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FSX Planner release 20 now available (July 11)

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Hi all,

Release 20 of FSX Planner is now available. This release has several significant additions, most notibly triggers, scenery objects and background images.

It is available here: http://www.zbluesoftware.com/clients/FSXPlanner.zip

Here's what is new in this release:
* Background images are now supported. You can have as many background images as your copmputer's memory and cpu speed can support. Each one should be a 72 dpi jpg. You will also need to know the lat/lon coordinates of the top left and bottom right points of the image. The images can be displayed either above or below the aiport diagram. This, along with the transparency of the images can be specified in the Preferences dialog. To add or remove background images from the airport select Edit -> Manage Background Images. Images are also saved with each airport.

* An example background image for LaGuardia airport is included. It covers the end of runway 31. To view it select Edit -> Manage Background Images. Then click the Select Image button and browse to and select the LaGuardia1.jpg image file. It should be in the same folder as the FSX Planner application.
The top left lat/lon is 40.7746187308/ -73.8644635677.
The bottom right lat/lon is 40.7697436836/ -73.8558804989.
Make sure that background images are set to be displayed (Display -> Show Background Images) otherwise you won't see the image.

* Fuel Triggers are now supported. You can add a fuel trigger by selecting the fuel trigger tool from the navigation tool bar (View -> Navigation Toolbar) and then drawing the fuel trigger in the same fashion as you would draw an apron. Fuel triggers are necessary in order to have your plane be refueled at a fuel parking location. You should create one that covers at least the fuel parking space. Fuel triggers can be displayed or hidden by selecting Display -> Show Fuel Triggers, or by using the ctrl-shift-F key command. They are hidden by default.

* You can automatically add a fuel trigger to a parking location by pressing the fuel icon in the parking location properties display, or by selecting Add Fuel Trigger from the right-click drop down when a parking location is selected.

* The color used to draw the Fuel Trigger polygons can be set via the Colors tab of the Preferences Dialog (File -> Preferences).

* Scenery Objects are now supported. You can add a scenery object by selecting the scenery object tool from the navigation tool bar (View -> Navigation Toolbar) and then clicking on the airport where tou want to add the scenery object. After placing the scenery object you have to specify what it should be. You can do this by selecting from a drop down of default flight simulator scenery objects from the Scenery Type drop down. If you want to enter a specific GUID for the object, then choose Custom Scenery Object from the drop down and enter the GUID into the Name text field. Scenery Object can be displayed or hidden by selecting Display -> Show Scenery Objects. They are hidden by default.

* You can automatically add a fuel station scenery object to a parking location by pressing the scenery icon in the parking location properties display, or by selecting Add Fuel Station from the right-click drop down when a parking location is selected.

* You can automatically add a localizer array scenery object to an ILS Feather by pressing the scenery icon in the ILS properties display, or by selecting Add Localizer Array from the right-click drop down when an ILS feather is selected.

* You can automatically add a VOR Station scenery object to a VOR by pressing the scenery icon in the VOR properties display, or by selecting Add VOR Station from the right-click drop down when a VOR is selected.

* You can automatically add an NDB Antenna scenery object to an NDB by pressing the scenery icon in the NDB properties display, or by selecting Add NDB Antenna from the right-click drop down when an NDB is selected.

* The color used to draw the Scenery Objects can be set via the Colors tab of the Preferences Dialog (File -> Preferences).

* Airport Fuel Services can now be edited. Select Edit -> Airport Services to open a dialog that allows you to modify the fuel services available at the airport. Note that this does not create locations at the airport where a plane can refuel, but rather controls the list of available fuel options that is displayed for the airport in the gps.

* Tower properties have been updated to allow you to edit or add tower scenery objects for each tower. A list of stock tower scenery objects is available for you to choose from, or you can create your own and use that. This allows for you to have a physical tower associated with the tower viewpoint.

* The corners handles of exclusion rectangles have been made much bigger in an effort to make it easier to grab and resize them when zoomed out.

* The color used to draw the Exclusion Rectangles can be set via the Colors tab of the Preferences Dialog (File -> Preferences).


Bug Fixes:
* Fixed a bug that caused the Find Airport dialog to occasionally incorrectly identify airport bgl files for airports in the southern hemisphere.

* Fixed a bug which caused the Secondary Landing attribute of a runway to be incorrectly recorded.

* Fixed a bug that caused FSX Planner to freeze during compilation if BglComp.exe was not found.


-Russell
 
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We have created a web page that will allow you to easily (we hope!) create background images for use in FSX Planner. The url is: http://www.zbluesoftware.com/fsxplanner/maps.cfm

This page allows you to specify a lat/lon coordinate to jump to, or allows you to scroll the map in the usual manner to move it around.

We have provided several different resolutions to choose from, allowing you to find the one that best fits your monintor.

The top left lat/lon and bottom right lat/lon coordinates of the image are also displayed. You will need these to enter into FSX Planner. The easiest way to do this is just to copy and paste from the browser int oFSX Planner.

To get the image you'll have to take a screen shot, and the use an image editing program, like photoshop, to crop the image down to just the map image.

Thanks to Google for the maps. :)

-Russell
 
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