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  1. One of the challenges we hit with trying to take preview screenshots our product, BridgeTeam: Ship Simulator, is the fact that static screenshots are simply not immersive enough. It doesn't give the user the level of immersion one would get if one were to actually be in a position to take command of a vessel at sea. We have decided to answer this immersion question by bringing our previews over to Driftspace -- an app that allows VR users to experience the entire BridgeTeam environment in VR. We have a video of the ocean system in a 360 degree video and we plan to add the various ships' bridges as part of this preview. As we approach the weekend, we have released an initial 360 video, called a "drift", on Driftspace. You can find out more about Driftspace here: https://www.driftspace.com/ and the page to install: https://www.oculus.com/experiences/quest/5724610690913209/ Search for the drift called "Tug at Dover" -- download to view and you'll be greeted with our tugboat at the Port of Dover, waiting to assist a vessel into the busy harbour. While we will still provide static screenshots, we plan to keep dev update videos (other than official trailers) on Driftspace for the time being to help promote the level of immersion. We want this simulator to be used not just for armchair ship piloting, but also for realistic immersive experiences of being at sea. If you have any questions about BridgeTeam's previews on Driftspace, we're here to help! Join us on Discord or comment down below and a member of our team will reach out to you to help you get up and running.
  2. Bridge Team: Ship Simulator aims to provide commercial level simulation accuracy in a consumer product sold on Steam, making it in the category of "Serious Game". That said, we've received a couple of questions regarding how pricing would work, and whether customers could use it in a commercial setting. To answer your questions: the Consumer Edition sold on Steam and the Commercial Edition are nearly identical. Which means, the accurate features such as wind/tide effects, a fully simulated radar with EBL/VRM/Trails, or autopilot with waypoints/heading control/speed control -- these are all available in the Consumer Edition to provide the consumer a very accurate ship simulator -- something previous developers refused to do because it competed against their training simulator. The catch is: the EULA (end user license agreement) for the Consumer Edition prohibits use of the software in a revenue-generating environment: meaning you cannot charge money (such as tickets or education tuition) with the Consumer Edition. To use our software in a revenue-generating environment, you must purchase a Commercial Edition. Long story short: if you plan to use Bridge Team: Ship Simulator at home, you can buy a copy off Steam. If you plan to use Bridge Team: Ship Simulator in an environment where you make money letting people use the software (a school, training centre, museum, etc.), you must purchase a Commercial Edition from us, as accordance with the EULA (end user license agreement). Hope that answers your questions. For prospective commercial customers, please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any further questions. Cheers, - HC
  3. As announced at the London Startup Fair, we are currently working full swing on Bridge Team: Ship Simulator. Bridge Team is a ship navigation simulator to build off the existing Ship Simulator series. We are not affiliated with the original developers in any way; however, we recognize that a new ship sim is long overdue and many of us at Forest Studio have either owned the previous ship sim titles before, or have great interests in maritime simulation. Hence, we set to work on our own, and we have ambitions to release a Steam Early Access version this year. You may check out our trailer at the link below. Note: everything is actually very heavily outdated, as that trailer was shot in Feb. 2021 and two months later, very great amounts of work have been put in, so I have included the trailer only as a preview - the current version is 20x better looking. We will be giving regular updates very soon, as the product is entering a good phase that we can start showing more of it off. Cheers, - HC TRAILER: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w526w7VL_Y0
  4. I've just realized that members are not able to download the Test Connection within this forum. This is my oversight with the permissions; apologies to those of you who were trying to download this for the inconvenience. This has now been fixed. You must sign-in in order to download the test files. Cheers,
  5. hdcoder

    How it works?

    Hey, Thanks for your purchase. Please have port 32000 forwarded for the person who is taking control. Have this same person go to whatsmyip.org and grab that public IP. Afterwards, have the person taking control launch the Server window, and the person with the simulator (receiving control) launch the Client window. Ensure the server is started, and then on the client, go ahead and follow the steps written on the client window (the step 1, step 2, etc.) If you have any further questions, feel free to let us know, or if you prefer a member of our team to walk you through the process step by step, we can do that as well on our public Discord server with invite code: h7puYEe
  6. Hi all, If you would like to test and see if you and your partner can establish a connection to use SkyShare before purchasing, I've built server and client test files for you to run. They are command line console programs that simply just connect to each other - you can use this to see if you will be able to successfully connect to your partner, or if there is something blocking your connection (e.g. antivirus / firewall). They are attached to this forum post. Download and run - that's it! Before running the program(s) -- ensure whomever is running the server has port 32000 forwarded as TCP in their router. Cheers, SkyShare Test Connection.zip
  7. Hi all, We've tracked the installer issue down to only customers with MS Store or XBox GamePass copies having this issue; my entire company staff and I run the Steam version, hence, we never caught this issue when testing. If you are affected by this issue, please open a support ticket with us. I have authorized those handling Support to distribute copies of a .zip file to you, which contains all of the binaries / .exe files for SkyShare for a manual installation (your Support Tech will show you how, just unzip to desktop or any folder you want). Appreciate everyone's patience and thank you again for your continued support!
  8. Interesting, alright. When I am back home, I will reach out to you via DM and let's schedule a time so you can come on our corporate Discord to address this issue further. At the very worst, if we can't get the installer to work, I'll just drop you a .zip version of SkyShare so you can manually install it. Just make sure you manually uninstall it when we push an update.
  9. This looks like something with the simMarket installer not detecting a specific file in your system. Can you reach out to simMarket's support at: https://secure.simmarket.com/customerservice.php And keep us posted, in case there is something also required on our end. Thanks,
  10. With SkyShare being released, we are already looking at the horizon ahead for all of us here at Forest Studio. We have ongoing projects, including one that isn't MSFS-related, but... we'll talk about that at another time 😁 For SkyShare, our plans are: Linux and macOS support for SkyShare Server (co-pilot, who doesn't need the sim installed) Note - the Client is the SDK-based window that controls the aircraft after receiving input, so that cannot be ported. Only the Server can. Support for multiple throttles Rudder support Yoke support -- currently in progress This will be a free Service Pack 1 update for all customers in the next week or two. New customers after the release of SP1 will get the update automatically when downloading. I appreciate each and every one of you for your support towards my new startup. It has been amazing to watch our aspiring dream of releasing a flight sim addon turn to reality as we released SkyShare. Thank you to those of you who have purchased -- we see the numbers growing, and we all say thank you for your support! For future projects, our team of 5 is planning to grow! If you are interested in working with the MSFS SDK and would like to work with us, please feel free to get in touch! We do have a requirement of 18+, as you will be required to sign an NDA, but exceptions may be made if labour laws in your country / area of residence allow and we feel you would be an excellent addition to our team.
  11. RELEASED! It's live! Go check it out now! Link here: https://secure.simmarket.com/forest-studio-skyshare-shared-cockpit-controls.phtml Thank you everyone for your support! It means so much to all of us at Forest Studio. All the messages / emails about how you're looking forward to the release -- thank you! Just a bit more waiting and you'll have this in your hands very soon!
  12. Starting this thread to post some preview screenshots as we go along up to release. Here is the first one, with me acting as the copilot with the SkyShare Server, utilizing Skype's screensharing function.
  13. UPDATE: We've had some unseen circumstances that have resulted in a delay of release. We rather not rush, than deliver a rushed job, and we appreciate everyone's understanding. We will be releasing on: Wednesday August 19, 2020 at 2:00pm Pacific Standard Time
  14. Update: please see release date confirmation here -
  15. Hey all, Thank you so much for all the support we've received, especially by DM and my email, of SkyShare and our new startup, Forest Studio. There was a bit of confusion about SkyShare's release date, so I'll confirm it -- we are currently aiming to release this Tuesday August 18, 2020 -- the same day as MSFS, so you can hop right into the simulator with your friends right away. Disclaimer: since our announcement last night / this morning, we've received a handful of you offering to help test with your hardware -- in an unlikely event, there is a possibility this may introduce new bugs; if that happens, we may push the release date back a day or two to ensure you have a working and bug-free product. We thank every one of you who have reached out for hardware help/testing and please be on the lookout for your name in our credits if you've given us permission to publish.
  16. Have you ever seen your friends with a new addon and wondered to yourself how it handles? Have you ever wanted to fly with your friends or take control of their aircraft during VFR while they are AFK? SkyShare is a shared cockpit controls addon developed for Microsoft Flight Simulator. (Update, August 13, 2020: Pricing released -- SkyShare will be available for $12.99 USD) SkyShare allows you to connect to your partner and take controls of their yoke and throttle. Fly any addon / aircraft! You don't even need Microsoft Flight Simulator installed... just have the SkyShare window up and you're ready to go! "How does it work? Can you give us an example?" Let me give you an example. Bob has MSFS installed and Doug has a laptop with just Windows installed, and a joystick. Doug opens SkyShare Server, plugs in his joystick, and clicks "Connect". Bob opens SkyShare Client + MSFS, and clicks "Connect". Now, Doug has full control over Bob's flight controls. When Bob loads into an aircraft in MSFS, all Doug has to do is move his joystick / throttle and he instantly controls Bob's aircraft. Note - Doug doesn't even have MSFS installed and he is controlling Bob's aircraft! "What are the technologies behind it?" We use a TCP server to stream your joystick controls over the internet over to your partner's PC, where a client receives the control movements and reflects those movements to MSFS. Our technology has next to zero latency, tested with locations as far as from Canada to Australia, from Canada to United Kingdom, and of course, Canada to the United States. "How is this different from <insert remote desktop program name>?" SkyShare's TCP server is blazing fast, and this is one of the very few that allow joystick passthrough. I developed this out of frustration that the solutions currently available were all too laggy or the latency was too much, or that they simply didn't support USB devices. Though I am a commercial member of the flight sim community, I am also a simmer, and at the end of the day, all I wanted was to connect to my friend's airplane with my joystick so I could "feel" how that particular type handled. SkyShare's technology allows me to accurately do so, with next to zero latency / lag. We've tested, and it works really really well. I'm excited to show you as soon as our MSFS NDA for videos is lifted (we can only post screenshots). "Are there any requirements?" For the person controlling the aircraft, you only need your joystick plugged into your computer, with just SkyShare installed. You don't even need a copy of MSFS installed on your computer. The only requirement we have is: you must have a form of screensharing tool with your partner so you can see their aircraft, as only 1 person needs MSFS installed (Discord, Skype, Teamviewer, any other screensharing program etc.). We have built a primary flight display in the server window so the partner without the sim installed (who is controlling the aircraft) can see their flight control movements; screensharing is recommended to actually see the big picture. "What is supported?" SkyShare currently only supports joysticks. A big reason is because I don't have a yoke or any hardware throttles, so I can't test and get the values of the axis. However, if you have one and would like to contribute to the project (with perks, of course!), please get in touch with us and we can schedule you a time to work directly with me to get your yoke supported. Closing Thoughts: I hope you enjoy this addon as much as we all have enjoyed making it. Thanks for stopping by Forest Studio; we are humbled by your support for our new startup. Sincerely, Henry + the 5 of us at Forest Studio
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