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Screenshots of aircraft are used in a number of different ways by the simulator:
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# As thumbnails of aircraft within the launcher Aircraft page and on the website.
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# As a gallery of aircraft screenshots within the launcher Aircraft page, which the user can scroll through.
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# As a background to the launcher Summary page
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# As a "splash screen" while the simulator is loaded.
  
== Background ==
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Thumbnails must 171x128 jpgs, named "thumbnail.jpg" in the aircraft root directory.
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As of 02/2017, James merged the preview / splash-screen changes to next. This needs an update of Simgear, FlightGear and FGData. Next pieces James is planning to work on:
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* bright red warning message for unstable / night builds
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The other 3 uses use a common set of screenshots, defined in the aircraft -set.xml file under <previews>:
* showing startup hint text to replace the license / website info after N seconds (N = 4 or 5, probably)
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* whatever bugs / suggestion people give me.
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The Seneca and B1900d are the current examples for how this works, or try the UFO (or any other aircraft without its own splash screens) to see the new layout.
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<nowiki>
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        <previews>
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            <preview>
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                <type>cockpit</type>
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                <path>Previews/cockpit_c182t.jpg</path>
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                <splash type="bool">true</splash>
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            </preview>
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            <preview>
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                <type>exterior</type>
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                <path>Previews/exterior1.jpg</path>
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                <splash type="bool">true</splash>
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            </preview>
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            <preview>
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                <type>exterior</type>
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                <path>Previews/exterior2.jpg</path>
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                <splash type="bool">true</splash>
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            </preview>
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        </previews>
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</nowiki>
  
James expects tweaks to the text sizing, especially handling of long authors / description strings. Suggestions there welcome. <ref>https://sourceforge.net/p/flightgear/mailman/message/35688639/</ref>
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* <type> can be "cockpit", "exterior" or "detail"
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*<path> is the path to the .jpg file
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* <splash> is used to indicate whether the files should be used on the loading screen.
  
James is working on overhauling the splash screens to include more information and improve the layout. As a result, he needs some new splash-screen assets, so he thought he would ask for contributions!
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File requirements are as follows:
  
Criteria:
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* 1024 x 768 resolution (or at least these proportions - the constant increase in screen resolutions means that 1920x1080 is becoming more prevalent)
 
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* no border, text or logo elements.  Information on the aircraft type and authors is added at runtime by the simulator.
* 1024 x 768 resolution
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* Minimal post-processing is preferred, so it is a close representation of what the user can expect to see.
* no border, text or logo elements (basically a screenshot)
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* Preferably only featuring standard scenery and aircraft, no other add-ons
* very minimal post-processing (I won't say none, but no graphical effects we can't do in the sim, such as blur or lens flare)
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* only featuring standard scenery and aircraft, no other add-ons
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* makes the simulator look good :)
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* variation across the screens - if everyone submits screens of the 707 or Shuttle, I will still only pick one of that aircraft!
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Currently we have five splash screens, I will pick a similar number (between four and eight) based on what people offer!
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<ref>{{cite web
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  |url    =  https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?p=305756#p305756
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  |title  =  <nowiki> New  </nowiki>
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  |author =  <nowiki> zakalawe </nowiki>
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  |date  =  Feb 24th, 2017
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  |added  =  Feb 24th, 2017
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  |script_version = 0.40
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  }}</ref>
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 14:12, 27 February 2020

Screenshots of aircraft are used in a number of different ways by the simulator:

  1. As thumbnails of aircraft within the launcher Aircraft page and on the website.
  2. As a gallery of aircraft screenshots within the launcher Aircraft page, which the user can scroll through.
  3. As a background to the launcher Summary page
  4. As a "splash screen" while the simulator is loaded.

Thumbnails must 171x128 jpgs, named "thumbnail.jpg" in the aircraft root directory.

The other 3 uses use a common set of screenshots, defined in the aircraft -set.xml file under <previews>:

        <previews>
            <preview>
                <type>cockpit</type>
                <path>Previews/cockpit_c182t.jpg</path>
                <splash type="bool">true</splash>
            </preview>
            <preview>
                <type>exterior</type>
                <path>Previews/exterior1.jpg</path>
                <splash type="bool">true</splash>
            </preview>
            <preview>
                <type>exterior</type>
                <path>Previews/exterior2.jpg</path>
                <splash type="bool">true</splash>
            </preview>
        </previews>
 
  • <type> can be "cockpit", "exterior" or "detail"
  • <path> is the path to the .jpg file
  • <splash> is used to indicate whether the files should be used on the loading screen.

File requirements are as follows:

  • 1024 x 768 resolution (or at least these proportions - the constant increase in screen resolutions means that 1920x1080 is becoming more prevalent)
  • no border, text or logo elements. Information on the aircraft type and authors is added at runtime by the simulator.
  • Minimal post-processing is preferred, so it is a close representation of what the user can expect to see.
  • Preferably only featuring standard scenery and aircraft, no other add-ons

See also

References

References