Download link for this ShadeShifter has just been sent out to all subscribers. If you are a subscriber but didn’t get my email, plesae let me know. Hope you all like it.
Haven’t written any post these days since I am still deeply submerged in holiday mood as Chinese New Year is coming the next Monday. Even my FlyZone Switcher project which is waiting for refinements and there are zones to complete, I put them aside as well.
Anyway, I have just created another utility for the SHADE for FSX — seems like I should claim for some commissions from the developer for all the assisting utilities I have developed……just kidding.
Back to the utility. I call it the Shade Shifter — the name is inspired by the shape-shifter, a goblin in the TV drama series, Supernatural. I found the name quite amusing.
From Post 124: Break the 10 Day Shade Cycle Limit, I wrote a utility to call up a Shade Preset according to 1) the day within the Shade cycle and 2) the actually date within a calendar month, so as to allocate a different Shade for each day in any month, and in particular, to create a randomized effect.
I am quite happy about the refreshing result from the randomized Shade Preset effect brought by the utility. However, there are still times that I would like to use a particular Preset, despite the day cycle and the calendar date.
SHADE for FSX comes with a GUI utility that in a way meets the needs. But it is a bit clumsy and not quite user-friendly. Therefore, I created the following utility to serve my needs.
The Shade Shifter has already included 30 Presets from version 1.01 and 1.02 of SHADE for FSX — nearly all Presets from the developer. In addition, it allows the keeping and using of user’s current Shade settings, plus up to three other customized Presets.
The interface is intuitive — just point and click a Preset, and then the [SWITCH] button to activate. That’s all.
There is no limitation on the switching among the 30 Presets and the additional 4 user settings.
After the desired Preset is selected, just click the [Run FSX] button. SHADE for FSX with the desired Preset will be loaded, and then followed by the running of FSX.
Similar to the SHADE for FSX, this utility must be run before FSX. Therefore, a function has been added to detect the status of FSX and close it automatically if it is running, in order to avoid erroneous situations.
For subscribers only, a download link will be sent by email in a few days if everything (beta testing and user instruction) goes well — just a little Chinese New Year present from FSX Times.