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Alabeo Diamond DA42 G1000

On behalf of Rick Verhoog, our dedicated reviewer, X-Plained is pleased to inform you that we’ve release Rick’s comprehensive Alabeo Diamond DA42 Twin Star G1000 review. According to Rick “For anyone who likes GA aircraft that aren’t much bigger than the average Cessna, but carry more modern technology, along with sleeker and modern looks and powerful, fast engines, this DA42 is a treat.” Want to know all about it? Then you must read Rick’s review.

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JustSim Klagenfurt Airport

Flying to Klagenfurt from Ireland is not a long flight and that’s what our reviewer Jude Bradley had in mind … visiting JustSim Klagenfurt Airport and city (LOWK). According to Jude “Although this is a small airport, with little flights in reality, there are quite a few gems here and theres’ so much more. You can read Jude’s review via this link.
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You Are Not Alone in the Sky!

You Are Not Alone in the Sky! … what’s that for title or what does it do? Is deals with JARDesign’s X-Life so this impression has everything to do with the X-Life Traffic plugin from JARDesign. This was even for me a complex impression, but it all worked out fine. Want to read how Angelique experienced X-Life? Check it out at X-Plained via this link!

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Take Command! IXEG 737 Classic

Our dedicated reviewer Jude Bradley takes a dive into the world of the IXEG Boeing 737 Classic. According to Jude “I cannot be but blown away by how smooth this aircraft is, the knobs and buttons move flawlessly and the framerates are excellent. The immersion factor is superb on this model and it’s the Gold Standard in X-Plane at this time.” But Jude has to say so much more. Therefore you must read his comprehensive review at X-Plained.
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Carenado TBM850 G1000

Rick Verhoog, our Carenado/Alabeo G1000 review specialist, is pleased to offer you an in-depth review of the Carenado TBM850 G1000. The TBM850 may not be as well-known as some of Carenado’s other creations, but it certainly is a welcome addition to the roster of X-Plane General Aviation aircraft. But Rick has so much more to tell. Therefore, I encourage you to read Rick’s comprehensive review.
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Part I of the PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster

There’s a lot to write about the PMDG Douglas DC-6 Cloudmaster. I’ve decided to split my Cloudmaster impression in two parts. Today I’m pleased to present to your part I of the in-depth look / feel of the PMDG DC-6A/B. Check out our comprehensive part I PMDG Cloudmaster impression.
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Douglas DC-8-61 Belga Livery

Another surprise for you … it’s an exclusive Belga painting for the Douglas DC-8-61 and besides that, Marc included modified cabin / cockpit and service equipment texture files. Curious how this painting looks like? Check out this exclusive screenshot link and only for registered users, the Belga DC-8-61 package.
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ZonePhoto ... the ZL16 Photo Real Scenery

I felt I needed to write a short impression about photo-real sceneries. A perfect alternative are the packages from ZonePhoto. Although a ZL16 packages aren’t of the same quality as ZL17, it’s still a nearly perfect alternative to download, implement and explore you own flying area in X-Plane 10 scenery. At the end of this short impression, you’ll be amazed that it was worth the downloading. Read Angelique’s impression at X-Plained.
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Nimbus “Chicago O’Hare”

Our dedicated reviewer Jude Bradley flew to KORD or better known as Chicago O’Hare Airport to check out the modelled airport from Nimbus. According to Jude “It fills a gap in the market for mid-U.S Sceneries. It’s well worth the price. The performance is very good even taking into account the aircraft I tested this with. In short, this is a good airport and yes, I would definitely recommend it.” Curious? Via this review link you can read all about it.

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Dallas Fort Worth – American’s Country

Jude Bradley sees many challenges in Tom Curtis his Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (KDFW). According to Jude “Tom has paid major attention to detail with this product, and all types of aviation are catered for here. Whether you are a GA, Freight-Dog or Passenger Hauler, there is something in this airport for you.” Check out his in-depth KDFW review.
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Richmond International Airport

Marc Leydecker, yes, you know Marc a.k.a Belga12345 and for me, the SketchUp guru responsible for other great airport projects. Marc is pleased to inform you that, finally, his creation of the Richmond International Airport (KRIC) is ready and being released via X-Plane.Org. Your personal reporter Angelique has tried to find out all the ins and outs of KRIC. You can read her in-depth impression via this link.
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Douglas DC-8-61 NAPS Livery

Simmers who are NAPS (North Atlantic & Pacific Sceneries) airport enthousiasts and also own the Douglas DC-8 Series from Michael Wilson, for those we’re pleased to offer you an exclusive NAPS painting from Marc Leydecker. Curious how it looks like? Then check out this screenshot link and of course, only for registered users, the NAPS DC-8-61 package. For the package, log in and go to the downloads livery menu item.
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vFlyteair Piper Cherokee 140

What will it be this time …. the vFlyteAir Piper Cherokee PA28-140 Series. Oops, that’s and old, almost historical aircraft, but it must be said, it’s very well modeled and flies like an angel. If it flies like an angel and if it’s well modeled, that’s the task of Angelique van Campen who tries to find out all the ins and outs of this old-fashioned vFlyteAir GA aircraft. I would say … time to check out Angelique’s in-depth Cherokee 140 impressions.
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Lotnisko Chopina

A day at EPWA … any idea which airport this is? When you’re a Polish simmer, you probably know which airport I mean, otherwise there’s a big chance you don’t have a clue! But that will change after you’ve taken the time to read this comprehensive Drzewiecki Design Chopin International Airport impression. No more words needed. Just follow this impression link.
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First Public Beta X-Plane 11 release

Laminar Research is pleased to announce the release of the first public beta of X-Plane 11. Over the years it has always been the policy of Laminar Research to continually improve X-Plane, providing the most realistic flight simulation available, with flight modeling...

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An All New Layout

Yes without doubt that can be said ... an all new layout, but for sure there's so much more to explore. Flying - yes, yes, I know, logically - is also on my program, but I found it first a good idea to look around and get the feeling with this all new X-Plane 11...

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Flight School Preview

Laminar Research published on their official X-Plane.Com page and their XPlaneOfficial Facebook page a new movie. That said, X-Plane 11 will feature a new Flight School section with tutorials. Using technology developed for X-Plane 10 Mobile, desktop users can learn...

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Belga12345 Comparisons

Ever wanted to see the differences between screenshots made in X-Plane 10 versus X-Plane 11? Marc Leydecker a.k.a. Belga12345 took the time and effort to find these differences. Oh yes, we can all read these differences, but when you see an X-Plane shot at more or...

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Fred’s First Impression

We're pleased that dedicated X-Plained member Freddy De Pues from NAPS had the time to share his X-Plane 11 screenshots with us as well as what issues he has faced. Yes, we're all aware that X-Plane 11 is still in beta or in the case of Freddy's screenshots, from the...

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And, what about the X-Plane 11 “737 Series”?

And what do we say or think about the default X-Plane 11 Boeing 737 Series? At first look it looks nice, but a more thourough check is needed. The external model looks in the sky gorgeous, but that also due to the reflection and the awesome ground textures and...

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Ben’s recipe to get FPS

No no, this message is actually from Ben Supnik when it comes to X-Plane 11 FPS, in case you struggle with it. According to Ben ...... First start with: Turn off scenery shadow, no clouds, 25 miles vis, minimum reflections, turn off AI planes, no anti-aliasing. Set...

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X-Plane Airports Conversion

X-Plained is pleased to inform you that we're preparing for you an article what problems you can expect when you want to use your favourite NAPS or Belga12345 airport with X-Plane 11. This conversion document will help you and explain what and howe to get it...

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Belga12345 Comparisons

Ever wanted to see the differences between screenshots made in X-Plane 10 versus X-Plane 11? Marc Leydecker a.k.a. Belga12345 took the time and effort to find these differences. Oh yes, we can all read these differences, but when you see an X-Plane shot at more or...

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Fred’s First Impression

We're pleased that dedicated X-Plained member Freddy De Pues from NAPS had the time to share his X-Plane 11 screenshots with us as well as what issues he has faced. Yes, we're all aware that X-Plane 11 is still in beta or in the case of Freddy's screenshots, from the...

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First Public Beta X-Plane 11 release

Laminar Research is pleased to announce the release of the first public beta of X-Plane 11. Over the years it has always been the policy of Laminar Research to continually improve X-Plane, providing the most realistic flight simulation available, with flight modeling...

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Don’t forget our YouTube Channel

Oh oh, still a lot to do, but with the just released X-Plane 11 and the planned movies of the A.T.S. MD82, it's time to promote our YouTube Channel. Yes, we had this channel already for a while, but with the making of the movies, it's time to bring it in the spot...

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Rick’s Diamond DA42 G1000 Review

On behalf of Rick Verhoog, our dedicated reviewer, X-Plained is pleased to inform you that we've release Rick's comprehensive Alabeo Diamond DA42 Twin Star G1000 review. According to Rick "For anyone who likes GA aircraft that aren't much bigger than the average...

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Take Command! IXEG 737 Classic

Our dedicated reviewer Jude Bradley takes a dive into the world of the IXEG Boeing 737 Classic. According to Jude "I cannot be but blown away by how smooth this aircraft is, the knobs and buttons move flawlessly and the framerates are excellent. True, there are some...

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Impression | Part I PMDG DC-6 Cloudmaster

Where to start, how to start, and what to write down? That's the issue I have with the PMDG Douglas DC-6 Cloudmaster. There's a lot to write about and thus a lot to see and to test. Because of this, I've decided to split my DC-6 Cloudmaster impression in two parts....

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vFlyteair Piper Cherokee 140 Impression

What will it be this time .... the vFlyteAir Piper Cherokee PA28-140 Series. Oops, that's and old, almost historical aircraft, but it must be said, it's very well modeled and flies like an angel. If it flies like an angel and if it's well modeled, that's the task of...

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JustSim Klagenfurt (LOWK)

Flying to Klagenfurt from Ireland is not a long flight and that's what our reviewer Jude Bradley had in mind ... visiting JustSim Klagenfurt Airport and city (LOWK). According to Jude "Although this is a small airport, with little flights in reality, there are quite a...

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Impression | ZonePhoto, ZL16 Photo Scenery

I felt I needed to write a short impression about photo-real sceneries. For some it’s not their favorite, for others it’s a chance to explore their own countries or province. Since SimHeaven stopped with the distribution of their ZL17 Europe photo real scenery...

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Aerosoft “Pullmann-Moscow Regional Airport”

KPUW … what’s that for airport? Yes, yes, KPUW or perhaps easier to understand Pullmann-Moscow Regional Airport. Have you ever heard of this Aerosoft developed regional airport? With this impression I would like to give you some more information of this regional...

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You Are Not Alone in the Sky!

You Are Not Alone in the Sky! ... what's that for title or what does it do? Is deals with JARDesign's X-Life so this impression has everything to do with the X-Life Traffic plugin from JARDesign. This was even for me a complex impression. It took me much longer than...

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JARDesign Ground Handling Deluxe

This short impression deals with the option of adding ground handling equipment to your aircraft. On purpose I write to your aircraft since the JARDesign Ground Handling Deluxe package only adds ground handling equipment to your own aircraft and not to the airport...

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Stick and Rudder Studios “X-Camera”

X-Camera … Have you heard of it? Developed by Stick and Rudder Studios, X-Camera is a replacement camera system that lets you define multiple view categories and multiple views within those categories that are associated with specific aircraft. Angelique found it...

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iGoDispatch for iPad

iGoDispatch for iPad ….. uh, what? iGo stands actually for Igor, the first name of the developer and dispatch has everything to do with aircraft dispatch information like the weather conditions, amount of passenger and cargo thus payload, C.G. (Centre of Gravity),...

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Quick FSWeekend Impression

As you might know, this weekend (November 5th a/d 6th) we had in the Aviodrome, Lelystad Airprot (EHLE) the yearly held FSWeekend. Today, Sunday November 6th, I visited this flight simulator event after being out for a couple of years. I had this time some good...

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Sneak Preview ENHA

Uh ... ENHA, what's that for airport? Actually, ENHA is Hamar Airport, Stafsberg (Norwegian: Hamar flyplass, Stafsberg; IATA: HMR, ICAO: ENHA) is a general aviation airport located at Stafsberg in Hamar, Norway. It features a 944-by-23-meter (3,097 by 75 ft) runway...

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KPUW Top-down Overview

A top-down view isn't something you always see. A top-down view doesn't offer you the size walls and thus the quality how 3D objects are made and perhaps that's also the reason you won't find them often in reviews and/or impressions. On the other hand, top-down views...

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MisterX6 Boston Logan Airport

On a daily based almost hundreds of freeware airport scenery packages are uploaded. Once an a while it's worth to check these uploads and to investigate "how it's made". Today I had the time to explore MisterX6 his latest creation; Boston Logan International Airport...

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Part II “Santos Dumont Rio Brazil”

On behalf of Richard Nunes and Marcelo Nielsen de Acevedo I’m pleased to offer you an inside look with their recent released Santos Dumont Rio Brazil International Airport (SBRJ). Right now, part II covers “what you miss” when you don’t buy their SBRJ and further on,...

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Part I “Santos Dumont Rio Brazil”

On behalf of Richard Nunes and Marcelo Nielsen de Acevedo I’m pleased to offer you an inside look with their recent released Santos Dumont Rio Brazil International Airport (SBRJ). Right now, part I covers “what you miss” when you don’t buy their SBRJ and further on, I...

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A typical Grumman Traveler IFR Flight

Although the vFlyteAir Grumman American Traveler can be flown easy under VFR conditions, flying IFR with the AP gives you a lot more time to look outside, making longer flights and try to keep it a little more relaxing. On today’s flight I depart from KBFI (Boeing...

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Animating your Airport in 15 minutes

On behalf of Marc Leydecker, I would to inform you about his mini tutorial of how to create animating airport objects based on GroundTraffic. X-Plane has come a long way in scenery development but that being said, most of our airports are static. Those airports should...

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Realistic AP Trim Indicator Panel

Marc Leydecker, well known of his awesome US airports, needs an extraordinary break. Oops, what does this mean? No, he’s not going on a holiday. Instead, he’s trying to link real aviation hardware to X-Plane. You can buy tons of dedicated hardware suitable to work...

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Roger2009 “DC-9-30 Series”

Good old workhorse, the Douglas DC-9-30 Series. Angelique van Campen explores Roger2009 his Dc-9-30 Series. Although I've written a while ago this product story, I found it worth to pinpoint it again on the highlight X-Plained list. Ah! The good old days of the...

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XPFR “Stampe et Vertongen SV-4”

I think many flight simmers, including me, aren't familiar with the old fashioned Stampe SV biplane aircraft. With that in mind, I think it's time to check what kind of aircraft this is. Lets check what we can find on Wikipedia. Stampe et Vertongen was a Belgian...

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SpainUHD Part I “Menorca Impression”

SpainUHD is a new photorealistic scene high resolution mesh throughout Spain, with zoom level 17 on the mainland and 18 in islands, and elevation data 25 meter resolution for flight simulator X-Plane 10. The performance is very similar to SimHeaven scenarios, but the...

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Interesting Stuff


X-Plane 11 Presentation – Part I

Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, is proud to announce the next version of its flagship desktop simulation product, X-Plane 11.

Watch X-Plane’s Presentation from Cosford.
If you weren’t able to attend Flight Sim 2016 in Cosford over the weekend, you can still catch the presentation that Austin Meyer, creator of X-Plane, and Ben Supnik, lead developer, gave at the conference.

X-Plane 11 Presentation – Part II

Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, is proud to announce the next version of its flagship desktop simulation product, X-Plane 11.

Watch X-Plane’s Presentation from Cosford.
And with this second YouTube movie the X-Plane 11 story continues. With a wealth of information, Austin and Ben try to offer the audience the latest information about X-Plane, but above all, what you, me and all others can expect from X-Plane 11. Enjoy part II.

JARDesign DeLuxe

JARDesign is pleased to offer you a movie on how to deal with their XDL (X-Life DeLuxe) traffic plugin for Windows and Mac OS. It covers a demo flight from EDDM (Munich International Airport) to LOWW (Vienna International Airport) with full functionality of the X-Life traffic plugin.

Additional information of the freeware and payware X-Life DeLuxe plugin can be found at our recent released comprehensive review at X-Plained. Check it out yourself.

X-Plane 11 – Lighting, Reflection and Fog

Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane flight simulator franchise, is proud to announce the next version of its flagship desktop simulation product, X-Plane 11.

X-Plane 11 continues the evolution of the desktop version of X-Plane. Over the years it has always been the policy of Laminar Research to continually improve X-Plane, providing the most realistic flight simulation available, with flight modeling so accurate that it has been adopted by numerous commercial aviation organizations. X-Plane 11 continues this evolution with new aircraft, scenery, and 3-D airports. This new version also incorporates the newest technology available in computing and graphics processing, resulting in breathtaking visual and dynamic effects. Check out this Youtube movie.

Laminar Research 2nd teaser

Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane series of flight simulators, has released the second in a series of “video teasers” to showcase the continuing development of the X-Plane platform.

Over the years it has always been the policy of Laminar Research to continually improve X-Plane, making it the most realistic flight simulation available on the desktop. This has been accomplished through a continuing release of updates of our current version, as well as the release of new versions on a regular basis. This second video in the upcoming series of videos continues that journey. Check out this Youtube movie.

Laminar Research X-Plane teasers

Laminar Research, creator of the X-Plane series of flight simulators, has released the first in a series of video teasers to showcase the continuing development of the X-Plane platform. Over the years it has always been the policy of Laminar Research to continually improve X-Plane, making it the most realistic flight simulation available on the desktop.

This has been accomplished through a continuing release of updates of our current version, as well as the release of new versions on a regular basis. This first video in the upcoming series of videos continues that journey. Check out this Youtube movie.

NAPS Beauvechain Air Base

Beauvechain Air Base (ICAO: EBBE) is a Belgian Air Component military airfield in Belgium, located 3 nautical miles (5.6 km; 3.5 mi) south of Beauvechain (Walloon Brabant Province); 20 miles (32 km) east-southeast of Brussels.

It is home to the 1st Wing, operating A109BA helicopters, and the Basic Flying Training School, operating SIAI Marchetti SF.260 trainer aircraft. It is used as a base for the operational helicopter squadrons, and as a training center for pilots. Beauvechain also houses the Wing Meteo and the Air Force Band. Perfect match for Zone Photos Brussels orthoimagery, not tested with Global Airports, not tested with any OSM.

Made with NAPS library objects and Marc Leydecker ‘s © assets and finally, military objects by David Austin, JP antennas by Pugwash. Check out this Youtube movie.

SpainUHD Majorca

Today we’re pleased to offer you part II of our SpainUHD exploration. This movie covers Majorca or Mallorca and although you won’t see everything of this beautiful island in this movie, it will give you an idea what to expect when you decide to download it from SpainUHD.

For those who aren’t still familiar with SpainUHD …. SpainUHD is a new photorealistic scene high resolution mesh throughout Spain, with zoom level 17 on the mainland and 18 in islands, and elevation data 25 meter resolution for flight simulator X-Plane 10. Depending on what you want to explore, it’s worth the download. You don’t believe me? In that case, I would suggest that you fly with me over Majorca and hopefully you like it as I did. Enjoy!

Then you should check out this YouTube link.

SpainUHD Menorca

SpainUHD is a new photorealistic scene high resolution mesh throughout Spain, with zoom level 17 on the mainland and 18 in islands, and elevation data 25 meter resolution for flight simulator X-Plane 10. The performance is very similar to SimHeaven scenarios, but the CPU and RAM requirements are somewhat higher to have one, similar to those of the UHD meshes rather more complex mesh AlpilotX. With a graphical 1Gb of VRAM move perfectly.

At X-Plained we’re pleased to offer you part I of SpainUHD photo real sceneries. Our first YouTube SpainUHD movie deals with a flight impression of the island of Menorca. Curious? Then you must check it out right here at X-Plained. And yes, more to follow since it’s worth to try it out yourself. For more information you must visit the SpainUHD website via this link. You can see it via this YouTube link.