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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
May 08, 2020, 05:25:53 pm
The Z1 software lets you stream your sim data over the internet. This video explains how the Z1 Analyzer can connect to one of those data streams allowing for remote driver training or viewing of that data using the Z1 Analyzer.


Setting up the Z1 Server: 0:42
Setting up the Z1 Analyzer: 3:13
Live Telemetry in Action: 5:27
Final Thoughts: 6:26


Download the demo today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
April 22, 2020, 10:15:11 pm
We've just released version 2020.1.7 of the Z1 Analyzer.  This fixes a couple of bugs:

* Fixed a bug that could prevent the Analyzer from opening two laps from the same circuit at the same time if the circuit had multiple configurations.

* Fixed a bug that prevented turns from being identified when laps from Assetto Corsa Competizione were loaded with track edges.

Existing users can get the update here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

New users can download the demo here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
April 18, 2020, 12:52:14 am
We've released version 2020.1.4 of the the Z1 Dashboard!

For this update we have removed the driver name registration option. This legacy registration option was causing issues where the Z1 software would unexpectedly revert to demo mode. Moving forward all registration will be done using your order number.

You can download the demo here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Existing users can get the update here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

Here is the list of release notes for this version:
* The driver name registration option has been removed.  This was a legacy registration process and was causing issues, such as reverting to a demo after 15 minutes.  Moving forward all registrations should be done using your order number.

* Updates to the Indy Car 2018 dashes so that the MPG box now reads L/100K if you are running with liters for the fuel display.

Download the demo today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
April 18, 2020, 12:47:24 am
We've released version 2020.1.6 of the Z1 Analyzer. 

This update introduces the ability to connect to live data streams from remote Z1 users.  This lets you do driving training remotely, or helping with running teams remotely using the Z1 Analyzer.  The streaming service will be free for all Z1 users as long as there are stay-at-home orders in place.



You can download the demo here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Existing users can get the update here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

Here are the full list of release notes for the Z1 Analyzer:
* The Z1 analyzer can now connect over the internet to a Data Stream set up by the Z1 Server, in a similar fashion to what the Z1 Dashboard can do. This was originally going to be a feature added in a future version of the Analyzer, but with everything going on at the moment we have fast-tracked this feature and added in to this minor update.  The data streaming service will be freely available to all Z1 users for as long as the stay-at-home orders are in place.

This feature allows the user of the Z1 Analyzer to remotely view and monitor the data of a driver anywhere in the world.  It is similar to the live telemetry feature of the Analyzer.

To set this up, the driver launches the Z1 Server and creates their data stream by going to the settings dialog of the Z1 Server, selecting the Internet tab, and filling out the appropriate information.  Note for the purposes of the Z1 Analyzer you do not need to include the location data. That would just add extra overhead that is not necessary.  So leave that option unchecked.

Once the driver has started their data stream, the user of the Z1 Analyzer can connect to it.  To do so, they go to the Z1 Analyzer's File menu and select the Connect To Stream option. This will display a dialog showing the available data streams. Double click on the one you want to join, entering a password if necessary.  Once you are connected the Z1 Analyzer will be in live telemetry mode.  You can then use the Z1 Analyzer as you normally would for other live telemetry connections.  To end the connection select the Stop Live Telemetry option from the File menu.

While you are connected to a data stream you will see your average ping displayed underneath the name of the sim in the Lap Data window.

* Updates the Analyzer to be compatible with version 2020.1.4 of the Z1 Server.

Download the demo today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
April 10, 2020, 11:57:42 pm
We've released version 2020.1.3 of the Dashboard and Server. This brings some improvements to the streaming service as well as a few other bug fixes.

Existing users can get the update here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

New users can download the demo here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Full release notes here:
* Added more data to the streaming service: yellow and blue flags, weather data, car class colors.
* Improved how the Z1 Server sends data for a more fluid data stream.
* Added the track map for iRacing's Texas MotorSpeedway track.
* Fixed a bug with RaceRoom where pit stop times would not be properly recorded.
* Fixed a few issues with Assetto Corsa Competizione where the full car name was not displayed, and where brake bias displays were different from what was displayed in the sim.

Download the demo today:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
April 08, 2020, 09:07:45 pm
We've just released version 2020.1.2 of the Z1 Dashboard and Z1 Server.  This updates the internet data streaming service, making it easier to send data around the world to your team or engineer who may be in a different location.

All users of the Z1 software get 10 free hours of the service when they purchase the software.  However, during the next few months while everyone is doing their part by staying at home we will be providing unlimited data streaming hours to all users of the Z1 software.  Hopefully this will help drivers and teams be a bit closer during this time.

New users can get the demo here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Existing users can get the update here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

Here are the full release note of this update:
* Various improvements to the internet streaming service, allowing the remote user to see more data from their driver.

* If you have set up a stream, but not actually clicked the 'Connect' button, the Server will ask if you want to start the stream when you click the OK button to exit the settings dialog.

* You no longer have to be in a sim to set up a stream. You can set up the stream beforehand, and then when you get into your sim, the Z1 Server will automatically start streaming that data.  If you are not connected to a sim then your stream will display 'Waiting' as the sim, track and car name. These 'Waiting' streams cannot be connected to by a remote user.  Once you start your sim, your stream will be updated with the name of the sim, car and track. At that point the remote users will be able to connect.  If you exit the sim your stream will be terminated. You will have to create a new data stream if you want to stream another sim or session.

Download the demo today:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
April 03, 2020, 10:58:23 pm
We have released version 2020.1.3 of the Z1 Analyzer.  This fixes two issues:

* Bug fix: When opening a lap when you already had two laps open, the Analyzer would sometimes close both of the currently open laps, leaving you with just the newly opened lap. This made it so you could not compare two laps.  This has been fixed.

* In the Select Lap dialog the Analyzer will now select the Sim name and Track name in the drop downs so they are set to the most recently selected sim/track names from the last time you had the Select lap dialog open.

New users can get the demo here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Existing users can get the update here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
April 01, 2020, 08:38:10 pm
We've released version 2020.1.2 of the Z1 Analyzer.

This fixes a bug that could cause the Analyzer to display a white screen and/or crash during startup.

New users can download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Existing users can get the update here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
March 31, 2020, 01:02:02 am
We've released version 2020.1.1 of the Dashboard, Analyzer and server.  This fixes a few issues:

* When using the data streaming service, the people receiving the data can now access the menus when the remote driver is not in the car. This will let you go to the Settings dialog, and set the display up like you want it. You'll also be able to view the other screens such as lap times, track map, etc.

* Fixed a bug associated with the data streaming service that could have prevented the number of laps from being recorded. This effected the ability to show laps to go, fuel averages, etc.

* When using an LCD screen the 'Waiting for Connection' screen will now show on both the LCD Screen and the monitor window. Once the sim has been detected the display will then continue only on the LCD Screen.

* Fixed a bug that could cause the LCD Screens to display incorrectly after running the LED test.

* Fixed an issue where data logging could result in massive files (over 1 GB). (Files should be about 2 MB per lap.) This would make the Analyzer take an extremely long time to open the files, making it appear to have frozen.

* Fixed a bug that could cause the Z1 Server to drop data stream connections when you were in the Z1 server's settings dialog.

You can get the demo here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Existing users can get the update here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
March 26, 2020, 08:43:44 pm
Version 2020.1 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available.  Just like the Dashboard we have updated the numbering sequence - so 2020.1

The big change in this version is that we have rewritten the entire Analyzer to use Direct2D instead of cairo.  This update in the graphics department means we can utilize the GPU when rendering, provide much smoother lines and fonts, get better performance, especially when scrolling around the various track maps in the analysis screens.  It also opens up a lot of doors for us for future development concepts that we would have been unable to do properly with the cairo graphics engine.

The Z1 Analyzer 2020.1 is crisper and faster than before!


The brake points analysis screen makes it easier to see which lap is which with the red and blue track edges.


The driving line analysis screen gets the same Direct2D treatment - better performance and a smoother, crisper display


The Turn Analysis screen has been updated for better performance and a more integrated feel.


We've also added quite a lot of YouTube video links in the Analyzer to provide help on how the various feature work - so make sure you check those out.

We'd also like to thank the entire beta test team - they did a tireless job ensuring the version is as good as it is!

You can download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Existing users can get the update here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

Here is the full list of release notes:
* Direct2D - The entire Analyzer graphics engine has been rewritten using Direct2D. This replaces the older cairo graphics engine. This change will allow for improved performance of the Analyzer, and more efficient usage of the GPU when rendering.  In addition it will open the door for many future improvements that would not have been possible using the old cairo rendering engine.

* Graphical improvements - the rewrite process for Direct2D allowed us to update the display of many of the components to bring a more cohesive look to the entire Analyzer.

* Added many links to our YouTube videos to help explain how to use, and get the most out of, the Z1 Analyzer.

* When importing external data, we have removed the Track length text field.  The length of the track will now always be calculated using the data contained within the imported file.  This is because allowing the user to enter the track length opened up the possibility of accidentally entering the wrong track length.  An incorrect track length would result in all sorts of issues when attempting to view the data and/or compare it to other laps.

* The version numbering of the Analyzer has been changed. Starting with this version the numbering will be year based making this version 2020.1. This is to bring all three applications onto the same numbering sequence and to make it easier to determine if you have the most recent version of the software.

* The Z1 Analyzer will now notify you of new versions with an overview of the highlights of the new version. This notification will be displayed on two consecutive start ups once the update is available.

* Windows 7 is no longer officially supported.  While the Z1 Analyzer can still be installed on Windows 7 and run on it, there may be issues that arise as Windows 7 is now EOL.

* Note for this release the Print functionality has been disabled.  It will be reinstated soon.

You can download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
March 25, 2020, 08:04:45 pm
Version 2020.1 of the Z1 Dashboard is now available! Yes the version number is 2020.1. We have updated the version numbers of all three applications (Dashboard, Analyzer and Server) to this new format as they are all part of a single suite of applications, and having different version numbers for each applications was becoming confusing. So version 2020.1 is the new number sequence for all of them.

In this new version we have 6 new dashboards - including the 718 GT4, Holden ZB and Ford Mustang GT.

718 GT4 Dash


Ford Mustang GT Dash


Holden ZB Dash


In addition you can now specify the FPS that each instance of the Dashboard will run at. This lets you use refresh rates that best suit your system and the dashboard being used.

Specify your target FPS rate


And the units of the various temperature, fuel levels and fuel pressure warning for the dashboards are now in the currently selected units.

Warning units are now in the currently selected units.


You can download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Existing users can get the update here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

Full release notes:
* Two New Dashboards: 718 GT4 Dash and 718 GT4 Dash B. The B version is the same dash without the LEDs.

* Two New Dashboards: Ford Mustang GT Dash 1 and Ford Mustang Gt Dash 2. Dash #1 is the Race dash and Dash #2 is the Launch dash.

* Two New Dashboards: Holden ZB Dash 1 and Holden ZB Dash 2. Dash #1 is the Race dash and Dash #2 is the Launch dash.

* There is now a new shift light pattern. This is 'All CTR iRacing'. This pattern will illuminate the LEDs from outside towards to center using the shift light start and end numbers provided by iRacing. Obviously this only work with iRacing.

* You can now control the frame rate target of the Z1 Dashboard. In the General settings tab there is an option called 'FPS Target'. This can be set between 1 and 60 fps. The default is 45 fps. The slower the frame rate the less CPU will be used. This can help if you find the Z1 Dashboard is using more CPU than you want it to. Also some dashboards don't need to be updated as often as others - for example standings dashboards, weather dashboards, etc. So you can adjust the FPS to suit the dashboards you have displayed. This can be done for each individual instance. This replaces the 'Sleep' parameter in previous versions.

* The Oil Flash and Water Flash temperatures (in the car 2 tab) that control when certain dials on the oval cars will begin to flash now use the currently selected temperature units. Previously they were always in Fahrenheit. Now if you have Celsius selected as your temperature units then these numbers will represent Celsius temperatures.

* The Oil Temp Warning and Water Temp Warning temperatures (in the car 2 tab) that control when the oil or water temperature warnings are displayed now use the currently selected temperature units. Previously they were always in Celsius. Now if you have Fahrenheit selected as your temperature units then these numbers will represent Fahrenheit temperatures.

* The Fuel Level Warning number (in the car 2 tab) that controls when the low fuel warning is displayed, and when the background flashes for low fuel, now uses the currently selected units. Previously it was always in liters. So now if you have gallons selected then the number is referring to gallons; if you have kilograms selected then the number would refer to kilograms, etc.

* The Fuel Pressure Warning number (in the car 2 tab), that controls when the fuel pressure warning is displayed, now uses the currently selected units. Previously it was always in Bar. So now if you have metric pressure units selected the number will represent kPa instead of Bar.

* The settings dialog has been made bigger so that you can see more of the options without having to scroll. As the Dashboard has evolved over the years is has become extremely customizable, leading to many options in the settings dialog. By making the dialog larger you can see more of these options without having to scroll as much.

* Certain error messages will be displayed at the top of the dashboards. These are intended to help when something goes wrong which might otherwise be difficult to either solve, or know that an issue occurred.

* The version numbering of the Dashboard has been changed. Starting with this version the numbering will be year based making this version 2020.1. This is to bring all three applications onto the same numbering sequence and to make it easier to determine if you have the most recent version of the software.

* The track map creation process has been updated. The Dashboard now attempts to properly orient the track map so the corners turn in the correct direction.

* Added 'Track Map' as a starting option in the Display tab. This lets you open the Z1 Dashboard to the track map when starting up.

* Updated the time display in the standings dashboards. Now if there is an hour or more to go you will see hours and minutes displayed. If there is less than an hour to go you will see minutes and seconds displayed.

* The update notification for new versions can now be displayed as an image, allowing us to show more details on what is included in the latest updates.

* Updates to the internal architecture to allow for better performance and future functionality.

* Windows 7 is no longer officially supported. While the Z1 Analyzer can still be installed on Windows 7 and run on it, there may be issues that arise as Windows 7 is now EOL.

Download the demo today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
February 27, 2020, 03:54:57 am
Thanks to the great team at PositiveSimRacing the latest version of the Z1 software manual is now available in a Spanish PDF version.

You can download the PDF here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/manual/spanish.cfm

It's got all the details you need to get the most out of the Z1 Software.
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
February 27, 2020, 03:54:41 am
Thanks to the great team at PositiveSimRacing the latest version of the Z1 software manual is now available in a Spanish PDF version.

You can download the PDF here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/manual/spanish.cfm

It's got all the details you need to get the most out of the Z1 Software.
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
February 12, 2020, 12:12:40 am
Version 1.18 of the Z1 Analyzer has a lot of new features.  Watch this video for a quick explanation of what they do and how they work!


Moving The Lap Beacon: 0:38
Stepping Forwards & Backwards Through Your Data: 3:11
Corner Overlays: 4:14
Time & Distance at the Cursor: 6:16
New Data Channels: 7:27
Trying Out License Levels: 8:43


Download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
January 27, 2020, 06:23:52 pm
We've just released version 1.18.2 of the Z1 Analyzer.  This fixes a bug in version 1.18 with the lap shifting feature where the base lap could 'shrink' if it was moved back and forth multiple times.

Existing users can get the update here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

New users can download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm