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Question re RFP 747-200 Panel Edit

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Hi guys!Got a bit of free time at hand and thought I'd have a look at some upgrades to the old but great Ready for Pushback. "Pimp my 747" so to speak. I've already merged the RFP model with a neat POSKY variant, installed the excellent CIVA INS 1.50 (Thanks Simufly!) and the corresponding HSI gauge (Thanks Bob Scott!).Nooooooooow the TCAS gauge by Lee Hetherington would be the next treatment for the old lady, but somehow I'm stuck here.I've succesfully integrated it with the panel.cfg and also slightly edited the main panel.bmp with a few black pixels so that it fits in the VSI's position. Even though it's an amateur's job it kinda looks like an LCD screen, doesn't it? :-badteeth http://ehome.compuserve.de/holgerseilz/misc/tcas1.jpgNow the problem is that as soon as I switch on night lighting, a different panel.bmp seems to be used and my edit has no effect here:http://ehome.compuserve.de/holgerseilz/misc/tcas2.jpgBut I can't seem to find this night panel.bmp anywhere. Or could it be that it is somehow integrated into the daytime bitmap and Paint Shop Pro is just unable to open/edit it correctly?Never done this before, so maybe some of the panel editing gurus out there could help me on this one ;-) Thanks,Holger

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Holger; The panel bitmap you seek is embedded in the .gau file. To alter it, you have to use a PE editor or other utility to extract the .bmp file...make the changes on the extracted bitmap, then write it back into the gauge. You need to take special care that the bitmap size/resolution is not changed in the editing process. Make sure to make a backup copy of the .gau file before you get started. BTW, we have a RFP unofficial forum here on AVSIM just for these sorts of discussions.CheersBob ScottATP IMEL Gulfstream II-III-IV-VSantiago de Chile

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Hi Holger,Nice edits.As far as I know, the nightlight panel bitmap is a standalone gauge. Thus you also need to edit the bitmap in that gauge.The nightlight gauge should be listed as the first gauge in the main panel gauge entries in the Panel.cfg.What happens is that when you switch on the nightlights, you activate the nightlight gauge which puts itself over the main panel bitmap. That is why it looks like it does on your pictures. :-)

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Bob, Staffan,great info, thanks for your quick replies! Any particular tools you could suggest? As far as I remember there was a panel editor as part of the SDK... I'll have a look.> BTW, we have a RFP unofficial forum here on AVSIM just for these sorts of discussions.Never noticed. Usually when I quickly browse the forums I'll jump PMDG -> LevelD -> Tinmouse. Since when have they squeezed RFP in between? ;)So if a mod should be around, feel free to move it please!CheersHolger

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