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Thread: [RELEASE] Panels for iOS (Android Coming Soon) - Alternative to Roccat Power Grid

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    Panels - Custom UI Builder for iOS and Android - Alternative to Roccat Power Grid and LEA



    Panels - iOS/Android/Windows



    Hey all,

    I've been working on Panels for the better part of a year now, and I'm happy to announce that I've launched the iOS version (website here). For those of you familiar with programs like Roccat Powergrid, this may seem familiar. The desktop client allows you to create your own personal panels (via the built in Panel Creator tool) to map to keybindings and control certain ship functions. However, there's a lot more that can be done with Panels. I've made this app with developers in mind, and so any developer who wants to create their own custom panels with the dev tools they're comfortable with are able to, and this results in some pretty cool functionality not seen in Powergrid







    In the above video, you can see the Elite Dangerous panel that comes preinstalled with the app. It not only allows you to rename/remap buttons as you see fit, but it also gives you real-time in game info when certain events happen. Scan a planetary body and get a popup with detailed information including any materials available. Enter a new star system and receive information regarding the system state and factions. It becomes an extension of the game that I've been using for months now and love.

    If you want to really personalize your panels though, you're completely able to make a panel with your own images, background colors/images, keybindings and text. Here are a couple of my favorite panels that users have made for Elite Dangerous with Panels - Custom UI Builder





    Roccat Powergrid is no longer developed or maintained, and many iOS users aren't even able to use it anymore as it is incompatible with newer versions of iOS. I hope that you give this app a shot, and I'm really excited to see what the community (especially developers) do with custom, interactive panels that can react to in game events.

    Panels isn't Elite Dangerous specific, and can be used with any game or program. I did include the Elite Dangerous panel that I made since ED is what inspired me to make this app. I'm selling the app for $2.99 [less than the price of a paint job ] on the App Store to help me with the Automatic Update server and website costs. If you do decide to try it out, thank you! You can email me with any questions/suggestions/issues at panelsapphelp@gmail.com, or you can check out the forums at http://panelsapp.freeforums.net/.

    o7 Commanders,
    CMDR Kith000

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    Product Roadmap


    I'm going to keep this post up-to-date with the roadmap for the Panels app. I'm one developer so I have to be realistic with what I'm going to be able to get out the door, but this list will contain the features (in order) that I am planning to be working on. Let me know if you have any suggestions :-)


    Android Support - May

    This one is a no-brainer. I get asked about this every time I post about Panels, so work has already begun porting this over to Android. My target completion date is end of March/early April.



    Infrastructure Update - June

    This isn't a very user facing update, but it will help support some of the features that I've planned down the road. This will also help some power users who have many panels and may start feeling some sluggishness in the system. This is all about performance and polish, and I'm aiming to have this out by end of April



    Multi-Panel Mapping - TBD

    This update is going to allow users to be able to assign multiple panels to the same program. Do you like the built in Elite Dangerous panel, but also like to use your own depending on the circumstances? You will be able to cycle through panels on your tablet device without having to reconfigure the Panels desktop program. I haven't figured out exactly what that will look like yet (maybe a three-fingered double tap on screen to switch?) so let me know if you have any ideas. This update, though nice in and of itself, is mainly to support...



    Multi-Tablet Support - TBD

    Do you wish you could set up multiple panels on multiple devices at the same time? Well this update will be for you. You'll be able to dig up all your old tablets, hook them up, and have a different panel displayed on each device, all controlling Elite Dangerous. I can envision having the main Elite Dangerous panel on an iPad next to you, perhaps a marketing or exploration specific panel on your phone nearby, etc. This one is a pretty big update, and I'm very excited about it.




    This is all I have for now. These may change as new features are shown to be in higher demand, but this is the plan!

    Thanks to everyone using Panels, and let me know what you think please

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    Elite Dangerous Panel Change Log

    Version 3 (3/18/2018) :



    - Added Ship Scan popup that gives information regarding any ships you're scanning in real time. Gives "At a Glance" bounty information.
    - Added "Received Message" notification (top right) whenever you receive a message in game.

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    i try it, it seem not working

    only show "Waiting for Configured Program to Be in Focus" on my ipad screen


    update, working
    need start game first lol

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    Excellent stuff. I'll edit my "Best of Forum" thread (which recommends this app) so it points to this forum thread rather than the reddit post.

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    Thank you again for featuring Panels!

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    Originally Posted by bomohgetek View Post (Source)
    i try it, it seem not working

    only show "Waiting for Configured Program to Be in Focus" on my ipad screen


    update, working
    need start game first lol

    Glad you got it working! For anyone else who might stumble on this, basically Panels allows you to configure multiple panels to work with different programs. It will only show you the Panel when the associated program is in focus on your PC. This way, you can switch between programs and always have the correct panel visible on the app

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    How long before you think the Android app will be out? I am interested in giving this a try.

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    +1 and some rep for OP. I'll be watching to see when the Android version comes out. I have an old kindle fire tablet I can resurrect just for this purpose.

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    Originally Posted by LuxAeterna View Post (Source)
    +1 and some rep for OP. I'll be watching to see when the Android version comes out. I have an old kindle fire tablet I can resurrect just for this purpose.
    Originally Posted by Dahill View Post (Source)
    How long before you think the Android app will be out? I am interested in giving this a try.
    Thanks! I'm really aiming to get the Android version done by the end of the month, early April. I think that's a realistic estimate, but I'll be updating this forum as I go so you should be notified

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    I'll check it out when the Android version hits!

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    Just updated thread to provide a Product Roadmap

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    How cool. I like it.

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    Originally Posted by Kith000 View Post (Source)
    Just updated thread to provide a Product Roadmap
    Awesome! Thanks for the update. I'll be looking forward to it!

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    Hi Kith000,

    in the Android version, will there be portrait mode too? In the demo video, I can see landscape only. I'm currently re-designing my dashboard, it would be great to know, how to position my tablet. To be honest, portrait mode would be for me the easiest way, but 'landscape only' is manageable too somehow...

    Thanks in advance!

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