Author of Defs
Joined: 21 Feb 2009
Location: Camden, MI
|Posted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:16 am Post subject: Making a Dash in TP V5
|seems to be a rather hot topic, so i decided to write this out to help get people started and answer a few questions.
the easiest way to go about it is to start off with a fresh dash with nothing in it. now just add one guage, don't change any values and just choose what the guage will be for(i suggest engine speed). now, when you save the definition, you'll find that it takes up the entire screen. now you go back to editing and look at the location of the one guage and see that it is at 0/0/100/100(top/left/bottom/right). now, since it's in relative location, changing just the bottom value to 50, then we see that the guage now consumes the top 50% of the screen.
now since a guage that takes up half of the screen isn't very useful, we change the right value to 50, and now the guage takes up the top left quarter of the screen. that's much more believeable and allows for a lot more guages to be added.
now let's add a new guage. the locations default to being full screen again, so we have to immediately change that or else the other guage will disappear. since the first guage is residing in the topleft corner with 0/0/50/50, let's stick this one in the topright corner. that would require a 50 bottom value and a 50 left value, since we want it to end halfway down the screen and start half-way across it.
now, let's change it to display MPH, and then change it to a digital numeric guage type. now we have something different to look at. but since we haven't gotten to all of the guage types, let's continue before customizing them. so new item in the dashboard, let's make it occupy the bottom left corner. that would require 50/0/100/50. now let's choose the "item" to be a flag/bit. i chose closed loop since it's something i have in all of my dashes. we then have to change guage type from analog to "status (flag)"
ok, now that we have one of each type of guage, and some blank space for later stuff, let's start customizing. i drive at night quite a bit, and even though i can dim the screen on my laptop, it still gives an aweful glare, so one of the first things i do it to make the background of everything black to reduce the glare i see. step one is changing the little "background color" box above the guage selection to black. click once, choose your color, hit save(if you want to see what exactly it effects). now we change the backgrounds of the individual guages.
click your analog guage that you started with and go to the "guage colors" section of the editing window. double click background, set to black, and save. now we see what the background consists of. now we'll change the "guage face" to black as well. if that's the only change made, all of the black text and markings inside will disappear as well, so turn title text, units text, major tick and tick text to white.
just darkened quite a bit of the screen haven't we? if necessary, you can change the min value and max value numbers to be displayed as well, but for some guages, they're not necessary. changing the range of values displayed is done through the values section of the ADX editior. one last thing when working with this analog guage: needle arc. you may have noticed that it "sags" lower on the left than the right. to get it just even, change the left value from 40 to 60. if you wanted to, you could make quarter sweep guages by changing the values so that the starting and ending point are 90* apart. or make it an even fuller sweep by making the values 10 and 350, there is a LOT of ways you can go about it, so i'll leave the choice up to you.
now let's move to our digital guage. right off the bat, let's change the background to black, and the title text and unit text to white. change the guage border to black as well while you're at it(i NEVER make it any color other than my background). click save, and oh look, we're done. so, let's go to the status.
first thing, change the background, true text background, false text background and guage border to black. change title text to white. change true text to green and false text to red. click save, and you now have a decent looking and easily read loop status guage.
we're pretty much done, but now i want to let you in on a little trick i like to do: hidden guages. this works well with digital and status guages, but i wouldn't expect it to work at all with analog, just due to the nature of it. but we'll use a status here since it's simpler. now let's setup the locations to take up the remaining corner (50/50/100/100). i like to use what's basically a flag indicating the SES light should be on for hidden guages, that way it's not bothering me and in my way when it doesn't need to be. so let's change the background, true text background, false text background and guage border to black. now, depending on how your datastream looks, you'll either need to change true text or false text to a color other than black(i choose red for obvios reasons). since the 8F mask is what i'm using for an example, and when the bit is true, the SES should light up, i change true text to red. now i hit save and you'll notice it's completely invisible, and will stay that way until the bit is set to true(1), and then i will get a big, red "SERVICE ENGINE SOON" text in my face.
well, that's all i can think of at the moment, play with it enough and you'll find even more interesting things to do as well.
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