FsXPand & FsClient, version 7 User Manual


FsXPand 7 comes in 3 versions: Basic, FMS, an Light. Comparison of version sis found at www.flyware.nl.
Users of previous versions will have to buy an upgrade.
If you find new errors, please let us know. Problems can be reported at the forum, where a lot of issues have already been discussed. Suggestions for improvement are appreciated as usual.

Contents

1. Setup of your cockpit cluster
2. FsXPand setup
3. FsClient setup
4. Panel configuration
5. Glass panel configuration
5. Joystick configuration
6. Advanced use
7. Troubleshooting
8. Error list

Licensing

The downloaded (unlicensed) version is fully functional. The only limitation is a time limitation. You can connect to your clients for a maximum of 30 minutes (unpaused airtime, basic v. 20 minutes). After this, FsXPand will shut down. The licensed program has no such limitation. The unlicensed version will show a banner. You can remove it with a click on it.
You can connect as many PC's as you want, each running FsClient (belonging to one LAN only).
If you buy a license, it is valid for any PC on which you install FsXPand.
Of course, you need to hold all the appropriate licenses for all the software you are using on your PC's.
For use of FsXPand in a commercial environment, please call.

What is new in 7.x

- Gauges now can be selected from available types. They can also be saved as your new type after your editing them.
Available types for a number of gauges: Cessna, Collins, Beechcraft, Bendix/King, Boeing, Flyware and Generic.
A number of generic gauges have been updated. The old type is still available in the Legacy type.
- Black cockpit at startup
In Panel setup, you can choose wether you want the gauges to be black when the battery switch is off.
The Radio frames will stay, they are supposed to represent hardware. Radio digits will be black when avionics off. To be set per panel and individually per gauge.
- The Custom label can now have a color, a digit, or both. Great to make your own annunciator panel. The active label will now respond with a front change, or display a value. Choose black - white and add a butterfly mask in your MIP, and presto: a prop sync indicator.
- Battery voltage - amps -  vacuum gauges added
- Cessna gauges added
- Digital clocks
- Kingair gauges added
- Bendix/King navigation instruments added
- Legacy altimeter, vor, turn coordinator and hsi replaced by better Generic types
- Failures added: gauges will go black, when a failure flag in FS is set, serving educational purposes.
- Added joystick and key command: Master battery switch - Avionics switch - Autofeather switch - prop sync switch
- There is now a needle stop available in the gauges.

Bugs/inconveniences:
- Import 6.x panels
- Flap configuration is now read more often, no reload FsXPand necessary on FS a/c type switching
- It should not be possible to load a CDU in the basic version. Greyed out.

What was new in version 6.1

FMS: An entire new extension.
FsXPand is now compatible with CPFlight MCP/EFIS/Radios. Just check the hardware menu in your master machine.
PFD and ND can be on any client PC, as can the CDU display and keyboard. Depends only on the performance of the machine. The CDU is again another FsClient gauge.

Basic version:
- Altimeter has now a baro scale
- A lot of minor adjustmenst and small bugfixes
- Trim indicator can now be reversed


What was new in version 5.8

Compatibility added with X-Plane 9.4, requires the use of XPUIPC 1.7 or 1.8
Option for setting your PMDG offset for updating the heading bug
Navigational updates can be applied from Flyware FsXPand AIRAC cycle data available at Navigraph.

ND:
import FS 2004 lightplan
import FSX lightplan
show FP magenta lines in ND
key commands for previous-next waypoint
PLAN mode added as panel #7 in pfdnd and pfdnd_1024
EFIS key command added Press BARO - inches to hp vv

EICAS:
EICAS Thrust Mode annunciations (simulated)
EICAS fuel low
EICAS fuel imbalance

PFD:
PFD Flight Mode Annunciations (simulated)
PFD enhanced performance

Controls:
AI Align analog and buttons
Aileron trim analogs and buttons
Rudder trim analogs and buttons

extra offsets: vacuum, mixture position

minor issues, fixes:
- ND magenta dashed line is now showing under the heading bug
- selection of engine parameters is only possible with engine gauges, the non-engine parameters only with remaining gauges, the program suggested otherwise.
For your understanding: Custom gauges are never engine gauges. Usually there are unused engine gauges in every configuration to modify instead.
- square black 1 pixel border around each of the standby gauges - is gone
- no occasional overtyping of port box, caused stall of data without the user noticing
- waiting for FS is displayed in FsXpand so you know why it is not yet sending its data
- fs98 flap string error fixed
- A change of a label caption gives only 'Label'
- a few minor bugs
-Compatibility with Windows versions before win2k has been dropped

What is new in version 5.7

Importing 5.6 cockpits:
The import function will get your FsClient settings as well from your previous installation.

Added gauges: Yaw damper, brake pressure, wet compass, yoke indicator, rudder indicator, aileron and rudder trim indicator.
The scalar is now linked to the needles in stead of 1 per gauge.

Custom gauges and labels:
Round engine gauges are no longer static, they can be linked to parameters from a list. Tapes remain static for now.
There is a Custom gauge template that you can add at will.
There is a custom label/value combination you can assign a parameter to.

Bonus pack:
Advanced Gauge Editor 1.0
This separate program will allow you to take full control of the gauge layout and all its elements. It can do much more than the gauge options in FsClient itself.

More:
You can have the border around gauges off if you want.
In FsXPand, there is a FS on top - maximized option.
A few bugs an oddities fixed.

All specific round gauge elements like needle shapes, flags and bugs are bitmap based. They are in the GBmp directory. Their application is governed in the script files (.ini). You are on your own when editing .ini files.
You can switch all round gauge frames off with one tick. Turning of the frames increases performance greatly.
To see the gauge names displayed, you need to set the option in the panel menu.




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