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X-Plane for Mac

By Laminar Research Free to try Editors' Rating

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Sep 10, 2014

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 11.0

Version 11.0: A completely redesigned, intuitive user interface that makes setting up and editing your flight a breeze. Consistently usable 3-D cockpits and stunningly high-resolution exterior models for all included aircraft. A new effects engine for lighting, sounds, and explosions. Realistic avionics: all planes are IFR-ready right out of the gate. Busy, "living" airports with pushback tugs and roaming fuel trucks, able to service both your aircraft and the simulator's AI planes. New buildings & roads to better simulate European cities.

General

Release May 18, 2017
Date Added May 18, 2017
Version 11.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.11, Macintosh, Mac OS X 10.9, Mac OS X 10.6, Mac OS X 10.10, Mac OS X 10.8, Mac OS X 10.7
Additional Requirements None

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Total Downloads 442,923
Downloads Last Week 2
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Developer's Description

X-Plane is the ultimate general-aviation flight sim. With hardware-accelerated texture-mapped graphics, dynamic speech synthesis, full-planet terrain-mapped scenery, helicopters, and the widest range of airplanes available in flight simulation, X-Plane will keep your eyes popping out for hours.