April 10th 2016 Re-release

All of the installers have been rebuilt following changes to Windows 10 that were introduced by Microsoft in January 2016 as a part of their deprecation of SHA1 certificates .

Prior to January Windows 10 would accept installers that had been signed with SHA1 code signing certificates, but from early 2016 it would only accept them if they had been used to sign installers before Jan 1st 2016. The installers that I built on Jan 3rd 2016 used SHA1 certificates, and people recently started reporting that Internet Explorer was rejecting the certificates on Windows 10.

As-of 10th April 2016 all of the installers have been rebuilt. The rebuilt versions have been dual-signed with SHA1 and SHA256 certificates. They should now work properly for all supported versions of Windows, including Windows 10.

The programs themselves haven't changed, the installers were all built from the 2.3.1 source.

Virtual Radar Server 10-APR-2016 2.3.1

The main program

Installation

Run the installer. Run the server. Go to Tools | Options to configure the program.

Main Changes

  1. Issue in 2.3 whereby CPU usage was higher than it should be and sites with large feeds could crash.

Changes in 2.3.0 (released 28th December 2015)

  1. Aircraft list JSON feeds would sometimes set latitude or longitude to zero
  2. Spurious "to"s were being inserted into the audio callouts under W8 / W10
  3. Could not select the Portuguese (Brazilian) language under Mono
  4. Numeric filter fields could not be cleared
  5. Performance issues with opening the Options screen
  6. Support for online lookup of aircraft details, courtesy of PlaneBaseNG
  7. Support for updating web site translations via the Language Pack

The full list of changes can be found on the tracker. Previous versions can be downloaded from the Version History page.

You can join the Virtual Radar Server Announcements Google Group or follow @VRadarServer to be notified whenever a new version is ready for download.

Language Pack 10-APR-2016 2.3

Translations of the user interface for the server, the plugins and the web site

Web site translations are included in the standard Virtual Radar Server installation. You do not need to install the language pack to obtain these translations but you can update them using the language pack.

Installation

Run the installer. Run the server.

Languages

The following languages are supported:

  • Brazilian Portuguese[2.3] Português do Brasil / Brazilian Portuguese
  • Chinese[2.2] 中国 / Chinese
  • French[2.2] Français / French
  • German[2.3] Deutsche / German
  • Russian[2.3] Русский / Russian
Database Writer Plugin 10-APR-2016 2.3

Saves flight records (and optionally aircraft details) to a BaseStation.sqb database file

Please do not install this plugin if you have a Kinetics radio or are running Kinetic's BaseStation program

This plugin is for users who do not have a Kinetics radio but want to be able to run the reports. It creates and updates a database that uses the same schema as Kinetic's BaseStation.

There is documentation for the plugin and you can download previous versions here.

Main Changes

  1. Updated for version 2.3 of the plugin API
  2. Issue whereby the plugin could cause an out-of-memory exception when the database was locked and the feed is very busy
  3. Option to save online lookups of aircraft details to database

Quick Configuration Instructions

After installation go to Tools | Plugins, click Options against the Database Writer plugin and tick the Enabled box.

If you are starting a new database from scratch: Enter a filename for the database and click Create Database.

If you are using an existing database: Remove the tick from Only update databases that this plugin created and enter the path to the existing database.

Custom Content Plugin 10-APR-2016 2.3

Allows customisation of the Virtual Radar Server web site

Main Changes

  1. Updated for version 2.3 of the plugin API

There is documentation for this plugin.

Database Editor Plugin 10-APR-2016 2.3

Lets administrator users edit BaseStation.sqb aircraft records

Main Changes

  1. Initial release
Disable Audio Plugin 10-APR-2016 2.3

Disables the audio features within Virtual Radar Server

Main Changes

  1. Updated for version 2.3 of the plugin API

A handful of users have had problems when VRS tries to enumerate over the text-to-speech voices installed on the system. This plugin stops VRS from doing anything with the Windows text-to-speech sub-system.

The plugin has no configuration options. To re-enable the audio features of the program just uninstall the plugin via Windows' Control Panel.

Disable Universal Plug & Play (UPnP) Plugin 10-APR-2016 2.3

Disables the UPnP features within Virtual Radar Server

Main Changes

  1. Updated for version 2.3 of the plugin API

A handful of users have had problems when VRS tries to use the Windows UPnP COM interface. This plugin stops VRS from doing anything with the Windows UPnP sub-system.

The plugin has no configuration options. To re-enable the UPnP features of the program just uninstall the plugin via Windows' Control Panel.

Windows 7 / Vista Proximity Gadget 11-MAR-2012 2.0

A Windows 7 desktop gadget that shows the aircraft closest to a particular point (e.g. your house)

Main Changes

  1. Fixed a bad memory leak.
  2. Resolved the problems with ugly text appearing if the gadget lost connection to Virtual Radar Server.
  3. Added operator and silhouette flags to the docked view.
  4. Added an indication of heading and bearing to the docked view.
  5. Added support for configuring the units used for distances, heights and speeds.
  6. Added a flyout view.
  7. Removed the indication of how many aircraft are transmitting emergency squawks.

There is documentation for the proximity gadget.

Source Code
The source code is released under the terms of the license.

The source code is hosted on Codeplex.

Documentation

There is online documentation for the source. You can also download the documentation in CHM format. After downloading uou will need to right-click the CHM file, choose Properties and click Unblock before Windows will open it.