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FS++ LIMITED - RC4TOXPLANE released today

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http://secure.simmarket.com/fs-limited-rc4toxplane.phtml

 

What is RC4toXplane?

It is a fat plugin that sits inside Xplane installation folderResourcesPlugins folder.

It provides the glue between the third party Radar Contact V4.3 ATC program and X-Plane, thus bringing an alternative to the default X-Plane ATC system to the table.

The problem

If you have owned Radar Contact ATC, you may have attempted running it with X-Plane, only to be met with a disappointing error message.

Cannot link to FSUIPC or WideClient

Add to that, many X-Plane users are frustrated at the primitive Native ATC provided with XPX and you have a scenario for a lot of frustration.

The solution

hile waiting for a better X-Plane built-in ATC, which may become reality in the future...

One of the RC4toXplane duties is to fool RC4 into thinking X-Plane is FSX for which it was designed.

RC4 will then be able to connect to X-Plane.  

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Can someone help me with this issue?  I just started using this plugin and when I request Clearance (CLR by CD) I do not get an option to acknowledge what was said.  If I'm told "Clearance on Request" or if I receive a Clearance I just receive a blank RC4 box. Selecting any of the keys does nothing (not even #7).

 

Thanks for any help

Luis

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Can someone help me with this issue?  I just started using this plugin and when I request Clearance (CLR by CD) I do not get an option to acknowledge what was said.  If I'm told "Clearance on Request" or if I receive a Clearance I just receive a blank RC4 box. Selecting any of the keys does nothing (not even #7).

 

Thanks for any help

Luis

 

Possible solution...

 

The plugin needs to know where RC4 is installed to in order to work out what key combinations you have assigned, what call-sign you are using and what flight plan has been loaded.

 

It would typically search the registry for RC4 path. If you have moved RC4 folder after installing it some time ago, it could be the issue.

 

Some people have more than one RC4 installation (one for FSX and another for FS9). It could be that the plugin is settling for the first one it finds, and possibly not the one you think you are using. 

 

 

To make sure it's pointing to the correct location, proceed as follows.

 

Go to plugin folder \RC4toXplane\ and open "RC4toXplane.cfg". in Notepad

 

 

Ensure...

 

IgnoreRC4Registry=1

 

Save the file

 

When the plugin starts it will prompt you for the path to rcv4.exe (main Radar Contact executable). Just browse your drives and provide it.

 

Suggest you set "rcv4.exe" to run as administrator. For instance, under UAC rules, when RC4 is installed to default C:\Program Files (x86)\, Windows will deny it writing to its own config files which are crucial to the plugin.

 

Report back

 

Thanks

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Also make sure you change the default RC4 key settings per the manual.

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Thanks guys, it's working now.  My path to RC4 was incorrect and I also did not change the default key setup.

 

Thanks for the assistance.

Luis

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Thanks guys, it's working now.  My path to RC4 was incorrect and I also did not change the default key setup.

 

Thanks for the assistance.

Luis

 

Good to hear it's sorted.

 

Enjoy!

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Does this work with a Mac? I know that RC4 is a windows product, but wondering if I could have RC4 on a PC and XPX on a Mac, interconnected by a home network (wireless).

 

Thanks, Bruce.

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Does this work with a Mac? I know that RC4 is a windows product, but wondering if I could have RC4 on a PC and XPX on a Mac, interconnected by a home network (wireless).

 

Thanks, Bruce.

 

It would have worked if XPUIPC Server + Client was ready.

 

Unfortunately, even from PC to PC, XPUIPC doesn't notify the server when you press a key combination on the client machine (running RC4).

 

In fact XPUIPC doesn't even handle hotkeys (something XPUIPC does with FSX) when everything is installed on same machine. It's our plugin that monitors RC4 hotkeys and notifies the Radar Contact ATC add-on when something happens.

 

I would say, if eager for a better ATC for X-Plane, go for the Bootcamp option (run Windows on Mac computer). And according to many people, it's better for performance when you own an Nvidia graphics card.

 

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Hi There,

 

A couple of questions

 

Is it possible to map joystick / Saitek buttons to the various keystrokes used by RC4 , I've tried various mappers including Saitek's and logitech and nothing seems to get thru to RC4,

I'd rather not have a keyboard around , when I'm flying , as it normally ends up landing on the floor.

 

Also, am I right in assuming , that everything has to be run in admin mode only if you install RC4 in C:\Program Files....

 

 

Regards

 

MB

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Hi There,

 

A couple of questions

 

Is it possible to map joystick / Saitek buttons to the various keystrokes used by RC4 , I've tried various mappers including Saitek's and logitech and nothing seems to get thru to RC4,

I'd rather not have a keyboard around , when I'm flying , as it normally ends up landing on the floor.

 

Also, am I right in assuming , that everything has to be run in admin mode only if you install RC4 in C:\Program Files....

 

 

Regards

 

MB

 

I use the official Saitek software for the X55 and program a switch for CTRL-SHIFT-1 and CTRL-SHIFT-7, which works great.

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I use the official Saitek software for the X55 and program a switch for CTRL-SHIFT-1 and CTRL-SHIFT-7, which works great.

That's good to know, I'll persevere, I'm trying to use the buttons on the saitek quadrants, but have also tried the buttons on a logitech 3D joystick.

I wonder if the inputs are being eaten by another plugin.

 

Many Thanks

 

MB

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Also, am I right in assuming , that everything has to be run in admin mode only if you install RC4 in C:\Program Files

 

The only requirement in this regard, whenever Windows UAC is enabled (and we don't recommend disabling it unless you want to), you need to set both "X-Plane.exe" and "X-Plane-32Bit.exe" to run as administrator, no matter the path X-Plane is installed to

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This probably is a silly question, but did you get permission from the Radar Contact developers to do something like this? 

 

Cheers!

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That's good to know, I'll persevere, I'm trying to use the buttons on the saitek quadrants, but have also tried the buttons on a logitech 3D joystick.

I wonder if the inputs are being eaten by another plugin.

 

Many Thanks

 

MB

Brain trouble :(  I'd not applied my changes to the profile , on both sets of software :fool:

The only requirement in this regard, whenever Windows UAC is enabled (and we don't recommend disabling it unless you want to), you need to set both "X-Plane.exe" and "X-Plane-32Bit.exe" to run as administrator, no matter the path X-Plane is installed to

Yeah , I don't like running software as admin , especially when it can launch a web browser.

 

Regards

 

MB 

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but did you get permission from the Radar Contact developers to do something like this

 

I don't know that he would have to. Gerald didn't touch RC in any way. He created a plugin for X-Plane so it could communicate with RC4. 

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I don't know that he would have to. Gerald didn't touch RC in any way. He created a plugin for X-Plane so it could communicate with RC4. 

 

Yes, and Radar Contact wasn't made to work with X-plane.... 

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Yes, and Radar Contact wasn't made to work with X-plane..

 

Ok, I'm not going to speak for Gerald, if he feels so inclined I'm sure he'll join in. I guess it's possible the John Dekker could object, although by creating the plugin for RC4 and making it compatible with XPX, Gerald may have increased sales for a piece of software that hasn't been updated in years. Again he in no way altered the code of RC4.

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We don’t have time for “wannabe lawyers”, especially when they try to bluff their way, falsely posing as representatives for others, in order to further some obscure agenda.

 

As far as we know, JD is the only person who may object. And he hasn’t done so for the last 3 months since the plugin has been around.

 

Even if he did, technically, there is no case against it since it doesn’t modify reverse-engineer any of the RC4 files.

 

Was RC4 designed and tested with Prepar3D?

 

Does that mean we all have to obtain permission before using it with that sim (and what about FSX-SE?).

 

Now if Pete Dowson didn’t graciously extend support for P3D and FSX-SE and users relied on FSUIPC.dll that shipped with RC4 a long time ago, you wouldn’t have been able to use it with P3D and FSX-SE, period.

 

All JD could do is not recommend it. But he is smarter than you think.

 

If one thing, this plugin will make RC4 more relevant for the next 5 years at least. Remember, our plugin is useless without a registered copy of RC4, and X-Plane is crying for a better ATC system.

 

We do realise by releasing this plugin, we upset some who consider us as a competitor. For instance, there is another ATC add-on maker who is desperate to add support for X-Plane (no, not PFE), and so far drawing blanks. Seeing RC4 accidentally thrive with the new platform is not a pretty sight and may well be cause for concern to some.

 

And in case you didn’t know, we even gave RC4 the voice treatment a very long time ago. It is now fully voice control capable via the MCE interface. :rolleyes:

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Wait, where did that came from? I just asked a question, no need to be an ###### about it. I'm not an wannabe lawyer, I didn't pose as a representative to nothing, I really can't understand why I deserved this attack. It just a simple question, I'm amazed at what you were able to read in the two sentences I posted. 

 

Anyway, I was just curious, I have no interest whatsoever in this product, but maybe you should treat your "wannabe" customers a little better.

 

For future reference, a simple "no, we did not ask permission, because we didn't think it was necessary in this case" would suffice, and you wouldn't have to attack anyone.  

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Wait, where did that came from? I just asked a question, no need to be an ###### about it. I'm not an wannabe lawyer, I didn't pose as a representative to nothing, I really can't understand why I deserved this attack. It just a simple question, I'm amazed at what you were able to read in the two sentences I posted.

 

Anyway, I was just curious, I have no interest whatsoever in this product, but maybe you should treat your "wannabe" customers a little better.

 

For future reference, a simple "no, we did not ask permission, because we didn't think it was necessary in this case" would suffice, and you wouldn't have to attack anyone.

I'm courious what was the purpose behind your question? That should help clear things up.....

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There was no purpose. I was curious about the product, but to use it I would like to know that he had at least talked with the original developers. It may be difficult to reach JD, but Ray is extremely active here on Avsim, it would be easy to get a hold of him. That's it, no purpose, no ulterior motive, no "wannabe lawyering", just a potential customer going after some information that he finds important. 

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