I know there weren't many updates in a while, but rest assured, we were hard at work. So what were we up to you might ask?
MATRIC has grown in features signifficantly since it's initial release and we found adding new stuff gets harder and harder to do so we decided to conduct a major effort to make MATRIC easier to develop and maintain.
User interface enhancements
We rewrote the UI completely from the scratch throwing away thousands of lines of code, but it was worth it. Do not worry - it is very similar to current one only better and with new useful features added. To give you a few examples:
You can make a copy of a page with one click (I know many of you asked for that feature)
You can copy a page from one deck to another (hooray!)
Settings dialog removes the need for messing around with config file
Asynchronous operations - deck export and publish are now interactive, you'll see exactly what is going on. No more UI freeze while deck is being exported/published.
Now you can choose (in settings) to recieve beta version update notifications in the app itself so if you want to be on the leading edge of MATRIC development you don't have to check MATRIC web or Discord to see what is available.
Auto deck switcher
It switches decks on your devices depending on which application is in the foreground, you don't have to change decks yourself as you switch from one app to another - MATRIC can now do that automatically. You can have your custom context sensitive touch interface similar to Apple's Touch Bar. We believe it will be a very powerful productivity booster. How cool is that?
Full support for Material design icons
Matric now supports both the Google material icons and Material design icons. To make your button display an icon, type the icon name in the text field. For a full list of supported icons go to: https://materialdesignicons.com/ (prefix the icon name with "mdi-") and https://material.io/resources/icons/
Play audio on PC action
You guessed it - plays an audio file on PC, you choose an MP3 or some other compatible audio file and MATRIC will play it on PC. Now you can be a DJ.
Open web page action
While you could make MATRIC open a browser web page, you needed to fiddle with Run App action. Now it is much simpler to do with Open web page. Just enter an address and MATRIC will open it in browser.
Expanded OBS Studio integration
- added replay buffer and audio input toggle commands
- requires obs-websocket plugin 4.7. Get the installer here
- Due to bug in obs-websocket plugin 4.7 switching to studio mode will crash OBS Studio. Workaround is, do not switch to studio mode using MATRIC until the issue in obs-websocket gets fixed
Immersive mode support for Android client version 1.28:
- app header (select server/deck) and Android status and navigation bars will be hidden in this mode until you swipe from screen edge
- immersive mode is disabled by default but can be enabled in Android client settings
Expanded logging capabilities for troubleshooting purposes. Off by default, must be turned on by manually editing config file
Fixed OBS command start/stop streaming was erroneously mapped to start/stop recording
Fixed when executing Run app command, process will now start in target app directory
Fixed prevent image duplication when copying buttons
In this tutorial, we will integrate Ka-50 autopilot channel switches with MATRIC so that their state reflects the game state and vice-versa. Although this post might look really long, the procedure itself is not complicated, basically you will change one "false" to "true" and do two copy & paste actions.
Additional info is given in dashed frames.
This is a proof-of-concept and is not ment to teach best coding practices nor represent a bulletproof solution. Some shortcuts have been taken to focus on the important things.
Download and install MATRIC version 1.22 or higher installed on Windows. Version thing is important as the script uses extended integration API introduced in 1.22
We will need this Id in the next step as we will use this Id to tell MATRIC we want to integrate with this particular device.
Although MATRIC integration API has a method which answers the question "Hey MATRIC, which devices are currently connected?" we will not use it, but will instead just hard-code the client device id in our DCS export script.
1.5 Save config and restart MATRIC
Save the config and restart MATRIC (right click on tray icon, choose "Quit" and the start it again)
2. The DCS side of things
DCS allows you to add code which can read the game data and do something with it. It is done by writing an export script in LUA language.
It is simple, I learned enough of it in an hour to create this proof of concept (and I'm no coding ninja).
Copy the matricka50.lua to your C:\Users\<your username >\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts", open it in notepad and modify the line
MATRIC.clientId = "some gibberish"
You need to paste the Id from the step 1.4 between the "". In our example the Id was ivUP0l+n06oCAR6XYzZPdclCSURAVjGSyv27b42aT+o=
This is a script you already have, it gets executed when DCS runs it can also be found in "C:\Users\<your username >\Saved Games\DCS\Scripts". We will just need to add a single line at the end and save it: