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    While searching for Weather RADAR instrument pictures I came to be at the "Bendix-King by Honeywell" website: https://www.apexedge....com/index.html

    There really wasn't much to see until I saw "Design your Panel" on the menu. Clicked it and downloaded it.
    It took a little effort(Java Update) to get the installer to work right, but well worth it.

    Open up a workplan and drag/drop the instrument.

    With an A-Z by function and A-Z by mfg menu along with search, it is just what I needed to help create my gauges.

    Most of the artwork images look pretty good. You can zoom in and out for taking screenies.

    I haven't been thru the exhaustive list yet. There are 1,551 files in 135 Mfg folders.

    Just thought I'd share...Happy Holidays...Don

    BTW, I also posted this at Avsim

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    Thanks Don... And Merry Christmas to you as well. I am d/l it right now. Does it provide bitmaps which can be used to build gauges or also complete gauges? And can you export the final result as a fully fledged panel.cfg file or it is just for positioning elements?

    Paolo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anubis View Post
    Thanks Don... And Merry Christmas to you as well. I am d/l it right now. Does it provide bitmaps which can be used to build gauges or also complete gauges? And can you export the final result as a fully fledged panel.cfg file or it is just for positioning elements?

    Paolo
    No, it is actually for designing the real thing! You will have to zoom in/out and take screenies and then scale them again in your paint program to make the basic gauge bitmap.
    The needles and other things will also have to be edited. Primarily it is good for having a known instrument base to work from.

    Happy Holidays...Don

    [edit]I just had a thought...Their webmaster is gonna wonder why so much attention all of a sudden!!
    Last edited by fxsttcb; 12-24-2010 at 05:09 PM. Reason: Funny!

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    Got it now... Interesting! One can get inspiration about real gauges and instruments to create in FSX.

    EDIT: the idea of a panel designer intrigued me... I have googled around and found this: http://www.fspanelstudio.com/ Does anybody know it?

    Paolo
    Last edited by Anubis; 12-24-2010 at 05:25 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anubis View Post
    Got it now... Interesting! One can get inspiration about real gauges and instruments to create in FSX.

    EDIT: the idea of a panel designer intrigued me... I have googled around and found this: http://www.fspanelstudio.com/ Does anybody know it?

    Paolo
    With all the panel/gauge work you've been doing I'm surprised you don't already have it! FSPS is probably the best $25 I've spent in quite some time.
    I still have the freeware CFGedit version for FS98 but had to use my old W98 drive to use it...Don

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    Okay, it is Christmas time anyway... Going for that

    Paolo

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    I've been using FS Panel Studio for nearly thirteen years now. As Don said, it's the best $'s I've ever spent. Lifetime (of the author) free updates...

    My biggest problem is remembering to check the website every so often to grab the latest update!

    BTW, I've "promoted" this thread to a "Sticky" so it will be at the top of the list!
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    the actual gauge images are in .svg format. there's plugins for that for photoshop and paintshop pro, as well as internet explorer and firefox.

    Edit:

    the .svg format is an xml with vector data. with a quick and dirty edit of the bell/airspeed.svg i was able to remove the needle quite easily. just removed the last <g> element with all it's children and gone it was.

    right now i'm looking for an editor that can display the elements seperately (graphically, not just as xml text)


    Name:  bell-airspeed-2.jpg
Views: 25263
Size:  26.6 KBName:  bell-airspeed-1.jpg
Views: 8943
Size:  27.1 KB
    Last edited by Wyvern; 12-28-2010 at 12:04 PM. Reason: Additional info

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    Hi Wyvern. Thanks for the info. I can open them in Firefox and see all the <g> elements. How can we determine what element is what in the files? I also can open them in PSPX or PSP9 and see the whole graphic. Is there some way in PSP to define an element and remove it? If you find an Editor please post it here. Thanks and best regards, Bob.

    Update: I found a freeware program called Inkscape that has an XML editor in it. I opened the bell/airspeed.svg with it and was able to delete the pointer and display the gauge without it. I am trying to learn it. There are tutorials for it too. Just do a Google search on Inkscape Tutorials. If you find something better please let us all know. Bob.
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    well, what you see in the other post, i did the editing in programmer's notepad, which i use for xml editing in general.

    after some looking around i found inkscape which looks promising, but i didn't have time yet to kick it around.

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