Discovering American Truck Simulator MODS

The Open Road in American Truck Simulator

Updated 5/5/19

In my previous post about American Truck Simulator I mentioned briefly the added benefit of using mods in your game. Not all mods are great but some mods can become an essential part of your game especially when you want to try to create the best (and most realistic) game experience possible.

I am constantly discovering new or better mods that really enhance American Truck Simulator but listed below is my current essentials list. Many can be found on the Steam workshop page for American Truck Simulator. Others I have found elsewhere. Some mod settings I even tweak to my own liking, which if your new to mods, I will explain a little about that at the end of the post.

Tractor hauling a tractor in American Truck Simulator

My favorite Mods

  • DP’s Realistic Traffic mod by Dumbfounded Polymath (creates a more realistic traffic flow to your game. (the mod also causes the ai traffic to be slightly more impatient which I have tweaked to my liking (more patient)
  • Filmic Lighting by Pixelgrapher (Note about compatibility: There is no bloom effect when using Filmic Lighting mod, therefore HDR – No Bloom mod is not necessary when using this mod)

Mods and links for adding more AI traffic, trucks and trailers

Non Steam Workshop Traffic Mod Packs by Jazzycat

Trailer and Company Wizards

If you really want to have fun with your trailers and types of trailers that will spawn at company locations check out this trailer tweak wizard and company wizard

A little about tweaking Steam Workshop mods.

This information is specifically meant for those who are new to modding and in American Truck Simulator. I don’t know anything about creating a mod but perhaps I can help with tweaking a modders mod to your liking.

Some mods are easier to tweak than others. I have only tweaked one mod in particular but others have settings that can be changed in a similar fashion. (Important note: You cannot redistribute or upload tweaked or changed mods without first getting approval from the mod creator. )

Mod Location and Subscribing

Once you have subscribed to a mod on the Steam workshop perhaps you would like to find their location on your hard drive. First, it’s important to note that there are two places for mods on your computer. Steam workshop mods that you have subscribed to from the American Truck Simulator Steam workshop website will be located in a numbered folder (To help clarifying this post I will call this folder xxxxx). This numbered folder can be found in your steam workshop content folder. Follow this path on the drive Steam is installed on your computer. (Program files (x86)/Steam/steamapps/workshop/content/xxxxx (where xxxxx designates your steam numbered folder for ATS)

Within the correct numbered folder for American Truck Simulator there will be more numbered folders pertaining to each mod you have subscribed to. Finding the correct numbered mod folder can be tricky especially if you have subscribed to a lot of mods but here’s a tip. Sometimes within the numbered folders there will be a jpg image inside which can give you a hint as to which mod folder you have opened.

Mods you have download from other websites outside of Steam will need to be placed manually into a different mod folder that is located in your documents folder on you hard drive. (documents/American Truck Simulator/mods) Important note: Steam workshop mods will not be located here. As example Jazzycat mods go in this mod folder

Something you don’t see everyday

DP Traffic Mod tweak example

Once you have your favorite Steam mods for American Truck Simulator in game enabled, you can sometimes tweak the mod if you don’t like the exact settings used by the modder. For example I have tweaked DP’s Traffic mod slightly. This mod contains a file called traffic_data.sii. If you want a more safe and patient reacting ai traffic response (like default) change ai_safety_modifier to 0.3 and ai_patience_modifier to 0.0. You will still see lots of ai traffic with this mod in use but their likelihood of crashing into you will drop significantly. Tweak those numbers and see what you get but do it at your own risk!

Have you played American Truck Simulator? Let me know what you think of this game.


Discovering American Truck Simulator

American Truck Simulator on Steam

Steam Workshop for American Truck Simulator

American Truck Simulator Official Site

My Complete Steam Mod Subscription List for ATS

Watch what hope looks like – FullyfreeFilms


Note: All images are from my modded version of American Truck Simulator

Warning on mods and altering mod files and settings:  Tweaking settings of your mod files can not only mess up the local version of the mod that you have downloaded or subscribed to, it can corrupt your saved game. If you are unsure what you are doing exactly I would leave the mod files alone. I will not be responsible for undesirable results! 

 

Discovering American Truck Simulator

Driving view in a semi truck in American Truck Simulator

American Truck Simulator was released in 2016 and is a game about truck driving in American western states. Before ATS (American Truck Simulator) there was the highly popular Euro Truck Simulator which I have not played….yet.

SPOILERS: Yes, this post contains spoilers and not the kind that you can add to your car.

Having been blessed with the opportunity to actually drive a big truck (Werner Enterprises) you might wonder why it has taken me until 2019 to get my hands on this game. I remember playing or trying to play a game called 18 wheels of steel sometime between 2000 and 2011. Perhaps it was the weak visuals or keyboard controls that caused me to lose interest but whatever it was when American Truck Sim game around I didn’t give it much of a look. Around it’s release I tried the demo and didn’t care much for it either, until now. What has changed? I don’t really know since I haven’t followed the game’s development up until lately.

Today the game features California, Nevada, Arizona with Oregon and New Mexico as DLC (Downloadable Content Expansions to the base game). Washington State is next in line to be released sometime this year!

Sunset, external view of driving my truck in American Truck Simulator

The good

Real trucking vs ATS Trucking

What I enjoy about American Truck Sim is how this game gives the player the ability to pretend one is actually driving a 18-wheeler. As you complete jobs (deliveries) you earn in game money allowing you to buy new trucks, upgrades, trailers and do it again. ATS also features a bit of business management. While you drive and complete deliveries, you have the option to buy garages, higher and fire drivers and then let them begin to bring in the bacon (aka dough…..aka money) for you!

The Graphics

So how are the graphics? First, my standards are pretty high. I like photo-realism in games but who doesn’t? So how does ATS measure up? To me the graphics in ATS are like a mixed bag of nuts. There are some good parts but not others. First, the UI (User Interface) has a slightly dated feel to it with large mouse cursor and big menus as if it’s still from early 2000. This does not detract from the game though because it’s still highly functional.

ATS User Interface with custom truck skin

Outside the skies can look visually stunning when driving through the desert in Arizona for example but this game (similar to other games I have looked at—yes you Cities Skylines) is also plagued with virtually no anti aliasing. The truck and vehicle models are top notch as are many of the landscapes but it’s those jagged edges I keep see on bridges, fences and distant objects which really hinder the graphics in this game from becoming completely stunning.

Gameplay, realism and accuracy

You pick up a load at one location and deliver it to the business that is expecting it lets say….12 hours later. And once you arrive, you get to decide if you want to back it up to the dock or easy park or move on to the next job. (By the way, twelve hours of in game time can be equal to about 1-3 minutes of real time driving…er….game play driving….you get the idea.) Along the road there are weigh stations and as you pass the sign……you will hear the pre-pass beep signal to either pull in to the weigh station or continue on by. That’s what I call the real thing!….the best part is you don’t really have to deal with the law or overweight loads but you had better not miss it or run a red light or you will pay….$150-$700…the violation tickets seem to increase as you progress in the game. And hitting another vehicle can be $900. At first this hurts when you’re trying to save up money to buy your first pretend truck if you didn’t use a bank loan but later in the game….well….that’s why you hired those drivers!

Controllers and Performance

I can safely say, using a keyboard to steer your truck isn’t going to be much fun. And backing? Forget it. It’s much easier in real life. Perhaps thats why I didn’t like this game when I first discovered it because I only had a keyboard and mouse. Now I use a controller which isn’t much better but it has improved the experience. The wheel, so I am told, is the best way to experience ATS and I do imagine it is.

I don’t know for sure, but I have heard ATS runs good even on older game systems. In my system (gtx 1070ti, I7-8700k) The game runs smooth at 1080p with most graphics settings on high but can hesitate slightly in cities with AI traffic mods and reflections on high. (Tip: Lowering mirror distance to medium seems to help.)

The MapNow ATS isn’t for everybody. If you like exploring open roads you might enjoy ATS. Only specific roads are driveable within ATS and they are mostly interstates and state highways in California, Nevada, Arizona and the add-on expansions (OR, NM). But what you do get to travel on is fun especially if want to taste what it’s like to drive a big rig. Many of the cities are not really too exciting but they do offer load pick-up and drop-off locations for freight and cargo. The expansion States Oregon and New Mexico DLC are highly recommended for adding more locations to travel, buy garages and get jobs.

Mods

Simply put, mods make ATS better (and more realistic). And the right mods can made ATS a truly great experience. The default AI traffic in ATS is sometimes scarce (which makes driver around easier) but with the right mods you can have loads of trucks and cars and some can actually hinder you from making that delivery on time! (I am constantly discovering new mods, but I do have some favorite ones that I have listed here.

wrecked doubles trailers in ATS
My first day on the job? Not a good start.

The not-so-good

While many places look familiar, some of the locations, landscapes and roads within ATS are not very accurate or familiar looking. For example 299 in Northern CA (Redding to Eureka) in real life is a mountainous two lane and four lane highway with a river on one side much of the way. Within ATS this section of 299 looks dated and there are no mountains or hills in sight. The in-game road is two lanes the entire way. (Interesting to note: That stretch of 299 use to be only a slow two lanes but it is much improved today)

Driving through Los Angeles in real life can be a nightmare of waiting in traffic and busyness everywhere but in ATS there isn’t much of Los Angeles to actually experience. In fact, even with a traffic mod, there isn’t much traffic to speak of. And when traveling on Interstate 10 or I-5 in ATS there are no mass tract housing projects, malls, more housing, more malls and grids of streets lining both sides of the roadway as there is in real life. In addition, the freeways of ATS in Los Angeles (and California in general) could use an upgrade to remove a dated 1994 gaming look. (It’s probably worth noting that with California being part of the base game release it’s interesting to see the massive improvements to development in the latest expansion DLC.)

Larger entrances and exits

Many job locations and even rest stops feature extremely small entrances and exits and areas to turn a trailer in general especially if your trailer is 53 feet long. There is no way of knowing this until after you have arrived at your job recipient only to find out you won’t be able to enter their parking lot without getting stuck.

Repetitive Spawning Aircraft

Some location based activity, such birds or airplanes landing at an airport might be okay but at times the other repetitive animations you will encounter make the game feel stale. A little more randomness would help this game a lot. For example instead of the same four hot air balloons spawning in a particular location all the time, they should sometimes simply not appear. Likewise, the same bi-planes we see throughout the game world which appear at precise locations, should either not appear at times or be a different randomly spawned plane.

Missing Trucks

There are some prominent but missing truck manufactures and truck types in ATS (ie, missing logging trucks, doubles tankers etc.) Freightliner, Mack, International are just some of the missing truck manufacturers which need to be in this game. (To be fair, these manufacturers must first give approval for addition to the game)

Final thoughts

Before I make it seem that ATS is a terrible excuse for a game, it is quite the opposite. While ATS isn’t for everybody, there are the little things in this game, such as the myriad of random animations, visuals and sites (although many repeated) throughout your travels that make it great for us who enjoy it. But now speaking as a former trucker, there is one thing I wish would or could be implemented within ATS that might just give the game that edge it so desperately wants to have. In real life when a truck passes another truck sometimes the driver will signal with their headlights by quickly turning them off and then back on to signal the driver ahead that it’s clear and safe to move over. I hope this little touch of realism gets added one day into ATS.

American Truck Simulator has exceeded my expectations in many ways. Will you like it? I don’t know but there is a demo on Steam and I highly recommend giving it a test drive if you aren’t sure. Get the game and expansions on a steam sale and it’s a great deal.

Have you played it? Let me know what you think of American Truck Simulator.

Check out my post on some favorite mods for American Truck Simulator here


Discovering American Truck Simulator MODS

American Truck Simulator on Steam

American Truck Simulator Official Site

Watch what hope looks like – FullyfreeFilms


Note: All images are from modded trucks and trailers in American Truck Simulator

Quick Review: Police Mod LSPDFR 0.4

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It’s 2019 and without many options in the gaming world for realistic style police simulator, for many the recent release of LSPD-FR (Los Santos Police Department – First Response) is a welcome sight.  But how welcome is it really? And how much of an improvement is it from the previous patch?

It’s either a bug, or a police convention – you pick

LSPDFR 0.4.0 is said to offer many new options for creating a character, having a car and apartment while giving you the ability to work as a police officer in the city of Los Santos.  After having played with 0.4 for a few hours I wanted to give my first reaction on what I have noticed with this new update of LSPDFR.

Features and missing features

LSPDFR 0.4 now allows the creation of your own character which is a nice feature. EUP (Emerency Uniforms Pack) was a addon that injected many uniform options to LSPDFR and that can still be added to the game but why not just integrate those uniforms with default LSPDFR 0.4?

At first glance the character creator menu seems expansive but after spending some time creating characters, I have noticed many characters end up looking much like one another–no matter how much hair you put on them. It would be nice to see more change in the features such as adding eyelashes or better manipulation of the eyes, nose, mouth and hair. For now I will have to settle for a bald guy I guess (since that is what short hair looks like?).

Just missing the newspaper….

LSPDFR 0.4 has added an apartment for your character to live in and the ability to save a personal vehicle. This is a nice option but it can also be a slight hinderance. LSPDFR gives you the option to load your character in the apartment which means you must drive to the nearest police station or you can start in the pre designated police station in Rockford Hills. This police station is new, made just for LSPDFR and is nice to have but I think it would be better if the option existed to start in any police station.

New apartment in LSPDFR 0.4

As far as game-play, LSPDFR 0.4 has changed some keybindings which now seem to conflict with other add-ons. Feature-wise, I have not noticed many new changes with actual game-play. The arrest animations have improved which is great and you can actually walk with suspects or they will follow you automatically which helps a lot. Transporting of prisoners still seems to be lacking however and I have yet to find the option for a coroner or how to put the arrested person in my car. Arrested perps must be placed on the ground before they can be transported which I don’t quite understand. When calling for backup during a traffic stop, the responding officer will not stay during the entire stop, which is one reason one would call for backup in the first place!

Final thoughts and Overhype

Overall, the addition of the character creator to LSPDFR 0.4 is a good step in the right direction but I would have liked to have seen more relevant improvements to police response, AI vehicle handling and arrest management. By the way, the new cinematic camera during police pursuits can also hinder game play as I don’t see what purpose it serves.

Improvements that can still be made are with the starting game locations, police computer, citation options, improved AI, arrest features, realistic police response, traffic control, and coroner. (Note: adding third-party plugins to the game will still incorporate many of these options.) I think including or improving these features would be better options for this update than having a luxury apartment. Hopefully we will see these types of improvements someday within LSPDFR itself.

What do you think of the new LSPDFR update 0.4? Let me know what you think.


LSPDFR

Watch gameplay with LSPDFR 0.4

Will We Ever See It (in gaming)?

FullyFreeFilms.com

Do Christians Hate Gays?

Perfect Open-World Gaming

More Gaming

Police 10-13

Police 1013 coming to Steam – Spread the word


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In-game images are my own

It’s here: Police Mod LSPDFR 0.4.0 released for GTA V

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It’s 2019 and without many options in the gaming world for realistic style police simulator, for many the recent release of LSPD-FR (Los Santos Police Department – First Response) is a welcome sight. 

LSPDFR 0.4.0 offers many new options for creating a character, having a car and apartment while working as a police officer in the city of Los Santos.  Many new animations such as arresting, handcuff, and a supposed more complete backup system has been included as part of this release of LSPDFR. 

I have spoken out against GTA V in the past for its sexual lewdness, disgusting language and other unnecessaries included within this game but until Police 10-13 releases, LSPDFR gives players a great alternative for  helping to turn GTA V upside down and tame the beast.

It will be exciting to see what other surprises have been included in LSPDFR and what great mod packs the community will release now that we have a newer version of this police mod.

What are your thoughts about LSPDFR?


LSPDFR

Will We Ever See It (in gaming)?

FullyFreeFilms.com

Do Christians Hate Gays?

Perfect Open-World Gaming

More Gaming

Police 10-13

Police 1013 coming to Steam – Spread the word


image source

2 Things that would greatly enhance and improve X-plane 11

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Cessna 172SP X-plane 11 over Arcata, CA

X-plane 11 is a beautiful looking flight simulator and is currently available for computers but there are two things I wish X-plane 11 would fix or implement to make it even better.

ATC Voices

The ATC voices found in Microsoft Flight Simulator from many years ago (2006) are the kind of audio I wish X-plane 11 would use.  Having realistic voices would greatly enhance this simulator without the need to use and pay for third party software or ATC systems.  There are many users of X-plane 11 including myself who simply use the sim for fun and only wish for some better sounding voices without needing to speak to a real person pretending to be in a tower.

Give Users More Rendering Options in the UI

Another way to improve X-plane 11 would be to add more user interface options for controlling the level of rendering details of autogen.  In X-plane 10 there are many options for controlling autogen and visuals (perhaps too many) but X-plane 11 has appeared to dumb down the UI too much and has unwisely (from a customers standpoint) removed most settings altogether or linked everything together.

The main reason X-plane 11 needs to add more options for autogen settings is because it would allow the player to have better control over the visuals when flying over rural vs urban areas. This is not a frame-rate issue (I know X-plane developers have claimed that is the reason they removed it) but in fact for some of us, its purely for realism in visuals.   For example, where I live there are no trains and generally minimal traffic.  There are not many buildings either but there are lots and lots of trees.  In this situation it would be great to be able to lower the traffic, building and train numbers without lowering the tree density.  And what if I never want deer or birds in my sim? Currently I cannot remove them.  What if I want to have more buildings but less traffic and trees or vice versa?  Currently in X-plane 11 all these settings are connected and it’s frustrating!  Either you get lots of trees, traffic, buildings and trains or, little to nothing at all.  By the way, X-plane 10 handled these decisions much better giving the user better control over these settings and it was awesome.   It’s clear that that having more visual options in the UI would greatly improve X-plane 11 realism.


Disclaimer:  The opinions and information expressed in this review are my own and are based on my own experience.  These views or opinions are not intended to reflect the views or opinions of Laminar Research nor any of the developers of X-plane 11 in any way.

 


X-plane 11 Official website

X-plane 11 community

X-plane 11 on Steam

Movies everyone should watch before they die

Get Hope

Find me on Steam

My X-Plane 11 Review on Steam

 


Images are my in-game screenshots from default X-plane 11.05

 

Getting Started with Painting with Bob Ross (and easing some anxiety and depression in the process)

If you enjoy Bob Ross like I do or are the least bit interested in getting started in painting using the wet on wet technique, check out this special 1 hour episode of the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross.

 

 

Below are links and recommendations to some of the painting products I use which can help you get started using the Wet-on-Wet oil painting technique that Bob Ross used on his show.

Bob Ross Master Kit –  I highly recommend beginning with this kit as it will really help you get your painting going and you will save some money on basic paints, palette knife and brushes.

Complete List of Bob Ross Brushes and Palette Knives

Complete list of Bob Ross oil paint

Complete list of liquid oil mediums for preparing the canvass.   While this is a complete list of Bob Ross available mediums, Bob mainly applied his signature Liquid White or Magic White to the canvas before painting his landscapes.

Bob Ross 2-in 1 Easel (as seen on the Joy of Painting after Season 27) – This easel is a good deal especially when it’s on sale.  (Note: any easel will probably work to get started but I have found not many easels allow edge to edge painting on the canvas as this one does well.  The Bob Ross 2-in-1 Easel also can be used as a table top easel if you want to paint while sitting at a table.)

Canvases 16″ x 20″ – also a good deal at Michaels when they are on sale or using a 50% off coupon  (Note: Bob used 18″ x 24″ canvases on the Joy of Painting but you can use any size you prefer just make sure they come at least double primed which most are.

Odorless paint thinner

Bob Ross beater rack and paint brush thinner screen

Small bucket with a lid (the size of the brush thinner screen)

Also highly recommended: 

Bob Ross large Clear Palette

Baby Wipes at Costco or Dollar tree

Roll of Paper Towels

Larger trash bucket for beater rack

Apron and old pair of clothes you don’t mind getting paint on

some old towels

a place to set your paints and brushes when not using them but within reach while painting

Palette paper or a super cheap palette unless you jump right in and purchase the Bob Ross Palette which I recommend if you want to get serious

 

Although I am still quite new at this painting thing, I would love your questions or comments so feel free to drop me a note.

 

(Note: I do not receive any compensation for sharing these links but they are favorite products of mine to aid in getting you started with painting like Bob Ross. )

 

 

 

 


Jerry’s Artarama

Official Bob Ross Supply Site

Watch Bob Ross on YouTube

TwoInchBrush

 

Watch what hope looks like – FullyFreeFilms

 

UPDATED: iOS 12 Do Not Disturb notification reappears on lock screen—endlessly

DND_iOS12

UPDATE 10/31/18

With iOS update 12.1 this Do Not Disturb notification bug may have been fixed!  Check it out!

 


iOS 12 Do Not Disturb notification reappears on the lock screen

A great feature already present on the iPhone and iPad with iOS 11 has been Do Not Disturb.  And in iOS 12, DND gets improved with additional scheduling modes. These modes are especially useful if want to use Do Not Disturb  temporarily—for an hour meeting as example.  Do Not Disturb itself is all well and dandy except for the notification about itself that reappears on the lock screen whenever DND is enabled.

In iOS 12,  when Do Not Disturb is on/enabled, a notification will remind the user it is enabled, over and over again….endlessly.  In fact, as long is Do Not Disturb is in use, this notification apparently can’t be removed which I find extremely annoying for a modern phone.  I have tried for the past month and half to find a way to remove it and yet it still reappears only to clutter up the lock screen getting in the way of real notifications.  When I find a way to permanently remove the DND notification this post will be surely updated.

So what are your thoughts about the recent iOS 12 release, and specifically the reoccurring DND notification?  Please comment below.

 

 


iOS 12 features

Do Christians Hate Gays? Watch this

Movies to see before you die

Forbes: Apple’s flawed vision

Removing touch ID is bad idea

Opinion: Apple’s bad design iPhone X

iPhone strange behavior and missing features


image source – my iphone screenshot

UPDATED: Frustrating problem with Apple’s iOS 12 Do Not Disturb Notifications

DND_iOS12

UPDATE 10/31/18

With iOS update 12.1 this Do Not Disturb notification bug may have been fixed!  Check it out!

 

iOS 12 Do Not Disturb notification reappears over and over on the lock screen—even after it’s been cleared

Pretty soon we will need an app just remove DO NOT DISTURB lock screen notifications

A great feature already present on the iPhone and iPad with iOS 11 is Do Not Disturb.  And in iOS 12, DND gets improved with additional scheduling modes. These modes are especially useful when you need to use Do Not Disturb  temporarily—an hour meeting  for example.  Do Not Disturb itself is all well and dandy except for the notifications that reappear on the lock screen whenever DND is enabled.  I don’t like a cluttered lock screen so it would be nice to be able to remove the DND notifications. I simply haven’t been able to find a way to make them go away for good.

In iOS 12, if DND is on/enabled, a notification will remind the user–just in case you forgot you enabled it I suppose.  One time is good.  But when you clear it by swiping left, the notification will reappear again on the lock screen sometime later (I have yet to determine what triggers it’s return). But I do wish for a way to disable/remove DND notifications altogether in iOS 12. When I find one, I will be sure to update this post.

If you do I would love your help!

 

So what are your thoughts about the recent iOS 12 release, and specifically the reoccurring DND notifications?  Please comment below.

 

 


iOS 12 features

Do Christians Hate Gays? Watch this

Movies to see before you die

Forbes: Apple’s flawed vision

Removing touch ID is bad idea

Opinion: Apple’s bad design iPhone X

iPhone strange behavior and missing features


image source – my iphone screenshot

UPDATED: iOS 12 brings new frustrations with notifications

DND_iOS12

UPDATE 10/31/18

With iOS update 12.1 this Do Not Disturb notification bug may have been fixed!  Check it out!

 


Pretty soon we will need an app just to remove DO NOT DISTURB lock screen notifications

A great feature already present on the iPhone and iPad with iOS 11 is Do Not Disturb.  And in iOS 12, DND gets improved with additional scheduling modes. These modes are especially useful when you need to use Do Not Disturb  temporarily—an hour meeting  for example.  Do Not Disturb itself is all well and dandy except for the notifications that reappear on the lock screen whenever DND is enabled.  I don’t like a cluttered lock screen so it would be nice to be able to remove these notifications.. I simply haven’t been able to find a way to make them go away for good.

In iOS 12, if DND is on/enabled, a notification will remind the user–just in case you forgot you enabled it I suppose.  One time is good.  But when you clear it by swiping left, the notification will reappear again on the lock screen sometime later (I have yet to determine what triggers it’s return). But I do wish for a way to disable/remove DND notifications altogether in iOS 12. When I find one, I will be sure to update this post.

If you do I would love your help!

 

So what are your thoughts about the recent iOS 12 release, and specifically the reoccurring DND notifications?  Please comment below.

 

 


iOS 12 features

Do Christians Hate Gays? Watch this

Movies to see before you die

Forbes: Apple’s flawed vision

Removing touch ID is bad idea

Opinion: Apple’s bad design iPhone X

iPhone strange behavior and missing features


image source – my iphone screenshot

UPDATED: Is there a way to disable Do Not Disturb lock-screen notifications on iOS 12?

DND_iOS12

UPDATE 10/31/18

With iOS update 12.1 this Do Not Disturb notification bug may have been fixed!  Check it out!

 


Pretty soon we will need an app just to remove DO NOT DISTURB lock screen notifications

A great feature already present on the iPhone and iPad with iOS 11 is Do Not Disturb.  And in iOS 12, DND gets improved with additional scheduling modes. These modes are especially useful when you need to use Do Not Disturb  temporarily—an hour meeting  for example.  Do Not Disturb itself is all well and dandy except for the notifications that reappear on the lock screen whenever DND is enabled.  I don’t like a cluttered lock screen so it would be nice to be able to remove these notifications.. I simply haven’t been able to find a way to make them go away for good.

In iOS 12, if DND is on/enabled, a notification will remind the user–just in case you forgot you enabled it I suppose.  One time is good.  But when you clear it by swiping left, the notification will reappear again on the lock screen sometime later (I have yet to determine what triggers it’s return). But I do wish for a way to disable/remove DND notifications altogether in iOS 12. When I find one, I will be sure to update this post.

If you do I would love your help!

 

So what are your thoughts about the recent iOS 12 release, and specifically the reoccurring DND notifications?  Please comment below.

 

 


iOS 12 features

Do Christians Hate Gays? Watch this

Movies to see before you die

Forbes: Apple’s flawed vision

Removing touch ID is bad idea

Opinion: Apple’s bad design iPhone X

iPhone strange behavior and missing features


image source – my iphone screenshot