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Hello all...I'm looking for a little assistance with a few issues while in the process of upadating my 737-Next Generation panel for both FS8 and FS9.I want to add an area in my MFD that will state the current ILS Frequency when in range and which signal has been aquired. Basically it will read something like this: "ILS 108.50" And that's it... I'm scratching my head trying to fiqure this out. I don't want it to be adjustable from the MFD, just there to show that the ILS has been aquired and what frequency it's tuned to. Any help would be appreciated.Also, does anyone have a list they can share of xml text colors and fonts that are used in xml code? I know of a few that I've been able to find, but would like to take the guess-work out of it. : )Thanks in advance for any help provided!Best Regards,Kevin Sparkuhl

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Have a look in the XML FAQ to get xmlgau01.zip. Then ook into colors.txt for a list of available predefined colors, apart from that you can alo use RGB colors e.g. Color="#FFFFFF" for white, Color="#FF0000" for red, etc.Fonts can be all fonts installed on your system.Arne Bartels

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Thanks Arne...I just found an interesting website:http://webreference.com/cgi-bin/xml/rssappletconfig.pl#1You just click on a color box, and the xml code is listed at the bottom. I just reconfigured a couple of items using the new color and it looks great! BTW, upper and lower case letters do make a difference in the coding. Now if I could just figure out that ILS thing of mine...Regards,Kevin

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Hi,Try something like this (A:NAV1 SIGNAL,bool)%ILS %((A:Nav1 active frequency, MHz))%!6.2f!Jan"Procul Negotiis"

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>I don't want it to be adjustable from the MFD, just>there to show that the ILS has been aquired and what frequency>it's tuned to. Any help would be appreciated.It would be more authentic (and useful!) to simply display the nav's ID code. That's what the "Real Deal" does! :)BillAVSIM OmbudsmanFounder and Director,Creative Recycling of Aircraft Partshttp://catholic-hymns.com/frbill/FS2002/images/fartslogo.jpg

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>...simply display the nav's ID code. That's what the "Real Deal" >does! :)Hey Bill...How's it going sir... it's been a long time.Ah yes, I've done that already. I'm just adding a few extra touches here and there. Still having a hard time with my panel night light splashes... but will get it done somehow. Might be checking back with you sooner than later on that one.Thanks again for all your help.Kevin

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>Hi,>>Try something like this>>>> (A:NAV1 SIGNAL,bool)...............>Jan Actually, that's a number. I guess 'bool' turns true if it has any strength. The raw values start at '256' and move up when there is any NAV signal. This is what I put in my test gauge, it gives what I think is the actual signal strength in 'dBm'. That means dB relative to 1 mW, a typical value is about - 80 dBm (10 pico Watts).(A:NAV2 Signal,bel) 20 * 140.0 - (>L:NAV2db,number) Which means 20 Log (Signal Strength) - 140 dBm. One can do this for ADF's also. Now if one made a gauge that scanned the VOR frequencies, one could have a spectrum display that showed the strength and frequency of VOR's within range. If one added direction and distance then he could have a map of VOR's within range. Which could be quite useful. Real AC don't have such displays, though it could be done. Code it for FS and then sell the idea to an avionics company if it is useful in the Sim. ;) Ron

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That's real nice Jan...How can I make mine do tricks like yours... especially the flight plan info. When my MFD grows up, it wants to be just like yours!!:)Kevin

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Again,It is from the real 737 NG.I stick to the 767, but my ND is quite similar.Jan"Procul Negotiis"

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Hi Jan,Are you using the new xml vector technique like in the MS GPS for your ND ?Eugen

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Eugen,A bit experimenting.Btw. the pic is a foto of the real thing!Jan"Procul Negotiis"

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HiThese are my pfd and nd.Bad quality, but this pic is 2 times enlarged.Jan"Procul Negotiis"

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LOL!! Jan... you had me fooled! I thought that was YOUR work! ;)I'd still be interested on finding the code for displaying the flight plan within the ND... that'd be real nice looking... not to mention life-like as well. Eugen mentioned finding this code within FS9's GPS system... Have you looked at the code!!!! Holy cow! It's a mile long if it isn't two! Any help utilizing this in an ND display that mimicks the flight plan loaded in F9 would be helpful.Kevin

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Bill...A while back, you'd mentioned to me about how to make my panel light splashes work. With your help, I'd finally like to get this thing working like I want it to. Okay? So, here's the deal....I would like a three way switch that does this:Lights pos. #1, panel back-lighting off, panel light splashes off.Lights pos. #2, Panel back-lighting on, panel light splashes off.Lights pos. #3, Panel back-lighting on, panel light splashes on.So far I have a two-way switch that does on and off, with no light splashes. Here's the code for that... pretty basic.**************************************************************** (A:Light panel,bool)****************************************************************I need to add a third position obviously, and also find a way to use your "overlay" suggestion for my panel splashes. Where I'm confused is how to assign the overlay to that third position. Quoting you from a previous post:>>> 3) make the entire overlay transparent, but with the 'lightsplashes' added to the bitmap (the same technique you woulduse in an Alpha channel). IMHO, this is the better method....As far as the control goes, you you can either tie the overlay tothe PANEL_ID_xx in your panel lights switch code, or use an"autoswitch." <<

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Hi,As you guessed, i'm busy with that but a very long way to go.Jan"Procul Negotiis"

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Hi,You can try this:Make a 3-way switch.Use in the click events:1 (>L:Switch,enum) (L:Switch,enum) 1 == if{ (>K: PANEL_LIGHTS_OFF) }2 (>L:Switch,enum) (L:Switch,enum) 2 == if{ (>K: PANEL_LIGHTS_ON) }3 (>L:Switch,enum) (L:Switch,enum) 3 == if{ (>K: PANEL_LIGHTS_ON) }Make an (L:Switch,enum) 3 =="Splashlight.bmp" etc.Jan"Procul Negotiis"

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Thanks everyone for all of your help... it's coming along nicely.New Issue:After making some improvements to several of my gauges, I'm finding out that the panel is now becoming sluggish, and there is noticeable "stuttering" in the animation of several of the displays: airspeed, altimeter, gauge needles, gauge numbers, etc. The funny thing is when I check the framerates, it says that I'm getting aroung 22 to 25 fps. What could be causing these gauges to act in this manner? Kevin SparkuhlBTW... How does "update frequency" affect the performance of the gauges? What values do the numbers represent?Thanks again. :)

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Hi,An example of a premature MFD with the new FS9-GPS possibility's in XML:Jan"Procul Negotiis"

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Hi,Not sure about the , i don't use it;"Refreshements"/minute?Like to show what could be achieved for a ND using parts of the FS9GPS.Adding more text or RMI-lines (VOR, NDB) no problemo.Jan"Procul Negotiis"

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Hi,Not sure about the , i don't use it;"Refreshements"/minute?Like to show what could be achieved for a ND using parts of the FS9GPS.Adding more text or RMI-lines (VOR, NDB) no problemo.Jan"Procul Negotiis"

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That looks nice Jan...Which tags are you finding these display elements from within the GPS gauge? I'd like to play too...Kevin

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Hi Jan...I'm still having trouble being able to apply a "splashlight" image to my background and implementing it into my lighting. I'm really pulling my hair out on this and was hoping you might be able to help lead me in the proper direction... is there a "test" code that I can use? Also, how do I use this splashlight image by making an alpha channel? Is it a standard 32 bit alpha image and how does it become "active" with the lighting parameters that we're given. I guess where I'm becoming confused, is with the main panel image being in the panel folder, how does it work to make a splashlight image without having to create a whole new image in the panel folder? I hope I don't confuse you in trying to explain this!! lol...Thanks again guys.... it's really coming along nicely.BTW... how's that MFD coming along?Kevin

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