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20 Euros To Register Fsuipc?!?! Isn't It Free?  
User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 8001 times:

Hi there....I need some urgent help.

I downloaded FSUIPC.dll from Vatsim to run Vatsim. I opened up squawkbox and typed that i wanted a clearance (this was my first flight) . It said I had to register FSUIPC. So I went to register FSUIPC (I thought it was a free register where you give your e-mail for updates etc) and I found out it was 17 Euros !!!! Now being so excited about Vatsim I payed. Now after 22 hours logged on Vatsim I would like to know if there is a free version?


Thanks
SA006


Proudly South African
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User currently offlineA3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7968 times:

Hello SA Smile,

I ask the same question as SA....the price is now 23Euros!!!  Wow!

That's a rip off, and my parents wont pay for it, so Im buggered Sad

I hope there is a free one out there Smile

cheers
A320



"They have lady pilots......... they're not that good, but they have 'em"
User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7958 times:

I think that the author actually released all of the modules for it for Free on his website a while ago - I know because I got some parts from there for my ERJ panel.

Phil
FlyingColours



Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 7903 times:

For nearly 10 years he paid for development (tools, time), distribution and support out of his own pockets and never even got a thankyou note from more than a handfull of people despite millions using it.
When he could no longer afford that last year he tried through donations to get money to continue development. In 5 months he got only about €250 from a handfull of people (including €50 from me and €100 from one other person I know).
He also received a lot of hatemail from people who considered it unethical to ask for money after 10 years of releasing it for free...

To make a long story short, it was either charge a modest amount (remember, free upgrades forever...) or have the world do without.

For freeware addons that need FSUIPC, the author of the addon can ask to get a free license to make use of it. Authors of commercial addons now have to pay, most do so.
People who pay for FSUIPC (or donated in the past) the module will work with any addon (licensed or not) as well as giving a lot more functionality.

The attitude displayed here by some about now having to pay for FSUIPC is typical of the incredible hostility many addon developers are encountering from their users and is the direct cause a lot of them either give up or stop taking support requests seriously.



I wish I were flying
User currently offline7E7Fan From Sweden, joined May 2004, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7900 times:

I have to agree with Jwenting, I think that Peter Dowson deserves every cent! The amount of work is put in is simply awesome and it makes the enjoyment so much greater for the rest of us.

/Mike


User currently offlineSA006 From South Africa, joined Sep 2003, 1883 posts, RR: 54
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7886 times:

Ah OK I never thought of it in that way. Thanks Jwenting.

Rgds
SA006



Proudly South African
User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7866 times:

I feel stupid asking this but what exactly does FSUIPC do? Also, how does it relate to Eric marciano's A330/320 panels? I saw this news item on Eric's website:

6-May-2004: Good news for all the "flight simmers" who have tried to use my radar gauge or TCAS with FS2004: Pete Dowson has published all the codes so that my freeware gauges can be used with the freeware edition of FSUIPC. Thanks Pete !!
You can have a look at the Pete Dowson's forum here, or enter directly one of the following key in FSUIPC:

A320 panel - A320.gau - key: VSB5 4OK5 UVWN
A330 panel - A330.gau - key: T21S 7RQ3 EN2R
Mirage 4000 - M4000.gau - key: UDSV JEI1 NK29
F-16 panel - F16.gau - key: DSVT JE5S 6DUO


What does the code unlock?

-Q



Long live the A330!
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7855 times:

FSUIPC provides access to internal data inside FS to both gauges, other modules and external programs above and beyond that which is provided by the FS SDK.

This includes advanced weather features, keyboard mapping of control buttons, etc. etc.

It does a lot more, but the documentation will provide the details  Smile



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineQ330 From Australia, joined Dec 2003, 1460 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7852 times:

Thanks Jwenting...but what about the A330 panel? Do you know what that's about?

-Q



Long live the A330!
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5521 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 7845 times:

Sure he put in time and such, but how much $$ did he put in? I think 17 euros is rather high, it seems a lot of places these days are starting to ask for moolah.

User currently offlineA3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 7842 times:

I agree that he has worked a lot.......but I also agree with Continental. The price is high and it might not be worth that price.

A320



"They have lady pilots......... they're not that good, but they have 'em"
User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 7835 times:

CO, he put in literally thousands of pounds a year over a period of about 10 years.

Plus he doesn't get all the $20. The e-commerce site gets about a third (usually, some get more) of that, leaving him about $13 on a sale.
Then there's the support cost, the support forum costs money as well to run.

[Edited 2004-07-08 20:43:07]


I wish I were flying
User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5521 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 7826 times:

I don't doubt you, I believe he spent thousands, but besides the forum costs, what else would he have to dump thousands of pounds on??

User currently offlineJwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 19
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 7818 times:

compilers, documentation, etc.
An MSDN subscription alone costs some €1500 a year, Visual Studio costs roughly €700 a year to keep current, etc.
Plus quite likely running several PCs with several operating systems and FS versions in order to test on multiple platforms.

Not everyone uses pirated copies of their software...

And of course he's spending a LOT of time on it, time he could have spent on things that make money.
Had he rented out his services as a consultant he might make €100-€150 an hour.



I wish I were flying
User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 7774 times:

I downloaded an older version, (2.975 I think) which was the last free fully functional version, works fine.

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