492: X-PLANE B58 Gauges Released

The Baron 58 Gauges for X-Plane 11 are done.   Pre-sale users should have the download links in their mailboxes by now.
If not, contact me directly.


473: Running Logitech X-Plane Gauges alongside SPAD.neXt

It is commonly known that SPAD.neXt and Saitek/Logitech drivers cannot be run simultaneoulsy; otherwise conflicts will occur.
Here’s how to avoid the conflict when running the new X-Plane FIP Gauges (using Saitek/Logitech drivers) together with SPAD.neXt; since the development of my earlier X-Plane gauges designed for SPAD.neXt has come to a stop for the moment.

Edit:    Just found that there are still conflicts between the Logitech plugins and SPAD.neXt.   Under this combination, all basic functions work ok but not the many extra features provided by SPAD.neXt.
Will explore further if there are solutions.

Step 1
Install the Saitek/Logitech FIP drivers (if they have been removed from the computer) — it is necessary for the Windows OS to recognize the hardware.

You could download the Flight Instrument Panel Drivers from Logitech’s support web page here.   Or if you have the older version 7 on hand, it works fine as well.

Step 2
Follow the instructions in Post 471 to install the X-Plane Plug-in.

Step 3
After restarting the computer, right-click on the Windows Menu bar at the bottom to call up “Task ManagerContinue reading

472: The Wait is Over

As early as in February this year, I released five C172SP gauges for X-Plane, which were to be run on the SPAD.neXt driver platform.    I was optimistically hoping that a full C172SP gauge set for X-Plane could be done by the end of the year.   Unfortunately, there was no progress at all regarding X-Plane FIP conversion support since then.

To be frank, it’s nobody’s fault, and we all know that plans don’t always catch up with plans.   On the bright side, it is a good push on my new direction for developing X-Plane gauges based on the platform’s native datarefs and commands.   Moreover, I still see many X-Plane flight-simmers running FIPs with the default Saitek/Logitech Plugins.

So, here it comes the new C172SP X-Plane (Logitech) gauges, plus the Wet Compass just completed.

Truly, Continue reading

471: Adding FIP Plugins to X-Plane

Whether you are using the Saitek or the Logitech FIP drivers for FSX and P3D at present, further adding FIP option to X-Plane is very simple:

Step 1
Download the “X Plane Plug-in” from Logitech’s support page — No worry even if you are still using the previous Saitek drivers and not the recently renamed Logitech drivers.

Step 2
Run the downloaded file to install the Plug-in — A new folder called “XSaitekProFlight” will be added to the “\X-Plane 11\Resources\plugins” folder automatically.

That’s all and you are now able to fly with the default gauges in X-Plane.

Fine-Tuning Continue reading

470: The X-Plane C172SP Gauge Set is Coming

Following is the movie clip of the C172SP Gauges developed for X-Plane 11.   Even better, the gauges could run properly without the need of SPAD.neXt.

For those systems which have Saitek or Logitech drivers already installed, the X-Plane addition is a no-brainer.

Since these gauges are written from the native X-Plane datarefs and commands, they are NOT COMPATIBLE with the “FIP Support” feature in SPAD.neXt.

In other words, as long as the “FIP Support” feature under “DEVICES” of “Settings” in SPAD.neXt is DISABLED, these new X-Plane gauges could be run alongside with SPAD.neXt, if so desired, without any problem. Continue reading

425: X-Plane FIP Gauges Updated

The partly released X-Plane C172SP gauges have just been updated to version R2.  Apart from minor bug fixes, codes of gauges have been revised and optimized to better simulate the response on the aircraft.

In addition, the wet compass is split into two versions to allow users to choose to include or to exclude the OMI markers and NAV/GPS indicators.

Furthermore, the ADF gauge is now added to the list, which counts to 5 gauges in total.

Regarding the remaining six gauges for the X-Plane C172SP, Continue reading