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    Smile Phidgets: What's the verdict? Thinking of dumping Epic

    Hi Guys-

    So after years of dealing with epic with mixed results, I'm toying with the idea of going over to Phidgets. The biggest problem I have with the epic is latency. If I have an aircraft event such as an engine failure, sometimes lights don't respond correctly etc. Switch response is slow.

    Are the phidgets users out there happy? The stuff is damn expensive so don't want to jump in unless it's a really good way to go.

    Thanks!
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    Re: Phidgets: What's the verdict? Thinking of dumping Epic

    You also have to keep in mind Matt, the Phidgets software is not supported or developed any more. Alan pulled the plug on it.
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    Re: Phidgets: What's the verdict? Thinking of dumping Epic

    Hi bob
    wow I had no idea. Any idea why? That's disappointing as the stuff looks pretty good. What else is out there?

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    Re: Phidgets: What's the verdict? Thinking of dumping Epic

    Quote Originally Posted by mattford1 View Post
    Hi bob
    wow I had no idea. Any idea why? That's disappointing as the stuff looks pretty good. What else is out there?
    No he gave no reason and I have found over the years of fighting with the EPIC and looking, EPIC is by far, still the most mature interface out there.
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    Re: Phidgets: What's the verdict? Thinking of dumping Epic

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Reed View Post
    No he gave no reason and I have found over the years of fighting with the EPIC and looking, EPIC is by far, still the most mature interface out there.
    I have been using Phidgets for little over a year now and I am extremely happy with it. I have never used FS2Phidgets because I more or less wrote something similar to that for myself. Maybe I should look into making that more generally usable...
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    Re: Phidgets: What's the verdict? Thinking of dumping Epic

    Bob-

    BTW who is Alan? Do you mean that there is no software support at all (C++ interface, VB6 etc). Just want to make sure you're not referring to some sort of MSFS interface or something i"m not aware of.

    Thanks,
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    Re: Phidgets: What's the verdict? Thinking of dumping Epic

    I too have used Phidgets and liked it for what I used it for. I did not use FS2Phidgets as I was using them on my PM overhead and Phidgets is supported. You may want to look into distributing your software but be warned, the hobby cockpit builder is very demanding.
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    Re: Phidgets: What's the verdict? Thinking of dumping Epic

    Bob-

    Hi. I would be communicating directly with the phidgets card using the VB6 API calls and our 737 systems software. As long as I can do that, and that's supported, I'd be ok.

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    Re: Phidgets: What's the verdict? Thinking of dumping Epic

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Reed View Post
    I too have used Phidgets and liked it for what I used it for. I did not use FS2Phidgets as I was using them on my PM overhead and Phidgets is supported. You may want to look into distributing your software but be warned, the hobby cockpit builder is very demanding.
    Demanding customers are the best

    Before I commit to doing anything publicly, I would like to know what people's requirements (in the ideal world) would be. Not knowing FS2Phidgets myself I am not sure what people expect and what they are used to.
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    Re: Phidgets: What's the verdict? Thinking of dumping Epic

    I use Phidgets Led-64 and FS2phidgets software. At this time I have about 14 leds in use. REALLY like the ability to create logic and add my own LED functions from FSUIPC with FS2phidgets. So far I have not had any major latency problems with my setup. Maybe when I add more functions I will. Right now I am keeping it.
    Some poeple have had Ghosting problems with the LED-64.
    I have not been able to duplicate this.

    My setup: P4-3.4ghz,1g ram,WXPsp2,FS9sp2,ULTterr,Led-64,Bu0836,FSUIPC-fs9,x800gt,dual hd 2go,522st prj,Enclosed Twin TBP.

    I would like to find other software that will talk to the led-64 Just to have some options in case of ????. If anybody has something I am definately interested.

    Regards to all
    Ken K
    Last edited by KenK; 07-22-2009 at 02:14 PM. Reason: I screwed up

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