Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

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Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

Postby FF5 MadMaxX » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:00 pm

Hi there,
i am back again! It took some time to find my account email from Grant.

I have almost finished the Aeronaut a new aircraft design and pilot management tool for CS.
The open beta phase starts on December 24th. 2009, as a small X-mas gift ;)

for more informations visit our site:
http://www.foxforcefive.de/cs/

You will find a new section for Aeronaut there and can take a look on the first screenshoots.

See you Sky-Cowboys,
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Re: Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

Postby foxmalcolm » Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:54 pm

Sweet app! :shock:
Now I think the first thing to do here is to say "Congratulations all round! You guys have done a tremendous job!"
That is a real first rate, professional job.
I can see that app being used as the standard program from now on.
Well done. :D

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Re: Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

Postby Kaffis » Tue Dec 15, 2009 12:09 am

That first glimpse there looks outstanding!

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Re: Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

Postby Thom » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:14 am

Exciting stuff!
Flying the Crimson Skies

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Re: Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

Postby GalagaGalaxian » Tue Dec 15, 2009 9:07 am

Looks pretty awesome, I assume it does special characteristics from Behind the Crimson Veil as well?

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Re: Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

Postby Jerba » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:03 pm

Very exciting, indeed! I'm not too familiar with the way the FASA game works but an easy to use tool like this will definitely jump start my interest. Thanks for all the great work. I can't wait for the roll out!

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Re: Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

Postby Grant » Tue Dec 15, 2009 1:38 pm

WOW!

AWESOME work. That looks great. It'll be good to have it calculate the cost, and have the special characteristics already there :D

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Re: Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

Postby FF5 MadMaxX » Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:50 pm

Thanks for your responses.
I hope I can meet your expectations.
By the way, I actualized and added new screenshoots on our page.

GalagaGalaxian wroteColonI assume it does special characteristics from Behind the Crimson Veil as well?

Of course yes. You also can add new characteristics by yourself.
You will need only add a few new lines in the xml file, to accomplish that.

I will try to keep this tool as flexible as possible.

Grant wroteColonIt'll be good to have it calculate the cost, and have the special characteristics already there :D

Cost calculation works better then in the source books ;) A lot of the prices in the offical books are wrong, I never knew that.
During testing I thought my calc functions are extremly bugged, but after recalcing them on paper, i realized that the bookprice is wrong.

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Re: Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

Postby foxmalcolm » Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:10 pm

Hey thanks for the new screenshots, they look great!
Two things I would like to ask you though;

1) I noticed that one of the new screenshots shows a photo and unit emblem and national flag are these things we can import into the program or are they a selectable part of an in-program database?

2) I noticed on the other screenshots to do with aircraft design and the PDF print that there seems to only be the fury shown even though you were demonstrating the raven, is this intentional or is it a placeholder image?
Will we be able to have custom sheets with appropriate visual representations of the aircraft in the final design?

Sorry to bug you down with feature creep but the program looks too good not to have some customisation.

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Re: Aeronaut - an Aircraft Designer for CS

Postby FF5 MadMaxX » Wed Dec 16, 2009 1:32 pm

foxmalcolm wroteColon1) I noticed that one of the new screenshots shows a photo and unit emblem and national flag are these things we can import into the program or are they a selectable part of an in-program database?


yes pilot photos and squadron logos can be imported directly (see the Squadron window, there is an import button ;) and pilot photos are imported if you click on the photo placeholder )
The national flags have to be "imported" by hand (this means you will have to edit the xml file and copy the picture by your self) , there is no function so far to do it directly in the program.
But I put it on the idea list.

foxmalcolm wroteColon2) I noticed on the other screenshots to do with aircraft design and the PDF print that there seems to only be the fury shown even though you were demonstrating the raven, is this intentional or is it a placeholder image?
Will we be able to have custom sheets with appropriate visual representations of the aircraft in the final design?


This was indeed my first idea too, but till now it is only a fixed background image.
The main problem here is, that you have these cool bluebrint pictures of each plane in the starter Boxed Set.
And in all other publications the aircrafts are only shown in pictures of very different quality, some are good and some are very... poor.

I still have the "picture" attribute in aircraft xml but it is not used yet.


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