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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
August 05, 2022, 10:27:08 PM
The Z1 Analyzer is all about making you a faster driver. It comes with over 100 default traces. But sometimes you want to make your own traces. You might have a math channel you want to view, or perhaps you want to combine multiple channels on one trace. This video explains how to do all that and more.


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

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
0:25 Displaying Standard Traces
0:49 Creating a Custom Trace
1:31 Adding Channels
1:57 Setting Colors
2:07 Decimal Places
2:29 Channel Units
3:34 Displaying a Custom Trace
4:12 Editing Custom Traces
4:33 Final Thoughts
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
August 05, 2022, 08:52:25 PM
Version 2022.2.2 of the Z1 Dashboard is now available.  This fixes a few issues associated with Vocore screens.



* Fixes a bug that could cause legacy dashboards to appear skewed on Vocore displays.
* Implements brightness on Vocore screens.

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 Analyzer
August 02, 2022, 09:08:54 PM
The Pro version of the Z1 Analyzer lets you print the traces, scatter plots, histograms, and analysis screens. With version 2022.2 printing is easier than every.  This video explains all the options.


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

Contents:
0:00 Intro
0:30 Opening the Print Dialog
0:49 Changing the Header Image
1:14 Print Options
1:35 Printing Analysis Screens
2:07 Final Thoughts
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
July 29, 2022, 10:29:24 PM
We've just released version 2022.2.1 of the Z1 Dashboard, Server and Analyzer. This fixes a few issues found in version 2022.2 of those applications.



Release notes:
Z1 Dashboard v2022.2.1:
* Fixes a bug in the Z1 Server which could cause it to crash when connecting to rFactor 2.
* Various small improvements to data logging.

Z1 Analyzer V 2022.2.1:
* Fixes a few bugs associated with display of previews when creating Scatter Plots, Histograms, Custom Traces and Math Channels.
* Improves the fidelity of track edge creation.

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 29, 2022, 10:29:05 PM
We've just released version 2022.2.1 of the Z1 Dashboard, Server and Analyzer. This fixes a few issues found in version 2022.2 of those applications.



Release notes:
Z1 Dashboard v2022.2.1:
* Fixes a bug in the Z1 Server which could cause it to crash when connecting to rFactor 2.
* Various small improvements to data logging.

Z1 Analyzer V 2022.2.1:
* Fixes a few bugs associated with display of previews when creating Scatter Plots, Histograms, Custom Traces and Math Channels.
* Improves the fidelity of track edge creation.

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 Designer
July 20, 2022, 05:54:49 PM
The Z1 Designer makes it easy to create analogue gauges for the Z1 Dashboard. This video walks you through creating a gauge, and includes some tricks on combining multiple gauges onto a single dial.


Download the Z1 Designer today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Contents:
0:00 Intro
0:38 Getting Started
1:00 Needles and Gauges
1:23 Setting up Your Gauge
3:29 Adding a Second Needle
5:31 Adding Text
6:03 Adding a Transparent Gauge
8:33 Final Thoughts
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
July 15, 2022, 11:07:04 PM
The Z1 Analyzer open lap dialog has been reworked for version 2022.2.  This video explains all the new features including the Suggest Laps option that lets you easily find laps that are slightly faster than you to help you improve your lap times.


Download the Z1 Analyzer today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Contents:
0:00 Intro
0:54 Displaying the Dialog
1:26 The Open Lap Dialog
1:38 The Checkbox Options
4:15 Selecting the Sim and Track
4:36 Viewing Available Laps
5:30 Filters
6:52 Favorites
7:33 Clearing Filters
7:59 Suggesting Laps
9:29 Opening A Lap
9:57 Opening Multiple Laps
10:37 Keyboard Commands
10:56 Final Thoughts
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Designer
July 12, 2022, 05:21:20 PM
Version 2022.2 of the Z1 Designer lets you create analogue gauges for use in your Z1 Dashboards. And creating a gauge would not be complete without being able to customize the needle.  Watch this video to see how to customize the needles used in your gauges.


Download the Z1 Designer here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Contents:
0:00 Intro
0:33 Selecting a Needle
0:59 Opening the Needle Designer
1:22 Needle Designer Overview
2:11 Needle Preview
3:31 Needle Dimensions
4:43 Needle Outline and Color
5:45 Needle Styles
6:27 Cap Styles
7:39 Adding Your Needle to a Gauge
7:59 Final Thoughts
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Designer
July 08, 2022, 09:47:45 PM
New as of version 2022.2 of the Z1 Designer - the Gauge tool lets you create analogue gauges for use in your Z1 Dashboards. This video helps you create the best possible analogue gauges.


Download the Z1 Software today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Contents:
0:00 Into
1:03 Gauge Basics
1:46 Name and channel
2:22 Dimensions
2:36 Background Design
3:45 Dial Configuration
6:29 Dial Zones
8:46 Font Options
8:57 Needle
10:56 Tick Marks
13:59 Final Thoughts
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
June 29, 2022, 11:00:23 PM
Version 2022.2 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available! The Z1 Analyzer analyzes and trains motorsport drivers.

The Z1 Analyzer has had a big overhaul with this version.  All the dialogs have been updated, with many new features.

Highlights include:
The Open Lap dialog has been updated to the latest look and feel.

A Suggest Laps button has been added to it to make it easy to find comparison laps.

The Math Channel dialog now includes the active preview feature.

Derivatives have been added to the Math Channels
The Math Channel formulas are now color coded.

The Import External Data dialog has been updated to the latest look and feel.


The Histogram creation dialog includes the active preview feature.


The Scatter Plot dialog includes the active preview feature.


The Custom Trace dialog includes the active preview feature.


The Print dialog now lets you easily change the header graphic.


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

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

Full list of release notes:
* Redesigned Open Lap dialog to bring it up to the current design standards.

* There is a new option under the Recorded Telemetry settings tab: Reset Filters. This is on by default. When selected the car and driver filters will be cleared when you select a new sim or track in the Open Lap dialog.

* If laps were pre-scanned in the Dashboard, the Analyzer will now ask if you'd like to open them when it starts up.  If you choose to open them you will be taken to the Open lap dialog where the laps will be displayed, allowing you to choose which ones you'd like to open.  This feature can be turned off by unchecking the 'Check For Pre-Scanned Laps On Startup' option in the Recorded Telemetry settings tab.

* The various edit list dialogs have been updated to the new look and feel.

* The Open Layout and Save Layout dialogs have been tweaked to bring them inline with the updated edit dialogs.

* The Custom Channel Dialog has been updated to the new look and feel.

* The Histogram Dialog has been updated to the new look and feel.  It also includes a preview feature, allowing you to see what your histogram will look like as you create it.

* The Scatter Plot Dialog has been updated to the new look and feel.  It also includes a preview feature, allowing you to see what your scatter plot will look like as you create it.

* The Custom Trace Dialog has been updated to the new look and feel.  It also includes a preview feature, allowing you to see what your trace will look like as you create it.

* The Math Channel Dialog has been updated to the new look and feel.  It also includes a preview feature, allowing you to see what your math channel will look like if you display it as a custom trace.

* You can now customize the background color of the rectangle that surrounds the current cursor value in the traces. This is available under the Screen Colors tab, Trace Lines and Text Colors section. Look for the Data Line Background color swatch.

* You can now choose whether or not you want the cursor values to be displayed on the traces next to the data line.  You can turn this option on and off under the Recorded Telemetry tab in the settings dialog. It is on by default.

* Derivatives are now supported in Math Channels.  You can create a derivative of any data channel by clicking the 'Der' button in the Math Channel dialog. You'll get a formula like 'Derivative([LF Shock Deflection]). This allows you to create velocity channels for sims that do not support them, such as ACC.  To display this, or any other Math Channel in a trace you would create a Custom Trace which displayed the Math Channel.

* After using the Edit dialog to open a custom channel, custom trace, math channel, scatter plot or histogram, closing the associated dialog will return you to the previous edit dialog.  In prior versions the edit dialog was also closed, meaning you had to re-open the edit dialog to edit additional items.

* Math channels now have an optional units parameter. This is for your reference purposes only, and does not effect how the channel is displayed.

* The Connect To Stream dialog has been updated to bring it up-to-date with the latest look and feel.

* The Print dialog has been updated to being it up-to-date with the latest look and feel.  Note printing is only available with a Pro license.

* You can now select the header image to be used when printing. This is done in the Print dialog.

* The consistency analysis has been added as an option in the Print Dialog.

* The Print dialog will now give tell you what is being printed during the print process.

* You can now clear the data line on a trace by clicking on the left side Y-Axis numbers.

* The Lap Scan dialog has been updated to the latest look and feel.

* The Import External Data dialog has been updated to the latest look and feel, and is now resizable.

* The math channel formula displayed in the Math Channel dialog is now color coded.  Different colors are used to display the channels, operators, functions and numbers. You can customize these colors in the Screen Colors tab of the settings dialog.

* You can now left click on the track map in the Driving Line Analysis screen to set the current position on the track.

* There are new options in the Control settings tab that let you specify what left mouse clicks and control-left mouse clicks do in the analysis windows when clicking on the track map.  By default left clicking on the track map in an analysis screen will display information about the point you clicked on. This information will vary depending on the analysis screen being displayed. The default control-left click action is to move the cursor to the clicked on point.

* There is a new option in the Open Lap dialog - Suggest Laps.  This is a button just above the 'Laps From Other Drivers' section. This will search the available laps and display up to 20 laps that are slightly faster that the currently selected main lap.  This makes it easier for you to find laps to compare yourself against in order to improve your lap times.  Note that the suggested lap function may not always return laps. It will depend on your lap time and the available laps.

* The popup menu which is displayed in the Open Lap dialog with you right-click on the local or server laps table now includes an option to 'Clear All Filters'. This makes it easier to reset any applied filters and view the entire list of laps again.

* Added 4 default math channels.  These are derivatives of the shock deflections. This allows you to view shock velocity histograms and traces, for sims that do not provide shock velocity data, like ACC.

* Added 6 default custom traces. These are Brake/Throttle, Derivative shock deflection, and derivative shock deflection for each wheel.

* Added 4 default histograms.  These are Derivative Shock Deflections for the 4 corners of the car. These are in addition to the 4 standard shock velocity histograms.  The derivative ones are intended for use with sims that only provide shock deflection data, such as ACC.

* The right-click popup menus on the Edit screens for Scatter Plots, Histograms, Math Channels, Custom Traces and Custom Channels have been standardized. They all provide options for creating new items, editing existing items, copying existing items and deleting existing items.

* The right-click popup menu that is displayed on the traces now includes a 'Graph By' submenu. This allows you to choose how the data in the traces is displayed.  It can be either by Lap Time, Lap Percent, or Lap Distance. These are the same options as are included in the Display tab of the Settings dialog. This new placement makes it easier to select them. The selected setting is global to all traces.

* The splash screen now shows the progress of opening any laps that were opened in the Analyzer when it was last closed.

* There is a new checkbox at the top of the Open Lap dialog - Sort By Cars First.  When selected this sorts the results for both local and server laps by the car name first.  This option is also available in the settings dialog and the right click popup menu.

* Search results for the Laps From Other Drivers in the Open Lap Dialog are no longer returned in one large set of results.  This is due to the very large number of laps available for each sim and track. By default 250 will be returned at a time. You can adjust this to either 500 or 1,000 by using the right click popup menu on the Laps From Other Drivers section, or in the settings dialog. When you scroll down to the bottom of the results, additional laps will be loaded if available. This makes for a more responsive interface.

* When registering you can now use the keyboard shortcut CTRL-V to paste your order number into the order number text field, assuming you have previously copied it from another location using the standard Windows copy (CTRL-C) command.

Download the demo today:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Designer
June 28, 2022, 11:25:08 PM
Version 2022.2 of the Z1 Designer is now available. This free application lets you create your own dashboards for use with the Z1 Dashboard.

The big addition to version 2022.2 is the Gauge tool. You can now create your own analogue gauges for use within the Z1 Dashboard!


The Needle Editor lets you create your own needles for use within the gauges.


Text, rectangles, rounded rectangles and units can now be rotated:


The Tool Bar will now display a scrollbar if all the tools are unable to be displayed.


The Z1 Designer can be downloaded here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Here is the full list of release notes:
* Added new tool: Gauge tool. This lets you create analogue gauges. There are tons of features on this tool. Stay tuned for the video explaining them all.

* New Needle Editor. This is where you can create needles that will be used with your gauges. A single needle can be used multiple times in as many different gauges as you like. The Z1 Designer comes with 11 example needles. You can use these in your own designs as is, or you can use them to create your own needles. Or you can create needle designs from scratch.

* The Needle Editor is located under Edit->New Needle.

* To see the list of existing needles look under Edit->Edit Needles.

* You can now rotate the following items: text, conditional text, rectangles, rounded rectangles, and units. To do so you can enter the desired rotation into the Rotation Angle text field in the object properties window. Alternatively you can select the item in the Dashboard window and then drag the handle for the rotation.

* You can now specify an outline for units, text and conditional text objects.

* Added unit specific data channels for Speed, Oil Pressure, Oil Temperature, Water Pressure, Water Temperature and Fuel Pressure. These are intended to be used when creating gauges. But of course you can use them in any object that used data channels. For example there is now 'Speed', 'Speed KPH' and 'Speed MPH'. The 'Speed' data channel will display speed in whatever units the end user has selected. 'Speed KPH' will always display speed in KPH. And 'Speed MPH' will always display speed in MPH.

* There is now a scrollbar that will appear in the Tool Bar window if the window is not big enough to display all tools.

Download the Z1 Designer here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
June 27, 2022, 10:25:32 PM
Version 2022.2 of the Z1 Dashboard is now available! This new version introduces many new features as well as updating many existing ones.

Some of the highlights include:
* Analogue gauges created in the Z1 Designer are now supported.


* The Z1 Server now supports keyboard input.


* Track map creation has been improved and you can now rotate the map to any desired angle.


* The Z1 Server and its settings dialog has been updated to the latest look and feel.


* The Connect to Data Stream dialog has been updated to the latest look and feel.


* The Z1 Server can now supports the Z1 Analyzer per-scan functionality, so you can use it as a light-weight data logger.

* ACC GT3-2021 and Challengers Pack-2022 cars have been added.

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

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

Full list of release notes:
* Data logging will now track whether or not the lap was a valid lap. This will allow the Analyzer to display information on valid or invalid laps. (Note not all sims support this. Currently only iRacing, ACC & RaceRoom.)

* Added support for ACC GT3-2021 and Challengers Pack-2022 cars.

* As we continue our move towards improved dashboard designs, using the Z1 Designer, the legacy dashboards will start to be removed from the Z1 Dashboard. This will not be done until we have designed their replacement in the Z1 Designer. As of this version the Z1 Dashboard will check to see if there is a replacement available. If there is it will be downloaded automatically and will replace the legacy dashboard in the Z1 Dashboard. Any other settings you have specified (LEDs, etc) will not be changed. If you do not want this to happen automatically you can turn the feature off by unchecking the 'Auto Update Dashboards' option near the bottom of the General settings tab. Note if you turn this off then legacy dashboards that have been discontinued will be replaced with the Generic dashboard until you manually update them.

* The Settings dialog for the Z1 Server has been completely updated to the new look and feel.

* The Z1 Server now supports keyboard input as well as joystick buttons.

* The Z1 Server now supports the Z1 Analyzer pre-scan functionality, making it easier than ever to use the Z1 Server as a light weight data logger.

* The track maps for iRacing in the Z1 Dashboard are now created using the Mercator projection method. We will update the old ones over time.

* The pit lane creation process in the Z1 Dashboard iRacing track maps has been improved to display the pit lane entrances and exits more accurately.

* The Internet Data Stream Connection Dialog has been updated to the latest look and feel.

* The way in which track maps are created has been updated. This lets us better know the orientation of the map in the world. We recommend you delete all track maps created with previous versions. These are located in documents/z1dashboard/<sim>/tracks.

* You can now rotate a track map when not in the car. This is the preferred way of adjusting the orientation of track maps moving forward. To do so select the 'Track Map' option from the garage menus. Then use the circle to rotate the track map to the desired orientation and click the 'Save' icon.

* If you want to delete a track map and recreate it, click the 'Delete' icon in the Track Map garage menu screen.

* There is now a settings to turn Live Car Positions on or off when using iRacing. As iRacing only updates car positions when they cross the S/F line we need to do some calculations in order to get position data more frequently. This option is on by default. If you'd like to only update the car position data when the cars cross the S/F line then turn this option off. It is located at the bottom of the General settings tab. If you are using the Z1 Server you should make the selection in the Z1 Server settings.

* When registering you can now use the keyboard shortcut CTRL-V to paste your order number into the order number text field, assuming you have previously copied it from another location using the standard Windows copy (CTRL-C) command.

Download the demo today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
May 10, 2022, 07:18:15 PM


The next version of the Z1 Analyzer is well underway. Here's a sneak peek at one of the updates - the Histogram creation dialog has been completely updated, making it easier than ever to create histograms. Previews are included so you can see in real time what your histogram will look like.
www.z1analyzer.com
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Designer
April 23, 2022, 04:50:33 AM
Version 2022.1 of the Z1 Designer has many new features and updates. As the application used to create your dashboards for the Z1 Dashboard software, this video explains how this latest version makes that even easier.

You can download the Z1 software here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

And don't forget to join our Discord channel: https://discord.gg/XXwhX6azxM


Chapter Index:
0:00 Intro
0:44 New Open Dashboard Dialog
1:46 Conditional Text Tool
3:03 LED Group Tool
4:43 Object Pinning
5:33 Pinning A Rectangle
6:03 Flat Track Maps
6:47 Track Map Widget
7:38 New Widget Options
9:00 New Data Channels
10:29 Flashing Warnings
11:31 New Warning Options
11:50 New Standings Options
13:27 New Settings Options
14:45 Showing and Hiding Guides
15:06 Final Thoughts
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
March 31, 2022, 03:12:32 AM
Version 2022.1.1 is now available. This update fixes a few bugs found in 2022.1.

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

Release notes:
* Fixes a bug that caused the track map car colors of behind and ahead drivers to be switched.
* Various other bug fixes.
* Improvements to pre-scan for the Analyzer.
* Reduces the maximum brightness output to Rexing wheels. This is at the request of the manufacturer to save power.