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SIDSTAR Converter for AISIDSTAR

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Hello everybody

 

I started this tread to be able to follow any question/suggestion/issue you have with the tool I've developed.

 

The tools is called SIDSTAR Converter.

 

It will convert all the files you want in PMDG format using a special version of AiConv.exe (thanks Roland!!)

It has a friendly and straight forward user interface. And it will create a folder structure with the names of countries and states with all the converted files inside.

It will also create a txt file with the lines that you should copy to the AISIDSTAR.ini to be ready for use.

 

Please, read the readme that explains everything in a more detailed way.

 

Here is the link:

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/pp354gzq35c68fx/SIDSTAR%20Converter.rar

 

Regards,

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Cool Stuff, thanks Matias, will definitly try it later on today!

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Very useful tool! I have organised the files manually into countries and continents, this will save me a lot of time! I'll try it out. Thanks. 

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Thanks so much Mattias.

 

A simple question, with your tool is it possible to convert in one shot all pmdg airac for use with AISIDSTAR? I mean, if I want to use aisidtstar with all globe airports is it possible ising your tool?

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Thanks so much Mattias.

 

A simple question, with your tool is it possible to convert in one shot all pmdg airac for use with AISIDSTAR? I mean, if I want to use aisidtstar with all globe airports is it possible ising your tool?

 

Yes of course!

I was thinking exactly that when I begin developing this tool.

Be aware though, it will take quite some time. In my test using the PC I use for FSX, it took more than one hour (or more) to convert all the procedures.

Probably if the output folder is on an SSD disk it will take quite less time.

The whole PMDG procedures conversion will only take around 80 Mb of space, tops.

 

Edit: During the test there are a couple of Airports that made AiConv.exe CTD.

I don't remember exactly witch one, but it is around KMEM if you sort it alphabetically. If this happens to you, just close the popup windows about the CTD. The conversion should continue, and then you can check witch one it didn't convert and remove it from the input folder for the next run.

 

I will run a full conversion and let you know witch ones are.

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Hello guys

 

I just uploaded a new version.

 

I fixed some cosmetic problems and one major one.

 

Issues Fixed:

  • The process that deletes the empty folders is now inside another thread. This way the UI doesn't get locked up during this phase.
  • That Convert process was running twice by mistake. Now its fixed.

 

Edit: Before installing the update you must uninstall any installed version and delete any file that remains in the installation folder. Notice that this will reset the DB and you will have to run the update again if you did it the first time.

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Hello guys,

 

I've uploaded a new updated version.

I've change how information is showed in the status bar during the process of copying the files and updating the database.

Now, it is easier to know if the program is working or not.

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Hello guys,

 

Just to let you know that I've uploaded a new version.

I've fixed some bugs on the creation of the sample text file with all the lines with the converted files location.

I've also added a button that opens this file in notepad so you don't have to go and look for it yourself.

 

If anything comes up let me know.

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Very handy indeed, Thanks very much for the efforts you put into this.

I love AISIDSTAR and your tool really helps to enjoy it even more.

Keep up the good work!

 

Marco Bruno

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Mattias thanks again for your tool, do you think is it possible to add a feature that automatically update aisidstar.ini with entry lines generated by your tool instead of manually insert them?

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Mattias thanks again for your tool, do you think is it possible to add a feature that automatically update aisidstar.ini with entry lines generated by your tool instead of manually insert them?

 

I thought about that, but finally I choose not to do it that way. 

Mainly because I didn't want to touch a config file that can be modified by the user and get updates that maybe make my tool stop working or make inserts in the wrong place and make AISIDSTAR stop working.

Also I would need some kind of placeholders to know where to insert the lines. Also another placeholder to know witch lines you want to keep, etc.

 

The way it is know, you can copy/paste in the correct place.

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Hi Matias

 

Thanks for the great tool much appreciated!!!One problem when I run the converter and point the converter to the correct folders is it takes less than a minute to convert the navdata from PMDG and sample.cfg is greyed out, and I dont get a sample.cfg file created in the end to the copy that to AI controller????. The program shows finished and thats it.

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Hi Matias

 

Thanks for the great tool much appreciated!!!One problem when I run the converter and point the converter to the correct folders is it takes less than a minute to convert the navdata from PMDG and sample.cfg is greyed out, and I dont get a sample.cfg file created in the end to the copy that to AI controller????. The program shows finished and thats it.

 

Hello Imran

 

Thanks for your kind words.

 

Lets confirm a couple of things.

- The input folder is the one that has all the procedures from PMDG and its not empty.

- The output folder MUST NOT have any spaces or special characters. This is important otherwise AiConv will not find the folder.

 

Try to run the AiConv version that comes with AIController manually and check if there is any message there.

 

If after this you keep getting the error, please, see if you can take a couple of screens or maybe a video to see what it is happening.

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Hello Imran

 

Thanks for your kind words.

 

Lets confirm a couple of things.

- The input folder is the one that has all the procedures from PMDG and its not empty.

- The output folder MUST NOT have any spaces or special characters. This is important otherwise AiConv will not find the folder.

 

Try to run the AiConv version that comes with AIController manually and check if there is any message there.

 

If after this you keep getting the error, please, see if you can take a couple of screens or maybe a video to see what it is happening.

Thanks for your speedy reply, first 2 folders are correct, no special chars. Will upload a video of the problem in the morning. Thanks for your support

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heres some pics again finished very quickly..

 

AI1.png

 

ai Conv in the background

 

ai2.png

 

Finished???

 

ai3.png

 

ai conv standalone

 

ai4.png

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I see, the problem is that the SID and STAR procedures are not on the navdata folder, but on the sidstar folder inside the PMDG folder.

Right here.. D:\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\PMDG\sidstars

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Thnak you very much for pointing out my mistake, am the coverting files now :) thanks once again for a great program

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Forgive me if im not looking but I dont see any:

AISIDSTAR cfg or .ini file???

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Forgive me if im not looking but I dont see any:

AISIDSTAR cfg or .ini file???

You're referring to the SampleCFG.txt that my tool creates after it finish the conversion?

The SampleCFG button should become active after it finish the conversion if there were any files converted.

But it doesn't create or modify the ini files from AISIDSTAR in any way.

 

What is it that you are not seeing?

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You're referring to the SampleCFG.txt that my tool creates after it finish the conversion?

The SampleCFG button should become active after it finish the conversion if there were any files converted.

But it doesn't create or modify the ini files from AISIDSTAR in any way.

 

What is it that you are not seeing?

You paste the contents of the Sample.cfg file to where exactly?

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You paste the contents of the Sample.cfg file to where exactly?

You have to open the AISIDSTAR.ini (or if you have the latest version... AIController.ini) that is inside the folder where you have the AISIDSTAR application.

Inside the ini file you will have two sections: one for the SID location and another for the STAR location.

Just copy only the SID locations from the SampleCFG to the corresponding section inside the ini file, and do the same for the STAR locations.

 

INI_zpsa75d416a.jpg

 

Hope I made myself clear.

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