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HI I was checking the forum and noticed a while back that FS Panel design is highly recomended.Ived done alot of scenery design with CANUK and Flight Ontario but never tackeled a panel, IE: G2k and S BuildMy intrest is to design a panel from scratch using several digital images I took of a particular aircrafts flight deck.Im interested in your opinion on which panel design software is recomended and some good tutorials.Remember, at panel design Im deffinitly a newbeThanks Al Sibley

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Your choices are very limited:1) FS Panel Studio2) Workpad.exe or Notepad.exe:)

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its kind of like that joke about america; its an awful country, but a lot less awful then everywhere else! panel studio is great for placing gauges, it can do simple night lighting, and can add windows...to a point.as the panel gets near completion and if its got a complicated panel view scheme, you will end up doing more and more with notepad. it has a habit of imposing requirments that are not actually part of fs9 requirments...perhaps a hold over in codiing from fs98 or something.i use it, but i keep my VIEWS on a seperate notepad, so i can put them pack into the panel config after a fsps save because it removes some of them.

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Yes, if you don't keep everything in exactly perfect format, it eats it and deletes it.

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Thanks for all the replies .Much appreciatedIt sounds like FS panel studio is good but very limited.But I think I'll get it cus it will definitly be a start.I get the impression its more for modifying existing panels rather than designing ones from scratch with digital images.Al Sibleyhttp://www.flightontario.com/images/sig_asibley.gif

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actually it is probably at its best when you are looking at a blank sheet and wondering where to begin. t also allows for background shifts....which allow you a preview into what your panel might look like on screen....and later you can use it to find little tiny holes in your bitmaps....0,0,0, is transparent in fs.photo shop/illistrater or paint shop pro, and fsps are your basic required panel design tools....it's not perfect but if you want to make panel/s you need it.

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It's not bad but I only use it to get close to what I have in mind. After that, it's Notepad+ (notepad plus, a great raw code editor).You can try that one or, another good one is SciteFlash... if it's still around.Scott / Vorlin

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