Although I’ve created quite some gauges for Saitek’s FIP, I still can’t figure out completely the correct format for the bmp files used as masks for the gauges.
Besides researching the answer from the internet and exploring the result through different programs, I also wrote to Saitek for help. I wish that I hadn’t done so because the reply from the company’s UK technical support team is a total disappointment:
We are unable to offer this information as it is privileged and confidential. We are unable to provide instruction on creating gauges to customers.
Frankly, even without this information, we users are still able to create our own gauges. It may take a bit more time and need some alternative methods to deal with the masking files.
So really I can’t understand the point of such confidential information to the company !
Do they know that the more custom gauges we create, the more potential (new and old) customers we help attract for them ?
Are they afraid that by releasing such information to customers will make us their competitors ?