Just a quick post to highlight Michael Oborne's great work evolving the Mission Planner, which seems to get better with every day! Above you can see the new frame selection screen, which gives a sense of the dizzying variety of configurations that APM:Copter supports. 

There's a new desktop icon, too

If you hit CTRL-W, you can see an alpha preview of what will be the new Setup Wizard:

And if you're feeling really brave, play around the with the alpha Swarming interface (CTRL-F). We'll be posting a tutorial on multi-UAV swarming in a few weeks, so I recommend you wait for that before trying it. But it's just a glimpse of how powerful the Mission Planner is. Bravo Michael!

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Comment by Joe on August 5, 2013 at 12:47am

Looks great for us who understand it.

Noobs will struggle until all the tutorials EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THEM is re-written with new screen captures, problem is when do we start re writing them all with all new screen captures, as you said it changes daily so unless we know it is stable no point in starting to edit existing tutorials.

When capturing a screen shot to include in a tutorial the main buttons do not leave an appearance they have been pressed to make it clear which button was pressed to get to that screen.

Comment by Gary Mortimer on August 5, 2013 at 1:03am

Its a chicken and egg situation isn't it, the wiki will always be playing catch up. I am sure the changes will start slowing down and then the wiki can catch up.

Comment by Christiaan van Vollenstee on August 5, 2013 at 2:53am

I am so glad the initials setup has changed, because it was that if you clicked there previously it would first go and download all of the firmware version and that was taking so long if you quickly wanted to do something.

Comment by Dave Kellum on August 5, 2013 at 3:44am
Flashing the firmware with a version already installed is what fried my APM. There should be something in the software to prevent this. I'd QA that, but having a shoebox of APMs would be a prerequisite.
Comment by Joe on August 5, 2013 at 3:57am

Flashing the firmware with a version already installed simply installs that firmware again. Has no other effect.

If you fried your APM then it was something else that caused it.

I was just looking at APM 1.2.66 and I could not find the Firmware upgrade button

It, turns out it does not exit once you are connected.

Not connected, clicking  on INITAIL SETUP lists - Install Firmware - 3DRadio - Antenna Tracker

Connected, clicking  on INITAIL SETUP lists - >> Mandatory Hardware - Frame Type - Compass -Accel Calibration - Radio Calibratio >> Optional Hardware

IMHO the rash of daily "improvements" to Mission Planner has simply gotten out of hand, the line has been crossed into the ridiculous.

Comment by Dave Kellum on August 5, 2013 at 4:27am
WTF? Whenever a firmware-capable chip is updated, there's ALWAYS a chance of frying it. That's one of the first things they teach at computer school... Please don't dismiss it as user error. Read this post if you disbelieve: http://diydrones.com/forum/topics/1-2-52-update-unresponsive-drone?...

But the documentation has been frustratingly spotty to say the least. As this is an Open-Source project, amalgamating the wiki pages is like herding cats. Software development is very much like playing whack-a-mole on a roller coaster during a hurricane.
Comment by Tom Mahood on August 5, 2013 at 6:19am

What does selecting the new "H Frame" option provide users that the older "X Frame" doesn't? 

Comment by Christiaan van Vollenstee on August 5, 2013 at 7:05am

Its just orientation for people that do not know which category to put their multirotor.

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Comment by Chris Anderson on August 5, 2013 at 8:19am

Joe, as Gary notes, there are probably on the order of 500 wiki pages across all the APM projects and the Mission Planner changes about once a week, so as you can see, the math of updating every page with every MP release is unrealistic. But we do have a team working hard on updating pages for major changes. Like everything else here, from the MP to the code itself, it's a volunteer effort, so we'd love to have your help.

Please join the Documentation Editors group here, and they can give you edit permission and guidelines. Many hands make light work!

Comment by criro1999 on August 5, 2013 at 11:23am

@Christopher C

Indeed, motors position for H and X are the same. But H frame is more flexible when yaw. For that reason, when you select H, the rotation of all motors is on opposite direction as from X. It was a post with nice explanation on this.

Me I am using H frame, but still with X frame type and still fly OK. But I will try the H  frame type and see the difference. This should be visible if H frame is really easy to twist. The H frame type "helps" the yaw movement.


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