Family Software Newsletter #27 - February 17, 2005

Drag Racing Computers and Software - www.iFamilySoftware.com

Topics

1. New RaceLog Pro 4 with TrueWind(tm) ET Prediction
2. New PageAire Pro 2 with TrueWind(tm) Conversion
3. RaceLog Pro 4 Upgrade for Registered Users

-- New RaceLog Pro 4 with TrueWind(tm) ET Prediction --
This new version of RaceLog Pro introduces TrueWind(tm) ET Prediction, another innovation from Family Software. TrueWind(tm) is the actual amount of wind force that is capable of affecting your car's performance. TrueWind(tm) values are used in accurately predicting variations in elapsed time due to changes occurring in wind speed and wind direction. Regardless of the wind direction and total wind speed, if we extract only the head wind or tail wind occurring on the race track, and express that wind force (mph) in positive (head wind) or negative (tail wind) values, then that is TrueWind(tm). We have always been able to measure just the head or tail wind using a hand held wind meter, and adjust the ET accordingly. In fact, we have been doing just that for almost 20 years. However, for the first time, using TrueWind(tm), a trailer-mounted weather station can also be used to measure only the actual head or tail wind occurring on the race track! Our PageAire Pro2 software converts the total wind speed, and wind direction, from the anemometer on your trailer station into TrueWind(tm) values. The ET Predictor uses the TrueWind(tm) values from your Base Run, the current TrueWind(tm) values, and a Wind Factor specific to your car, to produce a TrueWind(tm) adjusted ET, and sends it directly to your pager in the staging lanes. If you are manually entering your weather data, you can still use a hand held wind meter with TrueWind(tm) ET Prediction.

We have also added a separate ET Predictor screen for eighth mile racers. Previously, eighth mile racers shared the same screen as quarter mile racers. Now, in your database run record, if you enter a zero (0) in the fields for 1000 foot ET and 1320 foot ET, the program knows this is an eighth mile run. When you open the ET Predictor, it will automatically select the 1/8-Mile Mode.

Pager messages received will now indicate the Pager Identity P1, P2, P3, P4, or P5. By adding the Pager ID to each message, it will be easy to match a paging message with the instance of RaceLog Pro that sent it. Therefore, if you only have one pager, you can now send simultaneous messages for different cars, or right lane and left lane ET predictions into the same mailbox (Cap Code). The Pager ID will allow you to quickly identify each message without having to use a separate mailbox. Here is an example Page:

P1-ET:9.006 TS:1.279 B:29.68 T:68.7 RH:40 HCF:1.0315 AD:96.57 DA:1183 DP:43 WS: -5/Tail

Other major new features in this version are an Import Database Function, and Windows Help feature.

This latest version of RaceLog Pro will install on all Windows platforms including XP Professional. We previously added the Dew Point Temperature calculation, automatic weather import/export, and paging system functions to the ET Predictor form. With our PageAire Pro 2 software, and a supported Weather Station, the new weather can be automatically entered into the program for you every 10 seconds! We currently support these weather stations:

Altronics PerformAire Weather Center (PWC)
Altronics PerformAire PC (PAPC)
Davis Weather Monitor II
Davis Vantage Pro (all models)
Davis Vantage Pro 2 (all models)
LaCrosse Professional Weather Center (Model WS-2010 only)


The ET Predictor will keep a time log of the weather conditions for any interval that you select. This way, you can return to the pits at any time and retrieve the exact weather conditions that existed when you made your run. With our optional Paging system, the Predicted ET, Predicted Throttle Stop setting, all current weather conditions including Dew Point Temperature, HP Correction, Air Density, Density Altitude, Wind Speed, Wind Direction, directly to you in the staging lanes.

http://www.ifamilysoftware.com/rlpPlus.html

-- New PageAire Pro 2 with TrueWind(tm) Conversion --

This version of PageAire Pro introduces TrueWind(tm) another innovation from Family Software. TrueWind(tm) is able to calculate the actual amount of wind force that is capable of affecting your car's performance. TrueWind(tm) values are used in our RaceLog Pro 4, and ET Predictor Pro, to accurately predict variations in elapsed time due to changes occurring in wind speed and wind direction. Regardless of the wind direction and total wind speed, if we extract only the head wind or tail wind occurring on the race track, and express that wind force (mph) in positive (head wind) or negative (tail wind) values, then that is TrueWind(tm). We have always been able to measure just the head or tail wind with a hand-held wind meter, and adjust the ET accordingly. In fact, we have been doing just that for almost 20 years. However, for the first time, using TrueWind(tm), a trailer-mounted weather station can also be used to measure only the actual head or tail wind occurring on the race track! Our PageAire Pro 2 software converts the total wind speed, and wind direction, from the anemometer on your trailer station into TrueWind(tm) values. The ET Predictor then uses the TrueWind(tm) values from your Base Run, the current TrueWind(tm) values, and a Wind Factor specific to your car, to produce a TrueWind(tm) adjusted ET, and sends it directly to your pager in the staging lanes. We currently support these weather stations:

Altronics PerformAire Weather Center (PWC)
Altronics PerformAire PC (PAPC)
Davis Weather Monitor II
Davis Vantage Pro (all models)
Davis Vantage Pro 2 (all models)
LaCrosse Professional Weather Center (Model WS-2010 only)

This version also adds support for our new Xlite Paging Transmitter, a new Error Log, and Windows Help.

http://www.ifamilysoftware.com/20035.html

-- RaceLog Pro 4 Upgrade for Registered Users --
Registered users of any previous version of RaceLog Pro are able to upgrade to this new version of the program at the reduced price of $80.00. Call us to order the upgrade or order on line:

Upgrade Part Number: UG130

The RaceLog Pro 4 Upgrade CD also contains the new PageAire Pro 2 program. If you previously purchased PageAire Pr
o, then the registration for PageAire Pro 2 will be provided to you at no charge.

Note: If you are not a registered user of a previous version of PageAire Pro, then you will not be able to register and use the new PageAire Pro 2 program without obtaining a license.

-- REAL World Technical Support --
With Family Software, you'll get better technical support than anywhere on the planet. Why? Because, we design and/or use all of the products that we sell. All of my 30+ years of racing experience and knowledge is available to you and our other customers. Try to find that kind of information at any one of our competitors. You won't be able to, I guarantee it! Family Software cares about the racer and his/her success as a racer. We also want you to get the most value for your hard earned dollars.

-- Toll Free Ordering --
We also have a Toll Free Order line to save you even more money! If you're placing an order by phone, call 877-497-0992. If you need information or technical help, call 610-497-5561.

-- Secure Ordering --
You can safely order directly from our web site. All of your information is handled on our Secure Server. We have established a privacy policy and it is posted on the web site. Our company is registered with the Public Eye for safe, secure ordering.

If you have questions or topics that you would like to see covered in this newsletter, please Email them to me.

Bob Kodadek
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Family Software - Drag Racing Computers and Software
http://www.iFamilySoftware.com - 610.497.5561(Voice/Fax)


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