This may occur with aircraft files or others, and happens on Win2K and WinXP systems with NTFS. The cause is usually that you've set up the file system or X-Plane folders to enable data compression. Turn data compression off.
In V8.60 and later, find the function you want to assign a new key. Click in the left hand box containing the current key name and just hit the key you want to assign. If you don't see the function you want to assign, you can create a new keystroke assignment if the function is available. Click the Add New Assignment button at the top of the menu. Then scroll down to the bottom where you will find a new entry named "none". Click the gray center button and work your way through the folders to find the function you want to assign. Then click the box on the left to assign the desired key.
Prior to 8.60, edit the file. (Note - far as I know, the entries are positional. Change the first letter in a line to change the keystroke for that function, but don't reorder the entries.)
I've downloaded metar.rwx and put it in the X-System folder like I'm supposed to, and the weather setup screen still tells me Real Weather is not detected.
This is a known bug in X-Plane. Just click the "Use Real Weather" button on and exit the Weather Atmosphere menu. It will start using the Real Weather file. Next time you open the menu it will tell you Real Weather is detected.
If you have Stuffit installed you may have run afoul of a naming conflict. ".SIT" (used for X-Plane situation files) is also the default extension for Stuffit archives. Stuffit can be configured to automatically "stuff" files whose names are set to end with ".SIT". Either turn this feature off, or leave the ".SIT" off the filename that you enter in X-Plane's Save Situation menu.
X-Plane moves are not movies in the usual sense. Rather, they are saved replays. You can only play them with X-Plane. To play a movie, load it up with File -> Open Movie. (Make sure you have the aircraft that is the subject of the movie in a folder with the right name. The movie incorporates the aircraft by name and if it's not there it won't play.)
X-Plane V7 and later can record real movies in QuickTime format if you have the QuickTime authoring features installed. The old replay style movies are referred to as "Situation Movies" in V7 and later.
The movie is probably an old version. Since movies are saved replays, their format may occasionally change as X-Plane's internal data format changes. It may also be the case that you're missing the aircraft in the movie (unverified).
Select Viewpoint -> Toggle Replay Mode to return to normal operating mode.
Speech engines have problems with pronunciation. The English langauge is very confusing in that regard as the same word had more than one meaning and is pronounced differerently. Take wind for example. The roads wind down the hill. Wind 250 at 10 knots.Back to the main page
The speech engine has no idea about the differences.. in essence it is a sound generating process with no clue as to the meaning of words. So it looks up wind and pronunces that using the default pronunciation..
ILS for example. This is an abbreviation, but engine thinks it is a word. So it pronunces it as "iels".
There are a couple of methods to solve this. The best method is to use speech engine meta tags in the text string that is to be spoken. These tags contains hints and commands that assist the engine in pronuncing the words correctly. Unfortunately, X-Plane is not using this.
An alternative method is to change the pronunciation of the speech engine and make everything aviation specific. Make sure that wind is pronounced as "wiend" and not "whined". Change the pronunciation of ILS to "eye-el-es" and so on. This can be done using a very small program avaiable for Windows users at http://www.x-plane.org under the Utilities Section.