I am supposed to complete the Turning Off the FIP series for the remaining Tachometer and the Integrated Fuel Gauges in this two weeks. Instead, here’s my first attempt utilizing the full resolution (320 x 240) of the FIP for the Turn Coordinator, plus OAT and Local & Zulu Time Clock with Time Zone Offset.
Both features had been missing from my previous gauge development and they’ve been frequently requested by friends of FSX Times.
Thanks to Michael Johnson who pointed out some problems and errors when applying the Turning Off the FIP options in Post 218, 219 and 220.
The OFF screen mask images previously uploaded to WordPress wouldn’t correctly revert to its original BMP format by simple renaming method. The images obviously were modified during the upload process. So, I have created a direct download link.
Just save the images to the respective folders as described in the post will do.
The organizers of the FS Developer Conference (FSDevConf) just announced that the weekend of 15th November 2013 has been confirmed to run the event.
FSDevConf is the first ever conference for flight simulator developers, to be hosted online for anyone in the world to participate in.
The event is based on the concept of a similar successful conference from the game development industry led by the AltDevBlogADay organizers, in the hopes of specifically targeted towards developing for flight simulator platforms such as Microsoft Flight Simulator, Prepar3D and X-Plane.
The event will feature talks from basic to advanced covering topics such as airport design, modeling, texturing, audio, networking, publishing and more.
The entire conference can be watched live in streaming HD720p on both Google+ and YouTube and viewers will be able to interact with the speakers in Q&A sessions after each talk.
“A full schedule of sessions will be released in the beginning of November with the main focus on Saturday between mid-morning US and late-evening Europe, but depending on speaker availability other times during the weekend may be planned as well,” say the organizers.
Although every session (including Q&A) will be archived and available for viewing after the event, the organizers encourage both active developers and those interested in developing to attend the live sessions.
Have tried a few wireless head tracking software, NaturalPoint’s TrackIR + TrackClip Pro is still my choice so far. Following is the method I find very effective when aligning the device at startup. Of course associated software must be activated first.
Place the TrackIR receiver on top of the monitor about 1/8 in length from the left edge.
The seven Saitek Flight Instrument Panels (FIPs) I currently have are far less than enough to individually cover each flight instrument on the C172, not to mention the more complicated aircrafts. I could purchase a couple more — the easiest solution. But I am quite happy with my current setup, and the success of the recently made Integrated Fuel Gauges also strengthens the possibility for me to integrate all (ideally) C172 instruments onto my current seven FIPs.
The following is the layout I drafted which includes proximity consideration of the instruments in the cockpit. No doubt, compromise is inevitable.