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2009-06-04: This was my first build of this FlightGear (FG), and X-Plane, tool, TaxiDraw - an airport runway, and taxiway editor. It takes the contents of the apt.dat file, which is part of the FG base data in Airports/apt.dat.gz - note you have to gzip-decompress it first - and allows you to select an airport, and modify the layout, exporting a modified <name>.dat file, which can then be used to amend the full apt.dat file.

WARNING: To use this amended apt.dat file in FG it is necessary to completely re-build the area of scenery, at least around the airports modified, so this means you MUST be familiar with the TerraGear (TG) suite of tools - see my TG Suite build - to be able to 'construct' scenery. To repeat, amending an airport using this tool is of NO USE unless you are then prepared to re-building ALL the surrounding scenery, with all that, that entails ;=()

Note: To included some PNG graphic images, it comes with a 'bin2c' tool, which converts the PNG files to a simple hexified byte array. This 'conversion' is done only in the Debug configuration, as a special custom build step, and produces the required set of header files in the 'src/Main/icons' folder.



1. wxWidgets -

wxWidgets is a free C++ framework that facilitates cross platform software development, including GUIs, threads, sockets, database, file system access, etc. I chose version wxMSW 2.8.10 March 17, 2009 which downloads -

28/05/2009  15:13        12,811,696 wxMSW-2.8.10-Setup.exe

which will expand when run, and put the source in a folder of your choice. This includes it ALL - the essential 'wx_core', plus wx_adv, wx_aui, wx_base, wx_dbgrid, wx_gl, wx_html, wx_media, wx_net, wx_odbc, wx_qa, wx_richtext, wx_wxexpat, wx_wxjpeg, wx_wxpng, wx_wxregex, wx_wxtiff, wx_wxzlib, wx_xml and wx_xrc.

Maybe I could have got away with just the 'core', but anyway, without too much trouble this produced BOTH 30-40 static libraries, and shared DLL/LIB... I chose only to use the 'static' libraries, since I never like the hassle of using a DLL, which must be appropriately 'available' to run the application.

2. libcurl -

curl is a tool for transferring files with URL syntax. Again it can be compiled as a shared DLL/LIB, or 'static' library. As above I chose the latter, and this means a define of CURL_STATICLIB must be added to the TaxiDraw project. I am using version 7.19.4 March 3 2009

08/03/2009  13:29         3,585,760

but note there are now a later version

I do not remember any MSVC build files coming with this source, but it was not difficult to build what I called 'lib_curl.lib'...


Folder Structure:

Having chosen a <root> WORK folder for this project, I used a simple :-


Building curl first, then wxWidgets, and finally TaxiDraw...


Building TaxiDraw

Source: I used the current CVS source - check here for any later instructions

Enter a blank password (just hit return) when prompted for a password.
cvs -d login
cvs -z3 -d co TaxiDraw

Although the 'TaxiDraw\msvc' directory contains sub-directories of '6.0', '7.1', and '8.0', I found 6 and 8 quite out of date, and did NOT include the 'bin2c' tool, very necessary to get the needed 'icons' header files mentioned above, so although I was building using MSVC8, I commenced with converting the '7.1' build files to MSVC8.

But aside from -
- the usual 'fixing' of the additional include and library paths,
- adjusting the libcurl.lib to the name I had used, Lib_Curl.lib,
- ensuring CURL_STATICLIB was defined, and
- adding Winmm.lib and Wldap32.lib to the link,
the build went quite smoothly. As mentioned above, the Debug configuration had to be built first, to ensure the custom build step used the 'bin2c' tool to generate the PNG 'icons' header files

In no time at all I had my Release EXE -

04/06/2009  11:50         2,314,240 TaxiDraw.exe

which runs without any DLL dependence, except of course the MS RUNTIME DLLS...



*** As always, take care downloading and running executables from the web! ;=(( ***

Date Zip Size MD5
2009-06-04 994,516 1386d83d1d1e722c14c2c7b9925f5d42


NOT RECOMMENDED: See above to download, and get the latest source, but if you are VERY LAZY, and do not mind STALE sources, then ;=(( AT YOUR OWN RISK!

2008-12-21 2,200,286 84d57ab518e12197aba279e256d3e688
2009-05-28 22,809,263 ea966c6daa3e2b2fc8328363fe9ef53e
2009-06-04 879,648 6d46c99ec51eabe8c1b7c9b98aebd6dd


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