X-Plane plugin v1.3.1p released

X-Plane plugin v1.3.1p released

Postby Keith Smith » Mon May 02, 2011 4:22 pm

1.3.1p (May 18, 2017 Windows only)
- added ability to PASTE routes

1.3.1 (May 16, 2017) Windows/Mac/Linux
- TL;DR: delete your PilotEdge folder, download the new plugin and start over. Do not attempt to use your existing CSLs. Also, consider download all of the HD CSLs now availble on the web site.

- added volume support via XPlane sound settings

- added volume support via volume knobs (separate for com1 and com2) for radios that support it (Reality XP and Aerobask radios for example)

- set 25KHz spacing for X-Plane's Garmin 530 radio.

- initial release of clamping of targets (reducing floaters and land sharks). Logic is simple, if target is known to have weight on wheels, it will be drawn at ground level to the best of our ability. Without a weight on wheels indication, for aircraft < 100AGL, we clamp any non-helicopter traffic if it's doing 30kts or less over the ground. while helicopter traffic is clamped if it's doing 1kt or less. If an aircraft would normally be drawn at what we consider to be less than a minimal viable altitude (based on terrain height, strut compression and known gear height), we draw it at ground level. Between those two cases, we cover land sharks and floaters. There are issues with this approach, namely a lack of smooth progression from clamped to non-clamped. Namely, a clamped floater will jump off the ground aggressively once it breaks ground. Landsharks linger on the runway during rotation (while their real altitude catches up to the artificially high altitude we are drawing them at to keep them above ground). This MAY be addressed in a future implementation with smoother progressions between clamped and non-clamped states.

- ICAO code detection at connect time. You no longer enter the ICAO code in the connect dialogue box. It's read from the aircraft directly. If the incorrect ICAO code is specified for a given aircraft, it needs to be corrected via PlaneMaker (in the Standard->Author menu). Say goodbye to the B58's and PA28's!

- All legacy CSLs have been removed from the plugin distribution and replaced with HD CSLs, or medium fidelity OBJ8-based CSLs (such as the Bluebell package) with gear offsets included (for the clamping feature above). It is highly recommended that users remove their PIlotEdge folder and download/install all CSLs from scratch to ensure that they are using either the new stock CSLs or the newly released HD CSLs.

- WorldTraffic datarefs are now generated on a limited basis in order to support some of the animations in the Bluebell CSL packages which we now included with the plugin. This allows for gear rotation, prop rotation and strut compression which isn't visible on other networks where the Bluebell CSLs are used.

- Flight plan fields are capitalized before being sent to the server (even though they're not capitalized in the user interface)

- Callsign, livery and airline are all capitalized before being sent to the server

- PE_voltage.txt and PE_groundspeed.txt files can now be placed in the same folder as an aircraft to override the datarefs which are used to read the bus voltage and ground speed, respectively. These files are read at CONNECT time, not at the time and aircraft is loaded. The PilotEdge_out.txt file in the xplane root directory contains information at connect time about whether these files have been located for the current aircraft, and whether the datarefs were found. This fix allows the JAR A320 to be fixed (a PE_voltage.txt file for that aircraft will be available soon).

1.2.2 (Sep 19, 2016) Windows/Mac/Linux
- fixed multi-machine (slave) code that was causing visuals to not show any traffic at all. Update required only if you run a multi-machine installation

1.2.1 (Sep 18, 2016) Windows/Mac/Linux
- removed possiblity of ghost targets on TCAS for various TCAS implementations that don't actually check to see how many active targets there are before they iterate the full list of multiplayer aircraft
- added heading information to TCAS data for Aerobask E-1000 and anyone else who uses that data

1.2.0 (Sep 16, 2016) Windows/Mac/Linux
- support for simultaneous reception of dual comms
- TX is determined by sim/cockpit/switches/audio_panel_out (6 for COM1, 7 for COM2)
- RX for COM1 is determined by sim/cockpit2/radios/actuators/audio_selection_com1 and sim/cockpit2/radios/actuators/com1_power
- RX for COM2 is determined by sim/cockpit2/radios/actuators/audio_selection_com2 and sim/cockpit2/radios/actuators/com2_power

- support for TCAS
- requires 'other aircraft' to be enabled. Max # of TCAS targets will be based on the number of 'other aircraft' set (minus 1). Aircraft->Aircraft & Situations->Other Aircraft. Set 'number of aircraft' to the max number of TCAS targets +1. For example, to see the closest 5 TCAS targets, set number of aircraft to 6.

1.1.5 (July 2, 2015) Linux
- rebuilt with Ubuntu 14. Might allow people to load the plugin who weren't able to in the past. Will continue to work on better support for legacy systems
- resolved 5 character callsign length limitation

1.1.4 (Jun 30, 2015) Windows/Mac/Linux
- includes support for ForeFlight traffic, see the "Configuring traffic for ForeFlight" section of download page: http://www.pilotedge.net/pages/download-software-xplane

1.1.3 (Jan 18, 2015) Windows only
- includes support for the new A350 when starting cold and dark

1.1.2 (Jan 18, 2015) MacOS
- patch for Mac OSX 10.10 and XP10.31, should prevent the crashes when certain aircraft leave the session

1.1.1b (Oct 20.2014) Windows only
- the 1.1.1 release contained a development version of the plugin that is not functional. This is fixed.

1.1.1 (Oct 18, 2014)
- added Linux 64-bit (other OS versions still at 1.0.9)

1.0.9 (Jul 15, 2014)
- fixed X-Plane 9.x support
- fixed auto-start for slave for X-Plane 9.x
- small performance improvement

1.0.8 (Jul 14, 2014)
- added beacon brightness ratio support for the CRJ-200
- removed stack protection on linux build

1.0.7 (Jul 9, 2014)
- added canopy open/close support
- added engine reverser support (up to 4 engines)
- added nosewheel steering support (via rudder deflection)

1.0.5 (Jun 17, 2014)
- added Mac 64-bit support
- added ability to select audio output device on the fly rather than requiring a sim restart. Device is enabled immediately upon click. Click 'cancel' to exit screen, or click 'OK' to save the preference permanently
- the plugin uses the 'default COMMUNICATIONS device' as the input device in Windows if one has been specified. Otherwise it uses the 'default device'.
- support for gear strut compression, tire rotation speeds, prop/jet/rotor rotation speeds, wing flex and g-force
- changed 'ICAO' to 'type' on the connect dialogue
- TCAS support removed
- no longer acquires any aircraft in the multiplayer system. This means you will see AI traffic flying around (potentially). Suggest turning off the AI traffic
- glider tow (via AI) now possible while connected to the network since we don't acquire the planes
- should be possible to run Xsquawkbox and PE at the same time since we don't attempt to acquire any of the AI aircraft
- CSL library now includes a few HD aircraft: Glider, F4 Phantom and the VFlyteAir Grumman Tiger. Additional models will be available for download in the near future.
- Custom commands for Connect/Disconnect have been renamed to PilotEdge/Connect and PilotEdge/Disconnect respectively.

0.9.2 (Mar 9, 2014)
- distribution is now a single zip file for all platforms (Mac 32-bit, Windows 32-bit, Windows 64-bit) to simplify the upcoming upgrade to Mac 64-bit
- COM2 support added for Mac
- added initial support for nextGen CSL (shipping with nextGen aircraft for testing, the BE-58 Baron)
- Global Shadow setting can now be set to any level without it affecting the drawing of multiplayer aircraft
- Added Connect/Disconnect commands that can be mapped to a keypress, yoke, or be called from other plugins
- Added 5-click quick connect/disconnect. Hit the PTT 5 times within 4 secs and it will either connect you or disconnect you as needed
- Added custom datarefs to show TX, RX and connect state (for 3rd party developers)
- Fixed 64-bit audio preferences crash
- Added autoconnect for slave computers
- Added ability to force a machine to behave as a slave
- Added ability for ATC to trigger remote failures

0.7.3 (Jan 3, 2012)
Route field now supports routes up to 255 characters in length. Mac release is anticipated this evening.

0.7.2 (Dec 17, 2011)
Added ability to file VFR flight plans. Note: ATC will not see a pilot-filed VFR flight plan. This function was added for tracking purposes on PEaware. Mac release is anticipated to be this weekend.

0.7.1
Even better, if you lose the server connection for any reason, the plugin will announce it (over text and/or voice depending on your 'ATC sound' preferences) and the client will formally disconnect. All you have to do is reconnect (the disconnect option will be grayed out since the plugin will automatically adjust to the disconnected state).

0.7.0
If you lose the server connection for any reason, you can now disconnect without X-Plane crashing, and then reconnect.

0.6.9
airline/livery is now sent from the plugin to the server in the correct order. You will only see airline-specific models if the aircraft around you are using this version of the plugin (ie, if you upgrade but the other pilots don't, it won't improve what you see around you). Mac version has been built and tested, but a new bundle has not yet been posted.

0.6.8
This also adds some checking for a case where the client receives a JOIN message for an airplane that it already knows about. This only happens in a very rare case involving a crashed master machine rejoining the network in a master/slave configuration. Without a clean disconnect, the master would not send 'LEAVE' messages to each of the slaves, so upon reconnecting, it would relay the JOIN messages to the slaves, which would then crash because it was trying to add planes which already existed.

0.6.7
This fixes a subtle bug that was introduced during a recent code cleanup. If you were connected to the network and had a scenery load that took 30 secs or more, you were silently disconnected from the network (previous versions would've crashed, but the new exception handling improves that slightly, although I still need to add better handling for the disconnect case.)

That problem affects single-machine installations of X-Plane and is now fixed.




0.7.7 (Aug 14, 2012)
Swapped radio change delay from 1 sec to 1/2 sec. Added ability to toggle between com1/2. This affects transmit AND receive, and removes the ability to pull the ATIS from one radio while monitoring the other. Added ICAO field caption to remind users that it is for an aircraft type, not home base.
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Re: Xplane plugin v0.6.9 released

Postby Daddy O » Fri Jul 01, 2011 11:21 pm

I started running the new plugin just before the the Wed night Beta. No problems on any of the PCs in my simulator. I had indeed noticed that the 6.8 plugin did not cause the slaves to crash after a master-PC reboot. I also noticed that the 6.9 plugin did not reset 'runways follow terrain' like a few of the previous plugins had.

Dood: Keep up the fantastic work
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Re: Xplane plugin v0.7.0 released

Postby Keith Smith » Sun Oct 02, 2011 8:27 am

v0.7.0 is now available for the PC. You can now disconnect after a forced disconnect without it crashing. Mac will be following ASAP.

Next step is to work on announcing when the connection is lost, rather than it happening silently.
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Re: Xplane plugin v0.7.1 released

Postby Keith Smith » Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:27 pm

0.7.1
Even better, if you lose the server connection for any reason, the plugin will announce it (over text and/or voice depending on your 'ATC sound' preferences) and the client will formally disconnect. All you have to do is reconnect (the disconnect option will be grayed out since the plugin will automatically adjust to the disconnected state).
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Re: Xplane plugin v0.7.1 released

Postby motocheme » Sat Oct 29, 2011 9:23 pm

I have a question I am embarrased to ask. How do I upgrade the plugin? Do I just drag and drop and tell windows to replace the old files with the new ones?
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Re: Xplane plugin v0.7.1 released

Postby Brandon Grchan » Sat Oct 29, 2011 11:14 pm

motocheme wrote:I have a question I am embarrased to ask. How do I upgrade the plugin? Do I just drag and drop and tell windows to replace the old files with the new ones?



yes
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Re: Xplane plugin v0.7.1 released

Postby Keith Smith » Sun Oct 30, 2011 5:29 am

You only have to update the xpl file. That is why the xpl is separate to the support files (for pc at least), so the plugin can be updated easily.
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Re: Xplane plugin v0.7.1 released

Postby Steven Winslow » Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:08 am

Any word on the Mac version? Just curious.
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Re: Xplane plugin v0.7.1 released

Postby Jeff N » Wed Dec 07, 2011 11:15 am

Any Mac news? I just got another crash last night in the middle of a long-ish flight when my connection to PE dropped and I tried to re-connect. Rather annoying.
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Re: Xplane plugin v0.7.2 released

Postby Keith Smith » Sat Dec 17, 2011 10:25 am

I will make sure the Mac release happens this weekend. PC 0.7.2 was just released on the site with VFR flight plan filing.
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