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Ron Attwood
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Re: New Feature List

Postby Ron Attwood » Fri Mar 03, 2017 1:42 pm

Hello Peter. A little thing came up yesterday evening (Oo er missus!) re: name tags.

Scenario: people have spawned at different ends of the runway, i.e. 0.5-7 miles away. Name tags cannot be seen until we are at 0.3 miles when they come on again. In the air they are visible 6,7,8 miles away.
Where it is a 'concern' is when the clans are gathering "Is everyone in?" " I can't see anyone" " Leave and rejoin then". You get the picture.
Is there a way this can be rationalised?
Really looking for stuff to complain about now! :D

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Re: New Feature List

Postby Peter » Fri Mar 03, 2017 2:05 pm

Hi Ron,

I'm fairly sure that the absence of the label when stationary is purely an FSX thing. I don't think there's anything I can do about it. I could be wrong and perhaps there's a way of making it show all the time, perhaps I'll investigate at some point. Doesn't this problem also occur in FSX multiplayer?

I've also heard the phrase "I can't see anyone" plenty of times, usually quickly followed by either "Oh, you're way over there", or "you're behind that building", or "I'm using default airport scenery" (actually this last one should no longer be a problem in 1.1.7 if my height adjustment code works).

The quickest way to check if aircraft are actually in the simulator or not is to right-click in FSX and look at the menu for the local traffic. For me, that's always been an accurate way to quickly determine if aircraft are actually present or not.

Hope that helps,
Peter

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Re: New Feature List

Postby Ron Attwood » Fri Mar 03, 2017 5:13 pm

Sitting there waiting for posts? :D
If it is an 'FSX thing' it's one I've not seen in FSX MP before. I did wonder if there was a slider I'd missed, but no.
It's not important but if you stumble upon something it would be nice to fix.
Cheers

EDIT: Just noticed this "height adjustment code". Eek! Murky waters methinks. :shock:

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Re: New Feature List

Postby ATC Roo » Fri Mar 03, 2017 9:02 pm

Ron Attwood wrote:Sitting there waiting for posts? :D
If it is an 'FSX thing' it's one I've not seen in FSX MP before. I did wonder if there was a slider I'd missed, but no.
It's not important but if you stumble upon something it would be nice to fix.
Cheers

EDIT: Just noticed this "height adjustment code". Eek! Murky waters methinks. :shock:


I see it a lot during our group flights with JoinFS and other platforms.

I believe it is an FSX thing.

I think the default distance for a label to be shown when aircraft are airborne is 10nm and less than 0.5 nm when on the ground.

This is apparently to stop lots of labels showing and overlapping each other (making them unreadable) when there is lots of traffic on the ground.

The distances are apparently hardcoded into FSX and unable to be changed easily, like in a cfg file.

A work around might be the default GPS which shows traffic on it similar to TCAS.

I can send you one to show only ground traffic, only airborne traffic or both airborne and ground traffic if you'd like?

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Re: New Feature List

Postby Ron Attwood » Fri Mar 03, 2017 10:35 pm

Hey Roo. Like I said, it's not a big deal. I do have a GPS 530 that has TCAS and 3D terrain. Do you know Bliksimpie? :D In the normal course of events enabling ATC in JoinFS results in aircraft being on the skew/tilted over to one side. Not good if you're flying close formation. ;)
Thanks for your input.

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Re: New Feature List

Postby 511Flyer » Wed Mar 08, 2017 4:37 pm

This is something that our small group of VFR Flyers have noticed with JoinFS, but not seen using the usual FSX Multiplayer connection. We will be running further checks to confirm this.

It can be a nuisance when following an aircraft in to land, because as soon as that aircraft touches down, the flag disappears. It means that if the pilot hasn't declared "runway vacated", you have to go around or run the risk of a ground collision.

Den.

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Re: New Feature List

Postby Ron Attwood » Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:46 pm

Not just us then. :)

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Re: New Feature List

Postby ATC Roo » Thu Mar 09, 2017 11:57 pm

This seems to be the New feture thread so Ill post my idea.

I've noticed the hub list growing as more groups learn of JoinFS.
I know pilots/ATC like to join their groups hub when they get time to fly/control, but I see a lot of hubs only have 1 or 2 users when that group are not enjoying an organised flight.

Would a way for those users to be able to join a general hub be a good idea?

It would be nice to fly on route and see a pilot from another group fly past or another groups ATC online.

Maybe a tickbox allowing a groups hub to join a general network?
That way all hubs and users could be connected when joining their groups hub.
If a group has an organised group only event the box could be unticked and then reticked after the event?
Or even left ticked to see other groups flying the other way?

I know I've made it sound easy with a tick box and I'm sure it's not, but it's an idea.
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Re: New Feature List

Postby Peter » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:28 am

ATC Roo wrote:Would a way for those users to be able to join a general hub be a good idea?


Since I started on the hub network, I've wondered about having a single live network either instead of or as well as having separate ones. After all, the hubs are designed to be public so that anyone can join in. People can still create their own private networks so I don't think there is a down side to somehow having a larger scale public network.

Originally it was a choice between having separate hub sessions, as it is now, or combining them all into one session so that whichever hub you join you will see everyone who has joined via a hub. You can of course still do your own thing as a group in whatever location, but you would be able to see others in the aircraft list. I quite like that idea because it effectively becomes a single world network, like VATSIM.

Another alternative is to have a tick box for the pilot to use on the main form, which automatically connects to a hub, either a general one like you suggested or it applies some logic such as which hubs are most populated or which has activity closest to where I am.

I may also be able to add a general session as you suggested, but rather than a 'general hub', it's actually a general session managed by the hub network, but still appears as a 'virtual hub' at the top of the hub list, called something like 'Global session'. That would also mean the existing hub list can stay much as it is.

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Re: New Feature List

Postby ATC Roo » Fri Mar 10, 2017 9:55 am

I'm all for anyway people can fly together.

We all enjoy the same hobby, we've just picked different groups to be a part of.

I like the idea of a one world with different groups flying different sorties past each other.

As you can hide users I can't see a problem with undesirable lunatics wanting to cause problems.

But I know not everybody would like that, so maybe the virtual hub suggestion?


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