Ideazon Fang Gamepadrobgs - April 9, 2007
There are a number of different ways to start the Z Engine software. On the top left hand side of the Fang, right next to the multimedia keys, you’ll find a button with a “Z” symbol on it. This button is a quick launch button for the Z engine software. Also, you can start the software by navigating to “Start/Programs/Ideazon Z Engine/Z Engine” in your start menu. Finally, once you’ve installed the software, a green “Z” symbol should now reside on your task bar which you can double click, or right click, and select “Z Engine”. If you see a yellow or red “Z” symbol, there may be a problem with the install and you should consult the Fang install guide to troubleshoot. I didn't encounter any problems, so as you can see, the symbol is green.
Once initialized, the Z Engine software or graphical user interface (GUI) displays a representation of the Fang on the right hand window and a listing of what it calls “Mod” files on the left pane. Mod files are preconfigured button layouts made for specific games. The mod files are arranged by game genre, which includes action, role playing, and shooter.
Before we begin the actual configuration of the Fang, we’ll first update the software. In the drop down menu at the top, select “Tools”. In this menu, select “Check for Z Engine updates”. The software will contact the Ideazon website and download any updates that are available for the software. Since we just downloaded the latest version of Z Engine, there probably won’t be any updates available but just to make sure check anyway.
Next, select “Check for Ideazon Mod/Device updates”. This check will compare the list of mod files that exist on your computer to the list of mod files that exist on Ideazon’s website. If it finds any updates, the software will alert you with a dialog box with some of the check boxes selected. If you click a game genre that has a check mark beside it, the menu expands to show the mod file that is new (green font) or out of date (red font). In this case, there are only new mod files available so the font is green.
Once you check the mods you want to update, click on the “Get Selected” button. The mod files are immediately downloaded and applied to your current list. Now that I have a complete listing of mod files, I can configure them for my favorite games.
For this example I will choose Dark Messiah. Dark Messiah is a relatively new role playing game and is, of course, located in the role playing section. I double click the mod file for this game and instantly the buttons on the Fang are configured for use in game.
If the supplied mod file doesn’t quite suit your tastes, no problem. Just modify the buttons to what you would like. At the bottom of the right pane there are two buttons, one labeled “Preview Mode” and the other “Edit Mode”. Click on the edit mode button.
This action drags up two special tool bars. At the bottom, there is an edit tool bar that displays all the information of a certain button that you might want to see. On the far right hand side of the pane there is a button tool bar that will allow you to easily drag and drop a chosen action to any one of the buttons in the Fang GUI.
There is a really cool little feature that I found. If you want to trade two different button positions, just click on the button in the GUI, drag and drop it to the new position and the software intuitively switches the buttons. Nice touch…
If you just want to create a button from scratch or create a macro, it’s almost as easy. For the most part, the bottom tool bar will be used to do this. First, create a name for the new key and enter it in the “Key Text” box. This will display the name on the button in the GUI. Next, enter information about the button in the “Tool Tip” box. The tool tip is the little script that runs when your mouse cursor hovers over the button. The tip usually displays some additional information about the object. Then, input the action key(s) that will give your desired keystroke(s) in the “Action String” box. Also, you can check off the box marked “Record delay” if you would like to build a macro. Finally, select the color for your new button and also the color for the font and press “apply to key”.
Once you have completed these steps, be sure to save your new configuration. You can rearrange or reconfigure the layout as much as you want until you are satisfied that you have achieved the ultimate configuration. For me, I always like to use the default settings first, and then make small adjustments as required to suit my own tastes. Of course, the only way to know if this is a winning configuration is to test it out.