I’ve been enjoying X-Plane for several months now and figured that since I’m a programmer, it’s time to give something back. I’ve been messing around and have come up with an information display – useful if you have a second computer sitting around (maybe a laptop) that isn’t powerful enough to run X-Plane. It basically displays information useful for a fly-in:
* Time in GMT
* Altitude (relative to ground), speed, heading, etc.
* Moving map display (so you can get an idea of what you’re flying over)
* Basic radar (showing other aircraft)
It’s by no means perfect, but I’ve used it for the last few fly-ins and found it surprisingly helpful.
The beginning of this month saw the release of version 14 of JDarkRoom, the full-screen text editor that has developed a loyal following since its first release over two years ago.
The new version is the first for almost a year and brings some much-needed bug fixes, new features and a complete rewrite of the settings screen. The main new feature is the ability to export your file via a converter – for example the supplied ‘Markdown‘ converter will generate a snippet of HTML suitable for posting into a web page, using the Markdown syntax rules for formatting. Suggestions for other converters are welcome.
Future development plans include a plugin system, so that other friendly Java developers can get in on the act to add features they’d like to see in JDarkRoom.
Finally, a big thank you to everyone who requested features, submitted bug reports and gave feedback on JDarkRoom – your input is always very much appreciated.