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    Elite G19s Companion app (with simulated space traffic control)

    Sometimes all you need is an easy way to listen to some music while trucking goods across space, or have a handy way of finding out exactly where you are. Because this was my need, I created an app for it. Main features include: system and station overview, play radio and podcast with audio visualizations, simulated Space Traffic Control, GPS functionality (including planetary races), an orrery view, a screenshot converter, and a news ticker.

    Latest version: 3.2.6 (26 October 2018 - Update notes)
    You can download it here: https://apps.magicmau.nl/EliteG19s/EliteG19s-latest.msi




    Runs on Windows, preferably in combination with a Logitech keyboard with LCD in it (G19s, G15, G13, G510), but it will work perfectly fine without it as well. Without the Logitech keyboard it will run in a separate window that you can put on a second monitor, or use a tool like OnTopReplica to overlay it on your Elite HUD. And if you have a mobile phone or tablet, you can download the free Logitech Arx app and use the phone or tablet as a second screen, with options not available in the regular app!




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    It will show your current location (both in space and on the ground using a handy GPS feature) and allow you to listen to a streaming radio station (eg Radio Sidewinder or Radio Skvortsov), or if you have Spotify Premium, it can play tunes from there too. Of course a podcast player (for Lave Radio, Guard Frequency, or any other podcast you like) is also included. There's even a news ticker to show the latest Galnet news.

    As a bonus, I have implemented a simulated space traffic control system that adds a bit of radio chatter while you're in SuperCruise across the bubble. It uses the Windows Text-To-Speech voices to generate the chatter (with the use of some audio filters, because otherwise I'd have the same three voices over and over ).

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    Using the GPS functionality, you can save waypoints and create trips for those scenic Sundays. Or, if you prefer, activate the race function and do an Outrun style checkpoint race across a planet!

    And if you want, it will rename your screenshots, convert them to JPG format and adds the current location in the screenshot's metadata.

    Almost everything is customizable in the options file, or in the app itself.

    This app started out as something I just wanted to use for myself while flying in the black, but I am happy to share it with everyone. I also welcome suggestions, issue reports and ideas to make the app better!

    You can download it here: https://apps.magicmau.nl/EliteG19s/EliteG19s-latest.msi

    Here's the EDCodex link: http://edcodex.info/?m=tools&entry=212
    And the manual: https://apps.magicmau.nl/EliteG19s-v...9s-Manual.html

    There's also a plugin for VoiceAttack available, to help integrate this app with your VoiceAttack profile. Use VoiceAttack to activate EliteG19s' features or switch screens. Download it here: https://apps.magicmau.nl/EliteG19s-v...ack-latest.zip.

    Installation


    • The ClickOnce application will show a warning during installation that the publisher cannot be verified. Through "more options" and then "Install anyway", you can install it. I didn't pay for an official certificate, that's why you get the warning.
    • Windows firewall might ask you to allow the app. Please do, it's got a tiny embedded webserver to allow the Youtube and Twitch mini-apps to work.
    • Also, the very first time that you run the app, it will check that verbose netlogs are on and update some settings forcing you to restart the app. Not the best user experience, I admit, but I hope you'll forgive me on this.
    • It will periodically check for updates automatically. You will notice the next time you start the app.

    Tiny manual - read the longer version here


    • If you have a Logitech G19s keyboard, you can use the buttons near the LCD screen to navigate the app.
    • If you do not have this keyboard, a window will pop up that shows the mini display. You can use TAB for menu, ENTER to select, and arrow keys to change the selection and finally ESC to escape from a sub-menu.
    • You can use the function keys to zoom the window and make it larger.
    • Options are stored in `C:\Users\YourName\AppData\Roaming\EliteG19s\options.json`. That's also the place where you can edit the various playlist options. Make sure that you have a backup, the file format is not very forgiving when you make a typo...
    • I am currently working on a VoiceAttack plugin to control the app, so you can expect that in a future version!


    I hope you enjoy using it as much as I did making it!
    See you in the black, CMDR!

    CMDR MagicMau

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    Here are two screenshots from the included app for Logitech Arx:

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    Cool tool. Rep +1.

    Welcome to this subforum Commander MagicMau. Its good to see that more and more tools are moving to this subforum. In your case you have even created a new even thread for it. Hopefully the tool gets the attention it truly deserves.

    Note: @all, I hope that the word gets around and that even more tools move to here. Spread the word commanders!!

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    I love this app! The space-traffic control chatter especially feels like it should be a part of the vanilla game to me. I don't have a Logitech keyboard LCD so I'm using the window -- is there any chance of having an always-on-top option built in to the app? A borderless mode would be awesome as well, to make it feel like a part of the ship's HUD.

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    Originally Posted by Zoeytrope View Post (Source)
    always-on-top option built in to the app? A borderless mode would be awesome as well, to make it feel like a part of the ship's HUD.
    Hi there! Thank you for your kind words.

    It's a great suggestion, and something that I'm looking at for a future version. In the meantime, may I recommend using a program called OnTopReplica (http://ontopreplica.codeplex.com/)? It's an awesome free piece of software that will allow you to overlay any app (including mine) and should work great with Elite.

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    Originally Posted by MagicMau View Post (Source)
    may I recommend using a program called OnTopReplica (http://ontopreplica.codeplex.com/)? It's an awesome free piece of software that will allow you to overlay any app (including mine) and should work great with Elite.
    That looks super promising, I've been looking for a replacement for an app called PowerMenu that no longer works with modern Windows and this looks fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation!

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    I love this app. It's nice to see my G19 screen come alive and the system traffic feature adds great realism to ED. Everything seems to work fine except for one issue. My display location does not change when I change systems. The traffic and system display stays on the initial system I start the app with. What am I doing wrong? Thanks!

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    Originally Posted by Zoeytrope View Post (Source)
    I love this app! The space-traffic control chatter especially feels like it should be a part of the vanilla game to me. I don't have a Logitech keyboard LCD so I'm using the window -- is there any chance of having an always-on-top option built in to the app? A borderless mode would be awesome as well, to make it feel like a part of the ship's HUD.
    What she said.

    Very cool app... Needs to be borderless and get rid of the Windows Tile bar.

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    Originally Posted by Red_13 View Post (Source)
    Very cool app... Needs to be borderless and get rid of the Windows Tile bar.
    Hi, I'd like to recommend OnTopReplica for that. (if you have a VR solution, you might want to check outOpenVRDesktopDisplayPortal)

    These guys have done a much better job than I ever can on getting the window to superimpose on Elite's game screen. That being said, I'm pretty sure I can do a borderless mode. Let me note that down for the next release!

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    Originally Posted by MagicMau View Post (Source)
    Hi, I'd like to recommend OnTopReplica for that. (if you have a VR solution, you might want to check outOpenVRDesktopDisplayPortal)

    These guys have done a much better job than I ever can on getting the window to superimpose on Elite's game screen. That being said, I'm pretty sure I can do a borderless mode. Let me note that down for the next release!
    A note I have used both these ideas and they work GREAT!!!

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    Just released a new version. Only a small update to make sure that the 2.1 beta logs can be read correctly as well. Also, when converting screenshots to jpg, the meta data is no longer updated to show 3302 as the year. However, the current location will still be stored in the metadata of the picture.

    While I'm here, let me ask you for your ideas. With 2.1 beta there is air traffic control built into the game when you approach a base or station. Very awesome, and I think the space traffic control in my app co-exists nicely with this new feature. What do you think, should I change anything to make it even more seamless? Let me know!

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    Originally Posted by MagicMau View Post (Source)
    Just released a new version. Only a small update to make sure that the 2.1 beta logs can be read correctly as well. Also, when converting screenshots to jpg, the meta data is no longer updated to show 3302 as the year. However, the current location will still be stored in the metadata of the picture.

    While I'm here, let me ask you for your ideas. With 2.1 beta there is air traffic control built into the game when you approach a base or station. Very awesome, and I think the space traffic control in my app co-exists nicely with this new feature. What do you think, should I change anything to make it even more seamless? Let me know!
    I was just thinking about this and I think yours are awesome, they don't really relate to the game messages away from the base so it fits perfect....
    Maybe make more air chatter as you get closer to the base have to repeat what was said from Squawk Bleed over.

    I would like a deep space option to REPLY to distant people asking hello, or need help by using my own auto-reply that fuel rats have been called, or sends a hi back so they aren't losing their mind from loneliness. Add a bit of interaction and can use the call letters on the plays ship. I realize it would have to be auto-response since you are not really using VA

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    I was thinking of getting a new Logitech keyboard and this ARX support might just have swung me in the direction of the G910 Orion.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to create.

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    Originally Posted by Lord_Itchybum View Post (Source)
    I was thinking of getting a new Logitech keyboard and this ARX support might just have swung me in the direction of the G910 Orion.
    Thank you so much for taking the time to create.
    Now see, I hadn't read up on the G910 and now I like it better than the G19s for the most part (I don't like the program buttons across the top like that)

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    Originally Posted by MagicMau View Post (Source)
    Hmm... I wonder if that is the emerging AI... But seriously, if it is saying blahblah there is probably something wrong with the installed TTS voice. Do you have it with all of the voices or just one?

    Regarding your earlier question, getting SAPI 5 voices isn't the easiest, especially on Windows 10. Like Foxpur said, use Windows to install more english language packs (US and UK English). You could also buy the IVONA ones, which are awesome, but expensive. I will try to compile a list of freely available SAPI5 voices and how to install them in Windows 10. Give me a couple of days

    The app uses a couple audio filters to warp the voices a bit so that they sound somewhat different, but unfortunately the variation is a bit limited at times.
    Yeh it's just with one male voice never the star port ctrl always a cmdr. It's quite amusing though almost like the cmdr is taking the pee out of spc. I'll get an audio but I'm thinking it happened when I tried to install a voice via the back door. I have followed the language packs (after Mr blah came about) but I have yet to hear any of them in space. I'm in the deep atm so it's not a prob but that's for you're help. I'll look into that 3rd party you were on about.

  15. #15
    awesome app, thank you^^ Its a must have for the Vive. how about Teamspeak support or file based videoplayer?

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