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Coming Soon...... Landclass Assistant 1.3

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New features will include:-Ability to grab lat/lon from FS2002 via FSUIPC. This will allow you to slew around the perimeter of your new city borders, and plot points as you go along without having to copy and paste the lat & lon from FS2002.-Ability to do global and localized search/replace of landclass textures in landclass .raw. Does your city texture look too bare? No problem, the search/replace lets you experiment, without having to start from scratch.-Ability to drag mouse and "draw" multiple grid cells-More accurate placement of texture updates, based on the June .inf file update (included again with this release).Here's a shot from the coming release, which will of course still be under a freeware license:

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Hi John,Many thanks for another version of Landclass AssistantBest regards,Phil

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Excellent! Thank you for the effort of further improving an already great program. Definitly a "must have" program. ;) Thanks John.

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Hi John.The program sounds great. The FSUIPC interface will save lots of typing, and lets the user get a 'bird's eye' view of the landscape he wants to alter.Dick

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Very much looking forward to see it as well.Even though I may not end up using it, it would be a great tool to test placements with smaller areas.Many, many thanks,Juan.

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Thanks for all your responses!The only thing holding up release at this point is the handling of an issue one of my European users brought up the other day, when trying to calculate the vertices for points between Lon 1W and 1E, and between Lat 1N and 1S. Something I'd never considered, but with my current form, if you enter "0" in the degrees field, there's no way to distinguish whether it is west or east of the lon, or north or south of the lat. A few minutes work tonight will fix this rare, but important issue. There's a bit of a "fudge" that will fix the problem until my update is released. Entering .00001 (for E Lon and N Lat), or -.00001 (for W Lon and S Lat) in the deg. field will allow LCA to calculate the vertice correctly.-John

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Dick...Would you be offended if I made mention in my update doc of the inspiration your release of TDFCalc provided for incorporating my own FSUIPC interface? It's something I always knew how to do, but the linking of FSUIPC and LCA was a concept I never explored until your release of TDFCalc...-JOhn

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Hi John!Great work!, but in this version I can put custom textures in the landclass...?, please!!I'm wait very edgy!`Pablo

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By custom, do you mean photoreal or custom "generic" textures? I'm afraid it's beyond the scope of landclass assistant, given its current design, to handle photoreal textures. The best product for handling photoreal is Misho's Terrabuilder.But custom generic textures have and always will be supported, as long as they follow the standard FS Naming Convention. You can even have different sets of custom generic textures based on regions as small as one LOD 5 area. This support isn't unique to Landclass Assistant, however.

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Value #252 = seasonal CUSTOM textures.Value #253 = CUSTOM texture without seasons.Value #254 = Transparency ( allowing underlying landclass to show through.LandCalc2, available at AVSIM's Library, will help you to name any texture you want to the correct positional CUSTOM name. LandCalc2 also uses FSUIPC, and should work simutaneously with John's new Landclass Assistant.A caution:CUSTOM landclass BGLs need a texture folder, and landclasses using default textrues should have no folder. There are several solutions, but the best is to have regular landclass in a project folder containing a 'scenery' sub-folder, but no 'tecture' folder... CUSTOM landclasses should be in a project folder's 'scenery' sub-folder, and the textures in a twin 'texture' subfolder. Keep them separate, and activate them via the Scenery Library. On my computer, I have 2 Landclass project folders... 'Landclass' and 'CustomLC', with the appropriate set of sub-folders for each.Dick

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OK, I have no excuse. Never promise a release before a weekend. Some little voice came into my head saying "it's the weekend", and next thing I knew, I was playing the role of father and husband all weekend. And it was a role I enjoyed, I had a great weekend with my family.I will be finishing the documentation included in the zip file sometime the 18th or 19th, and upload it to Avsim immediately afterward. I made one more change--I added check boxes for E/W Lon, and N/S Lat. This means users won't have to type W. Lon and S Lat, with a minus preceding it. It also fixes the problem calculating X/Y values between +/- 1 deg.I'm sorry that the documentation won't be that sophisticated. I just spent the past three weeks in my office preparing documentation for our latest network deployment--a 25 page document. I didn't want to get too sophisticated for a personal project, having "typists elbow." Please forgive me!Regards,John

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No problem John, looking forward to try this new version :)CheersMichel

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I am sure it will be "worth the wait". While photoreal is nice, most renditions I have seen are a bit less clear than artificial textures. Given the autogen function of FS2002 and the various texture sets that are available, I personally like the clarity and "close to real" that is created by programs such as yours. Justin Tyme's new landclass release really "tunes up" the texture placements. Your program will permit fine tuning. The result (with 38 meter mesh) is an excellent expression of the United States. I enjoy "flying" around various venues just to see what they look like. From Miami to Alaska the FS2002 experience has been visually very good and now it will become better.If only a tool was available to correct roads and shorelines (streams, rivers, lakes oceans) in a wholesale manner using USGS (USA) data. I have all that stuff from Terrascene awaiting such a tool.That plus Landclass Assistant should give us something to enjoy for a long while.Dick

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Uploaded at 10:30PM, EST 11/19.... After Avsim does their due diligence, you should see it in the library. Have fun!-John

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After going out to dinner Sunday with my wife & daughter, I decided to make a brief visit to Best Buy. My little girl loves looking at gadgets. Takes after her father :)Anyway, I saw an ATI PCI TV Tuner for 49 bucks (actually, it carries a $10.00 rebate, so I guess it will be $39 if I get a rebate check). I thought it'd be interesting to try out, but figured for 49 bucks, probably don't get much.You know the dang thing works, even with a pair of rabbit ears--I pull in all the major VHF/UHF channels that broadcast here in Phoenix! So during last night's upload, I was watching T.V. in a little window while waiting for my dial-up connection to finish. It's a pretty cool gadget--it can record mpg's, both on demand and through a VCR style interface. It can capture stills as well...I made a "Caillou" wallpaper for my daughter. And the picture, even full screen, is pretty good.I was surprised the tuner had no issues with my Nvidia GEF/2, even more surprised that FS2002 didn't care in the least that the tuner drivers were installed. Although listed as compatible, a blurb pops up saying the Nvidia card is "unsupported" during install. Also, ATI is taking a lot of flak by XP users--many just can't get it to work. I still run 98SE, and when it runs, I'd swear I'm looking at a 19 inch color TV.So I have to say, I'm having a lot of fun with it. I'm not a huge T.V. fan--we don't even have cable. But it sure is nice to enjoy the news or listen to a show, especially when I'm writing Landclass Assistant code or doing some web surfing. But now I'm out of PCI slots, unless I trade out my ISA scanner for a USB scanner... Hmmmmm.....

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