autower - automatic tower position for FS 2004
This is autower's homepage. There are no Web 2.0 fancy rounded buttons here, but you should find all the information you need.
In a nutshell, autower is an add-on to Flight Simulator 2004 that automatically sets the tower position to the closest airport.
Have you ever been annoyed by the fact that when you want to see this perfect
touchdown you just made from an outside perspective, the tower is anywhere
but where it should be? Got frustrated trying to get the tower where
you think it is in reality, or at least somewhere where it fits well?
If the answer is yes, then take a look at autower. Designed to operate in
the background without any user intervention, it automatically moves the tower
to the airport where you want it to be, to the spot where the tower sits in
reality (well, at least somewhere close).
autower is free and open source software, released under the GNU General Public License.
autower is actively maintained and improved in response
to user requirements. While there are versions available on popular sites related to Flight Simulation (uploaded by myself or by other people), those are not updated on a regular basis;
the latest version, official support, and source code, is only guaranteed to be available here. In other words: this page is the authoritative source of information about autower.
autower requires FSUIPC. The free version of FSUIPC will work just fine, unless you're using an extremely old version (for FSUIPC 3.70 or older, you need a registered version).
Please help if you can
autower is, and will always be, free for you to download, use, and modify.
I'm glad to see that in general, the FS community is willing to recompensate developers for their efforts.
If you think that autower is worth it, you're more than welcome to contribute -- but don't give your money to me.
Please, if you can, donate to a Literacy Project in Laos. Thank you!!!
Note: I am not personally affiliated with Big Brother Mouse in any way. I simply fell in love with Laos and the people there, and I saw that BBM is doing something that is very much needed.
Your donation will make a difference!
News, Hints, Notes, Version history ...
- Nov 04,2011: Version 2.4.0 released.
The logic for determining the available sceneries has been completely rewritten. Now, an arbitrary number of sceneries is supported, and the order in
which they are considered should exactly mimic FS9's behavior. Previous versions supported a maximum of 999 layers, and may have gotten the ordering wrong
under certain (unusual) conditions. This version also fixes a glitch accidentally introduced with version 2.3.0, where a debug message would be
unconditionally displayed if the tower settings for TNCM were changed using autower.ini.
- Oct 30,2011: Version 2.3.0 released.
This version allows to conveniently override tower positions (and names) within the configuration file, instead of having to directly modify the
airport definition. Moreover, closed runways are now accounted for, thus yielding more accurate results on roughly 500 airports.
- Aug 02,2011: There is an alarming increase in network surveillance being done by ISPs notably in the UK and the USA (Vodafone, TalkTalk, and probably many more),
where the Internet Service Providers are literally stalking their customers, monitoring and then replaying every browser request. Not only does this completely screw up all usage statistics and double
or triple internet traffic, but most importantly, it is a totally unacceptable invasion of user privacy.
Therefore, I've switched over to providing all of the content of my site by encrypted HTTPS only. More background can for instance be found
here, here, and here.
If you are a TalkTalk or Vodafone subscriber, I urge you to switch to an honest provider who takes your privacy seriously.
- (There are also older announcements. Click here to see all of them.)
Frequently asked questions
You're also very welcome to contact me by mail. Please look into any of the downloads to find my mail address.