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PSX CDU control from iPad (and maybe iPhone)

Started by felixk2, Wed, 3 Sep 2014 18:36

Jeroen Hoppenbrouwers

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Felix, I'll see what I can pack up for you. I have it all because all photos were made explicitly for this purpose.

The fonts you need are tricky. There is NO FONT OUT THERE that matches anything close to a real CDU, especially not one that matches the original cathode ray tube vector plotting (which is the only real CDU  :-)  ). But a while ago, Martin and Hardy designed these from scratch using TTF and they are great. I recommend to use these.

However we need to properly document the heritage of all these materials. The photos were made by Jörg Löhnig and the fonts thus by Martin and Hardy. We need in some way to get these attributions into the app.

You can get a lot of stuff right now by fetching my MCDU from hoppie.nl/mcdu, installing it, and then looking in the img folder and the fonts folder of Windows. However I have still better stuff, which I need to collect. Especially the fonts are not complete in this one on the web and I have larger imagery.


Hoppie

Ray_CYYZ

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Quote from: Ray_CYYZOnly one request, but it is a biggie: Android support!

Cheap 7" androids are about < $200. The cheapest Apple I see is a iPad mini for $319.

There are now windows based tablets on sale for $150, Windows runs on Atom.

Really? Lowest I have seen is $299 here for a Dell 8" with an Atom.


http://www.pcworld.com/article/2600807/toshibas-7-inch-encore-mini-could-be-the-first-99-windows-tablet.html


You can also use pluggable products --  usb 3.0 -> HDMI to expand the video outputs.

Reality has not caught up with hype, we'll see how long it takes to ship over the border to Toshiba Canada.

http://www.toshiba.com/us/tablets/encore/mini/WT7-C16 - USB 2.0, not 3.0

Nice to see Microsoft has dropped the license fee on units under 9 inches, that will be cause a whole new flood of models with crazy pricing!

felixk2

Hoppie,

Attribution isn't a problem I will have a section in the app for that. I'll take a look at what you have on your mcdu application.

Thanks
Felix

Phil Bunch

Best wishes,

Phil Bunch

OmniAtlas

Quote from: Phil BunchDo any tablets run Java?

Windows tablets do.

felixk2

Making good progress today. Almost done with the display...

Here's what it looks like in PSX:


And here's the equivalent on my iPad:



Still plugging away...will keep you all updated.

Felix

Sylle

Hi Felix,

Looking great!
Will the 'tap & hold' keypress be possible as well? Like when you want to clear the whole scratchpad at once with the CLR key.

This is something that doesn't work with virtual CDU app for Microsoft flight simulator.

Looking forward to the result!

Cheers,
Sylvain

felixk2

Hi Sylvain,

Absolutely. The PSX networking interface has the capability to do this with the CLR and ATC key.

Thanks!

Felix

OmniAtlas

Hi Felix,

let me know if you are looking for beta testers :)

Running iOS on an iPad Air and iPhone 5.

felixk2

Yea definitely. Once I get a stable build i'll let you know.

Phil Bunch

felixk2,

Thank you for developing this app!  I have several iPod Touches and iPads in my household, and it will be interesting to learn how they can be used best.

Thanks also to Hoppie for offering his photographs and for his MCDU project.
Best wishes,

Phil Bunch

felixk2

Thanks Phil!

Here's another update:



Almost ready for beta testing!!!

Still using the copyright CDU images from PSX. Still just a placeholder for now...

OmniAtlas


Hardy Heinlin

Quote from: felixk2Almost ready for beta testing!!!

Still using the copyright CDU images from PSX. Still just a placeholder for now...
Could you now remove this "placeholder" from your app please?

Sorry for being the party killer here, but you keep touching a spot where my temperament is very explosive (although I'm otherwise a very calm and patient type of person).


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felixk2


felixk2

Almost done!!

Still need to do the following:

1. Font size issues
2. Annunciator lights
3. MCDU background image

Here's the latest screenshot:


Hardy Heinlin

Congrats!

The screen font looks great now.


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Zapp

Looking pretty good! I alos have both an Iphone 5s and an Ipad Air, will be happy to beta test it!

Andrea

Markus Vitzethum

Excellent work. I was waiting for this, too!  :)

(... having actually moved the MCDUs of other sims to the iPad running a virtual 2nd or 3rd windows monitor. A tablet is definitely suitable for this. I already wondered how to drag the PSX CDU to the 3rd monitor but there is no need anymore.  :) )

Markus

felixk2

Thanks guys! I will let you all know when it's ready for beta.

Thanks Hardy! The fonts are really tough to get right, and I still have a lot of refining to do.

Get ready for the announcements from Apple tomorrow. I might have to port this app to the I-watch too :-)

Felix