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So what is the correct or best version, Download or Steam? This is very confusing, as your say
"X-plane Steam is not the official X-Plane (Laminar Research) version. There is no official connection between both groups. The Laminar Research version is the original official version. Steam is a third party reseller taking a commercial advantage of the original development work by Laminar"
...Seems odd that Laminar will tollerate this pirating, or am I missing the point completely?
Thanks for clarification.
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