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FSXA How TS handles (presets) file names and other topics

Discussion in 'Terrain Sculptor' started by FlyingAxx, 18 Apr 2017.

  1. FlyingAxx

    FlyingAxx

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    Hi Don,

    The last days I extensively used TS in order to smooth the environment of some airports I had pimped just a bit. However, I tumbled more than once in a trap Terrain Sculptor offered to me (okay, finally my fault, of course).

    It seems to me the the tool grabs the last used file name and the location where it had compiled to, even when stating a new project. It would be more convenient in my personal opinion if the project folder would be chosen once and then (quasi) static for a project's life time and, even more important, the essence of a project name would remain static (it might be the ICAO or anything else). It happened to me that I compiled a new project being named correctly under the name of its predecessor.

    It happened similar when saving the project file itself by choosing "Save as". I found the former name being set, different from the actual valid name, and this was kinda disturbing.

    What I'm doing wrong, or by asking the better question, is there any way to prevent this?

    A second topic: When opening a project a list of existing files appears, but this list is not visible when selecting "Save as"? It would be nice if in next versions the previous file names would show up as well.

    At last a hint and a question: While preparing the triangulation around a given airport flatten the preparation function "Profile Blend Outline" stopped working for unknown reasons. I needed a couple of attempts before it worked again - finally I changed slightly the position of a node, even far away from the area it stopped working before. What could cause TS to terminate? It didn't crash nor block. However, I closed it and started with the saved file again.
     
  2. gadgets

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    I am travelling at the moment - away from my development system - and unable to determine what I may be able to do ablout your concerns.

    Please send me/post a reminder in a couple of weeks and I'll take a look at these issues then.

    Don
     
  3. gadgets

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    Axel, I've now returned from my travels.

    Re your concerns:
    1. Initialization of Save as ... file name - This operation is due to a design oversight and I'll fix in the near future.
    2. Save as ... File list - TS uses the standard Windows function for Save as ... opening the dialog at the folder from which the file being saved was initially retrieved. If the existing files are in that folder then they should be displayed. If they are in another folder, then it's up to you to select that folder. If they are in different folders, that would require a custom function (which isn't in my current plans)
    3. Profile Blend Outline stops working - this happens to me occasionally (and infrequently). I believe it is due to a SimConnect or FSUIPC request or response "going astray". TS directs Flightsim to move to a specific location and checks the aircraft position at the next 100 ms "tick". If the user aircraft is not at the right place at the time, TS repeats the request and so on. However, from the code, it appears if the request is not satisfied in 3 attempts - which might happen if the machine/Flightsim is very busy - the process simply aborts. I need to check into this further and, perhaps, allow more time or at least advise the user that the process has aborted.
    Stay tuned,
    Don
     
  4. gadgets

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    Axel, please give Development Release 1.2.07(a) (available from http://stuff4fs.com) a try. It clears the filename when a new project is initialized. As well. if TS is unable to position the user aircraft, the user is now advised after 10 retires (~1 sec.)

    Don
     

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