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    cTab - Commander's Tablet - FBCB2, Bluforce Tracker, UAV, and Helmetcam Interface

    cTab


    Commander's Tablet - FBCB2, Blue Force Tracker, UAV, and Helmet Cam Interface


    Thanks to



    • SpectreRSG - Graphic Design
    • Capt Drumheller / Jester814 - Technical advisor / Ideas / Media
    • LCpl C. Johnston - Technical advisor
    • LCpl Schwanke - Technical advisor
    • Knobee - Documentation
    • Raspu - TAD screen model
    • Killzone_Kid - for his many excellent tutorials
    • Everyone else in the 15th MEU SOC and C-L-F for help with support and testing.
    • BI - for ArmA 3 and all the opportunities to mod for this game.




    Features



    • Commander's tablet
    • Working FBCB2 Blue Force Tracker system
    • User placed makers - place markers for enemy, medical and general purpose
    • Tracks all crewed Bluefor Military vehicles
    • Tracks any dismounted troops with the proper equipment
    • Android based Blue Force Tracker
    • Commanders Tablet can view live UAV streams
    • Commanders Tablet can view live Helmet Cam streams
    • Vehicle mounted FBCB2 interface, Blue Force Tracking
    • Tactical Awareness Display (TAD) for air vehicles, Blue Force Tracking
    • This system is available to only one side at a time, there is a mission configurable parameter to choose sides
    • None of the markers or icons show on maps, need one of the devices to view




    Known Issues



    • Switching to or from the full screen views while in a vehicle can cause issues (fixed by exiting vehicle) BIS issue with command, please vote for a fix
    • If your are viewing yourself from the UAV or Helmet Cam in PiP screen, your textures can bug on your unit
    • Even though items go into the GPS and radio slot they are not required to be there for cTab to operate, they can go anywhere in your inventory, i.e. your vest or uniform
    • Players that are experiencing conflicts with help screens (uses Has a key as well) are advised to rebind cTab IF_MAIN, for example to SHIFT+ H in the userconfig. This seems to only happen sometimes, sofar mostly for players playing Zeus.




    Required







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    Install


    Place the @cTab and userconfig folders in your ArmA 3 folder (both on the server and the clients). Then start the game with @CBA_A3and @cTab. It can be done either by enabling the necessary mods in the game settings (Settings -> Expansions), or by adding the mod names to the game shortcut after the EXE file, i.e. ...\arma3.exe -mod=@CBA_A3;@cTab.


    The keys folder is for the server key.


    How to configure


    Key Bindings


    You can reconfigure the keys in the configuration file, which can be found in the ArmA 3 folder ...\Arma 3\userconfig\cTab\ctab_settings.hpp. The file can be edited in Notepad or any other text editor. These are the default key binding:


    Code:
    H                        This key is used to open and close whatever cTab device is available to you. It can also be used to close UAV and Helmet Cam views.                     
    CTRL + H                 Opens and closes the secondary view mode of the cTab device available to you, currently only available when in one of the pilot seats of an aircraft.                                                                                
    CTRL + SHIFT PAGE_UP     Zoom in on the "small" TAD.                                                                                                                             
    CTRL + SHIFT PAGE_DOWN   Zoom out on the "small" TAD.                                                                                                                            
    ESC                      Closes all interactive cTab devices (i.e. all but the "small" TAD) as well as the UAV and Helmet Cam views.

    Define vehicle types that have FBCB2 or TAD available


    To configure the list of vehicle types that have FBCB2 or TAD available, edit the cTab_vehicleClass_has_FBCB2 and cTab_vehicleClass_has_TAD arrays in the configuration file on the server, wich can be found in the ArmA 3 folder ...\Arma 3\userconfig\cTab\ctab_settings.hpp.


    Code:
    class cTab_settings {
        cTab_vehicleClass_has_FBCB2[] = {"MRAP_01_base_F","MRAP_02_base_F","MRAP_03_base_F","Wheeled_APC_F","Tank","Truck_01_base_F","Truck_03_base_F"};
        cTab_vehicleClass_has_TAD[] = {"Helicopter","Plane"};
    };
    For mission Makers


    Class Names


    Code:
    ItemcTab // Commander Tablet
    ItemAndroid // Android based Blue Force Tracker
    ItemcTabHCam // Helmet Cam

    Add items to a box


    Place this in the initialisation of an Ammo box to add 10 of each item:


    Code:
    this addItemCargo ["ItemcTab",10];this addItemCargo ["ItemcTabHCam",10];this addItemCargo ["ItemAndroid",10];

    Add item to a player directly


    Place this in the initialisation of a soldier:


    Code:
    this addItem "ItemcTab";

    Set cTab side


    If you wish to use cTab on a different side than Bluefore, put this at the TOP of your init.sqf:


    Code:
    cTabSide = east;

    Change east to what ever side you wish to have cTab available on (i.e. guer). You can only have cTab available for one side. If you want cTab available on the west side or NATO then you do not need to include this.


    Override vehicle types that have FBCB2 or TAD available


    If you wish to override the list of vehicles that have FBCB2 or TAD available, put this at the TOP of your init.sqf:


    Code:
    // only make FBCB2 available to MRAPs, APCs and tanks
    cTab_vehicleClass_has_FBCB2 = ["MRAP_01_base_F","MRAP_02_base_F","MRAP_03_base_F","Wheeled_APC_F","Tank"];
    
    
    // make TAD available to all helicopters and planes with the exception of the MH-9 Hummingbird and AH-9 Pawnee
    cTab_vehicleClass_has_TAD = ["Heli_Attack_01_base_F","Heli_Attack_02_base_F","Heli_Light_02_base_F","Heli_Transport_01_base_F","Heli_Transport_02_base_F","I_Heli_light_03_base_F","Plane"];

    Changelog

    2.0.1.4

    • Fixed "_chk_all_items" script error that could appear during Zeus (and probably other) missions


    2.0.0



    • Reduced network traffic by moving the list generation of tracked elements from the server to the clients The server now sends an update pulse to all clients every 30 seconds (previous update interval was 20), instead of sending the whole list to every client. The clients then generate the list locally. This lessens the server load a little (shifting it to the clients), greatly reduces cTab related network traffic, while hopefully keeping the list content the same across clients since they update (almost) at the same time.
    • Addition of messaging system (currently on Tablet only) Send text messages between team members equipped with tablets.
    • Addition of cTab equipment box to be used in editor A simple box filled with your favourite cTab equipment. Includes 5 Tablets, 15 Android devices and 25 helmet cameras. The box is also available to Zeus.
    • Tablet, Android and helmet camera are now available in Zeus when editing the contents of boxes
    • Addition of TAD (Tactical Awareness Display) for use in air vehicles. There are two variants, one is small and can be kept visible while operating your aircraft, similar to the GPS but populated with information from your cTab network. The map will be kept centred on your current position. In the upper right hand corner of the screen you can see the current scale represented by the radius of the outer circle. The inner circle is exactly half of that. The other variant is a larger representation of the same TAD, but in an interactive mode and you will lose your vehicle controls while open. Overall the TAD has been modelled to have a similar look to the TAD found in the DCS A-10C module. All friendly aircraft icons are replaced with a little circle that has a small line attached to it, representing the current orientation of that vehicle. When in one of the pilot seats of an aircraft, press IF_Main to open or close the small TAD. Use the new Zoom_In and Zoom_Out keys to zoom the small TAD. IF_Secondary opens the large TAD.
    • Addition of userconfig for key bindings This frees up the previously used UserAction12.
    • Addition of vehicle arrays to userconfig (server side) to define vehicles equipped with on-board FBCB2 or TAD The lists will be read by the server and distributed to all clients. It can also be overridden by mission makers.
    • cTab now closes when exiting a vehicle or when the player is killed
    • Added Ifrit, Strider and Tempest to the default list of FBCB2 enabled vehicles.
    • Players sitting in the cargo area of an FBCB2 enabled vehicle will no longer have access to the vehicle based FBCB2. The currently known exceptions are the trucks (HMTT and Tempest), they are working as before. We are waiting on a new command in ArmA3 release 1.26 to hopefully be able to address this.
    • Fixed error appearing when helmet cam screen was selected on the tablet for the first time
    • Added artillery and mortar symbols
    • The increase / decrease font function now actually resizes the fonts (in addition to the symbols as before)
    • General performance improvements and bug fixes




    Download / Links


    cTab - Commander's Tablet v2.0.1

    GitHub
    Last edited by Riouken; Sep 2 2014 at 12:01.

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    Excellent. Just what the doctor ordered...... Thank you.

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    This is awesome.

    Would like to see that the vehicle cTab system would come up instead of your android tab when you are in a vehicle. (had to uneqip it to get the vehicle version.
    If you have the rugged tablet i think ppl want to have that in their hand when it has more options.

    And I dont know if you should be allowed to go to 3rd person when watching an UAV. But atlest you can do that right now.

    Keep up the great job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarashi View Post
    This is awesome.

    Would like to see that the vehicle cTab system would come up instead of your android tab when you are in a vehicle. (had to uneqip it to get the vehicle version.
    If you have the rugged tablet i think ppl want to have that in their hand when it has more options.
    Fixed will be in the next update.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sarashi View Post
    And I dont know if you should be allowed to go to 3rd person when watching an UAV. But atlest you can do that right now.

    Keep up the great job.
    The third person when viewing is a side effect of the issue with the command being broken right now(see known issues above) I could script a solution to this problem but that is pretty heavy handed for an issue that really is not a game breaker. Hopefully BI will fix the command so that I can show the view only just as its seen from the object. Please vote on the ticket that I linked to in the first post.

    Thanks for the input

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    Very nice mod!

    But did you have to use the radio slot? Basically this addon and acre are gonna be mutually exclusive. :-/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Predator.v2 View Post
    Very nice mod!

    But did you have to use the radio slot? Basically this addon and acre are gonna be mutually exclusive. :-/
    Just a friendly heads up ACRE radios don't need to be in the slot to work others wise you could only use one at a time, and same with this mod the tablet and helmet cam don't need to be in a slot just rather in your inventory some place within that.

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    Damn, back to A3 it is

    Been looking forward to this, thanks.

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    need to be on armaholic!

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