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GPS intersections display color

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Hi guys


Not absolutely sure, it is the right forum, but I'll try here.

Does anyone know if it is possible to change the display color of fixes on GPS windows (both default and 3rd party ones that behave similarly)? Light pink for en route intersections is OK, but dark blue for terminal intersections is hardly visible (seems however it may depend on graphic card, NVidia driver and/or monitor settings). What is your experience about that? I know there's no option inside the sim for that. However, may be there is a workaround I didn't find.



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In the custom draw section of the GPS  (<CustomDraw Name="fs9gps:map"....>) there are attributes that can be assigned. I haven't tested all of them but  you may try these. ( From XML Gauge Maps SDK)  


ColorLayerIntersectionsEnroute [int] [RGB value]
ColorLayerIntersectionsTerminal [int] [RGB value]
TextColorLayerIntersections [int] [RGB value]
And below is an example of how it MAY work - in FSX+ syntax - Just needs testing.
<CustomDraw id="CustomDraw" Name="fs9gps:map">


<CustomDrawParam Name="ColorLayerIntersectionsEnroute"><Value>0x9393C6</Value></CustomDrawParam>
<CustomDrawParam Name="ColorLayerIntersectionsTerminal"><Value>0x9393C6</Value></CustomDrawParam>
<CustomDrawParam Name="TextColorLayerIntersections"><Value>0x9393C6</Value></CustomDrawParam>



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Thanks a LOT..It works nicely although I had to find the steps to implement it. For those interested:

1) First I had to extract all files from the default (using winrar on my side but I presume other unzip software will work nicely)

2) Considering my aircraft is using the GPS_500 (gauge00=fs9gps!gps_500), I changed the following gps_500.xml file section (addition is in bold)



<Element Name="MapView Pages">
<Visible>(@g:currentGroup) @kNAVPageGroup ==</Visible>
<Position X="59" Y="0"/>
<CustomDraw Name="fs9gps:map" X="275" Y="230" LayerTerrain="Yes" LayerBorders="Yes" LayerFlightPlan="Yes" FlightPlanLineWidth="2.5" ActiveColorLayerFlightPlan="0x7010B0" PastColorLayerFlightPlan="0xF0F0F0" ColorLayerFlightPlan="0xF0F0F0" ColorLayerIntersectionsTerminal="0x9393C6" Bright="Yes" CenterX="137">


I have still to experiment with different RGB values


3) Then I rebuilt the cab file, using Makecab.exe and a bat script I found on a site

Curiously file size decreased from 551 KB to 527 KB..but without apparent problem in the sim 


Now I can see my terminal intersections


Wonderfull! Thanks again for that



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Hervé, you do not actually have to (re)CAB the folder until you are done experimenting. The sim will load the "gauge" from the folder if it exists. It will only look for the .CAB file if no folder of the same name is found.


This saves a lot of time and effort. If you assign a key-combo to the "Reload User Aircraft" command (I use Ctrl-Shift-R), you can instantly reload the aircraft and gauges to see your latest changes.

  1. Edit .xml script
  2. Save edited .xml script
  3. Reload User Aircraft
  4. See changes instantly
  5. Repeat 1 through 4 as needed

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