As I had some direct chats supporting installing autoortho I would like to summarize in a short HOWTO to help others in this post.
What is it?
autoortho is a freeware tool, written in python, which allows you to fetch orthos while you are flying. e.g.: "the same as in msfs".
Besides a "base package" you do not need to store orthoimages on your harddrives but instead it will download them on the fly while you are on your way.
What do I need?
You need obviously a fast and stable internet connection, Linux or Windows > 10 and X-Plane must be installed on a NTFS Filesysystem (FAT32 does not work)
-> Step 0: Install Prerequisites
First you need the dokan library: https://github.com/dokan-dev/dokany/releases/tag/v126.96.36.1990
I would recommend the msi installer. ( Dokan_x64.msi )
Step 1: Install autoortho
Download autoortho and put it somewhere (I have it in my x-plane directory) : https://github.com/kubilus1/autoortho/releases
Version current in this guide was 0.4.0
See FAQ below if you get an antivirus warning
-> Step 2: Configure autoortho and download packs
Set your "Custom Scenery" Folder and an arbitrary directory where autoortho should save its images (a cache)
Download 1 or more base packages for every region you want to fly:
After it says "up to date" your scenery folder should look like this:
-> Step 2.1.: Configure `scenery_packs.ini`
Move the autoortho folders to the bottom of your scenery packs (i.e. all your other libraries above, but the overlay before the z_ folders)
-> Step 3: RUN the autoortho tool:
Click the run button and the GUI will disappear
After that the Terminal stays open and looks somehow like this:
Start X-Plane and enjoy
-> I get an antivirus / malware warning
False positive. Check this thread at x-plane.org
-> HOWTO Run this baby with X-EUROPE / X-WORLD
Its possible to combine it with X-World!
SImply DISABLE the overlays in your scenery_packs.ini and put the X-WORLD overlays above it
My file looks like this:
... SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/X-Plane Landmarks - New York/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/X-Plane Landmarks - Paris/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/X-Plane Landmarks - Rio De Janeiro/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/X-Plane Landmarks - Saint Louis/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/X-Plane Landmarks - San Francisco/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/X-Plane Landmarks - Sydney/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/X-Plane Landmarks - Washington DC/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/X-Plane Landmarks - Portland/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_America-3-details/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_Europe-3-details/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_America-4-extras/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_Europe-4-extras/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_America-5-footprints/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_Europe-5-footprints/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_America-6-scenery/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_Europe-6-scenery/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_America-7-forests/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_Europe-7-forests/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_America-8-network/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/simHeaven_X-World_Europe-8-network/ SCENERY_PACK_DISABLED Custom Scenery/yAutoOrtho_Overlays/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/z_afr_00/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/z_afr_01/ SCENERY_PACK Custom Scenery/z_afr_02/ ...
-> I dont trust the malware warning and want to run it from source / without the .exe
1. Download and install python 3.10: https://www.python.org/downloads/release/python-31010/
2. run the run.bat in a terminal
It will download all dependencies automatically and start the program after it: