collapse

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 5
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 2
  • Dot Users Online:

* Recent Topics/Posts

The Viper Simmer by jjbravo
[July 20, 2021, 10:22:28 AM]


Hello from Germany / 1st Glory Wings! by Snoopy
[July 18, 2021, 02:41:03 AM]


DCStoF4 by SharkNoir
[July 13, 2021, 02:22:54 PM]


Greetings, Norway signing in by jjbravo
[July 12, 2021, 04:14:00 PM]

Author Topic: DCStoF4  (Read 544 times)

Offline SharkNoir

  • Brig.General
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2004
  • Location:
  • Posts: 214
  • Country: fr
  • VP Awards : Old Geezer Award: Awarded after 10 years of community service
    • The "Old" UCC System
    • Awards
DCStoF4
« on: July 05, 2021, 09:14:27 AM »
Hello,

For those of you old enough to remember I'm the author of the UCC. The UCC drove many cockpit systems back when there was not a lot of such systems available in the prehistoric times of cockpit building :)

Nowadays with more ppl using both DCS and BMS in their cockpit I wanted to try to make cockpit interfacing with both sims much easier than what it is.
In that idea I created a program that collects information from DCS and translates them into a format readable by BMS cockpit utility.
Basically the DCS variables populates the BMS shared memory which in turn is read by cockpit hardware

This should make cockpit interfacing much easier (at least I hope)
At this time I concentrate only on the F-16

The software is called "DCS to F4"

It's far from being finished and I need some help from testers on several points if you're willing to helm make the app more complete.

  • Find out if my solution is interesting.
  • Look for bugs.
  • Help me find some data I'm missing on DCS.
  • Help me improve the program.
  • Find an icon.


How the program works:


1/ extract the content of the archive to a new folder of your choice.

2/ copy the content ("Export.lua" and "DCS-XFLIGHT" subfolder) of the "DCStoF4\DCS" folder to : %YourUseraccount%\Saved Games\DCS.openbeta\Scripts for DCS Open Beta and %YourUseraccount%\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts for the stable version

3/ Start Falcon BMS to the Ui (to activate the shared mem) and launch all required cockpit software as if you were setting up for a BMS flight. (UCC, DedCapture V2, Yame64, MFDE, etc.)

4/ launch "DCStoF4.exe"

Start a mission on DCS or DCS Open Beta.

Disclaimer,
the software is free to use as I am not looking for money, but I also do not want other ppl to use my work and make money on my back.
So please respect my work.


link to download :

https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ai2CjfRIh6gzgcJEgp31Q6NYP40yVg?e=vciGrZ
« Last Edit: July 13, 2021, 10:42:44 AM by SharkNoir »
Manufacturer of former UCC

Offline SharkNoir

  • Brig.General
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2004
  • Location:
  • Posts: 214
  • Country: fr
  • VP Awards : Old Geezer Award: Awarded after 10 years of community service
    • The "Old" UCC System
    • Awards
Re: DCStoF4 -- I need help if you want
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2021, 09:22:49 AM »
Known issues:

- The RWR keeps symbols in the middle (see next post)
- The eHSI hardly works (see next post)
- For the ADI, the ILS bars do not appear (See next post)

- You need BMS on the main menu for most programs to work (research in progress).

- The DCStoF4 program must be restarted for each mission, it is a temporary measure, hopefully I will get rid of that as the software gets updated in the future
« Last Edit: July 05, 2021, 10:21:41 AM by Red Dog »
Manufacturer of former UCC

Offline SharkNoir

  • Brig.General
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2004
  • Location:
  • Posts: 214
  • Country: fr
  • VP Awards : Old Geezer Award: Awarded after 10 years of community service
    • The "Old" UCC System
    • Awards
Re: DCStoF4 -- I need help if you want
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2021, 09:36:16 AM »
What I need to find out:
(feel free to provide advices if you can)

- DCS: I'm looking for the coordinates of the RWR symbols in DCS
- DCS: I am looking for info about HSI bits in DCS (bearing to station, crs, ...
- BMS: I am looking for the variable to makes the ADI displays the ILS bars in BMS  - it's probably in the HSI bits but I can't find where exactly
« Last Edit: July 05, 2021, 10:19:52 AM by Red Dog »
Manufacturer of former UCC

Offline Red Dog

  • Administrator
  • General
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2004
  • Location: Brussels
  • Posts: 3634
  • Country: be
  • VP Awards : 3000+ posts Award: Awarded for achieving over 3000 posts : Gold Medal Award: Awarded for special contributions to the community : Outstanding Build Award: Awarded for an outstanding pit build : Top Poster Award: for those 30 members with most posts : Silver Heart Award: Awarded to those showing a real heart for the community and/or it's cause : Most Time Online Award: Awarded to those 30 members with most time on the forum : Old Geezer Award: Awarded after 10 years of community service
    • CombatSim Checklists
    • Buy me some coffee
    • Awards
Re: DCStoF4 -- I need help if you want
« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2021, 11:37:19 AM »

- BMS: I am looking for the variable to makes the ADI displays the ILS bars in BMS  - it's probably in the HSI bits but I can't find where exactly

Might be in FD bits HSI bits, ADI_GS and ADI_LOC for the flags
and probably in FD Vars AdiIlsHorPos & AdiIlsVerPos for the actual needle position I presume.

there's the famous BMS flightdata app in the tools folder that allows you to check these bits and variables

Have a bandit day
Red Dog

Offline Red Dog

  • Administrator
  • General
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2004
  • Location: Brussels
  • Posts: 3634
  • Country: be
  • VP Awards : 3000+ posts Award: Awarded for achieving over 3000 posts : Gold Medal Award: Awarded for special contributions to the community : Outstanding Build Award: Awarded for an outstanding pit build : Top Poster Award: for those 30 members with most posts : Silver Heart Award: Awarded to those showing a real heart for the community and/or it's cause : Most Time Online Award: Awarded to those 30 members with most time on the forum : Old Geezer Award: Awarded after 10 years of community service
    • CombatSim Checklists
    • Buy me some coffee
    • Awards
Re: DCStoF4
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2021, 01:39:01 PM »
This is awesome !!

in a blink I reactivated most of my cockpit systems while flying DCS :)
AIC, with most of it working, needles, lights ...
screens, ded
Wow

Way to go Sharknoir.
this is a great beginning and You just made my week test flying the DCS viper in the marianas


Have a bandit day
Red Dog

Offline Kukki

  • Administrator
  • General
  • *****
  • Join Date: Oct 2005
  • Location: Aabybro
  • Posts: 5550
  • Country: dk
  • Kurt "Kukki" Andersen
  • VP Awards : Old Geezer Award: Awarded after 10 years of community service : Gold Cup Award: Awarded to someone for a special achievement : Gold Medal Award: Awarded for special contributions to the community : Silver Heart Award: Awarded to those showing a real heart for the community and/or it's cause : Top Poster Award: for those 30 members with most posts : 3000+ posts Award: Awarded for achieving over 3000 posts : Most Time Online Award: Awarded to those 30 members with most time on the forum : Outstanding Build Award: Awarded for an outstanding pit build
    • Kukki?s F-16 website
    • Buy me a beer
    • Awards
Re: DCStoF4
« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2021, 02:51:37 PM »
super cool, I will take a look at it too  :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Offline SharkNoir

  • Brig.General
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2004
  • Location:
  • Posts: 214
  • Country: fr
  • VP Awards : Old Geezer Award: Awarded after 10 years of community service
    • The "Old" UCC System
    • Awards
Re: DCStoF4
« Reply #6 on: July 06, 2021, 10:38:00 AM »
update to V0.2. link above

Add :

* HSI To flag
* HSI From flag
* HSI Ils Warning Flag
* HSI CourseWarning flag

For HSI, i looking for "bearingToBeacon" to finish it.
Manufacturer of former UCC

Offline SharkNoir

  • Brig.General
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2004
  • Location:
  • Posts: 214
  • Country: fr
  • VP Awards : Old Geezer Award: Awarded after 10 years of community service
    • The "Old" UCC System
    • Awards
Re: DCStoF4
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2021, 04:18:18 AM »
Setting the export of DCS screens.

Currently, DCS only exports screens on the PC that runs the simulator and cockpit exports only work on the Cockpit view (not in the exterior view).
For the HUD view only (ALT-F1), it does not export certain instruments either, unless we activate the extraction of these on or outside the main screen (DED, CMDS, UHF, RWR, EHSI).

So I give you a set of files to copy - paste in the main installation directory of the game (not in the save directory).
This will allow you to get a functional cockpit in single HUD view.

Once these files are installed, you will have to choose "DCStoF4 for F-16" in the game parameters, in the "SCREENS" choice in order to validate the option.
You can refine the instrument settings (especially for MFDs) by editing the file: "\ Config \ MonitorSetup \ DCStoF4-F-16.lua"

Link:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ai2CjfRIh6gzgcJFRh_860ZhyrjZyQ?e=kQdK11
« Last Edit: July 11, 2021, 04:21:28 PM by SharkNoir »
Manufacturer of former UCC

Offline Red Dog

  • Administrator
  • General
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2004
  • Location: Brussels
  • Posts: 3634
  • Country: be
  • VP Awards : 3000+ posts Award: Awarded for achieving over 3000 posts : Gold Medal Award: Awarded for special contributions to the community : Outstanding Build Award: Awarded for an outstanding pit build : Top Poster Award: for those 30 members with most posts : Silver Heart Award: Awarded to those showing a real heart for the community and/or it's cause : Most Time Online Award: Awarded to those 30 members with most time on the forum : Old Geezer Award: Awarded after 10 years of community service
    • CombatSim Checklists
    • Buy me some coffee
    • Awards
Re: DCStoF4
« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2021, 03:18:03 AM »
Thanks Olivier

My center screen is still inop, but I continue testing asap.
This piece of software is a real gem for us having built a pit for BMS and willing to port it to DCS. It's so easy and efficient.


Have a bandit day
Red Dog

Offline SharkNoir

  • Brig.General
  • *****
  • Join Date: Mar 2004
  • Location:
  • Posts: 214
  • Country: fr
  • VP Awards : Old Geezer Award: Awarded after 10 years of community service
    • The "Old" UCC System
    • Awards
Re: DCStoF4
« Reply #9 on: July 13, 2021, 02:22:54 PM »
Add V0.3

* The first UI for DCStoF4.
* Adjust the ILS in ADI
Manufacturer of former UCC