1. Hundreds of coffees, endless nights of debugging and coding, and countless feedback by our beta testers led to this new major release. SimTools 2.4 is probably the version with the most upgrades and improvements in a single release ever. Look at everything Dustin has included:
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Forum Tips

Forum Tips

Here you find out how to make the most of the features offered by the XSimulator Forum.

Forum Rules

Our forum rules are very easy and there are only a few of them:

1. Do not write useless posts for collecting coins

Do not try to cheat our system and do not post an unnecessary amount of useless posts only to earn credits here. We have a zero spam tolerance policy and this will cause a ban of your user account. You can read here more about our coin rules

2. Do not spam
We ban immediately all spammers permanently without exception

3. Behave respectful and friendly

4. Do no post illegal content

This also includes anything that contains weapons or porn stuff

5. Do not post excessive advertising
If you are a company you can post from time to time in the market place section
if you want to advertise anywhere else send admin pm for our advertising plans

6. Commercial projects & prototypes
Where there is a commercial intent related to SimTools, even in the case of a DIY prototype, the proper place for that thread is in the Commercial Simulators and Prototypes section: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/forums/commercial-simulators-and-prototypes.52/

7. Do not ask for support via personal message (pm)
All support questions should be handled publically in the corresponding support forum so that anyone with a similar question can participate on it.
Exceptions: If someone is offering explicitly his support via pm feel free to ask him. On the other hand it's still the better choice to ask your questions publically.

Source: https://www.xsimulator.net/community/threads/forum-rules.9527/

New Members - 5 granted posts needed before links can be used

New User are not allowed to post any links until they have 5 granted posts. All posts with links will be rejected automatically. This is to prevent spam.

New User get a notice on top of the forum and above the quick reply formular saying:

"Your are not allowed to post any links until you have 5 posts, it will be rejected to prevent spam."


Community Etiquette

Community etiquette is not always easy, particularly with so many people from so many different backgrounds and customs.

Remember members give freely of their time and expertise, so be respectful and first search the FAQ section and forum before asking a question. If you have a gruff response from a member it is likely you have not bothered to help yourself.

In general spamming existing posts to earn coins will be unwelcome and may result in a forum ban.

Please do use the like, dislike, agree, disagree, funny, winner, informative and the other options for an existing post as an abbreviation of a compliment or view, not an emoticon by itself in a separate reply.

Generally an emoticon or image only post is only acceptable when it truly captures the moment and in those cases it is usually a custom image that someone has deliberately gone looking for to achieve that end. It is like telling a good joke, it has to be well timed and appropriate to the flow of the thread. Here is an example where the thread is about speed controlled fans: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/threads/speed-controlled-fan-dirt-3.6137/#post-67199

Criticizing without first engaging with the community is likely to be regarded as an insult. You may well have and are entitled to post an opinion, but be mindful that there is a huge repository of combined member experience so be respectful and do a search on the topic beforehand. @SeatTime captured the essence of community expectation thus:

"Ask any of the members here, building a sim is not a straight forward process, what type of sim you build is not only a personal choice, but how you build it will be based on many things, technical background, what you may have access to etc...etc. There is really no best way. Members do have a life away from sims, so any information given and placed on this site is gold and will save you time and money. Be happy that this site exist at all and is manned by a great group of people. So you have to do a bit of reading and pose some questions ... think of it as a right of passage": http://www.xsimulator.net/community/threads/sim-builds-and-materials-used.6694/#post-74143

Thus members here all should value these points in there reply/posts :
- Positive and compassionate attitudes
- Honest recognition of own strengths and weaknesses
- Patience and diplomacy while debating
- Disciplined to remain on-topic
- Solo and cooperative problem solving
- Proper English posting and correct spelling as possible
- Pictures/videos are highly appreciated as a slandered universal language .

Be aware that all forum content is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported, or as noted in individual posts. The license requires giving credit to the original author for their original work. You can give appropriate credit by naming the author or preferably by a direct link to the source post.

Coins - How to get them and how to give them

The XSimulator forum uses virtual coins to encourage participation and these virtual coins can be used to purchase time limited access to plugins and downloadable files.

You can purchase week long access to plugins for 250 coins and the latest version of a plugin will be found here, with update notices also posted to the forum: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/marketplace/categories/downloads.1/

If you download a file from the download section it will cost you 10 coins each time. No matter if you have a valid coin package or not. If you have a valid coin package you can still download all the plugins.

In general spamming existing posts to earn coins will be unwelcome and may result in a forum ban. If you need coins and have a project to test then ask, it is possible for other members to transfer coins to you, at the member's discretion.
Instead spamming and if you do not can or do not want to create a building thread you can purchase a download package here:

This will give you a much better reputation instead posting useless posts just for the sake of earning enough coins.

You can also transfer coins directly to a member from the recipients Bio Box, or from the 'Balance' link near the top right of the forum:


What do I get for which activity in coins?

Registration: 10 Coins
Happy Birthday: 5 Coins
Update full profile: 10 Coins
Upload avatar: 5 Coins
Create new thread: 10 Coins
Thread deleted -10 Coins
Thread get reply: 1 Coin
Create poll: 5 Coins
Vote poll: 1 Coin
Poll get a vote: 1 Coin
Thread get sticky: 10 Coins
New post: 6 Coins (with word multiplicator for large and extended posts)
Post deleted: -6 Coins
Upload attachment: 5 Coins
Download attachment: -10 Coins
Attachment downloaded: 1 Coin

Insert a video into a post

Upload your video to YouTube, copy its URL, then use the editor button to insert the video in your post, like this:


Edit Your Own Posts

At the very bottom of your previous posts if you log in you will see the option to edit your submission.


How to start a new thread

To start a new thread first click on the Forums link in the menu toward the top left of the page and then choose the appropriate Forum topic area and click on that:


Once the Forum topic page has opened click on the Post New Thread button, give your thread a suitable name and add content to it:

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Watch Thread - Don't miss critical information

Some threads get updated all the time and contact valuable information, such as the latest discount for a game and where to get it.

A good way to ensure you don't miss critical updates is to 'Watch' a Thread, that way you get automatic notifications each time that thread is updated.

To Watch a thread just click the 'Watch Thread' just under the Select Language drop down box toward the right top of the thread page.


Use Google to find forum information & images

The site search function can be limited. However, as @Archie explains Goggle is useful to search the forum, particularly by images, plus @Archie's tip can be used to search threads by topic, such as 2DOF: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/threads/forum-searching-tips-for-images.7507/

Open up Google, and type:


Followed by the search query. You can use the "+" symbol to looks for all your words (search a phrase)

I searched for: best+angle+for+a+shoulder+mount
(so full text is: site:xsimulator.net/community best+angle+for+a+shoulder+mount)

Let Google do it' search and then click on Image in the Google search results.

You can see the results here:

Then click a picture that looks like it's what you need:

Then click the "Visit Page" button to go to the post that talks about shoulder mount angles:


Rate a post

You don't have to respond to a post to show what you think, instead you can add different types of ratings to an existing post, including thumbs up or down, agree or disagree, funny, designate the post a Winner, informative or friendly and many more. Just make a selection from the bottom of a post:


Watch (monitor) a thread

Watched threads keep you updated on threads you have created, participated in, or choose to be updated about by providing email notifications of activity.

By default any thread you start or reply to will become watched. This will generate an email every time someone replies as well as an alert on the alert's menu. You can change this behavior in your preferences.

To watch a thread without participating simply click “Watch Thread” on top of any thread.

How to quote a post

To quote a post simply click reply in that post.

The text will automatically be copied into your reply box.

To quote multiple posts in one reply, click reply on each post.

Private Messaging

Private messaging is like a forum thread but is a private conversations between 2 or more members.

To start a private message click on a member's name and click 'Start a Conversation'.

If a member sends you a personal message you will get a notification in your 'Inbox', located above any page right next to your account menu.



You can manage privacy settings from your account: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/faq/your-account-manage-your-own-stuff.83/

Privacy controls set who can view what on your profile.

Your options are all visitors, members only, or people you follow only. In lots of cases, visitors are restricted
by system wide settings as to what they can see without you explicitly setting anything.
  • Visitors are everyone including non members
  • Members are people who have registered here just like you
  • People you follow are people that you've chosen to follow by clicking “Follow” on their profile

Your Account - Manage your own stuff

You can access your account via your user name link toward the top right of the page.

There are a range of things you can control from your User Account:

• Edit your profile
• Add an avatar
• Change your preferences
• View your news feed
• Control your privacy options
• See what you have previously post


Upload pictures or files

Simple as a drag and drop :) : drag the file from your desktop or file manager and drop it onto the message, et voilà!


To add an attachment simply click “Upload File” and browse for the file on your computer.

You will have the option of inserting a thumbnail or full size image. Thumbnails are best to be considerate
of members with slow connections. If you don't chose either then thumbnails will automatically be placed
at the bottom of the post.



Alerts let you stay up to date with all the latest posts and information.

You will receive alerts when someone quotes your post or responds to a status update, when you receive a new trophy, and for posts you subscribe to.



The Trophies system rewards members with virtual trophies and points for meeting certain criteria.

It is also linked to the user title ladder, replacing the more traditional post count method. You can check out member trophy ladder and standing here: http://www.xsimulator.net/community/members/

Quick Navigation

It is easy to miss but the little grey arrows toward the top and bottom right of a page open a very handy Quick Navigation box:


Tag a member

If you want to get the attention of a member you can 'tag' them in a post, which means they will get a notification, by adding a @ prior to their user name.

So to tag René, the site administrator, it would be @RaceRay