View Full Version : Where are the Cessna Gauges?
01-16-2006, 01:02 AM
This question may cause uncontrolled laughter, but I still have to know. Where are the Cessna gauges located. When I looked for the Cessna Starter Gauge it was nowhere to be found.
01-16-2006, 08:51 AM
The starter gauge is included in the Cessna.gau mult-gauge file. If you open the Cessna 172 panel.cfg file, you will see this listing:
The above indicates the Starter is in the Cessna.gau file using shorthand notation Cessna!Starter. The numbers at the end indicate the panel location in pixels.
01-16-2006, 10:30 AM
Having made two popular panels for FS98, I am accustomed to choosing a *.gau file, modifying it in PSP, and after giving credit to MS, using it in my panel. Actually, I guessed your answer, and I am not surprised that MS forced panel designers to make most of their own gauges, rather than modifying MS gauges. Is this correct?
01-16-2006, 10:38 AM
Not at all correct. Multi-gauge "clustering" is simply more efficient since inter-gauge communications can occur transparently, and without cost.
With single .gau files if you want to "share variables" it requires a rather cumbersome method to be used, which itself requires more memory to be used.
01-16-2006, 12:20 PM
Hi Bill, thank you for reply. Allow me another question to further clarify my inquiry. Can I choose one specific gauge, namely the Cessna Starter, and modify only its bitmap for use in another panel?
01-16-2006, 05:28 PM
not Bill here, but if I may I will attempt to answer this question.
If you modify a panel bitmap in a cluster gauge make sure you first make a copy of it (the gauge) to work on to retain the orignal cluster gauge for the planes that use it.
Changing just one gauge bitmap (or rather two with different resolutions...) in a cluster gauge means you would have to distribute the complete cluster gauge together with your panel just for the sake of that single repaint. Copyright is also an issue here.
So in short - yes, you can, for your own fun and use repaint just a single gauge bitmap in a cluster gauge. However when it comes distribution as freeware, let alone payware, that is a different issue.
01-22-2006, 12:41 PM
Thanks Mathias for answering.
It has been too long since I took interest in compiled gauge programming. Most of my time is now spent trying to figure out X-Plane's workings since I am maintaining a flight simulator at Air Orlando Flight School - www.flyairorlando.com , that uses X-Plane.
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