XSquawkBox and 64-bit

X-Plane 10.20 will support both 32 and 64-bit plugins. When will XSquawkBox be available in a 64-bit format?

I don’t know.

XSquawkBox is volunteer freeware software written by two individuals (Wade and myself) who are both pretty much entirely out of time.  I simply don’t know when we will have time to update the plugin.

Please do not poke us with either: “please update the plugin – it is really important to me” or “when will it be done”.  The first doesn’t change the equation of our lives (we’re not not porting the plugin because we don’t care, we’re not porting it because we do not have time), and the answer to the second is not known.

I will do two things:

  1. I will keep the blog updated if/when we learn more.
  2. I will try to post to this blog things that can be done by other volunteers to speed up the process.  Unfortunately the skills we need now are very specialized, but it may be that someone out there who has more time and wants to see XSB move forward has that right set of skills.

I am sorry that this is not ideal; if you are an XSquawkBox user then you know that just because you have not paid money for XSquawkBox does not mean you have not invested a lot of time into participating in VATSIM.  I do hope we will be able to get the ball rolling sooner, either with help from others or a rare glimpse of free time.

XSquawkBox 1.0.4 available

XSquawkBox 1.0.4 is now available on the download page.

This version includes a new Linux sound implementation using ALSA, written by Ákos Maróy. This should resolve the “Linux users lose sound after 30-minutes” issue.  Our sincere thanks to Ákos for his work on resolving this issue.

The Mac and Windows versions have no changes, other than incrementing the version number to keep them consistent.