SunDevil56

AIG AI Manager v0.8.4.0 is out...

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When I ran AIG AIM earlier today I got a notice... "A new version has been downloaded, please unzip it to your main AIG AIM folder.." or words to that effect...

So I did that, and then ran the installer, which upgraded me to v0.8.4.0, but my question is, can I now safely delete the files and folders from v0.8.3.16, which are still present in the folder I created when I first installed AIG AIM....??

 

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I would confirm with Kai on their forums. 

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Before I install the new version on top of the old version I delete the resource folder.

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Thanks. I got it figured out.

All I did was move the newly created v0.8.4.0 folder, which includes it's own resources folder, out of the old AIG AIM folder, and then created a new desktop shortcut for the updated executable.

At this point the old v0.8.3.16 folder and it's associated files can be deleted. 

Works perfectly, and unless something changes I assume the same procedure can be followed with subsequent updates.

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If anyone has an issue with disappearing flight plans (after updating) in the GUI (but ai is still visible at airports) check for multiple entries in add-ons.cfg

Just figured that one out..🤔

Cheers,

Mark

 

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58 minutes ago, newtie said:

If anyone has an issue with disappearing flight plans (after updating) in the GUI (but ai is still visible at airports) check for multiple entries in add-ons.cfg

Just figured that one out..🤔

Cheers,

Mark

 

Do you by chance mean the FPDatabase..??

I looked thru all the AIG AIM folders, and I honestly don't see an "add-ons" cfg file anywhere..

FWIW, all the flight plans I had installed before updating are still right where they should be in the GUI. 

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6 hours ago, SunDevil56 said:

I looked thru all the AIG AIM folders, and I honestly don't see an "add-ons" cfg file anywhere..

 

Look in C:\ProgramData\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4\add-ons.cfg, there should be only one entry something like this:

[Package.3]
PATH=D:\AIG Manager\AIGAIM - OCI\OCI-Configuration
TITLE=AIGAIM AI Traffic
ACTIVE=true
REQUIRED=false

If there are more than one, delete and renumber as necessary.

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There was a "bug" in previous AIGAIM installers that if one didn't uninstall the previous version, one would end up with two identical entries in add-on.cfg. Having duplicate entries in one's scenery library is never a good thing. Sometimes there are no obvious symptoms of the underlying cause. Or the sim either just behaves strangely and worse, CTDs.

 

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6 hours ago, SierraDelta said:

Look in C:\ProgramData\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4\add-ons.cfg, there should be only one entry something like this:

[Package.3]
PATH=D:\AIG Manager\AIGAIM - OCI\OCI-Configuration
TITLE=AIGAIM AI Traffic
ACTIVE=true
REQUIRED=false

If there are more than one, delete and renumber as necessary.

Thanks Soren.

I checked it, and there's only one entry there for AIG Manager.

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What is this about deleting things in the folder after unzipping within the folder??

When this program gets updated. It self-downloads the required files to its main folder and tells you to unzip within the main folder - which overwrites the old files that are being updated. Thats the process that updates AIG Manager.  

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9 minutes ago, jimcarrel said:

What is this about deleting things in the folder after unzipping within the folder??

When this program gets updated. It self-downloads the required files to its main folder and tells you to unzip within the main folder - which overwrites the old files that are being updated. Thats the process that updates AIG Manager.  

There was one update where the readme.txt file said to delete the resources folder as part of the installation. I don't recall seeing that in the last one. I've already deleted the .zip file, so I can't check.

I've upgraded 3 or 4 times now. I move the .zip file with the new version to the desktop, and then  use "Extract all" and select the AI Manager folder as the destination. I answer "Yes" to the overwrite files question (ticking the box that says to use the same answer to that question for all of the files). Once it is complete, I delete the .zip file from my desktop.

 

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40 minutes ago, MDFlier said:

There was one update where the readme.txt file said to delete the resources folder as part of the installation. I don't recall seeing that in the last one. I've already deleted the .zip file, so I can't check.

I've upgraded 3 or 4 times now. I move the .zip file with the new version to the desktop, and then  use "Extract all" and select the AI Manager folder as the destination. I answer "Yes" to the overwrite files question (ticking the box that says to use the same answer to that question for all of the files). Once it is complete, I delete the .zip file from my desktop.

 

That's probably a more efficient and less confusing way of doing it than what I did.

If I may ask MDFlier, did doing it like that rename your existing AIM AIG v0.8.3.16 folder to AIG AIM v0.8.4.0..??

The folder I have now, and what I run the executable from is called "AIG_AIManager_0.8.4.0"

I also created a desktop shortcut to run it with.

FWIW, this is the first time i've updated, going from v0.8.3.16 to v0.8.4.0.

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9 hours ago, SunDevil56 said:

If I may ask MDFlier, did doing it like that rename your existing AIM AIG v0.8.3.16 folder to AIG AIM v0.8.4.0..??

The folder I have now, and what I run the executable from is called "AIG_AIManager_0.8.4.0"

I also created a desktop shortcut to run it with.

No. This will not change the name of your folder. 

Unzip the new version into a new folder named what you want, and then do the reverse of what I said above. Open up the old folder in Explorer. Highlight all of the files and folders and then select copy. Then, open up the new folder in Explorer and paste them. When asked if you want to overwrite any files of the same name, select No. This will only copy the files from your old install that do not exist in the new folder into the new folder.

After that, you'll be able to use my method for any new releases. Don't forget to point your desktop shortcut to the new location.

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Hi, I have download the AIG AI Manager, and looked at the manual but it seem to be written for previous users of AIG stuff. This is my first time trying to install AI traffic using AIG, so can anyone point me to a tutorial or YT videos on how to use the manager. There are a couple of videos about installing flight plans etc, but these are old and does not include the manager. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

John.

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9 minutes ago, bloxboy said:

Hi, I have download the AIG AI Manager, and looked at the manual but it seem to be written for previous users of AIG stuff. This is my first time trying to install AI traffic using AIG, so can anyone point me to a tutorial or YT videos on how to use the manager. There are a couple of videos about installing flight plans etc, but these are old and does not include the manager. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

John.

I think it would be better if you post these questions directly to the developers using the AIG forums, the reason being is that they know their software better than anyone and it will also give them the opportunity to understand their user base requirements which in turn will allow then to improve their software as required.

Regards,
Simbol 

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54 minutes ago, bloxboy said:

Hi, I have download the AIG AI Manager, and looked at the manual but it seem to be written for previous users of AIG stuff. This is my first time trying to install AI traffic using AIG, so can anyone point me to a tutorial or YT videos on how to use the manager. There are a couple of videos about installing flight plans etc, but these are old and does not include the manager. Any help would be greatly appreciated.  

John.

I'm not aware of any video tutorials for the current AI Manager, but you can scour Youtube and see what you come up with...

You can try the AIG forums like Simbol suggested, but you will need to register before you can post anything. Honestly though, if you just follow the directions in the OCI tutorial step by step you really shouldn't have any problems, it's all outlined there. That's all I did, and I had never used the AI Manager until about 4 weeks ago. The OCI tutorial is in the main AIG AIM folder, it's only 10 pages long, and is easy to follow. Just start the AI Manager and then follow the steps in the OCI tutorial.

Keep in mind that you will need the (free) P3Dv4 SDK installed so you can point the AIM OCI to the image tool. You can download it here... https://www.prepar3d.com/support/sdk/

You'll also need to decide whether to use only freeware models, but again, this is all plainly covered in the OCI tutorial.

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And so far, I have found that the freeware models are of very good quality. 

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22 minutes ago, MDFlier said:

And so far, I have found that the freeware models are of very good quality. 

Ditto here.

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The following AI models have roughly the same degree of quality (high resolution texture sheets and high vertex count models):

FAIB (freeware  - Boeing and Airbus)

FSPainter (payware with some legacy freeware  - Boeing and Airbus)

Raven FS Labs (freeware  - ERJ CRJ regional jets)

MAIW (freeware - military)

The rest of the AI freeware model types are generally legacy versions (no longer in active development) that have been converted by AIG for P3d4 compatibility. They have lower vertex counts and lower resolution texture sheets.  Most of the payware AI add-on packages also provide models of this caliber. One step below these are the models in My Traffic 6 which are very simplistic. They still look okay as long as the user is not right next to them.

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1 hour ago, MDFlier said:

And so far, I have found that the freeware models are of very good quality. 

 The freeware models and repaints have been far superior to any of the payware AI package models for well over a decade now. The AIG AIM is pretty revolutionary for those that havent wanted to build their own custom ai setup.

 

 Don't forget the TFS models, converted for v4 which the OCI does for you they are still pretty awesome.

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Thanks Guys for your advice, I will try and work it out. It seems a very good program.

John.

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