Running ADE on a Computer without FSX installed

#1
Sometimes, just for convenience, I'd like to edit airports on my laptop on which I have no simulator installed (for example when I'am outside of my home cockpit, at work, travelling etc). All I would need is to copy the files I want to edit from the simulator computer to my laptop and edit them in ADE there. I don't care about an active simulator connection to ADE then, because it's just bgl.-files I want to edit. But unfortunately it seems that I can't run ADE if it doesn't find a registry entry of any simulator. Is there a way to get ADE to run on a non-simulator computer apart from the obvious solution of installing a sim which I definitely don't want? Any help appreciated.

draci
 

tgibson

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#2
One thing - make sure you are editing the ad4 files, and not the bgl files (routinely). That won't help the problem with your laptop though.
 

scruffyduck

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#3
You can force ADE to display a list of FS Versions. ADE does look at the FS installation for a number of things. Also you will find other 'error' messages if there is no SDK intalled.

If you want to try forcing ADE to display missing versions then go to the ADE main installation folder and look for Global.ini Open it in a text editor you will see something like this:

[TARGET]
Version=P33
[IMPORT]
GpTextures=True
ListerSettings=True

If you can't find it - which is possible if there are no FS installations to find then you will need to create it

What you need to do is first make sure there is a section for [TARGET]. If not then add it
Now add the line

ShowAll=True

under [TARGET]

Now save global.ini and try to run ADE. If it works then you will see a version selector that shows all the versions:

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There are several places that ADE searches for registry entries - for example as mentioned above you may get messages about the SDK.

IMPORTANT NOTE
This fix should be used with great caution and only if you are sure that there are no FS installations on the computer. Some times the registry entry for a version is corrupt or missing. This fix is NOT the way to handle that. Fixing the registry entry is the proper way to proceed. FS registry entries are used by a lot of addons and tools other than ADE so if one is missing or corrupt then that problem is the one to fix
 
#4
Could I get ADE installed in my laptop without FS9 there? I can edit ADE while I'm away from home to play edit ADE work on that.

Thanks,

Stuart
 

scruffyduck

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#5
If you use the fix above Stuart then yes you can probably use ADE without FS9 present
 

scruffyduck

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#9
Where did you look for global.ini? it is in the main ADE folder. If for some reason ADE can't create it then you could manually create a text file with that name in the main ADE folder and put the fix in it
 
#10
ok thanks, i make a ini :

[TARGET]
ShowAll=True
Version=FSX
[IMPORT]
GpTextures=True
ListerSettings=True

now on my notebook ist running
 
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