Deltaair1212

Possible flashlight for VC use in 4.4?

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Can any developer put their two cents in and tell me if it would’ve too much trouble to make a universal flashlight tool for any VC with the new night environment for v4.4? I honestly like the new night effects in P3D a lot... I think it adds to the immersion but I can’t see lol. I was stumbling around in the VC for a least 10 minutes trying to look for the batt switch just to turn on the flood lighting. So maybe a flashlight tool would be useful that moves with the mouse icon so as you sweep the cockpit and it would light up anything maybe within a three inch diameter? And you can switch it on and off at will. Does that sound doable or is the idea more like something out of a Si-Fi movie? 

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I don't know why someone couldn't do it. X-Plane has had this feature for a long time, so it's doable.

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9 minutes ago, mwilk said:

I don't know why someone couldn't do it. X-Plane has had this feature for a long time, so it's doable.

Really?? Dang I honestly didn’t know I thought I just invented a new idea 😆. I should have gotten it patented before X Plane lol

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The flashlight was a pleasant surprise for me when i started using X-Plane...it would be great to have something similar for P3D.

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it's already available: FSL spotlight.  it's free.

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6 minutes ago, regis9 said:

The flashlight was a pleasant surprise for me when i started using X-Plane...it would be great to have something similar for P3D.

It’s needed now more than ever in P3D. Before, not so much. But since the sim got 100 times darker at night, I literally can’t see. It’s a nice feature but I have been flying the same aircraft for three years now, and I can’t find my way around the cockpit at night. If it weren’t for just pure memory I wouldn’t be able to fly at all past 5:30pm. So I was wanting a devs feedback to see if it would be easy to make a flashlight tool. Hell, it doesn’t even have to be Lockheed that makes one. Maybe Aerosoft, or Flight1, or any third party can whip one up. I’d pay $30 for a flashlight tool 😆

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2 minutes ago, kdfw__ said:

it's already available: FSL spotlight.  it's free.

🤔 And this tool works with any third party VC? 

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you'll have to configure and save for each vc but yeah, for any 3rd party vc.

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1 minute ago, kdfw__ said:

you'll have to configure and save for each vc but yeah, for any 3rd party vc.

I just looked on their website and it’s actually payeare now but I’ll be purchasing this ASAP. Thanks for the heads up! 

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16 minutes ago, Deltaair1212 said:

I just looked on their website and it’s actually payeare now but I’ll be purchasing this ASAP. Thanks for the heads up! 

It's freeware now,  it used to be payware.

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Another option, though not exactly immersion-worthy, is advance the P3D time preview until you find the battery switch and panel lights, and then be sure not to save the previewed time.

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10 hours ago, kdfw__ said:

it's already available: FSL spotlight.  it's free.

Thanks, I didn’t realize this included a flashlight.

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20 minutes ago, regis9 said:

Thanks, I didn’t realize this included a flashlight.

I doesn’t. You have to create your own flashlight for each aircraft. 

Hopefully a developer can come up with a universal flashlight utility addon. 

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11 hours ago, kdfw__ said:

it's already available: FSL spotlight.  it's free.

Although you do have to create individual lights for each aircraft, the process is very simple.  This is certainly an excellent interim solution until something universal comes along.

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This should be a built-in feature, just like in XP11.

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delete, never mind.

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Hello @ll,

I made a prototype real quick, and I am curious if this is what you have in mind?

Best regards

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Looks good.

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21 minutes ago, Lorby_SI said:

I made a prototype real quick, and I am curious if this is what you have in mind?

Yes, Oliver!
This is exactly what is needed.

I would prefer support for using this and ChasePlane together, but I'd be more than happy to take it as it is.

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29 minutes ago, Lorby_SI said:

Hello @ll,

I made a prototype real quick, and I am curious if this is what you have in mind?

Best regards

This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Where can the community download this? 

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4 minutes ago, Deltaair1212 said:

This is EXACTLY what I was looking for. Where can the community download this? 

At this stage it is just a prototype in my devel environment that I slapped together in under an hour - to see if what I had in mind worked. I wanted to make sure that this is worth pursuing, but you can have it as soon as I make an installer. The light needs more work I guess, and possibly the positioning logic.

This is just a simple dynamic spotlight effect - so it will only work in aircraft that support dynamic lighting. I'm not sure what the general status is on aircraft addons these days, if dynamic lighting is mostly supported or rather not (which would make this whole exercise pointless).

Not sure how it would cooperate with camera addons, but if they change the actual eyepoint position variables pertaining to the main view, it might. 

Best regards

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Yes, please publish this, Oliver! FSSpotlight is a work-around, but your tool is what I was looking for for years. In P3D 4, the problem became more pressing because of dynamic lighting.

Peter

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Hello @ll,

OK, a first version including installer etc. is ready. If you want to test it, it is on the Lorby-SI website, section DOWNLOADS, way down at the bottom of the page.

I have to stress this again: this flashlight only works on aircraft that were made for P3D V4 and make proper use of dynamic lighting. It will do nothing on legacy addons that were made with old SDKs. To test if the flashlight is working at all, I suggest using the default aircraft in P3D, they all seem to work fine.

In-sim keyboard commands are available to control the app, please refer to the readme. After installing it, it will start and stop automatically with your sim / you will be asked by P3D to activate it. It installs to \Documents\Prepar3d V4 Add-ons, and it doesn't change any config files or settings of your sim. If you don't like it, just uninstall it and it should be gone without a trace.

Best regards

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Yeahhhhh I don’t use DL so I wouldn’t be able to use the product lol

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That's great Oliver.  Your like the Flightsim "Macgyver"!😏

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