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LFS Spectator

LFS Spectator

by Martin Gollub [email protected]

http://www.triso.de/download/LfS_Spectator_2_02.zip

LFS Spectator is a program that allows following the racing on a LFS S2 server without playing on it, or even having LFS installed. It uses the current version InSim, and might require updates when InSim evolves in the future.

For The Spectator Tool to work, enter ip or hostname of an Insim relay server (like isrelay.liveforspeed.net, or the experimental triso.de) in the settings menu.

If you find bugs, feel free to contact the author, but he probably knows them already and is working on it ;)

Keys

Tab switches cars Shift + Tab switches cars in reverse order Cursor move camera in free mode Shift + Cursor rotate view in free mode + / - zoom in / out

F1PerfView

F1PerfView

By René Smit [email protected]

Note: This guide has been abridged to the needs of LFS. The full version can be obtained here: http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsdi/docs/f1perfview_doc.html

What is it

F1PerfView is a telemetry viewer for Windows, supporting LFS replay analyser files. It includes a graph view, a text view, a statistics view, a time difference graph, and a track view. It also allows a combination of upto 256 perf files to be compared. The latest version can always be obtained at http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsdi/f1perfview.html

Getting Started

After you’ve started F1PerfView, the main window appears. From here you can open one or more telemetry files with File|Open, where you can specify the file type at the bottom of the dialog, under "Files of type:". If you usually want to load a specific type of telemetry file you can set the path that game in the Options dialog, for example "C:\LFS". You can also check "Use as default path" and "Use alternative file dialog" to select your files from a list that shows extra information, like laptimes.

You can add more perf files for comparison with the File|Add Buffer command. These will appear in the same views as the first loaded perf files. Each perf file is stored in its own buffer. With the File|Delete Buffer command you can remove a buffer from the comparison.

When choosing the File|Open command, all existing windows will be closed first.

Performance Data

Data Items

Below is a list of all data items. Data items are what you find as types in the graph view, text view, and export dialog. Most data items values are shown in standard metric units. However, for some it's more convenient to show a converted value (e.g. km/h instead of m/s, or mm instead of m). If a data item uses a conversion unit, it will be listed in the description.

Distance. Distance into track (not actual meters driven by car).

Time. Time, in seconds.
Speed. Speed, in kph or mph.
Steering. Steering angle, in degrees.
Throttle. Amount of throttle applied, ranging from 0.0 to 1.0.
Brake. Amount of brake applied, ranging from 0.0 to 1.0.
Revs. Engine revs, in rpm.

Gear. Ranging from -1 to 7 (-1 = reverse, 0 = neutral).
Ride Height. Ride height at all four corners, in mm. In graph view, the ride height from the setup is overlayed.
Ride Height slow part. Ride height without fast changes.
Suspension Travel. Suspension travel at all four corners, in mm. Note that the remaining suspension travel is shown (maximum suspension travel - packers - suspension travel). In graph view, the line [max. suspension travel - packers] is overlayed.
Suspension Travel slow part. Suspension travel without fast changes.
Wheel speed. Speed of each wheel, in kph or mph.

Wheel spin. Wheel speed minus car speed. Each wheel speed is adjusted using the car's wheel base and front and rear tread, because in a corner the outside wheel speed is higher than the inner wheel speed (if there's no wheel spin or locking).
Camber. Lean relative to road for each wheel. Static camber is overlayed.
Angle. Angle in degrees.
Longitudal Acceleration. Acceleration in longitudal direction, in G.
Lateral Acceleration. Acceleration in lateral direction, in G.
Acceleration. Combined longitudal and lateral acceleration, in G.

Steering Radius. The radius the car would drive with the current steering input (angle of front wheels), in meters.
Actual Radius. The radius the car is driving with (distance from car to center of turning circle), in meters.
Slip Angle. Difference between steering radius and actual radius, measured in steering degrees. Negative indicates understeer, positive indicates oversteer.
Ride Height - Suspension Travel. Difference between ride height and suspension travel.
Front Anti-roll bar Extension. Difference between left front suspension travel + packers and right front suspension travel + packers.
Rear Anti-roll bar Extension. Difference between left rear suspension travel + packers and right rear suspension travel + packers.

Tyre Load. Vertical force for each wheel.
Longitudal Tyre Force. Longitudal force for each wheel.
Lateral Tyre Force. Lateral force for each wheel.

Wheel types

Below is a list of wheel types. These can be selected in the graph view, text view and export dialog. They are applicable for data items that have different values per wheel, like ride height.

All Wheels. Special meta type for selecting all four wheels at once.
Left Rear. The left rear wheel (LR).
Right Rear. The right rear wheel (RR).

Left Front. The left front wheel (LF).
Right Front. The right front wheel (RF).
Sum. The sum of all four wheels.
Sum Rear. The sum of the rear wheels.
Sum Front. The sum of the front wheels.
Avg. The average of all four wheels.

Avg Rear. The average of the rear wheels.
Avg Front. The average of the front wheels.
Delta. The difference between average of the rear wheels and the average of the front wheels.
Delta Left. The difference between the left rear wheel and the left front wheel.
Delta Right. The difference between the right rear wheel and the right front wheel.

Views

After the file is loaded, a statistics view is shown (you can select a different view in the Options dialog). The Window menu offers commands to open three additional views on the perf file: a graph view, a text view, and a track view. When all views are closed, the perf files will be closed too. All views can be closed at once by closing the file with File|Close.

Statistics View

This view is the default view after loading a perf file. It shows information and statistics about this and the added perf files. Each perf file has its own column, where it gives the following information (inspired by Steve Pritchard’s Grand Prix Analyser for F1GP perf files):

At the top various perf file specific information can be shown. The information shown depends on the perf file type.

Lap time. The actual lap time driven in this lap.
Lap number.

Date. The date and time when the file was saved.
#Samples. The number of samples that are recorded in the perf file, which depends on the lap time and the frame rate.
Sample rate. This is simply the number of samples divided by the lap time. The number of samples and sample rate shown for F1RS perf files are only for distance, time, speed and revs. All the other values have a sample rate three times as low, and I just duplicate entries to make the sample rate equal for all graph types.
Average Speed. The first number is the average of speeds in all samples. The second number is the track distance divided by the lap time.
Minimum speed. Maximum speed. Average revs. Minimum revs. Maximum revs. Average throttle. The average amount of throttle during the lap, in percentage. Throttling full/between/none. "Full" means the percentage of 100% throttle during the lap, "none" the percentage of 0% throttle, and "between" the remaining percentage.

Average brake. The average amount of brake during the lap, in percentage.
Braking full/between/none. Similar to throttling full/between/none.
Free roll. The percentage of simultaneous 0% throttle and 0% brake during the lap.
Average steering. Usually, this is negative for a clockwise circuit and negative for an anti-clockwise circuit.
Maximum steering left. Maximum steering right. Note that steering right is shown negatively in the other views.
Gear shifts. The number of gear shifts, both up and down.

Driven distance. The actual distance driven by the car.

A solid circle is drawn on the left of each perf file name using its own colour, to help identifying them in the graph view. Clicking on its header enables or disables the buffer. Disabled buffers are not shown in a graph view or track view.

The statistics view can also be printed with File|Print. Select File|Print Preview to preview it before printing.

Graph View

This is the view that shows all the graphs of the perf files. Contrary to the internal perf viewers, only one graph type is shown at the same time. Multiple graph types can be viewed by opening additional graph views.

The graph type on the y-axis can be selected with the combobox in the toolbar of this view’s window, labeled "Y". Since version 1.6, it's also possible to change the type on the x-axis, using the combobox labeled "X". Some graphs (e.g. Ride Height) only show one buffer at a time, since they show sub-graphs for each wheel. For these graph types, you can select a different buffer with the combobox at the top of this view, labeled "Buffer", or you can select a specific wheel with the combobox labeled "Wheel", which will show one wheel but all buffers. If one of these graphs is selected on the x-axis and not on the y-axis, the average of all wheels is taken as the x-value, unless a specific wheel is selected.

Besides showing the common data items, the graph view can show a time difference graph. It shows the relative difference in lap time between all buffers. This is a special graph and cannot be selected on the x-axis. It always uses distance on the x-axis.

You can temporarily remove the toolbar using the context menu (or Ctrl+B), to save space.
Two modes are available in the graph view: selection mode and cursor mode. The view defaults to selection mode. While in selection mode, a selection is made by dragging the mouse over the graph while holding down the left mouse button. Once a selection is made you can zoom in on the selection.

Use the View|Zoom X, View|Zoom Y menu’s, or mouse wheel to zoom the graph in and out (use shift + mouse wheel for Y zooming). Zooming a selection is done by choosing View|Zoom X|Zoom Selection. To zoom back to the complete range select View|Zoom X|Zoom All. The range is shown as time and as distance in the status bar.

Cursor mode is entered by selecting View|Cursor Mode. This will show a vertical cursor, which position can be changed by clicking the left mouse button on the graph. Shown at the top of the cursor are the values at that point of the graph. If the x-axis does not contain distance, then the cursor will be very small showing D: followed by the distance and then both the x- and y-value in parenthesis. Moving the cursor will then change the selected distance while the real cursor is a cross in the graph. Return to selection mode by selecting View|Cursor Mode again.

Most commands are also available using short-cuts or the context menu (activated by right-clicking on the graph).

In the graphs themselves you’ll notice little boxes with a number in them. These are the maximum y value (with the line downwards), minumum y value (with the line upwards), maximum x value (with the line leftwards), and minimum x value (with the line rightwards) for the shown selection. The x values are only shown if the x-axis does not contain distance. At the bottom left there is a little box showing the average y value for the selected distance. In the Brake graph you’ll also see additional boxes above each peak. These contain the distances at which full brake was applied, in metres. To turn off showing these numbers, invoke the Show Values command in the popup menu.

With the combobox labeled "Wheel" you have the choice to show data for a specific wheel, wheel combination, or all wheels (default). When showing data for all wheels, you only see one buffer at the time (the selected one). When showing data for a specific wheel or wheel combination, the graph behaves like the other graphs so you can compare data from multiple buffers.

Besides the wheel selection combobox you can see a button labeled "Sync". With this button you can toggle the synchronization of multiple graph views. When the button is depressed then zooming, scrolling and selecting a different buffer or cursor position will have effect also on all other views with this button depressed.

Text View

This view shows the actual data values. The text view can be synchronized with other views by selecting View|Synchronize or right-clicking in the text view and toggling "Synchronize" in the context menu. It will then limit the perf records according to the zoomed selection in graph views, set the selected row to the cursor position in the graph view and vice versa, and show the same buffer as the graph view. This can be overridden by selecting a different buffer using the context menu (buffer <default> uses the one from the graph view).

Columns can be added or removed using the context menu. Clicking on the column header will sort on that column. Clicking again will reverse the sorting. Hold the Ctrl key to sort on extra columns.

Track View

This view shows driving lines of the cars and optionally an underlying track map.

Driving lines

If the view is synchronized, it will scroll along with the other views, and lines outside of the selected range will be gray. The little dots in the picture are the center of car radii. The larger white dots on the driving lines indicate the current cursor position.

Track map

You can scroll manually by using the num-locked keypad keys, or by left-clicking the mouse, holding it, and then moving the mouse. Zooming is done with the default zoom buttons/accelerators and with the mouse wheel. Double-clicking will reset the zoom/scroll positions, and another double-click will undo that.

Use the context menu to toggle drawing of the different parts of the track.

For LFS it only works if it can load exported track data. These .SMX files have to be extracted to a directory called data\smx within the LFS directory. You have to create the smx subdirectory within the data directory yourself. Also make sure to specify the LFS directory in the F1PerfView options, so it can find these files automatically.

The track view shows a detailed coloured top-view of the track, including kerb stones, checkpoints, and all sorts of objects. Use the context menu to enable/disable checkpoints.

Exporting Perf Files

Perf files can be exported to an ascii file (or .csv file) by selecting the File|Export command. It will show a dialog where you can select all data types you wish to export. It's possible to export multiple buffers. They will simply be appended to each other. For each type you can enter a range that will make sure that only lines are exported that have all columns within (or optionally outside of) the specified range. An additional checkbox "Selected range only" can be checked to easily set the distance range to the last zoomed in range in a graph view. Header and column names are optional.

Options

Use the menu command View|Options to open the options dialog. In this dialog you can change the following options:

Primary Game. Select the game you usually use F1PerfView for.

Path. Enter the path for each game you're using. Especially important for LFS as it is needed for the track view, and F1PerfView can't determine its path by itself.
Use path as default. If checked, the file open dialog will default to the game's perf file path. The relative directories is "data\raf" for LFS. If not checked, the current directory will be used.
Use alternative file dialog. If checked, the file open dialog will be replaced by a special dialog that shows lap time, track, lap number and date. It lacks directory browsing, but instead it shows all files recursively at once.
Flicker-free drawing. If checked, the graph view and track view will be drawn without flickering (which is a bit slower).
Use metrics. If checked, all distances/speeds units will be metric, else they will be English.

Open file with. Select the view that each opened perf file will start with.
Statistics print header. The header line that will be printed above the statistics.

Analyze for Speed

Analyze For Speed is a tool which can be used for displaying and analyzing Live For Speed replays (.raf extension) in a fully 3D-rendered environment. AFS is able to load and play up to six replays simultaneously making it very easy to compare the driving lines. You can also analyze the telemetry data as it is presented at the same time as the replay is played back. Playback speed can be changed as well.

The tool has been created by Jay Heggerud up to version 0.05. After that Jussi Mäkelä has taken over the development of AFS.
Jay's home page for AFS is http://www.ctd-racing.com/AFS/

The tool develops constantly and you will find bugs in it but please bear with it. Whenever you think you've found a bug, please contact the author: [email protected]

Installation

AFS comes with a simple installer, just follow the instructions and you'll be alright. By default AFS will be installed in Program Files\AnalyzeForSpeed.

Features

  • Load multiple replays and draw them on the track
  • "Play" the replays back at various speeds and synchronize replays at custom points on the track
  • Lap telemetry overlay
  • Chase & top-down views
  • User-selectable display units
  • Under braking the racing line can be optionally be drawn with different colour
  • AFS will show if loaded lap(s) is a HLVC legal lap or not
  • AnalyzeForSpeed can now be installed outside the LFS directory

Notes

RAF Files

LFS Replay Analysers work by reading a RAF file created by Live for Speed and displaying the data in their own way on graphs or map displays. To create a RAF file, record a single player replay and then watch the replay. At any time during the lap BEFORE the lap you wish to analyse, press ESC and click on "Output lap data" and type in a name for the RAF file. Output will start when the car crosses the finish line. The RAF will be stored in the "lfs\data\raf" folder.

FAQ

Why place the dividing line in the middle of the straight?

It becomes obvious that it would be great to place the segment divisions just before a corner. Unfortunately this becomes impossible due to different drivers, cars, and race conditions. The best compromise tends to be somewhere in the middle of a straight.

But I want to analyze the corner!
Good point. AFS includes the ability for automatic corner detection. It should be noted however that since the corner is automatically detected, this point will vary from replay to replay.

[email protected] II

By Holger "cr4zy!C3" Reitner [email protected]

http://lfstools.crazyice.net/

What is [email protected]?

[email protected] II (short [email protected]) is a little tool whiche shows you the online-/offline status of your LFS-buddies. It also displays the available servers of LFS and some statistics about tracks (e.g. world records) and you buddies (e.g. pb's etc.).

Installation

Extract all files of the zip archive into an empty folder. Start [email protected] by running the file matesATtrack2.exe. If you have a firewall be sure to allow [email protected] to connect to the internet, otherwise [email protected] could not get the online status of your buddies.

How to use [email protected]

In the main window there are two major sections. Left there is the server list and right there are your buddies listed. Move the mouse over any button to get a short description of its function.

First of all click on the button "Settings..." to setup [email protected] for your needs. Choose the LFS.exe and customize the interval for checking the online status.

To start working, just create a group! To do so click the "Create group..." button. This is the the first button top left (just move over the button to see its description)! You are able to define different groups of buddies. To delete a group choose the "Delete group" button.

Use the button "Add mate..." - this is the first button middle left - to add your buddies to the list. It's very important to know the LFS world name of your buddy and to type it correctly. Caution, the LFS world name is case sensitiv! Otherwise [email protected] is not able to determine the online status.

Wait until the auto-refresh function updates the server status. It's only possible to get a new server list (on-/offline status) every 60 seconds.

If you want to know on which server your mate is driving, just double-click the mate in the right list and the server list will scroll automatically to the certain server your mate is on.

If you double-click a server a list will pop up which provides all players who are on the server.

DediGUI 2

By Holger "cr4zy!C3" Reitner [email protected]

http://lfstools.crazyice.net/

What is DediGUI 2?

DediGUI 2 is a little tool, that helps you setting up a LFS Dedicated Server. Because of its nice designed and understandable graphic user interface it's very easy to set up your own server with some clicks.

Installation

Extract all files of the zip archive into the LFS root folder. Start DediGUI 2 by running the file DediGUI2.exe. Now it's possible to set up your LFS Dedicated Server settings by using the graphical user interface.

How to use DediGUI 2

First of all you have to set up the server configuration. You have to define a hostname (must be unique if using master server) and you should also define an admin password! After setting up the configuration you only have to click on "Launch" to start the server.

If you like you can save the setup configuration and load you saved configurations too. With every start of DediGUI 2 the last configuration (dedigui.dss) will be loaded!

BanEditor

By Holger "cr4zy!C3" Reitner [email protected]

http://lfstools.crazyice.net/

What is LFS:BanEditor?

LFS:BanEditor, short LFS:BE, is a little tool, which makes it possible to edit your server bans.

Installation

Extract all files of the zip archive into an empty folder of your choice. Start LFS:BC by running the file LFSBanEditor.exe. Now it's possible to edit the bans.

How to use LFS:BanEditor

Click "Open" to open a ban file of your choice.

Now you can add/edit/remove or clear the bans.

There are two kind of bans. The S2 ban and the S2 Demo ban. For a S2 ban you need the LFS World name of the person you want to ban. For a S2 Demo ban you need the IP of this person.

To add a ban just click "Add" and enter the needed data. Be sure to choose the correct kind of ban!
To edit a ban click "Edit".
To remove a ban click "Remove".
To clear all bans click "Clear".

Before you exit or choose another ban file you have to save the file by clicking on "Save". Otherwise your cahnges will not apply!

Join2LFS

By Holger "cr4zy!C3" Reitner [email protected]

http://lfstools.crazyice.net/

What is Join2LFS?

Join2LFS is a little tool, which makes it possible to join a LFS server by clicking onto the Join-link at LFS World (http://www.lfsworld.com), the famouse and unique statistic website for Live For Speed.

Installation

  • Extract all files of the zip archive into the LFS root folder. Start Join2LFS by running the file Join2LFS.exe.
  • Click on Install to register the link-type lfs://.
  • Now it's possible to join a server directly from LFS World by clicking on Join beside the server in the server list or in the Live Alert beside you buddy.
  • Close Join2LFS.

How to use Join2LFS

Click on a Join-link on the LFS World website. Join2LFS will pop up displaying the Server name and a password field. If you like to join a public server with a password (e.g. if you are an admin), just type in the password and click "Join" or leave the password field blank if you don't want to enter a password.
If you are about to join a private server (password prodected) the tool tells you that you have to define a password to join this server. If everythings ok just click "Join" to join the server.

All defined passwords will be saved in the file SvrPass.data. So if you are about to join a server, which you already joined with a password, the last typed in password will appear automatically. So you do not have to remeber all passwords :)

InSimGuard

By Holger "cr4zy!C3" Reitner [email protected]

http://lfstools.crazyice.net/

Installation

Just extract the files in the archiv into an empty folder.
Start InSim Guard by double clicking InSimGuard.exe

Configuration

Before InSimGuard is able to get InSim data by LFS you have to setup the following things:

Before you connect you have to start LFS with InSim port 44444 (changeable in .ini file).

To do so, just start LFS with parameter /InSim=44444 or type /InSim=44444 using the chat function (press "T" to type messages) into LFS.

If an admin password is required, or you want to change the ports just edit the InSimGuard.ini file or by hitting the button "Settings".

After you setup everything you can click onto the button "Connect". If everything works fine LFS shows the following message: InSimInit port: 44445 (where 44445 is "ListenPort" in the .ini file)