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SMagic Arc App

A racer from Italy who goes by the name of Magic has created a great new app to replace the app that comes with Scaley's ARC power bases. You can download the app from his website

Some of the features include landscape mode, multiple pace cars, infinite throttle profiles with a tool to draw your own profile, and brake button track call.

Chris99 did a quick and dirty movie of the interface a few versions back here.

Magic is doing updates almost hourly. The app is available now for Android and Windows 10 and an iOS version will be coming soon. There are threads for discussion, bug reporting, and requests at SFI.
Pault86
 
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barryhi33

93 posts

When I asked what that app could do for the various ARC products (One/Air/Pro) I was given a link to the Scalextric website comparison list so might as well stick to the official app !

Dr_C

297 posts

I have not yet tried the Magic app but I did see it being briefly trialled at the UK Slotcar Festival over the weekend. From what I saw of the app it looked very good.

 

The most obvious differences/enhancements in comparison with the Scalextric app appear to be:

 

1/ Landscape mode as a display option.

2/ More control over the precise shape of throttle curves (infinitely variable).

3/ Improved modelling of fuel usage and tyre wear - not just based on number of laps.

4/ ability to download and upload driver/race configurations.

(other features too I have no doubt)

 

Meanwhile, I am enjoying using the official Scalextric app on my ipad mini and iphone SE... I really like the bold and very readable graphics and the very straightforward and user-intuitive interface of the Scalextric app. That said, I am looking forward to road testing Magic’s app when the iOS version is released (hopefully soon).

 

It’s always nice to have options :-)

 

Later in the summer I plan to do a side-by-side reliability test of the two apps ... and for me the most critical feature is accuracy of lap counting. I will report back on this in August.

 

Dr_C

The iOS version of the Magic ARC App is out and it looks very good.

At Slot Forum there are threads for bug reports, feature requests, and general discussion of Magic's app.

Magic is incredibly responsive, issuing bug fixes very quickly after bugs are posted.

Thanks to Pault86, I just copy and paste his comments  and of course the creator of the Magic ARC App  

Mataus

3 posts

Bought the ARC Pro for my son and spent 2 weeks trying to figure out why the app wouldn't count more than 1 lap.

Fault was apparent using any car on either lane on a basic oval track using 5 different devices. All other functions of the app worked including, calibration, lane change, braking, etc.

After following all the advice on the forums and contacting Scalextric I still could not use the ARC Pro as the most basic function of lap counting is required.

I came across this Magic ARC app whilst reading the mostly negative reviews of the official Scalextric app on Google play store.

Downloaded the Magic ARC app to android phone and the ARC Pro works perfectly!

I think it's quite embarrassing that the Scalextric app is inferior to an enthusiasts app... not taking anything away from the App creator  'Cristiano Ruisi' as it better in all areas. 

Dr_C

297 posts

@Mataus

Bought the ARC Pro for my son and spent 2 weeks trying to figure out why the app wouldn't count more than 1 lap.

Fault was apparent using any car on either lane on a basic oval track using 5 different devices. All other functions of the app worked including, calibration, lane change, braking, etc.

After following all the advice on the forums and contacting Scalextric I still could not use the ARC Pro as the most basic function of lap counting is required.

I came across this Magic ARC app whilst reading the mostly negative reviews of the official Scalextric app on Google play store.

Downloaded the Magic ARC app to android phone and the ARC Pro works perfectly!

I think it's quite embarrassing that the Scalextric app is inferior to an enthusiasts app... not taking anything away from the App creator  'Cristiano Ruisi' as it better in all areas. 

 

If the official app only counts 1 lap, while the magic app counts laps correctly it is likely due to a faulty exit sensor. The two apps use different methods to avoid double counting of laps. The official app needs the exit sensor to be triggered before the next lap for that car can be counted. The exit sensor is inside the track base piece at the opposite end to the start/finish line. The Magic app does not use the exit sensor in this way... instead it requires a time delay before the next lap can be counter.

 

Causes of a faulty exit sensor can be:

 

1/ Internal plug and socket connectors not seated correctly.

2/ sensor board inserted 180 degress rotated... so lane 1 and lane 2 sensibg is reversed.

3/ internal fault on circuit board (unlikely).

 

Apologies for delay in providing this input...

 

C

 

woodcote

796 posts

Hi Steve - welcome to the forum!

 

The Magic app is not a Scalextric product. It has its own support network on Slot Forum, so it is best to post your question there: https://www.slotforum.com/forums/index.php?showforum=370

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