I guess I'll call it an Aplha release. I'm not done with the installer yet. The system requirements are .NET 2.0 framework, Google Earth (and maybe the plugin) and DirectX must be installed.http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=0856eac...http://www.google.com/earth/download/ge/http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=2da43d3...http://www.google.com/earth/explore/products/plugin.htmlDownload the GCS
I would STRONGLY recommend NOT trying this in the field with a live plane! This program is for TESTING ONLY at this point.
To use the program, select your COM port with your GPS or AP connected through FTDI or USB to serial. Select your baud rate. Click Connect. You can try the Search COM button which will cycle through all your available COM ports at different baud rates looking for your data stream. The Search Baud button will only search on the selected COM port for your data stream at different baud rates.
Once connected, if it's an AP unit, the waypoints and home location should be set automatically. If you're not using AP then you can build a mission file using the AP config tool and copy the .TXT file into the missions folder that gets created in the root directory with the GCS executable. Don't worry, this process will be easier in the future.
On the settings tab, you can select different options for your instruments and Google Earth Settings. The cockpit view isn't working yet.
Chances are excellent that nothing will work with APM since I have done absolutely zero testing with APM.
This release also includes NO error trapping and it will fail if you start collecting serial data before the Google Earth window is loaded....
Let me know how things go....