If you have an existing DRE2 license, you have the following possibilities:
Existing DRE2 Pro users have had the enjoyment of upgrades for the past three years on a single license purchase for less than two cars worth in iRacing. Other companies run monthly subscriptions for iRacing services that sky rockets the price over time for users, and we chosen not to do that with DRE but hopefully keep the pricing fair. We’ve spend time on this in our spare time and through the company, so we will have to charge a few bucks on this, but spending 3000+ hours on it, we believe we can justify that.
What you buy into when purchasing a license is to unlock a certain range of extra features at that point. The fact that we have added extra features over the past three years has been on our charge basically. Now has come a time in the development, where we can justify a new license for DRE3, since we treat it as a new product. Internally it has gotten a revamp and on the outside (the features) there up against 40 new features for DRE3 vs 2.
We are by no extent leaving DRE2 Pro users behind. We will continue to patch and fix DRE2 for a good amount of time, so it can keep on running. Everyone can continue to enjoy DRE2.
Use may use the Free version for free, or if you are interested you may purchase a license for DRE3. Balancing free vs. pro features, we’ve put way more features on the free part, while some really nice features are pro. The DRE3 licensing price will be a couple of bucks less than the DRE2. Furthermore we will announce sales here and there in the future.
Will my DRE2 license work for DRE3?
No. DRE3 is considered a brand new product as it introduces many new features (40+ new) and a new way for configure and customize the DRE experience. New features includes a DRE Launcher, which is a platform for not only customizing DRE, but also a hub to launch iRacing and more. Furtermore: Actions Camera, detailed gear shift feedback, new way of navigating black boxes, help and guidance on setup changes, sector performance help, ask about any driver etc..
What happens to my current DRE2 license? You can continue to enjoy DRE2 just like you do now, as support will continue from our side for a good amount of time.
Should errors and bugs arrive, let us know via email@example.com and we will investigate and fix it.
See the list below for the Free vs. Pro features:
When installing DRE, make sure to install DRE in the Voice Attack Apps folder located in eg.:
If you already installed DRE in a different folder, first uninstall DRE. To do that, press the Windows Start button and type “Add or Remove Programs” and locate “The Digital Race Engineer” in the list to remove it before installing it in the correct folder.
When iRacing is running and you load Voice Attack with “Initialize The DRE” as the default auto-executed command, the following should show in the Voice Attack console after about 10-20 seconds. Make sure you are using the correct Voice Attack version, latest DRE plugin as well as the latest DRE Profile. The last line “Initialization Done” only appears when connected to iRacing. You may start Voice Attack before or after joining any iRacing server, that doesn’t matter.
It’s simple to update The DRE from a previous version. In the Setup Manual PDF found on this page, if you scroll to the last page, there’s a detailed instruction on this. Basically you can overwrite both the plugin and the profile.
For downgrading in the same “major” version like 3.0.2 -> 3.0.1 it is as simple as the usual upgrade. Download the downgrade version and install this. Then delete the Voice Attack profile before importing the downgraded profile.
For downgrading between major versions like 3.0.1 -> 2.9.8, you must first uninstall DRE and remove the profile in Voice Attack. Your DRE.ini file is filled with new variables that the older version cannot use, so you will have to save a copy of the DRE.ini file (found in your Documents/The Digital Race Engineer folder) to somewhere else. Then delete the one in the documents folder. After installing the downgraded version and adding the profile to Voice Attack, DRE should automatically create the downgraded DRE.ini. Then you can manually transfer your settings between your copied DRE.ini and the downgraded one.
Make sure to inspect the Voice Attack Console output. It should tell you if something wrong with the DRE setup.
Try re-importing the new DRE profile into Voice Attack. Also, make sure the “Initialize The Dre” command runs on start of the profile. Set this in the Profile options.
Make sure to run the DRE profile in Voice Attack at least once after installing DRE. It will then generate the INI files needed.
Also, make sure you are running Voice Attack in administrator mode. To do this, right click on the Voice Attack application icon before opening it, go to properties. In the Voice Attack Properties window go to the Compatibility tab and check the “Run this program as an administrator”.
Alternatively, start DRE Launcher to generate the files.
Some value in the DRE.ini file is most likely wrong. Make sure to only use number values where required. Alternately, make a backup of the INI file somewhere else, then delete the original and restart Voice Attack with DRE profile running. It should then make a fresh INI file without errors in, that you can adjust.
The fix is to turn up DRE relatively to the iRacing volume. This means turning down iRacing and then turning up the overall volume.
For the time being it is not possible to map keybinds in DRE with joysticks, button boxes etc.. DRE requires keyboard keys or combinations. A solution currently is to use fx. JoyToKey
Download the DRE Manual PDF for more help.