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Started by Russell Hodgson, March 12, 2014, 09:02:46 pm

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Russell Hodgson

We've released version 4.16.2 for the Z1 Dashboard. This is a small update that includes a small bug fix and update.

* Fixed a bug in the Speech that would not let you request the laps of fuel or the 'say all' option using the buttons if you didn't have those options selected in the speech tab.

* Updated some of the speech output to let you know when no data was available. Previously if you requested the lap time or fuel data and you didn't have a lap time at that point, or there were not enough laps to determine fuel consumption, then nothing was said. This could be confusing as you may think the request had not been received. Now if this is the case you will be told the information is not available yet.

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


Russell Hodgson

We released version 4.16.3 today.  This has a few bug fixes:

* Fixed a bug in Project Cars 2 UDP feed which would cause the Z1 Dashboard to crash when crossing the S/F line due to an out-of-bounds value from the UDP feed.

* Fixed an issue with the McLaren MP-4 dashboard where the background didn't fill then entire vertical space of the window.

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


Russell Hodgson

​​​​We have a quick survey here http://www.z1simwheel.com/survey/z12018 asking 11 questions about how people use the Z1 software.

This will help us get a better understanding of how people use the Z1 software and what they'd like to see included moving forward.

Thanks!


Russell Hodgson

Version 4.17 of the Z1 Dashboard is now available!

As always we've got lots of improvements, new features and new dashboards.

Some highlights are:
1) The Z1 Dashboard is now compatible with Codemasters F1 2018 sim.
2) Nine new dashboards!
3) New, improved UDP format used with the Z1 Server.
4) New options for how rFactor 2 car names are read.
5) More data points are read from several of the sims.
and more...

GT3 Dash 4A


Super Speedway Dash 3


New Weather Icons


Formula Dash 3A


Formula Dash 4A


rFactor 2 Car Name Options


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

Existing users can get v4.17 here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

Here is the full list of release notes:
* Added two new dashboards, GT3 Dash 4A and GT3 Dash 4B.

* Added two new dashboards, Super Speedway Dash 3 and Super Speedway Dash 4.

* Added three new dashboards, Formula Dash 3A, Formula Dash 3B and Formula Dash 3C.

* Added two new dashboards, Formula Dash 4A and Formula Dash 4B.

* The Z1 Dashboard is now compatible with Codemasters F1 2018 sim. F1 2018 uses UDP to send data. To turn it on within the sim go to 'Game Options', then 'Settings', then 'Telemetry Settings'. Then set 'UDP Telemetry' to 'On'. Leave the IP address and port as the default. Set the UDP Format to '2018'. You will need to experiment with the UDP Send rate to get the one that works best for you. 30Hz seemed to work quite well during testing. Set 'D-Box', 'Fanatec LED', and 'SLIPro LED' to 'Off', if you are not using those devices.

Then within the Z1 Dashboard, open the Settings Dialog and click on the Network tab. Make sure the Codemasters checkbox is ticked, and choose 'F1 2018' from the drop down. If you have selectded Broadcast mode from the F1 2018 telemetry settings, then select 'F1 2018 BC'.

* The way in which the backgrounds of the track maps are displayed has been changed. The background color of the section of the track map that is showing the actual map is determined by the Ground Color selected in the Track Map tab. The Background Color selected in the Car 2 tab controls the background of the rest of the track map dashboard. The one exception is Track Map Dash 4. For this dash, the background color is used for the entire dashboard, and the Ground Color has no effect.

* The UDP packets sent from the Server to the Dashboard have been optimized allowing them to be smaller. This means less bandwidth is needed to send the data across the networks. It also paves the way for some new features currently in development.

* Camber is now being read from Assetto Corsa.

* Brake bias and Engine Torque is now read from rFactor 2. You will need to update the rFactor 2 plug.

* Engine Torque is now read from Project Cars 2.

* Logging has been updated to include more data when necessary. This should make determining issues easier in the future.

* There is a new option for rFactor 2 users. It is called 'rF2 Car Name' and is located in the General tab of the settings dialog. Scroll down and you'll see it underneath the Background Color 4 on the left. rFactor 2 allows cars to have both a car name and a car class. Depending on who creates the car the car name may be very specific and include a car number. For example 'Skip Barber #1'. In these cases the car class is usually similar to 'Skip Barber'. Now there are other cases where the car name may be '911 RSR GTE', and the car class may be very generic such as 'GTE'.

The Z1 Dashboard determines which dashboards to load based on the car name. If you have a car name that includes the car number then if you change the car number you'll have to recreate all your dashboards and settings for that car because the car will change from 'Skip Barber #1' to 'Skip Barber #2' for example. Obviously this which would be quite annoying. In these cases it would be better to use the car class to describe the car, as that would remain constant with 'Skip Barber'.

Now, if you have a car with a very generic car class, like 'GTE', then it would be better to use the car name to describe the car to avoid having the same dashboard settings loaded for completely different cars, like a 911 and a Ferrari. Because while those cars are in the same class, they would have very different dashboards.

This new 'rF2 Car Name' setting allows you to choose how you want the Z1 Dashboard to identify the car being used - either by its name or by its class.

Note that the selection you make will also determine how that car is displayed in the Z1 Analyzer when it reads telemetry data.

Finally, the standings displays will always use the car name, and not the car class to show which cars are driven by each player.

* Expanded the DISPLAY debug setting to include data in creation of background layers used in dashboards. This is intended to help determine issues that occasionally arise with those layers not being rendered.

* There is now an option to have the background of the dashboard flash a specific color when the fuel level is below a desired amount. This is set on a car by car basis. In the Car 1 tab there is a settings called 'Fuel Flash'. When on, the background will flash if the fuel is below 7 liters. This setting is on by default. In the Car 2 tab there is a new color swatch for 'Fuel Level Color'. This is the color the background will flash when this option is enabled, and is set on the dashboard by dashboard basis. And in the Car 2 tab under the warnings section, the Fuel Level is the level below which the background will being to flash. This is set to 7 liters by default. Note during qualifying sessions this feature is disabled.

With the introduction of the above background flash there are now 7 different scenarios in which the background will flash. They are in order of precedence: Hitting the rev limiter; Yellow flag; Local yellow flag; Blue flag; Pit limiter engaged; In pit lane; Low fuel warning. If two warnings are present at the same time, then the one with higher precedence will be displayed.

* Graphical updates to various dashboards.

* The weather dashboard has been updated to show more weather options. You can now see icons for sunny, light cloud, heavy cloud, overcast, light rain, heavy rain, and stormy weather conditions.

* The fuel level warning amount can now be specified as a decimal amount. Previously it had to be a whole number.

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

Existing users can get v4.17 here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

Russell Hodgson

With the release of the latest versions of the Dashboard, Analyzer and Server we made some big changes to the UDP stream that is sent by the Z1 Server. As the number of data points that need to be transferred has grown over the years it was time to clean up the structure to use the bandwidth more efficiently.

The latest UDP structure is available here:
http://www.z1simwheel.com/dashboard/serverUDP.cfm

Anyone who is using the Z1 Server UDP feed in their own applications will have to update it to this latest spec.

Russell Hodgson

The latest version of the Z1 Dashboard, version 4.17 includes 9 new dashboards. These are the Formula Dash 3 and 4 series, the GT3 Dash 4 series and the Super Speedway Dash 3 and 4.

Here is a preview of these dashboards.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lm4_egyTlZs

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

Russell Hodgson

One of the great aspects of the Z1 Dashboard software is that it can notify you of various situations on track, or with your car.

This is done through changing the background color of the dashboard when one of these events occurs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgopfzWSsPY

With version 4.17 there are 7 different notifications that can be communicated this way.

They are in order of precedence:
Hitting the rev limiter
Full Course Yellow flag
Local yellow flag
Blue flag
Pit limiter engaged
In pit lane
Low fuel warning

Download the demo here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Russell Hodgson

Version 4.17.1 of the Z1 Dashboard is now available.  This fixes a few issues.

Release notes are:
* Fixed a bug with the Acura HPD dash where if you changed an in-car setting such as brake bias, after the dashboard displayed the new value of that setting, the white background could remain on the right side or the bottom of the Acura dash once it was re-displayed.

* Added debug option for adding cars to the list of cars in the drop down in the Car 1 tab ['Car Assignment']. This can help with debugging issues associated with cars not showing up in that drop down after they have been driven.

* Added a new option called 'DRS Mode' to the Car 1 tab. This is a car-specific assignment that lets you decide how the DRS should function. You can choose 'Standard'. This would be for F1 cars. Choose 'Simple' for cars where the DRS is either open or not and the number of times it has opened is counted (as in iRacing's Formula Renault 3.5). Choose 'Counting' for cars where you want the number of times the DRS has been deployed to be counted, but the sim does not provide this data.

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

Russell Hodgson

Version 4.18.0 of the Z1 Dashboard is now available!

This latest version adds 8 new dashboards as well as updating some of the previous dashboards to include more information.

The new GT3 Dash 5


One of the 6 new IndyCar 2019 dashboards


The new Position/Fuel dash


Track maps can now display the track temperature.


It is compatible with the newest RaceRoom API. This new API adds a lot of new data channels, and both the Z1 Dashboard and Z1 Analyzer make full use of this new data.

We've added a 'sim time' option which replaces the real world time with the time within the sim when that information is available.  And you can now choose between 12 and 24 hour time displays.

The Weather Dash can now display the sim time.


New time options.


This latest update is available here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

For existing users they can get the update here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

Here is the full list of release notes:
* Added six new dashboards: Indy Car 2019 Short Oval Qual, Indy Car 2019 Short Oval Race, Indy Car 2019 Speedway Qual, Indy Car 2019 Speedway Race, Indy Car 2019 Road Qual, Indy Car 2019 Road Race.

* Added new GT3 Dash #5.  This is intended for cars like the BMW M8 GT car.

* Added new Position And Fuel dash.  This displays lap, position and fuel information in a large easy to read format.

* Compatible with the updated RaceRoom API. Note this update is not backwards compatible with the older RaceRoom API.

* We are now reading the car numbers from iRacing and RaceRoom for each car. This new information will be displayed on various dashboards.

* The Porsche 919 dashboards now display the actual percentage number of the ERS level and amount used per lap underneath the bars. This makes it easier to know the exact amount of ERS usage at any one time.

* The various Speech options are now available for use when you are connected to the Z1 Server.  (This was not the case in previous versions.)

* The Z1 Server now supports the new weather types introduced in previous versions of the Z1 Dashboard.  This provides for 7 different weather types including rain and storms.

* The track maps have been updated to include the average track temperature in the top right corner. The two exceptions to this are track maps 6 and 7.  They do not include this data because it is already displayed in the weather section of their displays.

* The Weather Dash will now display the time within the sim at the top of the dash, if the sim supplies that information.

* There is now an option in the General tab of the settings dialog called 'Time Units'. This lets you choose if time is displayed in a 24 hour or 12 hour format.

* There is now an option in the General tab of the settings dialog called 'Display Time As'. This determines if the time within the sim, or the actual time in real life, is displayed in the various clocks throughout the Z1 Dashboard.  Note not all sims support sim time.  If they do not then the sim time will be displayed as 00:00.

* There is a new Delta type for Race Room.  If you select 'RaceRoom' as the delta type then the Z1 software will use the delta timing supplied by RaceRoom when using that sim.

* The Z1 Server has been updated to include the Speech button options and the start/stop sim race button option.

* The Z1 Dashboard now creates an entry for a newly driven car the first time you get in that car. Previously you had to open the settings dialog while being in the car in the garage.  This caused issues for some sims, like Project Cars, Assetto Corsa or RaceRoom where you might not actually be in the garage.  This meant that the car would never show up on the list of available cars in the Car 1 tab, so you could not assign dashboards to it. This new way will make sure the cars are included in the drop down on the Car 1 tab regardless of if you were in the garage or not.

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

Russell Hodgson

Version 4.19 of the Z1 Dashboard is now available!  We've got some great new features and dashboards available in this latest version.

There is the new Edit Mode which lets you select the dashboard without leaving the car.



The Z1 Dashboard now has a new Sound option.
This lets you play certain sound when you need to shift, or to announce the gear,  or when DRS is available.


The Car 1 tab drop down now uses the full car name.


The garage standings dash now displays the class SOF for iRacing.



We've added 4 new dashboards. One for dirt truck racing, one for relative positions on the track and two for class standings (where the sim provides that data).

The new relative delta dashboard.


The new dirt truck dashboard.


The new class standings dash.


The second new class standings dash.


New users can get this latest version here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Existing users can get it here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

Here is the full list of release notes:
* Edit Mode - This is a new way for you to select dashboards for your car. There are several ways to turn Edit Mode on or off.  When you are in the car you can right click your mouse, or CTRL-left click your mouse on the dashboard.  Or you can assign a button box button or POV switch.  To assign a button or POV switch go to the Buttons tab of the Z1 Dashboard's settings dialog. There is an option called 'Toggle Edit Mode'. Assigning a button or POV switch to this will let you turn this mode on or off.

With Edit Mode turned on you will be able to scroll through all the available dashboards while sitting in your car. This makes it easier and faster to select a dashboard than the current method which requires you to get out of the car every time you want to change a dashboard assignment.

Pressing the button you assigned to this option, or right-click, or CTRL-left click, will toggle Edit Mode on or off.  When it is on you will see an indication on the current dashboard that you are in Edit Mode. The name of the currently displayed dashboard will be shown along with the current screen number.  (Remember you can have up to 10 dashboards assigned to each car).  When Edit Mode is on you can scroll through the dashboards by using the mouse to click on the left/right side of the dashboard to move ahead or backwards in the list of dashboards.  The dashboards will scroll alphabetically.  If you have a button assignment for the next screen or last screen functions, then during edit mode those will change the dashboard to the next or previous dashboard.  If you have a Z1 LCD Screen, then you can tap on the right or left side of the screen to change the dashboard assignment.

When the dashboard you want is displayed, turn off Edit Mode by pressing the same button used to turn it on, or right-click or CTRL-left click again.  The currently displayed dashboard will now be saved for the car in the appropriate screen location. If you would like to change one of the other dashboard slots assigned to the car, remember you can have up to 10, just scroll to the slot as you normally would, then active Edit Mode again, and proceed as described above.

Note that the various customizations of the dashboards, such as colors, warnings levels, etc, and the number of dashboards assigned to a car are still done in the settings dialog using the Car 1 and Car 2 tabs.

* Sounds - there is a new tab in the Settings dialog called 'Sounds'.  This lets you specify three new sound options.  They are 1) a beep when it is time to upshift; 2) announcing the gear you are in after a gear change; 3) A beep when DRS is available. All three are turned on by default.

The upshift beep is tied to the LED shift lights associated with the first dashboard assigned to the car. (Remember you can have up to 10 dashboards for each car.) You specify the offset from the right-most LED light. For example specifying the number 2 for a dash that has 15 shift lights will play the beep when the 14th LED illuminates. Specifying 2 for a dashboard that has 5 LEDs would make the shift beep play when the 4th LED illuminated.

These sounds can be customized.  They are stored as WAV files in the folder documents/z1dashboard/sounds.

* The car drop down in the Car 1 tab now uses the full car name as opposed to the short car name previously used.  This makes it easier to determine which car you are selecting, as the short car names can sometimes be quite cryptic.

* Added a new dashboard that displays the time deltas between your car and several cars ahead and behind. This delta is the time in seconds they are behind or ahead of you on the track.  The new dash is the 'Relative Dash'.

* Added a new dashboard for off road trucks.  It is called 'Truck Dash 1'.  Note some of the values will be zeros at this time.  This is because sims do not supply data for them at this time.

* Two new standings dashboards have been added.  These are Standings 3 and Standings 4.  They show the same information as Standings 1 and 2, but they only show the cars that are in your class.  In addition the position, timing deltas and other information is all based on only those cars in your class.

* Updates to Track Maps 1, 3, 9 and 10. The tracks maps were slightly altered to make better use of the available space for driver names, car names, etc.

* The Dashboard software is now using the EnergyMGU_KLapDeployPct parameter from iRacing when it is available to determine the deployment percentage.  In previous versions this value was calculated based on other data (as the EnergyMGU_KLapDeployPct parameter wasn't available.).  The only difference you'll with this new parameter being used is that the first lap of a session will have the accurate percentage displayed.  Previously you had to run a full lap before we could start shpowing this data.  This change only effects iRacing, and the Audi R18 and Porsche 919 dashboards.

* When in a multi-class race in iRacing, the garage standings screen will now display the various strength of field (SOF) for each of the classes as well as for the overall field. This display is dependent on having room at the bottom of the screen for this information.  The overall SOF will always be displayed.  However on smaller window sizes there may not be enough room for all the class SOF information to be displayed. Information about the fastest lap available on the Z1 Analyzer (if one exists for your car and track combination.) will always be displayed. Then depending on the remaining room the class SOFs will also be displayed.

* There is a new button option for resetting stint fuel.  This button option allows you to reset the starting stint fuel to the current amount of fuel in the car. This has the effect that any fuel displays that show the amount of fuel used since you last got in the car will be reset to zero.  This is useful when you have a pit stop in a race and want the reset the fuel usage display to zero.

* Various graphical updates to the dashboards.

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

Russell Hodgson

Edit Mode is a new way for you to select dashboards for your car in version 4.19 of the Z1 Dashboard. It allows you to scroll through all the available dashboards while sitting in your car.


There are several ways to turn Edit Mode on or off.  When you are in the car you can right click your mouse, or CTRL-left click your mouse on the dashboard.  Or you can assign a button box button or POV switch.  To assign a button or POV switch go to the Buttons tab of the Z1 Dashboard's settings dialog. There is an option called 'Toggle Edit Mode'. Assigning a button or POV switch to this will let you turn this mode on or off.

When it is on you will see an indication on the current dashboard that you are in Edit Mode. The name of the currently displayed dashboard will be shown along with the current screen number.  (Remember you can have up to 10 dashboards assigned to each car).  When Edit Mode is on you can scroll through the dashboards by using the mouse to click on the left/right side of the dashboard to move ahead or backwards in the list of dashboards.  The dashboards will scroll alphabetically.  If you have a button assignment for the next screen or last screen functions, then during edit mode those will change the dashboard to the next or previous dashboard.  If you have a Z1 LCD Touch Screen, then you can tap on the right or left side of the screen to change the dashboard assignment.

When the dashboard you want is displayed, turn off Edit Mode by pressing the same button used to turn it on, or right-click or CTRL-left click again.  The currently displayed dashboard will now be saved for the car in the appropriate screen location. If you would like to change one of the other dashboard slots assigned to the car, remember you can have up to 10, just scroll to the slot as you normally would, then active Edit Mode again, and proceed as described above.

Note that the various customizations of the dashboards, such as colors, warnings levels, etc, and the number of dashboards assigned to a car are still done in the settings dialog using the Car 1 and Car 2 tabs.

Download the Z1 Dashboard demo here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

Russell Hodgson

We just released version 4.19.1 of the Z1 Dashboard.  This fixes a few bugs we found in version 4.19.0.

* Fixed an issue with Edit Mode where if you exited the sim before exiting the Z1 Dashboard then any changes made with Edit Mode were not saved.

* Fixed an issue with the Cadillac dashboard where the brake bias did not line up properly in the display.

* Fixed an issue with the Cadillac dashboard that caused a white area to be displayed at the bottom of the dashboard after in-car settings were changed and displayed on screen.

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

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

Russell Hodgson

In this video we discuss what we've been up to over the past month and what our goals are for the next month or so.


Including updated on the website, emails, current versions, sim compatibility, future feature lists and more.

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