The panel and gauge side of MS Flight Simulator

The news

I hate to break a long silence with an unhappy note, but here you have it:...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/23/2009

Jagged edges in your needles?

One issue that we've seen internally is that some of our needles sometimes appear jagged on our...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 04/23/2008

Too many generators?

I just noticed today that our EH-101 has 3 generators (one for each engine), but we only have...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 04/10/2008

Walking around in FSX

I like this video because it demonstrates what I expected to see in FS when I started using it years...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/05/2008

Funny video

At least, I thought it was pretty good. ; ) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8r2CIE-0rWk

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 02/14/2008

XML Gauge Text, Part III: Mind your %'s and ('s

It looks like a common mistake made by people creating XML gauges is to use too many percent signs...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/14/2008

GPS detail level enumerations

In the XPack SDK we added more documentation about the enumerations relating to the GPS, but it...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/14/2007

How do I share data between C++ gauges in a shared cockpit scenario?

Based on the lack of references to "process_shared_event_out()" and "GAUGE_HEADER_FS1000" in a...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/13/2007

A word to the wise

Let's say you're posting to a forum and not getting responses from the person or people who you...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/09/2007

How did we get a transparent 2D HUD in the FA-18? I thought that wasn't possible?

Someone was asking about this earlier today, and now that we're not busy getting XPack out the door,...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/09/2007

What is "Shared Cockpit"?

I've gotten some questions about Shared Cockpit over the past months, and I believe that a response...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/09/2007

Superyacht blimp

http://www.gizmag.com/go/8132/

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 10/15/2007

Key combo trivia - ctrl k

Did you know that ctrl-k will disable/enable your joystick in Flight Sim? I didn't. I can imagine...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 09/10/2007

You learn something new with each blog post...

IIRC = "If I remember correctly". And I thought it might have something to do with IMC. :)

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 08/19/2007

Why was VsPerfCmd having trouble finding drivers that were in the same directory as the .exe?

Because the app refers exclusively to the path in the registry entry:...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 08/19/2007

When is a P an F?

When you realize that a P-51D is also known as an F-51D sometimes. P = "Pursuit" F = "Fighter" And I...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 08/16/2007

EnglishId appears to be ignored in FSX and FS9

It came to my attention recently (i.e. a few minutes ago) that the panel system seems to set the...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 04/09/2007

8-Bit (the movie) is cool.

On Sunday night I went out to dinner with some friends in the hip Capitol Hill neighborhood (much...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/16/2007

GDC

I attended GDC 2007 the week of March 5-9; it was my first time there and was pretty excited about...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/13/2007

Laughing out loud

Bollywood loves Flight Sim! I'd recommend watching at least to the halfway point......

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/02/2007

RNOR - a bit of a bug

So, our friend Rafael dos Santos pointed out to us last week that there was a bug in the rnor...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 02/27/2007

Variable A:Struct Eyepoint Dynamic Offset

So, you'd think that STRUCT EYEPOINT DYNAMIC OFFSET might have something to do with the camera...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 02/01/2007

Querying for failures in C and XML gauges

The Flight Simulator SDK describes a method of using FAILURE_RECORDS to fail gauge elements via an...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/23/2007

Glideslope info on the G1000

Someone e-mailed tell_fs over the weekend asking if the G1000 in Flight Simulator (deluxe edition)...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/22/2007

Text in XML gauges, part III

It's been over a year since I mentioned text in XML gauges (an area where we don't do a good job of...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 12/07/2006

You learn something new...

What's that tire-looking thing at the front of this P-12C? It's called a "speed ring cowling for...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 12/01/2006

Good times

Yesterday about half of the team attended a special showing of One Six Right in Seattle. The...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 10/27/2006

A little bit about fs9view

There's a little-known CustomDraw element (you may or may not already be familiar with the...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 10/03/2006

FSX nominated for best sim @ E3 by Game Critics Awards

It's hard to not get a little morale boost from any kind of nomination:...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 05/25/2006

Working from home

Working from home makes a lot of sense sometimes - like when your commute can be an hour of...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 05/24/2006

Beta 1 is ready to ship!

Pretty exciting stuff...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 05/22/2006

How did I miss Spore?

We were runners-up in the category of "Best Simulation" to Spore, which isn't surprising because...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 05/18/2006

I'll believe it when I see it...

So often, someone comes up with something that sounds cool, but unless it's widely adopted, it's...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 05/18/2006

E3

E3 is crazy. For those of us who are generally content to live out our lives under "sane" conditions...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 05/16/2006

Second find of the day

"WIMPY" - an intersection off the coast of Massachusetts.

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/29/2006

Not dead yet...

No, I haven't died. I haven't even been fired or left Flight Sim (someone asked). I guess sometimes...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 03/29/2006

You learn something new... (threshold markings)

From the FAA: "Runway threshold markings come in two configurations. They either consist of eight...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/24/2006

Success on the Step

I just finished reading Hal's copy of Success on the Step. It's a fantastic book and now that it's...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/13/2006

You learn something new...

FOD = "Foreign Object Damage"

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/13/2006

Some more entertainment

We recently (FS Ideas subscribers) got this e-mail (name name of sender omitted). I think it was...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/13/2006

Too funny: music video mocking gamers

Yeah, Lacey already posted this one, but in case you missed it. My housemate is currently addicted...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/12/2006

WoCo

Well, it's certainly been a very long time since I posted anything here, so here we go... For the...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 01/12/2006

A Pathetic Lot

Hal recently posted a couple of e-mails sent to FS Ideas that he thought were, um, interesting... So...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/29/2005

Vars used by GPS

I finally compiled a list of the GPS vars (most of which are used in the XML for the FS9GPS) and...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/26/2005

One more note on color: HilightColor

I meant to mention in my previous post today on color that there are a few gauges that utilize the...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/22/2005

Dev Humor

Thanks to Raf for sharing this guide to how to write unmaintable code. I haven't read all of it yet...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/22/2005

Colorful

Last night I was thinking about colors when I left work and they were setting up green lights for...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/22/2005

Don't let this happen to you

Continuing on the theme of displaying text in an XML gauge, I just spent more time than I would like...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/17/2005

Conditionally Displaying Text in XML Gauges

I thought this might be of interest to some people out there: You can use the %{if}, %{else}, and...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/16/2005

Typos

Have you ever found yourself making humorous typos? For example, have you ever typed "dev" to jump...

Author: TechNet Archive Date: 11/16/2005

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