XSquawkBox 64-bit is here for Windows and Mac in the form of XSB version 1.11. Work is occurring on the Linux version, but we do not have a planned release date yet.
It should be noted that the packaging of XSB has changed with this version. Make sure you follow these instructions:
1) Move your current “XSwquakBox Resources” folder out of the X-Plane/Resources/plugins folder to a safe location, such as your desktop.
2) Once you unzip the new version of XSquawkBox, inside the “for plugins folder,” you will find a folder called “XSquawkBox.” Drop that entire folder into your X-Plane/Resources/plugins folder.
If after doing this step, XSquawkBox does not appear in your plugins menu in X-Plane, you have not installed it correctly.
3) As you desire, you may drop custom resources such as CSL’s from your old “XSquawkBox Resources” folder into X-Plane/Resources/plugins/XSquawkBox/Resources (the new location for such files).
Note: Due to changes in the Apple compilers, XSB 1.11 supports Intel-Macs only, and OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and later.
We have received a potentially useful Mac audio patch, and we are following up with the author now. I am out of the office next week, but I will try to post something more definitive about future beta plans later in August. In the meantime, we are all set for code contributions.
In a previous post I listed two bits of code we were looking for: a 64-bit clean port of libxplanemp (which XSB, Pilot’s Edge and X-Ivap use for multiplayer visualization) and a rewritten audio HAL for OS X, since the old one we use is based on technology from 1635.
Well, we don’t need libxplanemp anymore – if you look at github you’ll see we have a 64-bit branch, so that’s taken care of. In fact, the only thing we need is Mac audio.
When we have Mac audio, we can figure out how to run a beta program. If enough time goes by eventually I can code it myself, but code for VATSIM is something I do in my spare time when not working on X-Plane itself and chasing a two-year-old around the house. (His idea of a fun time does involve feeding plastic food to a stuffed dog but does not involve sitting quietly and watching me code. Who knew? 🙂
So if you are the kind of person who knows how to write code for OS X and can hack out a new implementation of the audio interface, you have the power to get things moving in a big way.