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 Post subject: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 7:53 pm 
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Hi All,

Flight Viewer is a just a system where you can broadcast continous screenshots of your flights on the web while flying.

Basically the same concept as SAG-TV, and a few other places have.

I've always enjoying SAG-TV, but felt limited because you had to actually be logged on to Vatsim, and be a member of vatsim Europe. I had the feeling those requirements limited the actual participation in such a system.

So I have set up a dedicated host at viras.org, for this purpose, but with the goal of pilots who are, and who are not part of networks such as vatsim/Ivao etc participating.

The way it works is simple.

1) Run the FS ScreenCap program.

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2) Go to the viewer web page (http://www.viras.org/fv) , and within about a minute or so, your information displays on the view list
with any other flighsimmers sending screenshots.

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3) Clicking on the 'Online' link, displays the viewer page for that
pilot.

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A new screenshot is sent about once every 10 seconds, the viewer page page also refreshes itself about once every 10 seconds. The participant list is updated once every minute.

If you have FSUIPC installed, then it will also send some simulator details such as your aircraft's coordinates, altitude, and speed.

Right now the web page is still in a basic state, but that look will change soon as Garry our web page designer is working on it.

What I'm looking for is a few volunteers willing to help test out the system while they are flying around in flightsim. And maybe provide some suggestions ideas etc to improve it.

Anyone interested, please contact me via email (at alstoer1@compuserve.com) or PM me. Include your, name (real) , email, and I will give you an initial account and password on the system for testing.

Thanks.

Regards.
Ernie.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 8:55 am 
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There is now a registration page on the web site, those interested in this can now sign up from there.

http://www.viras.org/fv/

Thanks.

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Ernie.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 9:54 am 
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Hi Ernie,

where is the "FS ScreenCap" available for download,? Already sent the Registration Data.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 10:15 am 
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AUA144 wrote:
Hi Ernie,

where is the "FS ScreenCap" available for download,? Already sent the Registration Data.


The link is in the email sent back with the userid/password etc.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2009 12:27 pm 
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Roger that, thanks!

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 Post subject: Re: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:48 pm 
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Is this still working? Or there is something similar out somewhere?


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 Post subject: Re: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 5:54 pm 
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Dallyborr wrote:
Is this still working? Or there is something similar out somewhere?


Its working.

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 Post subject: Re: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 9:50 am 
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Is there any intention to fix this again after the server crash? ... Or is it just being 'left to die'..? I would have thought / hoped that it was just a simple case of uploading a backup.

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 Post subject: Re: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Tue Sep 06, 2011 5:50 pm 
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geoffco wrote:
Is there any intention to fix this again after the server crash? ... Or is it just being 'left to die'..? I would have thought / hoped that it was just a simple case of uploading a backup.

Geoff


Unfortunately no, it was supposed to be a simple restore. But the hosting site did not configure the new machine as they did the original, so its taken some work to get the access and settings it needs, and also I've been really busy at work lately so i haven't mad much time to work on this the past few weeks.

Right now the php part does not have MySQL libraries (I know, who installs php without MySQL support ?) but they did,
so I'm trying to get them to install those libraries, hopefully it all starts working again.

So hopefully this weekend it will be back up.

Thanks.

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Ernie.

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 Post subject: Re: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Wed Sep 07, 2011 11:27 am 
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No SQL support with a PHP enabled hosting - certainly unexpected but at least they are fixing it. Also, I can fully appreciate that you are busy with other projects, at least one of which I am very much looking forward to seeing released - there is a good reason why Virtual Blue1 launched a 'retro operations' section as soon as the real airline retired the RJ85... All the same, I'm looking forward to it going back online. Hopefully the integration with our VA website will also just work again as before, but if not I shall be in touch by email to ask the new details...

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 Post subject: Re: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 1:52 pm 
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Its back up now.

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 Post subject: Re: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 6:59 pm 
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Unfortunately does not appear to be working though. When I try to run FS ScreenCap (ver 1.4.1.3b) I get a message:

Connection Attempt to 'viras.org' Failed !


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 Post subject: Re: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Tue Sep 13, 2011 10:43 pm 
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geoffco wrote:
Unfortunately does not appear to be working though. When I try to run FS ScreenCap (ver 1.4.1.3b) I get a message:

Connection Attempt to 'viras.org' Failed !


Geoff


for some reason the process stopped.

Its been restarted.

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 Post subject: Re: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Wed Sep 14, 2011 9:31 am 
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Yep, working fine now in terms of image upload etc, although I did see it drop my connection once this morning...

In terms of the http://www.viras.org/fv/ site there are a few problems. The layout looks messed up in FF5 but not in IE8 - in FF there seem to be a few html 'comments' showing up ( <!----------------- Begin Footer -------------------- --> ) but I assume this is some debugging you are still doing? Could that be the source of the layout issue? Also, the download link for the screen capture software http://www.viras.org/dl/FSScreencap.zip comes up with a 404 error.

Next question... How can this be better advertised to get new folks to join and use it more? It's a great idea but it seems under-used. SAG-TV on the other hand is almost always in use...

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 Post subject: Re: Flight Viewer
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 10:30 pm 
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geoffco wrote:
Yep, working fine now in terms of image upload etc, although I did see it drop my connection once this morning...


I still need to set it up so that if the process is stopped it restarts automatically.

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In terms of the http://www.viras.org/fv/ site there are a few problems. The layout looks messed up in FF5 but not in IE8 - in FF there seem to be a few html 'comments' showing up ( <!----------------- Begin Footer -------------------- --> ) but I assume this is some debugging you are still doing? Could that be the source of the layout issue?


No debugging, and its displays correctly in Google Chrome, so I dunno.

My guess is it doesn't accept one of the settings in the tables.

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Next question... How can this be better advertised to get new folks to join and use it more? It's a great idea but it seems under-used. SAG-TV on the other hand is almost always in use...


I've tried advertising it before, and it seemed to work some, but paying for ad banners was too expensive for
the small number of new members being added. Then I pitched it to Virtual Airlines, some responded, and signed
up, but the word didn't seem to filter down to its members.

SAG-TV is part of Vatsim so it has the built in social network to spread the word. We don't have that here.

So I dunno. Certainly the site being down for as long as it was hurt it,so we'll have to build that back up and go from there.

Some word of mouth on the forums etc is probably would help.

Regards.
Ernie.

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