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Sep 19, 2015, 10:19 AM
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DJI SDK Apps - Spark-P3-P4P-Mavic Pro-Air-Pro2-Inspire1 & 2-M100-M200-M600-A3-N3


I thought a central thread to discuss the new possibilities with the apps rolling out for the Phantom 3 and Inspire would be a benefit to those who fly these platforms and want to utilize 3rd party apps.

Over the past few months I've been beta testing just about all of them and now that DJI's firmware update has opened up for public consumption it only seems right to have a place to give reviews, ask questions, and get answers from users and the developers.

Since some are iOS while others are Android I want to start by asking everyone to leave their opinions as to which OS is superior out of the conversation. It's a waste of everyone's time to fight the Ford/Chevy, Coke/Pepsi, Verizon/At&t battle. I'm not trying to be a ruthless dictator here, just hoping this thread will be polite and productive.

I hope the developers will take an active roll in speaking up here as well. The more information we have the less time we will waste trying to figure out the different interfaces.

To start I'm going to simply post the links to the apps available. To avoid confusion I think we should group them like this.

1. Autonomous Flight - Orbit/POI, WayPoints, Follow Me
2. Mapping
3. Other (Let's face it, there are possibilities we may not know yet)

If you have experience with any DJI SDK apps please comment. I've spent a lot of time testing firmware and apps but I suspect there are many more in the works.

One thing to remember, all these apps use "F" mode. I highly recommend everyone keep their left pointer finger on the mode switch to abort autonomous flights by switching to "P" when/if something doesn't look right.
(My attorney ordered me to say that)
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Sep 19, 2015, 10:19 AM
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Autonomous Flight - - Orbit/POI, WayPoints, Follow Me, and more

AutoPilot
http://autoflightlogic.com/autopilot
For iOS only (now) - https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/auto...963963805?mt=8

This app is extremely powerful. The UI can be a bit overwhelming but one really cool feature is the way you can quickly change the UI from Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced. You can start to create a flight mode and in Basic and if a setting isn't visible you can increase the settings by quickly pressing Intermediate or Advanced. As you get accustom to the app, Advanced view isn't so overwhelming.

Here's an early Orbit test. Keep in mind they have done several updates since this was made. I need to test it again. Having the camera/gimbal keep the subject in frame is really nice.
072515 AutoPilot Beta Test (1 min 13 sec)


Here's an initial test of Follow me using my i1:
Follow Me Beta - AutoPilot (0 min 58 sec)

I also did a test with my P3P from my car and it kept up with me at 30mph. It was on a rural road and I was the passenger.

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Litchi
http://flylitchi.com
For Android only (now)
I just bought this app for my Nvidia Shield and did 3 flights with it last week so I don't have a lot of experience with it but so far it's impressive. Others on the Inspire thread seem happy with it as well. I'm kept the Ground Station flights simple and close but I'm about to go out and do some longer range testing once my tablet is charged.

Here's my first flight:
Litchi (4 min 45 sec)

I know it's slow and a bit long but I wanted to walk before I ran. The 3rd flight was set to full speed and my i1 was really hauling ass. I'll likely upload video from today's tests shortly.
Last edited by MultiRotR; Sep 19, 2015 at 11:33 AM.
Sep 19, 2015, 10:20 AM
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Mapping

Most of these apps have their own online rendering service and the rates vary so I'm going to leave that out of this section, for now.

Drone Deploy
https://www.dronedeploy.com

This is an app I tested a lot. The UI is very simple. I'd like a little more data in flight but I see their want to keep it super simple. It worked very well but then one version a month ago gave me a lot of issues (hover....hover....hover) so I started using Map Pilot. I need to go back and test Drone Deploy again to see if they worked those bugs out.
Here's a video I threw together after first testing it.
071215 Mapping Flight 1080p (4 min 50 sec)


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Map Pilot
https://www.dronesmadeeasy.com/Articles.asp?ID=254

This has been my go-to mapping app lately. I really like the UI as it shows the camera view (and shutter working) or you can swipe down and minimize it. It also has a just the right amount of telemetry and the latest version has good multi-battery flight operation. When the battery gets low it flies back, lands, and tells you to change the battery. It then flies back to the last point and continues on. Percentage of overlap, and altitude dictate the quality/accuracy which I find to be accurate when I process using other software.

Here's a project I processed through their system: https://www.mapsmadeeasy.com/maps/pu...3c8698b270708d
Notice the icon in the upper right. You can change the view to DSM for elevation data.
Here's an 85 acre water treatment plant I mapped (on a Sunday when no workers were present): https://www.mapsmadeeasy.com/maps/pu...02c76ee6160b60
Attached is a screenshot during flight.

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Pix4Dmapper Capture
https://pix4d.com/pix4dmapper-app/

I have to admit I'm not much help with this app. When I first signed up to beta test I read other users posting major problems with connection issues and such so I decided to wait a bit.
Last edited by MultiRotR; Apr 23, 2016 at 07:12 PM.
Sep 19, 2015, 10:20 AM
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Current DJI SDK Apps List by AviZ - Updated 13 Dec 2017

(New) Apps iOS - 13 Dec 2017

Spark PRO for DJI Drone - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/spar...263643643?mt=8

Controller for DJI Spark, Mavic, Phantom, Inspire - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/cont...251408997?mt=8

Flight Plan for DJI Drones - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/flig...076425143?mt=8

Vr Pro For Spark / Mavic / Phantom - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/vr-p...255295101?mt=8

Sync for DJI - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/sync...255799480?mt=8

Apps by Name / Developer / Website / Device


== Mapping / Surveying ==

MapPilot - by Maps Made Easy @ www.mapsmadeeasy.com - iOS

TagPilot - by Maps Made Easy @ https://support.dronesmadeeasy.com/h...-Pilot-for-DJI - iOS

Pix4D Capture by Pix4D @ www.pix4d.com - iOS / Android - Free

Altizure - by Everest Inovation Tech @ https://www.altizure.com/features - iOS / Android - Free

DroneDeploy - by DroneDeploy @ www.dronedeploy.com - iOS / Android - Free

UgCS 2.10 by SPH Engineering - http://www.ugcs.com - Ground station Win/Mac/Linux - Free

UgCS for DJI by SPH Engineering - http://www.ugcs.com -Ground station - Android - Free

Skycatch COMMANDER - by Skywatch - https://www.skycatch.com/product/commander - 2D & 3D Mapping & Data Collection - iOS

DataMapper by precision hawk - https://www.datamapper.com/ - 2D & 3D Mapping &Data Android / iOS in development

DatuFly by AirNest - http://datumate.com/products/datufly/ - 2D & 3D Mapping iOS

DJI GS Pro - by DJI - https://itunes.apple.com/app/dji-gs-...183717144?mt=8 - Mapping & Waypoints - iOS (Android soon) - Free

Drone Survey - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/dron...241043866?mt=8 - http://precisionaguavs.com/ground-control-stations/ - iOS

Drofika DJI - Inspire/P3&4/Mavic by DROFIKA - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...id=com.drofika - http://www.drofika.co - Android

Aerobotics Flight Planner For DJI - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...botics.android - http://www.aerobotics.co&sa=D&usg=AF...8fIibV9zD04Wsw - Android

DJI Mg - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....prof.args.pad - http://www.dji.com/&sa=D&usg=AFQjCNH...rnD02UAbhqqPCw - Android - Free

SkyDrones - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/skyd...153759525?mt=8 - iOS - Free

Dji Mavic - Phantom - Inspire Seeker - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...d=mavic.seeker - Android

Aero Ranger For Dji Drones - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...aeroranger.air


== Panorama’s ==

DronePan - by Dennis Baldwin @ www.dronepan.com - iOS - Free

InspirePano http://inspirepano.com - iOS

F360 Drone Photos by mdeplus @ www.mdeplus.com - Andriod - Free

Hangar 360 by by Auto Flight Logic @ http://hangar.com/hangar360/ - iOS - Free

Sky Spheres Recorder For Dji - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...rce.skyspheres - Android


== Multi Purpose Waypoint ==

Airnest - by Airnest Ltd @ www.airnest.com - iOS - Free - No Updates (P3 only)

Autopilot @ www.autoflightlogic.com - iOS

Airspace - by Auto Flight Logic - Telemetry sharing Add-On - iOS - Free

FpvCamera - by fpvBooster @ www.fpvbooster.com - iOS

Litchi - by VC Technology Ltd @ www.flylitchi.com - iOS / Android

Litchi Magic Leash - by VC Technology Ltd Follow me Add-On - iOS / Android - Free

Ultimate Flight v3 - by Ken @ www.djiultimateflight.com - Android

DJI Phantom Flight v3 by Beyond the Cube @ http://txpower.beyondthecube.ca - iOS / Android

CoPilot Basic - by FreeSkies @ http://freeskies.co - iOS - Extra in App purchases.

Vertical Studio by Vertical Studio @ www.vertical.ai - iOS / Android - Free - No Updates (P3 only)

Vision Pilot 3 by Taco-rc @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/visi...3/id1093403121 - iOS

Drone Volt Pilot by Drone Volt @ http://www.dronevoltpilot.com/en/ - iOS with Droid in Testing

Hivemapper - by Hivemapper - http://hivemapper.com - 3D map for drones - Android / iOS - Free

Drone Director - Automatic flight modes for DJI @ https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/dron...144121416?mt=8 - iOS

Drone Harmony - by drone harmony - http://droneharmony.com - Android beta - maybe iOS later - is now called Planner for DJI (below)

Planner For DJI Drones (Mavic,Phantom 3&4,Inspire) (Unreleased) - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...armony.planner - http://droneharmony.com - Android

Botlink Capture For Dji - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...om.botlink.fly

Copilot - Dual Display By Ottisoftware GmbH - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/copi...243513809?mt=8 - iOS - Free

Drone Director for DJI Drones By Ottisoftware GmbH - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/dron...144121416?mt=8 - iOS

Vision Pilot 3 for DJI By KA YUE MAK - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/visi...093403121?mt=8 - iOS

CleanFPV by TacoRC - https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/clea...286540151?mt=8 - http://www.taco-rc.com/ - iOS

Surf Ranger For Dji Drones - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...surfranger.air - Android


== 3D VR Apps ==

VR Thread - https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/show...=2651151&pp=10

3D FPV by Visual Vertigo @ www.visual-vertigo.com - iOS / Android

3D VR Cockpit by Visual Vertigo @ www.visual-vertigo.com - iOS

Dream Flights by Dream Flights VR @ www.dreamflights.pro - Android

DroneVR by Appologics @ http://appologics.com - iOS / (Android beta)

CloudlightFPV by CloudlightFPV @ http://cloudlightfpv.com - iOS

Vision Pilot 3 by Taco-rc @ https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/visi...3/id1093403121 - iOS

Whaale FPV for DJI GO Drones @ https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...it.droneflight - Android

Cavu Fpv For Dji Go 4 Drones - (was Whaale FPV) - https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...it.droneflight - Android

Plus Litchi & FpvCamera also support VR Headsets


== Assorted Apps ==

Neurala Selfie Dronie by Neurala @ http://www.neurala.com/products/selfie-dronie-drone/ - iOS / Android

DJI Screen Share by Visual Vertigo Software @ http://www.visual-vertigo.com - iOS

DJI Face Recognition for Drones - by ……. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...acerecognition - Android


== Open Source Apps ==

DroneBlocks By Dennis Baldwin @ www.droneblocks.io creator of drone pan iOS - Free

Dji Demo by Dave Jacob @ http://dronegroundstation.azurewebsites.net - Android - Free


Forums, Help Pages & Manuals Online & PDFs - by AviZ

== MapPilot ==
Help/Manuals

== TagPilot ==
Help / Manuals

== Altizure ==
Altizure App Tutorials - (iOS)
Altizure App Tutorials - (Android)

== FpvCamera/Mission Planner ==
Help / Manuals - Online
Facebook Page
@ Phantom Pilots

== Litchi ==
Help/Manuals - Online
English P3/P4/I1 PDF iOS by Richard H. - PDF
English P3/P4/I1 PDF Android by Philip B - PDF

Facebook page
Phantom Pilots
Google Groups

== Airnest ==
Help/Manuals - Online
Offical Airnest Forum
@ Phantom Pilots

== Vertical Studio ==
Offical
@ Phantom Pilots - Vertical Studio now supports Phantom 3 Standard
Phantom Pilots

== AutoPilot ==
Help/Manuals - Online
YouTube Channel
Phantom Pilots - Advanced Search Titles Only- AutoPilot

== DronePan ==
Facebook page
@ Phantom Pilots

== Ultimate Flight ==
Help/Manuals - Online
DJI Ultimate Flight - Documentation for V3 PDF
Google Groups
Beta Access and Discussion Forum

PM me on RCG with any errors - with correct or new links to add ... AviZ ...
Manuals may be out dated just follow links to new versions
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Sep 19, 2015, 11:44 AM
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Nice job
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Sep 19, 2015, 12:52 PM
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Thanks for starting this. I am sure it will be very popular!
Sep 19, 2015, 01:14 PM
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Good idea for a dedicated thread !
With the amount of info that is going to be involved, I wouldn't be surprised if there might be a need for a dedicated thread for each sdk in addition to an aggregate thread like this.
Sep 19, 2015, 01:21 PM
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Litchi Flyover Tests


Here are some tests that I did with Litchi Groundstation to check out it's Auto Gimbal Pitch Control and Auto Rotation.

The first example uses a Rotate Action at the middle waypoints.

Litchi 3 WP Flyover With Auto Gimbal Pitch with 180 Degree Rotation (1 min 44 sec)


Next is an example that uses POIs to maintain focus and does an auto Rotation (built into the SDK) between waypoints that have different headings.

Litchi 5 WP Flyover (1 min 45 sec)


The last one is the same as the first but does 90 degree rotation at the middle waypoint.

Litchi 3 WP Flyover Slanted Teepee Path with 90 degree Rotation (1 min 45 sec)


Disclosure: I am not the owner of the product, just a tester.
Sep 19, 2015, 02:34 PM
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Originally Posted by MultiRotR

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This is an app I tested a lot. The UI is very simple. I'd like a little more data in flight but I see their want to keep it super simple. It worked very well but then one version a month ago gave me a lot of issues (hover....hover....hover) so I started using Map Pilot. I need to go back and test Drone Deploy again to see if they worked those bugs out.
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DroneDeploy has fixed this "hover" thing. It is very snappy at waypoints now. It was not recognizing it reached a waypoint and kept try to reach it... exactly.
Sep 19, 2015, 02:44 PM
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Nice work with Litchi! I need to work on the actions. I just got back from testing it long range and it performed well. It seems as though you have to close the app completely between missions so anyone building a mission better be sure to save it before initiating the flight. When starting a new mission I would get an error message and the aircraft would get stuck in a hover, waiting for the upload.
Sep 19, 2015, 03:33 PM
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Nice work with Litchi! I need to work on the actions. I just got back from testing it long range and it performed well. It seems as though you have to close the app completely between missions so anyone building a mission better be sure to save it before initiating the flight. When starting a new mission I would get an error message and the aircraft would get stuck in a hover, waiting for the upload.
Are you on the latest Litchi version (2.1.1) and latest FW? I ran those missions back to back. There was a similar problem to what you had previously but it was fixed and I have not experienced that recently.
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Sep 19, 2015, 03:50 PM
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Litchi Test:
091915 Litchi GS Long Range (2 min 30 sec)


Edit: Adding another video:
091915 Litchi GS Long Range 2 (2 min 41 sec)


I sped up sections of the video to cut down on the duration.

Round trip was about 3 miles to a new bridge being built. I had signal the entire trip but an earlier trip was out of range for about 2 minutes. No issues to report.
TB47 had 52% when it returned.
Conditions were ideal with no wind and 80 degrees.
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Sep 19, 2015, 04:32 PM
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Litchi Test:
https://youtu.be/s8qBkmsF0ok

I sped up sections of the video to cut down on the duration.

Round trip was about 3 miles to a new bridge being built. I had signal the entire trip but an earlier trip was out of range for about 2 minutes. No issues to report.
TB47 had 52% when it returned.
Conditions were ideal with no wind and 80 degrees.
gotta love those big curved turns.
Sep 19, 2015, 06:34 PM
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gotta love those big curved turns.
I'd like them even more if they were a bit smoother. I dug into some of Litchi's other features tonight and have to say it has the smoothest Orbit of all the apps out there, even at full speed. It's the only one where I can't visibly see the aircraft making adjustments to follow the circle. That being said, you have to stop the orbit to make any adjustments at all but the auto gimbal tilt and super smooth flight is nice once you get it set correctly.
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I really need to have a look a litchi, sadly the only android device I have is an LG G Pad
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