How to create your own task pack

for version 2.0

Eurofly contains a tool to create your own task packs. Every user can create their own task packs and spread them out individually or by means of the official distribution Eurofly channel. The task packs creating runs in 4 stages described in the following article.

1. Preparation

Before you start creating your own task pack in the Eurofly tool, it’s good to think out all the single tasks thoroughly and plan them. Eurofly 2 lets you create so called task packs, so you are supposed to create more tasks than 1 or 2 within one pack. It would be good if all the tasks within one pack had one common feature or topic. Tasks can teach the pilot something, bring relaxation or take them to a new world. For example, the pack of The 7 World Wonders lets the pilot get familiar with significant places, the pack of Europe Tour lets them get to know European countries, the pack of Christmas 2017 lets them breathe in the winter vacation atmosphere and so on. It will be of benefit for sure, if your pack brings not only a collection of start and destination places for the pilots, but also some new information, atmosphere or a story.

Each pack has its name, under which it is visible right in Eurofly. So it’s good to choose a name which is fitting and catchy to motivate the pilot to try it out.

Think out the single tasks and put them down the way, you could just insert the data prepared before within creating the pack. Creating the tasks you can use walking through map in Eurofly.

2. Task creating

Each task has to be created by means of the tool Task Creator. Follow the steps below:

1. Launch the Eurofly application and run the mode Walking through map.

2. Press Alt+Shift+T. The Task Creating window with 3 buttons will be opened. Select Task creator. A window with various fields and lists will appear. Go through all of them and put required values.

3. Into the field Filename put the name of the file belonging to the task. We recommend to number the tasks like 01, 02 etc.

4. Into the Task name field put an orientation name of your task, just to help you orientate in your tasks created.

5. In the airport list select the starting airport. You can use arrows to find it or start writing its name and system will offer it to you.

6. In the next airport list choose the destination airport. You can use arrows to find it or start writing its name and system will offer it to you.

7. Check or uncheck the Passengers field, depending on whether the pilot is to take passengers or not.

8. In the next list select the aircraft, which will be offered to the pilot. Be aware that the aircrafts found in the list depend on the airport category of the airport you have chosen as the starting. So e. g. if you chose the airport of category 1, you will be able to choose only from the aircrafts of category 1.

9. In the next list you can, but don’t have to set layovers. Choose the airport to be a layover and add it by means of the button Add transit. You’ll find this button using Tab. After another pressing Tab you’ll find yourself in a field where you’ll see added layovers and here you can check out the added items or remove them.

10. Just like in step 9, you can add a country into the whitelist. This country will be then required as a place through which the pilot has to fly.

11. Just like in step 9, you can add a country to the blacklist. This country will be then considered to be a place where the pilot mustn’t fly.

12. Just like in step 9, you can add an airport into the list of points. These airports will then be considered to be airspaces which the pilot must enter.

13. Insert the task description – an instruction or a story – into the edit field. The pilot will hear this description after loading the task.

14. Check the VIP field if you are about to transfer significant or rich personalities in the concrete task. The flight ticket price and the whole flight price will be double priced in this case.

15. The Turbo field let you decide whether the pilot will be allowed or not to use the turbo effect within this task.

16. Press the Save button and if you set all the values correctly, the task will be saved in the folder with your user data.

Having the task saved, you will get 3 files:
- a file with .etf suffix which is the task itself and you can distribute it to the pilots.
- a file with .txt suffix containing the text description of your task. If you want to create translations of the task, translate this file and distribute it together with the task (etf). The translation has to have the same name like the task. If Eurofly doesn’t find the txt file with the translation of the task, the description from the Task creator, contained in .etf file will be used.
- a file with .log suffix. This is a text transcription of the whole task. It is made for you to let you see in the future what you’ve put in the task and what values were set as a result. Maintain this file for future, you may need it.

If you want to change something in your task, there are 2 ways:
- Erase the whole task and repeat the whole process again by steps 1 – 16.
- Edit required values in the .log file and afterwards you will convert this file to the new etf task. In the step 2 instead of Task Creator select Create from file. This way is good in case, you need to do just tiny modifications, e. g. removing layovers, change the VIP value or Turbo etc. For bigger changes it is good to use the first way – to create the whole task from the beginning.

3. Pack creating

If you made all the tasks for your pack successfully, you need to create a pack for them. Follow the steps below:

1. Save all the created etf files in one folder.

2. Launch Eurofly and select the mode Walking through map.

3. Press Alt+Shift+T and select Task packer. A window with fields to fill in will appear:

4. Into the Pack name field put the name of your pack. It should be fitting, short if possible, and it would be good to name it in English for the case you would like to spread it out your community as well.

5. Into the Author field write the name of the author of the pack.

6. In the field Code write the numeric code of the pack. If the pack is distributed by the Eurofly official distribution channel, turn to the application author who will tell you the code of your pack. If you want to spread your pack just within your community, write 20000 as a code.

7. Press the Search folder button and search for a folder with your etf files. These will be loaded and viewed in the next field. Check out whether there are all of them and whether they are in your required order. The order of the tasks in this field is very important because the tasks will be offered to the pilot in this order.

8. Press Pack the tasks button. In the folder with your tasks a file called index.dat will appear. You have to distribute this file together with the tasks.

4. Distribution

If you want to spread your pack within the Eurofly official distribution channel, send your created pack to the author of the application, kissoft@stefankiss.sk. It is important to send all the etf tasks, the pack file index.dat and also txt files with instructions to be translated if needed.

The official distribution channel lets you distribute tasks either for all the pilots or just for a certain lingual group. So if you create a pack which is e. g. only in Spanish and not translated into English, it can be made public just for Spanish users. In case of its translation into English it can be available for all. So you can spread your pack within official distribution channel also if it is not in English.

If you don’t want to use the official distribution channel, you can spread your packs your own way. It is just important to maintain the needed structure of folders. All the etf files with index.dat file have to be saved in the pack folder, located in tasks/Others. Files with text descriptions have to be located in the lang subfolder.

For example: if you create a pack Germany Tour, all the etf files and index.dat have to be located in tasks/Others/Germany Tour. Txt files will be located in tasks/Others/Germany Tour/lang.

Copyright 2016 by Stefan Kiss