster's comments and frustration. This ongoing issue is why I personally haven't upgraded from X-Plane 9.70 to X-Plane 10 because I doubt I'll see the performance enhancements I should while still being able to fly the network.
And before someone launches the "volunteers appreciated" thread, with all sincerity, the statement is a little dated. Those without the programming knowledge, or time to dedicate due to real world commitments, have on numerous times volunteered to support efforts where possible. The issue is that, with VATSIM requirements (I'm not debating them) prohibiting financial contributions to aide in the development of the network, it severely limits what those without these skills can contribute. At the same time, despite the amazing
job those who contribute do, this does not invalidate someone's frustration or disappointment at certain problems or delays which inevitably come with a volunteer support base being the sole support structure for ongoing VATSIM improvements.