I have written this handbook to help you set up correctly X-Plane 12 correctly and optimally.
This is Version 1.1 of the handbook - It is free to all existing purchasers of the Version 1.0 version – Just redownload form your store account.
This book is not a replacement for the official X-Plane 12 manual; but rather should be used in conjunction with it as a step-by-step guide to setting up X-Plane on a Windows PC. The handbook is a supplement to the official Laminar Research manual - primarily for Windows users although most of the book applies to MAC and LINUX versions as well. The emphasis is on setting up X-Plane 12 correctly right at the start. I have approached the reader with a Windows 11 operating system in mind. Most of the tips are equally valid for a Windows 10 system. While all the X-Plane 12 information applies to the Apple Mac user, the Hardware and O/S setup are obviously not applicable to MAC users - the X-Plane contents of the book, however, certainly apply to Mac-based machines.
The book also includes many clarifications, tips and answers to many questions and problems that customers have approached me with over the past few years of offering X-Plane 11 assistance.
- The PDF E-Book is 400 pages (199 double spreads) in length
- High-Quality Digital PDF format optimized for reading on a PC with a bookmark/index
- Dynamic Index and Table of Contents
- How to Set up X-Plane 12 the right way
- How to choose the Hardware you need - Actual price examples as at November 2022
- The proper hardware for X-Plane 12
- How to Optimize that Hardware
- How to Optimize Windows 11 for X-Plane 12
- Contains an interactive slide show showing how to Reset Windows and set it up correctly for X-Plane 12
- Windows Performance guide - tips and suggestions
- Nvidia Driver setup for X-Plane 12
- High-res screenshots of the effect of SSAO, AntiAliasing, Anisotropic Filtering and FSR Supersampling
- How to set up your peripherals
- How to set up and configure the Meta (Oculus) Quest 2 Virtual Reality Headset
- How to Make it Fly Better
- How to Make it Look Better
- How to Set up multiple monitors
- How to Make X-plane Work with Multiple Computers
- How to Set up a small, efficient stable network
- A unique illustrated flight description for use as a real-world Benchmark.
- Understand the terminology
- Large HOW-TO section
- Illustrated glossary of terms and acronyms
Flying Low - the X-Plane 12 Handbook is book 1 of a two-book series. This book covers the installation and usage of the "out-of-the-box" software package X-plane 12. The second book will cover add-ons and scenery, and I will publish the second book a shortly after X-Plane 12 has been released. It can't be published yet because add-on makers and scenery creators still need to get their hands on the finished X-Plane product and complete their new/updated products first.
The X-Plane 12 Handbook - Book 1 starts by discussing your intentions and your needs for your simulator.
Then we go on to hardware considerations - computer and peripherals.
I assume you will set up X-Plane 12 from scratch, either with new hardware (buyer's guide included) or with your existing hardware.
Then we begin step-by-step instructions on setting up the Windows 11 operating system to run X-Plane 12 optimally.
Once the computer(s) are set up, we look at peripheral calibration and the setting up of the X-Plane 12 simulator itself.
Next, we look at optimizing X-Plane 12 in detail—a large section of short "How To" articles follow. The X-Plane 12 manual deals with most of these, but I have taken a different approach to explain things.
The book's final part consists of an extensive illustrated glossary of aviation terms that you will likely come across when flying X-Plane 12.