[jhb_airlines] Re: FSX - XML Gauges

  • From: "Bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Oct 2006 02:55:41 +0100

Having not seen this tool I can only guess as to what it is trying to do.
With FS2004 you write the XML code in Notepad and then bang this file, plus
the bitmaps, into a CAB file using VCAB.exe. By the sound of it ACE.exe
appears to be doing all this in one operation.
All I can tell you is that your old FS2004 XML files and bitmaps still work
in FSX. In FS2004 you could keep all these files "loose" i.e. not wrap them
up in a CAB, and they would still work. I've not tested this in FSX so I
can't say whether the CAB route is now mandatory or not.

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of FrankTurley@xxxxxxx
Sent: 17 October 2006 20:20
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] FSX - XML Gauges

I don't know if anyone else has ventured into the Panels and Gauges SDK, but
there's a few things to be aware of.
(a) The provided ACE.EXE tool doesn't read my existing XML source code. This
is probably no bad thing, as I've been forced to try to create a new gauge
from scratch, which has taught me a few things about ACE, rather than
bodging existing code.
(b) The way ACE works is that you create a new project, then you create a
gauge object as a single child of the project, and the gauge has a number of
child objects, e.g. for .bmp files, for text elements used as labels and
also evaluated objects, e.g. derived from the A variables list.
(c) Don't expect to master the process in five minutes, the SDK is quite
comprehensive and has lots to read.
(d) I haven't managed to get my gauge working yet, so I can't tell you if it
will work in both FSX and FS2004.
My brain is worn out tonight, I'll resume gauge debugging on Thursday,
tomorrow I think we are flying in Eire.
Frank T.

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