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Overview

Understanding the capabilities of the dockable Windows and Ribbon Tabs which compromise Prepar3D's scenario tools, SimDirector and SimOperator, is the key to successful scenario creation and operation. Each of the scenario tools and their respective modes of operation of the tool possess a subset of the Windows and Ribbon Tabs listed below. This is denoted when possible.

Ribbon Tabs

The Ribbon provides Prepar3D's scenario tools a unified way to group all of the necessary components for the tool in menus called in Ribbon Tabs. Ribbon Tabs are the primary way of accessing interactions available to the mode. The list of Ribbon Tabs available include:


File Backstage Tab

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The File Backstage Tab provides an exclusive view of useful scenario management, settings, and more. In order to leave backstage, press ESC or click on the Back Arrow at the top-left corner of the screen.


Name Description Notes
Scenario The Scenario Backstage Tab allows the scenario creator or operator to configure the conditions of the scenario. Not only is the Scenario Backstage Tab a convenient way of configuring the starting conditions but it also gives an informative glance of the current scenario!

Info

The Scenario Tab offers a way of setting the title, description, and default state of the scenario. Both the title and description fields, at the top of the window, are editable textboxes that easily allow the user to rename their scenario. The title and description that are set will appear in the Load Scenario screen. Additionaly, a button is provided to set whether Prepar3D will load this scenario as the default scenario.

Vehicle

The Scenario Tab offers a way of selecting the initial vehicle of the scenario. The Vehicle button opens the Select Vehicle screen to allow the scenario creator to choose from stock or third party aircrafts.


Advanced scenario creators may want to change the user's vehicle midway through the scenario. This can be accomplished by firing the Change Object Type Action object.

Location

The Scenario Tab offers a way of selecting the initial location of the scenario. Scenario creators need very precise control over the location of entities which is why the Location button selects the ownship and snaps the camera view to the ownship. Manipulation of the location can be done in either the Object Properties or by manipulating the object's position in the world.


For many aviation scenarios, it is ideal to start at an airport on a specific runway. This is possible using the smaller button titled Choose An Airport As Location.... After selecting an airport, the ownship and camera will be repositioned to that airport.


Advanced scenario creators may want to change the user's location midway through the scenario. This can be accomplished by changing the latitude, longitude, and altitude in succession using the Set Property Action object.

Date And Time

The Scenario Tab offers a way of selecting the initial date and time of the scenario. Prepar3D's scenery is contextually aware of the time of day and season which is all the more reason to customize the scenario. Trying to create a scenario to relive a historic event? The time and date settings make this possible!


The Date And Time button opens the Date And Time screen to select the appropriate date and time.

Weather

The Scenario Tab offers a way of selecting the initial weather of the scenario. The Weather button opens the Weather screen where there are plenty of predefined themes to choose from. For more precise control of the weather, there is a user-defined option where the weather can be customized down to the individual weather station. Although the scenery will change when the weather is updated, in order to observe the desired weather effects such as rain, snow, or thunder, the scenario will need to simulating (unpaused).

Resources

The Scenario Tab offers a way of selecting where to look for scenario resources. The Resources button opens up the Additional Properties filtered to the Path property in the ResourcePath section.

In the SimDirector scenario tool, changes to scenario conditions affect the scenario's starting conditions. Because of this, they cannot be modified in modes that can preview the scenario. However, in the SimOperator scenario tool, changes to scenario conditions affect the simulation's current conditions and are synchronized amongst the host and all constituents.


✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
New Clears all objects and resets the scenario to the internal default scenario. Before proceeding, a prompt for saving the current scenario or cancelling the operation will appear if there are unsaved changes. ✓ Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Preview Mode)
Open

This tab opens an inner pane with useful features that aide in managing existing scenario development.

Recent Scenarios

This inner tab shows a list of the most recently loaded scenarios. Each scenario item contains a context menu, that can be accessed via Mouse Right Click. From the context menu you are able to:

  • Remove the recent scenario from the list of recent scenarios
  • Set the recent scenario as the default scenario or remove the recent scenario from being the default scenario

Browse

This button opens a file browser dialog to load previously saved scenarios. A filter is provided in the bottom right corner to choose what type of file extensions display in the dialog. The filters are:

  • Scenario Files (*.fxml): This will load the scenario which is compromised of the saved scenario, object file name (if applicable), and any optional files attached with it.
  • Object Files (*.xml): This will overwrite the current scenario's objects. If the scenario has assumptions that are based around the user having a specific scenario file then the scenario may not execute correctly.
  • Legacy Flight Files (*.flt): This will load the scenario which is compromised of the saved flight in the legacy format, object file, and any optional files attached with it.

✓ Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator
Save Saves the current scenario. Multiple files compromise a scenario such as the:

  • [REQUIRED] Scenario File - FLT
  • [REQUIRED] Object File - XML
  • [OPTIONAL] Weather File - WX
  • [OPTIONAL] Panel File - PNL
  • [OPTIONAL] Flight Plan File - PLN

The Scenario File will be saved out in the current FXML format if it was previously in the legacy FLT format.
Save As Saves a new copy of all of the scenario files in the location specified.

The Scenario File will be saved out in the current FXML format if it was previously in the legacy FLT format.

Import...

The import button allows the scenario creator to add content to the current scenario that is loaded without overwriting the scenario. This is in contrast to the Open button which will unload your previously loaded scenario before opening the new content. The types of content that can be added are selectable via filter and include:

  • Object Group Files (*.ogrp): Appends the contents of the group to the scenario. that was exported with Export Group feature.
  • Object Files (*.xml): Appends all scenario objects contained within the object file. If this object file has a dependency on the scenario's initial conditions, contained with the Scenario File (*.fxml, *.flt), then the appended scenario objects may not execute correctly.
  • Scenery XML File (*.sxml): Appends all of the scenery objects contained within the file into the scenario.

In the SimDirector scenario tool, importing scenario objects while potentially previewing the scenario is not allowed.


✓ Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

Export...

The export button allows the scenario creator to save content from the current scenario to a specified location without changing the active scenario. This is different than the Save As button which will not only save your scenario to a new location but set the actively loaded scenario to the saved scenario. The types of content that can be exported are selectable via filter and include:

  • Scenery XML and BGL Files (*.sxml;*.bgl): Exports only the scenery objects in the current scenario into both a Scenery XML File (*.sxml) and compiled BGL file (*.bgl).


    NOTE: The Scenery XML File (*.sxml) can be imported using the Import button and the compiled BGL file (*.bgl) can be added as a scenery region via the Scenery Library.


  • Object Files (*.xml): This will export all of the current scenario's objects to a file. If the scenario has assumptions that are based around the user having a specific Scenario File (*.fxml, *.flt), then the exported scenario may not execute correctly when imported.

Exports the scenery objects in the current scenario to

The exported SXML file can later be imported into another scenario and re-used.

✓ Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator
Settings This tab opens an inner pane that exposes all of the settings that are available to configure in the scenario tool SimDirector or SimOperator. From this pane, Prepar3D's settings can be opened as well.
Help Opens Window's standard Help File Browser and navigates to the documentation to the scenario tool's main documentation article.
Exit Exits the scenario tool and returns to Prepar3D. If unsaved changes have been made, a prompt for saving the current scenario or cancelling the operation will appear.

Editor Tab

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Editor Tab contains the capability to perform tasks such as augmenting camera controls, toggling layer visibilities, and changing modes.


Group Name Description Notes
World Camera View Zoom In Zoom the map view in by clicking the magnifying glass (+) or use the dropdown to select other zoom levels such as 1x, 2x, 4x, or 8x.
Zoom Out Zoom the map view out by clicking the magnifying glass (-) or use the dropdown to select other zoom levels such as 1x, 2x, 4x, or 8x.
Ownship Snap Snaps the view to center on ownship. If the user is in map view mode, then the view will snap to the ownship in map view mode. If the user is in object view mode, then the view will snap to the ownship in object view mode.
Attach/Detach Avatar If Avatar Mode is enabled, this button will attach/detach the UserAvatar to/from the UserOwnship. This button will not be visible with Avatar Mode disabled.
Reset to North Resets the camera heading so that it faces north.
Player Camera View Exit Follow View If the camera is actively following a player, while in an operator session, then this will exit the follow view. ✓ Available in SimOperator
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
Object Camera View Exit Object View If the camera is actively viewing an object (e.g. viewing a camera's perspective), then this will exit the object view.
Picture-in-picture Use this option to toggle between viewing the object camera view as the primary view without a secondary camera view or viewing the world camera view as the primary view and the object camera view as a secondary picture-in-picture view.
Visibility Weather Toggle the weather on and off while editing the scenario.
Icons Toggle the tear-shaped icons on and off while editing the scenario.
Bounding Boxes Toggle the bounding boxes on and off while editing the scenario.
Tools Measure Tool

Measure Tool allows the user to measure distances in several different unit types. The user is able to place two or more points when calculating distances. These points can also be moved after they have been placed showing real time distances changed. "Measure Points" can be snapped to objects as well as icon clusters. Positions are averaged when placing a point on an icon cluster.


Measure tool uses a new control mode that can be enable/disabled. Disabling the measure tool control mode will allow the currently placed measure line to persist until the user chooses to clear it. This allows the user to use SimDirector as they normally would while the measure line is visible.

Modes Virtual Instructor Switches to Virtual Instructor Mode. ✓ Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator
Flight Instructor Switches to Flight Instructor Mode.
Preview Switches to Preview Mode.
SimOperator Switches to SimOperator.
Director Switches to Sim Editor Mode. ✓ Available in SimOperator
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
View Session View your current operator session or host a new session.

Windows Tab

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Windows Tab consolidates the several different windows that can be used with each mode in one area. The Windows Tab contains Primary Windows, Secondary Windows, and Prepar3D Windows. Each of these sections will contain the appropriate windows that can be used while in each scenario. This makes it easy to know which windows are available in each mode. The Windows Tab also gives the ability to reset the layout of the windows.


Group Name Description Notes
Window Layout Reset Layout Resets the layout of SimDirector to the default layout for all modes. This is typically useful if the window gets into an undesirable configuration. This operation cannot be undone.
Prepar3D Windows Kneeboard Toggles through the Prepar3D kneeboard in order to view information such as Scenario Captioning for Dialog Actions, goal states, and briefing files. ✓ Available in and SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
Time Preview Opens the Prepar3D Time Preview window which can be used to preview the scenario at different times of the day. Changes to the date and time will only be affected upon clicking Apply. More information can be found here.

While in SimOperator or a mode of SimDirector that is used to preview the scenario, Time Preview will set the live scenario's time and date. While in SimDirector's Director Mode, which is used to create scenarios, Time Preview will set the initial scenario's time and date.

Multiplayer Chat Opens the Prepar3D Multiplayer Chat window which can be used to chat to other players connected to the session. More information can be found here. ✓ Available in SimOperator
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

Mode Tab

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Mode Tab contains buttons to switch to all available modes in SimDirector. The current mode will be highlighted and cannot be clicked. Clicking on another mode button will switch to that mode.


Group Name Description Notes
Mode Sim Editor Enters Sim Editor Mode
Virtual Instructor Enters Virtual Instructor Mode
Flight Instructor Enters Flight Instructor Mode
Preview Scenario Enters Preview Mode
Sim Operator Enters SimOperator

Panels Tab

✓ Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)

The Panels Tab exposes the functionality necessary to open and close any of the ownship's 2D Panels. This functionality comes in handy in a myriad of ways such as:



Group Name Description
Settings Open Panels Undocked This setting allows the user to choose whether 2D Panels will open docked inside the main window or whether 2D Panels will appear undocked in a new floating window. This setting also influences panels that are opened automatically when a 2D Focal Point is being previewed in Virtual Instructor Mode. However, this setting does not affect Panels that are opened via Open Panel Action.
Status Displays information specific to the state of the Panels. Currently, there are two states:

  • Normal
  • Docked Windows Locked

Docked Windows become locked when previewing a focal point because the mouse behavior used for moving a Panel window is overridden with the mouse behavior necessary to draw the focal point. In all other cases, there are no other anomalies when using panels in SimDirector.
Panels Panel Name (e.g. Radar) Toggle the specific Panel between the open and closed window state.

Debug Tab

✓ Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)

The Debug Tab includes the ability to monitor vehicle properties and examine the flow of scenario execution.


Group Name Description
Simulation Monitoring Monitoring Profiles The Monitoring Profiles window is where profiles of what to monitor for different simulation objects is set up. This allows the user to create and edit profiles for simulation objects by editing their properties. This will display during simulation monitoring while previewing the scenario. Profiles may also be reset to the original configuration.
Monitoring Properties Monitoring is started when opening the Monitoring Properties window. Selected monitoring properties display the properties of a currently selected entity with a monitoring profile. These cannot be edited while in the Play state.
Simulation Monitoring Conditional Logic The conditional logic editor's expression tree can be inspected while the scenario is playing back to observe what different node branches are evaluating to. This is a perfect asset to a developer who needs their scenario in an intricate state in order to fire specific logic.
Visualization The visualization can be used to observe the flow of execution for the scenario. When the scenario executes an object or changes its state, the vertex on the visualization will briefly flash on the visualization.
Progress Log Timing is critical in an aviation scenario. The Progress Log contains a log with the simulation time of when objects changed states or executed in order to verify that the scenario is operating correctly.
Object Properties Inspecting the objects properties is an important tool that can be used to verify that the scenario is executing as expected.
Controls SimDirector Mode/Prepar3D Mode This option toggles between setting SimDirector controls or Prepar3D controls in the Prepar3D window.

Virtual Instructor Tab

✓ Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Virtual Instructor Tab gives the user the functionality to record and playback interactions within the interior of the vehicle (e.g. cockpit of the aircraft). This tab includes functionality for recording mouse clicks, events, and gauge variables. The user can add focal points and view changes as well as manually edit their recordings, and play them back to ensure they act as desired.


Group Name Description
Mode Record The Record feature starts recording the desired stimuli (e.g. Events, Gauge Variables, and Mouse Clicks) into an existing Virtual Instructor Session Action.
Edit The Edit feature stops recording or playback and allows the user to edit the selected Virtual Instructor Session Action as well as add or modify existing scenario logic.
Play The Play feature loads the selected Virtual Instructor Session Action and plays it to completion. This is perfect for verifying that the recorded Virtual Instructor Session Action will execute as expected before weaving it into the current scenario.

Note: The Play feature will not execute any object activations or deactivations in the session. These must be tested by playing the entire scenario.

Controls SimDirector Mode/Prepar3D Mode This option toggles between setting SimDirector controls or Prepar3D controls in the Prepar3D window.
Options Reset Reset the ownship and simulation conditions to the start of the scenario.
Record Mouse Click Positions Record Mouse Click Positions will record mouse clicks on the Virtual Cockpit Instrumentation Panels. See Session Configuration for further information.
Record Events Record Events will record all aircraft events. See Session Configuration for further information.
Record Gauge Variables Record Gauge Variables will record local gauge variables that are defined inside the RecordedGaugeVariables.xml. See Session Configuration for further information.
Objects Add Focal Point Creating a Focal point in Virtual Instructor creates a Focal Point object in the scenario which can be modified using the property grid and on screen manipulation.

Focal points are colored rectangles that can be created anywhere in the scene to highlight gauges, switches, or areas of interest.



This object highlights an area of the virtual cockpit that can be configured by dragging and releasing the mouse. Focal point objects can also be added from the Object Catalog but must be created/edited in Virtual Instructor Mode
Add View Change Adds a View Change Action object to the scenario. This object interpolates the camera to a specific viewpoint (i.e. turns eye point toward electrical panel or changes to an alternate camera view).

View Change Actions can be added using the Catalog. However, in order to preview the camera interpolation or to use the crosshair mode for positioning the camera, SimDirector must be in Virtual Instructor Mode.

To create a view change:

  • Click the Add View Change button in the objects section of the Virtual Instructor Tab
  • In the property grid that opens up, click the green ADD button
  • Move the Crosshairs, using the keyboard numpad, mouse look (holding the spacebar down), or a joystick (right thumbstick on a controller, or the hat switch on a joystick to the desired location.
  • Click the USE CROSSHAIR button.
  • To test the saved camera location, move the camera somewhere else and click the PREVIEW button to see the camera return to the correctly set position.



Clicking the EDIT button in the View Change Action will show the details of the camera change and allow for tuning of the angles, distances, and duration that it takes the camera to change its position.

Flight Instructor Tab

✓ Available in SimDirector (Flight Instructor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Flight Instructor Tab gives the user the functionality to record Prepar3D recording files and play back both Flight Recordings and Flight Segments.


Group Name Description
Mode Record

In Record Mode, Prepar3D's Recorder is activated and the ownship's simulation actively records. Other simulations such as A.I., Traffic, and Scenario Objects are ignored. Please see Simulation Recording And Playback for further details.

Prior to recording, it is a good idea to get the aircraft into the correct location and configuration before flying the desired flight maneuver. Additionally, while in Record Mode, it is not possible to edit the properties of objects.

To finish a recording, switch back to Edit Mode or Play Mode. At this time, a prompt will appear to save the Recording. The Recording will be saved in the Resource Path directory.

Edit

In Edit Mode, Flight Segments can be created and logic can be added to the scenario. As its name implies, this mode is all about editing the current scenario. Therefore, this mode can be used to further build the scenario.

Note: If Record Mode or Play Mode is active, Prepar3D's Recorder is halted.

Play

In Play Mode, Prepar3D's Recorder is activated and the selected Flight Recording or Flight Segment is played back. If Flight Segment is currently playing back, attached actions (e.g. Sequenced Actions) will also play back. The Progress Log can be used to verify the Flight Segment is working as intended.

Once the recording has played back, SimDirector will return to Edit Mode.

Controls SimDirector Mode/Prepar3D Mode This option toggles between setting SimDirector controls or Prepar3D controls in the Prepar3D window.
Zoom Zoom In Zoom the camera in by clicking the magnifying glass (+) or use the dropdown to select other zoom levels such as 1x, 2x, 4x, or 8x.
Out Zoom the camera out by clicking the magnifying glass (-) or use the dropdown to select other zoom levels such as 1x, 2x, 4x, or 8x.

Players Tab

✓ Available in SimOperator
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The full list of interactions that can be performed are listed below:

Accessed Via Name Description Notes
Players Tab Kick Players Removes the selected players from the session. The host is not able to remove themselves.
Players Tab and Context Menu Follow/Unfollow Player Toggles whether the player is being followed or not. If following the player is selected, then the operator's camera is changed to a locked spot view that is focused on the selected player. To return to the operator's camera, unfollow the player. In addition to unfollowing the player, the Exit Follow View button can be used in the Editor Tab
Players Tab and Context Menu Freeze Players Freezes all of the selected player's vehicles. This does not affect whether or not the simulation is paused.
Players Tab and Context Menu Unfreeze Players Unfreezes any of the selected player's vehicles. This does not affect whether or not the simulation is paused.

Objects Tab

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode

The full list of interactions that can be performed are listed below:

Accessed Via Name Description Notes
Context Menu Rename Rename allows the name of the object, which is stored in the Object Name field, to be changed inline.
Objects Tab Deselect Deselects all of the selected objects. This is a convenient way of hiding the Objects Tab or deselecting objects on a touch enabled device.
Context Menu Export Group The export functionality allows the user to export a group to an Object Group File (*.ogrp). These saved group files can be imported later. Please see the Import functionality above.
Objects Tab and Context Menu Group Several objects can be selected at once and grouped by selecting this button. If accessed from the top of the Objects window, a new group will be made. If accessed from the context menu, the objects can either be moved to an existing group or placed into a new group. An alternative way of changing which objects are in a group is to use the appropriate reference list in the property window.
Objects Tab and Context Menu Ungroup Similarly, selecting objects within a group and using this button will remove the object from the group.
Objects Tab and Context Menu Redirect Incoming References Choose a compatible object to move all incoming references to.
Objects Tab and Context Menu Delete This will delete the currently selected objects that are capable of being deleted. Certain objects, such as the ownship, are not able to be deleted. After the deletion has occurred, any objects referencing deleted objects will automatically remove their connections. Be sure to use the validation functionality to ensure the scenario is still valid after deleting objects.
Objects Tab and Context Menu Duplicate This will duplicate all the currently selected objects that are capable of being duplicated. All of the properties of the object will be copied including inner properties. The duplicated object's name will have - Copy # appended to the end. Object references will only be copied if the referenced object is also selected. The Visualization is an excellent way of visualizing the duplication process to verify the process.
Objects Tab and Context Menu Activate This will activate all the currently selected objects that are capable of being activated.
Objects Tab and Context Menu Deactivate This will deactivate all the currently selected objects that are capable of being activated.
Objects Tab and Context Menu Center On This will snap the camera view to the object such that the object is centered in the middle of the camera view. Only objects with a world position are able to be centered on. At this moment, only a single object can be centered on and therefore multi-object centering is not a supported feature.
Objects Tab and Context Menu View

This will change to the object camera view which allows the user to preview the object's perspective (e.g. preview camera object). In this view, world editing is still possible but certain operations such as movement are disabled. The objects that support the view option are:


  • User Ownship and User Avatar: Enter the User Ownship's default Virtual Cockpit view to more easily place objects inside the cockpit while in Sim Editor Mode. By default, the control mode will change to Cinematographer which allows you to easily change your eyepoint and orienation which is beneficial for navigating to specific panels, gauges, and parts on the vehicle.
  • Camera: Use all of the camera's properties to preview the camera's perspective in Sim Editor Mode.

At this moment, only a single object's perspective can be viewed at a time.
Objects Tab Reposition This will reposition the currently selected object to the camera's position and orientation.
Objects Tab Translate To learn about object translation, see the Translating Objects section. Gizmos can manipulate multiple objects as long as they're selected.
Objects Tab Rotate To learn about object rotation, see the Rotation Objects section.
Objects Tab Scale To learn about object scaling, see the Scaling Objects section.
Objects Tab Draw To learn about the drawing tool, see the Drawing Tool section.
Context Menu Find In Visualization In large scenarios, it is often difficult to locate a particular object in the Visualization. Find In Visualization... alleviates this issue by bringing the object into the center of the view.
Context Menu Copy GUID Each object has a unique identifier that the system uses to identify it. This option copies the unique identifier, whose data format is a GUID, onto the clipboard.
Context Menu Properties The Object Properties window can easily be opened via the Windows Tab. However, this context menu option provides an alternative way to open the properties window. If multiple objects are selected, this will change the actively selected object in the property grid to the object from which the context menu was spawned.
Objects Tab and Context Menu Preview Action

Scenarios can become more complex as creation progresses. When debugging scenarios, it is helpful to preview certain actions without having to wait and play the entire scenario.


There are two options available which prompt whether to play Action Only or Action with Children. Action Only will preview only that single Action. Action with Children will preview that Action along with On Complete Actions succeeding it.

This functionality is only available for Actions.
Objects Tab and Context Menu Live Activate

Activate a deactivated object while previewing a scenario.

Objects Tab and Context Menu Live Deactivate

Deactivate a deactivated object while previewing a scenario.

Objects Tab Staging Mode Toggle between Staging Mode being active or Live Mode being active.

Staging Operations are part of SimOperator's Staging Mode.


✓ Available in SimOperator
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
Objects Tab Commit Changes Until changes are committed, they will not appear in the live scenario and are only visible to the operator. Commit Changes allows the operator to either commit all changes or only selected changes using a drop down. However, by not using the drop down and clicking Commit Changes directly, all changes are commited by default.
Context Menu Add To Live Scenario This option will add objects to the commit list and is available when objects are not in the live scenario and were not previously in the commit list.
Context Menu Include In Commit List This option will add objects to the commit list and is available when objects were previously excluded from the commit list.
Context Menu Exclude From Commit List This option will remove objects from the commit list and is available when objects are in the commit list.
Context Menu Undo Remove This option will remove objects from the commit list and is available when the object is in the live scenario and the commit specifies that the object should be removed.
Context Menu Reinitialize Object This option will reinitialize the object to its default state and is available when the object is in the live scenario and does not have any changes that need to be committed.

Quick-Access Controls

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

Commonly used controls have been placed at the top right of the screen for convenience. These controls are a convenient way to alter the simulation state.


Name Description Notes
Play/Pause Toggle between the play and pause state.

In SimOperator, the Play/Pause button will perform a host Play/Pause which will trigger all connected clients to either Pause or Unpause.


✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
Sim Rate Sim Rate is a slider that changes the simulation rate that the scenario is played at. The Sim Rate ranges from 1/4x to 128x.

The default speed is 1x. This slider is useful because it allows the user to quickly test long scenarios by speeding up the simulation rate or to meticulously test scenarios by slowing them down.

In SimOperator, the simulation rate cannot be altered from 1x as it would affect all clients.


✓ Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
Position Freeze User Turn on and off freezing the user in place. The simulation can be playing while position freeze is on.

In SimOperator, players can be frozen using the Players Tab and there does not exist a global mechanism to freeze or unfreeze.


✓ Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
Position Freeze All Turn on and off freezing all entities in place. The simulation can be playing while position freeze is on.
Reload Scenario Excluding Objects This will only load the scenario and optional components (e.g. flight plan, panel state, weather) and will not reload the scenario's objects. In SimOperator, a session new session can be started inside the View Session window.


✓ Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)

Reload Scenario This will reload the entire scenario which includes the: scenario, scenario objects, and other optional components (e.g. flight plan, panel state, weather).

Windows

The majority of the functionality for scenario tools such as SimDirector and SimOperator is contained within dockable windows. These windows can be opened and closed when they become necessary or unnecessary. It is important to understand the purpose of each window and how it will help in the scenario creation workflow:

Catalog

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Preview Mode)

The Catalog provides a list of all object types that can be added to the scenario. The catalog is built for new users and power users alike. Power users will quickly become acquainted with the textbox at the top of the view which can be used to easily search for and add objects. Newer users will appreciate the rich set of filters for finding the correct object. When a catalog object is selected, each object displays a high-level description of itself in the status bar at the bottom of the window.

Adding Objects

The standard way of adding objects from the catalog into your scenario is to use the textbox at the top of the view to search for the desired object. After each keystroke, the first result will become selected in the catalog list below.


Hint: The UP and DOWN keys can be used from the textbox to select a different object in the catalog list.


From this point, objects can be added to the scenario by:

Note: If adding an object that has a world position to the scenario via a method that doesn't involve Drag-and-Drop, the selected catalog object will be added either to the screen center or at the camera's position and orientation depending on your catalog settings.


Additionally, while in SimOperator, adding an object via the catalog will automatically place the operator in Staging Mode. Entering staging mode allows the operator to configure the object before committing it to the live scenario.

Applying Filters

The catalog can be filtered to show only objects that belong to certain categories as well as subcategories. Filters are a great way to become acquainted with the capabilities of SimDirector. For instance, third party content developers will rejoice knowing that they can filter their scenery by the BGL file the models are contained within.


The filters are additive so that many filters can be selected. The user can clear them either by pressing ESC in the textbox at the top of the view when there is no text or by clicking the Clear Filters button.


Note: While in SimDirector's Virtual Instructor Mode or Flight Instructor Mode, the catalog is automatically filtered to not include obejcts that are considered to be world objects (i.e. objects with an LLA field). While in these mode, your primary camera is inside the vehicle and there isn't a mechanism to sensibly add world objects, hence them being filtered.

Previewing Models

A preview of the catalog object is available when a catalog object is selected and of the following type:

While an object from the catalog is being previewed, the user may click, drag, rotate, and zoom the object. In order to stop the automatic rotation of the previewed object, click the Right mouse button.

Objects

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Objects window keeps track of all placed objects in the scenario. The list can be filtered as well as sorted by clicking name, type, or subtype columns. The subtype column will only appear if the grid is of a large enough size. Objects can be partitioned into groups using Group Objects. In order to organize the scenario, it is highly recommended that Group Objects are used to logically compartmentalize the scenario.



Many different interactions can be performed upon the selected objects. In order to view these, either select the desired objects and then choose the operation in the Objects Tab, which appears when any object is selected, or peform a Mouse Right Click on the desired object in the list to reveal a context menu. The context menu options listed can be found in tabular form here.



The selected states of the objects in the list are synchronized between the visualization and the world. Additionally, if an object is selected then its properties can be edited in the object properties window.


Visualization

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

As scenarios grow in size, it becomes hard to conceptualize the entire scenario execution. Visualization is an exciting new way of viewing a graph-based overview of the entire scenario. Each vertex represents an object in the scenario and each directed labeled edge represents an object referencing another object. It may become necessary to use Group Objects to group subsections of the scenario which will simplify the visualization. Grouped Visualization is turned on by default in the visualization but can be toggled at any time by using the toggle button in the bottom left.

The Visualization is synchronized with the scenario in Preview Mode. Because of this, the graph will update when an object is becoming activated or deactivated, if a goal was completed successfully or unsuccessfully, and many other properties.

There may be times that the visualization arranges itself in an undesirable fashion. There is a Refresh Visualization button in the top right that will reset the layout of the visualization. There is also a view finder control in the corner of the Visualization window to help further adjust the view. The view finder is open by default but can be collapsed by clicking the X button.



If the user does not have a mouse scroll wheel to modify the zoom level of the visualization, then the Zoom In and Zoom Out buttons located at the top right of the window can be used instead.

Visualization Controls
There are various keyboard, mouse, and touch controls for the visualization. The full list of controls can be found here.
Visualization - Select Subset Mode (Only in Preview Mode)

As the scenario creation process progresses, scenarios naturally become larger. Because of this, the estimated time to complete the scenario increases making it tedious to test. To remedy this, Select Subset Mode allows for subsections of the scenario to be previewed instead of the entire scenario. This enables scenario developers to select an arbitrary state of how their scenario visualization should start in order to skip long running portions of the scenario. Note that selecting a subset of the scenario does not advance the ownship into the state that the scenario may expect it to be in if the scenario were executed from the beginning. However, you do have the option to play your scenario and configure the aircraft to the desired state before previewing the subset.


To use Select Subset Mode click the button titled Select Subset in the top left corner of the Visualization window, below Grouped Graph. A pop-up option will ask you if you would like to reset your scenario before previewing the subset. Select yes or no. Initially, all nodes are red which means that they will not be loaded into the new subset of the scenario. If a node is an entry point, then it can be included in the scenario by clicking with the Left mouse button while holding Shift or by pressing the Entry Point button contained within the node. By including a node in the subset, all children nodes will also be contained in the resulting scenario. Nodes will turn green if they are to be included in the scenario. Finally, the Preview Subset button is used to load a variant of the scenario with the selected subset of nodes.

Visualization - Preview Action
✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode)

Allows the user to execute the given action while the scenario is live. More information can be found here.


Validation Output

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Preview Mode)

The Validation Output allows for errors, warnings, and information to be presented in a compact window with descriptive messages. By double clicking on most errors, the object will become selected so that the error can be fixed in the property grid. There are cases where generic warnings can be solved automatically by double clicking them (e.g. the no instance of Scenario Metadata warning).


Scenarios with errors will not correctly load in Prepar3D and therefore it is in the best interest of the scenario creator to use the validation to aid in creating an error-free scenario. There are two different validation modes: Automatic and Manual.


If the Manual Validation setting is selected instead of Automatic Validation, then there will be an additional Run Validation button on the right hand side of the window that can be used to refresh validation errors.

If the Scenario Error Reporting setting is selected in the General Settings tab of Prepar3D Settings, validation errors are logged in ScenarioErrors.txt of Prepar3D v4 Files upon load of a scenario in Prepar3D. See General Prepar3D Settings for more information.


Note: In SimOperator, the validation output is where errors, warning, and information about uncommitted changes will be placed. It is a enforced prerequisite before entering SimOperator that your scenario is always valid for all connected clients.

Progress Log

✓ Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)

The Progress Log contains a list of all the scenario's objects, names, timestamps, and current status.

The Auto Center option keeps the most recently executed object focused in the Visualization. Selecting an item in the Progress Log gives the scenario creator the option to find the object in the Visualization window or to copy its GUID onto clipboard.

At the very bottom of the Progress Log are options to copy the text of the Progress Log to the clipboard for use to help review the scenario's timeline or to discover errors that may have inadvertently occurred during the scenario creation process.

Sessions

✓ Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Sessions window is the most important window in Virtual Instructor Mode because it is used to manage as well as preview the virtual instructor cockpit sessions that have been created.

While playing back, in Play Mode, or recording, in Record Mode, the Sessions window will update in real time to provide additional information. While in Record Mode, as interactions are being recorded, they will appear in the current session's list of session items. While in Play Mode, there is an arrow to convey what session item is currently executing.

Select a VI Session
This section of the window allows the scenario creator to:

Select an Action

When a session is selected its session actions are displayed. These can be reordered or moved using the Move Up or Move Down buttons at the bottom. To the side Delays, Activations/Deactivations, and Dialogs can be added at any position in the session by adding them and moving them up and down. If any action needs to be removed, the Remove button can be used. Move To Session allows an action to be selected from the list and to be moved to a different Virtual Instructor session by selecting the desired Virtual Instructor session from the Move to Session drop down box, and then clicking the Move to Session box itself.

Note: This removes the action from the parent session list like a cut and paste.

Recordings

✓ Available in SimDirector (Flight Instructor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Recordings window allows the user to browse and preview recordings (*.FSR files). This window is primarily used as a recording management screen but is distinctly different then the Load Recordings... Screen found under the Options menu in Prepar3D.

Selecting a Recording

In this view, a list of recordings and their details (e.g. Title, Description, Duration, and Full File Path) are presented. Only recordings that are located in the scenario's Resource Path directory or the Prepar3D v4 Files directory are able to be used in the scenario. Because of this, recordings located in alternative directories are not displayed in the Recordings window.

This screen is used to review previous recordings. In order to record a new maneuver, use the Record button located in the Flight Instructor Ribbon Tab.

To select a recording to view, simply click on the entry within the list. A new screen appears that is centric to the now selected recording. This main view can be returned to at any time by navigating backwards on the breadcrumbs by clicking the first breadcrumb (i.e. Select a Recording).

Selected Recording

In this view, the parameters that comprise the selected Recording are shown. Parameters can be selected from the list and their respective charts of the parameter value over time will be shown. To select all of the parameters in the list, press CTRL+A.



Each chart supports the following features:


Recordings can be replayed either by using the Play split button located in the Flight Instructor Ribbon Tab or by clicking the Preview Recording button on the bottom right hand corner of the Selected Recording window.

The Create Flight Segment button comes in handy once it has been decided that the scenario will incorporate a demonstration of the selected recording or will grade a trainee based on the selected recording. This button is used to automatically create a Flight Segment and associate the recording with it, saving valuable time.

Segments

✓ Available in SimDirector (Flight Instructor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Segments window allows the user to grade or demonstrate an associated recording. This functionality can take the instructional value of the scenario to the next level by automating certain portions of instructor feedback.

Selecting a Flight Segment

In this view, a list of Flight Segments and their associated recordings are presented. This list is a filtered version of the Objects and contains only Flight Segments. The selected states of the segments are synchronized with this window as well. In other words, if a Flight Segment is selected in the Objects window, then it is selected in the Segments window.

A segment can be made in one of three ways: using the Catalog, creating it from a selected recording in the Recordings window, or using the Create Flight Segment button at the top right side of the Segments window.

To select a segment to edit, simply click on the entry within the list or in the Objects window. A new screen appears that is centric to the now selected segment. This main view can be returned to at any time by navigating backwards on the breadcrumbs by clicking the first breadcrumb (i.e. Select a Flight Segment).

Selected Flight Segment

In this view, the parameters that comprise the selected segment are shown. Parameters can be selected from the list and their respective charts of the parameter value over time will be shown. To select all of the parameters in the list, press CTRL+A.


Graded Ranges

Each chart has its own list that displays the graded ranges attached to the parameter. All of the functionality described below can be done solely by interacting with the property grid but is much more tedious and error-prone. Graded Ranges describe a range over time that the user must be within while they are being graded. When a user goes outside of the range that has been set, the scenario developer can fire an action. This action can, for example, show on screen text, adjust a count trigger, or execute any logic that SimDirector has available. When an action is to be fired when going outside of the range, an icon is placed on the range.



The following controls are provided to make setting up graded ranges easier:

There are additional properties in the property grid that are useful to set to the range such as the name and color.

Sequenced Actions

Sequenced Actions allow for an easy way to annotate flight segment execution over time. There may be instances in the recorded maneuver where instructions (e.g. Display "Pull Up" On Screen Text right before they should lift off the runway) need to be added. By allowing arbitrary actions at each second marker, the scenario developer can configure the segment for their training needs. Sequenced actions can be added or removed by:

  1. Clicking on a point on the graph.
  2. The point should turn orange
  3. Choose or clear the appropriate action from the combo box in the bottom right.


Once a Sequenced Action is added, it is easy to visualize how it will execute when the flight segment plays back. Perfect!


Starting Parameter

The Starting Parameter gives the scenario developer a more advanced way of starting the grading process. When a Starting Parameter is set, the grading will start once the Starting Parameter value is within the desired tolerance. If no Starting Parameter is set, then the segment will start grading as soon as it is activated. To set a parameter as a starting parameter, click the toggle check box. Next, enter in the desired tolerance. The tolerance is visualized on the chart to help determine what an appropriate tolerance would be.


Associated Recording

One of the most important aspects of the segment is setting the recording and its Start Time and End Time. The Recording can be chosen from the drop down list in the property grid.

The Start Time and End Time can be configured in the Segments window or from the property grid.

SimConnect Functionality

Information regarding the segment can be queried using SimConnect. Many things are available such as segment parameters, ranges, how many times each range was exceeded, and more. It is possible for a scenario developer to write a third party application that queries for the range exceeded counts when the segment completes and determines whether the trainee passed a segment or not. Once the pass or failure metric has been computed, the segment's associated goal can be resolved to the computed value.

Please see the SimConnect documentation for further information.

Additional Properties

For information on the additional properties available to the segment, click here.

Monitoring Profiles

✓ Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)

Monitoring is a scenario developer tool available that is useful in debugging the states of vehicles while the scenario is running. The Monitoring Profiles allows the user to create and edit monitoring profiles. The user selects an Entity object (Aircraft, Boats, Ground Vehicles, etc.) from the list under Create a Monitoring Profile and, with that profile selected, selects which properties to monitor during preview time by clicking on the add button. These properties are given a name, proper units, and read/write capabilities. Once a user is satisfied with their profile, they may select to monitor or augment the property during scenario playback.

Monitoring Properties

✓ Available in SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)

Monitoring Properties display the properties of the monitoring profiles that were created within the Monitoring Profiles window. Once an entity is selected from the list of entities, the property grid below shows the live value of each monitored property. When the simulation is paused, and only when the simulation is paused, the sliders can be used to manipulate the values. Some variables don't use a slider but require typing the number in directly or using the UP and DOWN arrow keys.

Object Properties

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Object Properties window displays the actively selected object's properties. The window contains a banner display containing the name, type, and an icon of the actively selected object. SimDirector and SimOperator support selecting multiple objects, but only a single object can be viewed in the properties window at a given time. The name can be clicked to reveal the other selected objects if the active selection needs to be changed. Additionally, cycling to the previous or next object can be set to a specific keyboard assignment for power users. The properties of the object determine how the object interacts with the scenario. When the property is selected, a description of what each property does appears at the bottom of the screen. To see more information about what type of properties are available for different scenario objects, refer to the Object Reference page in the Learning Center.


Note: Changes to the properties will be reflected immediately in the system. A change can be undone by using the undo system. A list of operations that can be undone can be viewed in the History window.

Previewing Models

A preview of the active selected object is available in the object properties view when the object is of the following type:

While the selected object is being previewed, the user may click, drag, rotate, and zoom the object. In order to stop the automatic rotation of the previewed object, click the Right mouse button.

Attachments (Professional Plus Customers Only)

✓ Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator or SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Attachments window is where developers can select which weapons, guns, or countermeasures will be attached to an individual placed object. In order to view the objects attachments in the Attachments window, that SimObject must first contain a valid Attachments.xml file.

Developers can choose from predefined loadouts (found in the Attachments.xml file) or a custom loadout. This can be done for each loadout type (weapons, guns, and countermeasures). In the Custom loadout section, developers start with an empty loadout and have the ability to attach the objects they choose. Valid Pylons, Weapons, Guns, and Countermeasures can be found in the drop down combo boxes provided at each Station. Only attachments for the selected loadout type will be displayed in these boxes. Weapons and guns can be attached to pylons, however, countermeasures do not support the use of pylons. The quantity at a given station can be changed once a valid weapon has been selected from the combo box.

Waypoints

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode)
✗ Not Available SimDirector (Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Waypoints window allows for a dedicated way of editing and assigning collections of waypoints. The Object Properties window for Waypoint Lists also contains several advanced properties found here.

In order to more efficiently create waypoints, there is a dedicated Waypoint Editor Mouse Mode which can be toggled at the bottom of the Select a Waypoint group. While in this mode, a Left Mouse Click in a vacant spot on the map will create a waypoint at that location. If a waypoint is currently selected upon creating a new waypoint, the new waypoint will append itself after the currently selected waypoint. If no waypoint is selected, the new waypoint will be added to the end of the current list. A Right Mouse Click will create a new waypoint set.

Select a Waypoint List

This section of the window allows the scenario creator to:


Waypoints From Selected Waypoint List

Once a waypoint list is selected, this section becomes available to use.


Assign Waypoints

The last section allows for waypoint lists to be assigned to specific entities or actions. A waypoint list needs to be assigned to the object if it is to follow the list's path. A waypoint list can be assigned to Entities , Mobile Scenery, Placement Object or ActivateWaypointsActions.

Conditional Logic

✓ Available in SimOperator and SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Conditional Logic window is a graph based tool used to create logic for objects such as:


The Conditional Logic window allows the user to create logical expression trees that will be evaluated. The possible types of nodes that are available to add on the expression tree are:


By default, a condition property does not have a logical expression tree. An initial logical expression tree can be created by clicking the Create Logical Expression Tree button once a valid condition property is selected in the topmost list. For most logical expression tree contains only one root node (which is an And node by default) that must evaluate to a boolean value (e.g. True, False), notating whether the condition is met or not.


Logic nodes can be edited by selecting them via Left Mouse Click on the graphical representation. After a logic node is selected, a list of user interface actions becomes available. These actions are either available by initiating a Right Mouse Click to reveal a context menu or a Left Mouse Click on the button labeled Actions... in the top right corner of the screen. The complete list of actions are:

Action Description
Change Type Provides a filtered gallery of logic node types that the logic node can be changed to. Changing to logic nodes of different category types, listed above, will cause its children to be removed. If the logic node type is changed to a type of the same category type, then the children are unaffected.
Add Child Add a child logic node to this logic node. Only Logic nodes support this action.
Remove Remove a logic node and all of its child logic nodes. Child nodes of an Equality or Unary Logic expression do not support this operation since Equality and Unary Logic node categories have a fixed amount of children.
Deselect Deselect the logic node. CTRL + Mouse Left Click on the selected graphical representation of the logic node is another way to deselect.
Copy Value Copies relevant applicable information about the logic node onto the clipboard (e.g. Type, Name, Units, Index, and Value). This is especially useful to copy live values while in Preview Mode.

The Conditional Logic window may be opened in Preview mode in order to view the conditional logic as it evaluates. When the scenario is not playing, certain nodes, such as property nodes, cannot query for their current value and instead will show a question mark, ?, for their current value.

History

✓ Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode)
✗ Not Available in SimOperator SimDirector (Preview Mode)

The History window keeps track of all actions done by the user in SimDirector. This allows the user to keep track of anything they add, delete, or modify in their scenario. The History window shows the type of change that occurred. Changes include object selection, object deselection, object addition, object removal, and changes to object properties.

Selecting actions in the History window will make that action appear on the screen. For example, if in History there is an instance of adding an object, clicking on that line will bring up that object.

History works as a redo/undo feature. Each mode of SimDirector saves their own history of actions performed. Once you exit SimDirector, History is cleared out.

To undo and redo an action:

Note: The History window and undo feature can be disabled through SimDirector's settings.

Players

✓ Available in SimOperator
✗ Not Available in SimDirector (Sim Editor Mode, Virtual Instructor Mode, Flight Instructor Mode, Preview Mode)

The Players window displays an active list of all players in the operator session. The list can be filtered as well as sorted by clicking Name, Game State, or Freeze State columns. Several different interactions can be performed upon the selected players. In order to view these, either select the desired players and then choose the operation in the Players Tab, which appears when any player is selected, or peform a Mouse Right Click on the desired player in the list to reveal a context menu. The context menu options listed can be found in tabular form here.