It has been a long time since the last version, but an update (0.11.4) is on Google Play. The wider period between releases is just because we started to do alpha releases. This way the updates are bigger, but more stable. So let's see what is new!


The update

Its a big update, so what I think is most meaningful is in bold. The new version has the following updates ( v0.11.4 over v0.9.1):

Droidplanner v0.11.4

  • Compatible with ArduRover
  • Dynamicaly allocated on-screen joysticks

Droidplanner v0.11.3

  • Preferences for the RC screen (Mode1/Mode2, Inverted Channel, QuickButtons)

Droidplanner v0.11.2

  • Improving the Chart Screen
  • Chinese Translation

Droidplanner v0.11.1

  • Changing the start screen back to Flight Data

Droidplanner v0.11.0

  • New Chart screen
  • HUD code clean-up
  • Activity's clean-up
  • All markers are using the markerManager
  • Colorful markers in the planning screen

Droidplanner v0.10.3

  • Improved Record-Me mode (with a bug fix)
  • Now all the data on a Mission item is used
  • Better handling of the markers on GCP and Planning screens

Droidplanner v0.10.2

  • Better swipe implementation on RC screen
  • Bug fix on the RC screen
  • Code Re-factoring

Droidplanner v0.10.1

  • Fix in Offline maps
  • New RC screen in portrait mode

Droidplanner v0.10.0

  • More advanced waypoint editor

Droidplanner v0.9.3

  • Fix problem in the build process

Droidplanner v0.9.2

  • Big code refactoring
  • Nicer RC screen
  • French Translation
  • Updating to the new Google Maps API
  • Orientation lock when connected

Compatible with ArduRover

Support for ArduRover has been included. It show a nice icon and all the ArduRover modes. ( Thanks Tridge for helping me to setup the SILT simulator).

Dynamically allocated on-screen joysticks

This one is the result of a discussion on the dev-forum of diydrones about the On-screen joysticks. Now the joysticks are positioned under your finger when you press on the screen, the blue circle shows when the RC control will be saturated. This makes it easier to fly with the RC screen without having to think too much where your fingers are. Feedback on this feature is very important since this is something that can be change a lot between users.

Thanks John Wiseman for the link you pushed to the dev-forum.

Preferences for the RC screen (Mode1/Mode2, Inverted Channel, QuickButtons)

This one is just a complement for people that like to fly in Mode1 RC controllers, or for anyone who wants to invert the joysticks direction. As you can see in the picture above also quick flight mode buttons have been added to the RC screen, they are also configurable via the settings menu.

New Chart screen

A screen where you can plot some variables of your autopilot.

Better swipe implementation on RC screen

Just switch your device to portrait orientation in the RC screen. What you will get is a screen where you can use the RC sticks on the lower bottom, and have a HUD/map on the top. To switch between map and HUD just swipe the screen on the top, note that when you are on the map you have to swipe from the corner (it is this way so you can still do your normal gestures in the map, like panning, rotating and zooming).

More advanced waypoint editor

There has been an improvement in the planning screen. Now we have a new waypoint editor, it support other types of waypoints (although we haven't figured a good way to add the parameters in the UI, feel free to help). We hope to improve this a lot so it's very easy to create missions when you are in the field.

More info

For more information I suggest the DroidPlanner Wiki page. And if you just want to know how to connect your APM board, or what android device you can use just follow the links. 

And as always if you want to help consider donating for the project by buying this app, joining the development team, or reporting a issue/bug/improvement on GitHub.

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Comment by Simon Wunderlin on August 3, 2013 at 11:57pm

Hi Arthur.

Great news, I think for practical use the android GCS have been lacking mission planning features. I am glad to see better waypoint editing. Being able to fly autonomous missions and easily change them on the fly (pun intended) is the most important feature of a GCS to me.



Comment by Rana on August 4, 2013 at 2:37am

Awesome Arthur !

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Comment by Chris Anderson on August 4, 2013 at 7:33am

The speed at which this is improving is so impressive! This is now my favorite show-off app at meetings and conferences. Great work!

Comment by Arthur Benemann on August 4, 2013 at 9:29am

Thanks everyone.

The best way too keep it in a fast development cycle is if you give feedback. For bugs the more specific you can be in describing it, and how to reproduce it the better. Also for new features telling me how to implement the UI saves a lot of time. Any suggestions add them here:

Comment by Kirill on August 4, 2013 at 9:36am

This is great, Arthur! I'm going to the field to test the updates :)

Comment by Jim Townsend on August 5, 2013 at 1:56pm

I'm just getting ready to use this with my Galaxy Note II..  The app looks great on the display.  It's laid out very well and easy to read....

I'm used to Mission Planner's layout and there are a couple of things I'm not sure of..

In the 'Flight Data' drop-down menu, what is 'GCP'?     In the 'Manual' drop-down menu, what happens if I select 'Manual' --  What happens if I select 'Mode'?

Comment by Arthur Benemann on August 5, 2013 at 2:18pm

@Jim Townsend:

In the 'Flight Data' drop-down menu, what is 'GCP'? 

GCP stands for Ground Control Point, it is used if you are doing a survey on the field and want to drop targets on the ground for georeferencing images.Try to open a KMZ or KML file with your device and you will understand. It just helps to place the GCPs in the field.

 In the 'Manual' drop-down menu, what happens if I select 'Manual

The mode on your UAV will switch to "Manual", or any other mode that you select there.

What happens if I select 'Mode'?

Nothing, and this option shouldn't show up there. We will fix it :)

Comment by Jim Townsend on August 5, 2013 at 2:56pm

Great..  Thanks for the quick reply.   One more thing on 'Manual' mode..    I don't see it in the list of APM flight modes --

Is manual, full unstabilized control where balancing the UAV is up to the pilot?   

(They don't list FBW either, but I figured that one out on my own :)

Comment by Arthur Benemann on August 5, 2013 at 3:37pm

@Jim Townsend

When unconnected to a drone it will show the ArduPlane flight modes by default. Try connecting the app to your copter and it will show the correct modes.

Comment by Hein du Plessis on August 5, 2013 at 10:56pm

Hi Arthur, thanks for the great progress, however, I can't quite replace my laptop yet, can I suggest:

  • Keep the device awake while connected, the device goes to sleep too quickly and one has to reload the parameters.
  • Could the app show a progress bar while downloading parameters, and have some indication that it's writing or that the writing was successful?
  • Could one keep the link quality always visible on all screens? It helps me stay close enough while changing settings.
  • If it's at all possible to capture a tlog, as the APM planner does, I can pretty much replace my laptop...

Thanks for the hard work.


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