Jun 17, 2018

SimVimPanel update coming soon

As a result of the ongoing development of SimVimCockpit Interface, a new version of SimVimPanel software is coming soon.

SimVimPanel is long overdue for an update of communication protocol, which hasn't changed since the beginning of its development (which started at the same time as the development of ARDref plugin, even before the Arduino library). Since then, while communication with Arduino was made more efficient, every plugin version had backward compatibility with the old communication and configuration protocol for SimVimPanel.

Now, with all the changes made in SimVimCockpit it becomes too inconvenient to keep this compatibility with the old code around, and so SimVimPanel will undergo a change to its communication protocol. SimVimPanel core program, ArdSimX and SimVimCockpit plugins will all receive an update. Previous versions of SimVimPanel will be incompatible with the new plugins, so an update will be required.

The new version will be compatible with both ArdSimX and SimVimCockpit, including the latter's support for custom dataref replacement for specific aircraft. The more efficient communication may result in a slight performance boost on some systems, such as Raspberry Pi.


  1. Do you plan to include other Laminar planes like Boeing or some other airliner?

  2. Hello! Have you considered to open source SimVimPanel? There is a bunch of developers out there (i'm one of them) who loved to help improving SimVimPanel. I've tried hard to solve a resolution problem with SimVimPanel and a HiDPI screen (retina like screens display the gauges waaaay to small to fit the simulator cockpit). I did try to force kivy options when running ./SimVim, but I guess settings are override in the main program... I can't say since it's not open sourced :-) Any ideas? Help would be very kind :-)

    1. SimVimPanel's "settings.ini" file allows scaling the panel. If you specify your display's resolution and physical width (in millimeters or inches), like this...
      Screen_Resolution = 1024,768
      Screen_Horizontal = 500
      (replace with your values)
      ...then the instruments should have the same size on screen as they would in a real cockpit.

    2. 😵i didn't know these settings exist! thanx now it fits perfectly!