Tuesday, November 21, 2017

SimShaker - Wings beta v.1.11 published

Hi guys,
this version supports PC Version for Microsoft Windows of  AeroFly FS 2 and features 6 effects:
  • G-Force, 
  • Ground Bumps, 
  • Landing Gear, 
  • Speed Air Break,
  • Flaps Induced Shudders (added), 
  • Stall (added).
There are some general GUI improvements:
  • Every single FX can be easily enabled/disabled by a checkbox along with its header. That may be very useful while fine tuning, when you might want to adjust FXs one by one. Using the checkbox you can keep untouched already adjusted gain sliders.
  • Every FX has its own activity indicator, that looks like an LED. If the FX becomes active LED becomes green. On my opinion that may improve general situation awareness.
  • More Options ( > ) buttons have slightly changed their locations due to adding new GUI elements.
Let's test it out!


Monday, November 13, 2017

SimShaker for Aviators vs SimShaker Sound Module

Guys, I'd like to kindly ask you to not mix up free to use SSA by Olaf and pay-ware addon SimShaker Sound Module by Andre. That misunderstanding makes troubles for us, as developers.
Hundreds of Gametrix JetSeat owners use SSA absolutely free. SimShaker Sound Module is just an addon to bring new capabilities, but not the core software.
SSA can be used without Sound Module, but not vise versa.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

SimShaker - Wings beta v.1.10 with AeroFly FS 2 support published

Hi guys,
this version supports PC Version for Microsoft Windows of  AeroFly FS 2 and features 4 effects:
  • G-Force, 
  • Ground Bumps, 
  • Landing Gear, 
  • Speed Air Break. 

To get telemetry data from the game AFS2-SimShaker-Wings.dll  plugin will be automatically added into your Documents\Aerofly FS 2\external_dll folder.
To make this plugin work you need Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2015 or Visual C++ Redistributable for Visual Studio 2017 package to be installed. You can download it from Microsoft web-site.

You can find a link to download the beta version on the bottom of SimShaker - Wings User Guide page.


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update issue

Dear SimShaker - Wheels and - Wings users, if after Windows 10 Fall Creators Update the application asks for activation again, please, restart the application and update it. After the update your activation will be restored automatically.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Antiviral software false positively detects SimShaker executable files. What to do?

Hi guys,
I've got a lot of complaints caused by Windows Defender and some other antiviral software false positively detecting SimShaker executable files as containing a trojan.

First of all, there is no viruses in my software. Some of my files a protected from hacking and that causes some aggressive antiviral software to false positively detect them as a malware. You can extra check my files with www.virustotal.com service (or any other similar service) if you are in a doubt. You can also read more about this problem in this lifehacker.com article.

What to do if  antiviral software blocks SimShaker installation?

Try to temporarily disable antiviral software and install SimShaker. After installation enable antiviral software back again.

What to do if SimShaker crashes when a game starts or shows a helper message that a file is not found by Launcher?

Please go to antiviral software scan history and look for quarantined simshaker exe file(s). If the file is found, select it and restore to its original location. It may not be displayed in Windows Defender list when you just open it. In such a case I go to Defender history, back to the list and (oh, miracle!) file is in the list and now I can restore it.

In general, antiviral software remembers the restored file as safe and does not remove the file again. But it can try to do that again after SimShaker update. Be aware.
I add those helper messages into the latest versions of SimShaker, but some versions still may just crash if the file was "stolen" or blocked by antiviral software.

Windows Defender case. Step 1

Windows Defender case. Step 2
If you'd like to report Microsoft that they accidentally block a good piece of software, you can follow by this link. You will be asked for detected virus name and Windows Defender data base version.
I did that number of times, but currently I can not do that, since I replaced Windows Defender by another (more smart and handy on my opinion) protective software.

Friday, October 6, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels version 2.25 released

Hi guys,
new this time:
  • launcher doesn't crash if SimShaker - Wheels.exe file was quarantined by antiviral software, but shows a helper message;
  • Assetto Corsa: Bumps&Buffets FX doesn't react on wheel steering if speed is less than 0.5 m/s.
Happy racing!

Friday, September 22, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels version 2.24 released

Hi guys,
new this time:
  • new GUI (graphic user interface);
  • new controls — checkboxes to enable/disable every single FX, test buttons for JetSeat and bass-shakers;
  • new option —  Advanced Options - VR Helpers  - Highlight Controls;
  • new SimShaker - Wheels Facebook page;
  • re-factored Bumps&Buffets FX for Assetto Corsa;
  • support for release version of Project CARS2.

Happy driving!

SimShaker - Wheels version 2.24 GUI

Friday, August 25, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels beta version 2.15 published

Hi guys,
this time support for F1 2017 added. Please read SimShaker - Wheels User Guide in order to enable transmission of telemetry data from the game via UDP. This time I've decided to keep default Codemasters port 20777, since the game it seems allows to enable just one UDP transmitter to one port number. Hopefully this will provide compatibility with other telemetry data consumers.
Happy racing!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

SimShaker - Wings beta version 1.4 published

Hi guys,
I'd like to introduce you my new project SimShaker-Wings and its beta version 1.4, featuring FXs for Falcon BMS and War Thunder Aviation games.



The very first supported title in recently released version of SimShaker - Wings is Falcon BMS. That's why F-16 fighter is on the cover. As usually, you can find release version at our Downloads page, and you can buy a license in Andre's e-shop.

Beta version of SimShaker - Wings features War Thunder Aviation support. Not all FXs are available or precise in case of War Thunder due to limited available data amount available to extract from the game, but that's much-much better than nothing. As you may know a 32-bit War Thunder Aviation client features few native hard-coded  JetSeat effects, but a 64-bit War Thunder Aviation client  has nothing to play on Gametrix JetSeat.
I've found that native game FXs may interfere with SimShaker - Wings JetSeat effects and spoil each other in some cases, just not be surprised. The problems is not actual in case of 64-bit game client and/or bass-shakers FXs. If you have a 64-bit operation system you can switch between 32 and 64-bit modes in War Thunder launcher options.
You can find download link for beta version in the User Guide. That's a good reason to have a look on the manual before you start ;)

SimShaker - Wings software supports up to 6 bass-shakers along with the Gametrix JetSeat.
Bass-shakers support is an option to buy, which allows me to keep base SimShaker - Wings software price lower.

Well, you may ask, what's next in SimShaker - Wings? I have some sketches for Aerofly FS 2 and IL-2 Sturmovik CloD. That's in my short list.
Hopefully one day we (i.e. 3rd party devs) will be allowed to get data from IL-2 Sturmovik BoK(S,M).... We'll see.

Any questions left? Feel free to contact me via any appropriate way!
I think we can start discuss War Thunder FXs related questions in this thread.

Happy flying!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels version 2.11 published

Hi guys,
new this time:

  • minor internal changes to improve stability and logging;
  • button to open presets folder added.


Drive with pleasure :)

Saturday, July 8, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels version 2.10 published



Hi guys,
this time support for early access version of Project CARS2 added.
Please use Project Cars1 shared memory mode in the game.
Drive with pleasure :)

Friday, June 16, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels version 2.9 published

Hi guys,
this time DiRT 4 support and Compressor option for bass-shakers output added.
Enabling Compressor option allows you to reduce high level signals and emphasize minor details.
Drive with pleasure :)


Tuesday, May 2, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels beta version 2.7 published

Hi guys,
this time added:
  • Compressor feature for audio subsystem (works with bass-shakers); 
  • Download More Presets link to a web-page where I'm going to collect community members shared presets.
Let's test it out!


Enable Compressor option allows to reduce a huge noise which Buttkicker GR2 may produce when clipping high level signals. Usually that occurs when more than on FXs are played simultaneously or gain sliders are set to high positions to emphasize "small details". Compressor reduces high level signals, keeping FXs with low level signals to be clearly "pronounced".





Sunday, April 2, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels beta version 2.6 published

Hi guys,
this time F1 2016 support is added.


Integration with PC version of F1 2016

Close the game.
Using Windows Notepad (or other appropriate editor) edit <motion> section of your
"C:\Users\[your_login]\Documents\My Games\F1 2016\hardwaresettings\hardware_settings_config.xml" file
to make the game sending telemetry data to SimShaker via UDP.
It should look about like this example. Essential for SimShaker - Wheels parameters marked bold.
<motion> <dbox enabled="true" /> <udp0 enabled="true" ip="127.0.0.1" port="29373" /> <udp1 enabled="false" ip="127.0.0.1" port="20777" /> <udp2 enabled="false" ip="127.0.0.1" port="20777" /> <udp3 enabled="false" ip="127.0.0.1" port="20777" /> </motion>
Now save the file and start the game. Make sure that the file extension is still .xml and NOT .xml.txt.

If you'd like to use SimShaker effects with console version of F1 2016, please, feel free to contact me to get some directions.

Let's test it out!

Friday, March 24, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels version 2.5 published as stable

Hi guys,
new in this version comparing with the previous 1.5 stable version:
  • added bass-shakers support;
  • pCARSOculus64.exe and pCARSOculus.exe added to SimShaker "watch for games" list.
  • added context menu (Show, Exit) to the tray icon;
  • added 6 channels (5.1 format) bass-shakers support. Don't be surprised if the radio button is still inactive, since this sophisticated feature is for advanced users, I'm going to sell it as an option for another $30. Hence the base SimShaker - Wheels software price remains the same ($30 at the moment) ;
  • fixed the "overflow" error causing crash and restart of SimShaker - Wheels software when the car is crashed in Assettto Corsa;
  • having some questions incoming about curbs FX, I've decided to emphasise in GUI that curbs (or rumble strips in terms of Project CARS shared memory data) FX is implemented in Project CARS and rFactor-based sims, where I'm able to extract explicit data about it. With other titles curbs are played as small bumps, not so much sensible;
  • Wheel Slip/Wear FX is adjusted for RRRE, according to the latest changes in the game. Thanks Oliver Johann for the valuable feedback; 
  • added Start SimShaker-Wheels-Launcher with Windows option;
  • minor GUI improvements.
  • Start Launcher Minimized in System Tray option added;
  • Forum discussion link changed to a dedicated SimShaker - Wheels support thread;
  • SSW User Guide updated.
Update it and drive with pleasure :)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Using 'Generate -> Tone' tool in Audacity

For example, let's generate sine wave tone with 33 Hz frequency, about 200 ms long.

Click to enlarge
Preview button is very handy if you'd like to play around with attributes.


I'm trying to house an integer number of sine cycles in the file to avoid harmonics


To save it as .WAV file use File - Export Audio option



Please pay attention to Project Rate 48 kHz, and 32-bit float format.
You can also save your wave as an Audacity Project (.AUP) for further use.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels beta version 2.5 published

Hi guys,
new in this version:
  • Start Launcher Minimized in System Tray option added;
  • minor internal changes, preparing to publish the beta as stable version;
  • Forum discussion link changed to a dedicated SimShaker - Wheels support thread;
  • SSW User Guide updated.
Let's test it out!


Saturday, March 4, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels beta version 2.4 published

Hi guys,
new in this version:
  • Wheel Slip/Wear FX is adjusted for RRRE, according to the latest changes in the game. Thanks Oliver Johann for the valuable feedback; 
  • Added Start SimShaker-Wheels-Launcher with Windows option;
  • Minor audio subsystem improvements.
  • Enable [audio] Compressor option is (I hope temporarily) hidden and disabled, since it may cause "freezes";
  • Minor GUI improvements.
Let's try this version out!

Start SimShaker-Wheels-Launcher with Windows option added

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels beta version 2.3 published

Just to fix a GUI bug.

SimShaker - Wheels beta version 2.2 published

Hi guys,
new in this version:
  • added 6 channels (5.1 format) bass-shakers support. Don't be surprised if the radio button is still inactive, since this sophisticated feature is for advanced users, I'm going to sell it as an option for another $30. Hence the base SimShaker - Wheels software price remains the same ($30 at the moment) ;
  • fixed the "overflow" error causing crash and restart of SimShaker - Wheels software when the car is crashed in Assettto Corsa;
  • having some questions incoming about curbs FX, I've decided to emphasise that curbs (or rumble strips in terms of Project CARS shared memory data) FX is implemented in Project CARS and rFactor-based sims, where I'm able to extract explicit data about it. With other titles curbs are played as small bumps, not so much sensible.
Let's test it out!

Small GUI changes to emphasise curbs FX

Saturday, February 11, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels beta version 2.0 published

Hi guys,
new in this version:
  • added bass-shakers support;
  • pCARSOculus64.exe and pCARSOculus.exe added to SimShaker "watch for games" list.
  • added context menu (Show, Exit) to the tray icon.
Let's test it out!


More information regarding bass-shakers support you can find in SimShaker - Wheels User Guide.
Looking forward for your feedback.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

SimShaker - Wheels beta version 1.5 published

Hi guys,
new in this version:
  • reverted longitudinal G-force effect with iRacing fixed;
  • minor logging changes;
  • missed storage of AMS user selected location fixed;
  • added possibility to customize FXs vibration patterns (see the picture below).

UWV files customization. Click to enlarge

SimShaker-Wheels app will look first for customized FX file in User Documents\SimShaker-Wheels\JetSeat\Customized folder. If the file not found, it will be loaded from User Documents\SimShaker-Wheels\JetSeat\Base folder. You should place in the 'Customized' folder only files you want to be different from the initial 'Base' set.

To modify JetSeat FX files with .uwv extension you can use specially designed UWVeditor app. To start it press the correspondent button at SimShaker-Wheels-Launcher.

Some tips for using UWVeditor:

Axe X (horizontal) - Time Scale,
Axe Y(vertical) - Vibration Amplitude (0 - 255)

Left Mouse Button action:
- Drag vibration points;

Right Mouse Button actions:
- Add Vibration;
- Remove Vibration;
- Add Vibration Point;
- Remove Vibration Point;
- Expand Time Scale;
- Shrink Time Scale.

Thank you for the feedback provided.
Let's test this version out!

Monday, January 2, 2017

SimShaker for DCS World and Falcon BMS update 1.1.1.49

Hi guys,
Happy New Sim Year!
This update features hot fix for outdated Falcon BMS Shared Memory Reader.
I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

SSA is affected by the issue as well. Will be fixed soon.