PMDG provides a new 737 for MSFS update; Updated EULA for modders

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 PMDG provides a new 737 for MSFS update;  Updated EULA for modders

PMDG has released a brand new update for its 737 for MSFS. The currently available 737-700 has already received an update since its release, but this new one fixes a number of issues, improves animations and also tweaks various areas – some of which we pointed out in our review. Alongside the update, PMDG has also streamlined its End User License Agreement (EULA).

The update brings various improvements, with some of the biggest being some of the animations in the cockpit. As shown in a previous video, the control yoke, shifter, flap controls and trim wheel now look massively improved over what originally came with the aircraft last month. This is probably helped by the fact that PMDG removed code from the 2010 NGX version from the plane that was inadvertently left during development and not discovered until recently. The full changelog is below, but you can expect many smaller items to be improved in the early adopter version of the 737-700 for MSFS as well.

We wouldn’t normally comment when a developer changes their license agreement, but in this case we believe it’s of interest to the community. In the past few weeks it has become quite public that PMDG was issuing takedown notices to modders who were making (excellent) freeware textures and creations that enhanced the PMDG 737 for MSFS.

The DMCA takedown requests were submitted by PMDG as violating their EULA, which every user agrees to by downloading and using any of their products. The strict regulation in the EULA was insisted by PMDG that it was because Boeing had an issue with modifications to a product representing their aircraft. Rob said “PMDG had some pretty strict restrictions that we had to abide by in order to keep our license with Boeing.”

Before the EULA change, this meant that PMDG had to send DMCA takedown requests to modders and tweakers who were distributing freeware mods. Recently this happened to some mods at Flightsim.to. This was met with outrage from the community and the mod was made available on numerous websites despite the DMCA takedown request.

PMDG now claims that after a series of calls and discussions, they are now able to give these developers “leeway” to release freeware modifications without fear of receiving an email without “DMCA” in the subject line to obtain. However, those who want to create these files for free still need to get permission from PMDG to do so.

The new EULA came into force with immediate effect and applies retrospectively to the entire product range. said PMDG “Sorry *roll eyes.jpg*” to those who received a takedown notice but had to do so in order to comply with their requirements. So if you’ve created something in the past, just send PMDG a message asking them to share it and stating that what you’ve created is based on artwork/textures “You can do whatever you want and don’t need to [their] input at all.

If you have any questions, you should contact PMDG who can help you.

If you want to learn more about PMDG, read how the 737-600 for MSFS will have a new flight director, or check out our 737-700 for MSFS review.

737-700 for MSFS change log

  • 0011475: [Main Panel – General/Unsure] Remove non-working color change options from FMC (abashkatov)
  • 0011474: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Screw on top display unit floating in space (vscimone)
  • 0011468: [Virtual Cockpit – Functionality/Click-Spots] Animation of the landing gear lever is missing due to the OFF position (Hvanrensburg)
  • 0011320: [General – Suggested/Missing Features] ARPT_RWY.dat size is zero, i.e. empty for some customers (abashkatov)
  • 0011330: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Typos on the signs for storing flight equipment (vscimone)
  • 0011345: [Virtual Cockpit – Functionality/Click-Spots] Problem with the transponder scroll (abashkatov)
  • 0011374: [Systems – Fire Protection] Fire bottle discharge lamps do not light up almost 20 seconds after discharge (rsrandazzo)
  • 0011376: [FREEZES – All Types] RTA waypoint sequencing or erasure determinations (emvaos)
  • 0011381: [External Model – Geometry] Belly Light Bleed Through Cabin (jbrown)
  • 0011382: [General – Documentation] Aircraft.cfg text – using coma error (rsrandazzo)
  • 0011384: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Poly clipping on the ceiling (vscimone)
  • 0011391: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] VC gap, outer environment visible (vscimone)
  • 0011393: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Main panel indicator housing needs more details (vscimone)
  • 0011395: [External Model – Geometry] Wet touchdown water splash from main wheels is left/right reversed (jbrown)
  • 0011399: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Gas Screw Texture Alignment Off (vscimone)
  • 0011411: [Systems – Flight Controls] Retract LE flaps and slats with B-system switched off after alternate flap extension (rsrandazzo)
  • 0011413: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Glareshield geometry changed incorrectly in the last update (vscimone)
  • 0011417: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] F/O side window cable clips (vscimone)
  • 0011419: [External Model – Geometry] BBJ texture flickering under the cockpit on the left (jbrown)
  • 0011422: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Stab Trim Cutout Switched Texture needs touching up (vscimone)
  • 0011389: [General – Documentation] Tutorial typo (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011392: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Serial number decal on the windscreen is only displayed when there is a solid object in front of the aircraft (vscimone)
  • 0011397: [Virtual Cockpit – Functionality/Click-Spots] The bank angle selector no longer works with the mouse wheel and can no longer be scrolled to the right except from the FO side. (Hvanrensburg)
  • 0011429: [External Model – Geometry] Cabin windows have a rainbow effect (jbrown)
  • 0011431: [Virtual Cockpit – Functionality/Click-Spots] HGS panel on base is not backlit (Hvanrensburg)
  • 0011444: [Virtual Cockpit – Functionality/Click-Spots] Many switches and buttons animate immediately and should be slowed down (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011473: [Systems – Flight Controls] Throttle animation requires algorithmic improvement of animation function (rsrandazzo)
  • 0011472: [Systems – Flight Controls] Control column/yoke animation requires algorithmic improvement of animation function (rsrandazzo)
  • 0011471: [Systems – Flight Controls] Exercise wheel animation incorrect and not working as expected (rsrandazzo)
  • 0011443: [Sounds – Internal/Cockpit] Trim sounds not working (rsrandazzo)
  • 0011445: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Overhead GEN panel texture updates and improvements (vscimone)
  • 0011449: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] HGS display on FO main panel does not protrude far enough (vscimone)
  • 0011460: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Various text spacing issues on CB panels (vscimone)
  • 0011461: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Wrong space on smoke vent sign (vscimone)
  • 0011459: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Window stickers disappear with sky in the background (vscimone)
  • 0011457: [Virtual Cockpit – Geometry/Textures] Text missing on captain’s escape hatch (vscimone)
  • 0010424: [Systems – Fire Protection] The fire extinguisher TEST switch and the fault/malfunction and overheat/fire TEST switch should be spring loaded in the center. (Hvanrensburg)
  • 0011387: [General – Unsure] Popup key commands should be added to the documentation (hvanrensburg)
  • 0011451: [External Model – Geometry] COMM/EXT Power issues (jbrown)
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