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NEW RELEASE! v1.1: GUI toolbars & RWY incursion detection

Postby mickybadia » Sun Jan 15, 2017 11:02 pm

Hello, and happy new year.

Here is a new release for ATC-pie, including two major features (1, 2) and two other noteworthy ones (3, 4). Also, the default colour configuration has changed for a more professional dark look allowing for more contrast, but they all remain customisable.
Please have fun with all this, and I am happy if anybody posts screenshots of those feature in this thread. I am lazy to do it tonight, but it would look more pretty.

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1. Runway occupation and incursion detection
A runway is now highlighted when either:
- it is reserved, i.e. a strip is boxed for that runway;
- the RWY monitor picks up traffic on it.

The default colours are:
- yellow for reserved runways with at most one ACFT on their surface;
- red for reserved runways with more traffic, and unreserved ones with traffic.

A runway incursion sound toggle and notification were added for incursions on RWYs selected as "in use".

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2. Toolbars, icons and dock flash option
The first thing you will see. All toolbars can be toggled, moved, detached... Given the numerous docks and possible layouts, a dock flash option is now available to help you find what you are looking for on panel raise from menu or toolbar button.

EDIT: Below is a screen shot of the 3 new toolbars, incl. general tools (top, with text), dock panel buttons (bottom left, 13 available) and strip/FPL creation actions (bottom right).
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3. Strip shelf
I had always felt something was wrong about "deleting" a strip that you had controlled, vs. deleting one that you had messed up, or duplicated, etc. The former action is normal ATC operation performed when releasing a contact without handing it over, whereas the latter is private and irrelevant strip manipulation.

For a better account of the realistic work flow, I have introduced a strip "shelf" under every racked or loose strip panel. The historic and iconless "- strip" button has made room for:
- a shelf on which released contacts should be dropped;
- a smaller "delete" button next to it.

Clicking on the shelf displays the shelved strips, which can be recalled on the default rack and recycled.

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4. RWY parameters for accepted ACFT categories
Using X-plane ACFT categories (props, jets...), runways can now be configured to accept only certain categories. Parametrising your runways correctly, you can now avoid 777s requesting departure from a short grass strip in your solo sessions for examples. The instruction panel also filters its runway lists according to this parameter.
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Re: NEW RELEASE! v1.1.0: GUI toolbars & RWY incursion detect

Postby PINTO » Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:42 am

Hey mickeybadia!
Using 1.1.0 and loving it. The improvements are amazing.

Here's my current setup for the airport I'm working at:
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Quite happy with it. I want to do some custom colors and get a dark theme going.

Anywho, two things aren't working for me.
Doing an OSM image download, and uploading a flightplan to Lenny's site.

This is the error when I try to publish a flightplan online:
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I've confirmed my email/password is correct, and I've gone as far as to put data in every flightplan field I could find, but can't get it to work.

Here's my OSM download settings - it seems to fail no matter what the ratio is
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And the error is:
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Console log (was working on background images, so ignore those):
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Loading aircraft data... done.
Reading world navigation data... done.
Setting up session 4864-0 in AD mode at location KLAS.
Radar position is: 36°4'57.87''N 115°8'50.14''W
Reload: background images
Reload: background images
Reload: background images
Reload: background images
Reload: background images
KLAS/BOACH6.sid: No navpoint for "ZEWLMA" or navpoint not unique (consider using '~' operator)
Reload: background images
KLAS/BOACH6.sid: No navpoint for "JOTNU" or navpoint not unique (consider using '~' operator)
Reload: background images
KLAS/BOACH6.sid: No navpoint for "TNP" or navpoint not unique (consider using '~' operator)
Reload: background images
Reload: background images
Reload: background images
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Re: NEW RELEASE! v1.1.0: GUI toolbars & RWY incursion detect

Postby mickybadia » Sun Jan 29, 2017 2:06 pm

Hi,
Thank you for decorating the thread! :-) and for the pretty shot of your screen.

PINTO wrote in Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:42 am:I want to do some custom colors and get a dark theme going.

Do not hesitate to share any cool theme you put together; check the FAQ if you need the command to use a custom Qt stylesheet.
If we agree on a pretty theme for ATC-pie, I could add it as default and/or add a stylesheet load/reload feature to the program.

PINTO wrote in Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:42 am:This is the error when I try to publish a flightplan online: [img]
I've confirmed my email/password is correct, and I've gone as far as to put data in every flightplan field I could find, but can't get it to work.

The Lenny64 query has returned an unexpected response. Most of the time this is a breach of Lenny's server rules, including:
- callsign, full dep&arr dates are mandatory
- a callsign cannot be filed in two different FPLs if their times overlap
- perhaps a few more I forgot about

If you are on the dev branch, try again with the newest commit. I have added a console dump of Lenny's response in such cases, which will give you more insight into the problem.
EDIT: version 1.1.1 now also includes this so the normal download is enough; no need to switch to the dev version.

PINTO wrote in Sun Jan 29, 2017 9:42 am:Here's my OSM download settings - it seems to fail no matter what the ratio is

Yes, this feature often fails, and there is not much info as to why either. Have you tried with a very little image, e.g. a 1x1 NM square tile? This would at least give a chance to check if the server is up.
Another reason for it to fail could also be a server-side measure avoiding service overload. I do remember reading that they had IP checks and temporary bans when detecting repeated requests. They do insist that the service only be used in a limited way. Try waiting this out for a day or so. :-/

...and caution with your phraseology: "take-off" is a strictly reserved proword which should *ONLY* appear in take-off clearances and read-backs. ;-)
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Re: NEW RELEASE! v1.1: GUI toolbars & RWY incursion detectio

Postby mickybadia » Sun Jan 29, 2017 10:30 pm

Version update (1.1.1), including a failsafe value to avoid the problem reported with SF tickets 1927 and 1942. I would encourage to download in case this is not solved on the FG side.

And thank you vector for the following snapshots of the RWY occupation detection feature. 1: reserved; 2: incursion.
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Re: NEW RELEASE! v1.1: GUI toolbars & RWY incursion detectio

Postby PINTO » Mon Jan 30, 2017 5:52 am

Alright, I was able to push a flightplan! I tried 1NM with the OSM downloader and it still failed.

Thanks for your help!
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Re: NEW RELEASE! v1.1: GUI toolbars & RWY incursion detectio

Postby Octal450 » Thu May 04, 2017 12:00 am

Love this Micky!

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Well, this is 2 of the 3 ATCPie Instances I will have running :) Across 5 monitors. I love it!
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