X-Plane 12 Handbook – Book 1 : Setting Up

I have written this handbook to assist you in setting up X-Plane 12 correctly and optimally. This is Version 1.1 of the handbook and is available for free to all those who purchased Version 1.0. Simply redownload it from your store account.

This book is intended to supplement the official X-Plane 12 manual. Instead, it should be used in conjunction with it as a step-by-step guide to setting up X-Plane on a Windows PC. The handbook supplements the official Laminar Research manual, and although primarily for Windows users, most of the book also applies to MAC and LINUX versions. The main focus of this guide is to ensure that X-Plane 12 is set up correctly right from the start. The tips in this book are geared towards readers with a Windows 11 operating system, although most are equally valid for Windows 10 users. While all the X-Plane 12 information applies to Apple Mac users, the hardware and O/S setup are obviously not applicable to Mac users. Nevertheless, the X-Plane contents of the book certainly apply to Mac-based machines as well. Additionally, the book includes many clarifications, tips, and answers to 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
  • It 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 the first book in a series of three. This book provides a comprehensive guide to installing and using the X-Plane 12 software package. The second book covers scenery, and the third book deals with Add-ons and Plugins. 

The X-Plane 12 Handbook – Book 1 begins by helping you identify your intentions and needs for your simulator. It then moves on to hardware considerations such as your computer and peripherals. Whether you are setting up X-Plane 12 from scratch with new hardware (a buyer’s guide is included) or using your existing hardware, step-by-step instructions are provided to help you set up the Windows 11 operating system to run X-Plane 12 optimally.

Once your computer is set up, the book covers peripheral calibration and setting up the X-Plane 12 simulator itself. The following section focuses on optimizing X-Plane 12 in detail, with a large collection of short “How To” articles explaining various features of the software. While the X-Plane 12 manual covers most of these topics, this book takes a different approach to help you better understand them.

Finally, the book ends with an extensive illustrated glossary of aviation terms you will likely encounter when using X-Plane 12.

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