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Creating replacement gauges for MSFS 2020

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I have been sick for a very long time, so it has been a while since I have been able to work on gauges. My last project, which I had to stop work on, was a glass gauge for P3D v4, using the mixed mode method using C++ driver/XML. Now I am reading a lot of the posts on creating gauges for MSFS 2020 that seem to indicate everything is totally different.. Is it even possible to create a replacement gauge, like a glass gauge, that can be added to an aircraft panel? And be able to share the gauge with others? I am sorry if this seems like an ignorant question given how long it's been since the new simulator was released, but I'm really playing catch up.

Also, are people still using P3D? I would like to finish that gauge.

Thanks for any help.

Rob
 
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C++ and simconnect are mostly the same. XML gauges are dead and replaced by html/js. The good news is html/js is more powerful than XML. The bad news is you need to learn a whole new programming language.

Ultimately whatever gauge you develop is limited to replacing existing gauges as there is currently no way for gauges to appear as 2D popups (well they can, right alt + left click will create a new window but you need to have the gauge appear in the VC first).

The Working Title G1000 NXi is an example of an advanced gauge replacing the existing glass panels in aircraft.

The SDK has a couple of examples of the gauges you can make with the new systems. See SDK/Samples/Aircraft.
 
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Thanks for the quick answer.

I am already fluent in HTML and JavaScript, so that is not a problem. I expected after 16 years there were going to be some major changes, other than the spectacular scenery, but this does not look like a problem. When I get into it I might create a tool that converts XML gauges to HTML.

Thanks for the help.
 
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Thanks for the quick answer.

I am already fluent in HTML and JavaScript, so that is not a problem. I expected after 16 years there were going to be some major changes, other than the spectacular scenery, but this does not look like a problem. When I get into it I might create a tool that converts XML gauges to HTML.

Thanks for the help.

Your XML gauges should work in FS2020, you should try them first before going through the conversion efforts.

Its Probably best to peruse through the SDK before making any decisions on how to proceed regarding your project in MSFS.

There are still some people using P3D, though the majority of the activity is now with MSFS.
 
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