X-Plane for Mac

X-Plane for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
2
Mediocre
Average User Rating:
3.8
out of 64 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    10.31
  • Total Downloads:
    390,724
  • Date Added:
    October 19, 2014
  • File Size:
    4.93MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    23
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.10/10.5 Intel/10.6/10.7/10.8/10.9

Editors' Note: Beta or prerelease software is not intended for inexperienced users, as the software may contain bugs or potentially damage your system. We strongly recommend that users exercise caution and save all mission-critical data before installing and/or using this software.

Editors' Review

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As an advanced, professional-class flight simulator, X-Plane for Mac, supports add-ons for planes, scenery, and background, and has up-to-date, complete information for real airports.

Pros

Professional-class simulator: Used by schools for pilot training and aerospace engineers to simulate aircraft configurations and designs, X-Plane for Mac features real-world airports and flight conditions. This program gives you a genuine flight experience, being one of the most realistic flight simulators for personal computers.

Extensible: You can extend it with third-party add-ons and other resources, which go so far as to allow you to design and configure your own planes and routes.

Powerful: This is not a game but a full-fledged flight simulator, best appreciated by pilots. Using it is more difficult than playing any flight game, and also more rewarding.

Cons

No system requirements: While most programs post their minimum and recommended system requirements, this one does not, giving at first the impression that it may run on just about any Mac. Far from it: You need at least 8GB of RAM to run it well.

Large disk space requirement: The demo program alone requires close to 5GB of free space. Judging from our experiences, the download servers are annoyingly slow, so that it took us many hours to grab the demo. The add-ons, including additional planes and design tools, are stored by third-party servers and can usually be downloaded faster.

Joystick needed: You must have your own joystick and rudder installed prior to running the program.

Steep learning curve: Even seasoned users will be challenged by this flight simulator.

Bottom Line

Because X-Plane for Mac requires a powerful machine, a joystick and rudder, and many hours of intense concentration, it appeals only to aspiring pilots or flight enthusiasts. Those of you who have the skill and patience to learn it, however, will discover a wonderful flight simulator -- probably the most realistic one available for Mac.

Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of X-Plane for Mac 10.30b1.

 
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3 stars

"help for you"

June 03, 2013  |  By Jordaneer

 |  Version: X-Plane 8.2

Pros

i don't know

Cons

I don't know

Summary

buy the game and you won't have to deal with it, (though a 5 minute limit is a little small to even try, it should be like half an hour or an hour)

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3 stars

"Only for geeks"

December 28, 2011  |  By BridgitBlue

 |  Version: X-Plane 10.03b6

Pros

nice work, useful

Cons

hard to understand how to use,
a lot of unknown details

Summary

i tried this app on my friends computer - and i unerstood that it is not for me. i'm not a geek - maybe that is the reason

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3 stars

"Ten mins too short to acess seems complicateddelected."

March 25, 2011  |  By klem39

 |  Version: X-Plane 9.67

Pros

nanananana

Cons

nanananana

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4 stars

"Great Graphics. Fantastic & realistic."

May 12, 2009  |  By sabusforms

 |  Version: X-Plane 9.30 Beta 10

Pros

Very realistic & shows you the difficulty pilots face

Cons

Takes a lot of practice to be proficient

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4 stars

"So far so good.."

December 01, 2007  |  By Airwolf2000

 |  Version: X-Plane 9.00 beta 4

Summary

This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
As a pilot I use X-Plane on a PC desktop (because there're cheap). This version has the best provided aircraft and aircraft instrument panels of all the versions. Detail is much better in all aspects. Lines are smoother, blending looks good. Usability has a decent frame rate. Haven't tried the G1000 cockpits yet, this will make or break X-Plane as MS Flight Simulator X has an excellent G1000 cockpit display including weather and traffic. Unfortunately, it takes a super computer to run it. Scenery is getting better with every version of X-Plane and this version appears to have the best scenery. I couldn't find any roads or highways to check for accuracy, but the mountains, rivers and lakes seem to be up to par. Still checking some of the finer details of instrument flight and aerodynamics. One bug I found was the Cirrus "The Jet" landing lights can be seen under the wings of the aircraft when it flies over head. It's still beta.

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4 stars

"good"

October 05, 2007  |  By xtreme_guy

 |  Version: X-Plane 8.6

Pros

good

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5 stars

" A 5 star rating for Xplane"

August 20, 2007  |  By gonexfj

 |  Version: X-Plane 8.6

Pros

It's just like flying a real plan, with all gadgets and stuffs. Totally Cool Guys!!

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3 stars

"Definitely not for beginners. They should go to Flight Sim @ Microsoft"

August 22, 2006  |  By Jon Burke

 |  Version: X-Plane 8.5b8

Pros

Excellent graphics and real world responses from control inputs. A little skimpy on helicopter choices and more varieties of helicopters would definitely be appreciated. However, what is there is adequate. Fixed wing flying is as real as it gets, whether single or multi-engine (I am rated in both with thousands of hours in each).

Cons

I have been unable to reverse the collective pitch for flying helicopters. I have had to become accustomed to moving the control down when I want to gain altitude and up when I want to descend. Fixed wing control inputs are great and very realistic. However, as with helicopters, a greater variety of aircraft would be a real benefit, such as a Cessna 206 or 210, or perhaps some of the newer aircraft such as the Diamond D-40 or Sirrus 20's or 22's would be wonderful. We are getting very close to seeing the appearance of very light jets being introduced into aviation and a few of these in the stables of possible aircraft would clearly be a forward thinking company's statement to a commitment to contemporary aviation.

Also, the prevalence of new instrument suites such as the Garmin 1000 or Avadine panels are becoming more widely available and seeing these as possible configurations in simulator panels is likely to make the flying experience all the more relavent and realistic in today's environment.

Pricing is variable. I paid $55 for my copy of the program at a local Mac store but found exactly the same program package for $39 at the local CompUserve store the next day.

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3 stars

"Not for everybody"

February 02, 2006  |  By ghostbyte

 |  Version: X-Plane 8.3

Pros

useful only for confirmed pilots

Cons

There has never been the politness to make the smallest manual . As it goes it will never be . If you have no idea even as beginner of piloting even a small plane, do not waste your money to buy that stuff . No pleasure to learn without any help .

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4 stars

"As close as you are going to get to real flying on a home computer"

January 31, 2006  |  By wendygirljp

 |  Version: X-Plane 8.3

Pros

X-Plane runs off of aerodynamics, not "game logic" as others I have experienced. While it may not be 100% effective as a commercial flight simulator, it comes very close in graphics, speed, flight characteristics and overall realism.

Cons

One of the ONLY problems I have had with X-Plane over the years is that, when the scenery updates while the program is running, the actual flight simulation stops for 5-10 seconds. It used to be as long as 30 seconds, so it has improved, even in this area, however, apparently, it has not yet been figured out, through computer strategy, how to update the scenery graphics while "in flight". Not enough to make me stop flying on the days I cannot do it in real life.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 10.31
See http://www.x-plane.com/?article=x-plane-10-31-release-notes.
General
Publisher Laminar Research
Publisher web site http://www.x-plane.com/
Release Date October 19, 2014
Date Added October 19, 2014
Version 10.31
Category
Category Games
Subcategory Simulation
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.7, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.10, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.6
Additional Requirements None
Download Information
File Size 4.93MB
File Name X-Plane10DemoInstallerMac.zip
Popularity
Total Downloads 390,724
Downloads Last Week 23
Pricing
License Model Free to try
Limitations 5-minute trial
Price $79.99

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