With the help from Bill Leaming, Tom Gibson and Vololiberista at FSDeveloper.com who answered my question about “How to create BMP files for masking purposes” for FIP gauges, I have finally figured out how to create such *.bmp files in the first place.
It is so simple that I just need to:
- Fill the image file (to be used as a mask) with RGB color=1,1,1 or web color=010101; then
- Save the file in either 1, 24, or 32-bit format.
That’s it! I tried various methods and it turns out that I was just a step behind the door. Sometimes you just need a twist to get you there.
Regarding my complaint against Saitek — Yes, that is the information I would expect from the company.
What a shame that the Saitek EU technical guy, Gabriel Constantinescu, replies and claims such information as “privileged and confidential to the company” and cannot release it to a loyal customer who asks for a little support. And irresponsibly says that “we are unable to provide instruction on creating gauges to customers.”
Either he is totally ignorance or the department has rotten by bureaucracy !
Case Closed !