Installing YSFlight and Addons

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Installing YSFlight needs no explanation; if you just use the included installer, all should be fine.

However, installing addons is where most newbies get confused or disheartened. Alas, it shouldn't be so, for installing addons is extremely quick and easy if you get it right. Where most people meet their obstacle is after they've just downloaded an addon.

Most addons for YS are in a .zip or .cab compressed file format, for obvious reasons. However, most people only have one extraction program, WinZip, which comes installed with most Windows PCs. The problem with that is that WinZip will not extract .cab files correctly, and so you will always get the impression that the download was corrupted.

The solution is simple: get another extraction program. There are many good ones out there, but my program of choice is ZipGenius. It has just about all the features you'll ever need.

Ok, now that we have all the tools we need, lets go through downloading and installing an addon. First of all, because YSFlight was made by a Japanese, the repercussions of that means that most addon sites are in Japanese. However, to help their western brethren, many of the best addons are on sites that English speakers will be able to negotiate without much difficulty. It is advised that you do not view these sites through a translator, as that could corrupt your downloads.

Once you have downloaded your selection, you may or may not have to extract it into a new folder, in which case, the computer will automatically tell you. Most addons come pre-packaged, that is, they come with the directories and files already put in the correct folders, all you have to do is copy the files or folders to their YS counterparts. Most addons also are made so that they reside in a folder called user. This folder does not exist in YS, what you will have to do is go to where you installed YS, come to the folder which immediately holds the data for YS (it will have the folders aircraft, ground, scenery, misc, config, among others) and create a new folder called User. Now that you know where all the folders are, installing addons will be simple. 

For example: let's say that you're installing Oranleed's Collection pack, O.C.P. After downloading and extracting it to a folder, click through the folders until you see one with the folders aircraft and user.  If you click on aircraft, you will see one or more .lst files. Copy and paste these to your YS aircraft folder. Now go to the extracted pack folder and go back and this time click User. There will be a single folder, called Oranleed. All you need to do is drag the Oranleed folder into your YS User folder. Voila! You've succeeded in installing your first addon! You now need to restart YSFlight to see your new models.

When installing sceneries, the same logic applies. The only change is in the folders you drag the addon files to. After extracting your scenery addon, click through the folders until you see one with the folders ground, scenery, and user. The ground and scenery folders should each contain one or more .lst files. Are you getting it now? Simply drag and drop these .lst files into your YS ground and scenery folders and go back and drag whatever is in the addon user folder into your YS user folder.

Almost all addons will follow the same principle as this. Therefore, installing any addon shouldn't take more than 2 minutes.

Installing weapons is alittle different. All weapons for YSFlight are kept in the misc folder. However, the type, number, and the power of weapons is hard-coded into YSFlight, therefore weapon addons cannot be considered addons in the true sense; they are merely visual replacements.

It is recommended that you back up your default weapon files before installing new ones. This is because all weapon files are named the same according to the weapon they represent. For instance:

Short-range AAM files: aim, aim9, aim9s, aim_coarse                                                               Medium-range AAM files: aim120, aim120s, aim120_coarse                                                           AGM files: agm65, agm65s, agm_coarse                                                                                      500LB Bomb files: bomb, bomb_coarse                                                                                       250LB Bomb files: bomb250, bomb250_coarse                                                                            Rocket files: rocket, rocket_coarse, rockets 

Most weapons packs will name their replacement models with the same names as the default ones.
After you've installed your weapons, simply restart YSFlight.