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Introducing a little PinballX PlugIn which i created. Called it ShineOn

Here´s the "Background Story" for this PlugIn. It all begin at some evening when playing a bit with a friend and he asked "why is there no light action during the selection of a pinball table". I dig for infos about that but found nothing what makes me happy. So my decision was to try to created something for that.

I´m not really a coder, i know a very little bit of VB and a bit in VP script so i have to learn how to accomplish my project.

I started with the plugin template which was included in PinballX and found a solution that fit´s my requests. After a short time i got the things running and all was fine. But now there comes a new problem :) I´m so happy with my result and want to share it with others so they could use it if they want, but for this i have to let the user configure it to his personal setup. So i have to dig a bit more and learn some stuff and finally i got it all working and hope it´ll work for others too and the one or another one will use it.

As is said above i´m not really a coder and there might be things which could be achieved in other ways but it works all and that´s what i want. Hope that it´ll work for others as good as for me.

My plugin has 2 Parts. One is the plugin itself (ShineOn.dll) and the other is the Tool to do the configuration (ShineOn_Configuration_Tool.exe).

I did this as i want to keep the main plugin simple and small for best performance.

I have some ideas in my head which i will try to do in the future but i have to learn some more for that and for now i think it´s ready for the first public version.

Features (for now):

- LEDWiz livetesting (for testing ports and values)

- Initial LEDWiz Settings (which will be active when loading the plugin, after game exit and after attract mode exit)

- 8 Mini User adjustable Animation Sequences (5 steps each) and each Sequence can be addressed to a key

- Attract Mode Sequence also User adjustable with 8 Steps where every time a table is changed during attract mode it moves a step on

- Night Mode toggle (simply switch between "directoutputconfig.ini" & " directoutputconfig.nofeedback.ini" by pressing 2 settable keys at the same time)

With this little PlugIn you´re able to get some nice little LED Sequences eg. a swipe from left to right & right to left with the 5 Flasher´s when browsing left or right.

I put Tooltip´s on some button´s to describe the function a bit and it´s easier to understand.

Working on a kind of Manual at the moment which is more time intensive than i thought.

A short description is included in readme.txt so i hope it´s not to hard to get it working like you want.

As i have PinballX running on my Pincab with win7x64 but without GameEx or other PlugIn´s i can test it only with this and with no other OS. Hope it´ll work for GameEx + XP or other plugin user´s also.

If there anything you find what´s not working correct feel free to commit it and i´ll try to find a fix. And also if you have suggestions or wishes for this plugin feel free to submit and i´ll see what i can do :)

Big Thanks to the following people

Tom Speirs for the great PinballX App and PluginTemp

Adultery for his Version of PlugIn Template (helped me a lot fixing some errors i got on the orig template)

raphzahn for the INI File script (as this is all new to me and i can´t figure out how Adultery´s INIUtil works correct i used this simple one in my native language)

RandyT, MikeQ & HeadKaze for the LEDWiz stuff

and finally also THX to all the VP Coding Team, Table Builders & Modders, Graphic & 3D Artists, DOF Coder and config provider, B2S Maker and any other´s helping to keep Pinball alive :) Without all of you this would not be possible.

If you don´t like it don´t use it :)

That´s it have fun…

EDIT: Updated to Version 1.1

After some troubles i managed it to get it working so now you have an alternative attract mode which will light up your led´s in the color matching the undercab RGB color of DOF. It´s not the best way to get it going but as the romname based version gives me alot errors and poorly in PinballX the IPDB numbers are not stored in the xlm´s i found no other way. As i do the lists manually there might be the one or another typo mistake but this can be corrected easy in the ShineOn_tables_colorlist.ini :). I will update this list also from time to time if you don´t want to do it yourself.

A Kind of manual is now also included as a PDF.

If you´re updating from a prev version you have to do the configuration again but you can manually go to the ShineOn.ini and copy over the parts you want to keep to the new ini and it should work.

EDIT2: Updated to Version 1.2

Added some new features, small design changes, color- and tablelistupdate and code cleanup/bugfixing

See the full changes in changelog or readme.txt

greetz dup3d


What's New in Version 1.2   See changelog

Released

  • V1.0 initial release
  • V1.01 :
  • -Corrected a typo error in Tooltip
  • -Added Buttons in the Sequence info area to test the sequences directly while in the configuration tool.
  • -fixed the max intense Value from 48 to 49 (highest possible Value as found out) thx to the testers
  • V1.1 :
  • -fixed "Reset All" Button (Vscrollbar issue)
  • -Added individual Delay Time for each of the 8 Animation Sequences (Now the Delay Time is not global anymore for all 8 sequences for more flexibilaty)
  • -Added alternative Attract Mode - Now you can assign your LED´s to Ports and when PinballX is in Attract Mode it´ll change the color´s
  • depending on which table is shown (based on the PinballX Game Description)
  • V1.2 :
  • -added Joystick support for the 8 Sequences. For those who don´t have an Keyboad hack or similar and don´t want to use a remap tool like xppader.
  • You can activate it in the Sequence Setting. You only have to set a path to your PinballX.ini File and it will read and use the Joycode you assigned in PinballX.
  • -added new colors and tables for alternative attract mode
  • -added new buttons to set initial PBA/SBA settings (old method is still there)
  • -added a PinballX Startup Sequence (10 Steps) which will be played once when PinballX launches and additional also on Game exit
  • -added a PinballX active Sequence (10 Steps) which will be played if no other sequence is played. This can be looped in a timeline from 1s to 60s (adjustable)
  • -recoded the play animation sequence handling.This should increase the speed to pervious plugin versions. Also added code to prevent overlapping animations so now
  • only one sequence is played and if another one is triggered while the first is active it will be canceled.
  • -fixed small Bugs and code cleanup
  • -added some code for future use to make it possible in the next update to import old settings. Settings are saved to ini but not used for now. So with the next
  • update you do not have to do all the animation again and can import your old settings.


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