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Addit! Pro For Combat Flight Simulator 2

Revision History

Improvements and Changes in Version 4.7.4

Addon Installation and Management

Added a progress bar to the bottom of the Addon Installation Wizard window to show progress when analyzing an addon.

Fixes

Fixed a bug where installing straight to the File Cabinet could result in saving bad data for document files.
Fixed a problem validating sound configuration files. Some perfectly valid WAV filename statements were being incorrectly reported as missing.
Fixed a runtime error in the View Image window when you "grabbed" a full-size image and moved it.

General

Improved performance of many array searches.
Enhanced the performance of most ListView controls.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 4.7.2

Addon Installation

When installing scenery to a "new scenery folder" (i.e. a custom folder), and when using the automatic Scenery Library options, the Scenery Library Title now defaults to the addon name for convenience.
Added a button next to Scenery Library Title to pick from among several possible Scenery Library Title names.
Panels and sound packages may now be installed automatically without having to first assign a folder name. This means you may not experience a "red dot" preventing you from quickly installing a panel or sound. If the folder name chosen by Addit! Pro is not to your liking you can change it later using the new Rename Folder feature. See Edit Panels Window and Edit Sounds Window below for more information.
You can now install panels and sound packages directly to a designated sub folder to better organize them. For example, you can place all of your panels in a folder called "Panels" or "FSFSConv". See Customize Window section below.

Addon Management

A panel configuration file that does not define a 2D file but does define a 3D panel is now treated as an original panel definition. No error will appear in the configuration file report.

Customize Window

Added an option to install panels to a designated sub folder (e.g. "FSFSConv", "Panels"). Look in the Addon Installation Automation Options section.
Added an option to install sound packages to a designated sub folder (e.g. "FSFSConv", "Sounds"). Look in the Addon Installation Automation Options section.
Reorganized the Addon Installation Automation Options section and created a new Aircraft Options section.

Edit Aircraft Window

Added the ability to rename aircraft folders. For instance, you can rename an aircraft folder called "B-52" to "B-52 Stratofortress". Panels and sounds that alias the one you rename are automatically updated as is Addit! Pro's database. To use this feature, open Edit Aircraft, select a plane, right click then pick Rename Folder.

Edit Panels Window

Added the ability to rename and move panel folders. For instance, you can rename a panel folder called "B-52 Panel" to "B-52 Stratofortress Panel". Panels that alias the one you change are automatically updated as is Addit! Pro's database. To use this feature, open Edit Panels, select a panel, right click then pick Rename/Move Folder.

Edit Sounds Window

Added the ability to view sound event names alongside sound filenames.
Added an option to open the selected sound WAV file.
Added the ability to rename and move sound folders. For instance, you can rename a panel folder called "B-52 Sounds" to "B-52 Stratofortress Sounds". Sounds that alias the one you change are automatically updated as is Addit! Pro's database. To use this feature, open Edit Sounds, select a sound package, right click then pick Rename/Move Folder.

Fixes

Corrected a rare "subscript out of range" error when removing addons.
Some MDI child windows, when maximized, were not resizing correctly when moving from window to window.
Corrected "Object variable or With block variable not set" issue when removing sound addons from the file cabinet.
Fixed a problem in the Addon Removal Wizard where pressing Finish without first visiting every step resulted in no action.
Fixed a problem in Work With Addons where if you selected a certain individual addon file when the addon was in the File Cabinet, the result was an error.

General

Improved disk file I/O performance of Edit Sounds, Edit Panels and Import Addons. These windows will load faster than before. Made a couple of other performance improvements.
When adding a new Favorite folder in the Select Addon Files window or Browse Folder window, the last folder used will be remembered.
When installing an addon directly to the File Cabinet no subfolder will be created under \Addit! Pro\Addons, only under \Addit! Pro\Cabinet.
When moving an installed addon to the File Cabinet the subfolder under \Addit! Pro\Addons will be deleted.
When reinstalling a File Cabinet addon the subfolder under \Addit! Pro\Cabinet will be deleted.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 4.7.0

Addon Installation Wizard - Configure Options Window

Added a button to quickly pick alternate addon names from list of available names. This list includes potentional addon names from any included file_id.diz file.

Addon Management

Added an option to name the addon using the header found in an included file_id.diz file.
Added an option to describe the addon using the description found in an included file_id.diz file.
Added an option to automatically assign image files to aircraft and panels during installation. When screenshots or other image files are included with an addon, Addit! Pro will attempt to use them for aircraft and panel pictures.

Customize Window

Completely redesigned this window to better organize and present program options and to allow for more of them.
The new categories are:
General Options, Appearance Options, Startup Options. Addon Installation Options, Automation Options, Reinstallation Options. Addon Removal Options
Added a Default button (in addition to the Default All button) to reset only the settings for the current page. Also added an Apply button.

Fixes

Made a change to bitmap image processing because XML gauge bitmaps, when installed with scenery, were defaulting to global texture destination folder.

General

Deleting addons from the File Cabinet is now considerably faster.
Eliminated flicker/jerkiness during resizing of windows.

Help System

Rewrote Addit! Pro's Help and converted everything to HTML Help format. HTML Help has many benefits over the older WinHelp system:
Full Text Search pane with search term highlighting.
Table of contents pane for easy navigation.
Index pane and a favorites pane.
Smaller compiled help file.
Improved formatting, font sizing and use of tables.
Improved printing features.
Added several new help topics that explain how to install various types of addons, change panels/sounds and otherwise get the most out of Addit! Pro.
Redesigned many help topics. Now, when help is accessed from a screen, you are given a list of available help topics instead of being assaulted with technical details of the window in question.

Set Picture Window

The Set Picture Window has been redesigned. This window is used to associate a picture with an aircraft or panel during installation.
Performance has been dramatically improved (no more long load times).
You can now filter the images by category (Show All Images, Show Only GIFs and JPGs, Show Unmapped BMPs and Show Mapped BMPs).
The file list can be sorted and you can view file date/time stamps, zip folder entries and other details.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 4.6.0

Addon Installation Wizard

Added the ability to install multiple aircraft, panels, sounds, etc. in one phase. These situations are handled automatically:
Several aircraft defined by one or more aircraft.cfg files.
Any number of model/texture sets defined by one or more aircraft.cfg files.
Several panels defined by one or more panel.cfg files.
Several sounds defined by one or more sound.cfg files.
Multiple aircraft/panels/sounds are shown in their respective steps using a tabbed interface. They are no longer considered "duplicate file problems".
Eliminated the Resolve Conflicts Window (with extreme prejudice) and overhauled the conflict resolution process. Duplicate filenames are no longer considered a problem unless all of them have the same target (installation) folder. Addon file problems are now handled in their respective steps as needed.
You can now rename files globally.
Simplified the installation options for a number of wizard steps.
Scenario: You mark something 'Do Not Install' in a window then press OK. You go back to a previous step and make a change that affects the file you had marked 'Do Not Install'. When you return to the first window you see that file is now marked 'Install' again. This has been changed.
When first reconfiguring an Addon File Box to present file problem information, the Zip Folder Entry column now appears along with Problem Details and Item Number. This should make it easier to troubleshoot file problems.

Addon Installation Wizard - Configure Aircraft Window

Added a tabbed interface to handle multiple aircraft.
Added an "Other" tab for aircraft files that don't belong in any particular aircraft tab. Added an "All" tab that lists all aircraft files.
Added new columns to the Addon File Box: Zip Folder Entry, Problem Details, Item Number, Date and Size.
You can install individual aircraft in their own folders.
You can assign pictures to individual aircraft.
Textures belonging to an aircraft are now shown here to make it easier to identify what belongs to an aircraft.

Addon Installation Wizard Configure Panel Window

Added a tabbed interface to handle multiple panels.
Added a "Gauges" tab to show only gauge files. Added an "Other" tab for panel files that don't belong in any particular panel tab. Added an "All" tab that lists all panel files.
Added new columns to the Addon File Box: Zip Folder Entry, Problem Details, Item Number, Date and Size.
You can install individual panels in their own folders.
You can assign pictures to individual panels.
Textures belonging to a panel are now shown here to make it easier to identify what belongs to a panel.

Addon Installation Wizard Configure Sound Window

Added a tabbed interface to handle multiple sounds.
Added an "Other" tab for sound files that don't belong in any particular sound tab. Added an "All" tab that lists all sound files.
Added new columns to the Addon File Box: Zip Folder Entry, Problem Details, Item Number, Date and Size.
You can install individual sounds in their own folders.

Addon Installation Wizard Configure Other Window

New installation step! Addon files not covered in the other steps are shown here (e.g. adventures, briefings, videos, documentation, image files, etc.).
Includes tabbed categories for "Documentation", "Other" files and "All" of them combined.
Includes options to deal with addon file problems.

Addon Import Process

Aircraft are imported wholesale now meaning one aircraft.cfg equals one imported aircraft. Before, aircraft were imported by variant, which meant one aircraft.cfg might equate to several imported aircraft.

Browse/Select Folder Window

Eliminated the confirmation dialog when you use the window to create/select a new folder.

Customize Window (Program Options)

Added an option to show the "All" tab first in Addon Installation Wizard windows featuring tabbed displays.
Added a new option called "Confirm Actions On Multiple Items". If checked, whenever you perform an action on more than one item you will be asked for confirmation before proceeding.
Added options to always ignore thumbs.db files and pspbrwse.jbf files.
Added an option called "Enable drive pull-down controls". These controls may appear on screens showing drives, folders and files (eg. Browse Folders dialog).
Added an option called "Allow folder tree view controls to display all namespaces and drives". This allows folder tree view controls to display everything on your system (My Computer, My Documents, all drives, etc.). When unchecked, folder tree view controls are restricted to the current drive. The folder tree view controls appear on screens showing drives, folders and files (eg. Browse Folders dialog).

Edit/Select Panels and Sounds Windows

The mouse cursor now turns into a crosshair over configuration fields to indicate that clicking on these fields will open the corresponding files.
When using the filter, if there are no items to display, the configuration fields and picture, though disabled, still show information from the previously valid selected item. This has been remedied.

Fixes

When you pressed Next or Previous on the Addon Installation Wizard or Addon Removal Wizard, the focus on the column of command buttons would become out of sync with the current step. They are now synchronized.
Fixed a theoretical problem in the Work With Addons window where clicking on a file then selecting some action for that file might cause an error depending on the situation.
Fixed a bug in the Select Files window where opening document files from the document list view might cause an error if the view mode was "favorites" or "recent".
Fixed an overflow error in the Browse Folders and Select Files screens. This error would appear when the total file size of all files in a folder exceeded a certain value.
Under Windows XP, for some reason all list view controls, when either horizontal or vertical scroll bars were shown, had double borders around the edge of the control. This is been fixed.
Fixed a rare "subscript out of range" error that could occur during installation from a zip file.
Fixed a problem reading the last section of an INI file. In an aircraft.cfg, for example, if the [fltsim.x] section was at the tail end of the file it was not read properly.
Fixed a problem with invalid pictures causing hard errors and abnormal program termination.
When a large number of items were selected in many list view controls, certain code was being executed over and over again needlessly hurting performance. This is no longer the case.

General

When an HTML document is opened from a zip file, Addit! Pro also extracts other HTML pages and images that are linked to or shown on that HTML document. Sometimes the main HTML document expects these additional files to exist in sub folders. Addit! Pro now extracts these dependent files into their proper locations so the first HTML file can be viewed as designed.
Improved performance of internal zip processing.
During a long process, interactivity with the window is now prevented until the process completes.
Improved gauge file installation. Gauges with sub folder requirements are now installed to the proper locations. Enhanced support for gauges inside cabinet archives (CAB files) and gauge collection files.
Switched from accessing the zip library via an OCX control interface to a DLL API interface.
Improved panel and sound dependency checking.
Reduced mouse cursor fluttering (where the cursor quickly changes back and forth between the arrow and hourglass).
In some cases, on screens showing drives/folders/files, the drive pull-down control might not display correctly. This happens only under certain versions of Windows. It makes the drive pull-down control very difficult to use. To address this issue, an option was added to toggle this control on or off. Another option was added to allow the expanded folder tree view control to show all namespaces and drives along with folders. In effect, this control can now be made to appear exactly like the left-side pane in Windows Explorer. See Customize above for more details.
Updated the help text and all documentation.
No more "always on top" for help text.
The Program Information screen now shows your Windows version.
Added support for "PALETTE=" statements within panel.cfg files.

Setup

Created a new installer. The new Addit! Pro distribution features better installation, a self-repair capability, cleaner removal and decreased package size.


Improvements and Changes in Version 4.5.2

Addon Import Process & Window

If the import process encounters a problem with an addon, it will continue on and process the remaining addons instead of halting prematurely.
When importing just one addon (e.g. group #13) from a bunch of addons, the status bar message reported "importing 13 of 1". This has been fixed.
Fixed a bug that caused an 'Object variable or With block variable not set' error message. Very nasty.
Added a folder date column. Very handy for quickly finding the most recently installed addon regardless of whether or not Addit! Pro installed it.
Added the ability to customize columns.
Toggling Show Icons would reload the addons and rebuild the display. Now it simply rebuilds the display which is quicker.

Addon Installation Wizard

For panels and sounds, Addit! Pro can now automatically create an alias when you install an aircraft but opt to store the panel and sound in custom folders. For example, say you're installing a new Corsair. It comes with its own panel and sound package. You want to store the panel in its own custom panel folder and store the sound files in their own custom sound folder. You've always been able to do this but after installation you had to manually associate the Corsair with the split panel and split sound. Now Addit! Pro can do this for you. In the Configure Panel and Configure Sounds window, simply check the box titled "Assign panel/sound to the aircraft currently being installed".

Addon Installation Wizard - Select Files

When you open an html file for viewing, Addit! Pro will now extract other html and image files needed by that document. So, the document should appear with links intact and you'll see images instead of image placeholders.
The Select Files window title now displays the name of the selected folder.
Updated handling of executable files with links to the Help file for tips on installing them.

Addon Installation Wizard - Resolve Conflicts

The column "Zip folder entry" now appears by default.

Addon Management

Added validation for panel bitmap files. Addit! Pro will look for the presence of all valid panel BMP files specified in the panel configuration file (panel.cfg) and report if any are not found.
Internet shortcuts (URL files) are no longer treated as textures.

Addon Removal Process

Recreating an addon by copying or moving it to a zip file now saves folder names in the zip file.
Recreating an addon by copying or moving it to a folder now generates subfolders as needed (e.g. in the case of duplicate filenames). Otherwise, files will be placed in the same folder as before.

Edit Aircraft

When changing a panel picture, the default search folder was Addit! Pro's Images folder. Now, if the panel is part of an addon managed by Addit! Pro, the default folder is the addon's custom folder. This makes it much easier to use a picture included with the addon.
Added a right-click menu item "Work With Addon(s)". This function allows you to open a Work With Addons window for the selected item. For example, if you use this function on your default Sopwith aircraft, Addit! Pro will open a Work With Addons window showing this addon (provided you imported it into the database).
Added "tooltip" help text.
Added a folder date column. To quickly find the addon you last installed simply sort the Aircraft box by Folder Date in descending order. The first item shown is the last one installed. Neat.
Adjusted the way the configuration section (lower middle of the screen) resizes. This was done to allow the Aircraft File, Panel Name and Sound Name fields to show more of their contents.

Edit Panels

When changing a panel picture, the default search folder was Addit! Pro's Images folder. Now, if the panel is part of an addon managed by Addit! Pro, the default folder is the addon's custom folder. This makes it much easier to use a picture included with the addon.
Added a right-click menu item "Work With Addon(s)". This function allows you to open a Work With Addons window for the selected item. For example, if you use this function on your default Sopwith panel, Addit! Pro will open a Work With Addons window showing this addon (provided you imported it into the database).
Added "tooltip" help text.
Added a folder date column. To quickly find the addon you last installed simply sort the Panel box by Folder Date. The first item shown is the last one installed.
Added a filter box with these choices: "Show All Panels", "Show Only Original Panels" and "Show Only Alias Panels".

Edit Sounds

Added a right-click menu item "Work With Addon(s)". This function allows you to open a Work With Addons window for the selected item. For example, if you use this function on your default Sopwith sound, Addit! Pro will open a Work With Addons window showing this addon (provided you imported it into the database).
Added "tooltip" help text.
Add folder date column. To quickly find the addon you last installed simply sort the Sounds box by Folder Date. The first item shown is the last one installed.
Added a filter box with these choices: "Show All Sounds", "Show Only Original Sounds" and "Show Only Alias Sounds".
Adjusted Listbox sizing.

Fixes

Fixed a problem with reinstalling addons that contain read-only files.
Fixed a problem where some validity checks for root level folders like "C:\" were not issuing the correct answers.
Fixed a problem in the Recent items tab in all Select/Browse windows. Switching to and from some root level folders wasn't working properly.
Fixed 'Object variable or With block variable not set.' bug that could appear during the addon import process. This error occurred when importing an addon having two or more files sharing the same name.
Fixed a small problem with the scenery library management system.
Fixed a bug where the program would refuse to close when an Addon Installation (or Removal) Wizard window was open.
Fixed an "Element not found" that popped up when the Addit! Pro executable was launched while Addit! Pro was running.
Addressed a problem with the splash screen sound effect. The startup sound would sometimes be garbled or might cause an error to appear.
During some addon removals an "unknown error code" message was shown in the status bar even though there was no error. This has been fixed.

General

Changed the default value for the "number of items to remember" from 5 to 10 for all Select/Browse File windows.
Added a Favorite Items list to all Select/Browse File windows. You can use this personal list to store folders and zip files for quick and easy access. Depending on how you organize your addons, this feature may save you many navigation clicks over the long haul.
You can now access the Rename function in the Resolve Conflicts and Work With Addons window by simply pressing F2.
Added a keyboard shortcut to bring up all right-click context menus. Press SHIFT-F10 or F4.
When you install an aircraft the name of the addon defaults to the name of the aircraft. For example, the title "Vought Corsair F4U Deluxe" in the Aircraft.cfg file means you get "Vought corsair f4u deluxe " as the addon name. However, the program was not capitalizing the addon name properly. Now it does.
Added keyboard shortcuts for all right-click context menus. For example, in the Edit Aircraft window, if you right-click to bring up the context menu then press the "p" key it will activate the Change Panel function.
Improved performance of all ListView controls.
Converted separate date and time columns into a single date/time column.
Increased the default window size of the progress report window.
Updated Setup program, Help text and documentation.

Work With Addons

Added the ability to copy an addon to a folder or zip file. To use this feature, select an addon right click and pick "Copy to Folder" or "Copy to Zip File". You can then copy the addon's files to a folder or zip file of your choice. The addon will be left intact and will be retained in Addit! Pro's database. To copy and delete an addon to a folder or zip file use "Move to Folder" or "Move to Zip File". Moving an addon to a folder or zip file will also remove it from Addit! Pro's database.
Adjusted the way the Addon Type filters some addons. For example, now when you choose to list panels you will only see panels that are not part of any aircraft. Showing sounds now works the same way - you will only see sounds listed if they are not part of an aircraft. Showing textures will only list texture addons that are not part of any scenery or panel addon.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 4.2.4

Addon Installation Wizard

Added the ability to move a zip file to a specified folder after installing the zip file. This is handy for archiving original zip files after processing them.

Addon Management

Added support for fonts that are sometimes included with panels (TTF files).

Addon Removal

When removing a panel used by other addons Addit! Pro warns you about the dependency. Now, you get that warning plus the ability to immediately choose a replacement panel. If you don’t pick a replacement panel, Addit! Pro will attempt to restore any existing original panel definition it can find for all dependent panels. This helps ensure any aircraft relying on these panels will function correctly.
Sound dependencies are now thoroughly checked. Also, when removing a sound used by other addons Addit! Pro warns you about the dependency. Now, you get that warning plus the ability to immediately choose a replacement sound. If you don’t pick a replacement sound, Addit! Pro will attempt to restore any existing original sound definition it can find for all dependent panels. This helps ensure any aircraft relying on these panels will function correctly.

Edit Aircraft

There was a small problem refreshing the display after restoring an original panel or sound definition (ie. a panel.cfg/sound.cfg backup). If the previous configuration file had errors, the window would not always refresh properly. Now it does so in all cases.
When choosing new panels and sounds the Select windows now highlight the default item properly when the display is sorted by name.

Edit/Select Sound

The column you pick to sort the Select Sound window is now saved properly.

General

On all screens having a Change Folder button, ALT-F is now the keyboard shortcut for this button.

Release History

Version 4.7.4 is current and was released in August, 2003.

Version 4.7.2 was released in April, 2002.

Version 4.7.0 was released in January, 2002.

Version 4.6.0 was released in August, 2002.

Version 4.5.2 was released in  February, 2002.

Version 4.2.4 was released in July, 2001.

Version 4.2.2 was released in April, 2001.

   

 

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