Tuesday, August 26, 2014

vLSO is ready

Ok guys,
This time just a few new features:

  • The S-3B by Dino Cattaneo is now supported by default
  • LSO radio channel
  • Even more randomized LSO calls
  • An add-on menu option to repeat last LSO text message

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Windows 7 theme pack

Ok guys,
Those of you using Windows 7 can customize its desktop by using my Navy theme pack. Download it from the sidebar and save to a place of your choice, then double-click and it's done.
This pack is optimized for 1920x1080 resolution.


EDIT. I've added more background images, now it totals 31. Please re-download the pack.

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New S-3B soundpack (preview)

Ok guys,
This here is my preview of a new soundpack for Dino's new S-3B Viking. Enjoy watching!..

Sunday, May 11, 2014

vLSO is ready

Ok guys,
As usually, there are a number of new features in this beta, as well as some minor tweaks and bugfixes:
  • New marshal/tower calls
  • New LSO comments and voice calls
  • A dynamic burble behind the ship
  • A bunch of new columns in the CSV
Also, I recommend to (re)move the original Sound folder and its Marshal subfolder prior to unzipping this package.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

vLSO is ready

Ok guys,
Finally my work on this beta is done... It's a major update, with a number of new features and with some minor tweaks and bugfixes... What's new?
  • A rollback option (after a successful trap)
  • A NATOPS option (to follow CQ/FCLP requirements)
  • Tracking pilot's currency
  • A new logbook file format
  • Export and import of logbook records in various formats (XML, CSV, LXF)
  • New LSO comments - TWA, TCA, LIG
  • New LSO grade - WOP
  • Colored CQ/FCLP logbook records
  • Color icons for different CASE approaches
  • New LSO voice calls
Don't worry about the new logbook format - the program will automatically convert your logbook to the new format, the LDF, provided the logbook was created by vLSO of the 0.7 series. The original DAT file will be renamed to Logbook.old.

Also, I'd suggest to move (not just copy) the Sound folder to a safe place and replace it with a new one from the package.

Well... Download, unzip and have a good weekend flying with the new program! )))

Monday, January 27, 2014

beta 0.8 WIP [3]

Just a couple of tiny changes...

As per Scott Gray's requests I've added one more export format to the program, the CSV, so CO/LSOs will have another option when parsing pilots' logbooks and filling their greenieboard DBs.

A sample of output CSV file would be like this:

Busy B;2014-01-05;D;WO;1;SLO(H)X FIM F(H)IC ;
Busy B;2014-01-05;D;OK;4;F(LO)AR ;
Busy B;2014-01-07;D;(OK);3;(LO)X (LO)IM (H)AR ;
Busy B;2014-01-07;D; OK ;5;;
Busy B;2014-01-07;D;(OK);3;;
Busy B;2014-01-11;D;OK;4;(LO)X FIM (LO)AR ;

Also, the number two column now displays the AC model instead of the AC number. It seems to be more reasonable when tracking pilot's currency...

Friday, January 24, 2014

beta 0.8 WIP [2]

Ok guys, this time I'd like to show you my latest changes to the GUI.

Honestly, I was never happy with that cluttered 'Date, CASE' column and finally I decided to move all CASE info into a separate column and switch to graphical CASE presentation. I believe, that graphic form is far better and easier to read, than the old text one. A 'blue sky with a number' represents Day CASE approach, a 'dark sky with a moon' represents Night approach respectively:

Perhaps the only thing to discuss here is those icons ;-) And I'm open for that...

Guys from the FSDT forums are suggesting a more consistent form of CASE presentation. Got rid of graphic, only numbers now, also added different backgrounds for all possible CASE day approaches (the more severe the conditions the darker background):

Also, note that another new column has been added to the Stat board - currency of a pilot . This one shows all the necessary information concerning pilot's qualification and practice state and follows (in general) LSO NATOPS. This feature is under your control and if you are a casual pilot and all you want to do is fly a couple of passes around the boat, just turn it off.

And finally, two new buttons appeared below the Stat board - the Export and Import buttons - in place of that dummy Greenieboard button, hanging there for a long, long time... The two corresponding functions will allow pilots to exchange their logbooks with each other, as well as with their CO/LSO (or other person in charge with their squadron's greenieboard).