Orbx Central, Official Introduction

Ben McClintock has posted the official introduction for Orbx Central, the upcoming replacement for FTX Central 3. Please allow me to briefly outline several key features below.

Cross-platform

The software is fully cross-platform capable. According to Ben, “Orbx Central is the first program to allow a product […] to be installed into FSX, Prepar3D, X-Plane and Aerofly on Windows, macOS and Linux. We think that’s pretty cool.”

Modern UI refresh

Orbx Central has taken the best attributes from FTX Central 3 to create an improved interface and user experience. This includes “…large screenshots, clear text, and a responsive interface.”

In-app purchasing

Products can be purchased from within Orbx Central – users will be presented with a “…one-click purchase and install button. This takes away all the hassle of multiple menus and confirmation screens you may have experienced in the past when purchasing a product from us.”

Automatic updates

The software now includes a new feature which allows products to update in the background when the simulator is not running.

Downloader

Perhaps one of the most important items, “The download component has been re-engineered. It is now faster and more robust.”

Backup and restore

The backup and restore process has been “completely rethought.” According to Ben, “When you install an Orbx product, we automatically backup the files to a location you designate (a cheap external backup HDD, for example). Then, if you install that product again in the future, we’ll automatically use the files from the backup without user intervention….”

Multi-lingual support

At launch, the software will support English, German, and French – additional language support may be coming soon.

If you’d like to review the complete introduction, see the source post via the Orbx preview forum. The team is also looking for people to test functionally across all operating systems, if interested, submit an application.

*Images courtesy of Orbx Simulation Systems.

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