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Bump..Would also like to know more. More comments than would never go back, etc..What do you like? What do you dislike?Barry

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LOL, I don't think I'd ever need to leave that seat!Lobaeux

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Nothing but problems with it..asked for a refund although I doubt I will get it. Does not recognize PSS's A319/320/321 aircraft nor does it recognize PIC 767. I have tried all the tutorials, setups and what not to no avail. PIC76 and PSS A320 are all I fly so it does me no good. Did get it to work with the default but that was it.

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Yeah, payware a/c are all I fly as well. Don't think I'll be getting this one.Lobaeux

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Tested it, but only with the delivered Baron. Very nice idea, full featured checklists, nice background stuff, it would be a top nothc addon.....if it wasn't for the sounds. Lord, it really sounds like a chess computer from the 70s. Won't use it ( for the same reason why I don't use Radar Contact). The voices suck...Sory,AlexBTW: There is an alternative: FDC.

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Tried it and didn't like it.Hello All,Tried it, downloaded it and all the files that they say Win98SE needed. Couldn't get it to function and, it took me three hours to get my system operating again.Guess I should have known when they said it was actually designed for XP...Oh well.Clay

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Some installation problems, read their faq and followed their instructions, then all went fine on my Win Me. Besides that, I love it! Your cockpit becomes so alive, interaction with the copilot, stewardess saying out your name and destination like "welcome to this Delta Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles skilfully piloted by captain James Bond (for example)", anouncements of weather, cities going by, time left to destination and much much more. There's a DJ on board, now and then you talk to flight operations to your airliner on the ground. There is something happening all the time, and it really makes you feel that you are in the seat of a passenger jet. They'll even scream if you take off too steep. I use it with payware ad-ons like dreamfleet 737 and PSS A320.My opinion: My best add-on so far, that really adds something new to the flightsim experinence.

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Just type in the max takeoff weight with the pss 320's on the aircraft meny, and you'll be all set. I guess you'll get a message like "invalid aircraft, correct problems", and in the aircraft meny it will tell you what part is not right. Takeoff weights and like can be found on pages like airliners.net. Just type in the missing information, and off you go.

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I know that it is all very nicely done. But don't you find the voices annoying. I can hardly understand Bob's checklist items. Is there a way to get rid of the TTS and only have the other effects which are surely great?Alex

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You have volume control over all the six people you interact with, as well as over the 13 different sounds like the pushback tug. Any one of them can be turned down to zero. Don't know if i answered the question, don't know what you mean by tts. The only thing I maybe find annoying is that people talk in each others mouth. When Bob, the stewardess and ATC talk at the same time, it can get confusing.

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With TTS I meant Text-to-Speech which actually is the technology they used for the program. Basically there are lines of text which are "read" by the artifcical voice. There is a file with those lines. You can change those lines and make the program say other things.Alex

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I tried out the demo version and had some installation problems, plus a few crashes to desktop while using the entertainment system.The idea is good, but it still needs a lot of work. I found quite a few bugs which I reported to the authors. Don't know if they are hardware related, but I experienced a lot of sound breaking up and also other weird effects.And the voices, well ok, they sound...odd, but I guess I could live with that, any audible checklists are better than nothing. And like the author mentioned on some forum, better quality TTS voices are available from Microsoft, but they would cost more than one copy of FS Hotseat each! (34$ or so..) Pre-recorded sound effects (like on FDC)would be nicer sounding, but the program would lose some of it's flexibility. That would be goodbye to city and country names, pilot name and so on. And I wouldn't even dare to think about the size of the package.I only tried the demo version, but I understand that it's supposed to work with basically any a/c. How does it create the checklists? From the kneeboard file?

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>quality TTS voices are available from Microsoft, but they would cost >more than one copy of FS Hotseat each! (34$ or so..)Does that mean there is a possibility to actually exchange the voices in Hotseat with better ones, and how could I achieve that? As I wouldn't mind to pay the bucks.Alex

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>>quality TTS voices are available from Microsoft, but they would cost >more than one copy of FS Hotseat each! (34$ or so..)>>Does that mean there is a possibility to actually exchange >the voices in Hotseat with better ones, and how could I >achieve that? As I wouldn't mind to pay the bucks. >Sorry Alex, but I don't think so. I understood that it would be necessary to incorporate the voices into the program itself. Checkout www.fshotseat.com, and go to support/faq section, where it says "Why do the voices suck?".Of course it wouldn't hurt to ask the authors what they think..-jet

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I went to the website, checked out their forum. The one thing keeping me from purchasing is no WideFS support. I try to run as many programs as possible, RC v3, Activesky, FSFlightmax, and S-Combo on my second computer. If they could do a remote like FSFlightmax does, to enable the use of WideFS, I'd probably look into purchasing. It really looks like an innovative product.Lobaeux

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I just started using S-Combo and enjoying it. I was thinking about upgrading to Flight Deck Companion until I saw FSHotseat. My concern is the sound of the voices. Anyways, guess I'll try the demo.

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I asked if there was a chance that they would implement better voices in the future, and they said that they are looking into it right know.Rgds,Alex

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Lobaeux,I agree with you entirely. I think I would get used to the ugly voices (or purchase the better ones) but I don't run anything on my primary computer except FS2K2 and TrackIR. I can't understand why any program that gets its input from FSUIPC can't run on an external system. Seems like a big oversight to me but perhaps they will correct it in the future. I hope so because the addon sounds kind of fun.David

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Just FYI for anyone using Flight Deck Companion. I emailed the author, Dave March and he said an update with enhancments is coming for that product.

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Bought the full version yesterday after initially having problems getting the demo running. Got some help from the admins at the HotSeat site to get it finally working, and from what I can gather the solution to most people's problems with getting it to run are fairly easy to sort out, but the documentation is a little bit lacking in this area so the complaints on the website might be a bit misleading.Personally I highly recommend FS HotSeat, particularly if you fly for a virtual airline, as it gives FS a sense of purpose with the challenge of keeping the passengers happy and trying to hit the arrival gate on time. The co pilot is pretty useful too, since there aren't that many keys to remember in order to get the guy to make himself pretty useful.Don't listen to all the people saying the voices suck, because they don't, yes they are not brilliant, but they are certainly perfectly adequate if you tweek them a bit, which incidentally is very easily done through sliders on the set up interface. They are certainly a lot better than the sort of thing that Visual Flight Designer and Winplanner flight plans utilised, and they were good enough for most people at the time, that is to say people with the ability to immerse themselves in something, instead of whining about why a utility for twenty quid or so doesn't suddenly transform their computer into a thirty million dollar aeroplane! And at least it doesn't screw up all the time like ProFlight did.FSHotSeat is deceptively simple, but it's the kind of utility that FS has needed for years.In conclusion, and as previously related, apart from a few tweeks needed in the documentation, I would unreservedly give it 95 percent. And I know what I'm talking about too. In addition to having made several add ons for FS myself - which you can download from AVSIM, I've also got practically every add on there is for FS, right back from the days when SubLogic published it. And yes, incidentally, in case you are wondering, I am one of those idiots with a B737 cockpit in my spare bedroom. This despite being a qualified pilot LOL!Do yourself a big favour and buy FSHotSeat.

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LOL, I'm a qualified pilot myself, with a wife hoping I do not put any more game (ie simulator) stuff in my room or on my debit card. I won't be purchasing until I'm sure it'll work on WideFS, although i'm very intrigued by it's premise.Lobaeux

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