Detailed Library Object Footprints (1.70)
ADE has so far always displayed library objects as rectangles that represent the overall footprint. This is not very helpful especially for complex buildings like terminals. Detailed footprints use code provided by Arno to draw the actual shape of the object on the ground. We have noticed in a small number of cases that detailed footprints are not always entirely correct. Drawing them also does represent a performance overhead and loading airports into ADE may be slowed significantly while the program is creating the database of shapes needed to draw them. To avoid the worst effects of slow loading while the database is being created we provide a separate download for the database containing stock objects. We don't ship this with the ADE installer since it is a large file
There is an option to turn detailed footprints on or off.
Display Detailed Footprints?
This new check box on the general program options tab controls whether detailed footprints are drawn or not. It also controls whether new footprints are created and stored in the database. It can be used at any time to turn footprint display on and off and ADE will redraw the project display any time that this setting is changed.
Creating Footprint Shapes
Footprint data is stored in a new database. It can take some time to calculate the shape and store it in the database for future use. However this is done only once and is done for a whole file. So for example if an airport stock objects come from a specific stock file then all the objects will be loaded into the database as soon as one is needed. Once the load is done then the time taken to get and render the detailed footprints is small and generally not noticeable. The database is created and stored in a global folder inside the ADE main folder.
This is a large database so it is not shipped with ADE. However it is available as a separate download from the same web page that you downloaded the ADE 1.70 installer. Note that if you plan to take advantage of this then it is important to install it at the same time as you install ADE1.70 for the first time. It is not possible to merge these databases so the exiting one created by ADE at installation (and perhaps updated thereafter) needs to be replaced
At the current time ADE will look for a generate any new object footprints when:
- a stock airport is loaded
- load stock data is used from the Tools menu
- A file is loaded into the Library Object Manager
- A model is added to a project
It is possible that we will add other ways in future updates
How do Different Types of Objects get Detailed Footprints Created?
There are several different 'type's of objects and ADE will generate footprints for them in different ways and at different times
- Stock Library Objects. These will be processed when you load a stock airport, load stock data to a project that does not have stock data loaded and via the Library Object Manager (see below)
- Third Party Library Objects. These are only added when you load the library bgl file in the Library Object Manager so it is a good idea to do this by folder or when you get a new library object
- Autogenerated Stock Objects. These are objects related to specific airports and are only loaded when you load a stock airport or load stock data to a project that does not have stock data loaded
- User Models. The footprints for these will be added when you add a new model to your project via Lists > Models. There is also a manual option in the Models List to generate footprints for all the models in the list
How do I Manually Load Footprint Data for Object Libraries?
The best way to get your footprint data, especially for third party library objects is to use the Library Object Manager. Before you start make sure that you have set ADE to draw detailed footprints (see above). Do this by going to Settings > Options > General and making sure that Draw Detailed Footprints is checked. Save if you make a change.
Open the Library Object Manager
Select the folder to load
- Click Add Folder
- Select the folder that contains the library objects to want to process. It doesn't matter if you have loaded these files before into the LOM. ADE will generate new footprints in any case if they are required. I have chosen ..\scenery\global\scenery which contain the main stock library bgl files
- Click Select Folder
Processing the folders
How do I Manually Load Footprints for the User Models in my Project?
Footprints are automatically created for user models when they are added via the Models List. However if a project is loaded with existing models these may not have footprints. You can manually create them
No models present
Models with missing files
ADE will warn you several ways if it can't find the mdl file for a model in your list including the Issue Manager which will be Red.
- However you will also get this message if you do try to generate footprints
- If you check the list then you can see which ones have files found and which are missing
You will need to find the missing file and fix the problem before you can generate footprints. This is in any case very important if you don't want compiler errors