Using old (pre-1.3) versions of XSquawkBox on VATSIM

As I mentioned when I released the XSquawkBox 1.3.1 update, we discovered a bug in the server list that prevented users from connecting to the servers after a recent change.

If you want to continue using a pre-1.3.1 version of XSquawkBox (for example, you’re still using X-Plane 9 or earlier), you’ll need to manually enter the server IP address when connecting as the server list feature will not select a valid address.

To do this, you’ll need to find the IP address of a VATSIM server close to you – you can find this out using the excellent VAT-Spy software (Windows only), or searching for a webpage that lists the current servers (such as Delta Virtual’s Server Information Page).  If you enter the IP address directly into the server text-box, your old version of XSquawkBox should be able to connect as normal.

XSquawkBox 1.3.1, now with Linux Support

After a minor hiccup this week with the XSquawkBox server list which required a last second fix to be made, XSquawkBox 1.3.1 is now available.

It’s highly recommended that all X-Plane 10 users upgrade to 1.3.1 in order to avoid connection problems to the network in the near future.

Please Note:  if you are upgrading, you will need to explicitly re-select your preferred server when connecting for the first time after the upgrade – the way XSquawkBox represents VATSIM servers from the downloaded server list has changed internally, and we can’t fix your preferences automatically.

Highlights of the 1.3.1 release are:

  • Bugfixes to the VATSIM Server List support which should fix any server connectivity issues related to name resolution problems.
  • Linux support is back – although it’s limited to 64-bit Linux systems only, it now contains fixes for some long standing bugs to do with audio device selection.
  • A bug fix from Roland Winklmeier of the Swift Project for a potential crash to desktop issue in the VATSIM voice compression codec.  Many thanks to Roland for this.

You can download 1.3.1 from the Download page.

Presenting… XSquawkBox 1.3.0

As Wade previously mentioned, I’ve been hard at work and we now have a new release of XSquawkBox ready for Windows and MacOS X users.

The new release of XSquawkBox features:

  • support for newer CSL objects
  • improved compatibility with X-Plane 10’s HDR and global shadow rendering features
  • improved manual

You can download the latest client from the download page.

I’ve also received reports from some of our beta testers that the new release does not exhibit the issues they had previously experienced with audio static on Windows.

As for Linux, I’ve been working hard on trying to get the Linux plugin into a usable form – we have everything except sound working reliably, and a surprise breakthrough I made last night unveiled the real source of the problems, and I feel that it’s now safe for me to announce that a closed beta for the Linux plugin will be commencing shortly.

I’d like to thank all of the people who have volunteered for the XSquawkBox 1.3 closed beta – you’ve all been a great help in getting this release out the door.