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    Posted: November-11-2015 at 12:53am

In FS Panel Suite, I am trying to re-arrange the location and sizes of switches and gauges, and to edit their bitmaps for my custom home cockpit OVERHEAD control panel.


This is for the WilcoPub 737PIC Evolution Boeing 737-300 airplane.


It looks like the entire overhead panel for this airplane is seen by FSPS as one SINGLE gauge.  Same for the main instrument panel, throttle quadrant, etc.


To edit the gauge, say, for the Overhead Panel, FSPS pops up with a full panel with a long, detailed list of dozens of individual elements and Bitmap Re-source numbers, and will show the bitmap and location/size data for each light, needle, instrument background, etc.


So you KNOW that they are all THERE, somewhere!  Looking through all the C drive files, including FS-X, I wasn't able to find any hidden folder with .bmp's in it anywhere that looked like what I need.


However, with you attempt to "edit the bitmap" on any individual needle, light, etc., it says "System cannot find the file specified," along with "Waiting for the Bitmap Editor to finish" - which it never does, just keeps spinning and spinning, apparently trying to find the .bmp file somewhere.


Other similar aircraft, the default FS-X 747 for example, FSPS does show numerous gauges on the FSPS main panel display, for example, all of which are individually moveable, duplicable, copy-able, and delete-able.  But for the 737PIC Evolution, the entire panel is all one "gauge."  Will not break up into individual, workable elements on the main view, so that I can work with them.


Need to be able to access each switch and instrument individually, mostly just to move them an inch or two and make them a bit larger or smaller to fit my format. 


As is common with any project like this, am going crazy.   Actually started this attempt several years ago using an earlier version of FSPS, and gave up at that time.


Appreciate any help you can give.


JJ - Palmdale Ca

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