MotionMax 2DOF Edition
By Zappadoc All Rights Reserved. (First Release v1.0 – 2019-12-05)
MotionMax Manager 2DOF+TL (MMX2) Software is now available from EKSIMRacing foundation or HERE
MotionMax 2DOF is compatible with simulator based on Dyadic SCN5 or SCN6 actuators ( 100 mm or 150 mm stroke)
PDF version of this Getting Started Web Page, HERE
Terms And Conditions
MotionMax Manager 2DOF Edition
(including all software apps, services and plugins)
Copyright ©2015-2021 by Zappadoc – All rights reserved.
Edited by EKSIMRacing
Get the most advanced and professional 2DOF motion platform manager.
A powerful tool for your 2DOF simulator!
More info here:
EKSIMRACING TERMS AND CONDITIONS (ABSTRACT):
By using our software you agree to all the terms and conditions of use below:
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OR CONTRIBUTORS BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL,
EXEMPLARY, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF YOUR HARDWARE.
YOU MUST READ AND RESPECT THE HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS INCLUDED
WITH YOUR SIMULATOR MACHINE.
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Getting Started With MotionMax Manager 2DOF Edition
You’re about to install the software MotionMax Manager dedicated to your 2DOF Simulator,
Windows System Requirements:
Windows OS 64bit up to date 7/8/8.1/10 (recommended to run as Administrator on Windows 8/8.1/10)
Min. Hardware Requirements:
A gaming PC capable of running a simulation or game at 60 FPS or higher (screen resolution minimum 1600×900)
(with 1 USB 2.0 port available or better with a HUB USB 2.0 with external Power Adapter)
The 2DOF Simulator
IMPORTANT: all SCN actuators of your simulator must have the SAME STROKE 100 mm or 150 mm, you can’t mix stroke.
About Your Hardware
We assume here that ALL THE HARDWARE IS READY TO USE AND THE 2DOF MACHINE CONNECTED TO THE PC, which includes you follow the mounting and wiring instructions from your supplier.
– you completely read, understood and agreed to the TERMS And Conditions of use of the MotionMax Manager software,
– you respected fully the THE HEALTH AND SAFETY PRECAUTIONS INCLUDED WITH YOUR SIMULATOR MACHINE,
– you already built the 2DOF Machine and follow the mounting instructions to put the 2 or more actuators in the correct position and you assign the internal ID = ZERO to them (ID=0 is a factory default setting so you normally don’t have to worry about the ID of your SCN),
– you already installed the driver of your COM<>USB interface (RS485<>USB Converter) included with your simulator, The FTDI driver (CDM v2.12.28 WHQLCertified ) for Windows 64bit is available HERE (
– you already connected each actuator to the corresponding COM ports on the COM-Ports interface included with your simulator,
– you already connected the USB cables from the COM-Ports unit to your PC (preferably to a DEDICATED USB HUB),
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– VERY IMPORTANT: you already DOUBLE-CHECKED all your COM Ports using the Windows Devices Manager and set the Timer Latency to 1 ms (see the screenshot above) in the Advanced Options of each Windows COM Ports,
– so you know exactly which COM port is connected to each actuator (Right, Left, TL). It’s recommended to write it down.
IMPORTANT: we do not do the hardware support of your simulator, if you need assistance contact your hardware supplier.
MMXSCNInfo App – The Purpose Of This Tool:
CHECK IF YOUR SIMULATOR IS COMPATIBLE WITH MOTIONMAX MGR,
CHECK THE POSITION OF YOUR SCN ACTUATORS AND IDENTIFY THE COM PORTS OF YOUR ACTUATORS,
COPY YOUR MOTIONMAX 2DOF SERIAL NUMBER,
AND REGISTER YOUR SOFTWARE LICENSE
– download it HERE
– launch it (if app won’t start see HERE)
– select the correct port COM of your SCN 1 and SCN 2, IMPORTANT: Internal SCN ID must be at 0 (ZERO)
– tick the checkboxes “Move SCN To Home If Detected” and “Move SCN To Center If Detected” (see the screenshot below)
– then click buttons “CHECK” for SCN1, the FIRST (on right) should move
– do the same with SCN 2 (left actuator should move)
(MotionMax serial number is now available in the textbox at the bottom as soon as both SCN are fully checked and can be copied for reference)
Now everything is correctly installed, your COM ports of the SCN on right and left are perfectly identified, your SN# can be copied to register your software license if needed (right-click the SN# to copy).
– Click REGISTER button to make your donation (a minimum donation to help EKSIMRacing foundation is required to get your software license)
– IMPORTANT: Create your support account to complete your registration and get the link to download MotionMax Manager 2DOF software.
Congrats! You have fully completed your registration.
A notification will be sent to your support account to confirm your registration (within 12h – check your spam/junk mailbox or connect to your support account if you didn’t get it). Read carefully this notification, download and install MotionMax Manager 2DOF and continue reading the following getting started information.
The Color Code
The 2DOF Simulator and MotionMax Manager use a colors code to identify easily each actuator. By scrupulously respecting the colors code you will be able to install the actuators in the correct order very easily.
Each Actuator must have an internal ID set to ZERO and a color to identify its position on the motion platform
RIGHT SCN psition 1 = RED
LEFT SCN position 2 = GREEN
TL SCN position 5 (TL) = CYAN
SURGE SCN position 6 (SURGE) = PURPLE
MotionMax Manager Installation
The basic steps of a new installation
(some time we use MMX, the acronym of MotionMax Manager in the documentation).
Download and run the MotionMax Manager Setup Installer as Administrator to avoid any read/write permission issue with Windows.
IMPORTANT: Watch the video above(
https://www.youtube.com/embed/cOL_F6QSIms?rel=0) before reading the getting started instructions below.
first launch: MotionMax needs to communicate with your simulator, so you have to configure the COM ports for each axis and Restart MotionMax Manager,
A dialog to configure your machine is showed up and you just have to change the COM ports, the stroke of your SCN 100 or 150mm and click the button Save Settings,
DO NOT CHANGE any other parameters unless you perfectly know what you are doing. Check the MotionMax Dashboard documentation for more info on machine settings for beginner, intermediate and PRO.
NOTES: Do not use COM port above COM9 and even if the COM1 is free we suggest to use another COM port (COM2 or greater) for the first actuator , the COM1 is often used by the system itself and prevents a correct initialization of the com port.
– one or more COM ports are missing in the machine settings dialog
Solution: you need to initialize correctly your COM Ports Serial interface, Quit MotionMax Mgr, disconnect the USB cables from the PC or from the USB HUB and reconnect them on the same USB ports. Restart MotionMax Manager, all your COM Ports should be there.
on second launch after the restart of MotionMax Manager, click YES to the dialog asking you for the license to download and install it automatically, The FREX 2DOF Simulator come with a MMX software license, so you don’t have to worry about for other manufacturer click ‘NO’ button and follow instructions of your hardware supplier to get your software license.
>The 2DOF machine will now move to its center automatically,
a) if you reach the timeout, the 2DOF simulator will not going to move to its center and the initialization will be aborted,
Solution: Restart MotionMax Manager and everything will be OK.
b) if your license is not recognized,
Solution: quit and check your hardware installation and fix the order and position of each actuator, follow the colors code to find the corresponding ID (be sure all your SCN are set with ID=0) and connect each actuator to the corresponding COM Ports then restart MotionMax Manager.
In case you need to confirm your simulator serial number to your hardware supplier, click NO button and COPY/PAST the serial number from the Registration Info window (right-click on SN to copy).
This IMPORTANT to avoid any error with the license. A license generated is definitive so please DOUBLE-CHECK before sending it to your supplier.
The Machine is now in center position and MotionMax Manager ask you to Check For Update. Click Cancel to continue checking your machine. You will be able to Check For Update using the main menu of MotionMax Mgr later to keep your installation up to date. It’s recommended to Check For Update regularly to get latest plugins and updates.
When the simulator is centered, a special wizard dialog to check your simulator will popup and helps you to verify if each actuator. On a 2DOF platform the order and position of each actuator is very important.
A complete check must be performed at least once but If you want to skip the checking process for this session, click the QUIT button and go to STEP 4, see below.
With this wizard you can move actuator and check if they are working correctly accordingly to the instructions included with your 2DOF machine.
Use the horizontal slider and click NEXT button to go to next actuator until the end
if they are not moving or not in the correct order, simply click the central button “QUIT” and quit MotionMax Manager to fix your 2DOF machine installation.
REMINDER: you can skip the checking process at any time by clicking the QUIT button
when all actuators are fully checked, the process will continue by moving the machine in ever directions until DOF limits are reached.
Center the machine after the checking process
All buttons are disabled which is normal the platform is not centered. To finalize the checking process and move the 2DOF Simulator to its center, click the CHECK button.
MotionMax Manager is ready
Congrats! The 2DOF Machine is fully tested and MotionMax Manager is ready!
The 2DOF Default Profile is loaded on your dashboard,
We included for your convenience a default of profile ready to use and to be customized. Like a real race car, a good configuration makes the difference and in a few hours you will be able to create your own profile corresponding to the car you drive and the simulation you use that suits your needs but for your first run keep the 2DOF Default profile, it’s not perfect for all car categories but still a good base.
In case your actuators stroke is 150mm (the stroke parameter of your machine settings must be 150), do not forget to push the Amplitude limiter of all DOF available to the max:
Click the big green CONNECT button of the dashboard (click the MotionMax Dashboard TAB for more info about the Dashboard window)
And launch a game or simulation like Assetto Corsa which doesn’t require any configuration to send telemetry
Enjoy your motion rig!
MotionMax Manager User Interface (version 1.0):
The main menu
Toggle MotionMax Dashboard
Hide/show the main dashboard window
Plugins Manager Menu
Show the Plugins Manager window, Use the plugins manager to activate/deactivate plugins and configure the plugin’s options.
Choose the Dark or Default style and restart MotionMax Manager
Check For Update Menu
The Check For Update is IMPORTANT, Use this menu regularly to open the Auto-Updater and get the latest plugins and updates to keep your installation up to date. To get the latest updates:
Run the MotionMax manager and select menu « Check For Update… » and then click the « Download And Install All » button
The Plugins Manager:
The plugins Manager helps you to activate your game plugins and set the options very easily. It is also a way to assign a default DOF Profile to the game which will be automatically loaded at startup.
Each time you install a new plugins, check if it is activated with the Plugins Manager.
The main DASHBOARD window,
Your 2DOF Service or MotionMax Dashboard where every aspect of your machine are controlled.
This one page settings is intentional to quickly find out what’s happening on your machine, what are the DOF settings currently loaded, the effects, the machine settings, etc.
The dashboard is divided in 2 main parts:
Related to incoming telemetry and the DOF settings
These include DOF Pitch, Roll, Sway, Surge, Heave, Yaw Acceleration, Yaw Dynamics or TL (Yaw Dynamics Parameters control efficiently and accurately the traction loss).
The IN GROUP part contains the engine vibration and smoother effects and the HIGH / LOW Pass Washout Filters parameters as well*
By default the IN group settings cannot be edited during a session unless you tick the “Unsafe Mode” checkbox which unlock the DOF Settings and lets you change settings on the fly like the DOF Gain, Amplitude and all other parameters.
The Connect /Disconnect Button
Use this button to connect or disconnect the incoming telemetry from the game or simulation
Some dashboard functions are disabled until the incoming telemetry is disconnected.
Connect At Startup
Usage: click the check-box “Connect At Startup” (under the big connect button) and SAVE your game profile,
next time you start MMX with this game profile, the machine will be connected at startup automatically if the initialization process is OK.
Default And Custom DOF Profiles:
It’s better to create a new DOF profile based on default rather than modify the default profile itself, this way your custom profiles will never be deleted by a re-installation.
To create a new DOF Profile,
Place the cursor into the Profile combo field, type the file name of your profile and hit ENTER key or the SAVE button, The profile is saved in config directory of MotionMax Manager (in your ../Documents/…/MotionMax Manager/cfg/ directory).
A notification is written in the status bar at the bottom when saved.
And the new DOF Profile file is added automatically to the Profiles List
Related to the data output to the simulator and the machine settings information,
This OUT Group part contains several buttons as well:
CHECK button to test the simulator and check the DOF limits
RESET MIN:MAX button to reset the min and max values reached by the DOF data and the machine
HOME button to move the simulator to HOME position
CENTER button to move the simulator to center position
BLOCK/UNBLOCK buttons to stop /start sending data to the machine (see below)
The Block/Unblock Button
Use these Block/Unblock button to interrupt or allow the data stream to go to the machine and stop the motion.
You need to block the simulator to get access to the machine settings (EDIT SETTINGS button).
EDIT SETTINGS button to edit and save the machine settings
(normal/home speed, acceleration, amp gain, machine update rate)
Change only the COM Ports assignment of each actuator and the stroke of your actuators if needed in the machine settings unless you know what you are doing with other parameters. You need to restart MotionMax Manager for the change.to take effect.
The Status Bar
The status bar give you information and warning about your DOF settings and let you define the UI (user interface) update rate.
The Default Skin
The Dark Skin
Quick Hardware Information (Basics):
Please read carefully the hardware manual provided by your supplier with your 2DOF motion platform. The position of your 2DOF right and left actuator in your cockpit is very important and must be correct and maintained. All actuators must have the same specs and the same stroke 100mm or 150mm.
Almost All Plugins are usually included in the installer of SLIMax Manager Pro and MotionMax Manager. Check for update to get the latest version of plugins and keep your install up to date.
Here is the list of plugins available at this date (2020-07, check the plugins page for more info):
Assetto Corsa Pro**,
Assetto Corsa Competizione,
Assetto Corsa XB1/PS4 Console Bridge,
RaceRoom Racing Experience (Sector 3),
All CodeMasters games
Codemasters F1 2020,
Codemasters F1 2019,
Codemasters DiRT Rally 2.0,
Codemasters F1 2018,
Codemasters F1 2017,
Codemasters F1 2017 XB1/PS4 Console Bridge,
Codemasters DiRT 4,
Codemasters DiRT Rally,
Codemasters F1 2016,
Codemasters F1 2016 XB1/PS4 Console Bridge,
Codemasters F1 2015,
Codemasters F1 2014,
Codemasters F1 2013,
Codemasters F1 2012,
Codemasters F1 2011,
Codemasters F1 2010,
Codemasters GRID Autosport,
ALL REIZA Studios
Formula Truck (all versions),
Game Stock Car,
Project CARS 3,
Project CARS 2,
Project CARS 2 XB1/PS4 Console Bridge,
Project CARS XB1/PS4 Console Bridge,
All rFactor Clones
ARCA Sim Racing,
Simbin Steam GTR2,
Simbin Steam Race07 + all packs,
Simbin GTR EVO,
Simbin STCC I / II,
Simbin GT Power,
Simbin Retro Expansion,
Simbin DTM Experience,
KartKraft (Black Delta),
PiBoSo Kart Racing Pro,
PiBoSo MX Bikes,
PiBoSo GP Bikes,
PiBoSo World Racing Series,
Papyrus NASCAR 2003, (outdated)
Live For Speed,
Grand Prix Legends,
Richard Burns Rally,
X Motor Racing,
Euro Truck Simulation 2,
American Truck Simulator (64Bit)
DCS World (Digital Combat Simulator),
Flight Simulator X*,
Flight Simulator 2020*,
NoLimits Roller Coaster Simulation 2*
*Included with MotionMax Manager and available on demand (not free) for SLIMax Manager Pro
**PRO custom plugins available to PRO subscribers only, contact us
MMX 2DOF Concept + SURGE Layer (for huge braking/accelerations)
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