Pushed to face/orbiter
417090b Bug fix: new style surface labels would not render when quadtree policy was set to cache+archive
1c7bc21 Added missing Label.cfg files for Earth and Mars
Orbiter 2016 Readme =================== 1. Orbiter distribution formats ------------------------------- Orbiter 2016 is distributed in two formats: - Microsoft Installer package: Orbiter2016.msi - Zip file archive Orbiter2016.zip The contents of both packages are identical. Users can choose whichever package format they prefer. The MSI installer package provides a convenient way to install Orbiter 2016. It comes with a graphical user interface that allows to select the installation location, component selection, destop icon, and start menu item. It also provides a removal function. This method is particularly useful for new users. The zip-file archive package must be extracted manually into a target directory, using either the Windows built-in zip extraction facility, or a 3rd party utility such as 7-zip. The directory structure of the zip archive must be preserved when extracting to the target folder. This method is self-contained and portable. It does not modify the registry, and does not add or change files outside the installation folder. Multiple installations are possible. Deinstallation only requires deletion of the Orbiter folder and all subfolders. 2. Runtime libraries -------------------- Note: Orbiter requires the VC2008 runtime libraries installed on the computer. On most systems, these libraries will already be installed. The MSI installer package will install these libraries automatically if required (unless disabled by the user during a custom installation). The zip file package does not install these libraries by default. If Orbiter fails to launch with an error message similar to "It wasn't possible to start this application because the configuration of the application is incorrect. The reinstallation of the application might correct this problem." then the runtime libraries may be missing. You can install them by executing the vcredist_x86.exe installer package in the Install folder, or by downloading from the Microsoft web site. Note that some 3rd party Orbiter addons may require additional runtime versions. Refer to the installation instructions of the addon. 3. Launching Orbiter -------------------- The Orbiter simulator can be launched either with a built-in graphics engine (orbiter.exe, with the red "Delta-glider" icon), or with an external graphics interface (orbiter_ng.exe, with the blue "Delta-glider" icon). The second option allows to connect to external graphics engines with enhanced features and performance. This requires downloading and installing 3rd party Orbiter graphics engines, such as the D3D9Client plugin. 4. Help ------- Help files are located in the Doc subfolder. Orbiter.pdf is the main Orbiter user manual. The in-game help system can be opened via the "Help" button on the Orbiter Launchpad dialog, or with Alt-F1 while running Orbiter. Remaining questions can be posted on the Orbiter user forum at orbiter-forum.com.