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01-02-2006, 03:07 AM
Hi all,

I've been working with Grat on the next generation program but thought I'd take the oppurtunity to continue development of the existing IL2-MAT Manager program by incorporating some additions and changes that have been requested.

Below are two pictures showing them.


The above shows two new Luftwaffe markings options requested by CSThor. These will be displayed on all Luftwaffe late-war fighters such as the Bf-109G-14. K-4. Fw-190Ds, TA-152, ME-262 etc. You have two options, one with the white minimal stlye white balkenkreuzes and solid black hakenkreuze and the other with the minimal style black balkenkreuzes and solid black hakenkreuzes.
These options will, I think, work nicely with Ian and Co.'s "Ostfront".

Also, by request, I have change the JG54 emblems option into a drop down box which offers four alternatives, large (default) size, smaller size, combined emblems and a new option to disable them independantly of other fighter unit emblems. Again, I think this will work well with "Ostfront".


I have added. by request, two new Finnish markings options. These use a different and I'm advised, more historically accurate blue colour for the hakenkreuze. The hakenkreuze is also larger to almost fill the roundel. I have also changed the roundel colur of the Low Visibility option slightly.

Lastly, on advise, I have changed the Israeli roundel option by removing the black circle around the roundel.

I maybe able to incorporate a few more new things but I'm pushed for time and this is intended as a small update rather than an extensive new version.

Best Regards and Happy New Year to all,


01-02-2006, 05:21 AM
Living Treasure http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

01-02-2006, 06:36 PM
cannot wait...i love MAT manager

01-02-2006, 06:38 PM
You rule, Aces!

01-02-2006, 07:47 PM
Good stuff, as always.

01-03-2006, 03:15 AM
Thanks chaps,

I'll post any news here. Unless any extra new features creep in I expect to release pretty soon.

Best Regards


01-03-2006, 05:37 AM
Good news mate http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif.

01-03-2006, 07:37 AM
Hi Aces http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Been waiting for your program update m8. Great job and can't wait to have it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif


01-03-2006, 10:43 AM
Great to hear, you still work on the MAT-Manager. It's one of the best enhancements of PF, maybe the very best ever. Thanks for your restless work. Can't await the new version. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif

Perhaps you may have a closer look at the problem posted in my screenshot. Maybe, it's a bug since the last one or two updates. Can't remember, that this was missing in the older versions. Additonally the numbers from 5 to 8 seem to be rhe default ones as well. The lower numbers seem to use the new mats how intended. It doesn't any matter, id I choose the white/black Gruppe numbers or some in annother color. The numbers show up correctly, but the symbol is always the same from the default game.

Tried to deinstall my previous Mat-Manager, that was patched step by step with the newest update and installed the latest 2.33 full. Also cleared cache and all other related folders, where Mat- and tga-files have been copied. But the result is always the same missing texture. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif


01-03-2006, 12:12 PM
Thanks chaps,


Hi mate,

I haven't seen this problem before, first off you can try re-synching the GUI to the files. I suggest setting the fisrt staffel to white numbers then do as follows:

Click on the "save" button located in the control panel.

Then click on the "load" tab located on the top left of the GUI.

Then quit the program and wait for all files to be copied and then run the game and see if the problem has been solved.

You shouldn't have to do this every time you quit MAT Manager only oncfe in a while t's good to re-synch the GUI and make sure that it represents the files copied.

Please let me know how you get on.

Best Regards to all


01-03-2006, 03:03 PM
Did what you've suggested - unfortunately no success. Everything works fine exept the numbers higher than 4 and the symbols for the the second squad. Maybe my download was corrupted and some files are missing. Would be the only logical explanation. I also was athonished, that no one else here has noticed it much earlier than me, 'cause I don't play FB as much as some other guys here.
Will uninstall the previous files and download and install once again the latest version.
However, thanks for reply, mate!


01-03-2006, 03:40 PM
Okay mate,

Sorry that didn't fix it for you. I hope the re-install sorts it. I have tested here and can't replicate the problem so I think it must be local to your install.



01-03-2006, 04:46 PM
I sometimes had a similar problem with getting rid of the RAF squadron unit badges - although left unchecked in the GUI (i.e. NOT to appear in game) the gane would load and there they'd be!

However, after some resets and a coupla saves and then loading again, it all works as advertised. I haven't yet seen the problem you describe Ralph but I'll keep an eye open for it...

01-03-2006, 06:19 PM
Well, forget about it! Clearing all related folders and reinstalling the latest version cured it. Everything works now as it shouldt http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif Computers often do strange things.
Thanks for your friendly support, guys! Now I can rest in peace and wait for the update.


01-04-2006, 07:33 AM
I'll be first in the quew to download!!!

01-06-2006, 05:36 PM
Aces, while your around - I have a small problem when Luftwaffe unit badges are set to small and appear as such in QMB, they remain as the default large ones in Dgen missions.
I have reinstalled but see the same thing so I'm certain that the problem lies with me. Also, does anyone know how to activate the alternative white Dutch codes?

Lord, I'm such a duffer http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

01-07-2006, 02:04 AM
Hi chaps,

Not sure about the luftwaffe badges/DGen thing I'll have to have a look at D-Gen. The Dutch numbering can be activated by the "NL" checkbox which is located to the left of the "Control Panel" below "Japanese #".

Best Regards


02-10-2006, 10:30 AM
Thank you for this wonderful tool ^_^
It's basically the best for me, since i love to take pics of my planes...

Anyway a couple of questions:
Is it possible to make a separate selection for italian planes and their correct numbering since they've been added in decent numbers now?
Expecially it would be nice to have a selection possible between the pre-armistice round fascist insigna (possibly in white or black), the ANR post armistice square fascist insigna (possibly white and black) and the post armistice co-belligerant roundel.
Moreover some models don't have the appropriate squadron numbers near the actual airplane number.

Another thing: when i select the no numbers option for japanese zeros and such (the in game ones are absolutely horrible and anti-historical), i noticed it removes some of the numbering from some IJN bombers too, like the first Betty from the first first flight of the first squadron of each kokutai and some apparently random ones. Is this a known issue? Is it possible to adress it?

Thank you again for your efforts.

02-10-2006, 04:33 PM
Hi Aces,

Looking forward to the new version - I've always thought that the IL-2 MAT Manager was the best 3rd party addition to realism besides my Track IR http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

I have a niggling problem, though. Since IL-2 MAT manager 2.33+, I haven't been able to get your markings http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif From a fresh install of FB+AEP+PF, then the patches, I install the 2.33+ standalone install without a problem.

However, when I go through and select new marking, apply, and make sure they copy through, I don't get ANY of your markings in-game. Just the stock standard, plastic looking markings.

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/cry.gif I never had this problem with the older versions, and I REALLY want to try the new transparent markings.


02-10-2006, 10:04 PM
Is the 2.34 version available because i went to your website & only saw the 2.33 version in the downloads section

02-12-2006, 12:42 PM
I am trying to edit the marking images to give haken 3 a black centre instead of just a light outline, as most of the pictures I have seen (in for example Wings of the Luftwaffe) show this style to be common even at the end of the war when the Balkan cross was often only white.

Ideally I want to just "fill in" the middle of the lightly weathered haken3.tga file from winter 44/45.

Unfortunately paintshop pro 7 keeps dropping the colour depth down to 24 bit and as a result the game won't recognise the file and display it.

Does any body know a way around this?

02-13-2006, 04:36 AM
Hi Viper m8,

I'm at work and real busy right now but will post back later when I get home with some info for you.



02-14-2006, 02:04 AM

02-14-2006, 03:13 AM
Hi mate,

Send me the TGA and an indication of what colour etc. you want and I'll do it and send back instructions for re-producing the effect etc.


Leigh (Aces)

03-07-2006, 01:12 PM
sorry to go OT but i cant think of anywhere else to post.

i have installed il2 mat manager v2.33 over a clean install of both il2 and the addons, and il2 mat.

set clearcache=0 and selected the right box in the mat manager.

no matter what i do i never ever get the markings to show in my game, theyre installed correctly i am sure.
i just cant get them to work and as you know the original markings are appalling.

any advice please ?

03-09-2006, 05:59 AM
Originally posted by Aces_High_2:
Hi all,

I've been working with Grat on the next generation program but thought I'd take the oppurtunity to continue development of the existing IL2-MAT Manager program by incorporating some additions and changes that have been requested.


IL2-MAT Manager is superlative !!!!! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Did you included support for Spanish Republican Airforce Service in next version ?????

I just posted an Il2DCG S.C.W. campaign supporting IL2-MAT Manager......It's available at:


at the free add-on section

Best Regards