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Downloads / XIMManager 20110707
« on: 09:51 PM - 07/08/11 »
Download XIMManager 20110707 (BETA)

XIM3 Manager (XIMManager) replaces prior "XIMFlash" drops. It is used for firmware upgrades, Smart Translator downloads, as well as Configuration. Learn more about XIMManager.

XIMManager will automatically upgrade your Configs if necessary to the latest format. XIMManager may not recognize all the Smart Translators on your device (such as if you are using Beta Smart Translators, or, due to naming convention changes). In these cases, your Config's associated game will display as "Unknown". Simply edit your Config in XIMManager to choose the correct game.

IF THERE WERE ISSUES DURING UPGRADE, YOUR XIM3 MAY SHOW A RED SCREEN. FOR INSTRUCTIONS HOW TO RECOVER FROM A RED SCREEN, CLICK HERE.

Instructions:
  • On your XIM3, go to Settings and select "Enter 'PC-mode' on next restart" (Video Tutorial)
  • Unplug your XIM3 from your Xbox and plug into your PC (special PC-mode icon will show on the screen)
    **Unplug your XIM3 from your console before unplugging your controller (or you will have to repeat these steps).**
  • Download (link above), un-zip to a folder on your PC and then run the XIMManager executable
  • Press the "Connect to XIM3" button.
  • If you are running a prior build, you will instructed to automatically upgrade.
  • Make any changes to your Configs or add new ones.
  • When finished, press "Disconnect XIM3".
  • Plug your XIM3 back into your Xbox

Operating Systems Supported: Windows XP SP2/Vista/7 x86/x64

Build 20110707 ("707")

XIM3 Manager
XIM3 Manager (XIMManager) is the new PC-side application to manage all aspects of your XIM3. It replaces XIMFlash (prior flash tool). Like XIMFlash, XIMManager can flash new firmware as well as restore factory defaults. Where XIMManager is very different than XIMFlash is how it handles management of Smart Translators. Unlike XIMFlash, XIMManager simplifies everything by allowing you to manage your Configs directly. When new Smart Translators are added for a game, you simply add a new Config and choose the game from the list. XIMManager will figure out the correct Smart Translators to use. You can also set buttons bindings for the game too (XIMManager even pre-sets buttons for you based on your settings from other games). Learn more about XIMManager.

Improved audio support
There have been various reports of intermittent audio distortion issues (some described it as "robot voice"). The problem has been addressed.

Support for 125, 250, 500, and 1000 mouse poll rates
Added support for any mouse USB poll rate. It is no longer necessary to configure your mouse hardware for 125Hz. Some mice perform better at 1000Hz while others don't. Best practice is to configure your mouse for its highest poll rate. If it feels off, decrease your poll rate and try again.

Improved controller compatibility
There were reported problems with some 3rd party controllers as well as some international official Microsoft controllers. Typical problem was controller failed to be detected by the console. This issue has been addressed.

Secondary button binding (NOTE: Currently available only through XIMManager)
XIM3 now support secondary button bindings. This feature is currently only available through XIMManager.

Fixed "downward force" issue in the Smart Translator runtime
The Smart Translator runtime had behavior where perfect horizontal mouse movement (i.e. zero vertical mouse movement) resulted in small vertical aim movement on-screen. The runtime was updated to eliminate this behavior. This issue did not affect any other types of aiming movement.

Known issues:
- Support for RAT 7, but, XIMManager required for button binding.



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Build 20110407 ("407")

New "Primary" and "Secondary" Mouse Settings user interface
The mouse settings experience was redesigned around a more flexible system that replaces "Secondary Sensitivity" with a fully customizable secondary mouse settings page. Among other things, the new system allows for a separate Smart Translator to be used when secondary is engaged. Separate expanded mouse settings are useful in games where gameplay commonly switches between two different look mechanics (such as when aiming-down-site).

New "Smart Advanced" mouse translation option
Smart translator mouse settings was split into "Smart" and "Smart Advanced". "Smart" was simplified with only Sensitivity and Game knobs. "Smart Advanced" includes Acceleration and additional new "mouse conditioning" knobs: YXRatio, Smoothness, and Boost.

New Primary to Secondary mouse settings switch "Delay" knob
When dynamically switching between your Primary and Secondary mouse settings, there is now an optional delay (in milliseconds) that can be used. Typically used in games where aim-down-site (ADS) activation isn't immedate (such as when an in-game animation plays during the transition). Only appies when transitioning from Primary to Secondary (reverse direction is immediate).

New "Super-Preview" Configuration mode
While adjusting your Config, you can now try out all your new settings (with the exception of your Switchers) without saving them or leaving the configuration page. This enables much faster adjustment of settings to match your playing style.

New "Boost" knob
New "Boost" knob for Smart Advanced configurations. This knob adds in a user specified constant to all mouse input. The effect is an added "boost" of speed on small movements. Since Boost bypasses the slower-end of the game's look mechanic, it may result in "jittery" movement. Use the "Boost Jitter" knob to the right of the Boost value to "tune out" this jitter.

New "DPI Checker" tool
Under "Settings", use "DPI Checker" to determine the actual DPI of your mouse as seen by XIM3. It is used to ensure your mouse hardware settings are configured optimally. Use the XIM3 Mouse DPI Checker Grid (included in the flash package) to help make a more accurate measurement.

Fixed Yellow Screen issues
XIM3's onboard USB hub was raising a "yellow screen" error in some scenarios where frequent reattach of peripherals was occuring. Mainly seen by customers using manual USB switches to share their peripherals with their PCs. This scenario is now properly supported.

Razer Naga mouse support

Mionix Noas mouse support

Belkin n52te game board now identified as a KEYBOARD
The n52te will now show as a keyboard on your XIM3. You'll need to update your configurations appropriately.

Sony Move Navigation controller support
The Sony Move Navigation controller is now supported in wired mode. When your Nav is plugged into your XIM3, it’ll show as a joystick.
IMPORTANT: The red sync light in on the Nav must be OFF when plugging in to your XIM3. If is ON, wait until it turns off automatically and then plug in (otherwise, a yellow '?' will show on the screen).

Maximum turn speed limitation problem fixed
An important bug was fixed that was limiting turn speeds. Turning is much faster with this fix on all games. It’s recommended that you review your mouse Sensitivity and Acceleration settings after applying this fix. You many find that Acceleration is no longer needed (i.e. Acceleration set to 0) which is ideal to retain “linear” movement results. For more information about turning, see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3fCx9OLGF2Q.
 
Improved button support on mice
A bug was fixed that was preventing the use of all buttons on various mice. You may need to update your mouse settings to make all buttons visible to XIM3. For example, for Logitech mice, use SetPoint to configure your mouse buttons as “generic buttons”.
 
Device type identification improvements
Improvements have been made to the device type identification system that was preventing certain mice and keyboards to be detected correctly. Some mice present themselves as both a mouse and keyboard. When plugging in, XIM3 may detect it incorrectly as a result (i.e. a mouse shows up as a keyboard). If you are experiencing problems like this, simply plug in your device into it’s new “preferred port”. For mice, the preferred port is right-most (furthest from the console mini-USB port). And for keyboards, the preferred port is the middle port.

Device over-current detection
If your devices are drawing too much power, XIM3 will shut down the USB ports. Now, if that happens, a special icon will be displayed to inform you of the condition.

Device detection fixes
Fixed some XIM3 embedded hub issues that would cause all connected peripherals to not be found at power up.
 
Scroll wheel delay reduced
Reduced the mouse wheel scroll up/down “button” hold time.
 
Keyboard Up, Down, Left, Right movement behavior change
New keyboard button stick binding behavior makes it so that if both buttons in the same direction are pressed at the same time, movement stops in that direction. For example, if you have your binding as standard “WADS”. Pressing A and D at the same time will stop horizontal movement.

Fixed Red Screen issues
Fixed an issue that caused a "red screen" error to occur when certain configuration settings were used.

Build 20111119

Launch Build

362
Release Candidates / 707 going out tonight
« on: 12:46 PM - 07/08/11 »
Please upgrade to it (including firmware upgrade) and report any issues.

363
Release Candidates / XIMManager-20110707-BETA
« on: 12:39 AM - 07/08/11 »
NOTE: Do not share this drop outside this private board! This is a very important drop and we need a lot of participation.

Build "707"
  XIMManager:
    - Battlefield 1943 Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - Updated version number to match XIMManager for initial Beta release

XIMManager and the firmware are now retail builds in preparation of wider release.

Scenarios to test and make sure performance is correct and expected:

- All your mouse and keyboard harware
- All your mice at higher DPIs (up to 1000)
- All your audio equipment


Known issues:

1) Support for RAT 7, but, XIMManager required for button binding.


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BUILD HISTORY

Build "705"
  XIMManager:
    - New Half-Life 2 (The Orange Box) Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - No Changes

Build "704"
  XIMManager:
    - New FEAR 3 Smart Translator (BETA)
    - New Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - Removed "C" and "T" status counters

Build "626"
  XIMManager:
    - New Red Faction: Armageddon Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - No Changes

Build "624"
  XIMManager:
    - New Duke Nukem Smart Translator (BETA)
    - Updated Halo Reach Smart Translator (BETA) for verification of Smart Trainer enhancements
    - Updated Halo 3 Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - Fixed forever flashing status light issue that occurs on some controllers
    - Fixed "downward force" issue in the Smart Translator runtime

Build "610"
  XIMManager:
    - Secondary button binding (NOTE: Currently available only through XIMManager)
    - Acceleration value not copying to device bug fixed
  Firmware:
    - Secondary button support

Build "607"
  XIMManager:
    - Hyperlinks fixed in upgrade notifications
    - “Unused” buttons are now ignored during automatic binding
    - Fixed Config List sort issues
    - Fixed Assert on shutdown when copying back changes to Device
  Firmware:
    - Code restructuring

Build "606"
  XIMManager:
    - No Changes
  Firmware:
    - Fixed intermittant device freezing (resulting in being "stuck" in last input)

Build "605"
  XIMManager:
    - Details here: http://www.xim3.com/community/index.php?topic=3819.msg165665#msg165665
  Firmware:
    - Improved audio support
    - Support for 125, 250, 500, and 1000 mouse poll rates
    - Improved controller compatibility

364
Release Candidates / Is "704" ready?
« on: 11:39 AM - 07/07/11 »
I'd like "704" to be promoted to the next offical XIM3 build.

I understand that there are a few of you still experiencing some audio issues. But, overall, is the feeling that this build is solid and ready for the next stage?

365
Release Candidates / Half-Life 2
« on: 11:33 PM - 07/05/11 »
The Half-Life 2 Smart Translator is up. A lot like Portal, the game has a huge velocity jump when approaching maximum stick. I told the Smart Trainer to not treat the jump special (i.e. it's easy to hit). I think that's the right choice, but, let me what you think of it.

366
Release Candidates / XIMManager-20110705-BETA
« on: 11:26 PM - 07/05/11 »
NOTE: Do not share this drop outside this private board! This is a very important drop and we need a lot of participation.

Build "705"
  XIMManager:
    - New Half-Life 2 (The Orange Box) Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - No Changes

XIMManager and the firmware are now retail builds in preparation of wider release.

Scenarios to test and make sure performance is correct and expected:

- All your mouse and keyboard harware
- All your mice at higher DPIs (up to 1000)
- All your audio equipment


Known issues:

1) Support for RAT 7, but, XIMManager required for button binding.


======================================================================

BUILD HISTORY

Build "704"
  XIMManager:
    - New FEAR 3 Smart Translator (BETA)
    - New Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - Removed "C" and "T" status counters

Build "626"
  XIMManager:
    - New Red Faction: Armageddon Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - No Changes

Build "624"
  XIMManager:
    - New Duke Nukem Smart Translator (BETA)
    - Updated Halo Reach Smart Translator (BETA) for verification of Smart Trainer enhancements
    - Updated Halo 3 Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - Fixed forever flashing status light issue that occurs on some controllers
    - Fixed "downward force" issue in the Smart Translator runtime

Build "610"
  XIMManager:
    - Secondary button binding (NOTE: Currently available only through XIMManager)
    - Acceleration value not copying to device bug fixed
  Firmware:
    - Secondary button support

Build "607"
  XIMManager:
    - Hyperlinks fixed in upgrade notifications
    - “Unused” buttons are now ignored during automatic binding
    - Fixed Config List sort issues
    - Fixed Assert on shutdown when copying back changes to Device
  Firmware:
    - Code restructuring

Build "606"
  XIMManager:
    - No Changes
  Firmware:
    - Fixed intermittant device freezing (resulting in being "stuck" in last input)

Build "605"
  XIMManager:
    - Details here: http://www.xim3.com/community/index.php?topic=3819.msg165665#msg165665
  Firmware:
    - Improved audio support
    - Support for 125, 250, 500, and 1000 mouse poll rates
    - Improved controller compatibility

367
Release Candidates / XIMManager-20110704-BETA
« on: 11:56 PM - 07/04/11 »
NOTE: Do not share this drop outside this private board! This is a very important drop and we need a lot of participation.

Build "704"
  XIMManager:
    - New FEAR 3 Smart Translator (BETA)
    - New Rainbow Six Vegas 2 Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - Removed "C" and "T" status counters

XIMManager and the firmware are now retail builds in preparation of wider release.

Scenarios to test and make sure performance is correct and expected:

- All your mouse and keyboard harware
- All your mice at higher DPIs (up to 1000)
- All your audio equipment


Known issues:

1) Support for RAT 7, but, XIMManager required for button binding.


======================================================================

BUILD HISTORY

Build "626"
  XIMManager:
    - New Red Faction: Armageddon Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - No Changes

Build "624"
  XIMManager:
    - New Duke Nukem Smart Translator (BETA)
    - Updated Halo Reach Smart Translator (BETA) for verification of Smart Trainer enhancements
    - Updated Halo 3 Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - Fixed forever flashing status light issue that occurs on some controllers
    - Fixed "downward force" issue in the Smart Translator runtime

Build "610"
  XIMManager:
    - Secondary button binding (NOTE: Currently available only through XIMManager)
    - Acceleration value not copying to device bug fixed
  Firmware:
    - Secondary button support

Build "607"
  XIMManager:
    - Hyperlinks fixed in upgrade notifications
    - “Unused” buttons are now ignored during automatic binding
    - Fixed Config List sort issues
    - Fixed Assert on shutdown when copying back changes to Device
  Firmware:
    - Code restructuring

Build "606"
  XIMManager:
    - No Changes
  Firmware:
    - Fixed intermittant device freezing (resulting in being "stuck" in last input)

Build "605"
  XIMManager:
    - Details here: http://www.xim3.com/community/index.php?topic=3819.msg165665#msg165665
  Firmware:
    - Improved audio support
    - Support for 125, 250, 500, and 1000 mouse poll rates
    - Improved controller compatibility

368
XIM 3 Discussions / Why the competition has no hope ...
« on: 12:58 AM - 07/04/11 »
The most basic function of a console mouse/keyboard adapter is to eliminate controller stick deadzone so aiming doesn't feel "jumpy"/unstable. When I say basic, I mean when compared to the other problems that need to be solved (for example, non-linear velocity behavior), it's pretty straight forward. Well, you'd assume it would be.

Deadzones have a size and a shape and are unique per game. All console input adapters out there support square deadzones. But, do all games have square deadzones? They do not! This is why only XIM offers support for circular deadzones. But, is square and circle enough? Starting with XIM3's Smart Translator system, it is the only solution anywhere that supports *any* deadzone size and shape (not to mention non-linear velocity behavior). Why is this important?

Right now, in front of me, the Smart Trainer is happily analyzing FEAR 3. While mapping out the deadzone, to my surprise, FEAR 3 has the most unique deadzone I've seen so far (shown below). This "clover-like" pattern is the first I've seen. Not at all a concern though for XIM3. But, for any other solution out there, expect all diagonal aiming to fall apart (at the minimum :).

369
Release Candidates / Gamefly is pretty slow
« on: 07:56 PM - 06/29/11 »
Not so hot of a start so far. Should have had 3 STs done by now. Second game never showed (had to file a report), and, third game is taking longer than the first to arrive. Guess keep waiting...

370
Release Candidates / XIMManager-20110626-BETA
« on: 07:50 PM - 06/26/11 »
NOTE: Do not share this drop outside this private board! This is a very important drop and we need a lot of participation.

Build "626"
  XIMManager:
    - New Red Faction: Armageddon Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - No Changes

XIMManager and the firmware are debug builds. They have extra checks in them to ensure everything is running as expected.

Scenarios to test and make sure performance is correct and expected:

- All your mouse and keyboard harware
- All your mice at higher DPIs (up to 1000)
- All your audio equipment


There 2 important things you need to watch out for and report back about:

1) On your XIM3, you'll see a "C" and "T" value display. After at least an hour of gameplay, please report back if those numbers aren't all 0.
2) When using XIMManager, if you ever see an "Assert" dialog box come up, please report what it says.

Known issues:

1) Support for RAT 7, but, XIMManager required for button binding.


======================================================================

BUILD HISTORY

Build "624"
  XIMManager:
    - New Duke Nukem Smart Translator (BETA)
    - Updated Halo Reach Smart Translator (BETA) for verification of Smart Trainer enhancements
    - Updated Halo 3 Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - Fixed forever flashing status light issue that occurs on some controllers
    - Fixed "downward force" issue in the Smart Translator runtime
Build "610"

  XIMManager:
    - Secondary button binding (NOTE: Currently available only through XIMManager)
    - Acceleration value not copying to device bug fixed
  Firmware:
    - Secondary button support

Build "607"
  XIMManager:
    - Hyperlinks fixed in upgrade notifications
    - “Unused” buttons are now ignored during automatic binding
    - Fixed Config List sort issues
    - Fixed Assert on shutdown when copying back changes to Device
  Firmware:
    - Code restructuring

Build "606"
  XIMManager:
    - No Changes
  Firmware:
    - Fixed intermittant device freezing (resulting in being "stuck" in last input)

Build "605"
  XIMManager:
    - Details here: http://www.xim3.com/community/index.php?topic=3819.msg165665#msg165665
  Firmware:
    - Improved audio support
    - Support for 125, 250, 500, and 1000 mouse poll rates
    - Improved controller compatibility

371
Release Candidates / XIMManager-20110624-BETA
« on: 12:24 AM - 06/24/11 »
NOTE: Do not share this drop outside this private board! This is a very important drop and we need a lot of participation.

Build "624"
  XIMManager:
    - New Duke Nukem Smart Translator (BETA)
    - Updated Halo Reach Smart Translator (BETA) for verification of Smart Trainer enhancements
    - Updated Halo 3 Smart Translator (BETA)
  Firmware:
    - Fixed forever flashing status light issue that occurs on some controllers
    - Fixed "downward force" issue in the Smart Translator runtime

XIMManager and the firmware are debug builds. They have extra checks in them to ensure everything is running as expected.

Scenarios to test and make sure performance is correct and expected:

- All your mouse and keyboard harware
- All your mice at higher DPIs (up to 1000)
- All your audio equipment


There 2 important things you need to watch out for and report back about:

1) On your XIM3, you'll see a "C" and "T" value display. After at least an hour of gameplay, please report back if those numbers aren't all 0.
2) When using XIMManager, if you ever see an "Assert" dialog box come up, please report what it says.

Known issues:

1) Support for RAT 7, but, XIMManager required for button binding.


======================================================================

BUILD HISTORY

Build "610"
  XIMManager:
    - Secondary button binding (NOTE: Currently available only through XIMManager)
    - Acceleration value not copying to device bug fixed
  Firmware:
    - Secondary button support

Build "607"
  XIMManager:
    - Hyperlinks fixed in upgrade notifications
    - “Unused” buttons are now ignored during automatic binding
    - Fixed Config List sort issues
    - Fixed Assert on shutdown when copying back changes to Device
  Firmware:
    - Code restructuring

Build "606"
  XIMManager:
    - No Changes
  Firmware:
    - Fixed intermittant device freezing (resulting in being "stuck" in last input)

Build "605"
  XIMManager:
    - Details here: http://www.xim3.com/community/index.php?topic=3819.msg165665#msg165665
  Firmware:
    - Improved audio support
    - Support for 125, 250, 500, and 1000 mouse poll rates
    - Improved controller compatibility

372
Did you happen to have your XIM3 connected to your PC through a hub?

373
Release Candidates / Hardware compatibility srub
« on: 11:12 AM - 06/11/11 »
Hey everyone, please go through the hardware compat list (http://www.xim3.com/community/index.php?topic=8399.0), look for your harware, and report errors in that list with respect to build 610 here.

374
Release Candidates / XIMManager-20110610-BETA
« on: 12:42 AM - 06/11/11 »
NOTE: Do not share this drop outside this private board! This is a very important drop and we need a lot of participation.

Build "610"
  XIMManager:
    - Secondary button binding (NOTE: Currently available only through XIMManager)
    - Acceleration value not copying to device bug fixed
  Firmware:
    - Secondary button support

XIMManager and the firmware are debug builds. They have extra checks in them to ensure everything is running as expected.

Scenarios to test and make sure performance is correct and expected:

- All your mouse and keyboard harware
- All your mice at higher DPIs (up to 1000)
- All your audio equipment


There 2 important things you need to watch out for and report back about:

1) On your XIM3, you'll see a "C" and "T" value display. After at least an hour of gameplay, please report back if those numbers aren't all 0.
2) When using XIMManager, if you ever see an "Assert" dialog box come up, please report what it says.

Known issues:

1) Support for RAT 7, but, XIMManager required for button binding.
2) Some controllers never stop blinking


======================================================================

BUILD HISTORY

Build "607"
  XIMManager:
    - Hyperlinks fixed in upgrade notifications
    - “Unused” buttons are now ignored during automatic binding
    - Fixed Config List sort issues
    - Fixed Assert on shutdown when copying back changes to Device
  Firmware:
    - Code restructuring

Build "606"
  XIMManager:
    - No Changes
  Firmware:
    - Fixed intermittant device freezing (resulting in being "stuck" in last input)

Build "605"
  XIMManager:
    - Details here: http://www.xim3.com/community/index.php?topic=3819.msg165665#msg165665
  Firmware:
    - Improved audio support
    - Support for 125, 250, 500, and 1000 mouse poll rates
    - Improved controller compatibility

375
Release Candidates / Polling rates
« on: 04:14 PM - 06/08/11 »
Hey everyone, has anyone tried using their mouse at different polling rates? If so, did you feel any quality differences? If so, what mouse do you have?

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