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07 April 2021

Ultra-realistic flight simulator.

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Franbene1
Franbene1
Apr 8 2021
11.53
4.0
Apr 8 2021
4.0
Version: 11.53
Really good but it lacks VR on MAC´s
James
James
Mar 31 2017
10.51r2
0.0
Mar 31 2017
0.0
Version: 10.51r2
X-Plane 11 was released today. The price of X-Plane10 has been reduced.
Cgc
Cgc
Sep 28 2013
10.21
3.5
Sep 28 2013
3.5
Version: 10.21
So much potential but it should come with the ability to work out of the box with various control sticks. I have a Saitek stick and have to manually configure everything...to the point where I don't want to fly with X-Plane. MSFS worked out of the box with my stick so I'll stay with them even though it's an inferior flight sim.
Talaatharb
Talaatharb
Feb 10 2013
10.20
0.5
Feb 10 2013
0.5
Version: 10.20
It is incredible how the software developers manage to implement or even re-implement new bugs in very new version, be it beta or so-called stable. This demo installer after heaving installed everything eats 37 % CPU on a i7 2.6GHZ doing nothing! Programming an installer is not so difficult as a flight sim... so: tons of features, pretty much worthless for serious flying with all these annoying bugs
Picarda
Picarda
Jan 27 2012
10.04 Beta 1
4.0
Jan 27 2012
4.0
Version: 10.04 Beta 1
Oh c'mon it's 2k12 give me a break with PPC Architecture.
umaromc
umaromc
Dec 5 2011
10.03b1
0.0
Dec 5 2011
0.0
Version: 10.03b1
Graphic Card support: http://wiki.x-plane.com/X-Plane_10_Graphics_Card_Support http://www.x-plane.com/x-plane-10-system-requirements/ X-Plane 10 requires, at the *minimum*, a 2 GHz, dual-core CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a DirectX 9-capable video card with 128 MB of on-board, dedicated video RAM (VRAM). See link for compatibility and graphics cards. However, *for the best experience*, we recommend the following: a 3 GHz, multi-core CPU (or, even better, multiple processors), 4 GB of RAM, and a DirectX 10-capable (DX11 preferred) video card with 1 GB of on-board, dedicated VRAM. X-Plane will take advantage of as many cores or distinct processors as you can afford. Having 16 cores split among 4 CPUs is not required by any means, but Version 10 would be able to use every one. No more than 4 GB of RAM is necessary, but the more VRAM you have, the better–X-Plane 10 can easily use 1.5 GB of VRAM at the maximum settings.
Senojsitruc
Senojsitruc
Nov 30 2011
10.0
4.0
Nov 30 2011
4.0
Version: 10.0
Does X-Plane 10 still require the DVD to play? Can I install it on my laptop and then not have to lug the DVD with me everywhere I go?
Cgc
Cgc
Nov 28 2011
10.0
3.5
Nov 28 2011
3.5
Version: 10.0
Was hoping X-Plane 10 would be released soon as the demo videos look fantastic. Unfortunately, the downloadable demo plays at such a low frame rate at the lowest settings on my MacPro (plenty of memory and an nVidia 8800GT GPU) that it's not playable. I'm curious what setup they used to play it when they made the videos. I hope the coming updates fix the slow frame rates.
James
James
Nov 27 2011
10.0
0.0
Nov 27 2011
0.0
Version: 10.0
Laminar Research is now taking orders for x-plane 10. The full version costs $79.00 plus shipping. the demo cost nothing. The link is for x-plane 9. The official release date seems to be Dec 7, but you might get a pleasant surprise if you order now from Laminar Research.
ChaseLaguna
ChaseLaguna
Jan 9 2011
9.64
4.0
Jan 9 2011
4.0
Version: 9.64
I love X-Plane. Natural feel and very extensible. This should be labeled as a "Beta" as the X-Plane Updater only shows up to v9.62. In order for it to download 9.64, the "betas" box must be checked.
Talaatharb
Talaatharb
Oct 12 2009
9.4rc14
0.5
Oct 12 2009
0.5
Version: 9.4rc14
There is one Flightsim for the Mac, XP, so this is the best one. Flightgear has potential but still some way to go. hopefully they keep it up. That said, xplane is a piece of crap. there was never a stable version, and there probably never will be one. this is the authors 14th attempt to deliver something without introducing silly new bugs over and over again. Maybe he's gone completely bananas, who knows. But for sure he has no knowledge of software development, quality management and customer care. sadly enough.
Istra
Istra
Sep 20 2009
9.4rc6
0.0
Sep 20 2009
0.0
Version: 9.4rc6
on their website it is now $29, not bad!
Plainly-X-Plane
Plainly-X-Plane
Jul 26 2009
9.31
0.0
Jul 26 2009
0.0
Version: 9.31
The good, the bad, the ugly, the wacky. It's X-Plane plainly explained, along with a healthy dose of prove-it-to-me skepticism. Product reviews, tips and tricks, the occasional tutorial. Get an unbiased look at the flight simulator that provokes bipolar disorder in otherwise well adjusted people: http://plainlyxplane.blogspot.com
Sommop
Sommop
Apr 28 2009
9.30b8
0.0
Apr 28 2009
0.0
Version: 9.30b8
You don't really need to build airplanes to enjoy this sim. If you're already a pilot, this thing is pretty damn good.
Thebeautifulone
Thebeautifulone
Mar 25 2009
9.30b7
5.0
Mar 25 2009
5.0
Version: 9.30b7
Incredibly cool!
Caleb-Grant
Caleb-Grant
Apr 4 2008
9.0rc3
0.0
Apr 4 2008
0.0
Version: 9.0rc3
for everybody who says that they just sit on the runway, you obviously havent given this simulator any time. i personally have never tried to make any planes, but i still have fun flying the planes that oter people make around. the controls are very simple once you know them, although i will admit that changing them is a little tricky. this game is not meant to be played with a mouse, so i recommed that you buy a cheap joystick if nothing else. i use maybe 3 or 4 buttons, and then my joystick and clicking around in the window view. maybe if you took a little time to think about it you could actually figure it out
Artwilson22
Artwilson22
Dec 19 2007
9.0b11
2.0
Dec 19 2007
2.0
Version: 9.0b11
It looks like X-Plane would be a great find for a true flight simulation enthusiast however for a newcomer who is interested in learning, it lacks guidance. You sit there on the runway wondering what to do. I would have expected a little more from a Mac app but X-Plane does not even offer a true Mac interface but some wack UI that looks like a flavor of Linux. A disappointment.
Cjj
Cjj
Nov 30 2007
9.0b2
4.8
Nov 30 2007
4.8
Version: 9.0b2
People! Download and buy X-PLane 9!!! The realism and graphics are INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!
Bosie
Bosie
Nov 11 2006
8.5
1.8
Nov 11 2006
1.8
Version: 8.5
Scenery is still boring, crashes as regularly as previous versions even on a G5 Quad. I still can't see a reason to want to buy it unless as people say all you want to do is twiddle the knobs for realistic flight simulation. If refunds were an option I'd take it.
Cjj
Cjj
Oct 13 2006
8.5rc4
4.8
Oct 13 2006
4.8
Version: 8.5rc4
For those of you who just want to get off the ground, Take these Tips! Press the "B" key to release brakes Hold down F2 to take off The "A" key is back view The "W" key is cockpit http://x-plane.org/
Peter-Cole
Peter-Cole
Oct 3 2006
8.5rc2
0.0
Oct 3 2006
0.0
Version: 8.5rc2
I've been using X-Plane for a few years now and can only say how amazed I am with it. The terrain is about as accurate as is available for almost the entire planet (from the SRTM data set - from NASA). The weather is fantasic (with a real time option too). I have hundreds of planes downloaded from and other sites incl. www.x-plane.org GPS style maps are avaiable with a dual monitor set-up. The six minute demo was enough for me to know this rocked - and I could still fly after the six minutes, just not use the main flight controls. If you want a real flight sim (not a game) this is it. Even MS call their Flight sim a game. Although certainly enjoyable, this is not a game. It is used to train real pilots in both fixed wing and helicopters. X-Plane is worth every cent!
Russell-Gleason
Russell-Gleason
Aug 24 2006
8.5b8
3.8
Aug 24 2006
3.8
Version: 8.5b8
I myself am relatively new with X-Plane (Aug. 23, 2006) having purchased ver. 8.40. I'm using a G4 Digital Audio Mac with Dual 1.8GHz Processors and a ATI 9600 converted AGP graphics card from OWC made specially for G4 Macs, along with 1.25Gb of RAM. Here is my evaluation so far: PROs: This is probably the best "authentic" Flight Simulator for the Mac that your going to find. It is a real joy to fly/play as I can find myself spending hours on this game. CONs: The number of free aircraft that you can download is good (but not great). The free aircraft that are available are great, but the number and type of aircraft I feel is somewhat limited (for my taste) and this leaves me alittle disappointed. Probably the single biggest CON for me is this similator lacks "detailed geographical senery". Given the day and age of computer technology that we live in, the accuracy of low altitude senery is quiet lacking. A GPS map display would also be nice for pin-point location accuracy (just yesterday I was walking through Sears and you can even buy hand held electronic GPS map displays/units that show exactly where your at!). I think in the end, while X-Plane is a very, very good program that I would highly recommend to anyone, I think the makers of the program are having a tough time keeping up with todays technology for a "highly realistic" feel "beyond the instrumentation panel" for flying characteristics that gives a pilot a realistic detailed look and feel. - Russell
Cjj
Cjj
Aug 11 2006
8.5b6
4.8
Aug 11 2006
4.8
Version: 8.5b6
I have been using X-plane since I was six, and is VERY fun! With the new X-Plane 8.50, it even more fun!!! Hope everyone enjoys it!!!!!!
Alexf
Alexf
Jul 22 2006
8.5b4
0.0
Jul 22 2006
0.0
Version: 8.5b4
I'm totally new to flight sims so I can't really judge X-Plane - especially considering the ridiculous 5mins time limit on the demo. Developers, consider making it a longer demo. You can barely get a feel for X-Plane in 5mins. Having said that, I enjoy it
Hahuhi
Hahuhi
Jul 22 2006
8.5b4
0.0
Jul 22 2006
0.0
Version: 8.5b4
Would it be possible to have a Pilatus PC 12 plane in the General Aviation folder? I am missing that one as single turbo prop engine plane with great advantages.
umaromc
umaromc
Feb 24 2006
8.4b2
0.0
Feb 24 2006
0.0
Version: 8.4b2
I apologize for posting this here but I find this information difficult to locate on Laminar's website; Are the F-16 Falcon and F-22 Raptor on the X-Plane CD?
Affleck
Affleck
Feb 24 2006
8.4b2
0.0
Feb 24 2006
0.0
Version: 8.4b2
Hardly. They are constantly making updates. Also note that these updates are beta releases, not full releases. They are being good to us crazy early adopters and releasing new updates as they get 'em so we can beat up on 'em. I've never once had a crash or found a bug but I'm a more casual user. My guess is that any bugs actually found are going to be very esoteric.
Floridaphillip
Floridaphillip
Jan 22 2006
8.3.1
0.0
Jan 22 2006
0.0
Version: 8.3.1
Why does Xplane need an update so often? Are there that many bugs in it?
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
J-Mueller-MacUpdate
Dec 7 2005
8.2.1
4.5
Dec 7 2005
4.5
Version: 8.2.1
The graphics look phenominal in this game. Western Michigan University's flight program has many students that are familiar with this flight sim. Very impressive.
Guest
Guest
Oct 14 2005
8.2b8
5.0
Oct 14 2005
5.0
Version: 8.2b8
The new updater works well. It's fast, offers to toss out obsolete files in your X-Plane folder, and updates just what you need. It looks nice too, although it occupies 1024x760 of desktop space needlessly. I like it anyway :-) During the update, the Mac OS X graphical interface seemed to suffer a strange kind of lag, but I was able to continue to use the system anyway. The update process took about 30 minutes. After the update, I launched X-Plane and HAD to re-calibrate my joystick real quick. After that the simulator ran smooth as silk.
Nano
Nano
Jun 18 2005
8.15rc2
0.0
Jun 18 2005
0.0
Version: 8.15rc2
Even with a fast cable modem connection & following instructions carefully, download time for the trial is very slow. Is there something I'm not doing right?
Guest
Guest
Jun 12 2005
8.15b2
5.0
Jun 12 2005
5.0
Version: 8.15b2
Very good flight simulator, with a lot of features. Configuration and Setup takes it´s Time, but after the first start, you will love this simulator. The flight dynamics are great and highly realistic. The Instrument reactions are incredible. If you ever flew an aircraft by yourself, you will be very happy with the realism in x-plane. If you just want a little flight game, x-plane isn´t the right app for you.
Guest
Guest
Apr 22 2005
8.11
5.0
Apr 22 2005
5.0
Version: 8.11
Nice Sim! The way to update as stated on your site is a bit backwards and time consuming. Would it not be easier to copy the new files from the upgrade (approx 350mb) into the old existing folder? This would be much more efficient in regards to moving 7 or so Gig of files from the old directory to the new one. It just seems more logical to me. I did not try it though I followed the instructions as describes on your site and maybe in 50 minutes the files will be copied over. Thanks! Features are almost great. Playability would have to fall in with the stability. My store bought CD version 8.0 locked up frequently when selecting a control on the pilots cockpit. Even after upgrading but before moving the scenery to the new folder it also locked up but not as much. The sound is good. However I only have the soundcard that came with my Mac. Graphics are good. I have to say that not being able to take full advantantage of my 20 inch screen is very disapointing. Even Cheap games allow for larger screens WITHOUT degredation. That is not to say the game did not allow me to change the resolution to 1680 X 1050 but you should have denied it until you made it look good at that res. Would be embarrasing if I were the Developer of this Sim to put it out that way. Stability: Well, that one is easy. It is not the worst but darn close to it. To say this game is ready for market is like saying Microsoft Xp is ready for market even today. So I have to rate you here just like M$ and say your Sim is nice but you have an overall bad product. I will stay clear from your products in the future. You state this is 8.11 or at least 8.0 RETAIL DVD version. Reality says it is still BETA. Get over it. go back to the drawing board and fix it. Gee that sounds like a M$ (Microsoft) does it not.
Guest
Guest
Apr 22 2005
8.11
5.0
Apr 22 2005
5.0
Version: 8.11
I tried to download the demo unsuccesfully several times. So, I went and purchased it. The store version is 8.0 I believe. I am running it on a new G5 20 inch. So far it is very unstable. It has locked up several times when I click a control on the cockpit. I currently have 750mb ram. My first question: Is X-Plane capable of displaying correctly on a 20 inch G5 in FULL screen. I manually adjusted the screen resolution for 1680 X 1050 however, It not only looked bad but the cockpit did not take up the full horizon. I had 1/5 of the screen still showing the flyby of the ground on either side of the cockpit. Am I doing something wrong or is this just how it is. MY second question: does the update 8.11 correct any of the stability issues I am having? So far this game looks awesone but is a bit buggy. Any suggestions would be helpful.
Guest
Guest
Apr 20 2005
8.11
5.0
Apr 20 2005
5.0
Version: 8.11
This is the greatest flight simulator out there! The community is growing and typically very helpful. For the most part, this is realistic. Some things are not so good, like the ability to bo barrel rolls in a 747, but hey...its still pretty darn good!
Guest
Guest
Apr 4 2005
8.11b1
5.0
Apr 4 2005
5.0
Version: 8.11b1
I have xplane 7.x and it rocks.. I've played it both on PC and MAC (powerbook 15"). It works fine on both platforms. I have a new Mac Mini now that will be testing it on tonite. I still have not got the v8.x release just. I don't see the point in 50 bucks for some more land scapes. Very realistic game. Lots of plug-ins for it. Check out the squawkbox stuff for realtime ATC(airtrafficcontrol). Good stuff. If you don't have it, get it.
Guest
Guest
Apr 3 2005
8.11b1
5.0
Apr 3 2005
5.0
Version: 8.11b1
The writer of the first article needs to learn a little Loyalty and Humility
Guest
Guest
Mar 29 2005
8.10
5.0
Mar 29 2005
5.0
Version: 8.10
Good flight sims are hard to find for Macs, but not impossible. If you are finding Xplane to be too complex, and/or buggy, an excellent, easier to use, and MUCH CHEAPER flight sim (FULL VERSION) can be found for FREE (well, the cost of a magazine) on the May 2005 issue of Macworld UK... http://www.macworld.co.uk/ The program is called FlightGear... http://www.flightgear.org/ . It is cross-platform... Windows Linux Solaris (sparc/x86) sgi Mac OS X FreeBSD ...and, similar to Xplane, they offer a host of additional aircraft... Fokker 100. Eurocopter Bo105. Fairchild A-10 (Warthog). Antonov AN-225. B-52F Stratofortress. Concorde v2.0 update. More aircraft ... ...including the new double-decker Airbus A380... http://www.flightgear.org/Gallery/ Enjoy!!
Guest
Guest
Mar 29 2005
8.10
0.0
Mar 29 2005
0.0
Version: 8.10
I love the game. Its fun and the graphics are great. I have one small haggle. Upgrade the website!! Its so hard to find what you want on it and it really doesnt sell the product. It is also very visually unapealling.. Lets just say it doesnt compliment the game Thats just me though Love the game
Guest
Guest
Mar 29 2005
8.10
5.0
Mar 29 2005
5.0
Version: 8.10
Can't download this either. Have tried several times, but no luck.
Guest
Guest
Mar 25 2005
8.10rc1
5.0
Mar 25 2005
5.0
Version: 8.10rc1
Pure fun. Your palms may sweat a bit when you are attempting a landing, lining up the runway, watching the airspeed, keeping an eye on the altimeter, hearing the stall warning, listening to the approach warning. You'll twist about in your chair as you tryto give it the right approach attitude. Absolutely spellbinding.
Guest
Guest
Mar 25 2005
8.10rc1
5.0
Mar 25 2005
5.0
Version: 8.10rc1
i tried several times to download it and it will not happen. Even tried to download directly from the developers site. Dev's site is confusing and there is no HEY I AM RIGHT HERE TO DOWNLOAD the DEMO! I would love to try it again but no joy.
Guest
Guest
Mar 21 2005
8.10b1
5.0
Mar 21 2005
5.0
Version: 8.10b1
I have run X-Plane at resolution exceeding 1024x768 and never been confronted to the problem of plane panels remaining at a lower resolution except maybe with poorly designed planes. Who is to blame, the programmer or the users of the program doing a poor job? As others have mentioned to you there a stable releases and beta releases, you have the choice. A cross plateform product has shortcomings inherent to its nature.
Guest
Guest
Mar 21 2005
8.10b1
5.0
Mar 21 2005
5.0
Version: 8.10b1
thecloud well indeed I have run X-plane at resolutions 1280x960 and 1024x768 and used quite a wide array of freeware plane without the limitation you mention. That does not seem to be a problem with X-Plane itself but with some pooor design of planes. Ok the issue is tricky, but blaming Laminar is may be blaming the wrong person.
Guest
Guest
Jan 31 2005
8.0.6
5.0
Jan 31 2005
5.0
Version: 8.0.6
can this do anti gravity plane? i want to make a flying pice of dirt or a flag pole
Guest
Guest
Jan 22 2005
8.0.5rc2
5.0
Jan 22 2005
5.0
Version: 8.0.5rc2
benquick - have you ever tried using a resolution wider than 1024x768? The cockpit images are a fixed width, while the scenery outside is full-screen width. The availability of interior view files for the plane is not the issue here. I love X-Plane. I've spent many hours with it. The flight modelling is outstanding. But I stand by my original comment: this is a program perpetually in beta mode. Most of its "releases" are actually NOT release versions, e.g. "8.0.4b1", "8.0.5rc2", etc. It seems unprofessional and it's confusing for users, whether your company is large or small. There is no reason to send every single beta out to the entire world as if it were a finished release.
Guest
Guest
Jan 19 2005
8.0.4
5.0
Jan 19 2005
5.0
Version: 8.0.4
To almost a Flight Geek and thecloud, you should maybe look at what kind of plane you use. Some developpers provide alround views of the cockpit, that it is not a flaw in the program. X-Plane is an enverinoment where you use plane models which can be more or less accurate. Of course there is always something which might be improved. That is true for programs of large companies and of small groups.
Guest
Guest
Jan 19 2005
8.0.4
5.0
Jan 19 2005
5.0
Version: 8.0.4
You're right, decloud. I'm now looking at what appears to be a 1200 pixel wide cockpit in front of a 1600 wide scenery -- the cockpit just stops about 200 pixels from either lateral edge. Weird.
Guest
Guest
Jan 1 2005
8.0.4b1
0.0
Jan 1 2005
0.0
Version: 8.0.4b1
"Almost a flight geek" - your comments are dead-on accurate. X-Plane is a program perpetually in beta mode, never quite fixing its old bugs before introducing new and useless 'features' like sunglasses or hot-air balloon obstacles. Except you're wrong about one thing: you CAN do full-screen mode. Go to the Rendering Options menu and change the resolution to match your screen's.
Guest
Guest
Dec 5 2004
8.0.2b2
5.0
Dec 5 2004
5.0
Version: 8.0.2b2
Surprisingly fast get with Bit Torrent requied a bit of patience at the start. Is this ready for prime time yet? Depends on whether you are a flight geek or not. Flight Dynamics are good, scenery is reasonably good. Sounds and mist are great. Cockpit is great ... but only if you stare straight ahead. Turn to the side and your head is out of the window. The right-seat cockpit is in the Twilight Zone -- lost in the Bermuda Triangle. The look-back view is positively bizarre. You have a limited look down capability but you won't find much reason to do so (hardly any controls there). So I'm "failing" the cockpit. Even the old A-10 for classic had a better solution; and the fully controllable chase-plane view was outstanding. Here, it's an after-thought. This is a simulator for flight geeks. Fly all over the world; enter nav and radio frequencies, etc. Hell, fly on Mars or reenter with the Shuttle! But ... (there's always a but) you can sit on the runway for hours and not get busted. It's a simulator not a game, you see; YOU provide the entertainment in your head. In short, the reason that makes prolonged use of similar simulators boring: Nothing to do but fly around or do some circuits. I believe simulators need some context and framework. The app should file a random flight plan perhaps after you select start/end points, and you follow it. You need a copilot or, better yet, instructor to qualify you and give you direction. Biggest bitch: it sits on the upper left-hand corner of my Cinema Screen requiring me to giraffe a bit: No window; no centering; no full-screen mode. You have an overwhelming array of aircraft types and locations to tease you, but an underwhelming lack of completeness and polish to the software. I'D RATHER HAVE THE REVERSE. X-Plane 8 is both GREAT and UNFINISHED. The priorities are elsewhere, the program is out of control much like the production of a movie can get. At some point, you have to provide the basics (screen presentation), plot (roadmap), and LIMIT the movie's length (features) in order to get a screening (shipping product). Not here. This will be in beta forever. Seriously short of cash, programmers, strategy and direction, etc. Flight geeks must get [support] this for its aspects of greatness. I understand my needs enough to pass for the moment. Half of a cockpit makes it a half-cocked application.