History of the FLT file.
The origins of the FLT format date back to 1988 when Software Systems developed the concept for its MultiGen modelling software package. FLTs were popular with developers in the commercial flight simulation market during the early 1990s, and the file type remains just as popular among the same niche today. The FLT image format’s original name, Flight, later became OpenFlight to highlight its non-proprietary features.
OpenFlight (FLT) files have evolved, and Presagis currently manages them using its Creator software. The format’s main use remains the same, supporting 3D graphics in high-end visual simulation systems.
How to use FLT files.
The FLT format continues to help designers and programmers create realistic virtual environments. Its main uses include:
Supporting flight simulations.
From the beginning, FLT files played a role in commercial flight simulations, thanks to their ability to carry precise geographical data. Flight simulators help train airline staff in the basics of flight management before they take to the skies.
Creating military and city scenes.
The format can also bring to life urban scenes and even battlegrounds for simulators in different industries. For example, military training programs can use it to map out potential conflict scenarios.
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Pros and cons of FLT files.
It’s worth looking at the potential FLT advantages and disadvantages before using this file type:
Advantages of FLT files.
- The FLT file format supports advanced real-time functions, offering precision and reliability for the programmers of visual simulations.
- Because it’s the visual simulation sector’s most widely used 3D format, FLT files are straightforward to share and open.
- Designers can save objects they create in the FLT format for use in other projects.
Disadvantages of FLT files.
- Because FLT files are most compatible with Presagis Creator software, you may need it to benefit from all the format’s features.
- Depending on experience levels, designers may have a learning curve when starting advanced projects in the FLT file format.
- FLTs were designed for 3D geometry models. If you’re looking for a format to store digital photographs, a raster file may be a better option.
How to open an FLT file.
A range of 3D design programs can open FLT files on Windows and Mac computers, in addition to Presagis Creator. You’ll first need to download a compatible software program to open a file.
Start by navigating to the folder where your file is saved and right-click on its name. Click Choose default program, followed by Browse. To launch the file, simply select the compatible program.
FLT files: frequently asked questions.