499: Shader Cleaner is now Free

FSX and P3D creates Shader Caches during operations to optimize overall performance via frequently accessed instructions and codes stored in the caches.   However, the Shader Caches are prone to be messed up by various reasons sometimes.   Rebuilding them is a common method to fix many issues suddenly coming up without a proper cause.

The Shader Cleaner FSX and Shader Cleaner P3D were developed to help clean Shader Caches quickly before the loading of FSX and P3D whenever needed.
 
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Cockpit: Dean Carlton (YMER, Australia)

Dean Carlton in Australia has just sent me updated photos of his desk-based simulation setup from concept to completion, in which a number of techniques and methods I never thought of using before.

The photos posted below are only a few from 50 something images Dean sent over, including some very old Private Pilot’s License Course materials and copies of the early 80’s The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Aircraft magazine he collected.

To see them all, one could click on the Dropbox link Dean shares with us at the end of the post.   Via the link, one can even download the drawings of his Main Instrument Panel (MIP) in pdf, skp and step formats, if interested.

Builder: Dean Carlton
Location: Merimbula, Australia
ICAO: YMER, Merimbula Airport

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498: RealAir Duke Gauges R2 Update

The FIP Gauges for Duke B60 and Duke Turbine from RealAir Simulations have been updated to version R2, which includes new gauges (such as a new Engine 4 in the Turbine set as shown on the right) besides fixes and optimizations.

In addition, the updated gauges are now Logitech drivers compatible.

Exisitng users should have received notification emails containing download links in their mailboxes by now.  Should any user not receiving the update, feel free to contact me by email or via Comment of this post.

Cockpit: Ken (KFRG, USA)

Ken was much involved in flight simulation during the ’90s with FS 5.1 until the early 2000s; and then got back into flight simulation again (in a big way) after he retired at the end of 2011.

Besides the photos, Ken also attached a schematic layout, showing how he achieved a self-contained cockpit system that doesn’t need of a mouse or keyboard for any inflight functions.

Builder: Ken
Location: Huntington, New York, USA
ICAO: KFRG, Farmingdale Republic Airport

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Cockpit: Ken Terry (YSSY, Australia)

Followings are the cockpit pictures from Ken Terry who is the first person in my Cockpit section using three curved monitors in his set up.   They certainly provide a more realistic scenery impact than the regular display.    (Edit: Imagine what it would look like if the three curved monitors are replaced by three latest 49-inches.)

Builder: Ken Terry
Location: Sydney, Australia
ICAO: YSSY, Sydney Airport

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497: Gauge-Switcher for X-Plane Plugins

An X-Plane version of the GaugeSwitcher is also developed for those who are using the Logitech X-Plane Plugins for my FSX Times Gauges.

It works similarly and can handle up to 60 FIP gauge setups for X-Plane as well.

The utility has been sent to all users of my XP_Logitech gauges by emails.   Should anyone who hasn’t received the download link in their mailboxes by now could Continue reading

496: Gauge-Switcher v8 Released

GaugeSwitcher is a handy program I developed a couple of years ago to help Saitek FIP Driver users to quickly switch between multiple FSX Times Gauges (say from C172SP to B58 to Mooney Bravo to RAS Duke or vice versa) to match with the aircraft being used or to be used in FSX, FSX-SE and P3D.

The utility was given to users of my Gauges once but stopped for some reasons.

Now, the utility is available again with many optimizations, including compatibility with both Saitek and Logitech Drivers, and Continue reading

495: New Generic Wet Compass Released

Unlike the current Cessna Wet Compass, a new generic wet compass for Saitek/Logitech FIP (Flight Instrument Panel) has been created to cope with a larger number of different types of aircraft, including BeechCraft, Piper, Mooney, Robinson, etc.   The compass has been requested for quite some times but I hadn’t had a good idea of how to do it right in the first place until recently.

In addition, the new compass comes with 4 slightly different designs so as to better match with the different layouts in various cockpit requirements.
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Although the differences between these designs may not be significant; however, these little or unnoticable touches, are many of the essences I’ve been putting in my gauges.   Because I believe, many times, what makes somethings special are the little things we sometimes ignore. Continue reading

494: Abnormal FIP Knob Adjustment Fix

Not sure how many of you have occasionally encountered a bizarre situation in which all functions, such as OBS and heading bug, that are controlled by the knobs on the Logitech/Saitek FIPs (Flight Instrument Panels) suddenly move faster in 10-degree (step) per turn than the default 1-degree (step) per turn.

The cause of the issue is unknown but generally it can be cured by warm-booting (or in some cases, cold-booting) the computer.

In the last six months, I encountered the issue once or twice.  Instead of rebooting the computer, Continue reading