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    Light entries in Aircraft cfg

    Would anyone please explain the what three values mean?

    [lights]
    ;1=beacon, 2=strobe, 3=navigation, 4=cockpit, 5=landing
    ;6=taxi, 7=recognition, 8=wing, 9=Logo, 10=cabin
    light.0 = 4, 23.00, 0.00, 2.00, fx_vclight_red
    ;light.1 = 5, 2.00, 3.00, -1.70, fx_shockwave_landing_light_small_old
    light.2 = 7, -11.46,-17.55, 1.33, fx_contrail_Alpha Viggen
    light.3 = 7, -11.46, 17.55, 1.33, fx_contrail_Alpha Viggen


    Same thing for the smoke entry.....

    [smokesystem]
    smoke.0 = -22.00, 0.00, 0.00, fx_F8_engsmoke
    smoke.1 = -17.60, 0.00, 0.30, fx_ALPHA_EA6_Exh1
    smoke.2 = -17.60, 0.00, 0.25, fx_ALPHA_F8_AB <<< I think this entry if for the AB effect.

    Are there any gauge entrys in the Panel cfg that control above entries?


    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gray eagle View Post
    Would anyone please explain the what three values mean?

    [lights]
    ;1=beacon, 2=strobe, 3=navigation, 4=cockpit, 5=landing
    ;6=taxi, 7=recognition, 8=wing, 9=Logo, 10=cabin
    light.0 = 4, 23.00, 0.00, 2.00, fx_vclight_red
    ;light.1 = 5, 2.00, 3.00, -1.70, fx_shockwave_landing_light_small_old
    light.2 = 7, -11.46,-17.55, 1.33, fx_contrail_Alpha Viggen
    light.3 = 7, -11.46, 17.55, 1.33, fx_contrail_Alpha Viggen


    Same thing for the smoke entry.....

    [smokesystem]
    smoke.0 = -22.00, 0.00, 0.00, fx_F8_engsmoke
    smoke.1 = -17.60, 0.00, 0.30, fx_ALPHA_EA6_Exh1
    smoke.2 = -17.60, 0.00, 0.25, fx_ALPHA_F8_AB <<< I think this entry if for the AB effect.

    Are there any gauge entrys in the Panel cfg that control above entries?


    Thanks
    Oh, boy. I'll try...in layman's terms.

    First, here is a site that helps decipher entries in the aircraft.cfg file. Unfortunately, it is a little cryptic regarding the entries in the two sections you listed.

    For the [lights] entries, the first entry (4) is for type or circuit. The next three entries are coordinates relative to the aircraft datum. I envision the aircraft model to have three axis which create the datum - longitytude along the aircraft axis, latitude or horizontal to the aircraft axis, and height or elevation above the axis. A positive value is in front of that datum, whereas a negative value is below.

    The first value of 23.00 would be 23 units in front of the datum center. The second value of 0 is offset from the aircraft center which in this case is none. The third number of 2.00 would be height above the aircraft center or axis.

    The [smokesystem] coordinates (and others) work as described except without the first entry identifying the type or circuit. Most likely because they are controlled elsewhere, like with a gauge associated with the panel. Only way I've tracked down a specific gauge is to examine the associated *.cab file and read individual *.xml scripts. Never been able to edit, but at least I can understand the code.

    BTW - notice the negative values for the first coordinate in the [smokesystem] entries for the burner effects? That's to place them at the back of the aircraft, whereas the vclight in the [lights] section is in front of the aircraft.

    If you plan to experiment, here's a suggestion. First make a copy of your panel.cfg. Before you edit a specific line, keep a copy of the original. Something like this:

    //light.0 = 4, 23.00, 0.00, 2.00, fx_vclight_red
    light.0 = 4, 22.00, 0.00, 2.00, fx_vclight_red

    Hope that helps.
    -- WH

    If at first you don't succeed, try, try,try again. ... or go read the manual.

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    Negative entries are for left of, below, or behind the model's datum point. Positive values are the converse...right of, above or in front of the model datum....

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    If you install Shockwave Lights, their installer only modifies the default (stock) aircraft panel configs. For most add-on aircraft, you need to add a line yourself. It looks like this in the default C172.


    [VCockpit01]
    size_mm=512,512
    pixel_size=512,512
    texture=$C172s_1
    background_color=0,0,0

    gauge00=Cessna!Nav_GPS_Annunciator, 69,457, 20, 19
    gauge01=Cessna!VOR1, 259, 1,140,140
    gauge02=Cessna!Nav GPS Switch, 45,456, 20, 21
    gauge03=Cessna!ADF, 259,283,145,145
    gauge04=Cessna172!EGT_Fuel_Flow, 400,109,107,107
    gauge05=Cessna172!Fuel, 400, 1,107,107
    gauge06=Cessna182s!Oil_Press_Temp, 405,325,107,107
    gauge07=Cessna!OMI_Lights, 0,456, 44, 24
    gauge08=Cessna!Vacuum_Ampermeter, 405,217,107,107
    gauge09=Cessna!Annunciator, 0,481, 99, 25
    gauge10=Cessna172!Whiskey_Compass, 100,456, 56, 39
    gauge11=Cessna182s!VOR2, 259,142,140,140
    gauge12=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio Audio, 0, 0, 258, 50
    gauge13=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio Nav-Comm 1, 0, 51,258, 95
    gauge14=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio Nav-Comm 2, 0,147,258, 95
    gauge15=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio ADF, 0,243,258, 66
    gauge16=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio DME, 0,310,258, 66
    gauge17=Bendix_King_Radio!Bendix-King Radio Xpndr, 0,377,258, 78
    gauge18=n_number_plaque!n_number_plaque, 188,468,89,25
    gauge19=shockwave_lights!SW Lights, 1,1,1,1 //shockwave light

    It is always the last line in this section, so the gauge number is the next in sequence, not always 19.

    Hope this helps,
    MikeW

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    Quote Originally Posted by WarHorse47 View Post
    Oh, boy. I'll try...in layman's terms.

    First, here is a site that helps decipher entries in the aircraft.cfg file. Unfortunately, it is a little cryptic regarding the entries in the two sections you listed.

    For the [lights] entries, the first entry (4) is for type or circuit. The next three entries are coordinates relative to the aircraft datum. I envision the aircraft model to have three axis which create the datum - longitytude along the aircraft axis, latitude or horizontal to the aircraft axis, and height or elevation above the axis. A positive value is in front of that datum, whereas a negative value is below.

    The first value of 23.00 would be 23 units in front of the datum center. The second value of 0 is offset from the aircraft center which in this case is none. The third number of 2.00 would be height above the aircraft center or axis.

    The [smokesystem] coordinates (and others) work as described except without the first entry identifying the type or circuit. Most likely because they are controlled elsewhere, like with a gauge associated with the panel. Only way I've tracked down a specific gauge is to examine the associated *.cab file and read individual *.xml scripts. Never been able to edit, but at least I can understand the code.

    BTW - notice the negative values for the first coordinate in the [smokesystem] entries for the burner effects? That's to place them at the back of the aircraft, whereas the vclight in the [lights] section is in front of the aircraft.

    If you plan to experiment, here's a suggestion. First make a copy of your panel.cfg. Before you edit a specific line, keep a copy of the original. Something like this:

    //light.0 = 4, 23.00, 0.00, 2.00, fx_vclight_red
    light.0 = 4, 22.00, 0.00, 2.00, fx_vclight_red

    Hope that helps.
    Thanks for the info. That link will take me awhile to understand. I may try to experiment after making a backup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gray eagle View Post
    Thanks for the info. That link will take me awhile to understand. I may try to experiment after making a backup.
    This will explain it and give examples

    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/pre...ectedfrom=MSDN
    Matt
    FS Painter @ The Hangar

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