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FGrun optional viewer or splash png to save memory

Postby clrCoda » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:42 pm

The request is for a select-able option tick to be placed on the Aircraft Selection pane of FGrun to allow one to load the model viewer that displays the aircraft or optionally the splash png from that model instead.

If you are not using the viewer, why load an additional, memory hogging, complete model of the plane you will load in sim? It's just going to remain on your desktop, uselessly using memory until you quit sim and then quit FGrun.

What if instead we could have the splash.png of the aircraft in the same box that the viewer resides in?

Great if the FGrun originally loads the viewer. Switching the box to Splash would instead load splash.pngs until the viewer was selected, even if that means quitting and reloading FGrun.


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Re: FGrun optional viewer or splash png to save memory

Postby Gijs » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:48 pm

It already does that! In the top right corner of the aircraft page, there's a "3D preview" option. When disabled, in Git/3.0, it shows the splash (or thumbnail, if splash is unavailable), in 2.12 it shows the thumbnail.

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Re: FGrun optional viewer or splash png to save memory

Postby clrCoda » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:50 pm

gosh, how embarassing.

ummm, musta been a good idea then. :)

Thanks Gijs
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Re: FGrun optional viewer or splash png to save memory

Postby clrCoda » Mon Dec 02, 2013 5:53 pm

Could I suggest then a default splash in the case of

"Can not find image" (path to image ) /thumbnail.png?

As is the case with the 777 series.

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Re: FGrun optional viewer or splash png to save memory

Postby ludomotico » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:00 pm

Sorry for hijacking your thread, but since we are talking about features that are already there but we didn't notice...

Is there any way to change the number of the items in the list "last used aircrafts"? I'm aware there is a property in the configuration file (aircraft-mru-count), but lines 2650 and 2651 in wizard_funcs.cxx, seem to limit this list to 5 items max. Any reason for this?

(I cannot compile at the moment, this is why I cannot check for myself :) )
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