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ESTimers - timers plugin for euroscope


Olaf Langelaar
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Hello all,

For use in my local VACC I have made a simple euroscope plugin to add some timers to use to apply wake turbulence separation between starting aircraft. After releasing and testing it locally within the Dutch VACC I think it's good to go to share with everybody.

These timers are drawn inside your euroscope screen, it includes timers for 1, 2 and 3 minutes. Left mouse button will start or restart any of the timers independently. Right mouse button will reset any of the timers.
A sound will be played and the relevant timer will be shown in red when a timer has finished.

https://i.imgur.com/q3LSue7.png

Download:
Version 2.2 of the plugin is downloadable as a .zip. Click me

Installation: Load the ESTimers.dll into your euroscope plugin and give it permission to draw on your euroscope radar screen, see the image below.
Important: ensure that the .dll and .wav remain together in the same folder.

Uitgebreide manual

FAQ
Q:  "Failed to load plugin DLL"
A: Download the latest x86 c++ 2019 redistributable from microsoft. https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/topic/the-latest-supported-visual-c-downloads-2647da03-1eea-4433-9aff-95f26a218cc0
Q: I hate the alarm sound
A: Replace alarm.wav with your favorite sound. Meowing cats for example.

 

Questions, feedback or other comments? I'll be happy to hear!

Olaf

Edited by Olaf Langelaar
Update download link to v2.2
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On 8/16/2021 at 9:11 PM, Itay Fishman said:

Hello, first of all thank you very much!
One question, is there a way to change the timer from 1 minute to 1:30 minutes and 2 minutes to 2:30 minutes?

Hello Itay! Thanks for the input, I will add that to the improvements for the next version, it should be relatively simple to make them configurable. This initial version only has these fixed times because that's what we use in our VACC 🙂

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I have released version 2.0. In this version the timers are made configurable. You can either edit the settings or use the commands ".timer1", ".timer2", ".timer3" followed by the desired time. For example ".timer3 210" will set the third timer to be 3minutes 30 seconds as shown in the picture below. These commands will also save to the settings file.
 

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The settings in the plugins settings text file to make the above screenshot are

Euroscope timers plugin:timer1:90
Euroscope timers plugin:timer2:120
Euroscope timers plugin:timer3:210

This version also fixes a bug where the timers can go off screen if the plugin settings contain an X and Y beyond the border of your screen.

Thank you for the suggestion @Itay Fishman

Download can be found HERE.

 

Any bugs or other improvements I'd love to hear it as always.

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Thanks for the update!
Is it possible to have the timer persistent per ASR?

If I'm doing topdown, I might start the chrono in the ground view and then go back to the area radar ASR, which will not beep when the time is over. I will need to go to the ground ASR for that to happen.

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8 hours ago, Bernardo Reis said:

Thanks for the update!
Is it possible to have the timer persistent per ASR?

If I'm doing topdown, I might start the chrono in the ground view and then go back to the area radar ASR, which will not beep when the time is over. I will need to go to the ground ASR for that to happen.

Hello Bernardo. Thank you for the report! I'm used to a proxy instance so I hadn't run into this issue yet. I have changed some things around and ESTimers should now correctly stay on your screen when you change ASR files.

 

V2.2 - Maintain timer state throughout radarscreens

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3 hours ago, Olaf Langelaar said:

Hello Bernardo. Thank you for the report! I'm used to a proxy instance so I hadn't run into this issue yet. I have changed some things around and ESTimers should now correctly stay on your screen when you change ASR files.

 

V2.2 - Maintain timer state throughout radarscreens

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Works perfectly! Many thanks!

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On 9/6/2021 at 10:33 PM, Olaf Langelaar said:

I have released version 2.0. In this version the timers are made configurable. You can either edit the settings or use the commands ".timer1", ".timer2", ".timer3" followed by the desired time. For example ".timer3 210" will set the third timer to be 3minutes 30 seconds as shown in the picture below. These commands will also save to the settings file.
 

afbeelding.png.5a56a1f44b14604b19e6d03eb5b0fb18.png

The settings in the plugins settings text file to make the above screenshot are

Euroscope timers plugin:timer1:90
Euroscope timers plugin:timer2:120
Euroscope timers plugin:timer3:210

This version also fixes a bug where the timers can go off screen if the plugin settings contain an X and Y beyond the border of your screen.

Thank you for the suggestion @Itay Fishman

Download can be found HERE.

 

Any bugs or other improvements I'd love to hear it as always.

Thank you!

 

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Think I may have found a bug. When in the approach ASR the font of the plugin is as it should be (per the picture you have shared), however in the ground ASR the font is different and much bigger.

On 9/6/2021 at 10:33 PM, Olaf Langelaar said:

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APP.png

GND.png

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13 hours ago, Itay Fishman said:

Think I may have found a bug. When in the approach ASR the font of the plugin is as it should be (per the picture you have shared), however in the ground ASR the font is different and much bigger.

 

APP.png

GND.png 

Hi Itay, thanks for the report, and the screenshots make it easier to find out what's going on. I think I can see what I need to do.

Can you just confirm for me - If you unload the other plugins that are used in your ground view, do the timers show correctly? 

Olaf

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Hi Olaf, I have unloaded the plugins used and the font is still bigger. In addition I have found 2 more bugs (Hope the amount of bug reports don't bother you).
1. During EuroScope startup the plugin shows the font bigger and only after a few seconds it shows the correct font size.
2. When using the Vector Tool the plugin shows a bigger font in the Approach ASR and a smaller font in the ground ASR.

All of the bugs I mentioned now and before can be seen better in this video:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvbRSEXX4ZnK9lsLISloaHFLmIyF?e=RhvLzD (It's a download link to the short video since it didn't let me upload it).

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16 hours ago, Itay Fishman said:

Hi Olaf, I have unloaded the plugins used and the font is still bigger. In addition I have found 2 more bugs (Hope the amount of bug reports don't bother you).
1. During EuroScope startup the plugin shows the font bigger and only after a few seconds it shows the correct font size.
2. When using the Vector Tool the plugin shows a bigger font in the Approach ASR and a smaller font in the ground ASR.

All of the bugs I mentioned now and before can be seen better in this video:

https://1drv.ms/u/s!AvbRSEXX4ZnK9lsLISloaHFLmIyF?e=RhvLzD (It's a download link to the short video since it didn't let me upload it).

I have played with the ASR settings and found that if this command (DisplayTypeNeedRadarContent:) is set to 0 the font will be bigger and if set to 1 the font is in its normal size.

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Hasn't the font issue got anything to do with the Euroscope beta versions? Can you check if the font is still too big on the normal ES v3.2?

The font does some weird things on vSMR and the UAC plugin too when switching between latest beta and last stable.

 

(sorry for posting pics of unrelated plugins) 

image.png.233c9fbab08ed496c56222ef0a590edc.pngStable

image.png.0357a1730d7530a90f91eaefa5760c2e.png Some beta

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