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Started by Russell Hodgson, September 23, 2015, 07:12:11 PM

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Russell Hodgson

Version 2022.3 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available.

In addition to the revolutionary Driving Instructor feature which we detailed above, there are a lot of other new features and improvements to the Analyzer.

Some highlights are:

The Open Lap dialog now flags any laps that are invalid, had yellow flags, or entered the pits.


You can now include a 'layout' object in your layouts. This shows all currently available layouts making switching between them easy. You can also use the new drop down at the bottom right to quickly change layouts.


Histograms can now average data across multiple laps in their display. (This is a Track/Pro feature).


When creating Math channels you can now use the standard cut/copy/paste/select all options. And you can Undo up to the last 20 changes made.


Sectors can now be moved or created/removed. Note this is a Track/Pro feature.


The Z1 Analyzer: Using telemetry to make you a faster driver.

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

Full list of release notes:
* Driving Instructor analysis has been added.  Currently this is only fully supported by iRacing tracks.  (Support for all other sims is currently a beta feature.) This new analysis screen displays the entire car, along with wheels (with the front wheels steering angle displayed), and throttle and brake displays. This is overlaid on the track map.  This new visualization lets you easily see car placement, orientation and yaw without having to look at multiple graphs. This feature requires a current Track or Pro license.

The Driving Instructor also include g-force displays on the car as is drives round the circuit.

When playing back a lap on the driving instructor screen the Analyzer will zoom in automatically to provide improved detail on the car. You can manually adjust the zoom using the mouse wheel.
The Driving Instructor will choose several turns where you are losing the most time and highlight them. When you play back the lap, it will stop at each of these turns. You will then receive advice on driving line, and pedal inputs at the corner entry, mid-point and exit.  Each turn that will be discussed is marked with a yellow circle containing an exclamation point.

You can customize how much time needs to be gained for a turn to be discussed. You can also customize the maximum number of turns that will be discussed.  Usually you would not want to look at more than 3 or 4 turns at once.  Concentrate on improving those turns before moving on to other ones.

The Driving Instructor will generate advice based on an AI analysis of your lap.  You can also have it compare your lap directly to a currently loaded secondary lap if you prefer.

The above options can be set on the left side of the Driving Instructor window, or in the settings dialog.
Satellite imagery is also included in the driving instructor screen. This imagery allows you to see in much more detail where you are placing the car on track.  Are you using curbs? Exactly where are you braking?  All this provides much more feedback to help you improve your lap.

The Satellite Imagery is automatically lined up by the Analyzer. 99% of the time it is a perfect match.  However due to various factors there are times when it can be slightly off.  If you see this you are able to adjust the alignment using the following keyboard shortcuts: Nudge left (CTRL-Alt-L); Nudge right (CTRL-Alt-R); Nudge up (CTRL-Alt-U); Nudge down (CTRL-Alt-D); Rotate Track Clockwise (CTRL-Alt-[plus key]); Rotate Track Counter-clockwise (CTRL-Alt-[minus key]); Shrink Horizontallty (Shift-CTRL-Alt-L), Expand Horizontally (Shift-CTRL-Alt-R); Shrink Vertically (Shift-CTRL-Alt-D); Expand Vertically (Shift-CTRL-Alt-U).  If you would like to see the current values set the debug mode to Satellite Maps - Draw 1.  (Debug modes are set in the General settings tab).

* Mercator projection is now used to display iRacing track maps.

* Improvements to track drawing.

* Improvements to turn analysis comments.

* Sectors can now be moved. To do so, CTRL-shift-left-click and drag the desired sector line to the left or right within a trace.  You can change the left-click modifier that allows you to move a sector in the Control tab of the settings dialog.  Note you need a Track license or higher to move sectors.

* You can now add or remove a sector from a lap. To remove a sector, CTRL-shift-double-left-click on the sector line within a trace. To add a new sector CTRL-shift-double-left-click on the desired location within a trace. You can change the keyboard modifiers that allow you to add or remove sectors in the Control tab of the settings dialog. Note you need a Track license or higher to add or remove sectors.

* The Math Channel Dialog now supports Cut/Copy/Paste/Select All/Undo commands for the formula text area. These are the standard Windows commands of Cut (CTRL-X), Copy (CTRL-C), Paste (CTRL-V), Select All (CTRL-A), Undo (CTRL-Z).  You can also right click on the formula text area to view a popup menu and access these commands.  The Undo option goes back up to 20 iterations.

* Open Lap Dialog: Laps from other drivers that are considered invalid are not shown by default. An invalid lap is one where a mistake was made, a yellow flag was present during the lap, or the lap started or ended in the pit lane. You can choose to display these laps by selecting the 'Show invalid laps' option in the Recorded Telemetry settings tab, or by choosing the 'Show Invalid Laps' option from the right-click popup menu in the Laps From Other Drivers section.

* Open Lap Dialog: On the Laps From Other Drivers section an exclamation point will be displayed to the left of the car name if any of the following conditions are met: the lap is invalid; the lap started or ended in the pits; there was a yellow flag during the lap. If you put the mouse over one of these laps you will get a full explanation of why the exclamation point is being displayed. If you do not want the explanation to be displayed you can turn off this option in the Recorded Telemetry settings tab, using the 'Show invalid lap details' option at the bottom of the tab.

* Open Lap Dialog: There are now buttons to 'Clear Filters' for both your laps and other driver laps. These buttons are at the top right of the lap tables. They replace the filter text that was there previously. Placing your mouse over them will display the currently active filters. If no filters are active then the buttons will be disabled.

* There is now a Layouts object that can be incorporated into your layouts. This is available by going to Display->Show Layouts. This displays the Layouts object on your layout. All current layouts are listed in the Layouts object.  Double clicking on the name of a layout will display that layout.  Note that as the Layouts object is part of your layout it must be added to each layouts to be displayed. After adding it to a layout you would need to save the layout.  Note that it is now included in all default layouts.

* You can now change layouts from the drop down at the bottom right of the screen. Previously this just displayed the current layout. Now that it is a drop down it provides another quick option to changing layouts.

* Histograms: You can now choose to have the histogram average all displayed laps. This requires a Track license or higher. You can select this option by right-clicking on the histogram and making sure 'Average All Laps' is checked.  Alternatively you can turn the option on in the Display settings tab. When enabled all laps that are displayed in the traces will be averaged when displaying a histogram.

* Added two new data channels: Front Roll Angle and Rear Roll Angle.  Currently only RaceRoom supports these.

Download the demo today:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/trybuy.cfm
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson

Version 2022.3.1 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available.

This fixes a few bugs and updates some features of the new Driving Instructor.

It also opens the Driving Instructor up to all standard license users who can now use it on one track of their choice.



Download the demo today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson

Version 2022.3 of the Z1 Analyzer introduces our new AI Driving Instructor. Just open your lap and choose the Driving Instructor and it will overlay your lap on a satellite map of the track and show you where you can gain time. With optimal driving lines and brake/throttle/speed/gear displays it has never been easier to find time at your favorite track.


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

Chapters:
0:00 Intro
1:44 Opening the Driving Instructor
2:50 The Basics (An overview at Brands Hatch Indy)
4:22 Getting the Advice
6:01 Viewing a Better Driving Line
7:05 A Turn in Detail (Line/Pedal Inputs)
10:50 At Road Atlanta
11:40 At Watkins Glen
12:09 at Las Vegas Oval
12:40 Final Thoughts
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson

Becoming a faster racer has never been easier!

Get 50% off new licenses or license upgrades this Friday through Monday! Just enter the discount code HALLOWEEN22 when purchasing.



New users can purchase here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/trybuy.cfm

Existing users can upgrade here:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson

Version 2022.3.3 of the Z1 Analyzer is available. This fixes a couple of issues and improves the functionality of the driving instructor.



* In the Driving Instructor - You can now jump directly to a turn marked for advice by left or control-left clicking on the yellow circles. This action depends on how you have it set up in the Control settings tab. This lets you skip showing the car driving round the track and go right to a turn. (We still highly recommend watching the entire lap being played back as it shows car placement and orientation throughout the lap.)

* Fixes a bug which prevented the Analyzer from connecting to rFactor 2 in live telemetry.

* Fixed a bug where the Analyzer would show the wrong track selection in the Open Lap dialog after driving laps in the Z1 Dashboard.

As always, you need the latest version of the Analyzer for the Driving Instructor to work, so you will need to update to this version for it to keep working.

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
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson

The Z1 Analyzer's AI Driving Instructor can help you find seconds at your favorite track. Today's video focuses on the Rudskogen Motorsenter in iRacing. Don't waste time wondering how to improve, just load your lap and let the Driving Instructor show you where and how you can gain the most time.


Remember the Driving Instructor requires a current license, so make sure you have an active subscription. And to have it available on all tracks, you'll need the Track license.

Download the Z1 Analyzer here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson

The Z1 Analyzer's AI Driving Instructor works on all kinds of tracks. This video looks at Bark River International, a great off-road track. The Driving Instructor not only gives advice on where you can improve, but shows the angle of the car as it moves round the track. This is vital for off-road tracks as you want to see how much you are drifting in each turn.


Download the demo today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson



Get 50% off new licenses or license upgrades this Thursday through Monday! Just enter the discount code BLACKFRIDAY22 when purchasing.

New users can purchase here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/trybuy.cfm

Existing users can upgrade here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson

It's the end of the year and that means our end of year sale!



Get up to 50% off new licenses, upgrades, and this time also updates!

Enter the code GOFASTER22 in the checkout to get the discount.

New users can purchase here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/trybuy.cfm
Existing users can update/upgrade here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson

The latest version of the Z1 Analyzer, 2022.4, is now available!

This brings major updates to the Track Walk, making it the go-to feature to learn about how to drive a specific car at a track before you get in the car. Don't waste time trying to determine the best line, or brake point, or gear and speed to use in a corner. Simply go to the Z1 Analyzer's Track Walk and go through each corner.

Easily choose the sim, track and car you are interested in.


The Track Walk showing all of Lime Rock


The uphill at Lime Rock with elevation being displayed


Big Bend at Lime Rock


The Driving Instructor has also been updates to include more details, such as multiple apexes; and throttle and brake point comparison. You can also play back the entire lap without having it stop for advice if you just want to see your car placement.


The new intro dialog makes it easier than ever to start improving your lap times.


Remember the Driving Instructor and Track Walk require the latest versions, so you will need to install 2022.4 to use them. Luckily if you need to update we have our end of year sale going on.
Enter the code GOFASTER22 for 50% off.

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

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

Full list of release notes:
* Improvements to how the Driving Instructor reads data from the servers. It only requests data if the track or car changes. Previously it requested data whenever the window had to be recreated.

* Satellite imagery is no longer required for the Driving Instructor and Track Walk features to work. While the goal is to have this available for all tracks it may not be possible in all cases. For example in sims that are currently in beta for this feature, such as RaceRoom, Assetto Corsa and rFactor 2. Or the track may no longer exist, such as Oran Park.

* Driving Instructor - improved how the map is zoomed when viewing a driving line. This makes sure that the entire line is visible, especially on longer turns that may go through 180 degrees or more.

* Driving Instructor - Throttle, brake and apex points are now displayed for selected turns. The throttle point shows where you and the optimal lap get back to full throttle. The brake point shows where you and the optimal lap start braking, as well as the level of braking used. The apex point displays the location of the apex(es) for the turn. These can be individually turned on or off in the settings dialog Display tab, under the Driving Instructor section.

* Driving Instructor - There is now a 'Stop for advice' button at the top left of the Driving Instructor display. With this option selected, when you play the lap the car will stop at each corner where advice can be given. This is the default behavior. If you want to simply watch the entire lap get played back in the Driving Instructor without stopping at the various advice turns, uncheck this option. Note you can still select a specific turn by left clicking on the turn icon. (Or ctrl-left-clicking depending on your options.)

* The Track Walk analysis screen has been completely revamped. It now uses the aerial map imagery. The corners numbers are now clearly marked. Click on one of them to get general advice on each turn.

* The Track Walk is intended to provide you with information on how to drive the track in a specific car without looking at a specific lap. You would use this before driving the track. Then after driving and recording some laps you would switch to the Driving Instructor.

* Track Walk - As with the Driving Instructor, Standard license holders can use this feature on one track of their choice. And Demo users can use it on Lime Rock Park - Classic.

* Track Walk - Track license holders do not need to have a lap loaded to use this feature. You can just open the Analyzer, and then open the Track Walk. If no laps are loaded then you will be presented with drop downs allowing you to choose the sim/track/car combination you want to explore. This lets you walk the track before running any laps.

* Track Walk - If you do not have a lap loaded and you have selected a specific Sim/Track/Car combination, there will be a 'Clear Data' button at the top left of the Track Walk display. Click this button to clear the current sim/track/car selection and choose a different one.

* Track Walk - When looking at a turn in detail the Analyzer will provide you with information on the type of turn (right, left, chicane, double apex, etc), and where the apex(s) is/are located.

* Track Walk - Brake and throttle information is provided where appropriate. If you need to brake for the turn then this information will be shown, including where you should brake and the amount of braking necessary. If you do need to brake, then you will also be shown where to get back to full throttle. Note these marks are guidelines, and not absolutes.

* Track Walk - Click the Show Elevation button to display a visual representation of the elevation changes in a turn. This will display an overlay that gets larger or smaller as the elevation changes within the turn. The display is relative to the turn, and not the entire track.

* Track Walk - Click the Play Corner button to see the car drive the corner in real time. The car will display the speed, gear, throttle, brake and yaw of the car as it moves through the turn. The replay happens at half speed, to make it easier to see what is happening. The replay will continue until you click the button to stop it, or change to a different turn.

* Track Walk - the throttle and brake are displayed as a green or red arc around the speed circle.

* The Track Walk and Driving Instructor now support multi-apex turns. A multi-apex turn could be a chicane with two apexes, or a sweeping set of turns that all follow on from one another and would be looked at as a single group.

* The Z1 Server UDP live feed can now accept up to 64 custom channels. (This is a Pro feature only)

* AMS2 - added support for ride heights and inner/middle/outer tire temps.

* The Introduction dialog has been updated to help with determining what you'd like to use the Analyzer for. This is intended to help new users get to what they need more easily.

Download the demo today:
https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/trybuy.cfm
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson

The Z1 Analyzer's new Track Walk feature shows you how to be fast at any track.  It's the ideal way to learn about how to drive a track, available when you want it.


The Track Walk is the perfect companion to the Z1's AI Driving Instructor. It is what every sim racer needs to get the most out of their time on track.

Chapter Index:
0:00 Intro - What is a Track Walk?
1:34 Opening the Track Walk
2:07 Selecting the Sim, Track and Car
3:23 Track Walk Overview
5:00 Laguna Seca Turn 1
7:40 Laguna Seca Turn 2 - Andretti Hairpin
12:02 Laguna Seca Turn 3
13:35 Laguna Seca Turn 4
14:55 Laguna Seca Turn 5
16:16 Laguna Seca Turn 6
17:20 Laguna Seca Turns 7/8 - The Corkscrew
20:00 Laguna Seca Turn 9
21:15 Laguna Seca Turn 10
22:33 Laguna Seca Turn 11
24:13 Final Thoughts

Download the Z1 Analyzer: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/trybuy.cfm
Discord: https://discord.gg/XXwhX6azxM
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com

Russell Hodgson

Version 2022.4.1 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available.



Download the demo today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
Z1 Dashboard software: dashboards, track maps, telemetry, timing & scoring and more.

Z1 Analyzer software: the telemetry analysis software aimed at improving the most important part of the car - you the driver!

http://www.Z1Dashboard.com