27 September 2019

Air Navigation Pro v3.4 for Android is here! New ScratchPad tool plus Import KML files




Air Navigation Pro v3.4 for Android is here!
New ScratchPad tool plus Import KML files


The latest Air Navigation Pro v3.4 for Android contains two great new features, as requested by some of our users.

Users can now use the new ScratchPad tool for capturing information, especially useful during flight.  The application also allows the importing of external KML files so that you can see the KML data overlaid directly on the moving map.  Additionally included are some visual improvements for a better EFB compliance, as well as native support of your 64bit Android device.

With these key advancements, here are the Air Navigation Pro v3.4 feature highlights:

ScratchPad 

One of the most useful tools in an EFB is a way to quickly capture notes during a flight.
With the Air Navigation Pro, we wanted to ensure such a tool met most pilots needs. 

The challenges to address:
  • Easily accessible and quick to dismiss
  • Simple to use at a glance
  • Doesn’t impact the visual information on the moving map
  • Support for saving your most commonly used labels
  • Maintaining your scratchpad data into your flight log

The Air Navigation Pro v3.4 ScratchPad feature is the result and it is now available on both tablet and phone devices.  To help you get the most out of this exciting feature, we have broken down some common usage information below.

Easily Accessible and quick to dismiss

To access the ScratchPad, just two taps is required.  

On your tablet, tap Tools then ScratchPad.  


On your phone, tap Configuration, then under the Tools section, tap ScratchPad.



This opens the scratchpad as a distinguishable but unobtrusive transparent layer above the moving map.  Both phone and tablet versions work exactly the same way.

To dismiss, simply tap the (x) in the top right corner and return to the moving map.  When reopened, it automatically opens to the last scratch page you were using.


Simple to use at a glance

We realise that flying the plane is the most important task and anything that takes away from that is not helpful.  So any in-flight feature needs to be simple, clear and easy to use.

Want to erase what you have written?  Tap the eraser icon in the bottom right hand corner.






Quickly navigate through your created pages. Use the page navigation icons to go forward and backwards in your scratchpad.




Create a new page?  Open a new scratch page with the (+) icon in the bottom right hand corner.  The scratchpad is dynamic, so you can create the right number of pages for your needs.



The quick settings for the page will open.  Simply make any changes you need and tap Done.  Your new page is ready to use.





Change page settings?  Tap the page number in the page navigation to open its specific settings.  Update as required and tap Done to apply and close.




Enable or disable a background grid guide.  When enabled, a helpful grid is shown.  Perfect if you need to draw accurate lines or directions, or just want a guide for better writing.

Enable labels. Select from one of the system defined or your own predefined labels, or even create a Custom label on the fly.  

Create your custom label on the fly.  Just select Custom... and type your comma separated text into the field below.  Need to update it?  Just edit.  When Done, the updated labels will appear on your page.



Delete a page?  If you want to permanently remove a page, tap the bin icon in the top left hand corner.  If this is the only page in your scratchpad, the scratchpad will close.  A blank, new page the next time you start the scratchpad.


Doesn’t impact the visual information on the moving map

The moving map and associated information such as alerts continue to show and update below the transparent scratchpad, meaning you don’t take your eyes off key information.


Support for saving your most commonly used labels

Predefine those commonly used labels so they are ready whenever you need them.

Tap Config, then Settings then tap ScratchPad.




The ScratchPad settings will open.




Choose if you prefer the background grid to be on or off by default.  Of course you can always override this on any specific page.

To create a label is easy.  Tap + Label to create a new label and simply type the text in the open window, using commas to separate the label content.  Tap Back to apply.

All your existing predefined labels are shown for you to manage.  These will show up as Label options available for you to select from in every Scratch page.  

To edit your existing label, tap the specific label.  Slide to Delete if no longer required.




Maintaining your scratchpad data into your flight log

Once your flight is over, any scratch pages created during the flight are automatically saved to the flight log.  To access, just open the Logbook under Tools and select the saved flight.

Any flights with a scratchpad attached have a yellow paper clip icon in the Notes section.  Just tap to open your saved scratchpad in a read only view.  A grey paper clip just indicates no scratchpad attached to the flight.  Tap close to return to your flight log.





Import KML Files

We know that sometimes you will have information from external sources that you wish to portray on the moving map.  Now Air Navigation Pro for Android supports the import of standard KML format files.  To make life easier, you can even directly import KML and KMZ files from email or from your files, such as Google Drive and on device.  KMZ files are compressed (zipped) KML files, so they are automatically unpacked in the app.

Simply choose Air Navigation Pro as the application to open the file with and the file will be imported directly and visible on the moving map.



To see the files imported and select which one(s) to make visible on the moving map, select Imported KML files in the Tools menu.




Each KML file is shown.  Simply tap to select or deselect.  A check mark will show to indicate which is selected and the data will be visible in the moving map.  Select or deselect all that you require.



To delete the data permanently from the application, simply swipe to the left to Delete.




 EFB Compliance


To ensure our application is not only serving your needs but adhering to the common standards for Electronic Flight Bag applications, we have done some minor updates to be more compliant with accepted international standards.

These also bring a benefit in the flight experience.  As some examples, we have now coloured the runway information in the waypoint to reflect the surface, so a visual glance seeing a green runway and you can know it is grass.  Any sign of red in the application and you know to pay attention as it reflects an emergency situation.





With these noted features as well as minor bug fixes and full support of Google’s native 64 bit devices, we hope our users will enjoy these improvements in Air Navigation Pro v3.4 for Android.  May blue skies flying with Air Navigation Pro will be an even easier and better experience.  

Check out this video highlighting the key features in Air Navigation Pro version 3.4 for Android.  Watch the video on our YouTube channel.




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