INSTALL IVAP

How to install IvAp in Prepar3D version 4.x

Revised version-7 including installation images and a BETA  MTL version.
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Installation of IvAp for Prepar3D Version 4.x.

You need the following files:

  • File #1:: FSUIPC5.dll
    (Download FSUIPC5.x from this site  | non-licensed works |)
  • File #2:: SimConnect.msi {C67A3A1B-F52B-42CC-85E8-231428A09312} >>
    this file is in your P3Dv4 folder x:\P3D4\redist\Interface\FSX-SP2-XPACK\retail\lib\
  • File #3:: the usual file from IVAO >> ivap-v2.0.2-b2773.exe

DO NOT INSTALL  P3D IN THE ROOT OF A DISK BUT ALWAYS IN A FOLDER CALLED P3D4 (or another name)
Now first define your situation …
You have installed Prepar3D version 4 in the folder: _____________
This folder is on disk:____________
Before you go: do not install IvAp in the folder … \P3D4\ …
Before you go: do not install IvAp in the folder … \Program Files (x86) \ …

  1. Install File #1:: check before installation
    if a previous installation of version FSUIPC5.x is already present in the … /Modules folder,
    then you can skip this step 1,
    else install File #1 (FSUIPC5  – non licensed works).
  2. Install File #2:: SimConnect.msi (right mouse on the filename and install as administrator).
  3. Since IvAp was created for FSX: Create a copy of the file Prepar3D.exe (it’s in the root of your P3D4 installation folder) into the root of your P3D4 installation folder.
  4. Rename this copy to fsx.exe and leave it in the root of your P3D4 installation folder.
  5. Install File #3:: Right mouse click the file ivap-v2.0.2-b2773.exe and install as usual and (of course) as administrator in the root of your P3D4 installation _disk (here) F:/IvAp_v2
    (This folder is created by the installation of IvAp, so do not create this folder manually; just install in the root of your P3D4 installation disk )
  6. Again: do not install IvAp inside … \P3D4\ …
  7. Again: do not install IvAp inside  … \Program Files  (x86)\ …
    We have seen in our comments that some users are still persistent in installing P3D in Program Files…those users MUST execute step 8 as well and in step 9 select the location of your P3D installation in (thus) ..\Program Files 
  8. During the installation you will be asked you to browse to the location where you created a copy of Prepar3D.exe >> fsx.exe. See again step 3-step 4.
  9. Which Flight Simulator version should be used for this installation
    Check Flight Simulator X and browse to the location where you created a copy of Prepar3D.exe which was renamed into >> fsx.exe. See again step 3-step 4.
  10. You may want to skip the TeamSpeak process when this is already installed.
  11. Look at the version number of your fsx.exe = prepar3d.exe
  12. HERE STARTS THE BETA  MTL PROCEDURE ….ONLY VALID FOR P3D4
  13. Complete the MTL process by mandatory selecting FULL INSTALL (recommended); you will get 10169 models (in 366 folders) to download … let it go and don’t interrupt. You will get a folder \IVAO_MTL in … \Simobjects\
    1. If you have a current installation of IVAO_MTL? Go to mtl.exe and run as administrator. (The exe is in the root of your current IvAp v2 folder)
    2. When completed, check the IVAO_MTL folder in …\Simobjects\IVAO_MTL
  14. In the mean time download this file from
    http://mtl.ivao.aero/mtl_test/MTLTest-Full-0.1.7z 
  15. Unzip the file. You will create D:\Downloads\MTLTest-Full-0.1\IVAO_MTL\; this additional IVAO_MTL folder  contains 368 folders.
  16. When the installation process of IvAp v2 is completed, then overwrite your IVAO_MTL (in Simobjects\IVAO_MTL\) with D:\Downloads\MTLTest-Full-0.1\IVAO_MTL\
  17. Say YES to overwrite and DONE!
    :: Any complaints? Refer to this webpage:
    If you are a IVAO member, please report any issues with this BETA version with http://forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=316799.0
  18. HERE STOPS THE BETA MTL PROCEDURE

  19. Don’t forget that with any changes in the folder IVAO_MTL you need to reindex the database.
    1. Open ivap_config.exe in the root of your IvAp v2 installation folder;
    2. There select Online Traffic and
    3. press the button Reindex MTL.
  20. IvAp Configuration: since the transponder codes can only be set in standby position, don’t forget to check in IvAp v2 – Configuration enable IvAp <-> FSUIPC SDK in the section 3rd Party Tools.
  21.  Adding the IVAO_MTL entry in simobjects.cfg
    1. Open the file  simobjects.cfg in C:\ProgramData\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4\
    2. Add this text:
      [Entry.10]
      Title=IVAO MTL
      Path=SimObjects\IVAO_MTL
      Required=False
      Active=True
    3. Save the file and check the presence of the folder in … \SimObjects
  22. Do not make additions or changes to the dll.xml since IvAp will be started in another way as follows: (Reason? There is NO NEW INSTALLER !)
  23. NOW START THE SIM

  24. Manual Starting IvAp: press your Windows key and go to  the folder IVAO\
  25. Select the icon IvAp v2 – External | More and Run as administrator.
    1. 2nd (better) option: right mouse click the icon IvAp v2 – External and Add to Start, then open file location, select properties and check in the compatibility tab Run as administrator.
  26. After making CONNection and submiting your flightplan (ACARS-SEND FLIGHTPLAN) you will be visible in Webeye. Your flight results will be registered in the IVAO database.
  27. If you want IvAp started by the sim, add the following statement into the exe.xml. This exe.xml file resides in:
    C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming\Lockheed Martin\Prepar3D v4\
  28. Open the exe.xml with Notepad++ and
    add to the end of the file, JUST BEFORE these 6 lines: IvAp for P3D4
    False
    F:\IvAp v2\ivap_dllhost.exe ivap_fsx.dll
  29. Adapt your path of your IvAp v2 installation as in
    F:\IvAp v2\ivap_dllhost.exe
  30. Do not change the CommandLine statement
  31.  Save the file and run the sim.
  32. You will find IvAp as normal in your Add-ons menu together with FSUIPC a.s.o.

User Issues

Transponder codes reset to 1200:
the transponder codes can only be set in standby position

Weather: strange effects?
Disable the weather engine in the IvAp Configuration panel, section Weather.

MTL: in this version 7 you will find steps to take part of the BETA MTL process.

If you are a IVAO member, please report any issues with this BETA version with http://forum.ivao.aero/index.php?topic=316799.0