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Dynamic Weather_System is powerful tool for simulation of weather, distributed with collection of realistic, configurable, and scalable atmospheric effects, created to bring life into static environment, to make unique gameplay experience.
Weather profile is the main instrument of Dynamic Weather_System, which (beyond standard rain and thunder) unifies set of detailed weather effects that interact with each other on multiple levels and generate unpredictable and unique combination of atmosphere and environment.
By preserving high fidelity and performance, Dynamic Weather_System utilizes at maximum powerful engine tools (surround sound system, rendering, physics) to achieve realistic look, sound and feel of atmospheric and weather effects.

Dynamic Weather_System is distributed with set of weather scenarios, sounds, textures and models which is ready to use right after installation. Support of FlowGraph visual programming environment allows to easily configure and integrate Dynamic Weather_System into any type of project. Besides mentioned FlowGraph, Dynamic Weather_System supports CLI, Lua, Xml and C++ programming languages which is in combination with documentation, unleashes unlimited opportunities of usage and control of Dynamic Weather_System regardless of programming skills.

Because of flexible licensing and demo version availability everyone can start utilizing Dynamic Weather_System.


Features:

* Random weather and atmospheric effects generation.
* Configurable smooth transitions of weather profiles, TimeOfDay definitions, sound and effects.
* Portable weather profiles.
* Simplicity of integration and support of PluginSDK.
* Support of save game and net serialization.
* Dozens of assets: models, textures, materials, sounds and ready to use weather profiles.
* Documentation, tutorials and usage examples.
* Support of following programming languages:
** Lua;
** XML;
** FlowGraph;
** CLI;
** C++;
* Clouds simulation and generation system:
** Dynamic variability;
** Scalability;
** Support of 3 clouds types:
*** Volume;
*** Distance;
*** Skydome;
** Clouds shadows;
** Realistic movement and behaviour (based on speed and direction of wind);
* Extended Rain:
** Dynamic variability;
** Wind interaction;
** Surround sound;
* Extended Wind:
** Dynamic variability;
** Surround sound;
** Clouds interaction;
* Rainbow:
** Primary Rainbow;
** Secondary Rainbow;
** Fogbow;
** Reflected Rainbow;
** Rainbow Wheel;
* Extended Lightning and Thunder:
** Dynamic variability;
** Scalability;
** Shadows;
** Surround sound;
** Performance;
** Advanced settings;
* Aurora:
** Dynamic variability;
** Dozens of settings available for tuning;
* Extended Snow:
** Dynamic variability;
** Scalability;
** Surround sound;
** Performance;
* Dynamic SunFlare:
** Dynamic variability;


Available 4 license types:

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Demo:
Limited for personal usage only and available for download on http://1drv.ms/Za0ozU for free.

DLL:
You are perpetually granted right to use DWS for purposes of developing unlimited number of games (contained partially of full DWS) and right to sell\distribute\sublicence those games (even after termination of licence).

SRC:
You are perpetually granted right to use DWS for purposes of developing one game (contained partially of full DWS) and right to sell\distribute\sublicence this game (even after termination of licence). You are granted right to modify\use DWS source code for compilation and usage in combination with DWS.

FULL:
You are perpetually granted right to use DWS for purposes of developing unlimited number of games (contained partially of full DWS) and right to sell\distribute\sublicence those games (even after termination of licence). You are granted right to modify\use DWS source code for compilation and usage in combination with DWS.





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Dynamic Weather_System 2100 available!

Changes:

* New: Effects: Snow.

* Documentation: New chapter: Dsfx settings explained.

* Documentation: New chapter: Aurora settings explained.

* Documentation: New chapter: Advanced weather control.

* Installer: improved compatibility check.

Just type into console
DWS_SETUP SNOW_BLIZZARD FORCE
and have fun!

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?Tutorial #16: "Creating xml DWS profile from scratch"

Starting with version 1.8 of DWS it is possible to create DWS profile independently from entity and level system. This improvement speeds up weather configuration for the whole project and allows designers share their DWS profiles with each other for different levels.

1. Locate "root_engine_dir\game_folder\libs\dws" directory, and if "dws" directory not exist, create it.
2. Create text document in "root_engine_dir\game_folder\libs\dws" directory and rename it to "tutorial.xml" in UTF-8 encoding.
3. Open "tutorial.xml" in Your favorite editor.

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4. Add DWS root tags as showed on figure 1. Without them system will ignore this file.

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5. Add profile root tags as showed on figure 2 and pay attention to "id" property, this value will be used for DWS profile identification.

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6. Add next child tags subgroup (fig. 3) that describes transition speed of this profile.

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7. And last group of tags (fig. 4) will describe rainbow effect.
8. Save file.

Congrats, now You have ready to use DWS profile that will create variadic (randomly or in script after rain) shiny rainbow for Your level.

Currently Your newly created xml profile does not have any other effect configured. In DWS semantics there is two types of fx: representative and none representative. Representative effects already have configuration for current level, if such fx is not configured for profile, DWS will utilize default level settings. Rainbow is none representative fx which means if no configuration available then no fx applied.
 

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Tutorial #17: "Applying xml DWS profile via console"

1. Launch game and load level or enter game mode of editor.
2. Press '~' key to open console window.

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3. Enter "dws_setup tutorial" (fig. 1), that is id of xml profile created earlier.
4. Examine transition between current level environment and DWS profile.

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5. Change value of Transition\Speed (fig. 2) equal to 30 in "root_engine_dir\game_folder\libs\dws\tutorial.xml" file and use dws_reload_xml_profiles console command to force DWS to load changes.
6. Repeat step 3.

Congratulations, You've just configured and applied xml profile via engine console!

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Tutorial #18: "Applying xml DWS profile via FlowGraph"

1. Open level in editor and add new FlowgraphEntity.

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2. Create FlowGraph for newly created FlowgraphEntity (fig. 1).
3. Add DWS:Setup, String:SetString, Game:Start nodes from components area of FlowGraph editor.

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4. Connect and configure them as showed on figure 2.
5. Enter game mode to see the result.

Congratulations, You've just configured and applied xml profile via FlowGraph!

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Tutorial #19: "Adding snow to DWS profile"

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1. Load map into editor and navigate to entities rollup bar (fig. 1).
2. Drag and drop Weather_profile entity into Your level and rename it to "wp_snow".

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3. Configure "wp_snow" as showed on figure 2.
4. Jump into game by pressing Ctrl+G.

Advantages:
* Dynamic variability;
* Scalability and settings portability;
* Surround sound;
* Smooth transitions.
* Performance tweak.

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Tutorial #20: "Adding aurora to DWS profile"

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1. Load map into editor and navigate to entities rollup bar (fig. 1).
2. Drag and drop Weather_profile entity into Your level and rename it to "wp_aurora".

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3. Configure "wp_aurora" as showed on figure 2.

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4. In "Aurora" subgroup of "wp_aurora" entity settings change Start_position parameter value suitable for Your level (fig. 3).

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5. Jump into game by pressing Ctrl+G.

Congratulations, You've just configured new DWS profile with aurora effect!

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Tutorial #21: "Disabling\enabling new DWS effects via console"

Starting with version 1.8 Dynamic Weather_System was extended with group of new universal utilities that accelerate integration process of new effects and simplify their utilization.
Couple of those utilities is dws_disable and dws_enable console commands that perform enable\disable operation on given DWS effect.

1. Launch game and load level or enter game mode of editor.
2. Press '~' key to open console window.

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3. Enter "dws_setup tutorial" (fig. 1), this is id of xml profile created in tutorial #16.

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4. Examine transition between current level environment and tutorial profile (fig. 2).
5. Then enter "dws_disable rainbow" into console window.
6. Repeat step 3, notice that rainbow effect would not be displayed.
7. Enable rainbow effect by typing "dws_enable rainbow" into console window.

Congratulations, You've just learned new way of environment effects control via console!
Furthermore You may need this to disable DWS effect in cinematics of Track View.
You can view DWS effect id by using "dws_debug 12" console command.

http://www.cryengine.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=355&t=126230

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Tutorial #22: "Exporting profiles"

1. Open level with configured DWS setup.
2. Press '~' key to open console window.

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3. Enter "dws_export" (fig. 1).
4. Open file located in "root_engine_dir\game_folder\libs\dws\level_name.xml" and keep somewhere one of the exported profile id.
5. Load new level into editor.
6. Use "dws_setup exported_profile_id" console command to setup exported profile.

dws_export command will help You to move configured weather setup into DWS library and make it available on other levels.

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