Flightgear Editable Orthographic Views
This project has not been started. Consider this blue sky vaporware until somebody writes some code.
At this point the following is only for having a discussion.
Here's a scenario:
Flightgear started - Aircraft Appears. Activate Orthographic View Subsystem selected from menu or selected on the command line
The Orthographic View sub-system initializes itself and enables the following features:
- View is switchable between perspective and one or more orthographic views. - Orthographic view data is stored separately from the normal aircraft data. - Orthographic views have a 2d viewport that can be of irregular shape. - Orthographic views of single controls, gauges, instruments or radios can be created. - Orthographic view ports are 2d planes within the aircraft model. - Additional Orthographic views at multiple points on the z axis can be created for a given view port. - points of interest can be selected at any point in the 3d or orthographic views and measurements between the points can be calculated, grouped and saved. - Groups of measurements can be displayed or supressed as needed in orthographic views. - Elements such as knobs, push/pull rods, switches, bezels or entire instruments, gauges and radios can be removed from a view, similarly to the way the yoke can be hidden. - Orthographic views of instrument panels without covers, controls, gauges and instruments would show panels or supporting structure with mounting holes and cutouts. - Orthograpic views can be saved in files with such as pdf, png, jpg, maybe even dxf and stl. - Support for additional layers of graphics for integration with existing gauges, instruments, radios etc when the orthographic view subsystem is enabled.
Blue sky features:
- Supporting artwork for open source hardware components such as wiring harnesses, arduinos, raspberry pi's, rheostats, encoders, switches, air cores, stepper motors, meter movements etc can be imported from various drawing programs. These items can be integrated with existing instruments behind the front panel.
Exploded view perspectives of gauges, instruments and radios.