Is there consensus on the best ground station platform? I'm a Mac user (and have downloaded APM2 at home) but hear lots that Windows using Mission Planner is superior.

I need a new laptop for 'work' - should I go windows or stick to Mac?

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Hi Paul,

I work with the Windows system for many years. Michael Obone it constantly updated with great possibilities. So I advise you buy a Windows laptop :)

Ps. I work out with an Android Tablet (NEXUS 3-G) and the Droidplanner ( works also excellent .. best regards from Germany,  ciao Klaus

I'm a mac guy, so I'm stuck with that.  Works fine for me, but I have heard that the Windows Mission Planner is better.  Tower, just released for Android (and DroidPlanner before it) are great choices.  For most of the time, I use my Android tablet as a GS and it works great.  But I wouldn't go out and buy a new Windows computer just for the slightly better software.

I had a similar problem getting all of the ground station / calibration / gimbal controller software to work on my Mac.

Rather than spend money on a new laptop just for that software, you should look at using Bootcamp to create a windows machine on your Mac. It splits the hard disk into Mac and Windows partitions, then you buy (or acquire!) a Windows disk to install on the second partition. Then all you would need to do is hold down the option key when you power on and you can choose whether to start the laptop in Mac or Windows mode.

Hi Paul; I too am a MAC user and find it more reliable than the DOS based platforms. However I broke down and purchased a Dell I7 laptop. This is to run Mission Planner and also my 3D printer. I do like the portability for the DOS  (Windows 8) as it seems to update MP when there is an update ready. That did not happen on my MAC. I'm not sure of the difference is since I switch over to the laptop about 8 months ago. I also run a Android tablet for my Y6 and Isis+ and that is windows based. I will not trade in my MAC for anything. That is my workhouse (Photos, Movies (Isis+, Y6 FLIR) and music). Hope that I did't confuse you but I guess I am recommending the Windows. 

Hi Paul,

    as an OSX Lion user Mission planner for Windows hands down is the best at present..

runs great under Windows 8 running in a VMWARE Fusion 5.0-> 6.0 VM.. no windows laptops required!

VS2012 also nicely compiles up the code for the latest git pull from michael or local tweaks..

    I use Tower(current) when in the field though on an android 5.01 tablet..very portable solution even if no rally points supported yet :( and ADT to compile the latest git pull works very nice under OSX as do the code builds

                 hope the above helps



91% of computers run Windows.  If you want to be part of the 7.1% of people who don't realize that, then don't let anyone tell you different!

You can always pal around with the 7% of people that think the moon landing was faked.  (Edited out by  Adm M)

And the vast majority of people on this site seem to be able to manage a courteous conversation with a view to helping one another. Unfortunately, not all.

If by computer you mean desktop or laptop. However, I 'd be surprised if there was a single Windows server on the path your message took to be posted on this forum (and I 'd be curious as to what the OS of the server hosting this site is). Also, since smartphones, tablets, cars, home routers and other appliances, watches etc are all computers, I 'd suggest that most computers run variations on the theme of Unix/Linux kernels (which includes OS X). Just saying.

Paul you hit it on the head. This is a forum to help not a mooncalf reply. 

Hi , I am also a mac and ipad person , but I am thinking about buying an Android tablet, I do not want to spend a lot but I would like one that can be perform very well with my Iris, the truth is I do not know anything about these tablest, can somebody recommend one

I can recommend a nexus 7 2013 version for a good tablet to run Droiddplanner or Tower.

As far as the comments go about a DOS based system. I don't think windows 7/8 are DOS based systems.

DOS based system haven't existed for years but you probably wouldn't be aware of that if you used a Mac.

I've got the Nvdia Shield.  Really like it.  Nice and fast and hooking into MavLink was a breeze with it.


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