Installation is a little bit quirky atm - I'm working on an installer.Feedback appreciatedhttp://code.google.c.../downloads/listCheersNils
Every serious flight-simmer eventually ends up referring to charts for their flying adventures. Whether it's a VFR sectional or more likely an approach chart for self-study or while flying under virtual ATC services (e.g. in IVAO).The best coverage and free source for those charts are PDF files available for download. Unless these pilots have a second screen to render those charts in heavyweight PDF-apps this means juggling the external application, fighting for screen estate and struggling to have flight-simulator as well as chart right at hand ... without getting into each others way.Now - imagine PDFKneeboard - this flight-sim module renders PDF documents right inside the simulator. It remembers what part of the chart the pilot is looking at (section, zoom, rotation - for each page), it lets the simulator window keep the focus, remembers opened charts and offers various kneeboard-related key and button bindings. When the important instrument approach chart is needed a simply joystick button click or hotkey brings it right back where the pilot needs it.
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 01:52 PM
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Posted 02 January 2009 - 03:36 PM
ah, interesting - good to know - I assume FSUIPC created that directory here in my setupPlease create a module directory and take it from there - in FSX modules can pretty much reside anywhere (the dll.xml has to be adjusted accordingly as stated in the readme). I might change this for the final installer.Hope that helps - CheersNils
I've got no Modules directory (Program Files\Microsoft Games\Microsoft Flight Simulator X\Modules). Maybe it's in another location...?
Posted 02 January 2009 - 06:42 PM
Thank you very much, Nils!I was just flying today wishing I could view the pdf files for my chart and checklist in FS!
Hi Finally I've come around to package a FSX compatible version of PDFKneeboard.From the disclaimer http://code.google.c...ki/PDFKneeboardInstallation is a little bit quirky atm - I'm working on an installer.Feedback appreciatedhttp://code.google.c.../downloads/listCheersNils
Posted 03 January 2009 - 07:43 AM
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Posted 03 January 2009 - 11:24 PM
I think I have a solution for that
When I go to the menu and choose Settings, with no kneeboard showing, FSX hangs. If the kneeboard is already shown then there is no hang.
hmm, is this in full-screen mode? I was playing around with fullscreen today after J's feedback and there's definitely something very slow going on ... will check.ThanksNils
Whey I press K to show the kneeboard all is ok, but when I press K again I get a white screen until it's finished closing; which seems slow, possibly 10 seconds.
Posted 04 January 2009 - 10:06 AM
About the zoom shortcuts: my mistake: I was trying to use the Numpad keys... With the normal 0 - and = it all works. ;) One thing though: I noticed the zoom works on a one page basis! I have a 500 hundred pdf I am reading right now, and I have to zoom in on each and every page. Once zoomed in, the zoom is remembered. But it would be nice if a zoom could be set for a whole document.Another issue: I tried to open the ASA pdf (the weather simulator manual) but I only got grey pages: they never load! It does show the pages (ASA.pdf 1/61) but that's it.That Ctrl+1+2+3 would be awesome! Even better than the default Acrobat Reader way to get to a specific page.
you mean the default ctrl+= and ctrl+- keybindings? They don't do anything when being pressed? Can you assign another keystroke to zoom in/out?yeah, I'll have to see what we can do about that - options1. text search (has been asked for - more work)2. bookmarks (set/go back - good for finding certain spots in pages)3. page entry (e.g. ctrl+1+2+3 for page 123)
Posted 04 January 2009 - 11:46 AM
Posted 04 January 2009 - 02:35 PM
yes, good point as well - basically if you zoom page 1 to something appropriate, then following pages would be good to be zoomed to the same level if not set otherwise - should be doable
Once zoomed in, the zoom is remembered. But it would be nice if a zoom could be set for a whole document.
I've just checked the manual - yes, there's a bad calculation going on - fixed and will be working in 1.6
Another issue: I tried to open the ASA pdf (the weather simulator manual) but I only got grey pages: they never load! It does show the pages (ASA.pdf 1/61) but that's it.
ok, I'll give that a tryCheersNils
That Ctrl+1+2+3 would be awesome! Even better than the default Acrobat Reader way to get to a specific page. http://forum.avsim.net/public/style_emot...
Posted 04 January 2009 - 09:03 PM
yeah, that's something to consider Thanks for the feedbackNils
careful about assigning key presses.Suggestion --> It might be best to NOT have the application work until the user assigns their own key presses. Hence, setting the Settings menu entry to enabled and the rest to disabled until the settings are set.
Posted 04 January 2009 - 10:46 PM
Hi McCrashyeah, that's something to consider Thanks for the feedbackNils
Posted 05 January 2009 - 04:15 PM
well, anything is possible of course but normally I only spend time on stuff I need - that you guys get it is a side-effect What are you trying to achieve? Where do you want to click via key/joy?I was never a big fan of a mouse-click as the means of getting an action across as the widget/gauge has to be visible in sight (gautomate fills a niche in FS9 only atm). Ultimately I was more thinking about a scripting kind of env where one can link input actions like key/joy to any FS internal 'activity'. All that might be required is a bit of glue that connects an input configuration to running some xml ... send me some info on what the pain-point is (maybe PM is better than this particular thread) and I'll think about it.CheersNils
I see you also wrote gaugomate.....I understand it is opposite to key2mouse.....I would liek to see a freeware version for something exactly simular to key2mouse for fsx...any possibilities?
Posted 06 January 2009 - 07:31 PM
Posted 07 January 2009 - 04:08 AM
Wow, looks great! I would love to test this new version but my computer broke down last weekend... RMA may take up to 3 to 4 weeks, so I've heard, so... I'm afraid someone else has to do the testing this time. But I am looking forward to using the kneeboard in the future!
Hia new version (1.6) of PDFKneeboard is now availablehttp://code.google.c.../downloads/listchanges:+ bugfix:PDFKneeboard crashes with stack overflow when closing large pdf file+ bugfix:PDFKneeboard doesn't render PDF with pdf_page.mediabox.x1 > 0 (e.g. ASA.pdf)+ feature:PDFKneeboard to reuse zoom from previous page for unvisited pages + feature:PDFKneeboard to allow to jump directly to a specific page (Ctrl+1+2 for goto 12)CheersNils
Posted 07 January 2009 - 01:01 PM
I don't have problems with the dialog box disappearing and the close in the menu works for me, using Vista 64.The Ctrl+1+2+3-thing works perfectly, and I no longer get the problem when moving the window around :(I do however get the same behaviour as with 1.5 when I open or close the window in fullscreen mode, my screen go black for a second before rendering everything again.
v1.5 has more problemsl, for me anyway.close and hide commands cause white full screen. open dialog box sometimes disappears.close on menu does nothing.
Posted 08 January 2009 - 02:44 PM
thanks for the report - I can't recommend fullscreen atm - anything opening a child popup window (I've seen the same with ivap) like pdfkneeboard seems to lag the sim substantially (here 4-5 secs actually) Atm I don't know why that's happening and use it in window mode onlyCheersNilsHey McCrashget better will ya?
I do however get the same behaviour as with 1.5 when I open or close the window in fullscreen mode, my screen go black for a second before rendering everything again.
that's what I have here - don't know what's going on atm - try the non-fullscreen mode (Alt+Enter) if not already - other than that I have no idea atmRegardsNils
Windows XP (sp2)Yes v1.6