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Map Pilot Pro Upgrades for recent Map Pilot purchases

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Building on 6+ years of experience.

With the release of the new Map Pilot Pro app we will be beginning to end the life cycle of the rest of the Map Pilot apps. Due to various technical and business limitations we will be ending support for all of the previous variants by the end of the year and starting fresh with a unified Map Pilot Pro. Their final updates will be available in the AppStore until the dates listed below. 

All currently downloaded versions of the app will cease to be functional by the end of the year 2021. 

Final Downloads

  • Map Pilot Lite - 3/10/2021
  • Map Pilot - 4/15/2021
  • Map Pilot Business - 5/15/2021

We realize that this will be taken bad news for users who have long relied on Map Pilot's capabilities and stability. We feel that providing years of advanced features, frequent updates, and rapid support for your purchase price is fair. The new app is a new fresh layout that takes the last 6 years of user feedback into account. 



All users that have posted a log created using Map Pilot Business before March, 10 2021 are eligible for a 50% discount on a Maps Made Easy Pro plan for 8 months.  

Users that have upgraded to the Map Pilot Business level in the Lite or regular apps we need you to send us the emails with the Apple purchase receipt(s).

Once you have subscribed to the Pro plan, email the receipt and/or screenshots of your previous Map Pilot Business purchase to from the Maps Made Easy account email address. Once we verify the purchase we will apply the discount for the next 8 monthly payments. 

Maps Made Easy subscription discounts are not offered for any Map Pilot level below Business. 

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    Shawn Gano

    It seems this app is in violation of Apple's App Store Policies -- it requires/includes a subscription for extra functionality yet there are no in-app purchases listed for the app.


    3.1.1 In-App Purchase:

    • If you want to unlock features or functionality within your app, (by way of example: subscriptions, in-game currencies, game levels, access to premium content, or unlocking a full version), you must use in-app purchase. Apps may not use their own mechanisms to unlock content or functionality, such as license keys, augmented reality markers, QR codes, etc. Apps and their metadata may not include buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct customers to purchasing mechanisms other than in-app purchase.
    Edited by Shawn Gano
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    Shawn Gano

    Will there be a non-subscription option? I don't need any map processing I just want to design and fly missions and do my own processing with different tools. $150/year just to design linear missions is crazy when I am not using any of the other services.

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    Shawn Gano

    Making overlap range a distinguisher of how much your subscription costs is not fair. It doesn't cost you anything different to design a mission with a higher or lower overlap percentage or at different altitudes -- the math is exactly the same. Such a shame. I realize there are development costs; but your differentiation between levels doesn't seem justified.

    Edited by Shawn Gano
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    You are correct. There are no In-App Purchases. Lots of apps operate off of subscriptions that are paid for outside of the AppStore. I'd be willing to bet you have at least 3 on your devices already.

    From the Apple AppStore Guidelines:

    • 3.1.3(f) Free Stand-alone Apps: Free apps acting as a stand-alone companion to a paid web based tool (eg. VOIP, Cloud Storage, Email Services, Web Hosting) do not need to use in-app purchase, provided there is no purchasing inside the app, or calls to action for purchase outside of the app.

    As noted on the site, Map Pilot Pro is a companion app for Maps Made Easy's processing. Companion apps are specifically allowed by the App Store as long as the app is not used for gaining new customers by allowing people to sign up via link or within the app. You must have a valid Maps Made Easy account to use the app.

    The ONLY reason we ever offered Map Pilot to begin with is to enable data collection for our processing customers. If people want to use it to collect data they process elsewhere they can certainly do so but the must be a paying customer with Maps Made Easy to use its companion app. If the subscriptions are not within your budget, the company that makes your processing software likely has a tool for you to use for free just as we do for our mapping customers.

    We have found that the cost to support our non-customer users is too high to maintain on a single purchase basis. You yourself have made multiple support requests and requested non-mapping related features. The time spent responding to all of this cost more than the sum total of all the money you have paid to us. Pile the cost of development on top of that and we had a problem on our hands.

    We as a business have decided to refocus on OUR customers and stop spending our time and money supporting the rest of the softwares out there without at least some compensation in the form of map processing (which is our core business) . It was either stop offering apps all together or just provide it to our customers.

    There is a Free subscription that is available to everyone.

    As seen above, your current installation of Map Pilot will continue to function until the end of the year. There are things that were done in previous versions that are not sustainable to us as a business so they will be end-of-lifed. This is common practice as technology progresses.

    Being that we specifically added a feature based on your request, one would think you would be happy... For a well supported business tool to cost you less than $25/yr would be considered a good value by most.

    Edited by Zane
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    Shawn Gano

    Yes, I have made support requests. I also paid for the "business" version of the app; and would gladly pay $50 for a new version every few years (sans subscription). Which is the most expensive app I own (and it is only for a hobby and experimenting with different photogrammetry algorithms). I guess I may just need to develop my own routing tools; I have experimented with the DJI SDK so it is time to dig into it some more.

    Edited by Shawn Gano
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    Luis Mazariegos

    I just upgraded my Map Pilot to a business account. I have been having trouble with the Terrain Awareness were I get a message that no data is available for that area, yet I have flown missions very close to where I am trying to fly (west Andes of Colombia). I now installed the Map Pilot Pro and tried mapping the same area and use Terrain Awareness. It tells me I do not have this feature, but when I try the preview it does show me the terrain. I am confused since I thought I should be able to use the Terrain Awareness feature with the Map Pilot Pro app since I payed for the business upgrade. I tried to upgrade features in the Map Pilot Pro and I can't find were I can pay for this feature. Thanks for your assistance.

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