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  1. Jockeyboy2_0

    Harassment of Developers

    This is by no means a Bash at any developers, but 2019 for me has started out seeing 2 separate posts about Harassment of developers. While I do not Condone the actions of those who Harass, Sometimes there is a valid point. This is not a Harassment Post but here is my Moans and Disappointments that i have seen. Firstly I am not a keyboard or mouse simmer , In fact If I have to reach for the mouse all Immersion for me is lost. I have spent a lot of money on Flight sim hardware so that If its a switch that's moved in a 3D cockpit I can move a switch in mine - Its not a replica of a certain aircraft more a generic I can fly most things / style of cockpit. For programming my controls I use Spad.Next and Pollypots Goflight interface. These need access to at least monitor datarefs, which brings me on to my first Point. Laminar Provide a whole heap of Datarefs & Commands that developers could use , or at least link to , Most common example Master caution cancel (Carenado) it requires a Mouse button click. Even worse some developers make datarefs private, with no command so you either need to understand how to access the dataref to read and write to it. They also provide No information on the dataref (Exception here Flight Factor 757 & 767) . Not Everyone Fly's with a Keyboard and Mouse, At least give us the information on what dataref or command is linked to what switch. It takes a good day to fully complete an aircraft profile this could be half a day if you started providing us with information. Wasted Hard drive space : We have some cracking pieces of software that turn a lonely X-Plane into something amazing, Vatsim , IVAO , World Traffic 3 , X-Life. but we the end user need to install additional files for this software to work, Bluebells Traffic (is what im thinking) but where do we install it ?? In the folder the developer tells us to use, The problem is there is no Guidelines well there is but developers choose not to follow it. Laminar gave us a Custom Data folder, why is it not Standardised that we use that folder for example Bluebells traffic files , Then it would be a case of install it once and your done no matter what piece of software you use you can find it in this folder (its done for GPS). Now I understand that "I" can create symbolic links / Junctions but this is not in everyone's ability or even have a clue what i'm talking about. Scenery: Like many others I use X-organiser its a fantastic piece of software to keep on top of your scenery. It can even show you what version of a airport , scenery , mesh you have installed. But "Some" Developers fail to insert a text file called version.txt. It is Not a difficult file to write Just place it in the root of your scenery an example V1.0 Xp11 Last Update 2 Apr 2018 Change-logs: When was the last time you saw one for the FF A320 ?? Also forum posters please don't insult my intelligence by telling us its in BETA we know we were prepared to invest money into it to Aid Development we want to Help but if we don't know whats being changed how do we know what to test / function. Lastly and this is of my own personal opinion but the BETA test itself, How long should it be ?? personally i would have thought a couple of Months Maximum , time to fully validate the product. Once it has completed a BETA then needs to come a Stable release , and a BETA Stream. Not Keep it in BETA for 2 years and introduce New Features. At the same time there is the Announcement of the Aircraft, The Hype train, "you couple the Hype Train to the its in BETA forum posters" its a recipe for disaster this is then more pressure on the Developers. This is not just in the world of X-plane this is happening, Remember "No Man's Sky" Sorry for the Long Post , and as mentioned its by no means a Bash on developers I really wish I had the knowledge that you guys have, it is merely observations and annoyances I have. Cheers
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