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Feature Request

Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 7:47 AM
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Original Author: jtr
Original Date: November 02, 2006, 05:25:07 PM

What would you like to see in future versions?
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 7:49 AM
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Original Author: lc0277
Original Date: November 06, 2006, 10:23:15 AM

Hello,
First of all, thanks for your software. Good freeware is always appreciated by the community. :-)

My post is not really a feature request, but maybe you can help me. Can you run Google Earth and FSX on two different machines ? We all know that FSX is a ressource eater ;-) so I avoid running any other apps with it.
Seems that you spoke about an HTTP server. Unfortunately I don't have two Windows machine to test it even if it's possible.


Thank you!
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 7:52 AM
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Original Author: jtr
Original Date: November 06, 2006, 11:33:43 AM

Hi,

the answer is yes and no. You're absolutely right about FSX eating up resources. I'm testing with both programs running on the same machine but have set flight simulator to lowest graphics modes.

Nevertheless, the program is designed to make it possible running google earth on a different machine. This even works in the current (0.0.2.0) release, although there is a small bug displaying the images and icons on a remote machine which will be corrected in v0.0.3.x. The next release will also support generating a KML file to easily load the network links in google earth on remote machines.

So for now, with v0.0.2.0, as I didn't find time to put a short documentation online yet, I can just tell you how to set up network links manually in google earth:
Just create a new network link in Google Earth pointing to the maching running FSX Google Earth Tracker in the following form: http://<IP Address>:<Port>/<file> with <file> beeing:

  • fsxu.kml for the user aircraft position
  • fsxp.kml for the user path
  • fsxpre.kml for the user course prediction
  • fsxaip.kml for AI planes
  • fsxaih.kml for AI helicopters
  • fsxaib.kml for AI boats
  • fsxaig.kml for AI Ground Units
As I said, this will be much easier with the upcoming version which is almost done. In addition, v0.0.3.x will support more security features for the HTTP server (e.g. local connection only) and more features on loading image and icon files into google earth (e.g. network shares, ...). Besides it has course prediction not only for the user aircraft but also for all AI objects.
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 7:56 AM
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Original Author: lc0277
Original Date: November 06, 2006, 03:48:35 PM

Cool ! :))

It works perfectly on the same machine (although it took me some time to figure out that I changed the port number of simconnect :P) but has a problem on two machines.
The client machine is running GE under Linux and shows me a "HTTP 400" Error. I dumped the network traffic to show the exact error message :

GET /fsxu.kml HTTP/1.1
User-Agent: GoogleEarthLinux/LT4.0.2413
Host: 10.1.0.6:8085
Cache-Control: no-cache, no-store
Connection: Keep-Alive
Accept: text/plain, text/html, text/xml, text/xml-external-parsed-entity, application/octet-stream,
     application/vnd.google-earth.kml+xml, application/vnd.google-earth.kmz, image/*
 
 
HTTP/1.1 400 Bad Request
Content-Type: text/html
Server: Microsoft-HTTPAPI/1.0
Date: Mon, 06 Nov 2006 14:30:06 GMT
Connection: close
Content-Length: 39
<h1>Bad Request (Invalid Hostname)</h1>
Looks like it doesn't like the hostname encoded in the http query. I forged an http request, just by changing the "Host:" header line to request "localhost:8085" and I got the correct result. So I'm nearly sure the bug come from the configuration of the HTTP server api you used.

Hope this will help you to fix that bug :)

Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 8:00 AM
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Original Author: jtr
Original Date: November 06, 2006, 06:07:44 PM

Thanks for your post ... I'm really interested in getting feedback to improve the tool.

This bug might be due to an error of mine. Might be that I have accidentally restricted the HTTP server to respond only to requests directed towards localhost. I came across this a day ago and it should already be corrected in the current development version.

Nevertheless, I'd be happy if you gave it another try a soon as v0.0.3.0 is ready for release. Unfortunately, due to the fact that I'm spending a few months abroad in Spain, I have quite limited resources at the moment, i.e. nothing but my notebook ;-)

If you give me your e-mail address or any instant messaging id, I'll let you know as soon as I have a stable version.
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 8:02 AM
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Original Author: jtr
Original Date: November 06, 2006, 08:49:39 PM

***Update***

I've published version 0.0.3.0 which should now be able to deal with Google Earth running on a different machine. I've tested this using a virtual machine.

So have another try if you like it.
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 8:07 AM
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Original Author: lc0277
Original Date: November 06, 2006, 11:07:57 PM

Got it run under Linux. Great job :))

Screenshot

Google earth is painful with only a Radeon Mobility 7500 without optimized drivers :( I'll try to install more recent drivers.
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 8:09 AM
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Original Author: jtr
Original Date: November 07, 2006, 12:36:18 AM

Running Google Earth under Linux WITHOUT appropriate drivers sound a bit like running FSX, Google Earth and a Developer Environment on a mobile PC even WITH appropriate drivers! ;-)

Btw: Thxx for the screenshot!
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 8:10 AM
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Original Author: canepazzo
Original Date: December 17, 2006, 09:45:04 AM

Hi Juergen

Thx a lot 4 the "cute" and great programme. As another member wrote, nowadays is hard to find good stuff for free ......
Sorry for the silly question, but I was wondering if there is any chance that your programme could show on google earth VORs, NDBs and ILSs frequencies.......
For the record, I have installed your programme with no problems and connected right away to FSX and Google.....like a charm. I still have to try to use it on 2 machines, as at the moment I have only one PC..... :)) :))

Thx again and hope to find more and more great FSX utilities in your site.

Ciao

Canepazzo alias Sigfrido
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 8:12 AM
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Original Author: jtr
Original Date: December 17, 2006, 01:39:31 PM

Hi,

thanks for your post. Nice to get a little feedback about the program. To your question: It's not that silly, in fact these features have already been implemented for the upcoming version. From version 0.0.4.0 on, it will be possible to load an show flight plans in Google Earth including all waypoints, VORs, ... besides there will be an online update function and logging features.

Except the latter one, which shouldn't be too much work, all features are already implemented and working. It's just a few details that need to be fixed to release the program. Nevertheless, at the moment I just can't find the time to do so. I'll try to release a new version during Christmas holidays although I don't wanna make any promises. Besides, I'm right at publishing the whole project as Open Source on CodePlex (http://www.codeplex.com/fsxget), so that interested programmers can contribute to it and thus speed up the development process a little ;-)

So just come back in two weeks time and you should find a new version online. If not, I'll at least publish a BETA marked version as the current code is already pretty stable. I'd be happy to get feedback on the new features from you then.
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 8:14 AM
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Original Author: Daniel Maheux
Original Date: January 29, 2007, 05:34:36 AM

First of all, thanks for your software ! from my point of view is REALLY better than fsearth.
Here is some suggest
I use fsearth for doing ATC control ! But i prefer you fsget cause the capability to see helicopter and other something...

Are you able to : Create An ATC radar control !
  1. Do something able to see flight plan from local aircraft But also multiplayer aircraft ... you will do my year with that !
  2. Capability to change mesure unit in feet and to see the altitude without clic on the icon
  3. Show prediction with second unit mesurement.
Sorry for my poor english, but i expect that you will be to understand my request

Keep up you work !

Regards,

Daniel Maheux, Quebec, Canada
maheux.daniel@videotron.ca
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 8:21 AM
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Original Author: Easyrider
Original Date: February 17, 2007, 06:10:48 PM

Hi Juergen 'n anyone in this forum. At first let me say, Juergen, that I like your tracker-tool very much. It's my partner on every flight I do with my FSX. Now I have a question not especially concerning your tool, but Google itself. Is it possible to center the User Aircraft in the middle and let the earth move? I didn't find it until this moment. Anyone could help?
Thks a lot and happy simming!
Easyrider
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 8:27 AM
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Original Author: jtr
Original Date: February 28, 2007, 03:45:40 PM

Hi folks,

sorry for not answering for a quite a while but I've been pretty busy over the last weeks. Anyway, I tried not forget about your posts as well as an e-mail I got mentioning compatibility issues with Windows Vista and FSXGET. In what concerns the latter thing, I've just published FSXGET as open source on CodePlex (http://www.codeplex.com/fsxget) so that this person can have a look at the source code and try to identify the problem (as he offered to do this). Besides, I'll try to have a look at it myself during the next few days.

But now to the posts here in the forum:

@ Daniel Maheux
Creating an ATC radar control shouldn't be too much of a problem, although, of course, a bit of work. At the moment I can't remember Google Earth to offer a way to write your own plugins. So such an ATC radar would have to be a separate application (not running inside Google Earth). Anyway, I'll have a look at Google Earth again whether there really is no way to display custom windows or controls inside it.

About the units: That should be quite an easy thing, maybe a switch to select which units to prefer or just displaying both units at the same time. I'll think about this and I'll try to include it in the next version of FSXGET.

The display of flight plans, etc. is already implemented and included in the source code version available on CodePlex. Nevertheless I still need to improve the user interface to make these features more comfortable to use. But this will for sure be part of the next version that'll be released.

@ Easyrider
Glad to here that you like FSXGET. For the moment, the only way to automatically center the view on the aircraft position is by right clicking the user aircraft entry in the object list to the left and selecting properties. There should be a check box somewhere saying "center the map to this location" or something like that. Unfortunately I'm at a public computer right now and don't have access to Google Earth, so forgive me if the explanation is somewhat inaccurate. I'm sure you'll be able to find that check box. In any case, I'll try to add a few more options to control the view to the FSXGET settings dialog with one of the next versions of the tool.

Thanks at the two of you for your feedback. I hope I'll be able to publish a new version this month.
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 8:30 AM
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Original Author: jtr
Original Date: February 28, 2007, 03:51:39 PM

Note: This post is obsolete and of no interest for the discussion here on CodePlex.

Yet another thing: For further feature requests or bugs, you're free to use the "issue tracker" on CodePlex (http://www.codeplex.com/fsxget) now. There's as well a "discussion" feature for general talk about the tool. And please, don't be afraid if you're the first one to post there ;-)

So some time in the near future, I'd like to move all discussion to CodePlex and take this forum offline.
Coordinator
Mar 28, 2007 at 9:44 AM
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Original Author: jtr
Original Date: March 28, 2007, 10:36:26 AM

Note: This post is obsolete and of no interest for the discussion here on CodePlex.

Last post on this thread.

I finally managed to move this thread completely to CodePlex. The thread here will be locked and I'd really apreciate it if you continued the discussion at http://www.codeplex.com/fsxget/Thread/View.aspx?ThreadId=8627.
Developer
Jun 4, 2007 at 11:04 AM
Hello everybody, hello Juergen!

Just a suggestion for further development of FSXGET: a function to run fsxget + google earth on a client machine if FSX runs in a "server" would, by my
opinion, be a good solution. I tried to fiddle around a bit with this kind of setup and got nothing of course, but I have a feeling if only there was option to point
to the location of FSX everything would actually work. Would you consider in building this functionality in your application that otherwise performs fine on a local machine and also google earth on client + fsxget+fsx on server configuretion works fine.
Coordinator
Jun 17, 2007 at 6:54 PM
Hi adr170,

thanks for your feedback. The idea of running FSXGET on a machine different from the one running FSX did also come up to my mind. Unfortunately using the means Microsoft provides with the FSX API, there's no "easy" way to do so. It's not too complicated either but it's more than just flipping a switch somewhere and it'll work.

The feature you suggested will be on the To-Do list but please don't expect it too soon. It'll probably be a while till we get to that one.
Developer
Jul 1, 2007 at 10:51 AM
Edited Jul 1, 2007 at 10:56 AM
Hello Juergen,

just downloaded the latest release = GE Tracker 0.0.3.1 RC3 and IT WORKS on a client machine,
exactly the setup I mentioned in my previous post.

What puzzles me is you're saying that this functionality is still on "to do" list?

What I did? Actually nothing special, uninstalled the previous version and did a fresh install of RC3. I then cranked everything up, as said FS X running on server machine and Google Earth + FSX Google Earth tracker running together on client. Could it be the simple fact that connectivity is established because of runung the MS FS X SDX SimConnect.msi, the part that SDK says needs to be ran on client machines. I actually ran it in order to make Active Sky running on a client machine and following the instructions provided with network setup of Active Sky that requires some editing of simconnect configuration file.
Coordinator
Oct 9, 2007 at 6:17 AM
Hi adr179,

sorry it took me THAT long to answer. I've been somewhat busy moving back to my home country.

Actually, your right, seems that simconnect by design offers network support, i.e. running it on a machine different from the one you're running FSX on. I must have overseen that somehow. That's why I thought this is a feature we need to implement directly in FSXGET and told you that it's on the to do list. That was definitely my fault!

So now, as there's no need to implement this feature, maybe we could at least provide some automatic configuration utility to setup simconnect for client / server mode.

Thanks for your feedback on this feature!
Feb 3, 2008 at 4:26 AM
Happy to see Fsget back alive ! i use it EVERY DAY since first version !
Here is my "wish list" ;-)
It's possible to have switch for change METER to FEET ?
Capability to show the 2.5 min prediction only
Yes i know Flight plan is planned, (Thank's) but maybe on the next release ? ;-)
Squawk code ( Transponder )
In Google, ai description on this form :
TYPE / ID
--------------
ALT / SPEED

Keep up your work Juergen !

Dan
Quebec
Coordinator
Feb 3, 2008 at 10:42 AM
Hi,

thanks for your feedback.

I should be able to put some (optional) conversion of meters to feet into the next release. That shouldn't be too much work.

about the prediction points: that's already possible, it's just the user interface that is not complete so far. but you can edit the config file directly. It's an XML file located in your user application data folder, e.g. on windows vista C:\Users\<yourusernane>\AppData\Roaming\Jürgen Treml\FSX Google Earth Tracker\<versionnumber>\settings.cfg"

it's an XML file and somewhere in it, you'll find:

<user-path-prediction Enabled="1" Interval="1000">
	<prediction-point Time="30" />
	<prediction-point Time="150" />
	<prediction-point Time="300" />
	<prediction-point Time="600" />
	<prediction-point Time="1200" />
</user-path-prediction>

as you can guess, it's the predictions points (in second). just add or remove entries as you wish.

about the transponder code ... i'll look into that, if there's a way to get it from SimConnect API, it should be easy to add. just as changing the formatting of AI description.

last but not least flight plans: I started integrating them but it's a bit more work than I thought because there's a lot of details to account for. don't know whether I can do that for the next release. We'll see!
Coordinator
Feb 12, 2008 at 12:16 PM
Just released new versions which includes selectable units. I didn't have time to do the GUI so far but you can select the unit type via the config file.

In the config file look at the <ge> node where you'll find something like:

<ge>
	<units>1</units>
	...
</ge>

Set the value to '0' for meters or '1' for feet.

Note: Make sure you edit the config file in the folder corresponding with the version in the about box of FSXGET, i.e. the config file of the version you've installed on your computer.
Coordinator
Feb 14, 2008 at 9:00 AM
Short update:

Forget my last two messages! As of today, with the latest version of FSXGET, it's possible to select display units and edit course prediction points through the GUI.
Feb 15, 2008 at 3:35 AM

juergentreml wrote:
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Original Author: jtr
Original Date: November 02, 2006, 05:25:07 PM

What would you like to see in future versions?



Hi JTR,
First everything woks perfectly ! for futur... i come back with the way how we see "ai arcraft"
I use Fsget for doing ATC with my friend group. 2 thing miss for a perfect ATC radar. The way how i see my friend, and the flight plan, on the case juste departure and arrival will be correct, but if we can see all plan thats should be great !

The way how we see other pilot...
The windows showing an aircraft picture is funny, but with all aircraft addon coming in future, will be difficult to keep up to date this feature. I think the standard radar way showing label TAG look like "aircraft id / aircraft type / Speed / Altitude" and all visible permanently on screen would be great ! Lets me know if you anderstand this request... i'm very poor in english, i can send a picture for explain my suggestion

Thanks Juergen, your work is already great !

Dan
Quebec

Coordinator
Feb 15, 2008 at 12:48 PM
I think I understand what you mean. It'll take some time to integrate those thing but sooner or later it'll be part of FSXGET.

I had a short look into replacing the default labels with some more advanced ones. You can see a first screenshot here. It's not final, it's just a first draft. But I guess that's basically what you'd like to see, right?
Feb 15, 2008 at 7:57 PM

juergentreml wrote:
I think I understand what you mean. It'll take some time to integrate those thing but sooner or later it'll be part of FSXGET.

I had a short look into replacing the default labels with some more advanced ones. You can see a first screenshot here. It's not final, it's just a first draft. But I guess that's basically what you'd like to see, right?


Yes it's right ! without frame for stay compact and avoid to mask to much space

Thanks JTR !

Dan
Quebec
Oct 29, 2008 at 1:58 AM
Greetings,  FSGET is an awsome tools to keep track of who's playing on the server.   In addition to their aircraft ID, anyway google tracker can also display their Gamespy ID and IP addr's in google earth?  I been searching for a tool to try to get their IP so I can ban bad players at the firewall level.  FSX provides the banning capability but it doesn't stop players from comming back on the server.

Cheers and thanks for the great tool.

Heyeadc123