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How to edit the Shift+Z display line?

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I was wondering if there is a way to edit the red line that appears at the top the the screen when Shift+Z is pressed? What I want to be able to do is get the Lat and Long coordinates to display 4 or 5 decimal points at the end instead of just 2 like is does now.Example how it reads now.N32*14.51 W110*56.76What is want to do is get:N32*14.51XXX W110*56.76XXXSo that when I am using AFCAD to place a runway under a chopper pad I can get is more precisly aligned rather that having to postion and start FS and check, then shut down FS, open AFCAD reposition and repeat.I greatly appreciate any help.Regards,Sean

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Hi Sean, I made myself a gauge for exactly that purpose. I installed it on it's own window on the default Skyhawk panel. It can be opened in any view with Shift+4. The lat/lon readout is in decimal format which I've been using for raw XML compiled with bglcomp. Unfortunately afcad won't accept the decimal format, but it can be converted just by multiplying the decimal part of the number *60. With 7 decimal places it's accurate to within an inch or so in the sim. If you're interested I'll package it up for you and post it.http://www.cat-tamer.com/attach/lat-lon_gauge.gifDon't ask me what elevator trim is doing on there, I just had room and got tired of guessing is all :) .Jim

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You can display the extended coordinates with a little program called FSValues - available here at Avsim.Look for fs-values.zip in the library

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Sounds like a useful gauge to have.Hope you will upload it to the library so we all can have a look.

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Heck, I'd be happy to find a way to reduce the font size and brightness of those lines.

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Hi David. Off topic, but will you consider bring back your "Tips N Tricks" issues for FSX? They were great for FS9 and have them all.Regards, KendallDell 8400 3.2 GHZ H.T.3GB 533 DDR2X800XT 256MB/Catalyst driver - 7.1's6x AA/16x HQ A/FDiamond Xtreme/Logitech X-530'sDual Monitor: Dell 2405/1905CH Yoke/Pedals - Saitek Throttle

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I slightly modified my scenery gauge, replacing MAGVAR with True Heading which is probably a bit more useful for placing objects.http://www.cat-tamer.com/attach/lat-lon_gauge2.gifI wrote a readme.txt with instructions for installing it on the default Skyhawk panel as well as some info on using the gauge. Anyone interested can download the gauge here:lat-lon_gauge.zip][/bI probably won't put this in the file library just yet. I think I'll do a "version 2" in the near future though that will be a complete "scenery-placing aircraft" where the model is actually a T-square affair with crosshairs and foot/meter graduations that you can slew about to place your objects. It will use an enhanced version of this gauge as a panel.Jim

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Thanks for the kind words regarding the Tips and Tricks for FS2004 series Kendall.Even though I now have a fairy decent machine (thanks in part to the generosity of a few of my readers) which runs FS2004 extremely well, and I have FSX installed also (a gift), I have no plans to do a Tips and Tricks series for FSX.I am finally able to use clouds, AI traffic and have the sliders maxed while maintaining good frame rates - a whole new world of FS2004 is at my fingertips!Frankly FSX - even with the service pack - does not impress me and I plan to enjoy FS2004 for long time to come.

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Wow, thanks for all the responses. Jim, I just downloaded your gauge and will begin using it tonight. I can't wait for the version #2 with a t-square for the aircraft. Any chance in the new version you can make the altitude in feet rather than meters and the lat and long display in the fs9 format nXX*XX.XXXXXX WXXX.XXXXXXX just to avoid having to use the calc? Thanks so much for your help. This will greatly make persision AFCAD and scenery placement much easier.Regards,Sean

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Sean,I actually found a "scenery placement aircraft" in the library, "chplus.zip". There may be others too, I didn't spend much time looking. I tried this one out and liked it a lot, especially the "jet pack" flight dynamics. Doesn't have a panel of any kind, however. It's a perfect candidate for my scenery gauge v2.0, so rather than re-invent the wheel, I'm just going to build a panel for this "aircraft" instead.I worked out the code last night to convert lat/lon to dd* mm.mm, the new gauge will have both formats. Altitude in feet is a no-brainer, the new gauge will have both meters and feet. Is there anything else that may come in handy for scenery placement?Should be ready to upload in a day or so.Jim

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Jim, thats really cool what your doing. I love this tool and am sure many others will appreciate it a lot. I don't think anything is missing. How will you notify us when you upload it? Will you attach it to this thread?Thanks again,Sean

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New gauge is working and on the "panel", still needs a few adjustments, a readme, and then I'll zip everything up. Yeah Sean, I'll bump this thread when I upload it.Tried out TCalc this AM Holger. Probably the best bet really, because you can copy & paste the coords. Why does it give me a .bmp filename for "CUSTOM ( photoreal ) texture" when I have no custom textures installed? The filename must be derived from the coordinates somehow?Jim

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Just add the following entry into the (Main)(that's square brackets) section of your fs.cfg.Display_Fractional_Minutes=0That should do the trick.

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Hi Jim:I too have found the FinneyGround Crosshairs_Plus aircraft absolutely essential to scenery development with EZ-Scenery and Instant Scenery object placers. It also correctly matches the ground level elevation readout provided by Steve Greenwood's FST-Elevation utility for use in some sessions when that full FST utility feature set may not be required:http://www.home.earthlink.net/~smgreenwood/downloads/These 2 other Crosshair Metric and English measurement aircraft have also proven very helpful both in scenery planning and object placement:Scenery Design Aircraft Metric Versionhttp://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?CatID...misc&DLID=33058Scenery Design Planning Aircraft (English Version)http://library.avsim.net/esearch.php?CatID...misc&DLID=33046However, to the extent that I have tested these in FSX, they may not be compatible.I am wondering if, given your apparent skills, you might consider developing alternative FSX compatible versions (or a hybrid) of these.It would be great to have the ability switch during an FS flight/scenery building session between different "models and liveries" with different (and even larger sized?) ruler scales to further assist the scenery developer with planning and placement.Just an idea... ;-) GaryGB

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Hi Gary, Sean, everybody,I finished up my add-ons for the Crosshairs Plus and decided I'd better contact the original authors of the pkg to see if they had any objections prior to uploading the file to the library. Heard back from Gary Mills today, and after his input, I may make a few changes. Sorry this is taking so long!This is what I've come up with, the package adds this "gauge" on a minimal 2D panel, as well as another smaller .mdl that is graduated in feet rather than meters.http://www.cat-tamer.com/attach/ch_pnl-1.jpghttp://www.cat-tamer.com/attach/ch_pnl-2.jpgGary, so far I honestly haven't given a thought to FSX compatibility, I don't even have FSX installed (lack of hdd space and insufficient CPU/RAM). I had the demo installed for a while and tested out some of my other FS9 XML gauges, they all worked so I believe this one will as well, although I don't know if there will be any coordinates compatibility issues with FSX's "round world model".What kind of incompatability issues do you experience with the other scenery placement tools? As I recall, there were issues in FSX with models that didn't have a "material" applied (or was it "textures" applied?). I applied "material" to this model, but no textures. It would be easy enough to make up a simple texture and apply it however, if that was the only thing standing in the way of FSX compatibility. Would you mind testing this out in FSX? Check your PMs for a link.Thanks,Jim

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