G-YMML1

FSUIPC for V4. Do I really need it?

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Hello,

Since I don't use the comprehensive controllers (merely Logitech Sidewinder instead), I guess that I won't need FSUIPC for PMDG/ORBX/FSLABS/ASN and other stuff.

Please clear my concerns.

 

 

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FSUIPC offers much more than controller assignments. For instance, I use LUA scripts extensively for all kinds of purposes (e.g., voice checklists for each of my planes). I personally wouldn't want to fly without it, even though I do not use it for axes assignments.

Peter

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I also don't use it for axes or key assignments.  But, many other addons rely on it and it has the AI traffic limiter, auto save and other features which are very handy.

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I use it to log and monitor my flights such as the following flight from KLAS to KSFO yesterday.   

16 System time = 27/06/2017 16:33:05
       16 FLT path = "C:\Users\JimY\Documents\Prepar3D v4 Files\"
       16 ------ Module Version Check ------
       16        acontain.dll: 4.0.28.21686
       16             api.dll: 4.0.28.21686
       16        controls.dll: 4.0.28.21686
       16      fs-traffic.dll: 4.0.28.21686
       16             G3D.dll: 4.0.28.21686
       16        language.dll: 4.0.28.21686
       16            sim1.dll: 4.0.28.21686
       16        visualfx.dll: 4.0.28.21686
       16         weather.dll: 4.0.28.21686
       16          window.dll: 4.0.28.21686
       16 ----------------------------------
       31 FS path = "G:\Prepar3D v4\"
       94 ---------------------- Joystick Device Scan -----------------------
      141 Product= Cyborg X
      141    Manufacturer= Saitek
      141    Vendor=06A3, Product=0836 (Version 1.48)
      141    GUIDs returned for product: VID_06A3&PID_0836:
      141       GUID= {179AAB00-DC9C-11E6-8001-444553540000}
      141       Details: Btns=14, POVs=(0, 0, 0, 0), Cal=x00000000, Max=R255,U255,V0,X1023,Y1023,Z255
      141 -------------------------------------------------------------------
      141 Device acquired for use :
      141    Joystick ID = 0 (Registry okay)
      141    0=Cyborg F.L.Y.5 Flight Stick
      141    0.GUID={179AAB00-DC9C-11E6-8001-444553540000}
      141 -------------------------------------------------------------------
      156 LogOptions=00000000 00000001
      156 SimConnect_Open succeeded: waiting to check version okay
      156 Opened separate AI Traffic client okay
    45547 Running in "Lockheed Martin® Prepar3D® v4", Version: 4.0.28.21686 (SimConnect: 4.0.0.0)
    45547 Initialising SimConnect data requests now
    45547 FSUIPC Menu entry added
    45547 ... Using Prepar3D with Professional License
    45563 C:\Users\JimY\AppData\Local\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4\Prepar3D_Default.fxml
    45563 G:\Prepar3D v4\SimObjects\Airplanes\IRIS Raptor Driver\Raptor.air
   340875 G:\Prepar3D v4\SimObjects\Airplanes\PMDG 747-400\B747-400_PW.air
   343110 !!! ICAO1 from AI traffic incorrect!
   343110 !!! ICAO2 from AI traffic incorrect!
   403297 User Aircraft ID 2 supplied, now being used
   403328 Aircraft loaded: running normally now ...
   404281 System time = 27/06/2017 16:39:49, Simulator time = 14:00:00 (21:00Z)
   404281 Aircraft="PMDG 747-451 Delta Air Lines (N661US | 2015)"
   407141 Weather Mode now = Theme
   439172 Starting everything now ...
   439235 ASN active function link set
   439235 Ready for ASN WX radar
   440391 Advanced Weather Interface Enabled
  4579047 === Closing session: waiting for DLLStop to be called ...
  4579985 Sim stopped: average frame rate for last 4146 secs = 34.2 fps
  4579985    Max AI traffic was 354 aircraft (Deleted 0)
  4615031 === DLLStop called ...
  4615031 === Closing external processes we started ...
  4616031 === About to kill any Lua plug-ins still running ...
  4616188 === Closing global Lua thread
  4617188 === About to kill my timers ...
  4617391 === Restoring window procs ...
  4617391 === Unloading libraries ...
  4617391 === stopping other threads ...
  4617391 === ... Button scanning ...
  4617485 === ... Axis scanning ...
  4617594 === Releasing joystick devices ...
  4617594 === Freeing macro memory
  4617594 === Removing any offset overrides
  4617594 === Clearing any displays left
  4617594 === Calling SimConnect_Close ...
  4619688 === SimConnect_Close done!
  4619688 === AI slots deleted!
  4619688 === Freeing button memory ...
  4619688 === Closing my Windows ...
  4619688 === Freeing FS libraries ...
  4620688 === Closing devices ...
  4620688 === Closing the Log ... Bye Bye! ...
  4620688 System time = 27/06/2017 17:50:06, Simulator time = 15:18:16 (22:18Z)
  4620688 *** FSUIPC log file being closed
Minimum frame rate was 11.5 fps, Maximum was 66.2 fps
Average frame rate for running time of 4156 secs = 34.2 fps
Maximum AI traffic for session was 354 aircraft
Memory managed: 1949 Allocs, 1948 Freed
********* FSUIPC Log file closed ***********

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FSUIPC hasn't earned the nickname "Swiss Army Knife of FS Tools" for no reason at all. It truly has dozens and dozens of what might appear at first blush to be trivial features, but the combination of them just makes the sim perform much more nicely, and the experience more fulfilling.

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Ok, you have convinced me :-) Another 30 bucks for a sake of "stability"

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15 minutes ago, Jim Young said:

I use it to log and monitor my flights such as the following flight from KLAS to KSFO yesterday.   

 

Jim,

How do you plan to use this log? :-) 

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if all you ever used it for was controller config and auto save, like I did. You can get by without quite easy tbh. I cant say I've missed it in P3Dv4, wasn't to pleased about paying full price for it again for what I used it for 

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Same here. Have no reasons for the full version. Depends on what you do with P3D and addons :-)

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You can hold off purchasing the full version unless you have the need for the features.  I will wait on my purchase.  I needed to buy one as during Windows 8 years, usb joystick would disconnect (see my windows 8 epic joystick thread lol).  And in P3dv3 - I only used it for VAS monitor and autosave.  But now VAS issues are thing of the past - I will wait to purchase it.  I will do it for sure but not right now

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I fly PMDG long haul and autosave is handy and flexible.

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2 hours ago, G-YMML1 said:

Since I don't use the comprehensive controllers (merely Logitech Sidewinder instead), I guess that I won't need FSUIPC for PMDG/ORBX/FSLABS/ASN and other stuff.

If you don't know if you need it, you don't need it. The addons that require it will use the free one. (I am assuming there is still a free version of FSUIPC5.)

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1 hour ago, G-YMML1 said:

Jim,

How do you plan to use this log? :-) 

I use it for making comparisons with flights.  I use the bottom portion of the log:

Minimum frame rate was 11.5 fps, Maximum was 66.2 fps
Average frame rate for running time of 4156 secs = 34.2 fps
Maximum AI traffic for session was 354 aircraft
Memory managed: 1949 Allocs, 1948 Freed

It gives me an idea as to what might be consuming resources.  In this case there were no problems.  When I finish a flight, I'll immediately open up the fsuipc.log and then save it such as KLAS_KSFO_ASN_OrbxNoCal_ProATC_PMDG747.  Sometimes other members tell me they have issues with a flight plan and I can show them my data.  Before P3Dv3, it also monitored VAS.

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3 hours ago, G-YMML1 said:

Since I don't use the comprehensive controllers (merely Logitech Sidewinder instead), I guess that I won't need FSUIPC for PMDG/ORBX/FSLABS/ASN and other stuff.

For what you have listed, you don't need FSUIPC5.  But as others have suggested, it's a useful tool, makes Pete so wealthy he takes vacations every other week, owns a real 737, and gets kick backs for doing Trump's tax returns and he's not even a US citizen ... hehe, putting joking aside.  It's a very handy tool and several add-ons require it (the "Free" version), the fact Pete offers and supports a free version is outstanding.  He's worked very hard to bring FSUIPC5 to P3D V4, a man of value and commitment.

Cheers, Rob.

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And, from the years of usage I have obtained from it, I did purchase V5, just to reward a decent chap.

Thanks Pete.

Maurice.

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