Little Navmap using a second PC or Laptop


Intro

Little Navmap is a free open source flight planner, navigation tool, moving map, airport search and airport information system for Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D. This Application instruction describes how to use Little Navmap on a second PC or laptop. If you have any questions, please use the contact page on our website.


Download and Install

  1. Download the app from this site:
    https://github.com/albar965/littlenavmap/releases/tag/v1.4.4
  2. Select the latest version for Windows.
  3. Delete any previous installed version, if you have one: just delete the folder.
  4. Unzip the file you downloaded into the folder with that name:
    C:\Users\yourname\Downloads\LittleNavmap-win-1.4.4
  5. Move the folder Little Navmap inside … \LittleNavmap-win-1.4.4 to C:\ or to any other convenient location.
  6. Inside the folder … \Little Navmap > right mouse clicks the littlenavmap.exe  and
    1. Pin to Start of Windows 10 and
    2. Set this shortcut as to run this program as administrator:
      (Select Properties and tab Compatibility; check the box Run as administrator)
  7. Inside the folder … \Little Navmap > right mouse clicks the littlenavconnect.exe
    1. Pin to Start of Windows 10 and
    2. Set this shortcut as to run this program as administrator:
      (Select Properties and tab Compatibility; check the box Run as administrator)
    3. You need this tile later on using Little Navmap with a laptop.
  8. Run Little Navmap using the tile as created in 6b.
  9. Extended documentation can be downloaded with this link:
    https://www.gitbook.com/book/albar965/little-navmap-user-manual/details

Using Little Navmap with other simulators than FSX SP2

This application was compiled using FSX-SP@ without Acceleration version 10.0.61259.0
To use this application, you need to install a sim-connect FSX-SP2-XPACK.msi This file resides in the standard installation location of P3D4: drive:\P3D4\redist\Interface\FSX-SP2-XPACK\retail\lib


Using the program on another (laptop) pc

  1. Use the same download version as above (version number must match).
  2. Install Little Navmap on the client computer (a desktop or laptop without sim).
  3. Start Little Navmap on the flying computer (desktop) as administrator and generate the scenery library databases.
  4. Select Main Menu > Scenery Library > Show Database Files on the flying computer
    This will open the directory containing the database files in a file manager like in Windows Explorer as: C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming\ABarthel\little_navmap_db\ (Remember this location …)
  5. Exit Little Navmap on the desktop computer.
  6. Start Little Navmap on the client computer (laptop) and select Scenery library > Show Database files.
    The location is the same as on your desktop:
    C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming\ABarthel\little_navmap_db\
  7. Exit Little Navmap on the laptop.
  8. Copy the database files from your desktop to your laptop using network connections (as described later), USB-stick or else.
  9. Start Little Navmap on the laptop.
  10. The menu Scenery Library should contain an entry for each copied database file or not at all if only one file was copied. Airports icons should be visible on the map in either case.
  11. There is no need to reload the scenery database since you just copied a fully populated database file. Remember to update the SQL databases on your laptop when you make scenery changes to your desktop sim.


Creating Network connections

Connections between desktop and laptop are established via network connections either wired or wireless.
For error-free connections you need the user account-name and user account-password of the laptop and or desktop is working with. No user accounts? No luck. Stop reading here.
Next to that you must know the IP address of your laptop.

  1. Laptop: finding your local IP address: [cmd-ipconfig]
    or create a shortcut on your laptop with the statement: exe /k ipconfig
    Click the shortcut and read the local IP-address e.g. 192.168.1.10
  2. Laptop: sharing the Little Navmap-folder: right mouse clicks the folder and select Share with … select the button Advanced sharing and check the box Share this folder and Apply.
  3. Desktop: create network connection: right mouse clicks This PC and select Map Network Drive.
    Fill in Folder: \\192.168.1.10\C <<- this is your local IP address from the laptop.
    Check the box Establish connection with other references and ENTER.
    Fill the user-name and the user-password belonging to the laptop and check Remember … OK

Operating Little Navmap with a laptop

  1. Start the sim on your desktop and load a flight.
  2. Start Little Navmap on your laptop.
  3. You did already copy the SQL database from/to C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Roaming\ABarthel\little_navmap_db\
  4. On your desktop: get into the network connection to your laptop and right mouse clicks in the folder …\Little Navmap the file littlenavconnect.exe
    (better make a shortcut to your desktop)
  5. You will get a security warning … say Run … this is what you get:littlenavmap02
  6. You are connected to the simulator … now on your laptop select in the menu Tools > Flight Simulator Connection > Connect and in Map > Center Aircraft

Creating a network connection from Laptop to Desktop

So far so good … however you want to load the flight plan (which resides on your desktop) into Little Navmap on your laptop. The way this works is similar as described above: you must know the IP address of your desktop.

  1. Laptop: finding your local IP address: [cmd-ipconfig]
    or create a shortcut on your laptop with the statement: exe /k ipconfig
    Click the shortcut and read the local IP-address e.g. 192.168.1.15
  2. Desktop: sharing the folder that contains your flight plans. This is standard:
    C:\Users\yourname\Documents\Prepar3D v4 Files\
  3. Right mouse clicks the folder and select Share with … select the button Specific people and select in the Add drop down box Everyone and close with Share
  4. Laptop: create network connection:
  5. Right mouse clicks This PC and select Map Network Drive.
    Fill in Folder: \\the name of your desktop\ Users\yourname\Documents\Prepar3D v4 Files\
  6. Check the box Establish connection with other references and hit ENTER.
    Fill the user-name and the user-password belonging to the desktop and Remember … OK
  7. Now you can select the flight plan that you use on the desktop and follow the flight.

CHARTS CLOUD – OPEN BETA by Navigraph


Intro

Charts Cloud is a web app that displays charts and video tutorials for flight simulator use on virtually any web-connected device, with special attention to touch interaction. Data is streamed instantly to the browser!  Another app is still in beta, and information is available from the forum page: http://www.navigraph.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=44
The beta provides a moving map and communication between the sim and Navigraph is foreseen with a add-on.xml and a so called “simlink” plugin application.

What you need

  1. You have a subscription Access Charts Cloud and or you use Charts Desktop. No subscription … no luck and stop reading here.
  2. For communication between the Open Beta app on your pc and Navigraph you need a file
    navigraph-simlink-beta-1.0.1.0714.exe from this link (check the latest version)
  3. http://www.navigraph.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=97
  4. Read this post: https://www.navigraph.com/ViewNews.aspx?newsId=116

What to do

  1. Download the file from Navigraph and install.
  2. This simlink plugin must be started by the simulator using an add-on.xml.
    This add-on.xml including the NavigraphSimlink_64.dll are automatically installed in the default location C:\Users\yourname\Documents\Prepar3D v4 Add-ons\Navigraph Simlink\
  3. To start the plugin, open P3D4 and activate via the Add-on manager: Menu-Options-Add-ons-Enable. Then restart the sim. This is a one time action.
  4. After starting the sim the add-0m.xml is active
  5. You must activate the plugin using the program “C:\Program Files (x86)\Navigraph\Simlink\NavigraphSimlink.exe”
    You will find a tile in the program list of Windows 10 and a little icon is place in the system tray area.

 

 

The test flights

  1. Last step, select this link to use the moving map beta version
  2. Did you start the sim already? OK, park your aircraft on LFJR – any Gate.
  3. Go to https://beta.charts.navigraph.com
  4. You will get this login screen
  5. After successful sign in you get this picture with a horizontal menu bar: | Flights | Airports | Search |
  6. Hovering your mouse over the text will show the function.
  7. Go to Flights > Add new
  8. Import a PLN file or flight string
    g. LFJR ANG RS DR ALD BHD EGFF
  9. Verify and Save
  10. Go to Airports and filter by LFJR
  11. Select TAXI et voila …
  12. The purple arrow indicates your place on the chart.

Have fun.