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Dear Fellow FSX Flight Simmers,Quick intro as I know my posts count isn't particularly high... :)My name is Mike Wilson, I worked as a developer with Chris Norris and Peter Wilding on their rather excellent Flight Environment X (FEX) package, released last week.Since FEX was released, my coding fingers have been getting a little itchy, so I've written a neat little application which will allow you, the player to record your flight path into Google Earth. I have attached a sample saved flight recording file to this forum post.:D Best of all, it's FREE :DYou can download your copy of FSX GE Flight Recorder 1.0 from: www.evolvedsoftwarestudios.com/products_fsxgefr.htmlI hope you like it. I'm new to these forums, so please be gentle with me!Warm Regards,Mike Wilsonp.s. I would be very interested to receive screenshots and saved flight recordings from other forum users so that I can include them on the product website and release them with the software (all credit will be given to the author of any screenshots or flight recordings).

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Thanks :)Hope you enjoy it - I've just noticed one quick thing. Within the settings, the default sensitivity on the slider should be right up to maximum. There is no FPS hit, but it does make the resulting file a bit bigger.I'll make the fix to the settings and put a new version up right away. Then it's off to bed cos it's 4am here in the UK :@)Warm Regards,Mike Wilson

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WOW, that's pretty cool :)I have just released a software update to version 1.1 to fix the sensitivity, the line should be 59 times more detailed for you now.I am absolutely jaw-to-the-floor over your images though. That's not flight sim, is it? Those pictures are spectactular - even better than the real life Google Earth textures ;)

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I'm glad you like it :)What's the plane? I can tell it's multi-engined and you have some gorgeous scenery.

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>That looks pretty cool. I'll give it a shot. My lines might>not be as smooth as yours ;)I bet they are!Since you don't feel the vertical G forces in Flight Simulator X (unless you have one of those funky looking 6DOF motion platforms), I find it useful to have an 'after action' report of my flight viewable. And nothing out there beats Google Earth for usability (scrolling, panning, etc). I was really suprised to see the effects of the up and downdrafts on the altitude of the aircraft once the track was exported to Google Earth. Sure you can see the altimeter move it is often suprising how far off course even slight wind can affect your flight.If you've got any good flight recordings, send 'em to me please :)

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Nice clean app.One suggestion is to have an option to change the color of the track, those who are red / green color blind might have a harder time seeing the red line on a usually greenish map.Down the road be nice if it showed the plane position/track in real time in GE, I currently use FSX Google Earth Tracker for that.http://www.juergentreml.de/joomla/index.ph...id=46&Itemid=57It works well but is not updated anymore it seems, but is now open source you might be able to port his code to your app.In any case, thanks for your tracker!

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Here is one , I flew from KBTL (Kellogg) toward KGRR (Grand Rapids) then landed at KBIV( Holland, mich). Part of the map isn't the nice texture but it is around Battle Creek and Grand Rapids.http://forums.avsim.net/user_files/178769.zipSorry I didn't get any screenshots. I believe I need to calibrate too as it looks like I'm off the runway a bit at the beginning.

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Hi and thanks,Grand Rapids looks like a beautiful area, have made a mental note to visit if I ever get the chance :)Best Regards,Mike

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Mike thanks a bazillion for the killer program!!!!Just the other day I was showing my old lady the general path that I have taken so far in my round the world trip, using the Ruler option that is on the toolbar. That got me thinking, I should mark out my path but the thought of what you made was right on the edge of my brain. I guess you beat me to it, not that I would have a clue on how to make it.So once again I have to say thanks for the killer program.The added bennies that I noticed, no hit on the frame rates!!!! That was the biggest thing for me as my middle of the road computer has a hard enough time running FSX as it is.I have a question if you don

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Hello Marlin,I'm glad you enjoyed it!I like the idea of marking out the total length of the trip, I'll make sure that gets added.There is a way to combine the different files, but currently FSXGEFR doesn't do it. I like the suggestion, and so I'll make that happen too :)And also, pausing the sim doesn't stop taking readings. But - you can stop recording and start recording again when you're back, and open multiple files in Google Earth. Another good suggestion, I'll see what I can do :)Thanks also for the attachment :@)Best Regards,Mike

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Will download as soon as I reinstalled everything, put in my new vidcard and downloaded a few choice areas with Tileproxy. Always a pleasure to see creativity and elegance at work.

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Tileproxy - that's a neat idea, I've added that to my list of essential addons to try out tomorrow morning :)Oh wait, it IS the morning :(

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Thanks for the update Mike, I like it even more now.

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I found a way change the color of your flight path by right clicking the pyramid looking thing then go to the color tab and change that once you have the Earth program going.

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Marlin,Thanks for the tip. In the meantime, if you get the latest version (1.2), this allows you to change the colour before you record.Many thanks,Mike

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Thanks Mike! I'll be getting the new version.The mind go's crazy with utilities and possibilities like this.Do you think it would be ever possible to interface something like this with say flightaware.com and follow any aircraft, commercial/ga live as they go on their flights?http://mywebpages.comcast.net/geofa/pages/rxp-pilot.jpgForum Moderatorhttp://geofageofa.spaces.live.com/

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Hello,Yes, of course. I wonder where FlightAware get their data from? They sell a commercial query aggregator, but that costs a cent per query. I'll have a look around for a free public domain data source, as it would be a useful feature to add, not just for Flight Sim :)As an aside, I plan to port this application to Tablet PC (with GPS) and Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) after a good batch of new features have been done :)

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I am wondering if you could pull the data off the track log web page after the fact (for free).If so-I think you would have quite a few pilot's that would love to re live their flights on google earth after the fact. The track log page shows for example on a recent flight of mine:Time Position Groundspeed Altitude Eastern TZ Latitude Longitude kts Feet 02:46PM 38.67 -121.60 122 700 02:47PM 38.65 -121.63 134 1600 02:49PM 38.73 -121.65 158 2800 02:50PM 38.77 -121.67 151 3600 02:51PM 38.82 -121.67 144 4500 02:52PM 38.85 -121.67 150 5300 02:52PM 38.87 -121.67 152 5400 02:53PM 38.90 -121.67 145 6100 02:53PM 38.90 -121.67 147 6200 02:54PM 38.93 -121.68 145 6800 02:54PM 38.93 -121.68 147 6900 02:55PM 38.97 -121.70 145 7600 02:55PM 38.98 -121.70 153 7700 02:56PM 39.02 -121.72 151 8400 02:57PM 39.05 -121.73 151 9100 02:58PM 39.08 -121.75 146 9700 02:59PM 39.13 -121.77 140 10000 03:00PM 39.17 -121.78 151 10000 03:01PM 39.22 -121.80 162 10000 03:02PM 39.27 -121.80 167 10000 03:03PM 39.32 -121.77 167 10000 03:04PM 39.37 -121.73 174 10000 03:05PM 39.42 -121.70 174 10000 03:06PM 39.47 -121.68 174 10000 03:07PM 39.50 -121.65 174 10000 03:08PM 39.55 -121.63 179 10000 03:09PM 39.60 -121.60 179 10000 03:10PM 39.65 -121.58 179 10000 03:11PM 39.70 -121.55 174 10000 03:12PM 39.73 -121.53 174 10000 03:13PM 39.78 -121.50 174 10000 03:14PM 39.83 -121.47 174 10000 03:15PM 39.88 -121.43 174 10000 I have a tablet pc I use in my aircraft with gps so looking forward to what you come up with. http://mywebpages.comcast.net/geofa/pages/rxp-pilot.jpgForum Moderatorhttp://geofageofa.spaces.live.com/

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