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Little Navmap 1.8.3 released - Navigraph Support

Direct download: Windows - macOS - Linux (64 bit)

► Screenshots

► Online Manual

► Features

Notes

This release adds support for Navigraph updates and includes a full AIRAC cycle 1707 including procedures, airspaces, navaids and more.

Note that Navigraph updates will only be available as of December 7th with the next cycle 1713.

Furthermore, new flight plan export formats like the Majestic Dash and the new X-Plane 11 FMS format were added.

Changes from Release 1.6.7 to 1.8.3

Little Xpconnect was updated to 1.0.5. Minor changes only.

Little Navconnect was updated to 1.8.2. Minor changes and bug fixes only.

The program will automatically prepare the included Navigraph database on first start.

Reloading the scenery databases is recommended.

Improvements

  • Added Navigraph database cycle 1707 to program download archive. Database is prepared and used automatically on startup. See the Navigation Databases chapter in the manual for more information.
  • Added sub-menu for Navigraph database in menu Scenery Library with three display options.
  • Program can now display mixed data (e.g. FSX/N in titlebar) on map and in information window:
    • Complete airports and ILS from simulator data.
    • Navaids, airways, airspaces and procedures from third party navdata like Navigraph.
  • Changed main window title bar to indicate usage of navdata (e.g. Navigraph): FSX/N: simulator and navdata, (FSX)/N: navdata only and FSX: simulator only. See Window Title in the online manual.
  • Additonal third party database is now opened from application directory first and can be overloaded in settings database directory by a newer one. Programm checks database internal compilation time before copying and creates database indexes on demand. Database is copied and prepared on first startup.

Flight Plan Export

  • Enabled saving of the new X-Plane 11 FMS file format and added warning before saving since the format is not usable by X-Plane 11.05. FMS 11 is now the default format when saving FMS although it needs at least a 11.10 beta version. FMS 3 can still be saved using the export option. See in the manual: FMS 11 and FMS 3.
  • Added flight plan export for Majestic Dash. Currently limited to waypoints. See in the manual: FPR.
  • Added export for IXEG 737 flight plan format. See in the manual: FPL.
  • Flight plan export to Flight Factor Airbus added. See in the manual: corte.in.

Translation

  • Updated English manual and French program translation.
  • Added translated offline manual PDF by Patrick. Not yet available online.
  • Added French legend and updates to translation.

Options

  • Added settings in option dialog on tab User Interface to force user interface language and locale (number format, date format and more) in program to English.
  • Added options to disable restoring the last search parameters, information window content and aircraft trail on startup in options dialog on tab Startup.

Other

  • Updated Linux startup script so that it can be used also by the desktop launcher (thanks to Valerio for the tip).
  • Now adding all readme and changelog files to macOS deployment.
  • Added command line option -s or --settings-directory that allows to change the ABarthel part of the settings directory for testing purposes like running more than one version of Little Navmap.
  • Fixed display of navaids in information dock window on procedure tab and removed SIDs and STARs since this information was not useful.
  • Added cycle information to X-Plane menu item in scenery library menu showing AIRAC cycle of loaded X-Plane database.
  • Scenery library menu item is now disabled instead of being hidden if only one simulator is installed.
  • Adapted airspace and COM display to new types. Added caution airspace.
  • Information dock window on tab Runways/Helipads can now display more than one ILS for a runway end (EDDF 25R/07L in X-Plane).

Fixed Errors

  • Fixed error where ARINC name of procedures was not loaded causing problems when exporting and loading flight plans.
  • Fixed problem in ATS route string parser where an airway as an invalid first entry did not generate a warning message.
  • Fixed error in route string parser which did not recognize STARs correctly.
  • Fixed error where first enroute waypoint contained an airway reference after calculating with SID in some cases. This caused problems when exporting some flight plan formats and in the route string parser.
  • Fixed several display issues with large airspaces and airways crossing the anti meridian. These showed up mirrored with their tooltips in other parts of the world. Small problems remain (e.g. Melbourne FIR).
  • FSX/P3D: Added workaround for scenery sort order with add-on.xml files missing layer id. Now forcing navaid updates of fsAerodata to highest priority.
  • Fixed error where an automatic connect was attempted even when hostname is empty.
  • Fixed problem with almost invisible checkbox, radiobutton and toolbar-button state in night mode.
  • Fixed error with wrong ILS pitch in X-Plane compiler. Value was rounded to integer value.
  • Better handling of X-Plane OpenAirspace comments.
  • Fixed crashes and freezes with invalid or incomplete procedures. Drawing code is now more robust for invalid procedure legs as they appear in some add-on scenery.
  • Fixed problem where invalid procedure legs were not recognized (course/heading to DME distance or VOR radial).
  • Fixed problem where no scenery database was selected on first startup causing crashes when loading a flight plan.
  • Fixed handling of missing or inaccessible legend file. Now silently ignores error and redirects to web page if unavailable.
  • Fixed error in scenery library menu where a menu item could be deselected resulting in no selection at all.

See the included CHANGELOG.txt or here online for a complete list across all versions.

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I think that it’s great that this amazing package has introduced Navigraph updates.  However whilst this is brilliant for X plane, I think it is not really worth it for P3D as it will potentially mis align the runway information. Hopefully one day P3D will use an update method to bring their data up to date and therefore aligned both with real life data and Navigraph.

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Errr...

I think it is the other way round. Lemme xplain:

X-Plane comes with a relatively "recent" 1611 navdatabase that already has features that the FSX/P3D BGL stuff simply cannot cover:
Speed limits in procedures, one-way airways, upper altitude limits for airways and SID/STAR names that can be displayed correctly and are not limited to five characters. Also it can use SIDs and STARs already in its stock GPS, the G1000 and the FMS.
Additionally the whole X-Plane scenery database is easy to update. When you update the X-Plane navdata with Aerosoft or Navigraph, LNM just reads the updated navdata files. Navigraph or Aerosoft just put some files into a directory and that's it. All features there, only newer.

Not so easy with the BGL files. fsAerodata does its best to mitigate all the problems with the scenery database in P3D and jumps through hoops to update the data and the airports and I think they do a good job there. But some limitations like the above mentioned missing speed limits will remain with the current BGL system.

Biggest benefit for X-Plane users is that they get airspaces now. The rest of the navdatabase in LNM is the same as before.

If an approach does not match in FSX/P3D (can also happen in X-Plane but less likely) you better get a freeware or payware add-on airport. Otherwise you'll end up in the field. See extreme example from the LNM manual of a German airport which was rebuilt in 2013 in a different spot:

procedure_mismatch.jpg

Taken from FSX stock data. There are already freeware add-ons which put the airport to the right place. Needless to say that it is already in the right place in X-Plane.

So, IMHO the option to update the LNM navdata is more beneficial for P3D users. Additionally you can always install the fsAerodata update where the stock airports are corrected, renamed, replaced and so on.

Alex

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Perfect. :)

Hopefully LM will get away from this BGL mess (which caused me a lot of work too) and finds  a better solution.

Updated default navdata would not hurt either.

And I hope whenever they move to a new format that it is documented for the public. BGL is actually not. A lot of people spent a huge amount of time at fsdeveloper to document the format in the wiki.

Alex

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I think that it’s great that this amazing package has introduced Navigraph updates.  However whilst this is brilliant for X plane, I think it is not really worth it for P3D as it will potentially mis align the runway information. Hopefully one day P3D will use an update method to bring their data up to date and therefore aligned both with real life data and Navigraph.

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I released a small update for 1.8.

Wish you all happy holidays!

Alex

Little Navmap 1.8.4 released

Direct download: Windows - macOS - Linux (64 bit)

► Screenshots

► Online Manual

► Features

Notes

This release fixes several errors and adds two new export functions for the Reality XP GNS 530W/430W V2 and GTN 750/650 Touch.

The changelog below contains links to the relevant parts of the manual if applicable.

The program will automatically show a question dialog and then copy and prepare the included Navigraph database on first start if the included cycle 1707 is still used. The included database received minor updates.

For Linux users: The startup shell scripts have been deleted since they are not needed anymore. The program can be started directly from any folder.

►► Please reload the scenery databases to avoid problems with saved flight plans. ◄◄

Included Progams

Little Xpconnect was updated to 1.0.6. See included CHANGELOG.txt for a list of changes.

Little Navconnect was updated to 1.8.3. See included CHANGELOG.txt.

Changes from Release 1.8.3 to 1.8.4

  • Added flight plan export for Reality XP GTN and GNS units in the Export Flight Plan to other Formats menu. See here in the manual: FPL (Reality XP Garmin GNS), GFP (Reality XP Garmin GTN) and Export Sub-Menu.
  • Added option to save Garmin flight plans with user defined waypoints to avoid locked waypoints on AIRAC cycle mismatch. See dialog Options on tab Flight Plan and here in the online manual: Notes about the Garmin Formats GFP and FPL.
  • Added X-Plane 3D airport attribute in the airport search window in the dropdown list All Ratings. Also shown in airport facilities list in tooltips and information window.
  • Now displaying runway names for SIDs and STARs with reference to multiple parallel or all runways in procedure search. Partial solution for issue #179. Needs scenery database reload.
  • macOS compatibility changed since program crashes on 10.9 and below. Now at least version 10.10 is needed. Program now refuses to run on Mavericks or older and shows an error dialog. This had to be done due to requirements in used programming libraries.
  • Added setting in dialog Options on tab Map to disable tooltips for selected map features: airports, navaids or airspaces.
  • Changed route description text field to mono-spaced font and changed wrapping for better readability.
  • Added warning dialog when AIRAC cycle is not available when saving flight plans in X-Plane FMS 11 format.
  • Helipads can now be selected as a start position from the map context menu.
  • Small adjustment to taxiway labels to show more often.
  • Added display for airport regions where available.
  • Updated French translation, French manual and legend.
  • Updated database to allow future fixes of issue #179.
  • Database minor version changed to 8 to indicate updated schema. Reloading the scenery databases is recommended.

Fixed Errors

  • Fixed Majestic Dash FPR flight plan export on Windows.
  • Departure runway is now correctly assigned according to SID runway when loading from formats which do not support departure parking (e.g. FMS or FPL).
  • Made flight plan format detection more tolerant for X-Plane FMS 11 files with missing cycle information.
  • Fixed issues where X-Plane cannot load STAR in FMS 11 flight plans because runway reference is missing.
  • Now using correct AIRAC cycle from nav database when writing X-Plane FMS 11 files. Used simulator database version previously which could result in X-Plane warnings and unusable flight plans.
  • Fixed issue where helipad was not loaded correctly from FSX PLN files in certain cases.
  • Fixed Linux build to avoid problems with shared libraries on some platforms for all programs.
  • Removed unneeded startup scripts for Linux. Program executable can now be started directly from any folder without setting library path.
  • Fixed problem where French translation was loaded if OS has French as second or third language.
  • Solved problem where translation files were loaded mixed in some cases.
  • Fixed problem with initial wrong folder selection if default does not exist when saving or exporting flight plans.
  • Fixed No Simulator found ... warning dialog for Linux and macOS which should show up only on Windows first startup.
  • Made program more tolerant for older database files and improved compatibility.
  • Number of approach lighting systems is now correctly assigned to airports in loaded X-Plane scenery data. This issue resulted in many airports having an ALS indication where none is.

See the included CHANGELOG.txt or here online for a complete list across all versions.

 

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