[jhb_airlines] Re: Aztec panel

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 15:20:56 +0100

Possibly - I haven't tried that. When I click on the file to get what is
inside I just drag the files I want into another folder.

bones

-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
Sent: 27 July 2005 07:09
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Aztec panel


If I open your Bones.cab,  by clicking on it, I get the four component
files. Clicking on any one of these brings a popup, asking to where I
wish it to be extracted. Once extracted and I can open the file, or
display a .bmp. Is it different on your system?

Gerry Winskill
gwinsk@xxxxxxx


Bones wrote:

>Sounds odd because I seem to be able to open CAB's just using
>Explorer..
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>bones
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
>Sent: 26 July 2005 21:45
>To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Aztec panel
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>I jest. Unless you'd like a passing opinion, I can wait until you've
>finished.
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>My efforts on gauge design have ground to a halt. Even if unzipping a
>.cab file to an empty folder, I'm asked if I wish to replace the
>existing version. I'll try a reinstal of Cabarc.
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>Gerry Winskill
>gwinsk@xxxxxxx
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>Bones wrote:
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>>You are indeed right - it really is a matter of personal
>>gratification. It's the first time ever in FS that we can actually get
>>at gauge manipulation so the temptation to really is strong to make a
>>panel as close to reality as possible.
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>>It's daft I know but even the Suction gauge used by Fred is not quite
>>the same as in G-CALL and so I get an urge to replace the bitmap. As
>>his are old GAU files it also means I have to write the XML code but
>>that really is a doddle for passive instruments. Trouble here is that
>>I'm tempted to get the two red lights operational to show that suction
>>for either engine has failed.
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>>I could send you the panel right now but you would have to put up with
>>its incomplete state. I think the errors would be:
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>>1. No radios work so you'd have to use your Go Flight units for these.
>>2. No HSI as I have used the FSD Panther Navajo for now (you could
>>substitute)
>>3. Same for the EGT gauge.
>>4. Fuel tank selector only goes from off to right aux - I don't know
>>why yet. Leave alone. 5. Flap lever bitmap is weird but flaps work OK.
>>6. Magnetos for Eng1 and Eng2 work differently because I'm still
>>playing with code. I suspect you can't have two mag switches for each
>>engine but am still playing. These can be overridden by the usual M++
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>>All the rest seem to work OK.
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>>The zip is 900k if you want it.
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>>bones
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>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gerry Winskill
>>Sent: 26 July 2005 20:22
>>To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: Aztec panel
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>>For your own satisfaction' cos that's the main reason for doing any
>>design work. That probably will drive you to do both.As you know, I'm
>>not into individual gauge design. I am, and have been for years, an
>>incorrigible panel meddler. Recently, motivated by GA magazines'
>>reporting of current avionics developments, I've started further to
>>modify the panels that have so far kept me happy. The move to glass
>>cockpits seems irreversible, even in GA. Since the cost of doing it in
>>FS is zilch, it's almost a case of having to justify not going that
>>way. The one regret I have is that the steam instruments of my
>>erstwhile favourite panel sat in a very Jaguarish walnut veneer panel.
>>Removing analogue instruments left indentations, where the panel had
>>been recessed for them. I've had to redo the surface and, since
>>piecing together, stretching, etc, veneer makes it look very
>>unrealistic, I've had to switch to a metal background. Very sad, but
>>then, "you can't get the wood, you know" isn't a new problem.
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>>So, when will we all be able to get our grubby little hands on what is
>>now to be a pair of new panels?
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>>Gerry Winskill
>>
>>gwinsk@xxxxxxx
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>>Bones wrote:
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>>>I think I am going to scream...
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>>>Having got well on with the panel rebuilt for the Aztec I was stuck
>>>at a couple of engine gauges because I had no decent pictures of
>>>them. G-CALL has been away for two months on sub charter to OS in N.
>>>Ireland so I wasn't able to remedy this - but I got impatient last
>>>night and rang John to see when it was coming back. What he told me
>>>made me groan..
>>>
>>>I've know G-CALL since it was new (30+ years) and I've flown the
>>>aircraft for a fair bit of that time. It's hardly changed in that
>>>period - just a couple of replacement radio's and that was it.  The
>>>panel rebuild was therefore based on my intimate knowledge of the
>>>aircraft. But it has now all changed..
>>>
>>>All the old Collins kit is gone and in its place are new slimline
>>>Garmin NAV/COM units, a King KMD150 GPS and a Filser Transponder.
>>>I've already got pictures of these units and have made a mock up of
>>>the new panel - see my FS page for screenshots.
>>>
>>>I'm now torn. Do I continue with the old panel rebuild or start
>>>afresh and make the new one? Or do I make both?
>>>
>>>The rest of the panel is almost complete. I now have most of the
>>>engine gauges finished - seven made in the last week - and the only
>>>dial left to do is the EGT gauge. I still have slight code problems
>>>with the flap lever, autopilot and fuel selector but I hope I can
>>>iron these out without too much trouble.
>>>
>>>I must admit I have learnt a lot over the last few weeks. Gauge
>>>design isn't all that difficult in XML and it brings the art into the
>>>laps of those of us with no programming skills - I could never have
>>>made an old GAU file in C++. Those dials that just present
>>>information like the ASI and fuel gauges, are very easy indeed. Those
>>>that interact with mouse click (switches) can also be easy but some
>>>are trickier. The flap lever is an example because the default lever
>>>runs through a series of linear indents - one position for each flap
>>>setting - whereas I am trying to make a spring loaded lever that just
>>>has three positions.
>>>
>>>If anyone is tempted with gauge design then have a go. All you really
>>>need is a good paint program and, if you want to zip the dials up
>>>into a CAB file, a program like VCAB (this make distribution a lot
>>>easier).
>>>
>>>bones
>>>
>>>HC@xxxxxxxxxx
>>>http://fsaviation.net
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