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SimVim Software - Terms of Use


All SimVim Software is free and provided as-is for personal, non-commercial home use only!

Our interface is a composite system consisting of the firmware for the controller (Arduino, etc.) and plugin, which cannot work separately and are used together only! Arduino is used only as a convenient controller platform for SimVim firmware and is not supposed to be programmed as the "usual" Arduino.



Our policy:

We are strongly against aggressive commercialization of flight simulator community and excessively overpriced hardware that often are represented as "cheap" products for home cockpit builders, using lack of information that people have and rarity.
We don't want to be a part of any expensive finished products. Do not ask us about "licensing", about our percentages, etc.

We welcome really cheap semi-finished products and convenient "DIY kits" for enthusiast of home cockpits, any instructive resources for home cockpit builders, 3D-printed parts and free models for 3D printing and CNC, and so on!

Our project and all information on our web pages should inspire people to technical creativity, showing them that it's not necessary to spend a lot of money to realize their ideas.

We wish that any enthusiast with the desire to create a home cockpit could have free access to all needed software and technical information, and they should know that instead of purchasing some expensive hardware, they can make everything themselves spending a few hours and using cheap materials and free software.

Sure, every cockpit builder needs to do a lot of hand work, but this is a very exciting hobby, and we hope our SimVim project and other free resources would save them a lot of time and money and help them realize their dreams.

This website is for home cockpit builders, not for cockpit buyers and money-makers! Read "To buy or make?" here.


- ArdSimX or SimVimCockpit firmware (code) cannot be included (as part) and uploaded as code in any commercial hardware product!

- It's not allowed to embed SimVim Panels software and ArdSimX/SimVimCockpit firmware into your commercial software products.

- You may not reverse engineer, decompile, or disassemble the SimVim Software.

- It's not allowed to keep any of our files on other web resources or include them in the package of any products you sell.

ArdSimX plugin, SimVimCockpit and SimVim Panel software, firmware, plugins can be downloaded from SimVim.com website only!



If you are making and selling hardware products for home cockpit builders consider the following:


  • Design your product in such a way that all wires from switches, encoders, displays or multiplexers, would be easily accessible on wire terminal blocks or connectors of your device, and people could connect them to any interface they prefer to use (our ArdSimX/SimVimCockpit or any other third-party, such as "Leo Bodnar", "Link2FS", "Teensy", "MobyFlight", etc.).

  • Don't integrate Arduino board, to be used with ArdSimX/SimVimCockpit interface, into your "fully-enclosed" device - this not only adds costs but limits SimVim users in connection options for a large number of other input/output controls.
    You have an opportunity to produce cheap, convenient bezels, kits and DIY-modules with all knobs and switches in their places, but without the need to include any complex electronics inside your products!

  • Do NOT mislead (cheat) people by trying to present your product as more complex and expensive than it actually is (when it can be just a few switches), by including a controller board (Arduino), which functionally fully depends on our firmware, into your fully enclosed device. Such enclosed device will always look like a fully independent finished product for the customers, no matter what you write on your sales page.
    We will monitor such cases and can easily prevent the plugin from working with such products!

  • People can decide for themselves what type of controller board (or Arduino type) to use for SimVim (ArdSimX) firmware and how to configure it. Anyone can easily install and update the firmware themselves and create/modify a configuration suitable for their specific cockpit.

  • You can describe that your product is suitable for ArdSimX Interface or SimVimCockpit or for one of many other third-party interfaces. If it can be used with our software just place a direct link to our website pages, online configurator (optionally providing the possible configuration advices.)


Summary:

ArdSimX interface is provided AS-IS without any warranties, it constantly develops and improves. Both the plugin protocol and firmware were significantly changed several times from version to version and new releases of the interface can have further changes in protocol and configuration.

That is, if you include some of our firmware versions in your devices as a permanent part, we do not guarantee stability and compatibility to those who use your hardware products, we will NOT support them if they contact us.



If you want to use our software as a simulator interface for the purposes of technical education and creativity in some non-profit institutions and public places (schools, museums, etc), please contact us. If you are using SimVim already, please specify all our credentials on the webpages displaying your project.



SimVim Team.


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