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DA40CGDFQ asked Steeler edited

Simvarwatcher not updated 0.17 SDK per release notes (solved SU9 beta 1.25.5)

Simvarwatcher program simvar.exe and VS files have not been up[dated per the release notes.


Simvar watcher

Updated the simvar watcher to add the following features :

  • Add a search bar for Simvar names
  • Select default unit when a simvar is selected
  • Support string value request
  • Display only compatible units
  • Add Top Menu
  • Add a copy Value / Name / Unit when right click on a simvar request
  • Add Icon
  • Add Remove all option in contextual menu
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Boris_ answered Kaiii3 commented

Hello @DA40CGDFQ ,
Thanks for reporting this,

We are investigating what happened.

Regards,
Boris

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I guess same issue with SimConnect files. There should have been a new Flag for waypoints, but files are still one the old date from 2020 and 2021.
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DA40CGDFQ answered

I see the SDK has been updated with the new simvarwatcher program (SU9 beta 1.25.5), but you guys should really learn versioning. SDK should be 0.18.0.1 for this minor update. ;-)

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EPellissier answered

Thanks for the advice but this is the SDK for the SU9 flighting, which is why we bumped the minor version. ;-)

Best regards,

Eric / Asobo

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Steeler answered Steeler edited

Okay, folks, it might be totally obvious, but at least I missed the separation between the MSFS SDK and the example code. Which happens to include the (updated) Simvar Watcher example!

Here is the pitfall I fell into. I hope this helps anyone else in the future, too:

* At least at some earlier point the MSFS SDK included all required SDK tools and the example code, including the Simvar Watcher (*)

* Ever since then I downloaded the latest MSFS SDK via the flight simulator, including the latest 0.18.0 version, and I always assumed that the installer would properly update all previous files (now you see where this is getting at ;))

* Since I only ever use the SimConnect API (so I really just copy over the DLL into my project and use the corresponding include headers, that's all really) and the Simvar Watcher I never experienced anything suspicious, until of course...

* ... an announcement was made for SU 8 that the Simvar Watcher example app would be updated as well, getting a new simulation variables search field and what not!

* Now this didn't happen, so another MSFS SDK 0.18.0 release was made, which was supposed to finally include the announced Simvar Watcher - except that I still had the old version


So what happened? To make sure I re-downloaded the latest MSFS SDK 0.18.0, installed it again - but same result: same old Simvar Watcher.


Recently someone posted a screenshot of the updated Simvar Watcher - so there must be a way to get it then! So I re-downloaded the SDK for the third time (again the 0.18.0), but this time I made sure to choose "Remove" first. I quickly wanted to check the default installation folder on C:\MSFS SDK\ folder and... what's that? The SDK tools are gone as expected - but all examples remained in place? Is the installer broken then? Doesn't it properly register all its files?


And then it dawned on me: "Did they perhaps split the examples into another download"? And of course, that was the solution!


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There is "now" (well, perhaps since months ;)) a separate "Samples" download, and it includes the updated Simvar Watcher example! Problem solved :)

I hope I could help someone else possibly stumbling into the same pitfall here.


(*) UPDATE: Perhaps even not and I just imagined that the SDK Installer once included everything (including samples) at some earlier point: perhaps I simply forgot that I once had downloaded and installed the Samples already, but I simply forgot about it being a separate download (as it ends up in the same C:\MSFS SDK\ folder).


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