SPAD.neXt will no longer search for config files in the current directory. It will look for them in the Directory where the spad.next.exe is. So you can add it safely to the startup of FSX/P3D. Again: do not copy the spad.next files to the simulator directory!
Switches-Tooltips will now show if they are configured or not
Search-Box for offsets also searches in the Description/Usage of an Offset
Added support for Bitvalue-Offsets ( Light-Switches)
Switches that are not in sync with the Simulator will flash red.
It took quite a while, but now we are here.
The first public alpha of SPAD.neXt is available now.
To run it you will have to have .Net Framework 4.5 installed.
The alpha currently only activly supports the Saitek Switch Panel, but more will be following soon. (basically only limited by when I can afford to buy additional saitek panels to get the support running.)
If you encounter any problems, send me the log-file and a description of your problem to firstname.lastname@example.org. I will hang-out regularly in #SPAD.neXt on esper.net. Also there will be some videos and Q&A Sessions on my Twitch-Channel soon as well as a Wiki.
So enough rambling. Grab your alpha now. Just unzip it somewhere and run the exe. (Installer coming with first beta).
The survey received 76 entries so far, which is far more than i expected. Nice!
It will be running for another three Days, but as it looks like my development-order, that i built in my head, suits most of you.
Since I only own the yoke-system and the switch panel right now, I will focus on those first, and then see how i can add support for the stuff i do not own.
The First-Look public alpha should be available St. Nicholas’ weekend. No promise though, but it looks good currently. What will be in: Switch Panel Support with FSX Standard, PMDG 737NGX and PMDG 777 mappings.
Some people asked “What would be in for a pro version?”. I cannot say yet. It depends on the work needed to put into the project. If I need to buy a lot of hardware etc., some of the advanced panel might be only available in a pro version. Right now the plan is to make it donation-ware. On the other hand people spend a lot of money in FSX for sceneries, add-ons and stuff. Time will show.
So, place your socks at the chimney and maybe St. Nicholas will leave something for you
Inspired from the SPAD Project , and realizing it does not support all of my FSX Planes, functions I’m looking for or not all of the Saitek panels, I decided to go ahead and write a “modern” version.
First of all, this is not a port, it’s a total rewrite and a total new software. So forget about everything that you are used to from SPAD.
SPAD.neXt (working title) is completely written in C#, .NET 4.5, WPF
Currently the basic code layout has been done, some basic tests have been done and I’m working on a public alpha, to collect some feedback. No, there is no ETA yet. It’s done when it’s done.