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).

Saturday, January 18, 2014

beta 0.8 WIP

This video demonstrates a roll back feature of the vLSO new version:

What's more?
  • Export/import of logbook records in vLSO binary format, so you will be able to show your passes to your friends and vice versa.
  • Export logbook records to a XML file.
  • Qualification procedures and field practice support, however the original NATOPS requirements were slightly adopted to FSX and programming limitations.
  •  GPA stat board now shows your currency as well.
  • More LSO logbook comments - TWA, TCA, LIG
  • and other minor changes...

Monday, December 23, 2013

vLSO beta

Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all of you fellow simmers!
My Christmas gift is waiting for you right here on the sidebar. Have fun!

WARNING - this beta is compatible with other 0.7.* betas, but I have slightly changed sounds naming system, so you should remove (or rename) the vLSO Sound folder prior to unzipping this package.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

beta WIP

Ok guys,
Here's my quick WIP report. Thanks to Goonie, who gave me a heads up, there will be some new features in the upcoming beta:
1. A 'Clara' option.
Read this post and watch the attached video. Cool! In FSX you can also find yourself in trouble where you can't see the ball, either in heavy fog or being 'sun blinded'...
See the pictures - can you call the ball? ;-)

So, in situations like these you will be able to call 'Clara' (as in real life) and vLSO will try to talk you down to the wires. Some necessary changes to the interface are being applied:

2. Changing audio samples after each successful landing.
Currently the program randomly selects LSO audio samples upon its startup and then plays them until you exit. With the new version you will hear different LSO voices each time you trap.

Other features in my to do list are:
  • Aircraft rollback after landing on the deck (as in real life)
  • Random waveoffs during FCLP and carrier practice (as in real life)
  • Logbook export to a separate Greenieboard program.
That's all. folks! :)))

Saturday, July 20, 2013

NOLF Coupeville is here

Ok guys,
At last, the Coupeville photo realistic scenery is ready to test. If you have any other KNRA versions (either mine or someone else's) installed, please remove (or disable) them first. I have also revoked my FCLP vol.3 pack, based on the old-style Coupeville scenery. Maybe I'll create a new one for my and Brandon's new photo realistic sceneries...
As my first photo scenery, NALF Fentress, this new scenery features night and seasonal textures, two authentic LSO shacks, two IFLOLS set to 3.75 degrees and two carrier boxes with night lighting.

Hope you will enjoy this new Coupeville scenery. Feel free to report any bugs or glitches, as well as suggestions or criticism...