Matt Davies has posted over on Mettar Simulation’s website officially introducing Simstall. In the post, he has detailed exactly what Simstall is and what we can expect from it as and when it is released; all of which is sounding very exciting.
Matt starts off in the post speaking about how we as a community have not enjoyed any significant advances in addon distribution/management. He goes on to describe his motivation behind wanting to create a new software that could advance these two areas into 2018; being able to organise and effectively manage what addons are where and having the ability to simply and easily find purchase details. This is certainly an issue I can agree upon as an active flight simmer who owns a range of addons bought from multiple different retailers.
Matt describes Simstall to start off with as an ‘eCommerce platform, on steroids, for simmers.’. The software has been built from the ground up allowing for it to effectively meet all the needs that simmers need and want from an eCommerce platform. Simstall will bring ease and simplicity to buying and installing simulator software – something that we have not seen before in the world of flight simulation with product activation and installation often proving to be a testing process. On top of purchasing and installation, Simstall will also provide ease to updating products as well as being able to manage one’s simulator however they please.
In the post is an extensive feature list which includes the likes of compatibility for all simulators, support for payware and freeware products and much more. You can find the entire feature list below:
- Supports ALL platforms with the ability to add any new platforms quickly and efficiently
- Supports payware/freeware/donationware/subscription based software/demo software
- Incremental stable backups of your simulator(s) with the ability to restore them using just 1 click.
- 1 click purchasing/adding/installing/uninstalling/seamless updating (updating ONLY the files that need to be updated, saving you time and bandwidth)
- Sharing of settings/profiles. Ever wanted someones settings? Now you can import them and apply them directly with the click of a button.
- User library/inventory
- Quality Control of software/hardware. We wont list anything that we wouldn’t use ourselves. We’ll also have the ability for verified customers to rate and review software/hardware.
- It’s secure. I can’t believe I’m having to state this in 2018, but the amount of retailers right now with huge security flaws in the way they do things actually makes me unwell.
- A loyalty system that actually makes sense, is fair and benefits everybody
- Gifting/Wallet system
- Community tools that will keep you connected with fellow simmers, including integration with third party applications (projectFLY, for example)
- A huge wealth of features for developers. We will disclose more on this nearer completion
In terms of when Simstall will release, we are likely to see it ‘before the end of 2018’. Up until recently, the team at Mettar Simulations have mainly been focused on projectFLY, however, Simstall is now in development full time which is great to hear.
This project sounds extremely exciting and I’m very much looking forward to seeing what will come of it in the future. For more information as and when it becomes available, make sure to check back at FSElite.