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Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2002

Revision History

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.5.9

Addon Importing

The new Filter Bar on the Import Addons window allows you to show addons in a certain category such as aircraft. This makes it much easier to import specific types of addons. See General Changes for more information concerning Flip Bars and the Filter Bar.
Substantially improved addon search performance.
Added a button to the Import Addons window that opens the Import Options window. Click the Options button to change the import settings from within the Import Addons window.
Pressing Import (in the lower right corner of this window) now only imports the addons currently shown in the Addon list.
You can now cancel during the search for addons as well as cancel the import process itself. Click on the progress bar at the bottom of the window to abort the operation.
You can also click Import on the Toolbar to open this window. Right click on the Toolbar and select "Choose Buttons" to enable this feature.

Addon Installation Wizard

Individual files can now be installed to Addit! Pro's storage folder. Right click on a file then select Install to Storage Folder. You can use this feature to place unneeded files—but files you wish to retain—in Addit! Pro's storage folder for safekeeping, instead of marking them "Do Not Install".
A new option automatically advances the Wizard to the next step after you make a choice. For example, in the Configure Scenery window, immediately after selecting a scenery installation folder, the Wizard moves forward as if you had pressed the Next button. After making your final choice, the window will close automatically as if you had clicked the OK button. This option is disabled by default. Advanced users may enable it to work through the Wizard more rapidly. See Customize below for more details.

Addon Removal Wizard – Select Addon Window

A Flip Bar now appears on this window (see General Changes below).
You can limit the addons shown by Date Installed. For example, you can show only addons installed in the past week.

Customize Window

Added a Choose Buttons feature to "Toolbar", under the Appearance Options section. This feature allows you to customize Addit! Pro's main toolbar.
Added an option "Automatically advance Addon Installation Wizard steps" to "General", under the Addon Installation Options 1 section. See Addon Installation Wizard above for details.

Edit Aircraft Window

A Flip Bar now appears on this window (see General Changes).
Rebuilding the display after an aircraft status filter change is now faster.
Added right-click menu options to the picture menus to show the aircraft and panel pictures "One Above the Other" or "Side by Side".

Fixes

Fixed a bug where effects texture bitmap files could be incorrectly reported as missing during validation.
Fixed a few problems interpreting comments inside INI files.

Flip Bars (NEW!)

Most windows showing lists of items have Flip Bars. A Flip Bar may contain a Search Bar, Filter Bar and Status Filter Bar:

Search Bar - allows you to find specific items (and you can further refine your search to match case and whole words only).
Filter Bar - allows you to weed out items you do not wish to see.
Status Filter Bar - allows you to show or hide items based on their state or status.
If available, the Flip Bar appears near the top of the window and can be toggled on and off. To open a Flip Bar, click the small chevron icon in the upper right corner of the window.
Some windows have had their filter and status filter drop-down lists moved to the new Filter and Status Filter Bars.
Keyboard shortcuts are available for the various bars: CONTROL-G shows the filter bar, CONTROL-T shows the status filter bar.
To learn more, open the Help system and search on "Getting Started with Flip Bars".

General Changes

You can now cancel the addon removal process. Click on the progress bar at the bottom of the window to abort.
During the removal of a group of addons, you can opt not to show the Removal Results window by unchecking the box "Show this report".
The program will no longer attempt to optimize the database when Addit! Pro is closed by Windows due to a shutdown, or closed by the Task Manager.
Improved the installation of addons with multiple related panels. Addon installation, in general, has also improved with fewer "red dot" scenarios.
Small performance boosts when building lists.
A Toolbar button is available to exit the program. Right click on the Toolbar and select "Choose Buttons" to enable this feature.
A Flip Bar now appears on the Edit Panel and Edit Sound windows (see General Changes).
Rebuilding the display after a panel status filter change is now faster.

Import Addons Window

A Flip Bar now appears on this window (see General Changes).
CONTROL-W now works as a shortcut to the Work With Addons function.
A Toolbar button can open this window. Right click on the Toolbar and select "Choose Buttons" to enable this feature.

Toolbar

Toolbar buttons are now customizable! You can choose which buttons to display and rearrange their order on the toolbar.
Right click on the toolbar and select Choose Buttons to customize the toolbar. You can also use the Customize window (press Choose Buttons under Appearance Options).
Added some new buttons: Import Addons, Work With Installed Addons, Addon History, and Exit.

Work With Addons Window

A Flip Bar now appears on this window (see General Changes).
You can limit the addons shown by Date Installed. For example, you can show only addons installed in the past week.
A series of removals can now be aborted. Click the progress bar at the bottom of the window to cancel a removal.
You can also click Installed on the Toolbar to open this window while displaying only installed addons. Right click on the Toolbar and select "Choose Buttons" to enable this feature.

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.5.7

Addon Importing

Streamlined the Import Options window by removing some confusing options. The default option for "Include non-critical files (e.g. Readme.txt files)?" is now Yes.
Added confirmation for group removal.
Pressing the DELETE key on addon import screen now activates the "Remove from group" action.

Addon Installation

Improved the installation of aircraft skin/repaint addons. New repaints will automatically default to the next available texture "slot" (i.e. if Texture.2 is the last slot, a new repaint will be slotted for Texture.3).
Improved the automatic selection of pictures to represent aircraft and panel addons.
Improved automatic pulling of text from file_id.diz files to fill in an addon's name and description.
Better support for aircraft paint kit texture files.
Various other minor improvements to make installation go more smoothly.

Addon Installation Wizard–Select Picture Window

A few right-click functions related to installing addons were incorrectly being offered on this screen. These were removed.
Double clicking on a picture now selects it.

Edit Aircraft Window

Added a new aircraft model texture validation check.
The previous item in the Aircraft list will now be selected after you delete an aircraft variant.
Improved effects file validation.
The aircraft filter bar, even when turned off, would sometimes appear near the bottom of the window. This has been corrected.

Fixes

Fixed a rare "Overflow" error that could occur in the Select Addon Files window (or Browse Files window) when extremely large zip files were selected.
Fixed a bug in Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels and Edit Sounds where renaming a folder could result cause a permanent cursor switch into an hourglass.
Fixed a bug in Import Addons where two messages were not being show properly.
Fixed a bug that would cause panel gauge CAB files to be incorrectly installed to the wrong folder during an aircraft install, when you modified the aircraft installation folder.
Fixed a bug in the Select Folder window where sometimes nothing would happen after making a selection and pressing the Select button.

General Changes

Pressing the Delete key when an item in a ListView is selected now deletes or removes that item, if possible.
The Tools menu option "Clear Default Aircraft and Panel Pictures" is now "Clear Default Addon Pictures". The option "Reload Default Aircraft and Panel Pictures" is now "Reload Default Addon Pictures".
Added a shortcut key (CONTROL-W) that allows you to quickly open a Work With Addons window for the selected items. This feature was added to Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels and Edit Sounds.
The Rename Folder window can now be resized and the program will remember your preference next time.
Included an updated starting database so Addit! Pro will no longer update the database during the first run.

Help System

New help topic: Designating Target Folders.
Updated help topics covering all changes made in this release. Updated Keyboard Shortcuts.

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.5.5

Addon Installation

Cascading style sheet definitions are no longer treated as texture files.
Added code enhancements to improve the installation of some addons and file types.
During installation of an addon having both an original panel.cfg and an alias panel.cfg, where the alias points to the original, Addit! Pro will automatically update the alias during installation to ensure it always points to the original, no matter where you install the original panel.

Addon Management

Effects texture bitmap files located in Flight Simulator's global texture folder were being incorrectly reported as missing.

Edit Aircraft Window

Added an Import Addon feature to the aircraft list's right-click context menu. This feature allows you to import the selected aircraft into Addit! Pro's database.
If you try to work with an aircraft that is not in Addit! Pro's database, the program will now offer to import it for you.
Changing or Clearing the panel picture when the underlying panel is simply a reference to a real panel will now process the real panel directly, instead of issuing a "move to the real panel then try again" message.
The program now remembers the last folder accessed when you browsed for a new aircraft picture.
Added a few new context menu options under a new menu called "Aircraft Configuration". These options are: "Open Aircraft.cfg", "Open Model.cfg", "Open Checklist", "Open Reference", "Show Aircraft Configuration Errors" and "Suppress Aircraft Configuration Errors". Likewise, "Open Panel.cfg" and "Open Sound.cfg" now exist under their respective configuration menus.

Edit Panels Window

Added an Import Addon feature to the panel list's right-click context menu. This feature allows you to import the selected panels into Addit! Pro's database.
If you try to work with a panel that is not in Addit! Pro's database, the program will now offer to import it for you.
Changing or Clearing the panel picture when the underlying panel is simply a reference to a real panel will now process the real panel directly, instead of issuing a "move to the real panel then try again" message
The program now remembers the last folder accessed when you browsed for a new panel picture.

Edit Sounds Window

Added an Import Addon feature to the sound list's right-click context menu. This feature allows you to import the selected sound packages into Addit! Pro's database.
If you try to work with a sound that is not in Addit! Pro's database, the program will now offer to import it for you.

Fixes

Fixed a bug in Import Addons where two messages were not being show properly.
Fixed a bug in Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels and Edit Sounds where renaming a folder could result cause a permanent cursor switch into an hourglass.
Fixed a potential cause of an "Out of stack space" error in the Select Folder window.
Fixed a bug that could create a zero-length aircraft.cfg under certain circumstances. This might occur when reinstalling an aircraft skin/texture set from the File Cabinet.
Fixed an issue that could cause some XML gauges to be installed to the global gauges folder instead of a panel folder.
Fixed a problem that could, in rare cases, cause a "subscript out of range" error.
Addressed a few other minor issues.

General Changes

The Optimize Database window now features a "Thorough repair" option. Use this option if Addit! Pro's database becomes damaged and the self-repair mechanism is unable to resolve the problems.
Addit! Pro now checks the integrity of its database on startup and offers to fix any problems it finds.
When pasting a picture from the Windows Clipboard into an image control, you will no longer be prompted for confirmation if the current image is empty.
The right-click context menu option called "Set Aircraft Picture from Clipboard" has been renamed "Paste from Clipboard" to be more conventional. This change was made to "Set Panel Picture from Clipboard", too.
Made a few more general performance improvements.
Zip error reporting has been enhanced to provide more detail in error messages.

Help System

Reworked the sections covering how to select addon files and added a Getting Started area.
Added a new Tutorial guide: How to Install an Addon (a basic overview of the installation process).

Work With Addons Window

If there are no addons in Addit! Pro's database when you open the Work With Addons window, a button appears allowing you to import some.
Performing a task on several addons in the Work With Addons window resulted in annoying mouse cursor flutter so that has been fixed.
Some addon-level tasks (e.g. Copy to Folder) were generating a number of annoying pop-up dialog boxes when files were missing, sometimes with no option to cancel or respond "OK to all". These dialogs have been removed altogether (missing files are listed on the Reporting Results window shown after a task completes).

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.5.3

Addon Import Process

Bitmap textures are now imported along with the effects files that use them (an effects file is a ".fx" file that specifies one or more bitmap textures needed to create the effect).
Made two changes to boost addon loading performance.

Addon Installation

Scenery Installation
Scenery files, such as custom A.I. traffic, that have zip entries pointing to Flight Simulator's Scenery\World\Scenery folder will now install to that location by default.
Some scenery exclusion files (.xcl) were improperly defaulting to the scenery texture folder instead of the scenery folder. This has been fixed.
Static aircraft textures are now installed to the addon's scenery folder if specified that way by the addon (before they were installed to Flight Simulator's global scenery folder by default).
Scenery files are now organized by group. For instance, if a scenery addon includes several sets of BGL files where each set is designed to go its own scenery folder, you can easily accomplish that by specifying a unique scenery folder for each group (see Addon Installation Wizard-Configure Scenery Window below).
Other
Improved the installation of addons that include multiple, similar aircraft.cfg files. Improved the installation of MP3 audio files.
Addit! Pro can automatically name and describe addons based on an included "file_id.diz" file. However, because not everyone names this file exactly the same way, some forms were not processed. Now all forms of "file_id.diz" files are now considered where before only a file strictly named "file_id.diz" was read.
Improved Addit! Pro's ability to automatically determine an addon name and give it a description.

Addon Installation Wizard - Configure Aircraft Window

Miscellaneous aircraft textures are now shown here instead of on the Configure Scenery/Misc. Textures window.

Addon Installation Wizard - Configure Scenery Window

Added a new option to install scenery to "the folders determined by Addit! Pro". This is the new default option.
The Quick Picks button in the Set Installation Folder step now lists items based on your choice of default scenery installation folder (See Customize below).
Tabs are now used to present scenery groups (see Addon Installation above). Click on a tab to work with scenery files in a particular group.
When you select a custom installation folder for a scenery group, your choice of folder is now used to name the scenery library title so you don't have to waste time resetting the title.

Addon Management

MP3 audio files are now treated like WAV sound files and handled accordingly.
Improved handling of effects (.fx) files and their underlying bitmap textures.

Addon Removal

Addit! Pro now analyzes and cross-checks all effects file (.fx) dependencies as well as underlying bitmap textures during the removal of these files.

Customize Window

Moved the option called "In tabbed displays show the 'All' tab first" from Addon Installation to Appearance, under the Tabs category. This option now applies to the new Reporting (Results) window since it has been upgraded to a tabbed display (see General, below).
Split the category "Addon Installation Automation Options" into "Addon Installation Automation Options 1" and "Addon Installation Automation Options 2" to accommodate new options.
You can now specify a default installation folder for scenery addon files. For instance, if you usually install your scenery under "Flight Simulator\Addon Scenery\", you can specify that as the default folder. So if you installed a scenery addon called Denver International Airport Enhancements, Addit! Pro would default the custom installation folder to "Addon Scenery\Denver International Airport Enhancements\". The default installation folder is also used in for scenery Quick Picks.

Edit Aircraft Window

The aircraft configuration report now lists missing effects (.fx files), missing effects bitmap textures (.bmp files) and missing MPEG-3 sounds (.mp3 audio files).
When viewing an aircraft's configuration report, modeling aliasing (where an aircraft's model.cfg file just points to another aircraft's model configuration) no longer produces the message, "The aircraft's model configuration file does not specify a normal model file".

Fixes

Improved the truncation/abbreviation of long text contained within certain display controls. This was not working perfectly for controls inside frames and often resulted in cutting off really long text. Now, really long text that is too long to fully display is abbreviated properly.
In the Configure Panel window the Quick Picks button, when the Customization option "Place panels in a subfolder named" was unchecked, was displaying inappropriate items. Same story with the Configure Sound window. Both of these issues have been fixed.
Fixed an issue in the panel configuration report where a texture displayed with a double extension (e.g. "texture.BMP.bmp") was incorrectly reported as missing.
Fixed an assortment of other minor issues.

General Changes

Results (Reporting) Window
Enhanced the Reporting (Results) window to display results based on categories represented by tabs. For instance, the Addon Installation Wizard report is now organized by these categories: files Installed, Not Installed, Special Actions and Failed Special Actions. An All tab includes messages from all categories. Organizing this screen using categories makes it easy to identify files that were not installed, scenery library areas that were not removed, etc.
A Save Report button has been added to save the report to a file along with a Copy to Clipboard button to save it to the Windows Clipboard.
Other
Browser thumbnail files are now treated as "other" files instead of general textures so they will appear in the Configure Other window instead of the Configure Scenery/Misc. textures window. Log (.log) files are now treated as document files.
After the Optimize Database operation completes a final status message now appears in the status bar.
Improved zip file display performance in the zip file item lists and addressed a performance issue with all ListView display controls where using Shift-PgDn or Shift-End to select large numbers of files resulted in slow selection.
Improved performance when moving from item to item in the zip file item list when the source zip file contains a large number of files including imbedded zip files.
Added a Report a Bug option under the Help menu. Use this option to submit a bug report via a web page or by email.
Adjusted how columns are automatically sized to show their entire contents (before a column might sometimes be a bit too narrow but now all columns should be wide enough to show their longest value).

Help System

Added a new topic: Submit a Bug Report.
Updated several other topics and added new links.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.5.1

Addon Installation

Enhanced addon installation for several types of addons.
Added an option to prevent installation of scenery.dat files. These files often cause duplicate file conflict issues and Flight Simulator rebuilds them dynamically as needed. This option is enabled by default.
Gauges with incorrect/badly designed zip folder entries that map to a panel now install to the proper locations.
Increased addon installation performance.

Addon Installation Wizard

All addon file lists now show the Zip Folder Entry column by default.
The Installation Wizard now guides you better with more helpful messages.

Addon Installation Wizard - Select Addon Files Window

The current addon folder is now used as the default folder when you press the Add New Favorite folder button in the Favorites tab.

Addon Installation Wizard - Configure Scenery/Misc. Textures Window

Tabs are now used to represent various groups of texture files that are not shown in any other step.
Added a new Quick Picks button next to the installation folder field. For skin/repaint textures, pressing the Quick Picks will produce a list of compatible aircraft that could receive the new skin/paint scheme.

Addon Import Process

You can now add a file to an import addon group even if it is outside of the \Aircraft folder structure.

Addon Management

Texture Skin/repaints

Added the ability to easily install texture skins/repaints and apply them to existing aircraft. Texture skin addons (also called "repaints" and sometimes just "textures") are texture file sets that provide a different external paint scheme for an aircraft. Some popular online addon sites offer dedicated sections for skin/repaint addons. For example, AVSIM.com has a category called "Aircraft Repaints, Textures & Modifications". Other sites like FlightSim.com offer repaints among their standard categories.
Addit! Pro fully automates the process of installing a texture skin/repaint addon:
Addit! Pro scans your aircraft to see which are compatible with the skin/repaint addon and designates a new aircraft variant accordingly.
An aircraft picture is automatically selected for you if one is included with the addon.
The aircraft exclusion list ensures Addit! Pro will not waste time scanning undesirable aircraft.
Several skin/repaint sets stored inside a single zip file can be easily installed and applied to the same aircraft or to several planes, all in one step.
Use the Configure Scenery/Misc. Textures window to customize the skin/repaint installation:
For your installation method choose "an existing or new texture folder".
Check the box labeled "Create aircraft variant for use with these textures".
Press Next and select the aircraft to receive the new textures. Tip: Use the new Quick Picks button next to the installation folder field to select compatible aircraft that might receive the new skin/paint scheme.
Press Next and specify aircraft variant details (title, variation name, panel and sound).
Press Next a final time to designate a picture to represent the aircraft variant.
Addit! Pro leaves existing aircraft intact and creates a new aircraft variant automatically.
The new variant will use the new textures and the panel and sound package of the base aircraft in the aircraft set by default. You can select a different panel and sound package if you wish.
For more information open the Help system and read the topic, "Getting Started with Skin/repaint Addons".

Other

Several improvements to gauge installation also appear in this release including improved installation and removal performance.
Improved automatic selection of aircraft and panel pictures.
Updated the addon import process to pickup gauge files in an aircraft panel folder.

Customize Window

Added an option to prevent installation of scenery.dat files. These files often cause duplicate file conflict issues and Flight Simulator rebuilds them dynamically as needed. This option is enabled by default.

Edit Aircraft Window

Addit! Pro now detects out-of-continuous order aircraft section problems and presents the error in the aircraft's configuration report. An aircraft defined by a section that is out-of-continuous order will not appear in Flight Simulator. E.g. if an aircraft.cfg file specifies [fltsim.0] then [fltsim.2], the second aircraft will not appear in Flight Simulator. In some cases Addit! Pro will automatically repair this problem.

Aircraft Variants

Quickly add a new variant to any existing aircraft. To do so, select an aircraft, right click, pick Aircraft Variant followed by Add.
New variants are based on the selected aircraft but a pop-up appears allowing you to customize the details.
Adding a new variant does not change the original aircraft in any way and you can remove a variant quite easily.
To remove an existing variant select an aircraft, right click, pick Aircraft Variant followed by Remove.
Open the Help system and refer to the topic "How to Add a New Aircraft Variant" for more information.

Fixes

Fixed a problem in Edit Aircraft where using the Rename Folder function on an aircraft containing several panel folders might cause a harmless but annoying database error dialog.
Some sub folders underneath Flight Simulator's \Gauges folder were not being deleted properly during addon removal.
Fixed a problem with gauge handling where some gauges were not being processed properly.
Fixed a problem in the A.I. Traffic Manager where a large flight plan text file could generate a runtime error.
Addit! Pro prevents the removal of the aircraft used by default flight. This process kicked in even when simply copying or removing addon records, preventing those actions from happening. This has been corrected.
Fixed a display problem in the Configure A.I. Traffic window where, if the All tab was shown first, the A.I. Traffic controls mistakenly appeared.
Fixed a problem in the Configure A.I. Traffic window where, if a flight plan already exists, it was not properly flagged "Do Not Install".
Fixed a potential problem in Select Addon Files that in rare cases could cause an 'ActiveX component can't create object' or ' Class does not support Automation or does not support expected interface' error.
Fixed a quirk in Select Addon Files where if an image file was selected in the zip file list, the image preview was not always shown.
Fixed a bug in Quick Picks where if a choice like "Addon Installed 05/1/2004 4:50:39 PM" was selected, no folder could be made because of the invalid characters contained in the name (/ and :).
Fixed a setup/distribution problem where in certain situations when you tried to launch Addit! Pro, the Windows Installer would appear asking for the program's MSI file.
Fixed an "Overflow" bug that could happen when Addit! Pro read some very long text files within an addon.
Fixed several other minor issues.

General Changes

Improved zip file error handling.
Added a new menu option in Addit! Pro's Addons menu called "Work With Aircraft Skins and Repaints" that allows you to do just that.
Added a right-click "Copy to Clipboard" option to all picture controls. Use it to copy any displayed image to the Windows clipboard.
When working with aircraft, panels and sounds Addit! Pro may create backups of configuration files. If an addon having such a backup configuration file was moved to the File Cabinet, the backup configuration file was ignored and left installed. It is now integrated into the addon.
All versions of Addit! Pro can now make full use of all scenery installation options.
Improved addon installation and addon removal performance and sped up a few other functions as well.
Addressed a performance issue with all ListView display controls where using Shift-PgDn or Shift-End to select large numbers of files resulted in slow selection.
Improved performance when moving from item to item in the zip file item list when the source zip file contains a large number of files including imbedded zip files.
Improved zip file display performance in the zip file item lists.
Improved file display performance in file item lists.

Help System

Added several new topics: Getting Started with Skin/repaint Addons, How to Install an Aircraft Texture Skin/repaint Addon, How to Add a New Aircraft Variant, and Add Variant Window.
Updated several other topics and added new links and glossary terms.
Made a distinction between original definitions and original configurations and renamed a few functions accordingly and updated the help system.

Work With Addons Window

Added a new category called Aircraft Skins and Repaints to the category Filter box. This box is located at the bottom of the window. Use this category to show only your aircraft skin texture sets and repaint packages.
Reduced the amount of mouse cursor "fluttering" when moving from addon to addon.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.4.1

Addon Import Process

Improved aircraft loading performance.
Added an option to avoid importing addons that were previously imported. Check the box called "Do not include previously imported addons" in the Import Options window.
Rather than showing all addon files bunched together in a single list (which quickly became overwhelming), the Import Addons window is now divided into two parts, an Addon list and an Addon file list much like the Work With Addons window. It's now much easier to locate and modify individual addons.
Effects (.fx) files are now included in the import process.
The addon group description is now filled in automatically for aircraft.
You can now add a file to any import addon group even if it is outside of the \Aircraft folder structure.

Addon Installation Wizard

Added "Quick Picks" buttons to all Addon Installation Wizard windows that feature a Change Folder button. Pressing Quick Picks allows access to a list of choices for selecting a folder or name. The items presented are based on the addon's configuration, text files as well as the folder from which you install the addon. For example, if you install a custom sound addon and in the Configure Sound window you select "install to a custom sound folder", then press Quick Picks you will see several possible installation folders.

Set Installation Options Window

The addon source folder name will now appear in the list of pre-determined names. Press the button to the right of the Addon Name field to access this list. So if you install an aircraft from, say, a folder called "Focke-Wulf Ta283", this term appears in the name list and you can opt to name your addon based on that term.

Addon Management

Added support for gauge CAB files present within panel folders.
Effects (.fx) files are now considered in several additional processes.
Improved installation of effects texture bitmaps.
Created a means to exclude aircraft from the Edit Aircraft and Import Addons windows. Use "AExclude.txt", located in Addit! Pro's \Settings folder, to specify aircraft to exclude. Aircraft can be excluded by exact folder name or by a prefix or suffix. Access this filter in the Customize window, under Aircraft Options.
Improved handling of DLL files installed to \Modules.
Added new items for Quick Picks including the name of the folder used to install the addon and the name of the source zip file.
Addit! Pro now prevents removal of the aircraft used by the default flight.
Improved automatic selection of aircraft and panel pictures.

Customize Window

Added a new section under Aircraft Options called Aircraft Picture Presentation. You can opt to display aircraft and panel pictures:
Side by side - the panel picture is always shown to the right of the aircraft picture. Use if you prefer larger images.
One above the other - the panel picture is always shown beneath the aircraft picture. Use if you prefer a wider Aircraft List.
Automatic - a combination of the above based on the window size. "Side by side" is used until the window is large enough to switch to "One above the other".
Added the option to exclude MyTraffic aircraft. Visit the Aircraft category and check "Exclude MyTraffic aircraft".
Added a Customize button to exclude aircraft from the Edit Aircraft and Import Addons windows. Aircraft can be excluded by exact folder name or by a prefix or suffix. Press Customize to open the filter for complete instructions.

Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels, Edit Sounds Windows

Redesigned these windows to show more detail, eliminate dead space and to be more functional at higher screen resolutions.
Aspect ratios on all images are now correct regardless of window size.
Configuration file validation reporting is now integrated into the window itself, accessible by visiting the Report tab. If you prefer the old pop-up style (or if you want to view only a specific type of report) just click on one of the View Configuration Report buttons.
Added a Validate option to specifically check the integrity of the selected addon.

Edit Aircraft Window

Introduced an aircraft filter bar to the Edit Aircraft window. Use the filter bar to display aircraft by manufacturer, model (type) and variation similar to how Flight Simulator presents aircraft in its Select Aircraft window.
New options exist to control aircraft and panel pictures positioning. See Customize for details.
Added validation of aircraft effects (.fx) files.
Improved aircraft loading performance.
The right click context menu structure is now better organized.
You can now always right click on an aircraft or panel image to modify it (before this could only be done if something was shown, preventing you from using it to set an image for the first time).
Added several shortcut keys:
F6 - Change aircraft picture.
F7 - Change panel picture.
F9 - Assign new panel.
F10 - Assign new sound.

Edit Panels Window

Added a button in the Edit Panels window to open the selected panel configuration file.
New options exist to control panel picture positioning. See Customize for details.
You can now always right click on a panel image to modify it (before this could only be done if something was shown, preventing you from using it to set an image for the first time).
Added a shortcut key for setting pictures, F7.

Edit Sounds Window

Added a button in the Edit Sounds window to open the selected sound configuration file.

Fixes

Fixed a problem installing aircraft model files and model configuration files where the aircraft.cfg file specified they be installed to some subfolder beneath the "Model\" folder. Applied the fix to other scenarios involving panels, sounds and textures.
Sometimes during removal of an addon, some folders were not being deleted properly. This happened only when the folders to be deleted were named a certain way. They are now fully removed regardless of naming.
Fixed a display problem in Configure A.I. Traffic that reared its head when the option to display the All tab first was enabled.
Fixed a display problem in the Configure A.I. Traffic window where, if the All tab was shown first, the A.I. Traffic controls mistakenly appeared.
Fixed a problem in the Configure A.I. Traffic window where, if a flight plan already exists, it was not properly flagged "Do Not Install".
Fixed a potential problem in Select Addon Files that in rare cases could cause an 'ActiveX component can't create object' or ' Class does not support Automation or does not support expected interface' error.
Fixed a quirk in Select Addon Files where if an image file was selected in the zip file list, the image preview was not always shown.
Fixed a bug in Quick Picks where if the choice "Addon Installed 11/1/2003 4:50:39 PM" was selected, no folder could be made because of the invalid characters contained in the name (/ and :).

General

Program Information now displays your …\Documents and Settings path and your …\Application Data path.
Added a means to work with multiple installations of Flight Simulator using multiple installations of Addit! Pro. Normally, Addit! Pro searches the Windows Registry to discover Flight Simulator's installation folder. Addit! Pro is then tied to that installation. You can override this behavior to force a copy of Addit! Pro to work with a second installation of Flight Simulator. See the new help topic "Using Addit! Pro with Multiple Installations" for details.
The startup sound event works fine now under Windows XP and is enabled by default.
Traffic Tools V2.02+ is now supported and required. If you have an older version Addit! Pro will explain how to upgrade to 2.02+.
Under some Windows XP themes the buttons on the bottoms of many forms were too close to the edge of the window. This has been fixed.
Added an option to the Tools menu called "Clear Default Aircraft and Panel Pictures" to delete all stock aircraft and panel pictures. The previous, seldom used option to clear all pictures was removed.
Increased the tolerance to zip files that generate recoverable warnings.
Improved gauge and texture installation.
When working with aircraft, panels and sounds Addit! Pro may create backups of configuration files. If an addon having such a backup configuration file was moved to the File Cabinet, the backup configuration file was ignored and left installed. It is now integrated into the addon.

Work With Addons Window

Added a tabbed area displaying the addon files, description and details each on a separate tab.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.3.3

Under Windows 98 the A.I. Traffic Manager window could take a considerable amount of time to close. Closing is now instant.
Sorting the flight plan list by Aircraft ID now provides accurate results.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.3.1

Addon Installation and Management

Fully automatic installation and removal of AFCAD airport and facilities data addons and Traffic Tools A.I. flight plan addons.
The Addon Installation Wizard includes a new Configure A.I. Traffic step to manage the installation of airport and facilities data and A.I. flight plans.
Added a progress bar to the bottom of the Addon Installation Wizard window to show progress when analyzing an addon.

Addon Installation Wizard - Configure A.I. Traffic Window

The new window allows you to specify how airport and facilities addons and A.I. flight plan addons are installed.
Easily installs addons from multiple source text files (such as when flight plans are specified across several TXT files).
Analyzes flight plans for errors.
Selectively install individual flight plans.
Identifies redundant flight plans and prevents them from being installed.
Presents flight plans in an easily readable format. For example "Flight plan #6 appears when Flight Simulator's A.I. traffic threshold is set to 97% or higher. Beech Baron 58 (AC#1, tail number N39112) flies this route every 12Hr and is designated an IFR flight."
Shows you actual airport names in addition to airport IDs.
Describe an entire flight plan in complete detail in an easily readable format.

A.I. Traffic Manager Window

This new window allows you to manage your A.I. aircraft and flight plans.
Work with flight plans associated with a specific aircraft or work with all available flight plans (toggle the option "Link Flight Plan List with Selected Aircraft").
Selectively remove individual flight plans.
Validate flight plans to check them for errors.
Presents flight plans and legs in an easily readable format. For example "Flight plan #6 appears when Flight Simulator's A.I. traffic threshold is set to 97% or higher. Beech Baron 58 (AC#1, tail number N39112) flies this route every 12Hr and is designated an IFR flight."
Shows you actual airport names in addition to airport IDs.
Open any flight plan source text file.
Quick access to the source text file.
Describe a flight plan in complete detail in an easily readable format.

Customize Window

Created a new category for A.I. Traffic Management settings.
Specify the location of AFCAD and Traffic Tools (Addit! Pro will find them automatically if installed to their default locations.)

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 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.
Fixed a runtime error in the View Image window when you "grabbed" a full-size image and moved it.

General

New main menu items to access the A.I. Traffic Manager, AFCAD and Traffic Tools utilities, and Traffic Tools data files (aircraft.txt, airports.txt, flightplans.txt). See the Tools menu.
New main menu items to work with airport and facilities addons and A.I. flight plan addons. See the Addon menu.
Improved performance of many array searches.
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.
Enhanced the performance of most ListView controls.

Help

Updated help system includes new topics covering A.I. management: Configure A.I. Traffic Window, A.I. Traffic Manager, Glossary, How to Install an A.I. Flight Plan, Getting Started with Traffic Tools, The A.I. flight plan I installed doesn't work, Getting Started with AFCAD, How to Install an Airport and Facilities Data Addon, and A.I. Traffic Management Options.
Most of these new topics include cross references.

Work With Addons Window

Added options to filter the display to show AFCAD addons and Traffic Tools addons.

 

The free utility suite AFCAD V1.3.2 or V1.4 is required to install and remove airport and facilities data addons. To install and remove A.I. flight plan addons, the free utility suite Traffic Tools V2.0.2 or better is required. Both suites, written by Lee Swordy, are available at www.avsim.com (search by author for "Lee Swordy").

AFCAD and AFInstaller Copyright 2003 Lee Swordy.

Traffic Tools was created by Lee Swordy.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.2.3

Addon Import Process

New options are available to prevent Project AI aircraft and SquawkBox Common Shapes Library aircraft from being imported. See the Customize Window section below.

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.
Added an option to exclude Project AI aircraft from the import process and Edit Aircraft window.
Added an option to exclude SquawkBox CSL aircraft from the import process and Edit Aircraft window.

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.
New options are available to hide Project AI and SquawkBox Common Shapes Library aircraft from view. See the Customize Window section.

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.

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.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.2.1

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 5.1.7

Fixes

Fixed a problem reading a certain type of gauge statement from a panel.cfg file. A gauge statement without a coordinate specification would produce an "Invalid procedure call or argument" error.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.1.5

Addon Management

Changed the default option for overwriting files from "unconditionally" to "only if newer".
Improved the panel configuration file missing gauge reporting.
Uncompressed gauges defined by XML are now handled correctly.
Leftover Scenery.dat and Filelist.dat files are now deleted during scenery removals.

Addon Installation Wizard

Scenario: You mark something 'Do Not Install' in an Addon File Box 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. The correct setting is now retained.
For steps with file problems, the first showing of that step window now presents those problems immediately. Before you had to press OK to see them.
When a file is selected and its status or target folder changed, the related Addon File Box is refreshed and file problems are automatically re-evaluated.
Made some minor cosmetic changes to some windows.
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.

Fixes

Configuration file entries prefixed with a slash were not being handled correctly.
Fixed a problem with aircraft bitmap textures defaulting to Not Selected when no panel.cfg was included.
Fixed a few other minor (and very rare) problems.

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 5.1.3

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.

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. So, for example, importing the stock Cessna 182S now produces one complete aircraft instead of one for the 182S, one for the first paint scheme, one for the second paint scheme, etc.

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.
When displaying the description text from an aircraft.cfg file's Description section, symbols are now converted into proper formatting (tabs, new lines, etc.).
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.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 5.0.7

The following list describes most of the changes and additions since Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2000.

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 Boeing 777. 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 Boeing 777 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 - Configure Scenery

Added a new option for Flight Simulator 2002's \Addon Scenery folder. This is now the default for FS 2002 scenery instead of FS's global scenery/texture folders.

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.
Changed the aircraft and panel pictures managed system. Before this change all images were stored in Addit! Pro's database as binary image data. Unfortunately, Microsoft Access databases have an inherent size limit and a few people reached that limit and could no longer save new images. Pictures are now saved externally (outside the database) in the \Images folder. There are many advantages of this change:
No more size limit.
You can access the images outside of Addit! Pro. You can easily back them up, quickly delete some to free up disk space in a pinch, copy them, etc.
You can resize the images using your favorite image software, change color depths and even formats (provided you stick to one of the following formats: GIF, JPG, BMP). This will work as long as the root filename remains the same.
Addit! Pro's database will no longer be burdened with binary image data so it will be much smaller and more efficient. The Optimize function will take far less time to complete.
You can include the pictures you assign to aircraft and panels when you recreate these addons. To do so, check "Include aircraft and panel pictures when recreating addons" under Customize-->Addon Removal. The pictures will then be stored in the folder or zip file along with the other files.
Added full support for Flight Simulator 2002's scenery.cfg file.
Updated gauge handling because Flight Simulator tucks several inside CAB (cabinet archive) files.
Added support for Flight Simulator 2002's new \Addon Scenery folder structure.
Internet shortcuts (URL files) are no longer treated as textures.

Addon Removal

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.
Added an option to suppress configuration file error messages. Sometimes configuration files have small technical problems that don't always translate into functional problems. In these cases, it's useful to hide these errors. To suppress aircraft errors, select the aircraft, right click and check "Suppress Aircraft Configuration Errors". Uncheck this option to show all errors. Note if the configuration file changes in any way, the error suppression will automatically disengage. Panel and sound configuration file errors can be suppressed in the same manner by checking their respective options in the right click menu.
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.
Added tabbed categories for aircraft configuration, description and identity details. The Configuration tab shows you configuration file details as before. The Description tab allows you to view the description and flight parameter information. The Identity tab lists ATC, manufacturer and type details, if available.

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 an option to suppress configuration file error messages. Sometimes configuration files have small technical problems that don't always translate into functional problems. In these cases, it's useful to hide these errors. To suppress errors for a panel, select the panel, right click and check "Suppress Panel Configuration Errors". Uncheck this option to show all errors. Note if the configuration file changes in any way, the error suppression will automatically disengage.
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 an option to suppress configuration file error messages. Sometimes configuration files have small technical problems that don't always translate into functional problems. In these cases, it's useful to hide these errors. To suppress errors for a sound, select the sound, right click and check "Suppress Sound Configuration Errors". Uncheck this option to show all errors. Note if the configuration file changes in any way, the error suppression will automatically disengage.
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.
Added indexes to the details table for quicker searching.
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 "Beechcraft D50 Twin Bonanza" in the Aircraft.cfg file means you get "Beechcraft d50 twin bonanza aircraft" 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.
Included larger, high-color toolbar icons. If you prefer the old 16-color icons, simply uncheck "High-color icons" in the General tab of the Customize window.
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.
Created new Addon Installation Wizard images and new aircraft and panel pictures.
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.
 

Release History

Version 5.5.9 is current and was released in December, 2005.

Version 5.5.7 was released in July, 2005.

Version 5.5.5 was released in January, 2004.

Version 5.5.3 was released in August, 2004.

Version 5.5.1 was released in May, 2004.

Version 5.4.1 was released in November, 2003.

Version 5.3.3 was released in July, 2003.

Version 5.3.1 was released in July, 2003.

Version 5.2.3 was released in March, 2003.

Version 5.2.1 was released in December, 2002.

Version 5.1.7 was released in September, 2002.

Version 5.1.5 was released in September, 2002.

Version 5.1.3 was released in July, 2002.

Version 5.0.7 was released in January, 2002.

   

 

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