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Often members will be looking for free tools, applications and or programs to complete their projects. There are a lot of great freeware tools, applications and programs available that are scattered around the internet but often a little difficult to find, especially when you don't really know what you are looking for.

The purpose of this article is to give direct links to freeware tools/programs/applications for use by others. I'll add more links as I find more or you might have a link or two that will be useful to others, feel free to add them. I have also added links for FSX Service Packs and FS9 SDK.


Tools for Converting Textures after repaint

Martin Wrights DXTBmp
http://www.mnwright.btinternet.co.uk/download/dxtbmpx.EXE

You also require mwgfx.dll for DXTBmp to work (it is safe to install this .dll)
http://www.mnwright.btinternet.co.uk/download/mwgfxdll.EXE

Martin Wrights Website
http://www.mnwright.btinternet.co.uk/

MS Image Tool
Image Tool can be found in the FS9 SDK's (Terrain SDK/Terrain Tools folder) and also in the FSX SDK's (Terrain SDK Folder)



Free Paint Programs


Paint.Net (works with layers)
http://www.getpaint.net/index.html
There is also a multitude of plugins available for Paint.Net

GIMP (works with layers)
http://www.gimp.org/
Plugins are also available for GIMP



Free addons for payware


FSDS v3.5.1 Tweak
Available from Avsim is FSDSxTweak v1.5

This tool allows you to add various tweaks (such as bump mapping and specular mapping) to your FSDS v3.5.1 generated .x files, which is not allowed by the FSDS interface. This tool requires FSDS v3.5.1 and the FSX SDK for XtoMdl.

http://avsim.com (you have to log in to download)
Filename: fsdsxtweak_v1_5.zip
Author: Dave Nunez
Size: 270kb

PLEASE NOTE that this program requires the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package to work - available for free from their website.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=9B2DA534-3E03-4391-8A4D-074B9F2BC1BF&displaylang=en


Gmax
http://www.turbosquid.com/gmax


Flight Simulator 9 SDK


Autogen
http://download.microsoft.com/download/3/d/4/3d460861-18ca-433c-9118-75f749ecce36/autogen_sdk_setup.exe


Netpipes
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/d/5/fd5a11fe-4a5a-41e2-ba02-24f596af6328/netpipes_sdk_setup.exe


Terrain
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/f/f/4ffb2a54-cb13-4c3d-996d-7e7bd86b884c/terrain_sdk_setup.exe


Weather Themes
http://download.microsoft.com/download/6/b/e/6be850a6-5b2a-4795-89e3-eb0b5c725cb4/weather_theme_sdk_setup.exe


Panels and Gauges
http://download.microsoft.com/download/a/2/6/a263954a-3649-4654-ab1b-0ee4e30d7261/panels_sdk_setup.exe


Traffic Toolbox
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/2/8/f287f6a9-1cb3-4067-a720-0bdaf3543ff6/traffictoolbox_sdk_setup.exe


ABL
http://download.microsoft.com/download/7/1/c/71c72136-acef-44b6-9a9d-f9dbb5cab6dd/fs2004_sdk_abl_setup.exe


Aircraft Container
http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/f/5/9f57691b-7c5f-4031-aa29-2ab00f676ba6/aircraft_container_setup.exe


ATC Voicepack
http://download.microsoft.com/download/c/a/0/ca0f7542-1e1d-4ea0-96d0-57981d1f314a/fs2004_sdk_atc_voicepack_setup.exe


FSEdit
http://download.microsoft.com/download/9/4/3/943f9e01-f457-4300-91cf-a1762839f64a/fs2004_sdk_fsedit_setup.exe


Make Model
http://download.microsoft.com/download/1/1/8/1181a250-ac2c-43fa-b35b-bfd7b87934ad/makemdl_sdk_setup.exe


BGL Comp
http://download.microsoft.com/download/b/9/3/b930da2a-b3bf-40dc-b830-b1da916eb9e2/fs2004_sdk_bglcomp2_setup.exe


GMAX
http://download.microsoft.com/download/4/d/e/4de1e425-c932-4232-829b-eeb7f2658885/fs2004_sdk_gmax_setup.exe


Special Effects
http://download.microsoft.com/download/0/8/8/0886f451-15da-43ea-b948-a36d9796c045/fs2004_sdk_special_effects_setup.exe


CabDIR
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/e/5/fe55ede7-3818-40c4-8790-468a0d74798f/cabdir_sdk_setup.exe


Flight Simulator 2004 Update v9.1


Flight Simulator 2004 Update v9.1
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=92CF4B8C-EA69-476B-A276-618C4AB52AAF&displaylang=en


Microsoft FSX Service Packs


FSX SP1 English
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=a0437942-e3dc-4aa7-85dc-90aae2f0409e


Microsoft Flight Simulator X SDK SP1A
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=24910E66-96B0-4543-9B4A-647B7E28F212&displaylang=en


Flight Simulator X SP2 English
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=204FEE1E-F8DE-4B21-9A32-5A41A3E27FF0&displaylang=en








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