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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:
 
  
* 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)
 
* whatever bugs / suggestion people give me.
 
  
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)
 
* only featuring standard scenery and aircraft, no other add-ons
 
* makes the simulator look good :)
 
* variation across the screens - if everyone submits screens of the 707 or Shuttle, I will still only pick one of that aircraft!
 
Currently we have five splash screens, I will pick a similar number (between four and eight) based on what people offer!
 
 
 
<ref>{{cite web
 
  |url    =  https://forum.flightgear.org/viewtopic.php?p=305756#p305756
 
  |title  =  <nowiki> New  </nowiki>
 
  |author =  <nowiki> zakalawe </nowiki>
 
  |date  =  Feb 24th, 2017
 
  |added  =  Feb 24th, 2017
 
  |script_version = 0.40
 
  }}</ref>
 
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 19:12, 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