Hi I know this is an old post but the above question is very valid to me. I have just purchased x plane 11 in 2019 but have been so frustrated with it and have not been able to do get it it to do what i want it to do.
yes 3D is good and the pop out panels are awesome, however only 2 gps will pop out.
I have a second monitor which I was hoping to populate with stuff I don't want to go looking for in 3D. In other words I don't want to move the camera view around the cockpit just to see flap position or gear position or any switches for that matter.
I was thinking a 2D panel would be good to set up those things and have them in view all the time.
Everybody says plane maker is easy and the way to do it, not true. it seems if the plane doesn't have 2D then it cant be done, and x plane 11 do not have 2D anymore.
If you guys just want 3D, will at least give us more pop out panels so we can set up the second monitor accordingly. Things to include would be nice Flaps, gear, trim,throttles,autopilot, pressurisation, coms, switches, the list can go on.
In the mean time I will have to go back to FSX