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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
November 03, 2020, 06:55:15 PM
Version 2020.3.4 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available.  This fixes a bug that could cause the sector times to be sorted incorrectly in the Open Lap dialog.



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
October 30, 2020, 11:24:57 PM
Version 2020.3 of the Z1 Analyzer introduces a newly designed open lap dialog. Its highlights include an improved interface, more sort options, and favorite driver and car lists.  All this is intended to make it easier for you to find and open your laps.  What this video to get the tips on how it all works.


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

Overview and Options: 0:24
Selecting the Sim and Track: 2:51
'Your Laps' and 'Laps From Other Drivers': 3:19
Scrolling Through The Laps: 3:44
Opening A Lap: 4:49
Sorting The Displayed Laps: 5:41
Filtering Laps By Driver: 8:01
'Favorite Driver' List: 10:12
Filtering Laps By Cars & 'Favorite Car' List: 11:13
Filtering Laps By Date: 12:00
What Filters Do I have Applied?: 12:47
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
October 17, 2020, 12:44:34 AM
Version 2020.3 of the Z1 Dashboard introduces the ability to use your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, tablet or any device with a browser as a display.

Setting it up is easy!  Watch the video to see how it is done.

Introduction: 0:05
Setting up Web Streaming: 1:19
Connecting Your Browser to the Web Stream: 3:55
Browser Resolution and Full Screen Options: 5:01
Network Tips: 6:36

Download the demo today:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
October 16, 2020, 05:43:53 PM
We've released version 2020.3.2 of the Z1 Dashboard.

This fixes a bug that prevented the Project Cars drop down from being displayed in the Network settings tab.


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
October 12, 2020, 05:45:01 PM
With 12 new data channels available for analysis, the Z1 Analyzer, continues to be one of the best options for improving your lap times.

There are new Aero, Suspension and Tire data channels available, bringing the total number of data channels to 73. And therefore we have updated the page on our site which shows which of these data channels are available for each of our supported sims.

Here is the updated page:
https://z1simwheel.com/analyzer/channels.cfm

The page has also been updated to group the data channels into more logical groupings. This makes it easier to find the data channel you are looking for.

You can download the Z1 Analyzer demo here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
October 09, 2020, 04:41:49 PM
The Z1 Server UDP feed has been tweaked in version 2020.3.  We've added several data channels to it.

For all those who use it in their applications, you can view the updated UDP structure here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/serverUDP.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Analyzer
October 08, 2020, 05:49:02 PM
Version 2020.3.3 of the Z1 Analyzer has just been released.  This contains several bug fixes and improvements from version 2020.3.

* Fixed an issue with importing external data that used decimal commas and not decimal places, that could cause data to appear very jagged in the race displays.

* Fixed a bug importing external data which could cause the track length not to be set properly.

* Fixed a bug that could prevent the right click popup menu from being displayed on a trace when it is maximized.

* Fixed a bug that could cause the data line to be displayed in the wrong location on a maximized trace when you left click on that trace.

* Fixed a bug that could prevent you from being able to zoom in on a maximized trace.

* Fixed a bug that could prevent the default circle track map from being created in some cases when lat/lon coordinates were not present in the source data.

* Fixed a bug where if you changed a channel displayed in a maximized trace, you were unable to properly minimize the trace again.

* The Interpolate Position option in the General settings tab now also applies to laps imported from external data sources.

* Added two more units options for importing external data with the data channels Shock Velocity.  These are mm/second and inches/second.

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
October 05, 2020, 11:31:48 PM
We've just released version 2020.3.2 of the Z1 Analyzer. This cleans up a few issues with the new Open Lap Dialog:

* Updated the Open Lap Dialog so if you do not have the Share Lap option selected, then the dialog will shrink the size of the Server Laps section, prioritizing the Local Laps section to have it take advantage of as much window space as possible.

* Updated the Open Lap Dialog to include sector times in the display. You can cycle through the by clicking on the SCT header in the local and server lap windows.

* Updated the Open Lap Dialog to improve the keyboard arrow navigation within the laps.

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
September 30, 2020, 10:07:01 PM
We've put out version 2020.3.1 of the Z1 Dashboard.  This contains a bug fix for an issue that could prevent the settings from being saved.

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
September 30, 2020, 10:03:59 PM
We've put out version 2020.3.1 of the Analyzer.  This contains a bug fix for an issue that could prevent the settings from being saved.

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
September 29, 2020, 04:58:59 PM
Version 2020.3 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available!  This new version brings a multitude of updates and improvements.

Some highlights include:
The Open Lap dialog has been completely reworked to make it easier to find the lap you are looking for.


The Import External Data dialog has been updated to make it easier to import data from external real world sources.


Math Channels are now supported and can be used with custom traces, data tiles, scatter plots and histograms.


12 new data channels are now supported.


Custom Traces have been improved making them more flexible than before.


The Speed Comparison analysis has been improved making it easier to see which lap the speeds refer to.


Histograms have been improved by showing the Rebound/Bump text when appropriate.


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

Here is the full list of release notes:
* Main menu updates. The main menu has been updated.  Previously the Display menu incorporated options for display, traces and data channels.  This has been changed. The Display menu now only controls the Track Map, Lap Data and Video displays, as well as the Reset Display option, and the show/hide Extents and Corner Overlays.

The new Traces menu allows you to show/hide the 9 available traces. In addition the New Custom Trace and Edit Custom Traces options have been moved from the File menu to this new Traces menu.  There is also a Close All Traces menu located here.  This will hide all currently displayed traces.

The new Data Channels menu allows you to create and edit math channels, show and hide data tiles, and show which data tiles are currently being displayed.

* Data Tiles.  These are not new, but have some new functionality in this version. A Data Tile lets you display the value of a data channel or math channel in a larger format than is available in a trace.  You can display one by selecting the Data Channels->Add Data Tile option. The newly displayed tile will default to the Throttle data channel.  To select a different data channel for that tile, right click on the tile and select the desired data channel from the popup.  All default data channels, as well as any math channel will be available here.  In addition the bottom of the popup provides option to maximize/restore/hide the tile, as well as creating or editing math channels.

* Math Channels and Custom Traces are now two different items.  In previous versions they were combined into one option (Custom Trace).  Breaking them out like this allows for more flexibility. A math channel can be used in a custom trace, data tile, scatter plot or histogram.

To create a math channel select the Data Channels->New Math Channel option.  You'll then see the dialog allowing you to create your math channel. Each math channel must have a unique name.  You can specify the number of decimal places that will be used when displaying the math channel in a Data Tile using the decimal places drop down.

Your math channel can be a variable based on an existing data channel, or it can be a constant value.  You can select any of the current data channels from the scrollable list on the left of the dialog.  And any of the numbers of symbols from the right side Operators may be used as well.  The formula for the math channel is displayed in the text area at the bottom of the dialog. You can type the formula directly into this text area, or click on the data channel list and/or operators to place the desired option.  Note if you type in a data channel name, it must be surrounded by brackets (for example [Brake]).

The color swatch displayed to the right of the formula text area shows the color that will be used to display the math channel in a Data Tile.  if you want to change the color, click on the swatch and select the desired color using the color picker.

Click the Create Math Channel button to save your math channel.

You can edit existing math channels by going to the Data Channels->Edit Math Channels option.  This will display a list of the currently defined math channels.  Double click on the one you want to edit.

* Updates to how the external data import works.  These updates make the import process work better across various files by providing more flexibility to what is expected for timing and distance data, as well as data frequency.  This will make the import process able to more easily import data from various sources.  Note we changed one mapping criteria from 'Current Time' to 'Current Session Time'.  So if you used that in any of your saved mappings you will need to re-select that mapping and then re-save your mapping.

* The ability to save column mappings for external data imports has been improved. In previous versions the column mappings were saved by column position.  Now column mappings will be saved by column names when possible. This allows you to use the same mappings in files that have the column names in different orders. To use this functionality you have to tell the import dialog which row contains the column names. Control-click on the appropriate row to do this. If you do not control-click on the appropriate row, then mappings that use column names will not be able to be loaded, or saved. When the column name row is not specified then the mapping will be saved by column position as was the case in previous versions.

* There is now an option to show the Bump/Rebound description in a histogram.  When this option is turned on the text 'Bump' and 'Rebound' will be displayed at the top of the histogram to let you know which side of the histogram relates to the bump or rebound part of the suspension.  This option is turned on for the six pre-defined suspension velocity histograms. You can choose to turn this option on or off in your histograms by ticking the 'Show Bump/Rebound' checkbox in the Histogram Dialog.

* Added more link to YouTube help videos under the YouTube menu.

* The Scan Laps menu option in the File menu has been replaced with two options.  The first is Scan For New laps. This is the same as the lap scan from previous versions and will add any newly found laps to the lap data file, and remove any laps that no longer exist from the lap data file. The second option is Scan For All Laps. This will delete the lap data file and recreate it from scratch.

* If you make a change to the locations of the Z1 Dashboard telemetry folder or the iRacing telemetry folder in the Z1 Analyzer settings dialog, when you exit the settings dialog the Z1 Analyzer will ask you if you want to scan for laps.  This is necessary to find the laps in the new locations.  If you do not perform the lap scan then you may not be able to find laps in the new locations.  In the past this was done behind the scenes.  This new way shows the lap scan progress so you can confirm your changes had the desired effect.

* The Open Lap dialog has been extensively updated.  There are now two distinct scrollable windows in the dialog.  The top one shows the laps that are located on your system, in other words the laps you have driven. The bottom one shows laps from other drivers that you can download to compare yourself against.  You can now resize the dialog by dragging as you would any Windows dialog. Resizing the dialog will adjust the display as appropriate.

You can scroll the windows using the mouse wheel, the scroll bar on the right, or the Up/Down keyboard arrow keys.  When using the Up/Down keys if you reach the bottom of the list of the top window, the scrolling will switch to the bottom window.  And if you reach the top of the bottom window, the scrolling will continue up the top window.  You can also quickly switch between the top and bottom windows using the Tab key.

To open a lap, double click on it, or press the Enter key when it is selected.  For more options right click on the desired lap. This is where you'll see options to open as a base lap, or left/right edge.

The window that displays your laps includes a new column, Lap #.  This shows the lap number of the specified lap, making it easier to find the desired lap.

The right click popup menu has been updated to include the filter options and the Sort By Cars First option.  (Note: In previous versions, the Sort By Cars First option was called 'Group Cars' and located in the settings dialog.) When turned on (which it is by default) the laps will be sorted first by car type, then by the currently selected column.

To sort the laps in either window, click on the desired column header.  This will sort the laps by that column.  Each time you click on the column header the order of the sort will be reversed.  The local and server windows are sorted independently and can have different sort options.

There are three filter options, all available from within the right click popup menu.  When filters are activated a message will be displayed in red text at the top right of each window.  The filter options are drivers, cars and dates.  Selecting these options will narrow the list of laps returned.  Note for the local laps window, the driver filter is not available as there would only be one driver, you.

The driver filter sub menu shows the first 20 drivers (alphabetically) as options.  If all drivers are selected, then when you select one of these it will deselect all the other drivers.  If not all drivers are selected then selecting a driver from the list toggles them on or off.  The Show All Drivers menu option displays all the drivers.  The Show No drivers option turns off all the drivers.  Note showing no drivers will result in no laps being displayed.

The 'View Full List of Drivers' option will display a new dialog which shows all the drivers available at the track.  As there could be hundreds of drivers at some tracks, this options works better than listing all the drivers in one long menu.  You can resize this new dialog as desired.  If all drivers do not fit on the window, then you can scroll it using the mouse wheel, or by clicking and dragging on the scroll bar.  Next to each driver is a star and a toggle button.  Clicking the star will add or remove the driver from your favorite list.  Clicking the toggle icon will add/remove the driver from the list of drivers included in the current driver filter.

The Favorite Driver list will display those drivers you have marked as favorites (assuming they have driven a lap in the currently selected track). This list is just a user-definable subset of the main driver list and works in the same way.

The Filter Cars option works in the same way as the Filter Drivers option.

Note on favorites - there are three lists: one for drivers in the server window; one for cars in the server window; and one for cars in the local window.  Favorites are saved when you exit the Analyzer, so the list is retained when the analyzer is launched again.

The Filter Dates option lets you filter the laps displayed by date range.  By default all laps are included.  You can narrow this down by selecting one of the options in the sub menu.

The top of the Open Lap dialog now shows options that used to be in the Settings dialog. These are 'Share Laps' and 'Include Server Tracks'. Having them directly on the dialog provides for better ease of access.  The 'Share Laps' option when turned on will upload any lap you open to our servers so other drivers can download them and compare themselves against them. When it is turned off, your laps are not uploaded to our servers, and you cannot download any laps from our servers.  The 'Include Server Tracks' option, which only works if the 'Share Laps' option is turned on, determines which tracks are included in the list of available tracks for a sim. If this option is turned off then the track list is comprised of only those tracks that you have recorded telemetry for using the Z1 software.  If it is turned on, then the list of tracks will include all the tracks for which you have recorded laps, and also all tracks with available laps for the selected sim on our servers.

* Wheel RPS has been added to rFactor, Game Stock Car, ARCA and Automobilista.

* 12 new data channels are available for sims where they are supported: tire load, lateral tire force, longitudinal tire force, tire contact patch sliding percentage, suspension force, front ride height, rear ride height, front wing height, drag, front downforce, rear downforce, oil level.  These data channels are available to use when importing external data as well.

* Improved how live telemetry recognizes Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione to make it easier to connect to those sims.

* Updates to the internal architecture of the Z1 Analyzer to allow for non-English characters to be used in the names of Layouts, Scatter Plots, Histograms, Math Channels and Custom Traces.

* When two laps are loaded, the Speed Comparison analysis now shows the speeds of each lap in the color associated with that lap.  By default this is read for the first lap and blue for the second.  This makes it easier to see which speed is associated with each lap.  You can customize these colors in the Screen Color tab of the settings dialog.

* The Z1 Analyzer is now compatible with Codemasters F1 2020 for both recorded and live telemetry. To view live telemetry, select the sim in the Live telemetry tab under the Codemasters drop down.  As always, broadcast mode is also suported. Selecting F1 2020 BC will allow the Z1 Analyzer to connect when broadcast mode is being used.

* Brake pressure is now read from rFactor 2.  Note that rFactor 2 oututs brake pressure as a percentage (0.0 - 1.0).  So it won't be bar or psi, etc, but rather a percentage of total pressure.  You'll be able to see how the four brakes are working with respect to each other.  But you won't get the actual pressure values in each brake line.

Download the demo today:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
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Plugins / Re: Z1 Dashboard Software
September 28, 2020, 06:35:34 PM
Version 2020.3 of the Z1 Dashboard is now available!  With this version you can now stream the Z1 Dashboard display to any web browser.  This allows you to use your iPhone, iPad, Android phone/tablet, or any other device with a web browser as a display for the Dashboard.

The Z1 Dashboard streamed to your phone.


In addition to this new feature there are several new dashboards, and 12 new data channels that are now being recorded in telemetry files for analysis in the Z1 Analyzer.

The Corvette C8R Dash


The LMP2 Dash 1


The LMP Dash 2


The LMP Dash 3


The LMP Pit Dash


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

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

Here is the full list of release notes:
* Four new dashboards: LMP2 Dash 1, 2 and 3, and LMP2 Pit Dash.

* New dashboard: For the Corvette C8R.

* Web Streaming. This allows you to stream the display of the Z1 Dashboard to a browser on your local network.  This would include another laptop, tablet, iPad, iPhone, Android, etc.  As long as the device has a browser and is connected to your local network it can be used as a display.  (Note at this time only one browser window can be connected at one time.)

To set up web streaming go to the Network tab in the Z1 Dashboard's settings dialog.  There is a checkbox called 'Enable Web Streaming'.  This must be checked to enable web streaming.  It is disabled by default.  Underneath that are two text fields.  The first is for the IP Address and the second is the the port.  You can use the defaults, or adjust them as necessary to suit your system.  To the right of those text boxes is the URL that you would enter in to your browser to connect to the web stream.  If you enable or disable web streaming or make changes to the IP or port you must click OK on the settings dialog and then restart the Z1 Dashboard for these changes to take effect.

Make sure that the selected port is not being used by another process or is not being blocked by a firewall.

You can also set the desired frame rate for the stream.  The higher the frame rate the more bandwidth will be used by the web stream.  The default is 30 FPS.

The smoothness of the stream is dependent on your network speed and the device being used.  As always we recommend a wired connection where possible.

The final option is 'Set resolution automatically'.  If you select this then the resolution of the display will be set to 272x480 pixels.  This works well on phones due to their smaller screen size.  Note the resolution of the display within the browser is based off the current size of the Z1 Dashboard window on your PC.  The larger the window the higher the resolution, and the more bandwidth required.  So to increase the resolution, simply resize the Z1 Dashboard application window on the PC until you get the appropriate resolution on the browser.  The browser will update the resolution automatically as you resize the Z1 Dashboard application window.  If you are having bandwidth or lag issues we suggest resizing the Z1 Dashboard window to be smaller to reduce the resolution of the image being sent.

If you want the browser to go to full screen, you can do so by clicking/tapping anywhere on the Z1 display within your browser.

Finally note that the web stream is not compatible with the Z1 LCD Screen.  If you are using that screen the the web stream is not active.

* The Z1 Dashboard is now compatible with Codemasters F1 2020. You can select this sim in the Network tab under the Codemasters drop down.  As always, broadcast mode is also suported. Selecting F1 2020 BC will allow the Z1 Dashboard to connect when broadcast mode is being used.

* Wheel RPS has been added to rFactor, Game Stock Car, ARCA and Automobilista.

* 12 new data channels are available for sims where they are supported: tire load, lateral tire force, longitudinal tire force, tire contact patch sliding percentage, suspension force, front ride height, rear ride height, front wing height, drag, front downforce, rear downforce, oil level.  These data channels are available to use when importing external data as well.

* Improved how live telemetry recognizes Assetto Corsa and Assetto Corsa Competizione to make it easier to connect to those sims.

* Updates to the internal architecture of the Z1 Dashboard to allow for non-English characters to be used in various ways in the future.

* Brake pressure is now read from rFactor 2.  Note that rFactor 2 outputs brake pressure as a percentage (0.0 - 1.0).  So it won't be bar or psi, etc, but rather a percentage of total pressure.  You'll be able to see how the four brakes are working with respect to each other.  But you won't get the actual pressure values in each brake line.


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