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  1. #71
    This video is an update to one we made about two years ago. A lot has changed in the Z1 Analyzer in that time. A new video was needed - and here it is!

    The display of the Z1 Analyzer is highly customizable, and knowing how to take advantage of that customization and the information it provides you is really important when it comes to getting the most out of the Z1 Analyzer, and in the end becoming a faster driver - and that is what it is all about.

    If you'd like to skip around and watch specific parts of the video here they are:
    Orientating the Track Map 0:39
    Zooming In 2:25
    Changing Displayed Information 4:40
    Positioning Traces 7:26
    Showing and Hiding Windows 9:49

    Download the demo here:

  2. #72
    Version 1.15 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available!

    This latest version has lots of improvements as well as new features. The big one is the ability for commercial users to import data from external sources!

    In addition you can now compare laps from different sims or real life data against each other. So if you want to compare iRacing and Assetto Corsa, or your real life track day against a sim, you can do so!

    The new Import External Data dialog.

    The updated finish line graphic makes it easier to identify the S/F line on track maps.

    You can now choose the colors you want to use for the throttle/brake overlays.

    The Ride Height analysis has been updated to allow for side-by-side displays, and improved graphics.

    The Status Bar now displays the car, driver and time info for the loaded laps.

    The latest demo can be downloaded here:

    Existing users can get this update here:

    Here is the full list of release notes:
    * There is a new commercial feature for importing external data from csv files. This data is converted into zod2 files which can then be read by the Z1 Analyzer. This feature is available under File->Import External Data, or CTRL-I for a keyboard shortcut.

    The dialog has 3 sections. The first is where you select the file you want to import. This must be csv file. It should contain data from one or more laps. Click the Browse button to open a file dialog and then select the file through that dialog. After you select the file, the first 50 rows form the file will be displayed in the table in section 3.

    After selecting the file you need to fill out the items in section 2. You can type these in manually or you can right click on the cell in the section 3 table that contains the appropriate information and then select the action from the popup menu. For example most CSV file from other data sources will contains the track, driver and car name in the first few rows. If you right click on the driver name and choose 'Set as Driver Name' from the menu that cell's data will be placed in the Driver Name text field of the second section.

    The track length is the only optional field in section 2. If you do not enter a value here then one of the columns from the CSV file must be the 'Lap Distance' data channel.

    After filling out section 2, you should specify the various data channels and units for all appropriate columns in the section 3 table. You can scroll this table using the blue scroll bars, both vertically and horizontally. You can also use the mouse wheel to scroll vertically. For every column you want to import, you need to select the appropriate data channel from the drop down. Any column marked as 'Ignored' will not be imported. The following data channels are the minimum that must be specified: Current Time, Lap Percent or Lap Distance. Latitude, Longitude, and Altitude are highly recommended. If they are not supplied then a circle will be generated as the track map. All others are optional. Of course the more you specify the more data you will have.

    Each data channel has specific units associated with it. After you choose the data channel from the top drop down, the drop down underneath will update itself with the available units for that data channel. Make sure the selected units match what is contained in your source csv file. For example if you have selected 'Lap Distance' and your CSV file has recorded lap distance in kilometers, then you'll need to set the units drop down for that column to 'Kilometers'.

    The final step is to specify which row contains the first row of data. Left click on whichever row this is. That row will be highlighted and have a line draw above it. Only data from this row downwards will be imported.

    Click the Import button to proceed. If you have not specified a track length, then the file will first be scanned to determine the length of the track. Afterwards it will be scanned again to convert the data into a zod2 file format. The file will be stored in Documents\Z1Analyzer\ExternalData\Telemetry. You only need to do the import one time for each CSV file.

    You will receive a message once the import is finished altering you that it has completed. You will also be asked if you would like to add the laps to the Analyzer's list of available laps. You will need to do this to open them in the Analyzer. Click Yes if you would like to do so at this time. If you click No, you can always perform a Lap Scan at a later time to add the laps to the Analyzer's list of available laps.

    * You can now open laps from the same track from different sims. Both tracks have to have the same name for this to work. This is intended to allow you to open a lap from a sim track and compare it to a lap from an external data file (real world) track. The name of the sim and the track map data will be taken from the main lap (and not the base lap).

    * When exiting the Lap Scan dialog you will be prompted if you would like to open a lap. Answering Yes will immediately open the Lap Selection dialog, removing the step of having to choose it from the menus.

    * The Ride Height Analysis screen has been updated to use the improved rendering engine that is used on the other analysis screens.

    * The Ride Height Analysis screen will now show two laps side by side when you have two laps loaded.

    * The brake point analysis screen has been improved so that the act of dragging your brakes is not counted as a brake zone.

    * We have added comments on the overview analysis screen's braking section to include information about whether or not you are dragging your brakes during the lap.

    * The behavior of selecting drivers from the popup menu in the Select Lap dialog has changed. If you right click on the list of available laps you will see the standard popup menu. Selecting 'Show Drivers' from this popup menu will display the list of all drivers whose laps are displayed in the scroll window. By clicking on the driver name you can choose if you'd like to display that driver's laps or not. This works fine when you have a few drivers. But when you have 10 or more drivers it becomes a two step process to display the laps from just one driver. You have to first select 'No Drivers' from the top of the list, then right click again, go back to the 'Show Driver' sub menu and then choose the driver name. In version 1.15 of the Analyzer if all drivers are displayed, as would be the case when you first choose a sim and track, when you select a driver name the Analyzer will display laps from only that driver, hiding the laps from the other divers. This is a shortcut to get the laps displayed from the desired driver. You can then add other drivers into the mix, or display them all again if you choose.

    * The above behavior changes have also been implemented when you select from the list of cars in the drop down menu.

    * You can now specify the colors used to display the throttle and brake overlays on the track maps. These colors can be set in the Colors tab of the settings dialog. They are located near the bottom (scroll down) under the Track Map section and are called 'Brake Overlay' and 'Throttle Overlay'.

    * Drawing the sector line on the various analysis screen track maps has been improved to have the lines better meet the track edges.

    * The S/F line on the analysis screen track maps has been updated to be a checked flag pattern instead of a red rectangle when the throttle/brake overlay is displayed to avoid confusion with the default braking color.

    * We've added more YouTube video links to the YouTube Help menu. Please check these out to get the most out of the Analyzer and its features.

    * The status bar at the bottom of the screen now also displays the driver name, car and lap time for the currently loaded laps. This makes it possible to see that data when the Lap Data window is not displayed.

    * Instructions on how to make sure you have a track map in live telemetry are now displayed if they are needed. This would be when you are seeing the default square track map.

    * Compatible with the updated RaceRoom API. Note this update is not backwards compatible with the older RaceRoom API.

    * Implemented alpha version of live telemetry to F1 2018. Note as this is a beta feature there may be bugs with connecting to F1 2018 at this time.

    Get the demo today:

  3. #73
    We've just released an update to the Z1 Analyzer. This new version, 1.15.2, fixes a bug that could have caused the Analyzer to crash when importing external data.

    We've also added a new YouTube link to a video explaining how the import external data process works.

    Existing users can get this version here:

    New users can download the demo here:

  4. #74
    One of the great new commercial features of version 1.15 of the Z1 Analyzer is the ability to import external data. This lets you use all the great features of the Z1 Analyzer to view data generated from other sources, such as real world cars. In addition that data can then be compared against data generated in a sim as well.

    To download the latest version of the Z1 Analyzer please visit:

  5. #75
    Version 1.16 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available! With lots of improvements and additions this is a must have telemetry application for any serious sim racer, and now real world racer!

    Some highlights of this version are the introduction of a new license type - the Track license.
    This let's you import real world data and view it in the Analyzer, and compare it to a sim lap.

    Commercial users can now run live telemetry against a recorded lap with those laps overlaid by lap distance or percentage.

    The Analysis screen and its description screen can now be moved and resized like any other window.

    You can now save column mappings in the Import External Data dialog.

    You can import both CSV and LOG files, making it easy to import RaceCapture data files.

    You can download the demo here:

    Existing users can update here:

    Here is the full list of release notes:
    * Track License - this is a new license type. It is intended for those users who want to utilize the Z1 Analyzer in real world scenarios. This license gives you access to the Import External Data feature of the Analyzer. This is compatible with data logging systems such as AIM or RaceCapture, or any other one that outputs data in a CSV format .

    Once your real world data has been imported into the Analyzer all the standard tools within the Analyzer are available to you to review the data. This includes all the traces, custom traces, and analysis screens. You can compare two separate real world laps, just as you would any other laps. In addition you can compare your imported laps to a lap done in a sim.

    This license type is available on the Try/Buy page of the website ( Existing users can upgrade from a standard license to a track license by going to the My Dashboard section of the website ( Once logged in there with their order number they will see an option to upgrade to the track license.

    After purchasing a track license, the same pricing options apply regarding updates or the monthly subscription as apply to the standard license.

    * The Analysis screen and its associated description screen are now movable and resizable just like the traces and track maps. In addition you can have the map track map and the analysis screens displayed simultaneously.

    * When viewing live telemetry and comparing it to a base lap, you can now choose to compare the laps by time, lap percentage or lap distance. Comparing by lap time is what has always been the case in previous versions. Comparing by lap time overlays the two graphs by where they are in time on their laps. This lets you see if you are falling behind or are pulling ahead of the other lap. Comparing by lap percentage overlays the two graphs by where they are on the track. This lets you see in real time how the inputs of each lap compare at the exact location on the track. Comparing by lap distance is the same as by lap percent, but the x-axis will display the distance round the track in feet or meters rather than by percentage. This is a commercial only feature.

    * The 'Use Live Extents' option has been improved, reducing the performance hit that could be incurred when using this feature. When this feature is turned on the live telemetry will use the values of the main lap to determine the various y-axis values in each trace. This feature is always on for non-commercial users. Commercial users have the option of turning this feature off and using the base lap to determine the y-axis values in the traces.

    * Live telemetry now can show the sector divisions on the traces, when supported by the sim.

    * When saving a custom layout the current color palette will now be saved along with the layout. When loading a layout its color palette will also be loaded, replacing the current color palette.

    * The Lap Scan debug option now outputs more data. This will make it easier to diagnose any issues with laps not being found.

    * Scanning of ZOD2 files has been improved. The Analyzer will now check to make sure all laps that can be extracted from a ZOD2 file actually exist, and if not it will recreate them. Previously if a ZOD2 file was scanned, and then a file it created was deleted, there was no was to get that deleted file back again.

    * When scanning ZOD2 files the Lap Scan dialog will now report the name of the file being scanned and the number of laps currently found within it. Previously the display would show no updates until the ZOD2 files were scanned. This resulted in it appearing as if the lap scan was hung up.

    * There is now an option in the Import External Data dialog to save column mappings. After you have specified all the column mappings and their units, click the Save Mapping button. You'll be prompted for a name for the mapping. Then click OK. This mapping will then be available to load in the future. To load a previously saved mapping, choose its name from the Load Mapping drop down. The column mappings will then be applied to the currently selected file. This new option saves time if you have a standard file format or two that you repeatedly import.

    * The Import External Data dialog now lets you import file of type 'LOG', as long as those files are in the same CSV format as a CSV file. This allows for more easy importing of data from applications like RaceCapture.

    * The Import External Data option now lets you import data files where there are gaps on the data. There are some data files where the data is only recorded when it changes. This leaves blank cells in some of the rows. In this case the Analyzer will fill in those blanks with the previous value for the data channel.

    Download the demo here:

  6. #76
    Version 1.16.1 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available. This fixes a couple of bugs that were found in version 1.16.0.

    * Fixed a bug that could cause the Analyzer to crash when attempting to open laps if it was unable to connect to our servers when requesting data on other laps.

    * Fixed a bug that could prevent the external import data process from running properly if the track length was specified.

    Download the demo here:

    Existing users can get the update here:

  7. #77
    We've just released version 1.16.2 of the Z1 Analyzer! This fixes a couple of bugs as well as introduces a couple of small improvements to version 1.16.

    * The limit for the number of cars or drivers that can be displayed in the drop downs for the popup menu when selecting a lap has been increased from 100 to 1,000. This is sue to the number of different laps now available on our servers.

    * Fixed a bug that resulted in imported external data not always matching up properly with sim data when displaying traces by time.

    * The Track License will now allow for up to 20 different Layouts. Previously was the same as the standard license at 10. The commercial license allows for an unlimited number of layouts.

    * The Open Layout and Save Layout dialogs now show the number of saved layouts in parenthesis after the 'Saved Layouts' title.

    * The Edit Trace dialog now shows the number of saved custom traces in parenthesis after the 'Trace Name' title.

    * You can now delete a custom trace in the Edit Custom Traces dialog. Right click on the custom trace name you wish to delete and choose 'Delete Custom Trace'. Note if the trace was being used in the currently displayed layout then it will remain there until you select a different trace to replace it, or until you select a different layout, or you restart the Analyzer. Any saved layouts that used the deleted custom trace will have that custom trace replaced by the Throttle trace.

    You can download the demo here:

    Existing users can update here:

  8. #78
    One of the great unique features of the Z1 Analyzer is Track Edges. This lets you see where the edges of the track are when viewing your driving line. A driving line shown in empty space just doesn't help much. But once you add the left and right edges of the track you can really see where you are on the lap.

    Driving line with Track Edges showing:

    We've updated the list of available laps to show which tracks have pre-defined track edge files. When you view a lap from one of these tracks the track edges will automatically be downloaded from our servers so you can easily and properly view the driving line on your Z1 Analyzer.

    The new Track Edge icon shown on our website indicates pre-defined track edges:

    See what is available here:

    In addition to the track edges there are over 27,000 laps that you can compare yourself against!
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  9. #79
    In this video we discuss what we've been up to over the past month and what our goals are for the next month or so.

    Including updated on the website, emails, current versions, sim compatibility, future feature lists and more.

    The current demo can be downloaded here:

  10. #80
    Version 1.17 of the Z1 Analyzer is now available! As always we've got some great updates and improvements to this industry leading telemetry analysis software.

    Some highlights are:
    Commercial users can now print out the traces, track map, and analysis screens.

    Commercial and Track users can now load laps from tracks with differing names. This makes it much easier to compare laps from the real world with sim laps.

    The minimum/maximum/average values of a trace are now displayed at the right side of the trace's title bar.
    You can choose the have the trace display where the max/min/average values occur.

    Custom traces can now have specific colors for each individual custom trace created.

    There is now a pause button in the track map. This lets you pause playback of the lap, keeping the current time round the lap displayed.

    Existing users can get the update here:

    New users can get the demo here:

    Here is the full list of release notes:
    * The maximum, minimum and average values that occur within a trace are now displayed on the right end of the trace's title header. Note if you are using the old style title headers (where they appear on the left side of the trace) then the max/min/average values are not displayed due to room constraints.

    * There is an option to mark the points on the trace graphs where the maximum, minimum and average values occur. Select the Display->Show Extents option, or type the CTRL+E key combination to toggle this feature on or off. When on you will see the maximum value marked by a vertical line with a circle at the top. The minimum value is marked by a vertical line with a circle at the bottom. The average value is marked by a horizontal line with a circle at both ends. A maximum/minimum marker will be displayed every time the graph hits the appropriate value. If a graph reaches a maximum or minimum value and then stays at that value, the appropriate marker will only be displayed at the beginning of that section of graph. The graph's value will have to change, either up or down, before another maximum or minimum marker is displayed.

    Note that the brake pressure trace only shows the maximum value. Also note that traces that show percentage displays do not show the maximum or minimum extents on the trace. This includes the throttle, raw throttle, brake, raw brake, clutch and tire wear traces.

    * Printing - this is a new commercial feature. Select File->Print, or use the keyboard shortcut, CTRL+P to display the print dialog. This allows you to print the currently displayed traces and/or any of the Analysis screens. After ticking the checkboxes of what you'd like to print, click the 'Print' button to display the standard Windows print dialog. The traces will print in the same width to height ratio as they are displayed on screen. So if your traces take up more vertical room on screen, they will also do so on the printed page. The track map will use as much of a page as possible. Each of the Analysis screens will take up an entire page. The Overview Analysis screen may take up multiple pages if needed.

    The header of each page is a graphic called 'PrintHeader'. This png file is located in documents/z1analyzer/images. You can replace it with any other file you like to customize the header of each page. The suggested dimensions of this file are 6,000 pixels wide by 760 pixels high. The image will be scaled to fit the printer page as necessary.

    There is a new tab in the settings dialog called 'Print Colors'. This tab lets you customize the colors used to print the various traces. These colors are independent from the ones used when displaying the traces on screen. Note that unlike the screen colors, which are saved with each layout and can therefore differ by layout, there is only one set of printed colors that is always used when printing information.

    Note due to using the industry standard CTRL+P keyboard combination to display the print dialog, the keyboard shortcuts for playing, pausing and stopping play back of a lap have been changed to CTRL+M, CTRL+ALT+M, and CTRL+SHIFT+_M respectively.

    * Various improvements to how the Select Lap dialog works and responds to inputs.

    * The Track List drop down in the Select Lap dialog can now be scrolled using the mouse wheel.

    * The Column Data Point Mapping drop downs in the Import External Data dialog can now be scrolled using the mouse wheel.

    * Custom traces can now have unique colors for each trace and line. They default to the ones specified in the settings Screen Color tab. But you can change them in the Edit Trace Dialog. Click on the color swatch next to the appropriate line for the trace. This will display a color chooser dialog. Select the color you want and click OK. You can do this for each of the formula lines. Once done click Save Trace. This feature is intended to make the user of multiple custom traces each to visually distinguish from one another. Note that if you change the default colors for custom traces (in the settings Screen Color tab) the Analyzer will update the colors used in the custom traces if that custom trace still uses the default color. If you have chosend a specific color for a custom trace then that color will no longer be updated when you change the default colors.

    * A PI button has been added to the New Trace Dialog as an option for inclusion in your trace formulas. PI is evaluated to 3.14159265358979323846.

    * There is now a pause button that can be used when playing back laps. This pause function can be activated by clicking on the pause button icon above the track map or in the Analysis screens, or by choosing Pause Lap from the Laps menu, or by using the CTRL-ALT-P key combination. The pause option toggles the playback of a lap. You can un-pause the lap by either selecting Pause again, or by selecting Play. When pause is engaged the lap time displayed in the Lap Data window and in the status bar at the bottom of the Analyzer will be where you currently are on the lap.

    The Stop button will now completely stop playing the lap and reset the play back speed to full speed (if it had been reduced to a slower pace). It will also display the full lap time of the lap in the Lap Data time display and in the status bar at the bottom of the Analyzer.

    * The current debug mode, if one is selected, will be displayed at the bottom right of the status bar. This will alert you to any currently active debug modes. Certain debug modes can substantially slow down the operation of the application, and are only intended to be turned on if you are trying to debug certain issues. At all other times the debug mode should be turned off.

    * The option to automatically run the lap scan at startup has been changed. if this option is on, which it is by default, the Analyzer will ask if you'd like to scan for new laps upon startup. This gives you the option of not always having to run the lap scan on startup when this option is turned on.

    * Our track edge database is now available to be used with laps that are created from External Data. The system will scan our database to look for a match based on the name of the track being similar to what you entered as the name of the track. If a match is found then that set of track edges will be downloaded. If multiple matches are found then you will be given the option of which track edges you'd like to download. This is useful for tracks that have multiple configurations. Note for this to work you must have imported GPS data for your lap.

    * Track and Commercial license holders now have the option to compare laps from tracks with different names. This is intended to make it easier to compare real world laps with laps done in the sim. Previously the track names had to be an exact match for them to be compared. This is no longer the case. Now if you try to open a lap for comparison and that lap has a different track name from the currently loaded main or base lap you will see a message dialog asking you if you want to open the lap to compare it, even though the track name is different. Clicking 'Yes' will open the lap without removing the existing lap. Clicking 'No' will clear the existing lap(s) before loading the new one. For example you may have a main lap loaded from real life data with a track name of 'Lime Rock', and want to compare it to a sim lap where the track is called 'Lime Rock Full'. In this case you'd click the Yes option in the new message dialog. Note this new option will let you compare laps from completely different tracks (for example Lime Rock and Road America). While that is possible we don't advise it, as the data won't line up or be useful.

    You can download the demo here:

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