Prebuilt Ortho4XP US Scenery

I haven’t tried these, but it seems like a good idea. Someone has set up a pre-built set of Ortho imagery (with overlay, height data etc) for XP using Ortho4xp. Rather than download tiles from a map and use your PC to build them out, this is scenery that has already been built.

The caveat to that is that to make the downloads a bit smaller they are compressed, so decompressing can still take a while. Will be quicker than building your own, as long as the torrent download has some seeds (so far it seems quite popular). All image sources are USCG open-source, so no Bing copyright guilt (is that a thing?).

If you still want to build your own, this generated more interest than I expected, so it’s still here:


Wow, this is great. Gonna try a couple of regions.

Thanks for sharing!


Agreed…this might finally get me on the ortho-train. I was reluctant to try it just because…well…learning something new…LOL… Thanks @fearlessfrog!

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LOL, that’s exactly what went through my mind.
“If this doesn’t get Beach to try ortho’s, nothing will!”



This is going to drive SSD sales like a new iPhone launch. I downloaded Washington and Oregon last night, and began the conversion process. To be sure, we are talking massive amounts of data. I’m down to my last 100 GB on my primary SSD, so doing this on a USB HDD at the moment. Slow, but when finished, I’ll have a better idea of just how much I need to hit Amazon or New Egg for. I’m thinking that I’m going to have use something like OvGME to swap regions in/out in order to conserve drive space. Living in a TB world now.

Are people saving photoscenery to SSDs and just using simlinks in the main custom scenery folder to load them?

Is there actually a speed benefit to storing these on an ssd as opposed to an hdd for load when the sim is on an ssd? I assume so.

Well, yeah. The only reason that I’m initially downloading, extracting, and converting on an HDD is because I am out of space on my SSD and had a 3 TB USB HDD collecting dust on my desk. I bought my last HDD a couple of years ago. Looks like the going price for 1 TB SSD in the States is between $280 and $370 depending on Crucial vs Samsung.

My Washington_2015_1m folder finally finished the conversion. 66.4 GB after running the cleanup batch file. I guess that it could be worse. Oregon here I come…

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Curious to see pics. I usually use Bing or USA_2 images so wondering how good the data is.

OK, here is a quick comparison default vs prebuilt orthos. The images have not been retouched, but converted to .jpg to save space. I was messing around with SkyMax so the sky is different in each set, the default being the true blue preset and the prebuilt Orthos were using real-time weather. So a bit more hazy. You can see that it’s a matter of taste, but in most cases I preferred the Orthos. YMMV

Approaching Boeing Field default

Approaching Boeing Field orthos

Over Boeing Field default

Over Boeing Field orthos

Boeing Field from Google Maps perspective

Downtown Seattle default

Downtown Seattle orthos

Lake Union default

Lake Union orthos


Thanks for that - yep, I much prefer the Ortho’s in your images above. Cool.

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The grass is a little too green in the orthos, but the trees end up looking much better. Not sure why. Also, we went to a backyard crab boil about a month ago on the hill overlooking Shilshole Bay Marina, and the houses and neighborhood look much more authentic with the orthos. That said, both are better than P3D, even with Orbx PNW installed, IMO.


I’ve not used it but for the houses it seems like this looks interesting. I seem to go up and down the left coast a bit so wanted to try it out.

Did I do it wrong? I think I did it wrong…


Did you press in the ‘turbo’ button?

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Yeah…but I think my FastLoad cartridge popped out of the slot midway through. Drats.


Doggone it, did you remember to type " ,8,1 " after load “*”?

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Few more images from an AirHauler trip in XP11 over the Prebuilt Washington Ortho4XP. I’m really digging it, although this is going to look weird in winter :slight_smile:

You can haul a lot of fertilizer in an Aztec!


That Aztec is a beauty…! Never flew one in real life…by all account they are the family sedan and pickup truck of GA…if it fits (through the door), it flies…


Yes, me loves an Aztec. A good bargain these days for a late 70s/early 80s Aztec with 250 engines.

A few more screens over prebuilt Orthophotos.

Yakima, WA

Southern California just north of KSAN in the x737