I found a super cool tool, which is called VRK (stands for Virtual kneeboard) and I wanted to share the information with you.
With this program you can use your own PDF's or JPEG'S for Checklists or Navigational Charts or you combine it with a pen tablet (like I did) and you can make notes directly on the virtual kneeboard during flight in VR.
The software ist free (but you can give the author a little donation for it and I would suggest it, because it is really worth it). I tested VRK in combination with my HP Reverb and Aerofly FS2 and it works like charm on my system (no noticable impact on performance or any instabilities). I can highly recommend it.
The download is available from this website:
For further information it put the following description/explanation from a thread at the DCS-Forum where I found it:
What is VRK?
Given the latest improvements of VR hardware, the most limiting factor for VR flight simulation in VR is the inability to access the documents and taking notes.
So, the name says it all: VRK or VR Kneeboard is a kneeboard application for flight simulators. It designed to be used in the VR environment where accessing paper and taking notes is annoying to impossible.
How does it work?
The application generates an overlay in the VR world that can be placed and sized at will. When focused (looked at) the kneeboard can change its transparency and size to increase readability.
The kneeboard is divided in tabs that can be created at will. Each tab can contain either:
- An imported PDF (useful for charts, frequency tables, briefings, etc.).
- An empty Notes tab, single or multiple pages per tab is supported.
PDF and Notes can be used with a pen (digitizer or pen tablet) to take notes either on existing documents or on the bank sheet.
Scrolling and zooming are controlled by gestures or physical tablet buttons.
Starting from 1.3 client/server mode has been remove from the application. Users that need to use client/server should stay with 1.2 that will be supported with the current 1.2 feature set.
Supported tablets are:
Wacom (all Intuos line is expected to work in WinTab mode)
Huion (using the custom driver, see Appendix A of the Quick start guide provided with the installer)
Reported working models:
Wacom: Intuos S, Intuos M (both BT and USB version)
Huion: HS64, H640P, H950P
XP-Pen devices are not working with VRK.
Here are some plans for this tool for the future:
- Use the tool during my squadron activities [Blocked Image: https://forums.eagle.ru/images/smilies/pilotfly.gif]
- Fix bugs!
- Kneeboard graphics (borders)
- OpenGL support for OculusVR (experimental)
The tool is compatible with both OpenVR(a.k.a. SteamVR) and OculusVR. Beacuse OpenVR is the only platform supporting external program overlays "out of the box", OculusVR requires some configuration black magic.
VRK tries to simplify the process to the maximum extent, but some user patience is required to survive the initial impact.
Most non Oculus HMDs are expected to work in SteamVR mode. Pimax 5k, HTC Vive, Valve Index have been tested by users. All the other models of their families are expected to work as well.
I hope you have fun with it and stay healthy,
All the best,