Another update on DroidPlanner, now it has a parameter screen. The new app (v0.8.0) will be on Google Play shortly.
The new version has the following updates ( v0.8.0 over v0.7.5):
Parameter screen, with the ability to read/write/save parameters from an ArduPilot board
Camera screen, virtual sticks to control a camera gimbal
Better handling of the MAVLink connection, which means les crashes and a more continue experience through the app.
Map type selection
Use all the new features with caution, since they haven't been totally tested (that means no complaining to me if you break anything). Now let me give some advice on how to use the new features.
This is the screen in the image above. Just connect to your drone and hit refresh, it will load all the parameters. If you change some parameter it will turn red, meaning that it's different from what is on the drone. Pressing Write will send only the modified parameter to the drone.
A good use for this screen (besides tweaking your configurations on the field) is to just load the parameters and hit save when you will start your day on the field. That will generate a configuration file that you can use for backup.
This screen is just like the RC override, but it's designed to control a camera gimbal. Channels 6 to 8 are overridden in this way:
Joystick - RC Chnnel - Camera Output
Right Tilt - CH6 - Camera Tilt
Right Pan - CH7 - Camera Roll
Left Pan - CH8 - Camera Pan
A possible configuration of your ArduPilot is showed on the next image.
It will not work with a plane since it overrides CH8 (which is the mode channel on ArduPlane).
This is just a beta test of this mode, it's disabled by default so if you want to try it go to your settings menu. To use it make sure you have GPS enabled and set your default altitude correctly, to enable go to "Follow" on the Flight Data screen menu.
Be very careful!
For more information I suggest the DroidPlanner Wiki page ( for info on how to connect, what device to use, how to develop ...). Or older posts on DiyDrones. For an alternative way to install the app download it here: DroidPlanner_v0.8.0.apk (but is better if you download from google Play).
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