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#3739760 - 02/22/13 05:25 AM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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I wasn't joking when I said I was gonna build an app. I've got the bones of it working now. I can get the geolocation info out of flight simulator via a windows server app I wrote and send that data over UDP to an android client app using the google maps api. I can update it about 1 time a second in order to allow the maps app to refresh. Any more than that and it looks like google maps can't render fast enough. At least that's how it is on my phone and on my tablet. Both are pretty high end tho.

Now that the bones are done it's time to play around with some UI stuff. I'm planning on wrapping the map in a kinda GPS look and feel and then on large tablets I'm going to add some gauges to the right side. Right now I'm planning on bearing, airspeed, alt, and fuel. For phones I'll come up with a different ui later that will likely switch between map and gauges.

Having a lot of fun building this.


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#3748845 - 03/11/13 01:52 AM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Well the app is coming along nicely. I'm getting close to release. Here's a few screenshots and a quick demo of some of the features. I'm really happy with how it's turning out. Soon I should go to Beta and will be needing testers. I'm currently targeting 10 inch android tablets running android 4.0 or above (should be almost all by now)







#3752926 - 03/18/13 03:23 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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I'm getting close to a releasable point with the App but I'm not seeing much interest and it looks like no one is interested in helping me test it. If you wanna see new screengrabs and start talking about it I've got a post in the General Aviation area.

http://simhq.com/forum/ubbthreads.php/topics/3752923#Post3752923

#3752937 - 03/18/13 03:39 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Believe me, if I had an iPad, I'd be all over this!


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#3769595 - 04/18/13 03:19 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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If anyone is interested in the app it's been released for Android. I've started up a blog about the app here where you can find more info:

http://vineripesoftware.wordpress.com/

There is a free trial version which is fully functional but only works for 5 minutes at a time

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vrs.flightmap.trial

and then the full version which I've priced at $4.99

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vrs.flightmap

Turns out Google takes a pretty large chunk of that $4.99 lol. If I make enough to purchase a nexus 7 I'll add support for that device and others like it.

#3769725 - 04/18/13 06:07 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Lost, my hat (figurative) is off to you! That is dedication to the hobby and those of us who end up using your software thank you.


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#3769916 - 04/19/13 12:29 AM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Woodbridge Va represent lol (don't live there anymore). Nice work on the app I don't fly civ sims but this is awesome nonetheless!


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#3770317 - 04/19/13 04:08 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Thanks you all. Near Woodbridge myself smile The app really fills out my simpit. I can't imagine flying without it now. I just wish Rise Of Flight had some interfaces I could integrate with. I would so build a WW1 themed version that worked with that if I could. I wonder if DCS has anything I could work with as well? hmm might have to look into that smile

#3770341 - 04/19/13 04:56 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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#3814736 - 07/26/13 05:43 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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After all of this time I finally got around to painting the last few bits of the pit. I'm really pleased with how it came out and use it all of the time. Swapping out the yoke for the stick does take a minute or two but is pretty easy to do and really changes how the whole thing feels. Now I really wanna get a curved screen for it tho and make it something I can sit inside. We'll see if the wife allows me to smile





#3814948 - 07/27/13 05:42 AM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Nice work, looking great, one of these days I'm going to get a copy of FSX and fly some Cessna's with my yoke. I guess blowing stuff up is still my primary thing when it comes to simming though (when I have time to sim).


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#3887926 - 01/02/14 02:37 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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I've been doing a little more work. I picked up a second tablet and thought it would work really well as a gauge view. The tablets are so cheap now with tablets like the asus memopad hd being under $150. The 7 inch form factor really works well on my pit. I might actually replace the 10 inch tablet with a smaller one.


#3889155 - 01/04/14 04:09 AM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Cool nice work!


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#3891068 - 01/07/14 02:35 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Thanks smile

#3898793 - 01/20/14 10:40 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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What app are you using to pull down the instrumentation?

#3898799 - 01/20/14 11:01 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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A little curiosity, do those Saitek panels work also with other simulations or just FSX?
Thanks...

and, GREAT WORK!
PS: What do you use to paint?


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#3898802 - 01/20/14 11:20 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Howdy and thanks smile

I painted it with some cheap acrylic paints that Home Depot had in the paint section. I tried to spray paint it first but that was taking forever so I switched over to the acrylics and it worked great with a roller.

The Saitek panels work with FSX, P3D, and XP10. I have heard that there is a third party library that is attempting to make them look like joysticks but I don't know how far along that is. I think the goal is to get it to work with DCS.

The map app is my own app called FlightMap. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.vrs.flightmap&hl=en

The gauge app is called FlightGauge and I'm working hard to get it released. The 7 inch tablet version has been finished for a while but the 10 inch version has taken some time to get completed. You can find out more about both on my blog here: http://vineripesoftware.wordpress.com



Here's a quick little video of the apps in use.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTo5w4ccDqA

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#3899014 - 01/21/14 11:40 AM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Thanks!
Good to know... Do you use a compressor and an Airbrush to paint with acrylics?


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#3899134 - 01/21/14 05:11 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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I just used a hand roller to do it. I found that spraying was taking way to much time and with the wood I don't see any difference in the areas painted with a sprayer or with the roller. In fact I was able to get it more even with the roller. I really like the Gorilla Painters Tape for fine edges. Works wonderfully.

#3900035 - 01/22/14 11:51 PM Re: The wife finally let me build my simpit [Re: L0stS0ul]  
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Yeah I used a hand roller too. But yours came definitely better! biggrin
I blame my impatience. smile


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