Virtual Sailor was written by Ilan Papini, first version released in 1999, since then it has seen at least 12 major release versions, with many minor versions released each year.
Virtual Sailor 7 is the most sophisticated naval simulator in existence for the PC today, it is the result of years of feedback and improvement and years of accumulated experience in naval simulation.
The program was designed to be an accurate simulator and features an exceptionally realistic water and ship dynamics.
In addition, the program was made very user friendly and simple to add content to, it is simple to create and configure new boats, and scenery can be made by importing elevation data found in many sources throughout the internet.
All data structures and formats used by the program are fully documented for the purpose of adding third party add-ons, and indeed over the years of its existence, thousands of these add-ons were made by many dedicated users of VS.
The author of this program is grateful for the excellent work and support of all these add-on makers without who's work this advanced program would not be possible.
Virtual Sailor 7 can run on a wide variety of machines, since it is built to use DirectX9 it is essential that your computer has a video card which is capable of supporting 3D hardware acceleration, and is compatible with DirectX8 or better.
To make full use of the program the following minimal configuration should be met.
|Pentium 3 with 800 GHz with 256 MB RAM.|
|Video card with DirectX8 compatibility and 32 MB RAM.|
|Windows 2000, XP, Vista|
Virtual Sailor has several websites in which you can download more boats and scenery, and also get more information about creating these add-ons, these sites are the main sites and from them you can access the partner sites which offer much more content:
To install boats and scenery follow this procedure:
|Copy the add-on file into the directory of the program (typically "c:\program files\virtual sailor")|
|Run the add-on file, and allow it to unpack itself.|
|Run the program and examine the new boat or new scenery.|
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