The new function should allow to control the brightness of different displays independently of specific brightness datarefs used in different aircraft models, making brightness control more universal.
We are working on custom SimVim functions for all RADIO equipment (Com/Nav, DME, ADF, XPDR), please be patient and watch when new updates has appeared for plugin or database.
Making new online instrument ( conversion tool), to ease custom planes data mapping for registered users and gather collection of any custom plane conversion files on our website, that will be available for download on the SimVim site to be placed directly to the plane folder.
Please send us custom commands tables for any popular planes if you have them.
Many additional parameters are currently being added (those are appeared in XPlane 11.30+Done, included in the last database file (SimVim.dat)
We intend to make SimVim more "modular" separating it to several boards with firmwares designed to specific set of output devices. All these board will be connected to 2-wire interface, that can be laid across all your cockpit
Along with "SimVimLCD" firmware the same slave Uno/Nano board with "SimVimLED" firmware is planned to be added for connecting up to 15 different 7-segment displays (maybe LED drivers too).
Special slave Nano board for all "hardware" Power control (and maybe brightness) outputs
More image-maps are going to be added
We are aware that not all of you want to (or can) deal with complex wiring and lots of electronics, that's why some of you asked about the possibility of using several boards, as it was in previous ArdSimX.
In fact, despite of the of previous ArdSimX, SimVimCockpit was developed with this idea in mind - to use less electronics but have a large number of inputs / outputs, and use minimum soldering. The cheap multiplexers linked with one single master board, plus a few other chips (like registers) and ready-to-use modules made this project closer to this goal.
But I understand, that even if this architecture is simple logically, it can be quite complex in terms of wiring for many of users...
Accordingly, we have in developing a "parallel" version of SimVimCockpit with architecture that consists only of Arduino boards, of different types, connected in a chain with a two-wire connection to the main board (which, probably, can also be an Uno board).
- Porting the SimVimCockpit on the ESP32 (Espressif), high performance, but very cheap platform
Also, all instruments arereworked for high resolution to be used on any monitors.
This will allow for better performance, better compatibility with different hardware, while making further development of the program easier for us.
This feature also will work not only for On/Off type annunciators, but for "range warning" lights too.