NEW Version Of VDASH-EMU Available! (v1.1-35 2019-10)

NEW Version Of VDASH-EMU Available! (v1.1-35 2019-10)

Drag & Drop Everywhere!
A new innovative and super easy way (using drag&drop) to build your virtual racing dash for Windows, Android and Linux.

This is the main purpose of this new major update. Install templates, create virtual dash, create sophisticated Buttonbox, sharing complete dash template or part of display called “Package” has never been so easy!

 

 

 

 

DOWNLOAD VDASH-EMU

Cheers,
z

Changelog v1.1-35 2019-10:

– [CHANGE] Open files dialog size increased, long names are more readable
– [ADD] UP/DOWN images swap button added to Push-Button object to swap up/down image
– [ADD] ‘Reset Background” button to Load Background dialog to clear the current background image

Menu Objects (ALL EMU VERSIONS):
– [ADD] Send To Background menu added to send the current selected image to background
– [ADD] Turn Image To FLAG menu added to convert the current selected image to a image FLAG object
– [ADD] Turn Image To Circular Gauge menu added to convert the current selected image to a Circular Gauge object
– [ADD] Turn 2 Images To Push-Button menu added to convert the 2 selected images to a push-button
– [ADD] Turn Image To Arrow Gauge menu added to convert the selected image to an arrow gauge object (beware an arrow gauge needs a perfect square image, 500 x 500 pixel for the best result)

Menu Objects (DESKTOP EMU VERSIONS Windows/Linux/SIM Race LCD):
– [ADD] Create Objects Package menu added to create a shared package with the selected objects, all objects are saved in one file called a “Package” which can be shared with your friends! All packages are saved in vdash_template/packages directory

– [NEW] Drag And Drop files / directory onto VDASH-EMU is now allowed, list of drag and drop features included:

IMAGE:
Drag & Drop one or more image from your desktop to the EMU to create image objects
Drag & Drop image from your Internet browser to create an image object
Drag & Drop 2 images with names contain “_up” and “_down” (like my_button_up.png and my_button_down.png) from desktop to create a Push Button object
Drag & Drop a complete folder with images inside like a texture pack copy the folder into vdash_template/ directory automatically

TEXT:
Drag & Drop text from any text editor/writer like Notepad++, Wordpad, Word, Open Office to create multiple labels automatically

TEMPLATES:
Drag & Drop a json template + its preview install it on current page automatically
Drag & Drop a complete folder that contains images, templates, preview install them automatically, if more than one template found only the first one is installed on current page

PACKAGE:
Drag & Drop a package (new container in v1.1-35 which contains objects ready to use) install all objects automatically on current page, you can create and share packages easily

New Version 3.4.6.6d Of SLIMax Manager Pro And Fanatec Edition Available Today!

New Version 3.4.6.6d Of SLIMax Manager Pro And Fanatec Edition Available Today!

This update is 100% free as usual and recommended!

CHANGELOG 2019-09-27:

– New support of RGB colors of FLAG LED of Fanatec Formula V2,
Edit your setup, go to Advanced Setup Options and choose the color of each FLAG LED under LED category

– Review and cleanup all scrips files for a better stability of scripting module

– full support of VDASH-EMU and V2R (Virtual To Real Buttonbox) technology added to the Fanatec Edition, enjoy your virtual buttonbox as a real (physical) device

ATTENTION: ALL Fanatec setups have been updated with new flag LED capabilities, you need to select Advanced Options in the SLIMax Auto-Upater and force the update of all setups to get them

 

To get the latest Plugins/Software for SLIMax Mgr (PRO v3.4.6.6 or Fanatec Ed. 1.0.0.3 must be already installed),
run the manager and select menu « Check For Update… »
and then click the « Download And Install All » button

Cheers,
z

[TGS 2019] Tokyo Game Show 2019 PC Assetto Corsa Ultimate Edition Japanese version By DMM GAMES

[TGS 2019] Announced at the Tokyo Game Show 2019, PC “Assetto Corsa Ultimate Edition” Japanese version will be released and distributed on October 3rd by DMM GAMES in Japan.

The DMM Games version of the AC is not exactly the same as the steam version. If you buy this ultimate edition of Assetto Corsa and SLIMax Manager doesn’t recognize the game follow instructions written in the Assetto Corsa Plugin Info page to install the AC Plugin for SLIMax Manager (All versions), HERE.

These instructions are applicable to MotionMax Manager (6DOF Simulator software) as well.

Cheers,
z

 

New Version Of VDASH-EMU Is Out! (v1.1-34b 2019-09-09)

A new version of VDASH-EMU IS OUT! (2019-09-09)

Latest version 1.1-34b of VDASH-EMU is a major version and a recommended update.

 

Changelog:

– another big optimization of the code
bigger buttons on the Editbar
open and close the EditBar with the Editbar icon (on topleft icon)
NEW MENU: Align Left, Align Bottom and Distributed Horizontally and Vertically
these functions align automatically the selected objects or balance (distribute) the space between objects
NEW Align & Distrib icons on EditBar
Objects selection colors improved with: First=Cyan; Mid=Blue; Last=Purple
EVAL Visibility now displays the telemetry value when visible (and not just “1”)
Set Template… menu is now renamed Load Template…
size of properties dialog of objects reviewed and fixed
RPM Values can be typed in RPM LED/RPM Circle object properties dialog in addition to sliders
– [added] Font type has been added in advanced properties of SurfaceFlag object (see the screenshot)
– and other minor fixes

Cheers,
z

OPEN / CLOSE EDITBAR:

 

 

MENU OBJECTS WITH NEW FUNCTIONS:

 

BIGGER EDITBAR BUTTONS:

With the new Align left/bottom & Distribute Horizontal/vertical Icon

 

NEW OBJECTS SELECTION COLORS:

 

SurfaceFlag object font type property:

 

F.A.Q. Z-Ring For Fanatec Podium DD1/DD2 (US/UK/FR)

Salut à tous,

j’ai reçu des questions concernant le Z-Ring mod pour le Fanatec Podium DD1/DD2 (voir mon article sur mon dev blog pour plus d’info ) et malheureusement je ne peux pas répondre à chacun la même choses donc j’ouvre cette FAQ et je vais m’efforcer d’y répondre ici, si vous en avez d’autres n’hésitez pas à remplir le formulaire ICI.

Lire ci-dessous les questions&réponses en Français

voir mon article sur mon dev blog pour plus d’info sur le Z-Ring Mod

 


Hi,

I received some questions about the Z-Ring mod for the Fanatec Podium DD1 / DD2 (see my article on my dev blog for more info) and unfortunately I can’t answer to each person the same things so I open this FAQ and I will try to answer them all here, feel free to fill out the form HERE if you have any other question.

Read below the ENGLISH FAQ

see my article on my dev blog for more info

Cheers,
z

Z-RING F.A.Q. EN FRANCAIS

Z-RING English F.A.Q.

 


Z-RING F.A.Q. EN FRANCAIS

Z-Ring c’est quoi exactement?

c’est une bague que j’ai créée (la bague doit être réalisée avec précision) qui s’adapte parfaitement au système actuel “quick-release” du Fanatec Podium DD1 / DD2 pour palier à un problème de flexion de la roue  lorsque l’on ne met pas la petite vis de blocage de la roue.

Ce qui est le propre d’un système “Quick-Release” pour changer rapidement de roue.
Une fois en place le volant est stable comme dans une voiture de course et le ressentit FFB est meilleur car moins mou.

il y a un autre avantage c’est qu’une fois installé on n’y touche plus et lors du changement de roue sur la base Podium vous n’avez rien à faire d’autre que de retirer l’ancienne et remettre la nouvelle roue.

C’est donc plus stable mais aussi plus rapide lors du changement de roue.

Comment obtenir le Z-Ring?

Le Z-RING est réalisé en plastique PETG avec une imprimante 3D de bonne qualité (ou mieux en métal avec un CNC), le fichier 3D STL est fourni gratuitement et il tient compte de la rétraction naturel du PETG pour obtenir les dimensions requises.

voir mon article sur mon dev blog pour plus d’info sur le Z-Ring Mod


La commercialisation du Z-Ring est-elle autorisée?

NON, le Z-Ring est sous license Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) et ne peut être commercialisé sans mon accord ECRIT, il a pour vocation d’être facilement trouvable et partagé gratuitement par les possesseurs d’imprimante 3D avec les sim racers et son prix à la fabrication en PETG ne dépasse pas 1€


Quel sont Les revendeurs agréés?

Les revendeurs “agrées” ont obtenu mon accord pour fabriquer et commercialiser à faible coût le Z-Ring. Je ne tire ABSOLUMENT AUCUN profit de la vente du Z-Ring et ces revendeurs se sont engagés à le vendre autour de 12€/$15 pour aider les sim racers qui n’ont pas d’imprimante de très bonne qualité sous la main.

 

J’ai qu’une seule roue Fanatec, le Z-Ring mod est-il utile dans ce cas?

NON, il suffit de suivre les instructions pour serrer correctement le QR Fanatec avec votre roue et de visser la petite vis de blocage de la roue pour fixer définitivement et solidement la roue sur celui-ci.

 

Est-ce que mon Podium reste sous garantie après installation du Z-Ring?

OUI, l’installation du Z-Ring est 100% sure, il ne modifie en aucun cas votre base Podium et vous pourrez revenir au système QR par défaut sans aucun souci.

 

Je n’ai pas d’imprimante 3D avez-vous des adresses ou je peux le faire fabriquer?

Je n’ai pas d’adresse à proposer pour l’instant mais je conseille d’ouvrir un sujet sur votre forum de sim racing favoris pour en discuter.

Ce mod n’est pas commercialisable sans mon accord mais à pour vocation d’être partagé et amélioré, n’hésitez pas à en parler dans vos réseaux sociaux et forums pour trouver quelqu’un qui le fabriquera à moindre coût pour vous.

Si vous souhaitez aider la communauté, avez une imprimante 3D de bonne qualité pour réaliser le Z-Ring en PETG à prix coûtant (+ coût du transport) pour les sim racers, contactez moi en remplissant le formulaire ICI je serai ravi d’ajouter votre lien à cette FAQ.

 

Peut on obtenir les dimensions du Z-Ring?

Les dimensions théoriques ci-dessous peuvent varier et sont à titre indicatifs et pour information seulement. Un Fanatec Podium DD1 ou DD2 est requis pour ajuster votre Z-Ring imprimé 3D du fait de la rétractation naturel du plastique lors de l’impression qui peut varier selon l’imprimante et la marque de filament utilisé.

C’est une pièce de précision:
– le trou intérieur doit être parfaitement ajusté au diamètre du shaft du QR Podium
– l’extérieur mâle qui entre dans le QR femelle du rim doit être parfaitement ajusté
– le fond en biseau doit toucher parfaitement le bord du QR femelle du rim autrement dit la longueur de pièce est très importante

les dimensions avec * sont les plus importantes à vérifier

A quoi sert ce mod puisque je n’ai pas de “jeu” dans la roue une fois installée correctement?

Le Z-Ring QR Mod sert à 2 choses:

– à STABILISER la roue en empéchant l’oscillation latérale due à sa flexibilité à cause du caoutchouc
– et aussi à changer de roue plus rapidement sans avoir à utiliser la vis de vérouillage de la roue.

Si vous n’avez pas de “jeu” c’est que vous differenciez le “jeu” mécanique et la “flexibilité” de movement de la roue.

Le Podium avec sa roue correctement installée n’a pas de jeu mécanique mais bien une flexibilité qui n’est pas souhaitable dans un volant de course qui doit etre très rigide une fois installé pour un ressenti correct du direct drive.

Cette flexibilité augmente plus votre roue est déporté du point de flexion (utilisation du HUB+Roue perso par exemple) . Si vous n’etes pas sensible à cette flexibilité latérale tant mieux pour vous mais c’est probablement parce que vous n’avez jamais conduit une voiture de course sur circuit avec un vrai QR.

 


Z-RING English F.A.Q.

What’s the Z-Ring exactly?

it’s a ring I created (the ring must be made with precision) which fits perfectly the current “quick-release” system of the Fanatec Podium DD1 / DD2 to overcome a problem of flex of the rim when the small rim locking screw isn’t used.

which is the main characteristic of a system “Quick-Release” to change quickly rim.
Once the Z-Ring in place the steering wheel is stable as in a race car and the FFB is better less soft more sturdy.

it has another advantage, once installed and when changing the rim on the Podium base you have nothing to do other than remove the current rim and put the new rim, that’s it!

It is therefore more stable but also faster when changing rim.

 

How to get the Z-Ring?

The Z-RING is made with PETG plastic with a good quality 3D printer (or in metal/aluminum with a CNC machine). The STL 3D file is provided and is 100% FREE. (it takes into account the natural retraction of the PETG to obtain the required dimensions).

see my article on my dev blog for more info


Is the Z-Ring allowed to be sale or used in business context?

No, the Z-Ring is under Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) and requires my written consent to be marketed or used in business context, it aims to be easily available and shared from 3D printer owners to others sim racers and its price in PETG do not exceed 1 € to manufacture


Do you have a list of authorized dealers?

“Authorized” dealers got my written consent to build and sale at low cost the Z-Ring. I ABSOLUTELY NOT taking any penny from the sales. Dealers committed to selling around 12€ / $15 the Z-Ring to help sim racers who do not have a good 3D printer.

 

I only have one Fanatec wheel, is the Z-Ring useful in this case?

NO, just follow the instructions to properly tighten the QR with your rim and screw in the small rim locking screw to permanently fix the rim on your Podium base.

 

Does my podium remain under warranty after installing the Z-Ring?

YES, the installation of the Z-Ring is 100% safe, nothing is changed on your Podium base and you can easily revert back to the default QR system without worry.

 

I do not have a 3D printer, do you have suppliers where I can get it?

I do not have any suppliers yet, but advise you to discuss it on your favorite sim racing forum.

This mode is not marketable without my consent, but aim to be shared and improved, feel free to talk about it in your social networks and your forums to find someone who can manufacture it.

if you’re willing to help the comunity, have a good quality 3D printer to manufacture the PETG Z-Ring at minimal cost (+ shipping fees) for sim racers, contact me by filling out the form HERE, I will be happy to add your link to this FAQ.

 

Can we get the dimensions of the Z-Ring?

The theoretical dimensions below may vary and are indicative and for information purpose only. A Fanatec Podium DD1 or DD2 is required to adjust your 3D printed Z-Ring due to the natural shrinkage of the plastic during printing which may vary depending on the printer and filament brand used.

This is a precision object:
– the inner hole must be perfectly adjusted to the diameter of the shaft of the QR Podium
– the male outside part that enters the female QR of the rim must be perfectly adjusted
– the beveled bottom must perfectly touch the edge of the QR female rim in other words the 3D print length is very important.

the dimensions with * are the most important to check

 

What is this mod for because I do not have a “mechanical play” in the rim once installed correctly?

The QR Mod Z-Ring serves 2 things:

– STABILIZE the rim avoiding lateral oscillations due to the flexibility of the rubber
– and also to quickly change the rim without using the rim locking screw.

If you do not have a “play”, it is because you distinguish the “mechanical play” from the “flexibility” of the movement of the rim.

The podium, if properly installed, has no “mechanical play”, but a flexibility not suitable for a racing wheel which must be very sturdy once installed for a correct feeling of the direct drive.

This flexibility increases when your rim is offset from the bending (flex) point (by using a hub + a custom rim for example). If you’re not sensitive to this lateral flexibility, good for you, but it probably means you never drive a racing car on track with a racing QR.

 

Disclaimer

Disclaimer for all information related to the Z-Ring

Neither zappadoc.com nor any of its providers of information shall have any liability for the accuracy of the information contained in the Service, or for delays or omissions therein. None of the foregoing parties shall be liable for any third-party claims or losses of any nature, including, but not limited to, lost profits, punitive or consequential damages.
The information provided within these pages is not guaranteed to be accurate, nor does the management take responsibility for it. The information comes from other sources and therefore may be wholly unreliable, and the management does not guarantee its suitability for any purpose.
Although the information contained herein may be completely useless, all rights are retained by their respective owners, including, but not limited to, the right of reproduction, the right of distribution, and the right of passage.
zappadoc.com specifically disclaims any implied warranties or merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or other damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

Podium DD1 And DD2 QR Issue The Z-Ring Solution

Z-Ring version 14
2019 On an original idea by Zappadoc – EKSIMRacing.com

The Z-Ring increases the stability of you Fanatec rim loaded onto the Fanatec Podium DD1/DD2 QR system WITHOUT THE NEED TO USE THE LOCKING SCREW which is much more convenient when you have more than one wheel and want to change it quickly and that’s also the big interest of a QR system. Your rim feel more sturdy to get a better ffb feedback.

 

 

LICENSE:
License under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Abstract:
Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.

ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

Read the terms & conditions of uses here (English):

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/

Lire les conditions d’utilisations ici (Français):

https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/deed.fr

 

3D PRINT THE Z-RING:

File: z_ring_v14b.stl

Filament: PETG 1.75mm (Black or Gray Sunlu or Real)

Nozzle: 0.2

Resolution: 0.1800 (layer height)
Infill: 100%
(better than infill at 100% set “bottom Solid Layer” at 120 (the part contains 115 layers)

Rafts: No
Supports: No

Extruder: 240° first layer; 235° during 3 layers; then 230° until finish
Bed: 80°

DOWNLOAD THE 3D STL FILE:

License under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

zring_zappadoc_v14b.zip

 

Changelog:

v14a 08/26/2019: first release to general public

v14b 08/30/2019: a little bit smaller channel for the internal QR guide bracket

 

INSTALLATION:

(the operation is totally safe and reversible)

Changing_QR_DD2-Manual-EN PDF Page 16

– follow the Podium manual (page 16) to remove the QR System


– unload the metal locking ring and the pressure ring (put the pressure ring in safe place we no longer using it)


– to be able to remove easily big black rubber (put the black rubber in safe place we no longer using it), the big rubber is the main cause of the flex of your rim.

 

– insert the Z-Ring (see the image)
– load the locking ring IN REVERSE
– follow again the Podium manual to put back the QR system
– Tighten the locking ring over the Z-Ring

once installed and when changing the rim on the Podium base you have nothing to do other than remove the current rim and put the new rim.

It is therefore more stable (no lateral flex anymore) but also faster when changing rim.

That’s it!

Cheers,
z

 

Z-Ring Podium QR Mod Review By Sim Racing Garage:

Published on Sep 5, 2019


Attention, the big locking ring in video is not reversed be sure to load it on the QR shaft in reverse
(see the installation above)

 

 

 

We still hope Fanatec is going to create a new shaft for the Podium like the one below:

 

Disclaimer

Disclaimer for all information related to the Z-Ring

Neither zappadoc.com nor any of its providers of information shall have any liability for the accuracy of the information contained in the Service, or for delays or omissions therein. None of the foregoing parties shall be liable for any third-party claims or losses of any nature, including, but not limited to, lost profits, punitive or consequential damages.
The information provided within these pages is not guaranteed to be accurate, nor does the management take responsibility for it. The information comes from other sources and therefore may be wholly unreliable, and the management does not guarantee its suitability for any purpose.
Although the information contained herein may be completely useless, all rights are retained by their respective owners, including, but not limited to, the right of reproduction, the right of distribution, and the right of passage.
zappadoc.com specifically disclaims any implied warranties or merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose and shall in no event be liable for any loss of profit or any other commercial damage, including but not limited to special, incidental, consequential, or other damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

VDASH-EMU is an emulator, but what’s an emulator?

VDASH-EMU is an emulator, but what’s an emulator?

EKSIMRacing created the SLI-PRO EMU (SLIEmu) in 2009 during the creation of the SLI-PRO USB display in collaboration with Leo Bodnar at this time it was necessary to test the software even before  the availability of the prototype of the USB card, for that stuff we must create what is called an EMULATOR, which aims to reproduce exactly the internal software of the card (the FIRMWARE) and according to the commands sent to the card (so to the firmware) to get the same behaviors for leds, display panels, gear, buttons, encoders, switches, etc.

SLI-PRO emulation on Android (first gen EMU released in 2009):

By doing this you can test your USB display card management software without having the card available physically. That’s how the first racing display emulator for Android was born.

In engineering, emulation is commonly used during development and before the manufacture of a new product. F1 engines are emulated to optimize their efficiency and effectiveness.

VDASH-EMU is the 2nd generation emulator (much more powerful) and it is not a simple graphic dash racing as we can find tons on the net, it’s firstly an emulator of an USB device ( the SIM Race F1 SIM Display) in other words the internal software of the USB card (the firmware) is emulated which allows to use it exactly like a real racing display, which also allows to have 32 buttons , 5 encoders, 3 switches, 15 RPM leds, 6 Marshal Leds, 7 externals leds, 2 display panels (right and left) of 4 digits of 14 segments and one central digit of 7 segments for gear.

All configurations applicable to the SIM Race F1 usb card are applicable to the VDASH-EMU. In addition to the standard graphical objects (digital and analog gauges, telemetry DATA, tach, labels, etc.) there are some objects directly managed by the emulator, including the left / right panels, the object RPM shiftlights bar, all Leds, big gear object (central gear display), buttons, encoders, switches.

So you can read the doc and tutorial of SLIMax on the SIM Race F1 usb card because it’s directly applicable to VDASH-EMU objects.

For $5 (license of VDASH-EMU) you have the same features as the SIM Display USB Display Card + a full buttonbox + a complete virtual racing dash with hundreds of dash templates ready to use.

A high resolution SIM Race F1 template for the VDASH-EMU is available at EKSIMRacing VDASH-EMU templates repository (see the link below), this is an example of template using objects managed by the EMUlator:

http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=4265.0

Here is template this time using several objects:

Tyres And Time Monitor Template v1

http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=4049.0

 

Another example using the EMUlated controls (buttons, encoders, switches) to create custom ButtonBox:

A Good Start For Your Custom ButtonBox

http://www.eksimracing.com/forum/index.php?topic=4302.0

Elle est pas belle la vie! (Isn’t Life Beautiful!)

Cheers,
z

 

[FANATEC] Formula V2 Rim With Custom Flag LED Colors, soon available…

Hi,
Some guys ask me to add the possibility to change the default colors layout of the FLAG Led of the Fanatec Formula v2 in SLIMax Mgr (Pro and Fanatec Edition) which are traditionally blue, yellow, red, red, yellow, blue, so I did it…(soon available).

Cheers,
z

Codematers F1 2019 Plugins Are Available For Download!

 

Codematers F1 2019 Plugins are available For SLIMax Mgr Pro, SLIMax Fanatec Edition and MotionMax FREX 6DOF! (2019-06-26)

CHANGELOG 2019-06-26

– plugins for Codemasters F1 2019 added

37 SLIMax setup added for Modern F1 2019, Classic F1 and F2 car. This is a good base to create your own custom setups.

– Fanatec F1 Shiftlights with DRS feedback, methods #8 and #9 are now available
(In Modern F1 car steering wheel DRS/ERS/KERS feedback are on first green LEDs)

To get the latest Plugins for SLIMax (v3.4.6 must be already installed),
run the manager and select menu « Check For Update… »
and then click the « Download And Install All » button

DO NOT FORGET TO ACTIVATE THE PLUGIN after the update.
Cheers,
z