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Beta 4.1.329 (03MAR2023) European Precipitation and Pressure forecast, Refer a friend promotion, New menu design and new Instruments

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Dear aviators, 

With some luck, this is the latest iteration for the public Appstore release. This version fixes two problems found in 4.1.327.

 

We are excited to announce a significant update to the app, which includes several major improvements and new features that will enhance your flying experience. Our team has been hard at work over the past few months, and we are thrilled to finally share these updates with you. All major improvements since the last Public Appstore release are:

 

European Precipitation and Pressure Forecasts 

For EasyVFR Pro and FFM members only

EasyVFR4, in partnership with Met Éireann (the official Irish Meteorological Service) and the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), now includes 10 day precipitation and pressure forecast charts. These forecasts are available for each six hour time span for the next 10 days. The forecasts cover from 76 degrees west to 35 degrees east and from 72 degrees north to 30 degrees north giving extensive coverage. EasyVFR4's spherical mapping engine makes these forecasts much easier to interpret than a flat map. These charts can help you better choose which days to plan your flights with the best chance of actually being able to fly that day. 

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To activate this charts open the mapLayers menu and choose the WX Map Preset. Next scroll down in the maplayers menu, select the Weather subenu, and enable there the option "10-day precipitation and Pressure Forecast". Using the timestepper (that now also has a very convenient slider) you can step forward and backward in time  

 

Refer a friend Promotion 

We all don’t mind saving a bit of money, and this can now be done by bringing your budy! When using menu->myEasyVFR there is now a button called "Invite a friend".

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When this "Invite a Friend" button is used, a personalized webpage is launched that allows you to share a unique personal discount code via email, Twitter, Facebook, or WhatsApp. Every friend that uses this discount gets a 10% discount, and the exact same amount is put into your own account which can then be used to buy other products from our shop or renew your own subscription. So don’t hesitate, and spread your personal discount code as much as possible!

Refer A Friend

 

UI Design

Several menus and tools have been updated to align with EasyVFR's modern design philosophy. Under the hood, changes have been made to allow for workflow improvements in the upcoming months.

 

Menu Restructuring

Menus have been restructured to group items that are often used together more logically:

  • Map-related options are now located in the Map Layers menu.
  • The "System" menu (in the EasyVFR 4 menu) has been renamed to "Preferences" and includes items that you may want to personalize but likely only need to set once.
  • The "General" menu (in the EasyVFR 4 menu) has been renamed to "System" and includes all system-related items that you typically do not have to verify or change, such as Units, Language, Alarms, and the behavior of the VP and Instrument ribbon, etc.
  • The country selection has been moved to the Status card -> Data.
  • The visibility of the Instrument ribbon and Vertical Profile can be set in the EasyVFR 4 menu -> Preferences. "Off" always hides them, "Auto" shows the VP when there is a route or flying and shows the Instruments when flying, and "On" always shows them.
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Simple Aircraft Profile

The Aircraft Profile is now also listed in the EasyVFR 4 menu, so that Essential and Live users who do not have access to the Pro Aircraft Profile features can still access it. This allows them to choose a speed that fits their aircraft, making their route calculations more realistic.

 

Instrument Ribbon

The previous InfoFields flexibility was great but limited us in improving the screen organization because a user could place an InfoField anywhere on the screen. We believe that there is no default setup that fits all flying missions and that each use case requires a unique set of instruments. So we have come up with the Instrument ribbon, which allows you to easily insert or add any of the 29 Instruments to the ribbon. In portrait mode, the ribbon is stuck to the top, and in landscape, it moves to the side. Every instrument has a default color and unit, but for several, these can be customized.

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ATC now, ATC next, HSI, Bearing to Next

Some new instruments have been added, such as:

  • Bearing to Next: An arrow pointing towards the next waypoint and shows time (EET) and distance.
  • HSI: A nice and clean HSI design is added, guiding you back on to your planned route including time (EET) and distance.
  • ATC now and ATC Next: Combining the ATC name with the Frequency. ATC next shows the next ATC ahead of your track.
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We have many more major projects in the pipeline that we are eager to share in the upcoming months. For now, we would love to hear what you think of the design upgrade and Instrument ribbon.

A full list of release notes can be found below.

  

Cheers, 

Team EasyVFR 4 

  

Release notes 

  • FIXED: Unit options in menu->preferences ->Units where not mutually exclusive,
  • FIXED: When in landscape the Route Planning menu was docked permanently to the left, tapping on the map to get the QuickInfo wheel to show a Quick Info window for that position, would not show because it was placed underneath the Route Planning window.

Downloads

Apple iOS, iPadOS, M1 and M2 macs

  • Minimum requirements:
    • 64-bit and 2GB RAM. Effectively:
      • iPad Air 2 and higher.
      • iPad Mini 4 and higher.
      • iPhone 6S and higher.
    • The iPad Mini 5, 6, and iPad Pro perform extremely well.
  • Download
    1. Install the Apple TestFlight app via the Apple AppStore.

    2. Go to the following URL to download the latest version of EasyVFR 4 via TestFlight:
    https://testflight.apple.com/join/Zxbi0Hof

Android

Windows desktop

macOS High Sierra and up

    • IMPORTANT:
      • Intel macs on Big Sur and Monterey need to have the latest macOS version 11.6.1 or 12.0.1 or higher installed.
      • M1 macs can download via the iOS AppStore.
    • Minimum requirements:
      • Most 64-bit macOS versions. E.g. High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina. BigSur 11.6.1 and Monterey 12.0.1 and up.
      • Apple Silicon M1 and greater macs can download via the iOS AppStore.
    • Download:
    • Installation instructions:
      1. After downloading the DMG file, open it and drag the EasyVFR 4 icon into the Applications folder. EasyVFR 4 is now available via Launchpad.
      2. When you get the message "EasyVFR4.app can’t be opened because it was not downloaded from the App Store" choose [Open in Finder] from that popup, then right-click on EasyVFR4.app and choose open. Now the same popup will appear, now with a [Open] button.
      3. From there on you can launch EasyVFR 4 from the launchpad without this warning.
      4. With every update, you need to redo step 2.

 

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