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Draken 5.0.1 hotfix

A patch that will update existing installations of Draken 5.0 to version 5.0.1 can now be downloaded for free from the webshop. This is a hotfix release that corrects a few minor bugs and some mistakes in the exterior model.

The update includes the following changes:

  • Fixed errors in the FR21/FR28 communication radios
  • Remodeled and retextured RB 27 and RB 28 missiles
  • Corrected mapping of afterburner cooling intakes

The patch will not overwrite the aircraft.cfg file, so modifications you may have made there will not be affected and your saved flights can be used. The new version number will only be displayed in the Options panel.

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Fake versions, clickbait and piracy

Have you found our add-ons on other websites? Do NOT download them.

This is the ONLY place where you can download the Bookmark add-ons for FSX or Prepar3D. If you find them on any other website, they are without exception stolen or fake versions of our products that were scraped off our website to be used as clickbait, and they may even include malware.

Old versions of our FS9 model are still available at AVSIM and Flightsim.com (and a few other websites). These downloads are absolutely legit but very much out of date. The final FS9 version 3.2 is only available on our website. The FSX versions have never been uploaded to other websites, they are only found here.

Before our first FSX model of Draken was released in 2010, one website actually repackaged the FS9 version, modified the EULA (!), added some of their own stuff, and then promoted it as an official FSX version by Bookmark. Some people downloaded this abomination and then sent us angry messages when it did not work in FSX. Amazing.

The Prepar3D version is not free but very modestly priced. The low price will not eliminate piracy (hey, people steal our freeware) but we hope that it just might make it less worthwhile. To those of you who have bought Draken 5.0, our sincerest thanks. You are supporting this project and inspiring us to keep on developing Draken for future versions of Prepar3D and (maybe) Microsoft Flight Simulator.

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We are back online

A module in the WordPress theme that we use ran into a nasty conflict with an updated plugin on Saturday evening. This problem has now been solved (we hope) and we are back in business. We apologize if this temporary hickup caused you any inconvenience and promise to keep our themes, plugins, widgets, gadgets and doodahs in line in the future.

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Checkout page maintenance

Some styling errors on the checkout page were fixed yesterday, which means that the page may have looked weird during checkout for some visitors. Your payments were in no way affected by this, it was purely a matter of how things were presented on the page. All transactions are securely handled by Stripe.
Payment from PayPal accounts has been temporarily disabled for technical reasons but will be back.

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Draken 5.0 for Prepar3D v4 released

After many months of development we are now proud to present Bookmark Simulations Saab 35 Draken 5.0 for Prepar3D v4. This version is built exclusively for Prepar3D v4 and a major leap forward from the previous versions for Microsoft Flight Simulator. It includes a load of new features and improvements:

Completely reworked exterior and interior models and textures

All the exterior and interior texture sheets have been upgraded to higher resolution. The texture mapping of fuselage and wings has also been improved to make repainting easier. An updated repaint kit will be released later in 2019.

The exterior model has been reworked with much more attention to detail and better animations. The landing gear and the exterior version of the cockpit are the most visible improvements in this major facelift.

The virtual cockpit is now also much more detailed and accurate, and immensly more flyable. Several instruments are now modeled instead of being “flat” 2D gauges. This also means that the old 2D minipanel has finally been retired.

Dimmable lighting

The interior lighting fx are now fully dimmable with separate dimmer knobs for the main instrument lights, radarscope grid, flight director crossbars, radar intensity, and panel backlighting. Cockpit lights have also been added in their correct locations.

Dynamic landing and taxi lights

The landing and taxi lights now illuminate the ground realistically when dynamic lighting is enabled in Prepar3D.

Real rear view mirrors

The rear view mirrors now show the live environment behind the aircraft. This effect can be disabled to improve performance. Please note that this has nothing to do with the new dynamic reflections option in Prepar3D.

New soundpack

The RM6 engine sounds have been improved and fine-tuned in the new soundpack. The interior sounds are now much more authentic-sounding, and the startup and shutdown sequences are completely fluid without gaps and stutters.

PN-594 simulated with TACAN

The simulated PN-594 navigation system now uses TACAN instead of VOR to simulate ANITA to avoid conflicts with existing VOR stations.

How to purchase

Draken 5.0 for Prepar3D is not freeware, but dirt cheap. The price is  9.00 €  including free updates for the 5.x series.

You can purchase the aircraft in our webshop.

How to get help

An online Flight Manual is available on the Support page, where you will also find a support forum. Please note that the Flight Manual is still in development and all sections have not yet been updated for version 5.0.

 

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Bug hunting

During the final tests I discovered some problems with the com radios that were difficult to solve. The radios contain some of the oldest code in this sim, I wrote most of it ten years ago and a lot of it was actually ported over from the old FS9 version, which means that troubleshooting is a nightmare. So I decided to redo the whole com radio system at the last minute.

This means that we had to postpone the release for another week. Sorry about that, but at least you will get radios that actually work. ;)

Oh, and I threw in UHF  support for good measure.

Cheers /Thomas

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Final touches

The model, textures and functions in Draken 5.0 have all been completed, and we are now working on the Flight Manual and on getting all the installer scripts and graphics in place. The new support forum will also open when the model is released, which is probably at the end of next week.

Thank you for being patient, I know that it has been a long wait.   /Thomas

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Update regarding the release

The release of Draken 5.0 has been moved to early October as I have not been able to work on the model for some time. The exterior and interior models are more or less finished, some work on gauges and animations remain + some tidying up of obsolete files, fine-tuning texture maps etc.

Draken 5.0 will be payware, although the price will be very modest and will include free updates for as long as I continue with the 5.x series. Details on how to purchase will be posted here when the model is released.

Stay tuned /Thomas