So far, the major changes from V6 to V7 are internal - there's been a major rework of the mechanisms inside X-Plane that aren't really visible on the outside. But there's a huge list of small changes and new features. For the details, see the 7.00 history page.
In many respects 7.x is compatible with 6.70:
For all the gory details on what's been happening with V7, see the detailed history pages.
- Same scenery format
- Compatible aircraft format (there's a new format for 7.00, but 7.00-7.63 loads 6.xx aircraft without conversion).
This page describes changes specific to V7.x. Also see the Installing and Upgrading page for general information.
From the X-Plane download page. It lists the main FTP site and several alternate sites. If you can't deal with the download, you can order a CD.
No. V7 is a major new version. The 6.x update subscription has run out. You must order a V7 CD, either direct from Laminar Research or X-Plane.org. A V7 single CD package is also available at some retail stores and mail order retailers. See the Install/Upgrade page for details.
There are no mandatory hardware requirements over 6.70. In fact, with comparable rendering options, 7.00 is substantially faster than 6.70. You'll do fine with a 1GHz cpu and Radeon or GeForce video card. However, the new volumetric clouds in 7.00 require a lot of cpu power. Go for a high end current machine if you want to fly in lots of scattered clouds. The cloud shadows also eat a lot of power.
Additional changes in 7.10:
Additional changes in 7.21:
Additional changes in 7.30:
- Cloud shadows are on by default in the Rendering Options. Turn them off unless you have a pretty fast machine and video card.
- Lower your texture resolution one notch in the Rendering Options menu.The new runway texture bitmaps are larger, and you may be running out of VRAM.
I just bought the new scenery CDs for 6.70. Do I need to buy the 7.00 scenery CDs now?No - they're the same. For more help in identifying what version of the scenery CDs you have, see the X-Plane Global Scenery page.
This was a bug in 7.50; it's fixed in 7.61 and later versions.
7.30+ won't start on my iBook with 8MB VRAMThis is a known bug in version 7.30; it is fixed in V7.41. If you have the autopilot slaved to the FMS (i.e., LNAV mode) X-Plane will hang, typically with a terrible noise in the audio, when you get within .3 to .5 miles of the waypoint. To circumvent the problem, when you're within 1.5 miles of the waypoint, manually advance to the next waypoint. (Thanx to Andrew Bright for the workaround.)
The increased panel size in 7.30 pushed VRAM requirements over the edge for Mac iBooks with 8MB VRAM and running OSX. It still works if you're running OS9, which uses slightly less VRAM for the same application load. (But it probably won't for long).
The AP1/AP2/GPS buttons for the autopilot have disappeared (V7.10+)For most V6 planes no conversion is necessary. V7.x will accept them as is. There is a new aircraft format; to convert a plane simply open it in PlaneMaker and resave it. For details and exceptions, see the Aircraft Format and Conversion page.
These buttons are no longer available on the panel as of V7.10. Look instead for a NAV1/NAV2 or NAV1/NAV2/GPS HSI selector switch. If the plane doesn't have one you'll have to open it in PlaneMaker and add one.
Same answer as above, only the plane has a custom panel. The panel bitmap still shows the button images, but there's no functioning button there. If the plane doesn't have a NAV1/NAV2 or NAV1/NAV2/GPS HSI selector switch you'll have to open it in PlaneMaker and add one. And you'll have to fix up the custom panel bitmap.
There have been a couple of important changes in how the AP's LNAV and VNAV modes work. Among other things, X-Plane now models realistic range limits for navaids and is unforgiving about incorrect use of the autopilot. For details, see the autopilot description on the Flying and Navigation page.
And I can see a narrow strip of sky where there should be the window frame (or whatever).
Your plane has a V6 custom panel bitmap. In V7 the menu bar was removed from the normal front view and only appears when you move the cursor to the top of the screen. So the custom panel bitmap needs to be expanded from the V6 size of 1024x750 to the new size of 1024x768 or larger.
You're suffering from hypoxia - oxygen starvation. This will occur in a plane that has pressurization controls and you forgot to set them, or it has an incomplete set and you can't. For more details see the Flying FAQ.
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