FAQ neXt - CGM rc Helicopter Simulator

Installation Instructions (Windows and Apple OSX)

Download neXt for your operating system from our server.

Windows:
You should be logged on as administrator or your user should have administrative rights. This corresponds to the default user which was created while installing Windows. Execute the downloaded installer and follow the installation instructions. We recommend to use the default destination and features. Exit the installer and start neXt by clicking onto it's icon on the desktop.

Apple OSX:
Install the neXt with an user with admin rights or authenticate with an administrative account by doubleclicking the downloaded installer. The neXt will be copied into your programs folder. Start neXt by clicking onto its icon.

Installation Instructions (Windows without Installer)

Installation (without Installer): You should be logged on as administrator or your user should have administrative rights. This corresponds to the default user which was created while installing Windows. Unpack the zip archive that you have downloaded from our server. Simply click onto the zip archive 'cgm-rc-heli-simulator-win.zip' and drag the included files onto the desktop or the 'Program Files' folder. The executable 'CGM rc Heli Simulator.exe' and its data folder 'CGM rc Heli Simulator_Data' should be located in the same folder. When you start neXt the first time, you get a message that Windows prevents an unrecognised application from starting. Please click on 'More info' and then on 'Run anyway'.
If the neXt shows only a grey background he cannot access his data folder. Then drag both into the 'C:\Program Files' folder.

Add the neXt in Windows 8 to start menu:
Right-click the file 'CGM rc Heli Simulator.exe' and select 'Pin to Start' in the context menu.

Troubleshooter (Windows)

If you experience a lack of performance in next or it crashes on start up follow these steps:
Sometimes your system tries to use the slower onboard graphic chip which ends in a crash while starting the neXt. Do a right-click onto the neXt icon onto your desktop. Select from the context menu 'Run with graphics processor' and select then the better graphic processor, for example 'High-performance NVIDIA processor'.

What to do when neXt forgets own setups and license information (neXt v 1.45 and higher):

Rename or delete the file 'C:\Users\ user name \Documents\neXt\prefs.ini'. This file contains all the user settings. If this doesn't help, rename or delete the complete neXt folder 'C:\Users\ user name \Documents\neXt'.

What to do when neXt forgets own setups and license information (neXt v 1.45 and older):
- There is a search field in the left lower corner. Select this field and type 'regedit'.
- Windows will show the Registry Editor, named regedit as search result. Start Regedit with a mouse click.
- Execute 'Find...' from the 'Edit' pulldown menu (or Ctrl+f).
- Type 'Eiperle-CGM' into the search field and start searching by clicking 'Find Next'.
- Right-click the registry entry 'Eiperle-CGM' and select 'Delete' in the context menu.
- These registry key will automatically be generated on restart of neXt.

What to do if neXt does not start after installing an update:
If the file named 'Uninstall.exe' is present in the 'C:\Program Files (x86)\neXt\' directory, this file must be executed before installing a current version. Otherwise, you can simply install the current version over the old one. 

- There is a search field in the left lower corner. Select this field and type 'Programs and Functions'. 
- Windows will show the system program 'Programs and Functions' as a search result. Start it with a mouse click. 
- Search for neXt installations and uninstall all listted versions. 

You won't lose any user data, settings or sceneries. Uninstalling the second version may display some error messages. However, this should not be a problem as the first uninstaller has already deleted these files. At the end, the folder 'C:\Program Files (x86)\neXt\' should be empty or not present. 
Please never install an old neXt version from the DVD. Always install only the latest version from dl.next-sim.eu.

Troubleshooter (Apple OSX)

What can you do, when the neXt crashes on program start on OSX 10.7 and higher:
- Hold down the 'alt' key and click onto the Finder pulldown menu 'Go' and select there 'Library'.
- Browse to these directories and delete all crash logs:
- Library/Containers/com.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-Heli-Simulator/Data/Library/Saved Application State/
  com.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-Heli-Simulator.savedState
- Library/Containers/com.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-Heli-Simulator/Data/Library/Application Support/Crash Reporter/
- Then select in the Finder pulldown menu 'Empty Trash...' to delete the crash logs.
- If wrong graphics settings cause a crash, you should delete the preferences file.

If you constantly lose your license or transmitter configuration everytime you reboot your mac, you should delete the preferences file. Sometimes during applying OSX updates incorrect user rights will be applied to the preferences file.

How to find the preferences file of the neXt on OSX 10.7 and higher:
- Activate the Finder (right click onto the desktop).
- Hold down the 'alt' key (or shift key) and select in the pulldown menu 'Go to' the location 'Library'.
- Browse to the 'Preferences' directory:
  Library/Containers/com.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-Heli-Simulator/Data/Library/Preferences/
- Delete or rename the file 'cgm.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-Heli-Simulator.plist'. This file contains the user settings.
- Sometimes it's necessary to delete the complete folder:
  Library/Containers/com.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-Heli-Simulator
  This folder will automatically be generated on restart of neXt.

This file contains the user settings (neXt v 1.45 and higher):
- Macintosh HD/Users/Your User Name/Library/Containers/com.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-Heli-Simulator/Data/neXt/prefs.ini

Troubleshooter (Linux)

If you experience a lack of performance in next or it crashes on start up:
The System-Logfile is very useful for locating the problem. In most cases, you can fix this by upgrading to the latest build of your Linux distribution.

How to find the preferences file of the neXt on Linux:
On Linux, PlayerPrefs can be found in ~/.config/unity3d/Eiperle-CGM/CGM-rc-Heli-Simulator

How to activate a neXt license

How to activate a neXt license:
- start the neXt
- press the esc key on your keyboard
- change to the settings > license tab and type in there your name, serial number and password.
You will find the serial number and password on the invoice which came with the DVD or via e-mail.
- then click on 'add license'.

neXt connects to our web server and will show a 'Status: Registered' message. If not, an error message will describe the problem. Sometimes a firewall or security program prevents the connection between neXt and our web server. Please change the settings of these program accordingly or temporarily disable the firewall/security program.

You can activate neXt up to two times. An activation is linked to your computers hardware (GPU serial number). To remove an activation, first press the 'o' key and then remove license. Reactivation of neXt is not required after applying any updates. You can activate neXt several times on the same computer.

Before replace a computer you will need to remove the licence from the old computer. You can do this on the license tab.

Where are the sceneries, flight recordings and screenshots (Windows)

Where are the downloaded sceneries located?
The download cache is located in 'C:\Users\ user name \Documents\neXt\sceneries\'.

Show the folder where sceneries are located:
- Open the neXt menu using the 'esc' key and change to 'Scenery' tab.
- Click onto 'Show Folder'.

How to find the recorded flights on harddisc:
You will find the recorded flights in your 'Documents > neXt > FlightRecordings' folder.
C:\Users\ user name \Documents\neXt\FlightRecordings

Show the folder where recorded flights are located:
- Open flight recorder using the 'v' key.
- Click onto 'Menu' and then onto 'Show Folder'.

How to find the screenshots on harddisc:
You will find the recorded flights in the 'Documents > neXt > Snapshots' folder.
C:\Users\ user name \Documents\neXt\Snapshots

Show the folder where screenshots are located:
- Open the screenshot tool using the 'q' key.
- Click onto 'Show Folder'.

Where are the sceneries, flight recordings and screenshots (Apple OSX)

Where are the downloaded sceneries located?
The download cache is located in
- Macintosh HD/Users/Your User Name/Library/Containers/com.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-helicopter-Simulator/Data/neXt/AssetBundles/sceneries/

Show the folder where sceneries are located:
- Open the neXt menu using the 'esc' key and change to 'Scenery' tab.
- Click onto 'Show Folder'.

How to find the recorded flights on harddisc:
- Macintosh HD/Users/Your User Name/Library/Containers/com.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-helicopter-Simulator/Data/neXt/FlightRecordings/

Show the folder where recorded flights are located:
- Open flight recorder using the 'v' key.
- Click onto 'Menu' and then onto 'Show Folder'.

How to find the screenshots on harddisc:
- Macintosh HD/Users/Your User Name/Library/Containers/com.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-helicopter-Simulator/Data/neXt/Snapshots/

Show the folder where screenshots are located:
- Open the screenshot tool using the 'q' key.
- Click onto 'Show Folder'.

Where is the music folder (Windows)

How to find the music folder on harddisc:
C:\Users\ user name \Documents\neXt\Music

Show the music folder:
- Open the neXt menu using the 'esc' key and change to 'Settings > Sounds' tab.
- Click onto 'Select Music' and there onto 'Show Folder'.

Copy music files into these folder. neXt accepts wav and ogg files. You can then load your music (tab sounds) and start or stop it by pressing the 'n' key.

Where is the music folder (Apple OSX)

How to find the music folder on harddisc:
Macintosh HD/Users/Your User Name/Library/Containers/com.Eiperle-CGM.CGM-rc-helicopter-Simulator/Data/neXt/Music/

Show the music folder:
- Open the neXt menu using the 'esc' key and change to 'Settings > Sounds' tab.
- Click onto 'Select Music' and there onto 'Show Folder'.

Copy music files into these folder. neXt accepts wav and ogg files. You can then load your music (tab sounds) and start or stop it by pressing the 'n' key.

How to change the graphic setup before neXt starts

How to change the graphic setup before neXt starts:
Windows: You can select a different resolution by pressing the 'strg' key during start-up.
Mac OSX: You can select a different resolution by pressing the 'alt' key during start-up.

GPS flight modes for multicopters

How to use the GPS flight modes for multicopters:
Some new flight modes are available for multicopters. They can be defined in the flight conditions and switched by using the transmitter.

Off: no stabilisation at all.
Attitude: stabilizes the model horizontally (self-levelling upright flight).
GPS Pos: stabilizes the model horizontally and keeps the position by using GPS. Set the GPS altitute rate to 1.
Return To Home: maintains the current flight altitude and the model will return to the take-off location (home).
GPS Attitude: stabilizes the model horizontally and keeps the position by using GPS. This is the behaviour of older multicopters.

Training videos

How to view the training videos:
New training videos for learning: Roll, Turn, Funnel, TicTocs, Piro Flip, Piro Looping, Piro Circle, Piro TicToc.

- Press the key 'v' to open the flight recorder.
- Click on 'Menu' and load the desired animation.
-> Playback will be started automatically.

<<: backward
>: playback
||: pause
>>: forward

Spool through the recording by dragging the upper slider. Scroll picture by picture by using the cursor keys (left, right).

The lower slider adjusts the playback speed. The playback speed is shown in the info field, whereby 100% corresponds to the normal play direction and speed.

Switch the language if necessary
- Click on 'Menu' and select 'Sub-title'.

How to upload a captured flight to YouTube

You have captured a flight with the flight recorder. How can you upload these to YouTube?
The recorder in the neXt captures only movement data. That's the reason why it's working also on a slower hardware. The resulting files need very low storage space on your harddisc. YouTube needs video streams. A video stream you can record with a screen recorder. For example bandicam.com, obsproject.com or camstudio.org.