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Discussion in 'Airport Design Editor' started by richard64, 20/1/08.

  1. richard64

    richard64

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    Hi all, well I'm getting along fine with ADE but please answer this for me.
    What is the correct link to use to connect a hold short to a runway start?
    And what is the correct link to use to connect a taxiway to a ga parking spot?

    Regards
    Richard
  2. scruffyduck

    scruffyduck Administrator Staff Member FSDevConf team Resource contributor

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    A regular taxi link

    A parking link. However with ADE you can pick ant link type as I recall because ADE will always draw a parking link type and correctly orient it for you. The parking spot must be the destination of the link but whichever way you draw it (starting on the parking spot or not) ADE will sort it out and make the parking spot the desination.
  3. richard64

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    OK thanks Jon, here is another one.
    Every time I make an amendment to my airport I have to copy and paste the new bgl to my scenry file in FSX and then re start FSX, this is very time consuming, is there a way to add a new/ammended bgl to FSX WITHOUT having to re start the sim?
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    scruffyduck Administrator Staff Member FSDevConf team Resource contributor

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    Richard

    you can tell ADE where you want the bgl file to be saved. When you compile it select the folder in FSX where you want the bgl file to reside. After that ADE will remember the location for you.

    The only safe way to ensure that FSX picks up the changed bgl file is to restart the sim. If you were to saved the compiled file somewhere else and copy it over FSX might accept the new version but you wouls still have to change to another airport and then change back. The only safe way I know is to shut down FSX before compiling and then re-open it. You should see the dialog that FSX is creating the scenery database (or something like that). When this is shown you can be sure that FSX has picked up any changed bgl files
  5. Golf-HotelDelta

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    It is necessary only to open "Settings/Scenery Library" and click "OK" to have FSX rebuild the indices after adding a new bgl.

    However, you may find that the file is locked by FSX and you won't be able to save your bgl directly to the scenery folder. I normally pause FSX, go to settings and uncheck the particular area before copying the file then go to settings and re-check the area.

    George
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    To underline Georges' point - BglComp will not update a Bgl if FSX is currently displaying information from it. To make matters worse you get no message or warning that the file cannot be updated - one of the favorite gotchas around here......
  7. jvile

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    This was a change in FSX when compiling with the bgl compiler. Sometimes you can copy a bgl into FSX when it is running and sometimes you can't. It is also part of the way the FSX platform is tailored to ownership and if FSX is part of the Program File folder structure or not.

    Both Phil and Reggie have posted on this owership in the past on other forums where as programs like FSX set all the rights to the files as owned by the system. This causes FSX not to allow in some cases (based on setup) to copy out or copy in files that are in use when FSX is running.

    However like Jon and George has pointed out there are work arounds for coping in bgl's
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  8. richard64

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    OK Thanks guys, I'll stick to the tried and trusted method of adding the bgl and restarting the sim.

    Richard
  9. Gypsy Baron

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    I use a "ping-pong" method when creating and testing
    my ADE created BGL's.
    I have two folders named "Test_1" and "Test_2"
    that I alternately enable\disable through the
    FSX Scenery Library menu.
    If "1" is enabled and I make a change, I copy the
    new BGL to "2", disable "1", enable "2".

    This cuts the load\reload time in half from the
    method of using only 1 active folder.

    The downside that I have seen is that each time
    the Scenery Library is accessed from the menu bar
    while FSX is "in free flight", the AI seem to get
    duplicated when FSX reloads the scenery & AI.
    A rather strange occurance, IMO, and probably something
    that was never caught or seen by beta testers.

    I fisrt noticed it when working on an airport and
    adding parking specifically for the AI I had added.
    I started seeing aircraft parked on top of one another.
    Looking at the Traffic Toolbox Explorer, I noted that
    the AI flight #'s, etc were duplicated or "triplicated".

    Some time later I connected the "dots" and linked
    this aberant behaviour to the scenery & AI
    reload events.

    Paul
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    All you need do is go to World/Time and Season and click on "OK"

    George
  11. jvile

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    That happens to me and around Atlanta the FPS comes to its knees very quickly.
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    Set the time.

    George
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    Thanks George. Thinking about it now, that makes perfect sense.

    Paul
  14. jvile

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    I normally change the heading by 1 degree in the pulldown menu. This reloads FSX and gets rid of the AI duplicates.

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