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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #300 on: February 02, 2020, 12:59:55 AM »
161.  Weapons View enhancements
Mod: Recoloured LGB1000 and GPB1000 weapons 3D model, and enhanced V (Weapons) view

Improved on the V key for weapons view. Also recoloured the LGB1000 so that now you can see its fins.


Instruments of death

The GPB1000 has also seen a cosmetic makeover.


Fins to finish the job

Hit V key for the weapon's POV. Hit V again for the external view of the weapon launched. Hit Z or X or 1 or 0 keys to pan/swivel the camera view angle of the weapon. Hit V for weapon's POV. Hit V again - the camera angles from previous swiveling are retained. The original TORNADO didn't have this feature.

So there you have it. Tornado modded to the 160++ (I've lost count) incarnation. So someone.....

...ASK me about TORNADO.

Cheers
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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #301 on: February 15, 2020, 04:48:33 AM »
VALENTINE'S DAY EDITION FLIGHT.EXE

162.  Tracking View's Subviews Overhaul and Improved Design
Mod: Improved Subviews

I've made a couple more improvements to FLIGHT.EXE.

#1. I've brought back the original 5 key to toggle on/off the gradient sky horizon. The reason for this is that in the Night-Vision mode (Shift+Tab), the gradient colours can be distracting.


Once again you can hit the 5 key to change this ...

...to this.


#2. I've also changed the FUEL/VAPP toggle key from 5 to Shift+5. From this ...

...to this.



#3. In most of the Tracking Views, you can now toggle a multi-selectable TV-TAB and MFD with Alt+T and Alt+M. Use the D key to cycle through the TV-TAB and MFD screens.
Like so...

Hit Alt+T to turn on the TV-Tabs in the Tracking View (F1)
Cycle through the TV-Tab screens with the D key


...and so.

Hit Alt+M to turn on the MFD in the Tracking View (F1)
Cycle through the MFD screens with the D Key



#4. Due to the third improvement, I have reduced the number of F1 tracking views (cycle forwards or backwards with [ and ] keys) from 11 to just 6.

Sub-view     Sub-view Description (Note: hit F1, followed by [ or ] to cycle through the subviews)
=======   ======================================================================================
(00)             Route Display Overlay - cue SAM intersect view when SAM alarm sounds;  floating TV-TAB & MFD enabled.

(01)             Route Display Overlay - weapons external view - cue SAM intersect;  floating TV-TAB & MFD enabled.

(02)             Route Display Overlay - "CCIP/weapons/tracking" 3-window view - cue SAM intersect; floating TV-TAB & MFD enabled.

(03)             Route Display Overlay - Target Area view - cue SAM rolling/moving Intersect view


(04)             TIALD & MiniMap TV-Tabs synchronised with 3D view of external environment - cycle both TV-Tabs with the D key!


"TIALD" mini-window. Move the crosshairs and the 3D landscape on the right will pan.
Hold down the Control key and move the mouse scrollwheel, and the 3D landscape on the right will raise/lower in altitude!
Toggle this mini-window and the one below with the D key


In the upper-half of the screen, you can
  • raise/lower the horizon with Shift+1 and Shift+0.
  • pan left/right the landscape with Alt+z and Alt+x.

In the bottom-half of the screen, you can
  • raise/lower the horizon with 1 and 0.
  • pan left/right the landscape with z and x.



"Map" mini-window. Move the crosshairs and the 3D landscape on the right will pan.
Toggle this mini-window and the one below with D key



(05) SAM launch / SAM Point-Of-View TV-Tab toggle - auto switches to imminent SAM Intercept view when SAM alarm goes off - cycle both TV-Tabs with the D key!


"SAM launch" mini-window.
Toggle this mini-window and the one below with D key



"Shilka firing AAA with muzzle-flash" mini-window.
Toggle this mini-window and the one above with Tab


(06) F1 original Tracking View (no-frills) with TV-TAB and MFD toggle on/off option


#6. The 6 key (toggle iron works on/off) now only activates when you are in the Pilot's Panel view
Previously when you were in an external view, e.g., Reverse, Tracking, Remote or Spectator view, you could hit the 6 key and hide the Ironworks of the Pilot's cockpit. Now the 6 key only works when you are in the Pilot's cockpit (Home key). 'Bug' has been resolved.


#7. In all Tracking sub-views, except sub-view (07), you can activate a top-half cockpit view


Toggle this top-half cockpit on/off with Shift+8

#8. I've relabeled the Tracking subviews from TR1 to TR6 at the bottom of the screen status bar. "TR" stands for TRacking.

#9. Now you can go half-screen height map in Tracking View subviews TR1 and TR2. As usual, subviews TR3 and TR4 allow you to view the map at half-screen height.

#10. In Tracking View, if you activate the half Pilot cockpit with Shift+8, then enable the half-screen height map by hitting the M key. If you are in half-screen height, you cannot deactivate the half Pilot cockpit unless you remove the half-screen height map, for example, by hitting F1. Once the half-screen height map is gone, then you can hit Shift+8 to remove the half-screen Pilot cockpit.

Cheers
Frankie Kam

Update 20th February 2020
After activating the TV-Tab with Alt+T, or activating the MFD with Alt+M, I've standardised the TV-Tab and MFD cycle key to the D key.
For the Tracking subviews TR4 and TR5, I've also standardised the TV-Tab and MFD cycle key to the D key.
« Last Edit: February 19, 2020, 05:35:30 PM by Frankie »

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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #302 on: February 24, 2020, 12:05:03 AM »
163. Various improvements to Tracking view subviews plus bug fixes

This version of FLIGHT.EXE improves on Mod#163. Chiefly this one: Hit F1 for Tracking View. Hit ] key to cycle to the TR6 (sixth subview). When you see a SAM launched at you, hit the F3 key in this subview and you will see a full-screen SAM POV showing the SAM's perspective as it hurtles towards your almost helpless Tornado.


Triple window: SAM launch (top left mini-window - hit D key to cycle between two mini-views), Tornado (top half) when SAM close proximity alarm goes off,
and SAM perspective (bottom half) - you can catch a glimpse of the SAM's nose at the right edge of the screen!
You can also hit the 7 key to expand the mini-window (top left corner) to full-screen size.

The bottom left corner of the Tracking View now shows a simplified 3 character code that shows what Subview you are in. According in this format: XXN

XX
==
TR    ;Tracking view (F1 was hit)
ZS    ;ZSU-23-4 Shilka to Tornado view
ZS    ;ZSU-23-4 Shilka to Tornado view
ZR    ;ZRK ROMB (SA-8) to Tornado view
SX    ;6 O'clock (F2 was hit)
MP    ;Map view (M was hit)
FL     ;REMOTE/FLY-BY (F3 was hit)
DR    ;DRONE (F5 was hit)
SP    ;SPECTATOR  (F4 was hit)
WN   ;Weapon View (V was hit)
KO    ;DESTROYED (Self explanatory)

N
=
[0..6]

I also fixed various bugs with the TV-TABs cycled among the Tracking subviews.

Enjoy.

Cheers
Frankie Kam
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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #303 on: February 28, 2020, 03:00:56 PM »
164. Added the floating Route Plan Display to two more Tracking Subviews (i.e, TR4 and TR5)

So now the Route Plan Display is available in these six Tracking subviews: TR0, TR1, TR2, TR3, TR4 and TR5.


See attached FLIGHT.EXE.

Available keys:
F1     = first Tracking View (TR0)
]       = cycle to next subview (TR1...etc)
[       = cycle to previous subview (TR6...etc)
Alt+t = turn on/off TV-TAB (except when in TR4 and TR5)
Alt+m = turn on/off MFD (except when in TR4 and TR5)
d       = cycle to next TV-TAB or MFD
m      = half-screen or full-screen map view depending on which is the current subview
7       = toggle on/off a mini-window to full-screen size
Shift+8 = Overlay half-screen pilot cockpit panel on top half of the screen
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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #304 on: March 05, 2020, 11:57:41 PM »
Hi Tornado retro fans

Attached is the latest version of FLIGHT.EXE. I have spent quite a deal of time combing through the game for bugs. Most involving the floating TV-TABs and MFDs when in the external tracking subviews.


ALARM a millisecond away from hitting a Shilka. To get this weapon POV view, upon release of the weapon with Enter, hit the v key twice.

Here are some more bugs I have fixed:
  • The TIALD TV-TAB now shows the large 'X' in the correct position when flying inverted or lower than 200 feet.
  • From the Pilot Panel view of Home, when hitting Shift+D for the full-screen FLIR view, I have removed the floating TV-TAB because of it was in the wrong position. Too complicated to fix so I removed it for a cleaner look.
  • Alt+T will toggle off the TV-TAB in all external Tracking subviews, EXCEPT for subviews TR4 and TR5 where the TV-TAB is necessary.
  • Previously the subview TR6 would mess up the screen during the death sequence (Tornado spinning around in garish colours). Now this has been solved.
  • I added Tercio Sampaio's name to the in-game credits because he contributed his time and talents to the TORNADO project by creating his TORNADO encyclopedia.

I have tested it and have found no more bugs. Which is unusual. So either the code I have used actually works as intended, or it means I am right at the precipice of ending my modding journey of Tornado's source code.


Press backslash '\' for the credits screen.

So anyway, I leave it to you, intrepid Tornado or ex-Tornado gamer, to find the time to test this version to death. If anyone informs me of a bug, I will awaken from my slumber to tinker away at the code. What I would like to do is a farewell video which takes the viewer through each and every modification that collectively, takes the original flight simulation to a newer height.

In the meantime. enjoy.

Regards
Frankie Kam
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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #305 on: March 08, 2020, 01:06:49 AM »
163.  Matrix-like Bullet-time effect with enhanced pause via Shift+P
Mod: Mouse Rotatable paused 3D environment

In some flight simulators I know, when you hit the P (pause) key, you can freeze the entire 3D environment on the screen. You can then proceed to travel around in this suspended state of 3D environment any how you like. Panning, zooming, etc. I remember doing this in Eagle Dynamic's classic Su27 Flanker 1.0 and 1.5.


Eagle Dynamics did the Matrix Bullet time effect pretty well with their classic Su27 DOS flight simulator.

In TORNADO, pressing the P key will pause the screen. You will be left staring at the current screen - frozen with a darkened hue. So a dynamic pause feature with a pannable/zoomable live environment has never been done before in Tornado,  Until now.

In this mod, when you are in any view, just hit Shift+P to go to the Matrix-like Bullet-time effect 3D environment. Use the mouse and the keys 1 and 2 to slew around. Everything in the environment is frozen at the exact moment you hit Shift+P. You can pan around and zoom in/out. If there are tracer or SAM in mid-flight, you will be able to pan around them like in the movies. Enjoy!


To activate Bullet Time in TORNADI, hit F1 followed by Shift+P. To exit, hit Ctrl+Q.


To enter the Matrix-like Bullet-time effect 3D environment, hit Shift+P. For best effect, hit F1 (Tracking View) before hitting Shift+P.
To exit the Matrix-like Bullet-time effect 3D environment, hit Ctrl+Q.


Tracers arcing upwards towards my Tornado. I can pan around in full 3D, albeit clumsily using the mouse.
Keyboard commands would be much easier.

At the moment, the 1 and 0 keys are straightforward enough to use. However the mouse controls are frustratingly difficult to use. This Bullet-time feature is still buggy in that I managed to code it so that you could pan and zoom using the keyboard (which is easier), however upon hitting Ctrl+Q and returning to the Pilot's cockpit (Home key), I lost the functionality of the + and - keys. So this is still very much work in progress.

Cheers
Frankie Kam

APPENDIX

Mouse controls
FeatureMouse action
pitch up (climb)mouse forwards
pitch down (dive)mouse backwards
roll rightmouse right
roll leftmouse left
increase speedmouse forwards + left mouse button
decrease speedmouse backwards + left mouse button
stop deadleft mouse button + right mouse button
centre mouseright mouse button

Keyboard controls
FeatureMouse action
pitch up (climb)Key 1
pitch down (dive)Key 0

End of Appendix

Update on Sunday 15th March 2020 - I managed to solve the Keyboard control issue. See the next post below!
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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #306 on: March 14, 2020, 04:53:32 PM »
163b.  Matrix-like Bullet-time effect with enhanced pause via Shift+P (enhanced)
Mod: Keyboard and Mouse Rotatable paused 3D environment

Everything is frozen still. Fly through the paused 3D environment to savour the moment via multiple heights and angles.

I managed to solve the bug which prevented me from using the +, -, 5 Numeric Keypad and arrow keys in the 3D environment. At last! The frozen 3D environment can now be admired by using either mouse or keyboard.


Finally, after 27 years, in TORNADO you can now pan and fly though a multiplane synchronised Tornado raid on an enemy airbase.
JP-233 attack with wingmen in close proximity setting off bombs.


SAM launch!


Now, in addition to the mouse moves, you can pan around and zoom in/out using these keyboard keys(!):
  • Down arrow - dive around
  • Up arrow - climb around
  • Left arrow - rotate left
  • Right arrow - rotate right
  • 2 key - yaw left
  • Shift+2 key - yaw right
  • Plus (+) key - speed up
  • Minus (-) key - slow down
  • P key - stop
  • 5 numeric keypad - stop
  • 4 - toggle clouds on/off
  • 5 - toggle horizon gradient on/off
  • m - toggle mouse control on
  • k - toggle keyboard control on

If you are in the Pilot's cockpit (Pilot Panel with Home key), and you hit Shift+P, you will see from the vantage point near your Tornado, minus the Tornado!
If you are external Tracking View mode (F1 key), and you hit Shift+P, you will see from the vantage point near your Tornado, with your the Tornado very close in the view!
If you in weapon select mode (Enter key with package selected), and you hit Shift+P, you will see from the vantage point from the target drop impact point, with your the Tornado some distance away.

With the more maneuverable keyboard commands, I can now more easily position the freeze camera in more strategic locations.


Now I can take my time and position to view to capture spectacular angles of events. Like this JP-233 strike on a runway on a clear day.



Bullet-time mostly in the last 2 minutes. Enjoy.


A one-a-million-pic made easy with this mod.



Update Sunday 15th March 2020

(1) I've enhanced the Keyboard mode to include Mouse control. Specifically ...

Mouse controls
FeatureMouse action
roll rightmouse right
roll leftmouse left
increase speedmouse forwards + left mouse button
decrease speedmouse backwards + left mouse button
stop deadleft mouse button + right mouse button
centre mouseright mouse button


This Keyboard-Mouse combo makes it easier for me to capture the moment I want.
Here I captured the moment when flares are just being released. This is impossible without this mod.
It also makes for smoother visual effects in videos.



Another dramatic short. A SAM intersecting a Tornado's path.
Made possible only with this mod.



From another angle. What a work of art! I'm getting to love the pixels more and more.



...so now you have a hybrid control by default. Makes movement much easier and flexible. Now you can simultaneously move the mouse and keyboard.
For example, try panning with the mouse while you hit the climb/dive or speed up/slow down keyboard controls.


(2) Suspended sound when entering Bullet-Time mode; Resumed sound when exiting Bullet-Time mode. More pleasant on the ears now.


Updated on Tuesday 24th March 2020.
Previously the FLIGHT.EXE would on occasion hang with the screen going black and white. This after the usual Shift+P and then followed by a later Control+Q to exit the Bullet Time pause mode.


When trying to exit the Bullet Time mode with Control+Q do you see something like this:
the entire screen goes black and whte and hangs?


Since then, I've made a small change to the CONTROL.ASM file. So far no more screen going black and white and hanging. If you experience any bug freezes, do let me know.

See the latest attached FLIGHT.EXE that, so far, solves the B&W Freeze crash bug.
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Re: Modding Tornado
« Reply #307 on: March 28, 2020, 03:45:27 PM »
164.  See through mesh-like Clouds
Mod: Clouds are now no longer colour filled, but rather mesh-filled.

Clouds in TORNADO by default are more aesthetic than functional. This is because they are polygons that are colour-filled. Meaning, I can't look through them. Granted, most clouds in real life are fluffy and thick and perhaps the default look of clouds in TORNADO mirrors real-life clouds. Still, many times I find myself hitting the 4 key to remove all clouds from the view.

BEFORE


Flying at 200 feet above ground, looking up at the underside of the polygon-filled clouds


Flying at 10,000 feet above ground, looking down at the topside of the polygon-filled clouds

But what about thin, mist-like clouds where you can fly past them and still make out the features on the ground? For a long time, I've wondered how to make clouds more translucent. Today I've discovered how to make the clouds mesh-filled instead of polgon-filled. The answer lies in the two procedures MeshFill and PolyFill in CLOUDS.ASM. All I need to do is to remark (comment) off PolyFill  and type in MeshFill in its place. Super simple. Problem solved.

AFTER


Flying at 200 feet above ground, looking up at the underside of the mesh-filled clouds


Flying at 10,000 feet above ground, looking down at the topside of the mesh-filled clouds

See the difference now? So in my humble opinion, with the ground features now showing through thanks to mesh-like clouds, Tornado is now more interesting and gameplay is increased.

Attached is the latest FLIGHT.EXE with mesh-like clouds for you to see right through.

Cheers and stay safe at home, and God-bless all the medical and emergency frontliners in this fight against the invisible enemy,
Frankie Kam

UPDATE - SUNDAY 29TH MARCH 2020
I've enabled the clouds to be toggled between polygon-filled and mesh-filled. Hit Alt+C to switch between the two types of clouds. By default, the clouds are polygon-filled. Hit Alt+C to change to mesh-filled.

Summary: Alt+C = toggle cloud type

End
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