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Revision History

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.8.7

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

Addon Installation

  • The aircraft Repair feature now automatically creates missing aircraft reference information sheets and checklists in html format.

Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels, Edit Sounds

  • Addit! Pro now automatically creates missing aircraft reference information sheets and checklists. This resolves missing file errors shown in the Configuration Report when these files are specified but do not exist. When you try to open a reference sheet or checklist that is missing, Addit! Pro creates these files for you.

Fixes

  • Fixed a rare "Error #9: subscript out of range" error when loading the aircraft list.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #91: Object variable or With block variable not set" in Configure Aircraft, Configure Panels, Configure Scenery and Configure Textures when the All tab was shown first.
  • Fixed a display issue in the Customize window where two locked item lists were accepting input.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #1001: Unsupported value type" that could occur when launching Addit! Pro.
  • Fixed a bug "Error #3265: Item not found in this collection" when merging two addons together.
  • Fixed a rare "Error #438: Object doesn't support this property or method" bug when optimizing the database.
  • Corrected a spacing issue on the Program Information screen.

General

  • Included high resolution versions of all default aircraft and panel addon images.
  • Added a few small changes to better support Microsoft Windows 10.
  • Updated internal library components to latest versions.
  • Updated help text.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.8.1

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

Addon Installation

  • Added an option to automatically install scenery to a new subfolder named after the addon zip file. It also sets the title and picks a scenery picture for you. To enable this feature go into Customize > Addon Installation > Automation 2, and in the Scenery section check the box called "Install scenery to a new subfolder named after the addon zip filename".
  • Improved automatic assignment of scenery pictures.

Customize

  • Added a new scenery installation option. You can opt to install scenery to a new scenery subfolder named after the addon. For example, if your addon is called "La Guardia Airport.zip" and your default scenery installation folder is set to "Flight Simulator\Addon Scenery folder", the installed addon's scenery files will go to "Flight Simulator\Addon Scenery\La Guardia Airport\Scenery".

Edit Aircraft / Edit Panels / Edit Sounds / Edit Scenery

  • Added a Repair button to the configuration report window.

Fixes

  • In all Addon Installation Wizard steps, the shortcut key for "Paste/Set Folder" was listed as Ctrl-P instead of Ctrl-V.
  • Fixed a focus issue in all Addon Installation Wizard listviews. After using the shortcut key to paste a folder (Ctrl-V), the focus now remains on the list. After using the shortcut key to mark a file "Install" (INS), the focus also remains on the list.
  • Corrected a sizing issue with the splash and about screen images when running Windows in medium or large font display modes.
  • The automatic column width sizing in listviews now considers if Windows is running in medium or large font mode.
  • Fixed a bug in the sound configuration report window where clicking OK could trigger a repair operation.
  • The OK button will no longer be disabled after selecting all list items in Edit Panels and Edit Sounds.
  • Corrected a problem in all list views where the right-click menu could get blocked and not appear.
  • Fixed a potential "Error #9: Subscript out of range" issue dealing with importing addons.

General

  • Greatly improved the performance of all lists. Enjoy much faster performance on all windows that have list views (nearly all of them do). Windows process faster and clicks are more responsive.
  • Added many new shortcuts to Addon History, Addon Installation Wizard, Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels, Edit Sounds, Edit Scenery, FS9 CFG Manager, Import Addons, and Work With Addons.
  • Default window sizes are about 35% larger on higher resolution monitors.
  • Added a "Check for updates" option to the Help menu.

Help System

  • The Help system was updated to reflect the latest changes.

Program Information

  • This window now shows the Flight Simulator specific application data folder and common application data folder along with your Microsoft Windows folder for reference.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.7.0

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

Addon Management

  • Added a "Statistics" item to several addon menus. This creates a report showing the total number of addons you have, total addon size, total number of files, your largest addon and more. Open Addit! Pro's main menu, click Addons and pick "Statistics". You will also find this new option in the addon menu of the Work With Addons window.

Addon Installation Wizard

  • The addon picture filter now includes PNG files so you can more easily select this file type as an aircraft, panel, or scenery picture.

Addon Wizard -- Select Files

  • It should no longer be possible to resize the drive, folder, file and zip boxes so small you can no longer grab the edges to make them large again.

Edit Aircraft

  • Added a new texture section showing the texture configuration of the aircraft. Click the texture field to select from a menu of possible texture sets. Pick one to update the aircraft with your new choice of textures.
  • Added a shortcut CONTROL-E to Explore the selected aircraft folder.

Edit Panels, Edit Sounds, Edit Scenery

  • Added a shortcut CONTROL-E to Explore the selected aircraft folder.

General

  • Added Sim Files to the Program Information screen. This is the location to your simulator files (where your saved Flights are stored).
  • Updated the main Help menu. Added "Online Guides" and "Top Addon Sites". Replaced "Report a Bug" with "Online Support".
  • Added a new main menu option called Register for easy new user access to the registration screen. This item disappears after registration.

Fixes

  • Fixed window title issue.
  • Fixed a rare bug during the installation of a panel.cfg that could trigger an error message.
  • Fixed a missing icon bug in the Recent Items tab area on the Select Addon Files and Browse Folders screens.
  • The Work With Addons screen now properly indicates items that were imported from a folder.

Help

  • The Help system was updated to reflect the latest changes.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.6.8

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

Addon Management

  • Unmapped bitmap graphic files that were sometimes "red flagged" requiring manual intervention are now installed to the addon storage folder when it can be determined these files are simply screenshots or general pictures.
  • Improved the installation of Flight Simulator DLL files.
  • Windows document scrap files (.shs) are now treated as document files.
  • Document .docx files are now treated just like .doc files.

Addon Import

  • The import process now picks up all subfolders and files underneath an aircraft folder. As a result, Addit! Pro will completely remove all of an aircraft's files and folders should you later delete the imported aircraft or move it to the File Cabinet. Note: In the Customize screen, the import option "Include all subfolders and extra files" must be checked.
  • The import process now picks up all root level scenery files.

Addon Installation Wizard

  • Increased the minimum size of the zip file list so more of the list appears. This helps ensure the zip file list doesn't "get lost" visually.

Edit Aircraft

  • The aircraft picture will now always be shown first (before, sometimes a panel picture was shown first depending on relative image widths).

Edit Scenery

  • Added a keyboard shortcut CONTROL-I to quickly imported selected scenery.

General

  • Added the Flight Simulator version to the Program Information screen.
  • File types "JPG", "PNG", "GIF" will now open with Pbrush.exe instead of notepad when using generic the open method.
  • Opening files in file lists will now always use long filenames. This improves the opening of files with their registered Windows applications.

Fixes

  • Resolved a problem that prevented Addit! Pro from launching on Windows 8.
  • Corrected a rare problem with gauge installation where certain packaging of the gauges would cause them to be installed to the global gauges folder in the wrong subfolder. These gauges are now installed to the aircraft's panel gauges folder and in the correct subfolder.
  • Corrected a problem with gauge validation where some gauges were reported as missing when located in subfolders.
  • Fixed a directory removal problem where a file system lock could be placed on a folder when it was checked for the existence of a file. Replacing the check with an alternate method resolved the problem, so now impacted directories are always removed correctly.

Help

  • Added help text for Aircraft Validation. Added instructions for turning off the aircraft title check to the warning dialog. Pressing Cancel on the dialog will now show more information.
  • The Help system was updated to reflect the latest changes.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.6.7

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

Addon Management

  • The method to validate missing scenery files in Edit Scenery has been improved.
  • You can now specify a group of subfolders to filter out of the Edit Aircraft list and Import Addons list. For example, if you want to exclude all aircraft in your C:\Program Files\Flight Simulator X\SimObjects\AI\ folder, you can add the entry “AI=3” in the exclusion filter file. Addit! Pro will then skip all aircraft in that folder and you won’t see them listed. For more information, open Customize, then go to the Aircraft category and in the Aircraft Filter section, press Customize.

Aircraft File and Folder Cleanup Tool

A new cleanup tool removes leftover aircraft folders to help keep your Flight Simulator installation tidy and organized. While Addit! Pro normally deletes such folders and files when an addon is removed, sometimes files can be locked by another application, often Flight Simulator itself. These file locks prevent Addit! Pro from zapping the folders. Now, you can run the cleanup routine directly from the Tools menu any time you wish to tidy-up your aircraft folders. Here are the highlights:

  • Removes empty and near-empty folders, clearing out unneeded files.
  • Won’t harm stock Flight Simulator or payware aircraft.
  • Won’t remove any complete addons, only unnecessary leftover files and folders.
  • Folders and files are placed in the Recycle Bin so you can undo the cleanup procedure if you change your mind.
  • Shows a report of what was cleaned including a list of all folders and the amount of disk space reclaimed.

To use this new feature, pull down Addit! Pro’s Tools menu and pick "Cleanup Leftover Files and Folders".

Addon Installation Wizard - Select Addon Files Window

  • The option to “Select All By Default” was removed from both the file and zip lists. Accidental disabling of this option caused some addon installation issues so this is now the permanent default action.

Customize

  • You can now pick from several aviation startup sounds including jet and prop effects. You can even add your own custom sound files. To do so, place a .wav audio file in Addit! Pro’s main folder then go into the Customize window. Under Startup, select your sound in the file box. Click the preview sound button to play the sound. Press OK to accept it. Then next time the program starts you will hear your personal startup sound.

Edit Aircraft

  • Finding and organizing aircraft is now even more flexible! Extra columns have been added to the Aircraft list including: ATC ID, ATC Airline, ATC Flight Number, Type, and Category. To show these columns, right click in the Aircraft list and pick "Customize Columns". Select the new columns and press OK. Performance Note: the combination of a lot of aircraft combined with a large number of visible columns may reduce performance causing Addit! Pro to take longer to produce the full list, due to the extra data gathering and presentation tasks.
  • New shortcut key: press ALT-N to move the cursor to the search box so you can quickly change the search words.

Edit Panels

  • New shortcut key: press ALT-N to move the cursor to the search box so you can quickly change the search words.

Edit Sounds

  • New shortcut key: press ALT-N to move the cursor to the search box so you can quickly change the search words.

Edit Scenery

  • The scenery report now mentions if the scenery layer is disabled, reminding you the scenery will not appear in Flight Simulator until re-enabled.
  • The method to validate missing scenery files in Edit Scenery has been improved.
  • New shortcut key: press ALT-N to move the cursor to the search box so you can quickly change the search words.

General

  • A shortcut key, ALT-N, appears on all windows with Find search boxes to allow you to quickly reposition there to enter search criteria. For instance, in the Edit Aircraft window, press ALT-N to quickly move the cursor to the search box so you can change the search words.
  • A new shortcut key, CONTROL-N, was added to item lists. Using this key is the same as using Select None.
  • Added a new Default button to all Customize Columns pop-up windows. Pressing Default allows a quick reset to the starting columns, in case you want to revert to them.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in the Addon Installation Wizard’s Installation Summary screen where using a certain context menu option caused an error.
  • Corrected a problem in Edit Aircraft where the pop-up dialog box asking to fix duplicate titles could appear without showing any details.
  • Copying a picture to the clipboard then pasting it for use as an aircraft, panel or scenery picture could result in an “Invalid Picture” error. This was fixed.
  • Fixed an installation bug that might produce the error 'Error #91: Object variable or With block variable not set’ during certain sound and panel installs.

Help

  • Help system was updated to reflect the latest changes.

Work With Addons Window

  • New shortcut key: press ALT-N to move the cursor to the search box so you can quickly change the search words.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.6.5

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

Addon Wizard

  • A new window sizing menu option allows you to synchronize the position and size of all Addon Install Wizard windows in one action. For instance, say you size the Configure Aircraft window perfectly and you want all other Addon Wizard windows to use this size. In the Configure Aircraft window press F12 and pick “Synchronize all Install Wizard window sizes”. All other Wizard windows will be positioned and sized just like Configure Aircraft.

Document File List Upgrade

You've used document file lists many times. They appear on many windows including Select Addon Files and all Addon Installation Wizard steps, the Addon Removal Wizard, and Work With Addons. The document file boxes list the addon’s documentation in a convenient spot but now they can optionally show image files or any file set of your choice. For example, screenshots can be pooled into this list so you can quickly scan and preview them. Or, make your own custom list!

To see this in action, right click in a document file list and pick "View Images". Screenshots, thumbnails, etc. are listed. Use "View Documents" to return to showing text files, File_IDs, .doc files, etc. Or pick "View Custom..." to define your own list.

  • You can view any image file directly by right-clicking and selecting "View". Select "Open" (or double click) to open a graphics file. Select "Properties" to examine the file’s disk properties.
  • A small preview of the selected image file appears in the preview area near the bottom of the window. Move to a different image file to change the preview.
  • Create custom lists of any file extension (even several extensions). Right click select "View Custom..." and type in some file extensions then press OK.

General

  • All images are now shown in widescreen format (16:9) where possible. Images are shown as close to the original aspect ratio as possible. This improves image quality when pictures are not forcibly stretched.
  • Improved automatic naming of addons.
  • When the option to limit thumbnail size is enabled, thumbnails pasted from the clipboard are now impacted by this setting.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in all Addon Installation Wizard steps where using the Paste Folder function on an addon item would not properly update the installation folder.
  • Fixed a related bug in the Installation Summary window where using Paste Folder there produced an error.
  • Fixed an issue with Configure Aircraft, Configure Panel and Configure Scenery where if the All tab was shown first, there might be a crash when Next was pressed.
  • Fixed a bug in title naming for aircraft repaints, resolving a permanent “title name is already in use” problem.
  • Fixed a bug in Edit Aircraft where the Work With command might not see if a hidden aircraft was actually in the database.
  • Explore Folder now works properly when the path to be explored contains a comma (before it would complain the path did not exist).
  • The Customization option “Limit thumbnails to no more than” is no longer grayed out making it seem disabled.
  • Added a Help button to several message box dialogs to make it quick and easy to get more help. Pressing Help will open the help system and offer an additional discussion or more detailed assistance on the topic.
  • Added Related Topics to all registration topics to make it easier to learn more about other aspects of registration.

Help

  • Help system was updated to reflect the latest changes.

Work With Addons Window

  • Sorting the addon list by rating is now accurate.
  • More of the Addon list is shown and less of the category tabs area. This allows for viewing more addons especially as the window size increases.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.6.3

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 (FS9).

Addon Wizard

  • Addon Wizard steps marked with a red color indicator to flag a problem now immediately present a dialog explaining the problem and automatically rearranges the Addon Item list to better troubleshoot the issue.

Edit Aircraft Window

Edit Performance Data, Identity and Description

Edit Aircraft now offers the ability to modify performance data, identity and description information. So, instead of opening the aircraft.cfg file and editing its contents using an external text editor, you can just use Addit! Pro. You can change Title, ATC ID, ATC Airline, ATC Flight Number, Manufacturer, Type, and Variation.

To use this feature select an aircraft, click on the Description or Identity tabs then change the details. Press Save to update the aircraft or press Undo to revert all fields to their original values. Highlights:

  • Changes can be done directly without having to open and tweak the aircraft.cfg file using a text editor.
  • Addit! Pro’s validation catches common problems (like entering a blank title or one that is already used by another aircraft).
  • Keeps special character values hidden and encodes and decodes them automatically (e.g. a new blank lines is properly encoded in the aircraft.cfg file as “\n”, as expected by Flight Simulator).

Other Changes

  • Added shortcut keys for Repairing an addon (Control-R) and Importing an addon (Control-I).
  • You can view aircraft effects and effects bitmap files by right clicking on an aircraft and selecting Aircraft Configuration > View Effects Files.
  • A Repair button appears in the configuration file report area if the addon has issues that may be fixed by Addit! Pro.
  • A new progress bar appears when loading aircraft.

Edit Panels Window

  • You can view panel gauges and bitmap files by right clicking on a panel and selecting Panel Configuration > View Panel Files.
  • A Repair button appears in the configuration file report area if the addon has issues that may be fixed by Addit! Pro.
  • A new progress bar appears when loading panels.

Edit Sounds Window

  • You can view sound files by right clicking on a sound and selecting Sound Configuration > View Sound Files.
  • A Repair button appears in the configuration file report area if the addon has issues that may be fixed by Addit! Pro.
  • A new progress bar appears when loading sounds.

Edit Scenery Window

  • You can view scenery and textures by right clicking on a scenery area and selecting View Scenery Files.

General

  • Added a progress bar showing the repair function’s file search progress.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug in the Addon Installation Wizard that could cause an error when installing from a folder.
  • Very large file sizes are now shown correctly in File Lists (Browse Folders/Files, Select Addon Files, etc.).
  • Installing zip or rar files from Windows Explorer via the Explorer context menu shell extension is working once again.
  • Resolved an issue where the import process was not picking up texture files if the texture statement in the configuration file ended with a period.
  • In the Edit Aircraft window’s tree view, the aircraft details and images are properly updated when you move from one root aircraft to another.
  • On some screens using certain keyboard shortcut keys without having selected an item in the list would crash the program. This has been fixed.
  • Added a Help button to the Work With Sounds import dialog.

Help

  • Added a Help button to several message box dialogs to make it quick and easy to get more help. Pressing Help will open the help system and offer an additional discussion or more detailed assistance on the topic.

  • Added Related Topics to all registration topics to make it easier to learn more about other aspects of registration.

Work With Addons Window

  • Sorting the addon list by rating is now accurate.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.6.1

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004 (FS9).

Addon Installation

  • Improved installation for a number of addons to make installation faster, cleaner and easier so you can get up in the air faster with fewer “red dot” issues.
  • Improved picture assignment for aircraft and panel addons.
  • Addit! Pro now automatically marks most duplicate files “do not install” for you, to save time and disk space and to avoid file conflicts.
  • RAR files are now supported! See RAR Support below for details.

Addon Installation Wizard

  • Added a new column to all Addon File lists. Use the Archive File column to reveal which zip or rar file contains the addon file. This makes working with nested zip files easier. From any Addon Installation Wizard step, right click in the Addon File list, pick Customize Columns, then check Archive File to show the column.
  • The Problem Details and Item Number columns in all Addon File lists are now shown only when needed to explain an installation problem.
  • A new checkbox in the Select Installation Method box allows you to toggle installation of the current group of files with one click. Uncheck the box to flag all files in the tab group “Do Not Install”. This prevents them from being installed. Leave the box checked to install all the files.

Addon Installation Wizard – Configure Panels

  • Resolved an issue where setting the panel destination folder manually might not always set the folder for associated panel files.
  • Gauges are now shown properly once again on the Gauge tab.

Addon Management

  • Flash video (FLV and SWF video formats) are now considered movies along with AVI and related media files.
  • Added RAR file support to the Windows Explorer context menu (see RAR Support below).

Addon Pictures

Assigning pictures during installation has been much improved. A new picture list replaces the Set Picture window. Simply select a picture from the picture list to assign it to the addon. This gives you:

  • Faster selection since you no longer need to open and use a Set Picture screen.
  • Easier selection since there are fewer clicks and less guesswork.
  • You can quickly and easily see the images included with the addon (or tell if there are none at all).
  • Widescreen images are now displayed at 16:9.

These improvements apply to aircraft, panel, scenery and texture group picture assignment.

Edit Aircraft

  • The Status Filter Bar setting is saved from session to session.

Fixes

  • Fixed a problem that could result in a type mismatch error on startup.
  • Fixed a panel picture selection issue.
  • Fixed a bug in Configure Missions where destination folder validation was not being triggered.
  • Eliminated a bug that allowed duplicate aircraft to appear if more than one .cfg file existed in the aircraft's folder.
  • Fixed a bug where Addit! Pro was not processing files with long names passed to it from Windows Explorer’s context menu handler.
  • Fixed a bug with automatic addon naming.
  • Fixed a bug where if a slash (/) was included in an addon’s title, the default destination folder could include a subfolder by mistake.
  • Fixed a display issue where error reports would sometimes show a missing file more than once.

Help System

  • Updated help to include discussion of new features.

  • Reorganized a couple sections for improved clarity.

RAR Support

Addit! Pro now features support for WinRAR archives! Sometimes addons are packaged in RAR files instead of ZIP files. With Addit! Pro, you can install addons from RAR files just as you can with ZIP files. No outside program is required, everything is built into Addit! Pro!

  • RAR support was added to Windows Explorer’s content menu. Just right click on a RAR file and pick “Install to FSX using Addit! Pro”. Note: you must have this feature enabled in Customize > General Options > “Add install option to Windows Explorer context menu”.
  • Supports nearly all WinRAR formats (WinRAR is not required).
  • Handles RAR files inside ZIP files, ZIPs inside RARs and any combination.

Select Addons Files Window Enhancements

All drive and folder navigation in both the Select Addon Files Window and Browse Folders/Files Window has been updated and improved. This was done to:

  • increase performance
  • provide new features
  • address freeze issues under Windows Vista
  • resolve incompatibilities with some system security software

Issues some were having in previous versions that prevented selection of addons should be fixed along with related freezes and crashes. Drive and folder changes are much faster and you can right click on any folder and get the same context menu and functionality you enjoy in Windows Explorer!

Work With Addons

  • Clicking on information in the Details tab copies the text to the clipboard.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.5.4

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where assigning pictures to scenery could cause an error.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.5.3

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue related to the splitter functionality inside the Browse Folders window and Select Addon Files window. This increases stability especially under Windows Vista, solving crash issues.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.5.2

Addon Installation

  • When you install an aircraft skin/repaint addon, Addit! Pro tries to give the new texture set a variant name appropriate to that addon.
  • If an aircraft includes a thumbnail.jpg image in its texture folder, the image is used for the aircraft picture if no other image is assigned to the aircraft. Similarly, if a panel includes a thumbnail it will be assigned as the panel picture.
  • If a thumbnail.jpg file already exists when a new one is installed for the first time, it is renamed Thumbnail Backup.jpg so you won't lose it.
  • Improved automatic selection of aircraft and panel pictures.

Addon Installation Wizard - Set Installation Options Window

  • Added a button to quickly clear all text in the description field.

Addon Wizard

  • Added options to access Addon History and the new FS Configuration Manager from the wizard.

Addon Management

  • Addit! Pro now fully supports Microsoft DirectDraw Surface (DDS) graphics file and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) graphics files.
  • Windows Clipboard pictures, when pasted for use as addon pictures, are now stored in JPG format instead of as a Windows bitmap (BMP).
  • Images may now be saved in Windows bitmap, JPEG or GIF format within the View Image window.
  • Improved handling of relative paths (e.g. "=..\sound\ban1strt").

Customize Window

General Options
  • Added an option to add an Addit! Pro item to Windows Explorer's file context menu. This menu appears when you right-click on a zip file. The menu item is called "Install to FSX using Addit! Pro". Pick it to send the zip file directly to Addit! Pro for speedy installation. Uncheck this box to remove the menu option.
  • Added an option to launch and show the FS Configuration Manager window.
  • Added the ability to change the font used within Addit! Pro.

Edit Aircraft Window

  • Aircraft pictures will dynamically resize to accommodate different aspect ratios of the source image. This will reproduce them more accurately resulting in better pictures. For example, a 400x300 thumbnail image renders 4:3 and a 256x128 image in 2:1.
  • Added the ability to adjust the aircraft Flight Simulator highlights when it opens. Pick an aircraft, right click and select Aircraft Configuration then pick Make Default.
  • Added a Collapse All function to collapse all branches in the Aircraft tree view. This hides all variants leaving only the aircraft titles. Applies only to the Aircraft tree view.
  • Pressing Insert after selecting an aircraft adds a new variant (just as the Delete key triggers removal).

Edit Panels Window

  • Pictures will dynamically resize to accommodate different aspect ratios of the source image. This will reproduce them more accurately resulting in better pictures. For example, a 400x300 thumbnail image renders 4:3 and a 256x128 image in 2:1.

Edit Scenery Window

  • Pictures will dynamically resize to accommodate different aspect ratios of the source image. This will reproduce them more accurately resulting in better pictures. For example, a 400x300 thumbnail image renders 4:3 and a 256x128 image in 2:1.

Edit Sounds Window

  • Improved checking for relative path entries for sound events.

Fixes

  • Fixed a potential run-time error when installing a file-based addon.
  • Commas are now allowed in path names as is proper.
  • Fixed a quirk in Work With Addons where a change to "Authors" erroneously updated the wrong column in the Addon list box.
  • Fixed a bug where a line might appear twice in the Aircraft Configuration Report.
  • Fixed a quirk in the Repair Addon window where an item offered for repair could be listed twice.
  • Addit! Pro now remembers your choice to always open windows in their maximized state.
  • Fixed a potential issue in Edit Aircraft where "Fly Now!" could produce an error box.
  • Fixed a problem with the aliasing of a panel/sound for an aircraft where the alias is already aliasing something.
  • Fixed a problem with apostrophes in the alias entry.
  • Fixed all known issues with Windows Vista.
  • Improved visual appearance under Windows Vista.

FS Configuration Manager Window (NEW!)

The FS Configuration Manager window is used to perform a variety of tasks on Flight Simulator 's main program configuration (.cfg) files. To access this window, pull down the Tools menu and pick FS Configuration Manager.

Flight Simulator makes use of a central configuration file to store details about the sim such as your graphics, sound and realism settings, among other things. The file FSX.CFG holds this information. You change the active configuration file and manage alternate configuration files using Addit! Pro's FS Configuration Manager. Use multiple FSX.CFG files to easily run the sim under various configurations. Why use multiple configuration files? Some examples:

  • To use different pan rates or joystick settings for different aircraft.
  • To optimize performance for a specific scenery addon.
  • To toggle realism settings for helicopters vs. fixed-wing aircraft.
  • To use a specific screen resolution like 1280x960.

The FS Configuration Manager allows you to create and manage a set of CFG files then run FS using any of them. You can name the CFG files however you like and even include a description.

Press the Help button on the FS Configuration Manager screen for complete details.

General Changes

Windows Explorer Context Menu
  • Added a context menu option to Windows Explorer allowing you to install the selected zip file(s) using Addit! Pro. Check the box Add install option to Windows Explorer context menu to add an Addit! Pro option to Windows Explorer's file context menu. This menu appears when you right-click on a zip file. The menu item is called "Install to FSX using Addit! Pro". Pick it to send the zip file directly to Addit! Pro for speedy installation. Uncheck this box to remove the menu option.
Other
  • Added a "Flight Simulator Web Site" link to the Help menu, alongside the "Addit! Pro Web Site" link.
  • Added "FS9.CFG Manager" to the list of functions available to open right away when Addit! Pro launches.
  • Results windows now display unsuccessful results first. For example, the Addon Installation Report will show the "Not Installed" tab if any files were not installed.
  • Improved validation of effects files.
  • Results windows now display unsuccessful results first. For example, the Addon Installation Report will show the "Not Installed" tab if any files were not installed.
  • The Select button in Select Panels and Select Sounds will only be clickable if an item is highlighted.

Help System

  • Added new help topics covering FS9 configuration file management and more.

Setup

  • Upgraded distribution packager to InstallShield.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.4.7

Addon Installation

Merge Addons Feature

Overview - Sometimes addon authors patch or update their work. Addit! Pro makes installing update packages painless. Just install them like any other addon, then use the new Merge Addons feature to combine the update package with the original addon to form a single, unified package.

The Merge Addons window allows you to combine two addons into one. To access this window, open a Work With Addons window, select two addons, right click then pick Merge.

Why merge addons?

  • To apply a fix, patch or update to an existing addon.
  • To merge a standalone panel addon with an aircraft to form a complete package.
  • To combine an aircraft skin/repaint addon with its base aircraft.

How to merge two addons

Inside the Work With Addons window, select two addons. Right click then pick Merge. When the Merge Addons window appears, select the merge direction. The addon you pick will represent the final package. This package will house all of the files combined.

The base addon, the one you select in the Merge Addons window, will take files from the merged addon. The merged addon will be lost. The base addon's description will contain a note mentioning the merge.

Other

  • Scenery addons install with greater ease especially if they include several groups of scenery that install to different folders.

Addon Installation Wizard

  • Just type in a folder in any folder box where you select an installation folder. Just enter a folder then press Apply. If "automatically advance Addon Installation Wizard steps" is enabled in the Customize window, the wizard will shoot you forward to the next step.
  • If no pictures are included with an addon, a message to that effect is shown in the Set Picture sub-step.

Addon Installation Wizard - Configure Scenery Window

  • Added a new option to quickly install a scenery group to Flight Simulator's \Scenery\World\Scenery folder. This makes it very easy to install a group or an entire scenery package into the World\Scenery folder without having to manually select that folder.

Addon Installation Wizard - Configure Textures Window

  • Added a new option to quickly install a texture group to Flight Simulator's \Scenery\World\Texture folder.

Addon History

  • The Addon list is now sortable by author, zip filename, file size, file total, origin and rating. To sort by any of these fields, first make the column visible by right clicking in the Addon list and selecting Customize Columns. Next, click the column header to sort the display by that column.

Addon Management

Movies

Overview - Movie files are now supported and you can install, manage and remove all kinds of movies including in-flight videos, training movies and more using Addit! Pro!

  • Supports avi, mov, mpg, wmv and other file formats.
  • Install movies normally or straight to Addit! Pro's file cabinet.
  • Installation is easy: in the Addon Installation Wizard, go into Configure Other then click on the Movies tab to tweak the installation of your video files.
  • Use the Work With Addons window to manage your movies. Set the Filter to Show Only Movies to view your movie collection all in one place, no matter where you installed them. Rate movies, perform searches and otherwise manage them as you would any other flight sim addon.
  • Double click on a movie file to watch it in your favorite video player.

Fixes

  • Removed Report tab from Addon History window where it served no purpose.
  • Fixed a bug where airport and facilities addons were not appearing properly.
  • Fixed a bug in Work With Addons where renaming an addon would not immediately rebuild the addon file list and that resulted in false missing file errors.

Help System

  • Updated for all the new features and changes.
  • Re-indexed help system as some newer topics were broken or missing.

Work With Addons Window

  • The Addon list is now sortable by author, zip filename, file size, file total, origin and rating. To sort by any of these fields, first make the column visible by right clicking in the Addon list and selecting Customize Columns. Next, click the column header to sort the display by that column.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.4.5

Addon Installation Wizard

  • You can now copy target folders into a special clipboard and later apply them to other addon items. In any Wizard step window, pick an addon file, right click then select Copy Folder. If the file's Target Folder is, say, "C:\Games\Flight Simulator\Texture\" that folder is copied to a special clipboard. Apply it to any other file by selecting another item, right clicking then selecting Paste/Set Folder.

Addon Repair Feature (NEW!)

Overview
  • Addit! Pro now repairs damaged or incomplete addons by searching for missing files and applying them to addon packages.
  • The program searches your Flight Simulator and related folders for repair files.
  • Have Addit! Pro handle the repair work or manually tweak the process yourself. If you opt to tweak the repair, a list of candidate files appears and you can preview then select the desired replacement files.
  • Searches for missing sound files, gauges, effects, textures, and more.
  • The repair files you select are copied to the proper locations and integrated into the addon package.
  • Afterward, an optional report details what happened.
Repair Window
  • This window allows you to select replacements for the damaged or missing addon files. To access this window, select Repair from the Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels or Edit Sounds windows.
  • All file matches are displayed including name, folder and date/time stamp and you can sort by any column.
  • Preview images and sound files.
  • Use the checkbox to select a repair file. Choose the most appropriate file then press Repair. Addit! Pro will copy the file and apply it to the addon, quickly repairing a damaged or incomplete package.
Step-by-Step
  • Open the Help System and read How to Repair an Addon located in the User's Guide for step-by-step instructions or press Help on the Repair Window if you get stuck.

Customize Window

  • A new section, Addon Repair, allows you to specify options used when Addit! Pro repairs an addon.
    • Semi automatic repair – Check this box if you want total control over the repair. Addit! Pro identifies an addon needing repair then presents a Repair Addon window. You examine and select the appropriate repair files.
    • Fully automatic repair – If you want Addit! Pro to repair broken addons for you, check this box.
    • Optionally show a report after repairing an addon by checking the Show Report box.
  • A new section, Reporting Options, can be used to adjust options for producing reports.
    • Reports can be stored in a folder of your choice. Press Select to specify a location.
    • You can name reports before they are saved or have Addit! Pro automatically assign names for you. If you save an HTML report, your browser will appear allowing you to view the results. If you save a text report, your text editor appears.
    • You can optionally open the report file after it is created, or just have it quietly saved for you.

Edit Aircraft Window

  • You can now select and fly an aircraft immediately, right from the Edit Aircraft window! Just pick any aircraft, right click then choose Fly Me Now!. Addit! Pro will update the default flight and launch Flight Simulator. To simply update the default flight without starting Flight Simulator, hold down the SHIFT key when selecting Fly Me Now!. The selected aircraft is readied for flight; start Flight Simulator later when desired.
  • Added an "Explore Folder" option to the right-click menu under Aircraft Configuration. Select an aircraft then pick Explore Folder to work with the files in the aircraft folder using Windows Explorer.

Edit Panels Window

  • Added an "Explore Folder" option to the right-click menu under Panel Configuration. Select a panel then pick Explore Folder to work with the files in the panel folder using Windows Explorer.

Edit Scenery Window

  • Added an "Explore Folder" option to the right-click menu under Scenery Configuration. Select a scenery area then pick Explore Folder to work with the files in the scenery folder using Windows Explorer.

Edit Sounds Window

  • Added an "Explore Folder" option to the right-click menu under Sound Configuration. Select a sound package then pick Explore Folder to work with the files in the sound folder using Windows Explorer.

Fixes

  • Fixed a bug that prevented effects texture bitmap verification from working properly.
  • Fixed a bug that could errantly report aircraft smokestack effects files as missing.

Help System

  • Updated for all the new features and changes.

Reporting (NEW!)

You can now create aircraft fleet lists, panel reports, addon summaries and more using the new Reporting feature!

  • To make a report, right click in a list then pick Report from the menu.
  • A report file is created in the folder you specify (see Customize Window above for options).
  • This report is based on what is shown in the list. Your choice of sort order and columns appears in the report. If you wish to change the look of the report, right click in the list and pick Customize Columns.
  • For HTML reports, your browser appears so you can view the report. For text reports, your text editor appears. Then, to print the report, use File > Print or just press CONTROL-P.
  • Reports include a title and date. An item total appears at the bottom.

Work With Addons Window

  • Added a Validate option to check the integrity of an addon. To use this feature, select an addon, right click then pick Validate. The results are shown in the new Report tab, described next.
  • Added a Report tab that displays the health of the selected addon. Missing and damaged files are assessed and listed here.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.4.3

Addon Installation

  • Added a new right click menu option called "Install to Folder Defined by Zip Folder Entry". Use it to install an addon file to the folder specified by the item's zip folder entry. Sometimes a file stored inside a zip archive includes a special zip folder designation. This piece of information indicates the specific folder where the item is intended to be placed when extracted. Use this installation option on an addon file to attempt to change the Target Folder to the folder defined by the item's zip folder entry. The Target Folder will change only if Addit! Pro can determine the proper installation folder. To use this feature, right click on an addon item then pick Install to Folder Defined by Zip Folder Entry.
  • During installation, an addon's description is filled-in using text from any available readme.txt file, if no fileid.diz file exists.
  • During installation of an aircraft, the aircraft's description is used as the addon description if no text can be pulled from the addon's documentation (i.e. file_id.diz type files).
  • Improved pulling of text from documentation files (e.g. lines and borders can now never become titles).
  • Improved panel installation.

Addon Installation Wizard

  • In the Select Addon Files Window, you can now navigate straightaway to a folder by entering a folder name in the free-form folder input box. For example, enter "C:\My Addons\Boeing 737-400\" to switch to that directory.
  • Pressing DELETE on an item in the Addon File list now flags it "Do Not Install".

Customize Window

  • Changed "Describe addons using file_id.diz" to "Describe addons using included documentation".
  • Changed "Name addons using file_id.diz" to "Name addons using included documentation".

Edit Aircraft Window

  • A new tree view displays aircraft one at a time, in a condensed tree format. Variant aircraft are hidden from view until you reveal them. The previous flat view, which displays all aircraft and their variants in one big list, remains available. Advantages of the tree view:
    • Presents a shorter overall list while still providing access to all variant aircraft.
    • Easier management of a large aircraft fleet.
    • Functionality of the existing flat list view is retained.
    • Search and all filters work in tree view mode.
    • Quickly expand all branches to reveal your entire fleet.
    • Aircraft without a manufacturer are listed together as "No Manufacturer".
  • Activate the new tree view by clicking Tree View near the bottom of the window. Click Flat View to return to the traditional list view.

Fixes

  • Fix tab order in Installation Summary window.
  • Addressed an issue where an invalid registry Flight Simulator path could cause grief.

General Changes

  • You can extract files into subfolders now by checking the box "Use folder names" during extraction.
  • During the installation of a series flight plans, if Traffic Tools is not located, the program will not prompt to search for it again after you abort the first attempt to find the Traffic Tools application.

Help System

  • Updated for all the new features and changes.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.4.1

Addon History Window (NEW!)

  • The Addon History window shows a log of all addons you have installed and imported over time. To access this window, pull down the Addons menu then select Addon History.
  • When you import or install an addon, Addit! Pro records it in a log archive called the addon history. This window lists everything in your addon history archive. Every addon you import appears here as does every addon you install, and the history even includes deleted addons. Use the Addon History window to:
    • Check to see if you have previously installed an addon.
    • Look for an addon removed on a specific date.
    • Search for an old addon's zip filename.
    • List all of the aircraft you have ever installed.
  • Edit any log entry to change the rating, author, and description.
  • This window contains the Addon History list, Category Tabs (including a Details and Description area), and a new Flip Bar (see Flips Bars below).
  • You can also click History on the Toolbar to open this window. Right click on the Toolbar and select Choose Buttons to enable this feature.
  • To learn more about this window, open it then press the Help button located in the bottom left corner of the window.

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.
  • It is now possible to search for and import addons during startup (see Customize below).
  • 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 a new option "Addon History" to "Open With", under the Startup Options section. Select it to show the Addon History window immediately after Addit! Pro loads.
  • A new section called Addon Import Options offers choices to customize what addons are imported and how to name them, whether or not to show a report, and if Addit! Pro should search for new addons during startup:
    • Show Import Options window before showing Import Addons window: Check this box if you wish to see the Import Options window before the Import Addons window appears.
    • Show a report after importing addons: Check this box to view a report detailing what happened during the import process.
    • Search for new addons at startup: To look for new addons to import every time Addit! Pro is launched, check this box. The program will look for the addons you specify in the Import Options window.
  • 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".

Edit Panels Window

  • A Flip Bar now appears on this window (see General Changes).
  • Rebuilding the display after a panel status filter change is now faster.

Edit Sounds Window

  • A Flip Bar now appears on this window (see General Changes).
  • Rebuilding the display after a sound status filter change is now faster.

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:
    bullet Search Bar - allows you to find specific items (and you can further refine your search to match case and whole words only).
    bullet Filter Bar - allows you to weed out items you do not wish to see.
    bullet Status Filter Bar - allows you to show or hide items based on their state or status.
  • Use the Flip Bar to search for a specific addon or to alter the display to show only active addons or maybe list a certain category of addons. Flip Bar functionality varies slightly from one window to the next.
  • 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-F shows search bar, 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.

Help System

  • Updated for all the new features and changes.
  • Customize section is arranged in pages, just like the Customize window.
  • Better organized some sections of information.

Import Addons Window

  • A Flip Bar now appears on this window (see General Changes).
  • Normally, the Import Options window is shown before the Import Addons Window to allow you to first specify settings but this is now optional. See Customize above for details.
  • 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.

Search Bar (NEW!)

  • The Search Bar allows you to list items that meet a set of search criteria. To open the Search Bar, click the small Search Bar button located in the upper right corner of the window. Enter search criteria then press Search or Enter. Press Clear to clear the search criteria.
  • Type the information you wish to find in the box. Use the pull-down menu to select previous search criteria. Check the box Match case to perform a case sensitive search where capitalization matters. Check the box Match whole words to search for occurrences of whole words only. Click Search to begin searching. When the search completes, the list will show the results. Press Clear to reset the Search Bar.
  • Pressing CONTROL-F also reveals search bar.

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 6.3.1

Addon Importing

  • Scenery may now be imported! All scenery listed in Flight Simulator's scenery library can by imported using the Import Addons feature. To use this feature, pull down the File menu, pick Import Addons and be sure Scenery is checked then press OK.
  • All imported addons now have source details filled in automatically including Name, Size, Files and Type. These details can be viewed for any addon using the Work With Addons window.
  • 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).
  • Scenery pictures can be automatically assigned when an addon includes them.
  • Improved the automatic selection of pictures to represent aircraft, panels and scenery 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–Configure Scenery Window

  • You can now assign pictures to scenery addons, just as you can with aircraft and panels. Scenery pictures appear in the Work With Addons window as well as the new Edit Scenery window described in detail below.
  • The new Set Picture step appears after the Scenery Library step. During installation of a scenery addon, press Next until the Set Picture step appears then press Help for further instructions.
  • Updated the online walkthrough guide "How to Install a Scenery Addon" to include instructions for assigning scenery pictures.

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.

Customize Window

  • Added an option to automatically assign pictures to scenery addons when installed to custom folders (See Addon Installation Automation Options 2).
  • In Addon Removal Options, the Action option "Include aircraft and panel pictures when recreating addons" now includes scenery pictures.

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.

Edit Scenery Window

Overview
  • The new Edit Scenery window allows complete management of Flight Simulator's scenery library! Essentially, anything you can do through Flight Simulator's in-game scenery library editor can be done using Edit Scenery plus much more.
  • To access this new window, click the Scenery button on the toolbar or pull down the Addons menu, click Scenery then pick Edit Scenery. Press the Help button for assistance.
  • Scenery areas can be viewed by title, priority or folder date.
  • Scenery can be imported and you can Work with any scenery area, just press CONTROL-W, a new shortcut key or use the right click menu.
Scenery Area Editing
  • Any scenery area can be fully edited. Change the title, location, locate/remote setting, activate/deactivate setting, required flag and specify parameters. You can even edit the world title and description. Areas can be moved up or down, added and deleted.
  • You can see and edit full scenery paths instead of relative path naming used in the native configuration file.
  • Assign pictures to scenery areas.
  • Activating (or deactivating) an area is as simple as checking a box.
  • Move and rename scenery folders.
  • Quickly open scenery configuration files, make backups and restore from existing backup files.
Validation and Error Reporting
  • Addit! Pro informs you if you enter a title used by another scenery area and highlights configuration problems.
  • The program checks the integrity of path specifications and looks for missing scenery files.
  • Select an area and click the Report tab or select several areas, right click and pick Validate.

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" and now includes default scenery pictures. You can also use the Clear Picture action on the Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels and Edit Scenery windows to clear addon pictures. The option "Reload Default Aircraft and Panel Pictures" is now "Reload Default Addon Pictures" and now includes default scenery pictures. You may also use the Change Picture action on the Edit Aircraft, Edit Panels and Edit Scenery windows to assign addon pictures to the default addons.
  • Added "Get Ready to Edit Scenery" to startup options and to the main Wizard.
  • The Addons menu on the main menu bar now includes two scenery items, "Work With Scenery Addons..." and "Edit Scenery…".
  • The Scenery button on the toolbar now opens an Edit Scenery window.
  • 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, Edit Scenery, and Edit Sounds.
  • The Rename Folder window can now be resized and the program will remember your preference next time.

Help System

  • Many new help topics: Designating Target Folders, How to Change Scenery Pictures, How to Change Scenery Priorities, How to Enable/Disable a Scenery Area, and various topics covering the new Edit Scenery Window.
  • Updated help topics covering all changes made in this release. Updated Keyboard Shortcuts.
  • Several new walkthrough guides take you step-by-step through addon installation. These walkthroughs include: How to Install an Aircraft Addon (basic), How to Install an Aircraft Addon (complete), How to Install an Aircraft Texture Skin/Repaint Addon, How to Install a Panel Addon (basic), How to Install a Panel Addon (complete), How to Install a Scenery Addon.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.2.1

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

  • Addit! Pro can now hide and show aircraft. Flight Simulator can take a considerable amount of time to build its aircraft list if you have many flyable aircraft installed. Hiding an aircraft removes it from view and speeds up creation of the aircraft list, streamlining aircraft selection. Hidden aircraft may be restored at any time by using the Show feature. See Edit Aircraft Window below for more information.
    • Hide aircraft to speed up Flight Simulator's aircraft list and make selections go faster.
    • Work with hidden aircraft just like regular aircraft: you can import them, move them to the file cabinet, copy them to zip files and folders, reinstall them, etc.
    • In the Edit Aircraft window, the aircraft filter bar has a new option to conceal hidden aircraft from view so you can see exactly what you will get inside Flight Simulator.
    • Restore a hidden aircraft just as easily using the Show feature.
  • Effects texture bitmap files located in Flight Simulator's global texture folder were being incorrectly reported as missing.

Edit Aircraft Window

  • A new Hide options prevents an aircraft from appear in Flight Simulator's Aircraft list. Right click on an aircraft and select Hide (or press CONTROL-H).
  • Right click and select Show (or press CONTROL-S) to reveal an aircraft making it available to Flight Simulator once again.
  • New icons indicate an aircraft's status in the Aircraft list. A dark icon means the aircraft is visible and usable. A lighter icon means it is hidden/unusable. Icons are shown by default but you may turn them off by right clicking and unchecking Show Icons.
  • Added a Filter to adjust which aircraft are show in the Aircraft list:
    • Show All Aircraft—lists both hidden and visible aircraft.
    • Only Show Hidden Aircraft—lists aircraft you have hidden.
    • Only Show Visible Aircraft—lists visible aircraft available to Flight Simulator

    This filter is located near the OK button in the bottom right corner of the 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 the ability to operate on more than one aircraft simultaneously. For instance, select a bunch of aircraft, right click then choose Validate. A summary report will appear identifying the configuration health of all the selected aircraft.
  • 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.
  • Added the ability to operate on more than one panel simultaneously. For instance, select several panels then right click and choose Suppress Panel Configuration Errors. Configuration errors for all of the panels will be hidden.

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.
  • Added the ability to operate on more than one sound simultaneously. For instance, select several sounds then right click and choose Suppress Sound Configuration Errors. Configuration errors for all of the sound packages will be hidden.

Fixes

  • 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 new Tutorial guides: How to Install an Addon (a basic overview of the installation process), How to Hide and Show Aircraft and Getting Started with Hiding and Showing Aircraft.

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 6.1.7

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

Addon Installation

  • Improved Addit! Pro's ability to automatically determine an addon name and fill in a description.

Fixes

  • Fixed an issue in the panel configuration report where a texture erroneously displayed with a double extension (e.g. "texture.BMP.bmp") was incorrectly reported as missing.
  • Fixed a bug that was causing some status bar messages to briefly appear then vanish.

General Changes

  • Adjusted the method to determine how columns automatically resize to show their entire contents. Before this change, a column might sometimes be a bit too narrow but now all columns are wide enough to show their longest value.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.1.5

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

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.
  • Enhanced the way some gauges and textures are installed.
  • 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.

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

  • Improved the automatic selection of pictures to represent addons.
  • 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 "Overflow" bug that could happen when Addit! Pro read a very long text file located inside an addon.
  • Fixed a bug in the Edit Sounds window where some sound events where not being shown in the sound event list.
  • 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.
  • More detail is provided in many reports. For instance, when a file is not installed you will know why.
  • 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.
  • Improved handling of images in PNG format.
  • After the Optimize Database operation completes a final status message now appears in the status bar.
  • Optimized aircraft loading for a small performance boost when loading lots of aircraft.
  • 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.
  • Improved the unexpected error handler's reporting.

Help System

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

Work With Addons Window

  • Reduced the amount of mouse cursor "fluttering" when moving from addon to addon.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.1.3

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

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

  • Improved the process of excluding previously imported addons, especially in the area of standalone panels and sounds.
  • 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".

Gauge Processing

  • Flight Simulator 2004 introduced gauge files that may optionally be located in an aircraft's panel folder instead of Flight Simulator's global gauges folder. Addit! Pro now:
    • Validates all types of gauges located in the aircraft's folder tree, not just gauge collections housed in CAB archives.
    • Installs gauges to the panel folder if the addon package specifies gauges are to be installed there.
    • Picks up all types of gauges located in an aircraft's panel folder during the addon import process.
  • Other miscellaneous improvements to gauge installation also appear in this release including improved installation and removal performance.

AFCAD2

  • Unlike its predecessors, AFCAD2 compiles airport and facilities data into scenery BGL files. Thus, AFCAD addons no longer include separate data files that Addit! Pro must compile to install the addon. Instead, AFCAD addons now contain simple, pre-compiled BGL scenery files.
  • Accordingly, Addit! Pro installs AFCAD addons just like standard scenery. You may install them to Flight Simulator's Addon Scenery\Scenery folder or wherever the addon's documentation specifies.
  • The AFCAD setup and quick program launch feature were retained for convenience.

Other

  • 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 03/1/2004 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 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.

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.

 

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.0.5

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

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.

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

  • Two new fields are available to record the names of the addon's authors and pick a default addon rating. Use the Work With Addons window to access or change these fields after installation.
  • 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

  • More information is stored for your addons.
    • The Authors field can be used to record the names of the folks responsible for creating the addon.
    • The Rating field can be used to rate the addon on a scale from 1-10.
    • The Date Installed and Location fields report the date and time the addon was installed and whether it exists in Flight Simulator or in Addit! Pro's File Cabinet.
    • Also stored is the addon's source origin (the name of the original zip file or folder), the size of the source origin in bytes, the number of files it contained and the source type (installed or imported).
  • Addons are now saved in Addit! Pro's \Addon and \Cabinet folders using their real names combined with a number to make them unique. Renaming an addon updates the folder names accordingly.
  • Added support for weather themes.
  • Added support for gauge CAB files present within panel folders.
  • Addit! Pro now remembers every addon you install. Access to this addon history will be made available in a future release.
  • Effects (.fx) files are now considered in several 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.

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.

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.
  • AFCAD support is forthcoming and will coincide with Lee Swordy's release for Flight Simulator 2004 later this year.
  • 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.

Work With Addons Window

  • Added a tabbed area displaying the addon files, description and details each on a separate tab.
  • The Details tab allows access to several new fields:
    • The Authors field, used to record the people responsible for creating the addon.
    • The Rating field, used to rate the addon on a scale from 1-10.
    • The Date Installed and Location fields report the date and time the addon was installed and whether it exists in Flight Simulator or in Addit! Pro's File Cabinet.
    • Also shown is the addon's source origin (the name of the original zip file or folder), the size of the source origin in bytes, the number of files it contained and the source type (installed or imported).

Release History

Version 6.8.7
is current and was released in October, 2016.

Version 6.8.1
was released in July, 2015.

Version 6.7.0
was released in December, 2014.

Version 6.6.8
was released in January, 2013.

Version 6.6.7
was released in March, 2012.

Version 6.6.5
was released in July, 2009.

Version 6.6.3
was released in February, 2009.

Version 6.6.1
was released in January, 2008.

Version 6.5.4
was released in May, 2007.

Version 6.5.3
was released in May, 2007.

Version 6.5.2
was released in April, 2007.

Version 6.4.7
was released in July, 2006.

Version 6.4.5
was released in April, 2006.

Version 6.4.3
was released in January, 2006.

Version 6.4.1
was released in October, 2005.

Version 6.3.1
was released in June, 2005.

Version 6.2.1
was released in December, 2004.

Version 6.1.7
was released in July, 2004.

Version 6.1.5
was released in July, 2004.

Version 6.1.3
was released in March, 2004.

Version 6.0.5
was released in September, 2003.

Improvements and Changes in Version 6.6.8

Addit! Pro For Flight Simulator 2004 is a full-featured addon manager for Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004.

Addon Management

Addon Import

Addon Installation Wizard

Edit Aircraft

Edit Scenery

General

Fixes

Help