Adding aprons and taxiways over an image

JonPatch

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I've just started today using ADE, and so far it's working great. Good work, Jon et al!

My reference is an airport chart from the Alaska DOT. I have added this as a background image, and registered it to the correct location. Now how do I refine the taxiways and aprons when they are covering up the background image?

(Aside: the facility I'm working on, PAKT, is being rebuilt: the runway is being shifted 500 feet Southeast along the centreline. The FSX default .bgl had the end points of the runways accurate to within a meter of the correct new location! Taxiways and aprons were approximate.)

Jon
 
#2
Jon

At one time in previous test versions we had a shader percent value that was suppose to allow us to set the see through of the image or ADE. I can't find that entry in the edit of the image anymore. I do see a bring to front or bring to back in edit screen but don't see a change when used.

Maybe George or Jon knows what happen to the shader percent or it might still be there amd I can't find it.
 
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scruffyduck

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#3
Jim, Jon

I have it one the list to have transparency for images but altho I did some work on it I have not implemented it yet
 

JonPatch

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#5
Ya, Jim, that's what I'm looking for. George, when refining corners and such if the taxiway graphic is opaque I can't see the reference image underneath ....

Roger that, Jon.

Jon
 
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Jon (JonPatch)

You and Holger do alot of advance work. Keep in mind that ADE Home Version is a Novice program that has locks and forces certain XML code to a default for compiler purposes.

Sometimes I have to temp delete a apron on the outskirts of a airport just to see what Google earth is showing under ADE. This helps in designing a new shp2vec CVX bgl for airport background boundary's or adding to a road network for animated traffic into and out of the airport.

We introduced ADE Home so many new Novice designers won't get into too much trouble with their small GA Home Airport. As we move into the future ADE Pro Edition is going to give power to designers in both the visual and unseen world of the FSX airport. This really has nothing to do with your request but just want to let those that manipulate airports like yourself that help is on the way.
 
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JonPatch

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#7
Thanks for the context, Jim. I look forward to the Pro version and am hopeful that for the smaller fields I'm working on right now ADE will fill the bill.

Jon
 
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when refining corners and such if the taxiway graphic is opaque I can't see the reference image underneath ....
I still don't see the problem. Drag the corners such that they are inside the backgrould image then drag them to their 'correct' location. For taxiways, reduce their width until positioned.

George
 
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I still don't see the problem. Drag the corners such that they are inside the backgrould image then drag them to their 'correct' location. For taxiways, reduce their width until positioned.
Yeah, that's what I've been doing with my airport projects. I haven't had a problem with this technique either. I will also take measurements in GE or VE and use that as a guideline as well in taxiway/apron placement and sizing.

For example, if I know the runway is 150 ft wide (based on airport charts), I can confirm that by using GE or VE. If when I measure the runway in GE or VE I get the same measurements, I then feel confident I can use the imagery to measure the dimensions of the other elements (taxiway widths, aprons, etc.).
 
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#10
Hi

Is the answer to the original question here not to go into the 'Options' and make the colours of the surfaces being drawn more/fully transparent then you might see the shape or width of the item underneath for drawing purposes.

Iain
 

JonPatch

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#11
George & Bob, your suggestions make sense, and are reasonable workaround. But I'm lazy. ;)

Iain, that is indeed the solution! Exactly what I needed... awesome!

Jon
 
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