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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
September 18, 2020, 11:38:53 PM
Here is a sneak peek at one big feature we are working on for the next version of the Z1 Dashboard. It is the ability to use The Z1 with your phone or tablet.  (Note the video is showing the beta functionality, so some things may change before release.)

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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
July 28, 2020, 12:28:58 AM
We've released version 2020.2.3 of the Z1 Analyzer.  This has a couple of bug fixes.



* Fixed a bug where iRacing driver names that were longer than 15 characters could be cut off in the Lap Data Screen, and in the list of laps available from our server when opening a lap.  Note this change does not affect driver names from previously opened laps.

* Updated the Lap Data Screen so that track, car and driver names that did not fit horizontally are now displayed better.

Existing users can get this latest 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 Analyzer
July 20, 2020, 11:03:13 PM
We've released version 2020.2.2 of the Z1 Analyzer. This fixes a couple of bugs:

* Fixed a bug that could cause certain shock deflection and velocity parameters in some iRacing cars to not be properly read. (The Formula Renault 3.5 is an example of this.)

* Fixed a bug in the scatter plots and histograms that could cause the right rear shock velocity to not show up properly.



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

New users can get the demo here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
July 16, 2020, 12:08:07 AM
We've released version 2020.2.1 of the Z1 Dashboard. This contains a small bug fix.

Fixed an issue that could cause telemetry data to not be recorded, or recorded under the incorrect sim or track name, if the Dashboard was not closed after changing the sim or track.

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 Analyzer
July 10, 2020, 10:53:57 PM
If you are interested in setting up and viewing scatter plots in the Z1 Analyzer, this video is for you!


Packed with lots of information, this is a must see video to get the most out of the Z1 Analyzer telemetry analysis program.

Displaying Scatter Plots: 0:28

Creating/Editing Scatter Plots:
      Selecting Data Channels: 1:31
      Specifying Decimal Places & Tick Marks: 3:09
      Settings The Scale: 4:42
      Color Channels: 6:38

Zooming In on Scatter Plots: 8:47
Navigating Scatter Plots: 9:28
Playing/Stepping Though Scatter Plots: 10:01
Final Thoughts: 11:01

Download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
July 07, 2020, 09:15:40 PM
We've just released version 2020.2.1 of the Z1 Analyzer.

This fixes a bug found in 2020.2 which could prevent mouse drags from being properly processed when trying to highlight part of a trace or to move a track map around an analysis screen.

The demo is available 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
July 03, 2020, 11:47:03 PM
Here's a quick overview of some of the major features of the Z1 Analyzer.


Download the demo today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
June 24, 2020, 05:49:11 PM
Version 2020.2 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available.  This new version brings two major feature additions to the Z1 Analyzer: Scatter Plots and Histograms!

You can now create a scatter plot of any two data channels, with an optional third as a color definition.





Any channel can now be displayed as a histogram, with many customizable parameters including segment size, low/hi threshold, scale and more.





Other improvements include Assetto Corsa Competizione and Codemasters F1 2019 live telemetry compatibility.  And new data channels of Yaw, Pitch, Roll, Yaw Rate, Pitch Rate and Roll Rate now being supported by most sims.

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 is the full list of release notes:
* There is now a close 'X' at the top right of all traces, maps, data channels, scatter plots, etc. Clicking this closes that window.

* Scatter Plots are now available. You can display up to 8 scatter plots at one time. There are several pre-defined scatter plots included. You can create your own scatter plots or modify the existing ones using the Scatter Plots->New Scatter Plot or Scatter Plots->Edit Scatter Plot menu options.

The Edit Scatter Plot dialog lets you delete or copy a scatter plot by right clicking on the desired plot name.

The maximum number of scatter plot definitions you can have at one time depends on your license type. Standard license users can have up to 10 different scatter plot definitions at once.  Track license users can have up to 20 different scatter plot definitions at once.  Educational or Commercial license users can have an unlimited number of scatter plot definitions.

To display a scatter plot you select its name from the Scatter Plots menu. When the scatter plot is displayed you can right click anywhere on it and choose the 'Edit Scatter Plot' option to go directly to the edit screen if you'd like to make changes to the scatter plot. Or you can choose the 'Copy Scatter Plot option to make a copy of that scatter plot

You can close all displayed scatter plots by selecting the Scatter Plots->Close All Plots menu option.

When creating a scatter plot you can choose which data channel is displayed on the X and Y axis of the plot.  In addition you can choose the number of decimal places and tick marks for the X and Y axis.

You can also choose the scale of the axis.  There are three choices: 'Auto' will create the scale based on the values of the chosen data channel for that axis. 'Zero Based' will create an axis moving from zero in the middle out to positive and negatives numbers ending at a maximum value that you specify in the 'Max' text field. (For example if you enter 4 as the max value then the axis will go from -4 to 4 with zero being in the middle.) 'Min to Max' lets you enter the minimum and maximum value for the axis.

Finally you can also choose the color channel for the scatter plot.  The color channel can be divided in up to 10 'buckets' as defined in the Color Buckets drop down, each with its own color. If no color channel is specified then all dots in the plot will have the same color, as specified in the Color tab of the Settings dialog.  you can also choose between three ways of displaying the color channel bucket legend.
1) Extents - this is the default, and is the most common. This places the range of the bucket above and below it. You would use this for channels like Speed, temperatures, pressures, etc.
2) Starting - this rounds the starting range of the bucket up to the nearest integer and places it at the bottom of the bucket color.  This would be used for a channel such as the Gear channel.
3) Ending - this rounds the ending range of the bucket down to the nearest integer and places it at the top of the bucket color. This would also be used for a channel such as the Gear channel.

You can customize the colors of each bucket by clicking on the swatch for the appropriate bucket color. This will display a color chooser dialog allowing you to set the colors as desired.


* Histograms are now available. You can display up to 4 histograms at one time. There are several pre-defined histograms included. You can create your own histograms or modify the existing ones using the Histograms->New Histogram or Histogram->Edit Histogram menu options.

The Edit Histogram dialog lets you delete or copy a histogram, by right clicking on the desired histogram name.

The maximum number of histogram definitions you can have at one time depends on your license type. Standard license users can have up to 10 different histogram definitions at once.  Track license users can have up to 20 different histogram definitions at once.  Educational or Commercial license users can have an unlimited number of histogram definitions.

To display a histogram you select its name from the Histograms menu. When the histogram is displayed you can right click anywhere on it and choose the 'Edit Histogram' option to go directly to the edit screen if you'd like to make changes to the histogram.  Or you can choose the 'Copy Histogram' option to make a copy of that histogram.

If you click on a histogram's graph area you will see the bucket become outline, and get a display of its range and the percent of items in that bucket.  Clicking anywhere on the histogram outside of the histogram's graph will clear this display.

You can close all displayed histograms by selecting the Histograms->Close All Histograms menu option.

When creating a histogram you can choose which data channel is displayed on the X axis from the 'Data Channel' drop down.

The scale of the axis can be automatically determined, or manually set. There are three choices:
'Auto' will create the scale based on the values of the chosen data channel.
'Zero Based' will create an axis moving from zero in the middle out to positive and negatives numbers ending at a maximum value that you specify in the 'Max' text field.  (For example if you enter 10 as the max value then the axis will go from -10 to 10 with zero being in the middle.) This will most likely be the most useful option.
'Min to Max' lets you enter the minimum and maximum value for the axis.

The Y axis is always displaying a percentage scale.  You can choose to have this automatically set, or manually specify a maximum value.  It you are displaying multiple histograms to compare the four corners of the car, then settings all the histograms to the same manually set maximum value for the Y Axis is the best option.

The segment size determines the range of each segment bucket.  For example if you are using Feet as your distance measurement and enter 0.25 as a segment size then each segment bucket will cover 0.25 in/s of movement.  So you will have segment buckets covering 0.0 - 0.25, 0.25 - 0.5, 0.5 - 0.75, etc.

The low/hi threshold determines the cut off between low and high segments of the histogram.  If you are looking at suspension velocity for bump/rebound data, then this is cut off between low and high speed bump/rebound.  This should be a multiple of the segment size for best results.

The units for the scale, segment size and low/hi threshold are always in your currently selected units.

The decimal places lets you set the number of decimal places used on the X axis number line.  And the Segments Per Tick lets you set how often a tick mark is shown on the X axis number line.


* The Track Edge Check analysis screen (Analysis->Track Edge Check) now flips and/or rotates the track edges independently from the track map. This is useful in case the track map and track edges do not align properly.

* When opening a lap when no other laps are open, the Analyzer will now attempt to rotate the lap so the directions of the turns are correct.  Previously you had to do this manually.

* Updated the intro dialog to make it easier to read and current with the latest version.

* Added Yaw, Roll, Pitch, Yaw Rate, Roll Rate & Pitch Rate to Assetto Corsa, Codemasters F1 2017, Codemasters F1 2018, Project Cars 2, Race Room, Kart Racing Pro, rFactor 2, rFactor, Automobilista, ARCA Sim Racing, Game Stock Car for live telemetry.

* The Z1 Analyzer can now connect to Assetto Corsa Competizione for live telemetry.  In the Settings Live Telemetry tab select 'AC Competizione' from the drop down and make sure the check box is checked.

* There is now an option in live telemetry to set the driver name for Codemaster F1 sims.  if you leave this blank then the driver name from the sim will be used.  If you enter your name here then that will be used instead of the driver name from the sim.

* In live telemetry you can now specify the Codemaster's timeout.  As Codemasters stops sending telemetry when the sim is paused as well as when it exits the Z1 Analyzer doesn't not know if the sim has exited or been paused. So it will wait a certain number of second before assuming the sim has exited.  By default this is 10 seconds.  You can change this by entering a new time in the CM Timeout text field.  This value is in seconds.

* Added compatibility with Codemaster's F1 2019 for live telemetry. To select this sim choose 'F1 2019' or 'F1 2019 BC' from the drop down in the Live Telemetry tab.  The F1 2019 BC option is to be used when running F1 2019 in broadcast mode, which is necessary if you want multiple applications to connect to the sim.

* The Turn Analysis has been updated to improve the apex and track out accuracy.

Download the demo today:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
June 23, 2020, 06:46:47 PM
Version 2020.2 of the Z1 Dashboard is now available!  We've got new dashboards, new features and many improvements.

Some highlights are:
Five new dashboards: GT4 Dash 1, Formula Dash 5, Stockcar 1987 Dash 1, Lap Time Dark Mode, and Track Map 12.

GT4 Dash 1


StockCar 1987 Dash1


Formula Dash 5


Lap Times Dark Mode Dash


Track Map 12


The Z1 Server now supports Assetto Corsa Competizione

You can choose to flash either the shift LEDs or the background when you reach your shift point.

We've added many new data channels to what is recorded into the ZOD files, allowing for more data in the Z1 Analyzer.

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

Here is the full list of release notes:
* New dashboard: GT4 Dash 1. This is intended for the BMW M4.

* New dashboard: Stockcar 1987 Dash 1. This is intended for the 1987 NASCAR Chevrolet Monte Carlo.

* New dashboard: Formula Dash 5. This is intended for the USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 cars.

* Added a dark mode version of the Lap Times dashboard.  This is called Lap Time DM Dash.

* Added a new Track Map dashboard - Track Map 12.  This shows just the track map with no other overlaid data.  It is intended for users who want a track map to use with their streams on Twitch, etc.

* There is now an option to flash either the LEDs or the dash background when you reach redline.  This option is in the Car 1 tab on the left column and is labeled 'Flash'. You have two options - Dash will flash the dash background, and is the default behavior.  'LEDs' will flash the LEDs. The RPM at which this occurs (both for the dash and LED flashing) is determined by the 'Flash At' text box above.  You can set the color of the LEDs when they flash in the Car 3 tab.  Look for the 'Rev Limiter' LED, click that to display a color chooser to select the desired color.  Note if you have selected LEDs as the flash option and the selected dash does not have LEDs then the background will flash instead.  This option is car specific, allowing you to tailor it to each car you drive.

* The Z1 Server now supports Assetto Corsa Competizione.

* The Z1 Dashboard will now display ABS, Traction Control, Traction Control Cut, and Engine Power adjustments for Assetto Corsa Competizione.

* Traction Control Cut adjustment is now included in the Z1 Server UDP feed (for the sims that support it.)

* Various updates to how the Dashboard and Server determine sector times and lap times in rFactor 2.

* The track map displayed in the Track Map 4 dash and the garage screen (when you are out of the car) will now show a circle as the default track map if the track does not have a defined track map.  This brings them in line with the other track map dashboards that display the circle as the default track map.

* The DRS activation beep now will play a maximum of three times when you enter the DRS zone and have the ability to use DRS.  Previously it would beep consistently until you activated the DRS.

* Codemasters F1 2018 and 2019 now record ride height.

* Now recording Yaw, Roll, Pitch, Yaw Rate, Roll Rate, Pitch rate from all sims that support those values.

* All telemetry is now recorded as ZOD2 files (with the exception of iRacing which we don't record because it has its own ibt format). The option to choose between ZOD and ZOD2 has been removed.

* Added support for traction control adjustment #3 and #4.  Currently only iRacing supports this.

* The warnings parameters for each dashboard (oil temp, water temp, fuel level, and fuel pressure) will now change automatically when you change the appropriate units.  For example if you had temperature set to Fahrenheit and the oil temperature warning was set to 270, if you then change the temperature units to Celsius that warning number will automatically change to 132.2.  Previously the number remained the same regardless of the units selected.


Download the demo today
:https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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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