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Upcoming Improvements in STB V3.2

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The next release of SuperTrafficBoard is V3.2, and is expected to include the following changes:

- Support for Prepar3D. More on this another time!

- Airline logos for the major AI packages are now included, and selectable by AI package in the settings notebook. You can still add your own or use your own collection, but if the standard ones meet your needs there's no need to go to all the trouble of downloading and installing them separately. You can also choose the logos to use (by AI package) in the configuration wizard that shows up when you install STB for the first time.

- Speaking of the configuration wizard, this is significantly improved both in terms of looks and functionality. For those that like to run STB on a separate computer to FSX, the wizard will now create all the necessary configuration files including simconnect.cfg. Under most circumstances, you never need to worry about the content of those files to get STB talking to a separate FSX.

- We moved up from the ancient clickteam installers on to InstallSheild, which is a much more pleasent end user experience.

- In case you no longer wish to use STB and deinstall it, there's an automatic deinstallation process that can delete STB files and remove the unique configurations made to FSX on STB's behalf. This is also true for the STB-DS application.

- The shared folder between FSX and STB when each are running on separate computers is no longer required. Previously this was used to load flight plans for AI aircraft, for instance during the "Depart Now" command. However STB-DS can now do this directly on the FSX computer at the request of STB. The share was the My Documents/Flight Simulator X Files folder.

- The View AI command is also now implemented by STB-DS when FSX and STB are running on separate computers . The net effect of this is the chosen AI aircraft appears in the main FSX much faster than before, where STB had to send many view commands over the network to FSX. This means you are much less likely to see other AI aircraft show up before the one you are interested in is reached.

- STB-DS also has a configuration wizard, that runs the first time after installation and any time you wish it to from the user interface. As per STB, the STB-DS wizard will automatically configure simconnect for you (the simconnect.xml) file so once more you are unlikely to be concerned with the contents of that file.

- And the usual collection of bug fixes as reported by users.

As you can see, we invested a lot in improving the infrastructure and configuration experience, and in particular the work required to make STB work on a separate computer to FSX is a great deal easier than before. Many pages were dedicated to this in the user guide, now it's about half a page!

There's still a couple of things to take care of, plus plenty of quality assurance to do so it will be a little while yet but it is most definitely a "this year" project!

Simon

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It looks like the STB 3.2 for FSX is going to make it out of the gate first, but I don't think P3D will be too far behind. For FSX, we'll be running an open beta program right here for you to try out the new features. Still fighting around some problems on Widows user access control, but it's all starting to come together.

Simon

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It looks like the STB 3.2 for FSX is going to make it out of the gate first, but I don't think P3D will be too far behind. For FSX, we'll be running an open beta program right here for you to try out the new features. Still fighting around some problems on Widows user access control, but it's all starting to come together.

Simon

I have a quick question for you Simon, if you don't mind.

I just purchased the software last night and I have a question. I'm a bit confused with the wording on the windowed mode for fsx and STB open at same time. Here is my question.

If I have FSX in window mode and am setting up STB and then once it's setup, I minimize STB on my machine then go back to Full screen - as I'm running 3 x 22inch monitors in Nvidia 2d Surround - will it still function doing what I programmed STB to do or do I have to run them in that windowed config all the time inorder for the Ai to work at all.

Reason: I don't like using Window mode all the time because it looks like junk compared to full screen mode in FSX across multiple screens. Yes I stretch it over, but I prefer to run full screen.

Thanks

Rob

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:) still I'd really like, as I proposed a long while ago, a "screensaver mode" with STB, that is the possibility to view airport activity through automatic adjustable cycling views, on a screen, without touching anything

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STB V3.2 for FSX will be released as beta just as soon as my web site provider fixes their problems so I can upload files.

STB V3.2 for P3D is delayed due to an issue with a 3rd party. I'm working to resolve it as fast as I can, but to an extent it is out of my hands.

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