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Little Navmap 2.4.1.beta released

Direct download: Windows - macOS - Linux (64 bit, based on Ubuntu 18.04) - Linux (64 bit, based on Ubuntu 16.04)

Alternative download locations: Dropbox - Mega.nz - OneDrive

► Detailed Changelog for 2.4 Versions

► Screenshots of new 2.4 Features (updated for 2.4.1.beta)

► Little Navmap and Little Navconnect Draft Manuals for 2.4 Versions

Please do not hesitate to let me know about bugs, inconsistencies and ideas for improvement.

Changes from Release 2.4.0.beta to 2.4.1.beta

Limitations

  • Translations are not updated yet. The user interface will be a mix of your local language and English.
  • The online and offline manuals are not updated yet. Neither the English nor the translated versions. Help buttons and links are functional but point to empty placeholder pages.
  • The legend is not updated yet.
  • Tutorials not updated yet.

Installation

  • Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables are not needed.
  • Reloading the scenery library is recommended.
  • Reinstall the Little Xpconnect X-Plane plugin to see bug fixes on macOS.

Help

Program

  • Now using an OpenSSL library version 1.1.1 which does not require Microsoft Visual C++ Redistributables. No need to install any redistributables at all for Little Navmap on a freshly installed Windows 10.
  • Fixed issues with OpenSSL on Linux. The libraries are now included in the archive again.
  • Now providing two builds for Linux. One based on Ubuntu 18.04 and one based on Ubuntu 16.04. This allows to use Little Navmap on older Linux distributions too.
  • Updated to latest Qt 5.12.5 library due to bugfixes.

Flight Plan

  • Fixed issue where flight plans exported for Reality XP had departure wrongly set to destination.
  • Fixed small issue where flight plan legs were activated when editing plan with aircraft on ground.
  • Showing minimum and maximum altitude for airways in flight plan table now.
  • Airway now shown as red text if either direction, minimum or maximum altitude is violated.
  • Tooltips on red text in flight plan table now show information for airway restriction violations or invalid waypoints.

Route Description

  • Added missing alternate airport parsing functionality to route description dialog.
    • Route description can now read and write more than one alternate airport to and from the string.
    • Added option to drop down menu button to output alternate airports to string.
    • Added option to route description dialog drop down menu button that allows to read trailing airports either as alternate airports or simply add the airports as waypoints.
  • Better error, warning and information messages now.

Logbook

  • Adding route description string to logbook entries now.
  • Cleanup in logbook entry information display.

Aircraft Performance

  • Better error checking before calculating elevation profile to fix crashes with invalid destination or departure.
  • Fix for flooding log with warnings about invalid arguments when displaying fuel and weight.
  • Potential fix for display of wrong fuel flow values.
  • Changed aircraft performance to detect cruise phase if aircraft is above cruise altitude.

Profile Display

  • Keeping aircraft on bottom of elevation profile when climbing and on top of profile if descending.
  • Now keeping aircraft in elevation profile more at the left side to avoid manual scrolling.
  • Aircraft label could be hidden in elevation profile display.

Map

  • Corrected View -> Reset Display Settings function and added missing display features to reset (weather, airspace sources, user features and more).
  • Fixed several issues where airspace buttons were disabled and/or not updated properly after changing source.
  • Fixed double drawing of waypoints and navaids which are part of a flight plan.
  • Fix for right-click into touch areas on Windows which triggered a wrong scroll event.
  • Corrected display priorities from map context menu. Logbook is now prioritized before userpoint before airport for all actions.

Weather

  • Moved wind and airport weather source from menu View to new menu Weather since these functions also affect flight planning and not just the map display.
  • Wind speed and direction fields are now hidden in flight planning tab if no manual wind is used. This allows to shrink the flight planning dock window to a smaller size.
  • Added tooltip for flight plan waypoint yellow wind barbs.
  • Added 5000 ft wind layer to wind menu and toolbar button.
  • Lowered wind drawing threshold for flight plan. Wind barbs are now suppressed for flight plan legs below 4000 ft.

Options

  • Changed defaults in options dialog to more sensible values. This will affect only new users of after selecting Reset all Settings and Restart in the tools menu.
  • Fixed several issues with Restore Defaults function in options dialog where values were not reset at all or reset to the wrong defaults.
  • Fixed issues in options dialog where webserver settings were not used or reverted back to old values.
  • Fixed issue where the webserver was always started after exiting options dialog.

User Interface

  • Added Reset all Settings and Restart function in tools menu which replaces the need to delete the settings folder in case of issues. This will create a backup of the little_navmap.ini and erase all contents afterwards.
  • Stacks of tabbed dock windows are now completely closed if one of the docks in the stack is closed by using the shortcut, menu or toolbar. Closed stacks are reopened completely if one of the dock windows is reopened or activated.
  • Stacked dock windows are now correctly raised on shortcut or other activation. Before the stack of dock windows was raised only while the dock window was still hidden.
  • Fixed issue where splitter handles (in elevation profile and route description dialog) were too large.
  • Style macintosh is now usable again on smaller screens for macOS. Tabs took up too much space previously and prevented dock windows from shrinking. Default style is now macintosh again after a new installation on macOS.
  • Attempt to fix options dialog which appeared without content in some cases.
  • More small fixes for more clarity and consistency in user interface.

Little Xpconnect / X-Plane

  • Fixed issue in macOS build where plugin failed to initialize in X-Plane.

related from atools version 3.4.1.beta

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

All files are checked by VirusTotal.

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Version 2.4.0.beta

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

Alternative download locations: Dropbox - Mega.nz - OneDrive

This page contains changes for the current version only. See CHANGELOG.txt for a complete log.

► Screenshots of new 2.4 Features

► Little Navmap and Little Navconnect Draft Manuals for 2.4 Versions

► Updated map Legend for 2.4 Versions

Please do not hesitate to let me know about bugs, inconsistencies and ideas for improvement.

Limitations

  • Translations are not updated yet. The user interface will be a mix of your local language and English.
  • The online and offline manuals are not updated yet. Neither the English nor the translated versions. Help buttons and links are functional but point to empty placeholder pages.

Help

Installation

  • You might have to install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Redistributable on a fresh installation of Windows 10. Most will have this already installed since it is needed by many programs. You can get the Redistributable from the following download links: MSVC 2015 Redistributable and Downloads at LittleNavmap.org. Install both 32 bit and 64 bit versions if needed. You can safely skip the installation if you get an error about a newer version already installed.
  • Reloading the scenery library is recommended.
  • Reinstall the Little Xpconnect X-Plane plugin to see bug fixes.

Notable Changes from Release 2.2.4 to 2.4.0.beta

  • Winds aloft for display and fuel planning.
  • Wind gust factor in airport weather symbols.
  • Alternate airports for flight plan and fuel planning.
  • Complete rework of logbook. Separated from userpoints and improved functionality.
  • Permanent aircraft performance collection. Results can be merged any time. Improvements to fuel planning.
  • Accurate fuel and time prediction in aircraft progress tab based on aircraft performance.
  • Internal webserver. Access map and flight plan from everywhere.
  • ILS tooltip and information.
  • User defined final approach for vertical guidance including VASI and ILS slope at any airport.
  • Preferred runway by wind for airports in tooltip and information.
  • Nearest navaids and airports around a selected airport.
  • Display holdings on map like traffic patterns.
  • Two new map navigation modes: Click to center and navigation areas for touchscreens.
  • Map images can now be saved with an arbitrary size.
  • Hide columns in flight plan table.
  • Can highlight full airways from information window Map link like airspaces.
  • Improved airspace database. Added user airspaces. Assign online centers to airspace geometry.
  • Movable and closable tabs. Tab menu button and context menu for tabs.
  • Fixed all known procedure display issues.
  • Display alternate fuel units and true course optionally.
  • User features like range rings, holds and others can be hidden on the map.
  • Error and warning messages in user interface have tooltip for more information now.
  • Many user interface improvements and bug fixes for procedure display, METAR parsing and more.

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

All files are checked by VirusTotal.

Edited by albar965
Updated for 2.4.1.beta
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Installed like a charm...I love the "gold" AIs.

Thanks for this toll

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Thanks a lot.

It works like a charm. The logbook is wonderful.

I like a lot the new profile aircraft collect system.

I absolutely love this tool!

 

LOGBOOK: REQUESTS

a) Would it be possible adding in the logbook entries to the Zero Fuel Weight and the Real Initial Fuel (The one that you enter in the plane, the one read from X-Plane or P3D) in the Departure Section?

b) Woul it be possible adding in the logbook the FPLM landing rate and the speed in Landings? Example: -33 fpm / 125 Kts.

https://ibb.co/CsLjvHs

 

Thanks in advance.

 

Edited by papelino

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20 minutes ago, papelino said:

b) Woul it be possible adding in the logbook the FPLM landing rate and the speed in Landings? Example: -33 fpm / 125 Kts.

Would be great to see -or NOT 😉 - our landing progress.

Gérard

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Hi Folks,

I only had a chance to take a cursory look - but I noticed the "new" (I think) web server - hmm - and there you have the makings of a basic FREE tablet EFB for those so inclined ?  Should be able to open the respective pages on your tablet to monitor your flight...

Niiiice...

Regards,

Scott

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8 hours ago, papelino said:

a) Would it be possible adding in the logbook entries to the Zero Fuel Weight and the Real Initial Fuel (The one that you enter in the plane, the one read from X-Plane or P3D) in the Departure Section? 

ZFW is doable but GW at start of flight not so.

The reason is that it is hard to detect the start and end of a flight automatically. I use takeoff and landing and store all between as a log entry. I never know what the user is doing before the actual flight: Changing aircraft, changing fuel, starting with engines running or not, shutting them down, connecting and disconnecting. Therefore it is difficult to use initial fuel. Have to see. Sometimes I get an idea later.

I could add a mode where the user triggers the logbook generation manually but not in this release cycle.

Gross weight at departure and destination are already available. Used fuel too or did I miss something?

Will add ZFW. No biggie.

I have more plans for the logbook like saving the actual flight plan and aircraft track embedded into the log but not in the 2.4.X releases.

8 hours ago, papelino said:

b) Woul it be possible adding in the logbook the FPLM landing rate and the speed in Landings? Example: -33 fpm / 125 Kts.

The update rate in LNM is a bit too slow for now. I'll consider this for a future update. But there are other plugins or programs that do an excellent job to embarrass yourself in P3D and X-Plane.🙂

3 hours ago, scottb613 said:

I only had a chance to take a cursory look - but I noticed the "new" (I think) web server - hmm - and there you have the makings of a basic FREE tablet EFB for those so inclined ?  Should be able to open the respective pages on your tablet to monitor your flight...

This allows at least to follow your flight from anything that can run a web browser. The functionality is relatively simple but I'm sure that there are some HTML, CSS and Javascript nerds around which can produce a much better page.

You have to punch a hole into you firewall/router to access the information from outside your local network. This is normally no risk if done properly.

Alex

Edit: Just noticed that no simulator gives ZFW. I have to calculate it from fuel weight and gross weight. A result this would be inaccurate when calculated at takeoff. Sorry.

 

Edited by albar965
No ZFW.

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Hey Alex.

Thanks for this version ... really appreciated.

I still seem to have navigraph 1909 cycle issues ... no procedures for airports .

Doron.

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3 hours ago, Dbarnea said:

I still seem to have navigraph 1909 cycle issues ... no procedures for airports .

Hi Doron,

there is an update r2 from Navigraph for cycle 1909 which fixes this.

Alex

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I love the look of this app, however after installing Little Xpconnect folder in Resources/plugins folder i still cannot get it to connect with Xplane.

I am using a new iMac running Os 10.14, I even turned off Firewall, but still no good

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First impression - wow. Works like a charm.

The STAR path merges perfectly with the ILS/RNAV path.

The new Ixvap dialog is cool and covers more details and puts the alternate airport as well 🙂

The recommended runways is a charm. What a great work Alex.

questions/comments:

- Do you filter out alternate (Nearest airports) that do not fit  the current airplane ? (current active performance profile) ?

- A suggestion for the next version if possible. Save some of the aircraft related values in the Ivap dialogs per aircraft profile (class, wake, model, equipment ...). Things that will not change as long as this is the same aircraft.This way no controller will tell me "I didn't know that a BE58 is a Medium wake category :-)"

Thrilled to find more cool things to do with this tool 🙂

Doron.


 

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1 hour ago, sb2 said:

I love the look of this app, however after installing Little Xpconnect folder in Resources/plugins folder i still cannot get it to connect with Xplane.

I am using a new iMac running Os 10.14, I even turned off Firewall, but still no good

The new Xpconnect plugin is missing a file and does not work on macOS. You can use the Xpconnect from the LNM 2.2.4 release. That should fix it. You can check the X-Plane plugin manager if Xpconnect appears there. It is running without problems if it shows up there.

1 hour ago, Dbarnea said:

- Do you filter out alternate (Nearest airports) that do not fit  the current airplane ? (current active performance profile) ?

No. Not yet. But that is the idea why I added these fields. Future LNM versions could filter airports on the map or automatically select alternates based on this criteria. Nearest ist another idea. Noted.

1 hour ago, Dbarnea said:

- A suggestion for the next version if possible. Save some of the aircraft related values in the Ivap dialogs per aircraft profile (class, wake, model, equipment ...). Things that will not change as long as this is the same aircraft.This way no controller will tell me "I didn't know that a BE58 is a Medium wake category :-)"

I think there is still some space left in the performance dialog.🙃 Noted for a future version.

Thanks for the kind words, all.😊

Alex

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Hi Alex,

thanks for that, it is working now.  I have not had much chance to get to know it yet but I absolutely love the map.  It is great being able to see all of your added airports, no matter how small, and in relation to where your aircraft is.

Wonderful!

 

Sean

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Despite selecting the option to use the P3d4 database and not the LNM Navigraph database, LNM always uses the Navigraph database for FIR/UIR boundaries. LNM correctly uses the sim's database for everything else.

Also, the RXP GTN Garmin GFP export gave me a few files that the GTN 750 could not read correctly. For example a direct flight from KPDX Gate A1 to KUIL gives:

 

FPN/RI:F:KUIL:F:KUIL

The RXP GTN export works fine in the previous non-beta release. The beta PLN version is correct:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<SimBase.Document Type="AceXML" version="4,5">
    <Descr>AceXML Document</Descr>
    <FlightPlan.FlightPlan>
        <Title>KPDX to KUIL</Title>
        <FPType>IFR</FPType>
        <CruisingAlt>6000</CruisingAlt>
        <DepartureID>KPDX</DepartureID>
        <DepartureLLA>N45° 35' 13.276790",W122° 35' 35.280000",+000030.00</DepartureLLA>
        <DestinationID>KUIL</DestinationID>
        <DestinationLLA>N47° 56' 11.695766",W124° 33' 45.470000",+000194.00</DestinationLLA>
        <Descr>KPDX, KUIL</Descr>
        <DeparturePosition>GATE A 1</DeparturePosition>
        <DepartureName>Portland Intl</DepartureName>
        <DestinationName>Quillayute</DestinationName>
        <AppVersion>
            <AppVersionMajor>4</AppVersionMajor>
            <AppVersionMinor>5</AppVersionMinor>
            <AppVersionRevision>12</AppVersionRevision>
            <AppVersionBuild>30293</AppVersionBuild>
        </AppVersion>
        <ATCWaypoint id="KPDX">
            <ATCWaypointType>Airport</ATCWaypointType>
            <WorldPosition>N45° 35' 19.426821",W122° 35' 51.010000",+000030.00</WorldPosition>
            <ICAO>
                <ICAOIdent>KPDX</ICAOIdent>
            </ICAO>
        </ATCWaypoint>
        <ATCWaypoint id="KUIL">
            <ATCWaypointType>Airport</ATCWaypointType>
            <WorldPosition>N47° 56' 11.723269",W124° 33' 45.470000",+000194.00</WorldPosition>
            <ICAO>
                <ICAOIdent>KUIL</ICAOIdent>
            </ICAO>
        </ATCWaypoint>
    </FlightPlan.FlightPlan>
</SimBase.Document>

 

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Hi Alex! First of all, I'd like to thank you very much for this wonderful tool and your outstanding level of support. Now this is a definitely indispensable tool for us Flysimmers throughout  the world.

One note on your last 2.4.0.beta update: When export flight plans as GFP for Reality XP GTN 750, the departure airport is changed for the destination airport, so we get a flight plan with no departure airport and the destination airport in both ends.

Thanks again!!

 

Best Regards,

 

Roberto Alvarez

Caracas, Venezuela

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@Ralvarez232 and @jabloomf1230:

Million thanks for the detailed reports, guys. It seems that adding the alternate airport stuff caused some problems with the export. Noted. Will check and fix.

Alex

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On 9/11/2019 at 2:38 AM, jabloomf1230 said:

Despite selecting the option to use the P3d4 database and not the LNM Navigraph database, LNM always uses the Navigraph database for FIR/UIR boundaries. LNM correctly uses the sim's database for everything else.

"View" -> "Airspace Source" overrides the settings in the scenery library menu (Navigaph only, etc.). The airspace data source is completely independent of the scenery library menu now.

Sorry for missing manual updates. But that's why it's still a beta.

Alex

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Thanks. All good now with airspaces. fsaerodata has sector data, while Navigraph does not.

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I  have always said this app is so underrated. 

I have used most if not all of the leading flight planners. But LNM has everything. I mean it has everything. 

Hope they add a NEXRAD map though. Would be a nice addition to help with storm navigation.

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Alec,

Odd little problem and perhaps only with my installation.

If I click on Tools -> Options,  Close it using the X, Then open it again, the window is blank.

Issue doesn't occur if I close the window using OK or Cancel.

BTW, sometimes the issue doesn't occur on the 'X' close the first time, but does on a subsequent 'X' close.

Ernie

 

Edited by airernie

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Hi Ernie,
sorry, I cannot reproduce this. I can see white windows when moving dock windows to a second monitor but not the options dialog.
I updated to a newer Qt user interface library here. This could have fixed the problem. Maybe. Probably. You never know ...

And while looking at this I found a bunch of bugs in the webserver settings which does not always take over configuration changes.☹️

Alex

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Hey Alex,

2 more comments:

- The suggested runway to use is not always presented.

- if you try to manually change the altitude of the plan , the tool crashes. I think it is related (not sure) to the third digit. Like, if the plan is now 24,000 ft and I try to change it to 34,000, once I get to the "0" after the "4", it crashes. Maybe it expects a "," ?

 

*Love the new weather translation.

Doron.

 


 

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Hi Doron,

just played around with it but I cannot reproduce it.

Can you send me the flight plan, the used performance profile, the little_navmap.ini and the log after such a crash? This would help a lot.

Flight plan and performance profile are most important to reproduce this.

The "," is not needed. This is added after the cursor leaves the altitude field.

Re. the suggested runway: This depends on wind conditions. If wind or head/tail-wind is too low it will be omitted. The weather tab shows a message "All runways good for landing or takeoff." and it is simply omitted after the METAR.

Thanks for reporting

Alex

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