New Z1 A n a l y z e r version released

Discussion in 'Community Workshop' started by Russell Hodgson, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Russell Hodgson

    Russell Hodgson Member

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    Version 1.16 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available! With lots of improvements and additions this is a must have telemetry application for any serious sim racer, and now real world racer!

    Some highlights of this version are the introduction of a new license type - the Track license.
    This let's you import real world data and view it in the Analyzer, and compare it to a sim lap.
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    Commercial users can now run live telemetry against a recorded lap with those laps overlaid by lap distance or percentage.
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    The Analysis screen and its description screen can now be moved and resized like any other window.
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    You can now save column mappings in the Import External Data dialog.
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    You can import both CSV and LOG files, making it easy to import RaceCapture data files.
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    You can download the demo here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

    Existing users can update here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

    Here is the full list of release notes:
    * Track License - this is a new license type. It is intended for those users who want to utilize the Z1 Analyzer in real world scenarios. This license gives you access to the Import External Data feature of the Analyzer. This is compatible with data logging systems such as AIM or RaceCapture, or any other one that outputs data in a CSV format .

    Once your real world data has been imported into the Analyzer all the standard tools within the Analyzer are available to you to review the data. This includes all the traces, custom traces, and analysis screens. You can compare two separate real world laps, just as you would any other laps. In addition you can compare your imported laps to a lap done in a sim.

    This license type is available on the Try/Buy page of the website (www.z1dashboard.com). Existing users can upgrade from a standard license to a track license by going to the My Dashboard section of the website (http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm). Once logged in there with their order number they will see an option to upgrade to the track license.

    After purchasing a track license, the same pricing options apply regarding updates or the monthly subscription as apply to the standard license.

    * The Analysis screen and its associated description screen are now movable and resizable just like the traces and track maps. In addition you can have the map track map and the analysis screens displayed simultaneously.

    * When viewing live telemetry and comparing it to a base lap, you can now choose to compare the laps by time, lap percentage or lap distance. Comparing by lap time is what has always been the case in previous versions. Comparing by lap time overlays the two graphs by where they are in time on their laps. This lets you see if you are falling behind or are pulling ahead of the other lap. Comparing by lap percentage overlays the two graphs by where they are on the track. This lets you see in real time how the inputs of each lap compare at the exact location on the track. Comparing by lap distance is the same as by lap percent, but the x-axis will display the distance round the track in feet or meters rather than by percentage. This is a commercial only feature.

    * The 'Use Live Extents' option has been improved, reducing the performance hit that could be incurred when using this feature. When this feature is turned on the live telemetry will use the values of the main lap to determine the various y-axis values in each trace. This feature is always on for non-commercial users. Commercial users have the option of turning this feature off and using the base lap to determine the y-axis values in the traces.

    * Live telemetry now can show the sector divisions on the traces, when supported by the sim.

    * When saving a custom layout the current color palette will now be saved along with the layout. When loading a layout its color palette will also be loaded, replacing the current color palette.

    * The Lap Scan debug option now outputs more data. This will make it easier to diagnose any issues with laps not being found.

    * Scanning of ZOD2 files has been improved. The Analyzer will now check to make sure all laps that can be extracted from a ZOD2 file actually exist, and if not it will recreate them. Previously if a ZOD2 file was scanned, and then a file it created was deleted, there was no was to get that deleted file back again.

    * When scanning ZOD2 files the Lap Scan dialog will now report the name of the file being scanned and the number of laps currently found within it. Previously the display would show no updates until the ZOD2 files were scanned. This resulted in it appearing as if the lap scan was hung up.

    * There is now an option in the Import External Data dialog to save column mappings. After you have specified all the column mappings and their units, click the Save Mapping button. You'll be prompted for a name for the mapping. Then click OK. This mapping will then be available to load in the future. To load a previously saved mapping, choose its name from the Load Mapping drop down. The column mappings will then be applied to the currently selected file. This new option saves time if you have a standard file format or two that you repeatedly import.

    * The Import External Data dialog now lets you import file of type 'LOG', as long as those files are in the same CSV format as a CSV file. This allows for more easy importing of data from applications like RaceCapture.

    * The Import External Data option now lets you import data files where there are gaps on the data. There are some data files where the data is only recorded when it changes. This leaves blank cells in some of the rows. In this case the Analyzer will fill in those blanks with the previous value for the data channel.

    Download the demo here: http://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
     
  2. Russell Hodgson

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    Version 1.16.1 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available. This fixes a couple of bugs that were found in version 1.16.0.

    * Fixed a bug that could cause the Analyzer to crash when attempting to open laps if it was unable to connect to our servers when requesting data on other laps.

    * Fixed a bug that could prevent the external import data process from running properly if the track length was specified.

    Download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

    Existing users can get the update here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm
     
  3. Russell Hodgson

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    We've just released version 1.16.2 of the Z1 Analyzer! This fixes a couple of bugs as well as introduces a couple of small improvements to version 1.16.

    * The limit for the number of cars or drivers that can be displayed in the drop downs for the popup menu when selecting a lap has been increased from 100 to 1,000. This is sue to the number of different laps now available on our servers.

    * Fixed a bug that resulted in imported external data not always matching up properly with sim data when displaying traces by time.

    * The Track License will now allow for up to 20 different Layouts. Previously was the same as the standard license at 10. The commercial license allows for an unlimited number of layouts.

    * The Open Layout and Save Layout dialogs now show the number of saved layouts in parenthesis after the 'Saved Layouts' title.

    * The Edit Trace dialog now shows the number of saved custom traces in parenthesis after the 'Trace Name' title.

    * You can now delete a custom trace in the Edit Custom Traces dialog. Right click on the custom trace name you wish to delete and choose 'Delete Custom Trace'. Note if the trace was being used in the currently displayed layout then it will remain there until you select a different trace to replace it, or until you select a different layout, or you restart the Analyzer. Any saved layouts that used the deleted custom trace will have that custom trace replaced by the Throttle trace.

    You can download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

    Existing users can update here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm
     
  4. Russell Hodgson

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    One of the great unique features of the Z1 Analyzer is Track Edges. This lets you see where the edges of the track are when viewing your driving line. A driving line shown in empty space just doesn't help much. But once you add the left and right edges of the track you can really see where you are on the lap.

    Driving line with Track Edges showing:
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    We've updated the list of available laps to show which tracks have pre-defined track edge files. When you view a lap from one of these tracks the track edges will automatically be downloaded from our servers so you can easily and properly view the driving line on your Z1 Analyzer.

    The new Track Edge icon shown on our website indicates pre-defined track edges:
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    See what is available here: https://z1simwheel.com/analyzer/availableLaps.cfm

    In addition to the track edges there are over 27,000 laps that you can compare yourself against!
     
  5. Russell Hodgson

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    In this video we discuss what we've been up to over the past month and what our goals are for the next month or so.



    Including updated on the website, emails, current versions, sim compatibility, future feature lists and more.

    The current demo can be downloaded here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
     
  6. Russell Hodgson

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    Version 1.17 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available! As always we've got some great updates and improvements to this industry leading telemetry analysis software.

    Some highlights are:
    Commercial users can now print out the traces, track map, and analysis screens.
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    Commercial and Track users can now load laps from tracks with differing names. This makes it much easier to compare laps from the real world with sim laps.
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    The minimum/maximum/average values of a trace are now displayed at the right side of the trace's title bar.
    You can choose the have the trace display where the max/min/average values occur.

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    Custom traces can now have specific colors for each individual custom trace created.
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    There is now a pause button in the track map. This lets you pause playback of the lap, keeping the current time round the lap displayed.
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    Existing users can get the update here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/MyDashboard.cfm

    New users can get the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm

    Here is the full list of release notes:
    * The maximum, minimum and average values that occur within a trace are now displayed on the right end of the trace's title header. Note if you are using the old style title headers (where they appear on the left side of the trace) then the max/min/average values are not displayed due to room constraints.

    * There is an option to mark the points on the trace graphs where the maximum, minimum and average values occur. Select the Display->Show Extents option, or type the CTRL+E key combination to toggle this feature on or off. When on you will see the maximum value marked by a vertical line with a circle at the top. The minimum value is marked by a vertical line with a circle at the bottom. The average value is marked by a horizontal line with a circle at both ends. A maximum/minimum marker will be displayed every time the graph hits the appropriate value. If a graph reaches a maximum or minimum value and then stays at that value, the appropriate marker will only be displayed at the beginning of that section of graph. The graph's value will have to change, either up or down, before another maximum or minimum marker is displayed.

    Note that the brake pressure trace only shows the maximum value. Also note that traces that show percentage displays do not show the maximum or minimum extents on the trace. This includes the throttle, raw throttle, brake, raw brake, clutch and tire wear traces.

    * Printing - this is a new commercial feature. Select File->Print, or use the keyboard shortcut, CTRL+P to display the print dialog. This allows you to print the currently displayed traces and/or any of the Analysis screens. After ticking the checkboxes of what you'd like to print, click the 'Print' button to display the standard Windows print dialog. The traces will print in the same width to height ratio as they are displayed on screen. So if your traces take up more vertical room on screen, they will also do so on the printed page. The track map will use as much of a page as possible. Each of the Analysis screens will take up an entire page. The Overview Analysis screen may take up multiple pages if needed.

    The header of each page is a graphic called 'PrintHeader'. This png file is located in documents/z1analyzer/images. You can replace it with any other file you like to customize the header of each page. The suggested dimensions of this file are 6,000 pixels wide by 760 pixels high. The image will be scaled to fit the printer page as necessary.

    There is a new tab in the settings dialog called 'Print Colors'. This tab lets you customize the colors used to print the various traces. These colors are independent from the ones used when displaying the traces on screen. Note that unlike the screen colors, which are saved with each layout and can therefore differ by layout, there is only one set of printed colors that is always used when printing information.

    Note due to using the industry standard CTRL+P keyboard combination to display the print dialog, the keyboard shortcuts for playing, pausing and stopping play back of a lap have been changed to CTRL+M, CTRL+ALT+M, and CTRL+SHIFT+_M respectively.

    * Various improvements to how the Select Lap dialog works and responds to inputs.

    * The Track List drop down in the Select Lap dialog can now be scrolled using the mouse wheel.

    * The Column Data Point Mapping drop downs in the Import External Data dialog can now be scrolled using the mouse wheel.

    * Custom traces can now have unique colors for each trace and line. They default to the ones specified in the settings Screen Color tab. But you can change them in the Edit Trace Dialog. Click on the color swatch next to the appropriate line for the trace. This will display a color chooser dialog. Select the color you want and click OK. You can do this for each of the formula lines. Once done click Save Trace. This feature is intended to make the user of multiple custom traces each to visually distinguish from one another. Note that if you change the default colors for custom traces (in the settings Screen Color tab) the Analyzer will update the colors used in the custom traces if that custom trace still uses the default color. If you have chosend a specific color for a custom trace then that color will no longer be updated when you change the default colors.

    * A PI button has been added to the New Trace Dialog as an option for inclusion in your trace formulas. PI is evaluated to 3.14159265358979323846.

    * There is now a pause button that can be used when playing back laps. This pause function can be activated by clicking on the pause button icon above the track map or in the Analysis screens, or by choosing Pause Lap from the Laps menu, or by using the CTRL-ALT-P key combination. The pause option toggles the playback of a lap. You can un-pause the lap by either selecting Pause again, or by selecting Play. When pause is engaged the lap time displayed in the Lap Data window and in the status bar at the bottom of the Analyzer will be where you currently are on the lap.

    The Stop button will now completely stop playing the lap and reset the play back speed to full speed (if it had been reduced to a slower pace). It will also display the full lap time of the lap in the Lap Data time display and in the status bar at the bottom of the Analyzer.

    * The current debug mode, if one is selected, will be displayed at the bottom right of the status bar. This will alert you to any currently active debug modes. Certain debug modes can substantially slow down the operation of the application, and are only intended to be turned on if you are trying to debug certain issues. At all other times the debug mode should be turned off.

    * The option to automatically run the lap scan at startup has been changed. if this option is on, which it is by default, the Analyzer will ask if you'd like to scan for new laps upon startup. This gives you the option of not always having to run the lap scan on startup when this option is turned on.

    * Our track edge database is now available to be used with laps that are created from External Data. The system will scan our database to look for a match based on the name of the track being similar to what you entered as the name of the track. If a match is found then that set of track edges will be downloaded. If multiple matches are found then you will be given the option of which track edges you'd like to download. This is useful for tracks that have multiple configurations. Note for this to work you must have imported GPS data for your lap.

    * Track and Commercial license holders now have the option to compare laps from tracks with different names. This is intended to make it easier to compare real world laps with laps done in the sim. Previously the track names had to be an exact match for them to be compared. This is no longer the case. Now if you try to open a lap for comparison and that lap has a different track name from the currently loaded main or base lap you will see a message dialog asking you if you want to open the lap to compare it, even though the track name is different. Clicking 'Yes' will open the lap without removing the existing lap. Clicking 'No' will clear the existing lap(s) before loading the new one. For example you may have a main lap loaded from real life data with a track name of 'Lime Rock', and want to compare it to a sim lap where the track is called 'Lime Rock Full'. In this case you'd click the Yes option in the new message dialog. Note this new option will let you compare laps from completely different tracks (for example Lime Rock and Road America). While that is possible we don't advise it, as the data won't line up or be useful.

    You can download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
     
  7. Russell Hodgson

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    One of the great things about the Z1 Analyzer is its ability to tell you how you are doing on your lap. Unlike many other telemetry analysis tools which just show you fancy graphics and require a PhD in physics to figure what is happening, the Z1 Analyzer tells you in plain English how to improve your lap times. And in the end that is what it is all about - improving your lap times.

    The Analysis Overview screen shows you multiple aspects of your lap on one easy to read display.
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    Go here for more information on how to be a faster driver: https://z1simwheel.com/analyzer/analysis.cfm

    Remember the Z1 Analyzer comes with the Z1 Dashboard software as part of the Z1 software package!
     
  8. Russell Hodgson

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    Continuing with the theme of how the Z1 Analyzer helps you improve, here is the Brake Points Analysis screen. This shows you the track map, and highlights where you are braking for each turn.

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    Click on the orange dots and you'll get a detailed explanation of the brake zone and how you compare to another loaded lap.

    This lets you easily see where you can gain time on your lap compared to a faster lap.

    Try out the Analyzer today: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
     
  9. Russell Hodgson

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    We've released version 1.17.2 of the Z1 Analyzer. This includes three bug fixes from version 1.17.0.

    * Fixed a bug which could cause the Analyzer to crash if you had two laps open and one of them could not be found.

    * Fixed a bug which could cause the Analyzer not to display the final sector time in a downloaded lap in the Analysis screens.

    * Fixed a bug which prevented the Analyzer from scanning laps form Assetto Corsa Competizione and Codemasters F1 2019.

    Make sure you update to this latest version!

    You can download the demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm
     
  10. Russell Hodgson

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    The Z1 Analyzer is a fantastic telemetry tool for making you a faster driver.

    This video discusses how the Z1 Dashboard and Analyzer work together to let you record the telemetry data from your favorite sim and open that data in the Z1 Analyzer.



    The video is broken down into five parts:
    1) Z1 Dashboard Data Logging Options (0:43)
    2) Running the Z1 Dashboard to Record the Data (3:06)
    3) Z1 Analyzer Lap Scan Settings (3:48
    4) Z1 Analyzer Lap Scan (6:52)
    5) Z1 Analyzer Opening the Lap (8:03)

    You can download the Z1 software demo here: https://z1simwheel.com/dashboard/demo.cfm