Jump to content

Announcing new iPad application for displaying and interacting with UFCs: iUFCExport


Recommended Posts

Last year, I created a "universal UFC button box"...

... but it was bulky, and although it could accommodate all the buttons of all the UFCs in DCS, I wanted something that looked more like each existing UFC and that could also display some info, like in these small displays next to each OSB of the F/A 18

 

I looked if it was possible to display and interact with an UFC from an iPad. I found some existing paid iPad applications, but with all the great free and open-source work of Helios and DCS-BIOS teams, providing excellent starting bricks, I decided to create my own iPad application and it will be free and open-source too. It will also support most of the existing iPads, including the older ones that only support up to iOS 12 version.

 

I started to work on this application yesterday evening. In my first tests, I can already "push buttons on the iPad" and have DCS react to them. I can also send values from DCS to the iPad so it can display them.

 

Here's a quick teaser with a picture I took of my old iPad mini with an F16 UFC. When I have more time this weekend, I'll post a short video.

 

Now that I have all the bricks, and hopefully by end of this month if time allows, I'll create the UFCs for all the other planes and will publish the source code on GitHub. Then I will also trigger the process to publish the iPad application (I called it iUFCExport) on the Apple AppStore.

 

In the meantime, if anybody is interested for testing, even in early stage before it gets available on the AppStore, just let me know.

 

Note that I will only focus on UFC or likes (e.g. M2000C PCN), maybe some other other panels if I have time, but definitely not full instrument cockpits like Helios and DCS-BIOS do.

IMG_0126.jpg

 

Short video link: 

 

 

 


Edited by lwalter
  • Like 1

iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch, i7 4 GHz, 32 GB RAM, AMD R9 M395X 4 GB | Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog | Cougar MFD | MFG Crosswind | EDTracker Pro | Realteus ForceFeel

DCS World | Bf109 | Fw190 A8/D9 | P47 | P51 | Spitfire | I16 | C101 | L39 | F86F | MiG15 | MiG19 | MiG21 | FC3 | A10C | AJS37 | AV8BNA | F5 | F14 | F16 | F/A18 | M2000 | JF17 | Christen Eagle | Yak52 | SA342 | UH1H | Mi8 | Ka50 | Combined Arms | NS430 | Persian Gulf | Normandy | Channel | Syria | NTTR | WWII Assets

Link to post
Share on other sites

Great work. I have testet some of the apps but not one suites me and you need more than one with diffrent setups etc. One app which works with all would be really nice. 

Keep up the good work much appreciated!

Link to post
Share on other sites

Shut up and take my money!!! 😍😍😍

At last someone with skills, have a moment to think the poor apple owners. I have my old ipad mini 1st generation that only use for keep papers without fly. You have all my attention!!!

Link to post
Share on other sites

It IS awesome if you can do it. Having live controllers that interface with DCS will be great. Weapons and radar. Has anyone tried an android tab app? I have 2 iPad Mini's an  2 or androids that get little use. The androids are low $$$$ so might be less for some.


Edited by StElmosFire
Link to post
Share on other sites

Win10 Pro 64-bit, i7-4770K @ 4.5 GHz, Corsair H100i, AsRock Extreme4, ASUS Strix 1080Ti OC 11GB, 32 GB DDR3 G.Skill 2400. Monitors: LG 27GL850-B27 2560x1440 + Samsung SyncMaster 2443 1920x1200, HOTAS: Warthog with Virpil WarBRD base & hegykc MFG Crosswind modded pedals, TrackIR4, Oculus Rift S.

Personal Wish List: A6 Intruder, Vietnam theater, decent ATC module, better VR performance!

Link to post
Share on other sites

just added a short video link at the end of the original post

 

planned next steps:

- F/A 18 UFC, with displays (COMs, OSB lines)

- add the other planes with UFCs or like

- automatic switch to the right UFC depending on plane controlled in DCS

- if I have time and people ask for, add feature to switch between several control panels of the same plane on one iPad or use several iPads for each plane panel (caveat: I have no intention to reproduce full cockpits. iPad are too small anyways and Helios is better suited for that).

iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch, i7 4 GHz, 32 GB RAM, AMD R9 M395X 4 GB | Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog | Cougar MFD | MFG Crosswind | EDTracker Pro | Realteus ForceFeel

DCS World | Bf109 | Fw190 A8/D9 | P47 | P51 | Spitfire | I16 | C101 | L39 | F86F | MiG15 | MiG19 | MiG21 | FC3 | A10C | AJS37 | AV8BNA | F5 | F14 | F16 | F/A18 | M2000 | JF17 | Christen Eagle | Yak52 | SA342 | UH1H | Mi8 | Ka50 | Combined Arms | NS430 | Persian Gulf | Normandy | Channel | Syria | NTTR | WWII Assets

Link to post
Share on other sites

Update 2021-01-10

- UFC with displays now get their content filled from DCS. Example video with F/A18 published and added to the original post.

 

Moving on to more planes next weekend...

iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch, i7 4 GHz, 32 GB RAM, AMD R9 M395X 4 GB | Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog | Cougar MFD | MFG Crosswind | EDTracker Pro | Realteus ForceFeel

DCS World | Bf109 | Fw190 A8/D9 | P47 | P51 | Spitfire | I16 | C101 | L39 | F86F | MiG15 | MiG19 | MiG21 | FC3 | A10C | AJS37 | AV8BNA | F5 | F14 | F16 | F/A18 | M2000 | JF17 | Christen Eagle | Yak52 | SA342 | UH1H | Mi8 | Ka50 | Combined Arms | NS430 | Persian Gulf | Normandy | Channel | Syria | NTTR | WWII Assets

Link to post
Share on other sites

I prepared a tentative roadmap for the next planes / panels. I do this first for my own pleasure and usage, but since I intend to share this application and source code to all in about 2 months, your comments are welcome. I will also look for a limited number, 3 or 4, beta testers around mid to end February. If you're interested and have an iPad with iOS 12+, please drop me a message. 

 

1st release:

- AV8 UFC + ODU

- F16 ICP

- FA18 UFC

- JF17 UFC

- SA342 NADIR

 

2nd release:

- A10C CDU, maybe UFC (but doesn't fit well the format of the iPad)

- AJS37 Navigation system

- KA50 PVI

- M2000 PCN

 

later, to be defined, could be armament panels, other...

 

As a teaser, I attached the next UFC I'll work on this weekend.

 

 

(*) the time to test it thoroughly and publish the iPad app on the Apple App Store

Screen Shot 2021-01-11 at 21.13.05.png

iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch, i7 4 GHz, 32 GB RAM, AMD R9 M395X 4 GB | Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog | Cougar MFD | MFG Crosswind | EDTracker Pro | Realteus ForceFeel

DCS World | Bf109 | Fw190 A8/D9 | P47 | P51 | Spitfire | I16 | C101 | L39 | F86F | MiG15 | MiG19 | MiG21 | FC3 | A10C | AJS37 | AV8BNA | F5 | F14 | F16 | F/A18 | M2000 | JF17 | Christen Eagle | Yak52 | SA342 | UH1H | Mi8 | Ka50 | Combined Arms | NS430 | Persian Gulf | Normandy | Channel | Syria | NTTR | WWII Assets

Link to post
Share on other sites

Update for January 16, 2021

Support for AV8 and JF17 (screenshots to follow)

Next to be added is SA342...

 

I'm still looking for beta testers... If you're interested, please drop me a line in this thread.

IMG_0148.png

 

IMG_0150.png

iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch, i7 4 GHz, 32 GB RAM, AMD R9 M395X 4 GB | Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog | Cougar MFD | MFG Crosswind | EDTracker Pro | Realteus ForceFeel

DCS World | Bf109 | Fw190 A8/D9 | P47 | P51 | Spitfire | I16 | C101 | L39 | F86F | MiG15 | MiG19 | MiG21 | FC3 | A10C | AJS37 | AV8BNA | F5 | F14 | F16 | F/A18 | M2000 | JF17 | Christen Eagle | Yak52 | SA342 | UH1H | Mi8 | Ka50 | Combined Arms | NS430 | Persian Gulf | Normandy | Channel | Syria | NTTR | WWII Assets

Link to post
Share on other sites

Very impressive, keep up the good work, will it be scalable i.e. I would use it on the iPad Pro, will it fill the screen or is it only designed for the smaller screen iPad

Asus ROG IX | Intel i7-9700K | RTX 2080TI | G.SKILL 32GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM | Samsung 970 EVO 2TB M2 | LG 43” 4K Monitor | TrackiR | Stream Deck XL | Warthog HOTAS | Cougar MFDs x 3 | Saitek Rudder Pedals | Logitech G13| Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset |

Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, Oilman100 said:

Very impressive, keep up the good work, will it be scalable i.e. I would use it on the iPad Pro, will it fill the screen or is it only designed for the smaller screen iPad

thanks!

Yes, it will adapt to the size of your iPad screen. However, I'm still hesitating between:

1) keeping the "UFC" size at 100% max  (could be smaller on smaller iPad, typically for the A10C long UFC), but it will be centered on your large screen.

2) grow the size of the "UFC" proportionally to the size of your Pad size. Some UFCs will look huge on large iPad Pros

3) keeping the "UFC" at 100% max and allowing for extra panels/buttons for the larger screens (very unlikely to be done for the 1st version, but who knows, maybe someday)

iMac Retina 5K, 27-inch, i7 4 GHz, 32 GB RAM, AMD R9 M395X 4 GB | Thrustmaster HOTAS Warthog | Cougar MFD | MFG Crosswind | EDTracker Pro | Realteus ForceFeel

DCS World | Bf109 | Fw190 A8/D9 | P47 | P51 | Spitfire | I16 | C101 | L39 | F86F | MiG15 | MiG19 | MiG21 | FC3 | A10C | AJS37 | AV8BNA | F5 | F14 | F16 | F/A18 | M2000 | JF17 | Christen Eagle | Yak52 | SA342 | UH1H | Mi8 | Ka50 | Combined Arms | NS430 | Persian Gulf | Normandy | Channel | Syria | NTTR | WWII Assets

Link to post
Share on other sites

I like the idea of option 3, maybe add some useful switches / buttons, Laser on/off etc

Asus ROG IX | Intel i7-9700K | RTX 2080TI | G.SKILL 32GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM | Samsung 970 EVO 2TB M2 | LG 43” 4K Monitor | TrackiR | Stream Deck XL | Warthog HOTAS | Cougar MFDs x 3 | Saitek Rudder Pedals | Logitech G13| Corsair Virtuoso Wireless Headset |

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Recently Browsing   0 members

    No registered users viewing this page.

×
×
  • Create New...