XSquawkBox 2.0 beta 1 is out

Without further ado, I’ve released the beta 1 release of XSquawkBox 2.0. This is a time-limited release and will auto-expire on 1 December 2019.

As this is a beta release, back up your XSquawkBox installation before you upgrade. If you cannot deal with X-Plane potentially crashing, please do not upgrade yet. I should have a more polished and tested beta 2 release out sometime early/mid November.

Please read the warning on the download page about cryptographic components in XSquawkBox 2.0 before you download. This may pose a problem in countries where import licensing is required, or where government permission is required. We cannot advise you or provide any guaranties as to the legality of using XSquawkBox in your country. There are online resources which provide summaries as to national restrictions such as the Crypto Law Survey and the World map of Encryption Laws and Policies. If you have any doubt, please seek legal advice. Unfortunately we cannot support AFV without using cryptography at this time.

Also of note:

  • There is no manual right now. If you are not familiar with the X-Plane command binding system for your version of X-Plane, do NOT upgrade as you need to manually bind all of the XSquawkBox controls that you want access to before you connect for the first time.
  • There are bugs. Please read the readme file for details about the ones I know about.
  • HF Aliasing is implemented, but I was unable to find a correctly mapped oceanic controller to test it with prior to release.
  • There are bugs. Oh, I mentioned that already?

All of that said – the release should be quite workable. The bugs I know about are all pretty benign.

A quick cheatsheet so you know how to get started:

  • Bind xsquawkbox/command/start_text_entry (“XSB: Start Text Entry” in X-Plane 11) to Enter and/or Space.
  • Bind xsquawkbox/voice/ptt (“XSB: Radio Press-to-Talk” in X-Plane 11) to the joystick button and/or keyboard keys you want to use as your Radio PTT.
  • Bind the other xsquawkbox/ (“XSB:” prefixed in X-Plane 11) commands as you feel you need.
  • Use the audio panel controls to select which radio and frequency both the text radio and voice radio work on.
  • If your aircraft model doesn’t have a working audio panel, you can use .tx ? to find out which radio is set to transmit, and use .tx COM1 or .tx COM2 to change the active radio to send.
  • Similarly, if your aircraft model’s audio panel doesn’t have proper receive select controls you can use .rx COM1 on and .rx COM1 off (and similarly for COM2) to turn that audio source on and off.

A Short Delay…

Sure enough, problems were hit – a combination of macOS build specific issues, autobuilder problems and an upstream dependency updating and breaking the AFV-Native conan packages and the autobuilders all at once – and whilst I got a working build late on Thursday night, I stumbled into a few unacceptable bugs and missed my opportunity window for a Thursday release.

I’m currently travelling and won’t be able to finalise the release until later today/sometime tomorrow at the earliest, and in a worse case, Tuesday/Wednesday next week.

XSB 2.0b1 is on Final

The 2.0 release is now feature complete and I’m just doing the last bit of debugging and clean-up before we produce the final binaries.

Assuming we don’t stumble into any complex macOS specific problems, I expect to have the initial binary release tomorrow (Thursday). Proper documentation will take a few more days as I’ll have to rewrite the manual as a lot has changed.

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