The version 3 of my Shade Shifter utility has been completed. It will be ready for download within a week. In addition to code optimizations and user-interface enhancements, major features added to the new version include the following:
When the utility is started, it will automatically check and display the current Day Cycle of FSX for users’ reference. This minimizes the needs of calling up the Day Cycle Calculator for just today.
For example, the Day Cycle of today — May-14, 2012 in FSX — is 2. It will be shown as “Today’s Shade 02” when Shade Shifter is started. (Refer to Post 116 for more information about the Day Cycle Calculator.)
The concept and feature of Breaking the 10-Day Shade Cycle Limit discussed in Post 124 have been integrated to the new version. So a unique Preset can be easily activated according to the current Day Cycle and the Calendar Period of a month.
For example, the Preset associated with May-14, 2012 mentioned above is Desert Tints according to the day’s Day Cycle and the shade table below. (Refer to the Post for more information.)
To some extent, this rendered a sort of Preset Randomizing capability without human invention. And it is fully user-customizable.
An FSX Default option is added to the Shade Selection List, which allows users to choose for a Clean, FSX Default, No Shade Preset environment.
This sums up the major new features of the Shade Shifter Version 3.
Existing Shade Shifter users will get a download link notification of the Upgrade Patch in a couple of days. “You’ve Got Mail” should be ringing soon. Other who are new to this site and interested in this utility should subscribe first and send me a request via the comment section below.
Anyone interested could get it from the Freeware section in my shop.