Category Archives: Cockpits

Popup Panels?

X-Plane doesn't natively and directly support popup panels, but that doesn't mean you can't pop them up. Generic instruments have a dataref-driven set of show-hide fields. (The "filters".) Now what you might not have realized is: groups have filters too! … Continue reading

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Where Did All of Those Lights Come From?

Javier posted a video of his CRJ on the dev list today. I have not tried the plane, but there is no question from the video that it looks really good. What makes the video look so nice is the … Continue reading

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A Few More Manipulators

I'm not sure if these will make it into X-Plane 9.30 (we're trying to close down features, but it doesn't do much good to hold off features that help people make airplanes) but...while I was in Italy I created a … Continue reading

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Masks for Glass Instruments

X-Plane's panel system does not have true "masking" based on a bitmap.  You can clip an instrument to its rectangular region, but most masks are made by overlaying another layer or instrument on top of the moving parts.  Examples include … Continue reading

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ATTR_light_level Changed!

I have said this before, but now it's finally true: new file specifications are subject to change in the middle of beta! In particular ATTR_light_level has changed slightly from beta 7 to beta 8. If you are using this feature … Continue reading

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ATTR_light_level vs. Generic Instruments

Propsman caught something: ...is modifying the value of a batch of ATTR_light_level tris comparable [performance-wise] with toggling the state of a backlit generic instrument? Instinct tells me that you must have the latter more streamlined than the former, but maybe … Continue reading

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The Dangers of Wandering in the Desert

I have been trying to put documentation on the X-Plane Wiki, and use this blog for announcements and "the inside story", rather than letting the blog turn into a poor-man's users manual. An aircraft developer asked me via email whether … Continue reading

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Scripting: A Line In the Sand

I thought I had already blogged about this, but I can't find the old posts, so here goes. The big question: why can't we have "X" in the OBJ file format or as part of generic instruments? I get a … Continue reading

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Glass Objects

930 will have some new options for attached objects.  One is to declare a "glass" object.  When an object is declared to be glass, it is moved to the very end of the drawing order - even after the cockpit … Continue reading

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Broken Panels

I have found the cause of a rather serious bug in Plane-Maker: sometimes instruments disappear from the hierarchy (but are still visible in the main window). The problem is that the cut-paste facility, when used with multiple-instrument selections, was corrupting … Continue reading

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