DroneDeploy improves flight plans for small areas, gets a fresh new UI, and more

Winter is here. And with it comes new updates to DroneDeploy to get you through the cold days ahead.

We’re excited to share what we’ve been working on this month, including a fresh new redesign of our user interface (UI). Read on to learn about the latest flight enhancements for small maps, improvements to map exports, and updates to our beta features.

Improved Flight Plans for Small Areas

We have improved flight for map plans less than 5 acres in size, making it easier to produce a great map. Our new layout gives you symmetrical, edge-to-edge coverage so that your datasets include enough images to produce high-quality maps — no matter how small the area.

Our new layout gives you symmetrical, edge-to-edge coverage so that your datasets include enough images to produce high-quality maps

Export Maps in Any Format with Our Enterprise APIs

Our powerful enterprise APIs have always made it possible to extend DroneDeploy into your existing workflow. Our latest update takes this one step further. You can now export maps in any format via the Export API — making it easier than ever to automatically backup maps or integrate data with your existing tools. Whether you need to export a point cloud, an orthomosaic tiff, or a contour map, DroneDeploy has you covered. APIs are available to all enterprise users.

Export your map data in any format with our Enterprise APIs

DroneDeploy UI Gets a New Look and Feel

We always strive for simplicity and function in our product design. The new look improves our layout and simplifies iconography while making things easier to read across devices. It also reduces the chances of making any mistakes when adjusting flight settings like altitude, sidelap, and frontlap.

Our flight planning UI got an upgrade—now with improved function, icons, and readability

Better Map Sharing and Collaboration

Earlier this year, we released folders for better project management and team collaboration. We have now improved the messaging around folders to make it clear when moving a map may cause others in your organization to lose access. If a member of your organization does lose access, they will receive an email notification telling them who is responsible should they need to regain access in the future.

3D Mode and Fieldscanner Get an Update

If you haven’t stepped into DroneDeploy Labs to take a look at our latest experimental features, you might want to consider it. DroneDeploy Labs is where we release some of our newest beta features for testing, and is available under the “Settings” tab in the DroneDeploy dashboard. It’s the go-to place for the latest innovations in drone mapping.

This week, two of our most popular beta features got even better.

3D Mode is now available on the main flight planning dashboard. To activate this feature, just flip the toggle in DroneDeploy Labs.

Fieldscanner — our real-time mapping solution — has come a long way since we announced the beta last March. We’ve made some major improvements, unlocking the ability for customers to generate instant maps of their fields and job sites in real time as the drone flies. You can now activate this feature from the main flight planning dashboard. Fieldscanner is now available to all paid users.

Where to Learn More

New to DroneDeploy? Explore 10 tips for making your first map.

Read more about our recent product updates and releases including:

Have questions about the latest updates, features, and capabilities? Get in touch with our team for more answers.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.

Product Release Wrap-Up December 2017 was originally published in DroneDeploy’s Blog on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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