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RXP XP12 Enhancer

This mod is improving visuals with a few settings changes from default, adding little enhancements to the X-Plane 12 visual experience, and it is particularly focusing on exposure, tonemapping, white balance, sky and atmosphere, volumetric clouds and night lighting. It is only changing...


Now updated for XP12.07!

This mod is improving visuals with a few settings changes from default, adding little enhancements to the X-Plane 12 visual experience, and it is particularly focusing on exposure, tonemapping, white balance, sky and atmosphere, volumetric clouds and night lighting. It is only changing a few private art datarefs and it offers a  complete set of options which are carefully selected and adjusted.

The script also handles the metering and auto-exposure in order to: try balancing the contrast between brights and darks when in-cockpit, get closer to the sunny 16 rule when outside, maintain a consistent level of exposure whether zooming the view, or maintain a natural change of exposure when looking from darker to brighter places.

Note: The script requires XP12 v12.06+ and only changes private art datarefs. These datarefs are subject to change between versions and are meant primarily for the sole use of LR. This script might therefore not work entirely as expected with future XP12 versions.


1) Download and install the latest FlyWithLua

2) Copy the lua script to the FlyWithLua scripts folder:



The script offers a number of personalization settings, in order to setup what options are loaded by default when the script loads. The script also implements a Settings Window which can popup automatically when the script loads, or manually from the Plugins menu.


This mod also includes a set of XP12 loader background images shot in 4K.

Please make sure to read additional informations in the included readme.txt

This mod is released under the MIT license.


Note: screenshots hosted on x-plane.to appear darker than they should. All the screenshots are included in the download package in jpeg format for user review with any other picture viewer.

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Initial Release
May 23, 2023
Last Updated
28 day(s) ago — 1.7.3



File Size

45.96 MB



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  • Updated to version 1.7.3

  • Updated to version 1.7.2

  • Updated to version 1.7.1

  • Updated to version 1.7

  • Updated to version 1.6.1

  • Updated to version 1.6

  • Initial File Release


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© CptLucky - All rights reserved. Any reupload or redistribution of this file without the author's prior written consent is forbidden. This X-Plane 12 add-on was created by CptLucky and shared in Utilities » Tweaks for X-Plane 12.



6 month(s) ago

This adds a breath of fresh air to the sim - love it.



4 day(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

Amazing script! Cant fly without it. Please due to 12.0.8rc1 update the script doesnt work and it crashes at desktop!

Thank you!



18 day(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

Wonderful script. it made my Xplane look so much better. Thanks for the wonderful work. When can we anticipate an update for 12.08 ?

please update the plugin to version xp 0.8



24 day(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

I have a new reason to fly Xplane now, thank you!



2 month(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

Fantastic script! Been using this from early versions alone and now I'm using it together with VisualXP mainly because of that contrast nobody else is able to provide. If I could have wish to improve this, to have some presets/save of settings so I don't have to set it every time I load up simulator. Other than that, brilliant! Well done!



2 month(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

Hi! Thank you very much for your work! This is by far the best tweak for XP12. Just updated to 12.07 and it seems it stopped working again...



2 month(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

Fantastic add-on. Although I own a license of VisualXP Ultimate I prefer this solution.

Unfortunately I can't give a 5-star review as this web site seems to be seriously broken.

This mod is nice I see some improvements, but some tweaks don't work or possibly I'm doing something wrong. Moreover this addon brings heavy stuttering to my xp12.

Hello, when will the update be released ?

Hello, are there any updates about the 12.06 compatible version?

headsup this one breaks 12.06 a bit.

might have to redo quite a few things.



5 month(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

Wonderful new visuals and no impact on frames. Great work!

Really enjoyed what it did, until I got the ToLiss A320 Neo. I was puzzled why it was so incredibly dark, cabin lights not working properly, main panel floods completely not working, even flashlight could barely be seen... Second I removed this plugin, it was back to normal, which is a shame.

please investigate what could cause light stutters every 2 seconds. I don't have anything that could cause them nor that I use any fps-intensive features.



6 month(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

Really good enhancements



6 month(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

First of all I must tell you that you have done a great job, I used this script on my last flight and you can really feel the change.

I wanted to ask you also, do you know if there is a way to make x plane render at a higher resolution? Like msfs with its render scaling. I have this problem and setting the resolution in graphics is not an option and seeing the power of lua I thought maybe I could program something that allows me to set the resolution of the textures or something similar.

Are there any permanent changes to settings or files when using this lua script? Or can I try without risk?



6 month(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

Thank you very much 🤝



6 month(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

with this last update the plugin window at startup is blank. the 1.2 works fine!



6 month(s) ago / Thanked by CptLucky

This adds a breath of fresh air to the sim - love it.

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  • Version 1.7.3 November 05, 2023

    - New: Override Global Illumination option to enhance both interior cockpit luminosity and overall color balance.
    - Enhanced: Better performance when using Ambient Light Auto-Update (when also using Global Illumination).
    - New: Default script setting 'override_contrast_range' to widen the possible contrast range to [0 to 1] (earlier versions was [0 to 0.5]).
    - Enhanced: Contrast Override now uses up to full contrast (tonemap blend 0.0) instead of XP12 default (0.2).
    - Updated: New screenshots added.

  • Version 1.7.2 October 04, 2023

    - Fixed: Lower performance introduced with 1.7.1 (missing code).

  • Version 1.7.1 October 04, 2023

    - Enhanced: Exposure and Global Illumination adjustments.
    - Enhanced: Night Lighting calibration and performance.
    - Enhanced: Beautify the GUI.

  • Version 1.7 September 21, 2023

    - New: Compatible with XP12.07
    - Enhanced: future proofing the detection and warning message for subsequent XP12 versions.

  • Version 1.6.1 September 19, 2023

    - Enhanced: Additional night light tweaks.
    - Enhanced: The full moon is more visible at dusk/dawn.
    - Enhanced: Bypasses XP12.06 external light artificial 'dimming'.
    - Enhanced: Minimum exposure at night adjusted for a better VR experience.
    - Enhanced: Exposure in the cockpit slightly darker for a better VR experience.
    - Enhanced: Ambient lighting optimized for slightly less fps impact and better cloud reflections on water.
    - Enhanced: Water waves adjustments.

  • Version 1.6 September 18, 2023

    - New: Officially released for XP12 v12.06.
    - New: Override Ambient Occlusion in the cockpit.
    - New: Override Ambient Occlusion is dynamically adjusting and fighting the XP12 SSAO artifacts.
    - New: Override Clouds with refined ray marching preserving details farther away with no fps cost.
    - New: Override Clouds with smoother and realistic ground shadows.
    - Enhanced: Override 3D Rain is dynamically adjusting with aircraft speed for more realistic drops and streaks.
    - Enhanced: Override Water wave patterns are looking better, with less moire/rendering artifacts.
    - Enhanced: Override Water Turbidity helps blending the water surface with some orthos/meshes.
    - Enhanced: Override Exposure makes smoother looking reflections.
    - Enhanced: Override Exposure is now mostly revertible.
    - Enhanced: Override Lighting now controls full moon illumination on the ground and the clouds.
    - Updated: All settings have been refined and adjusted finely for better visual results.

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