There is already nearly 2 years since Simbrief was acquired by Navigraph. I would like to ask whether we can expect any roadmap for further development of the platform? I assume that navigraph acquisition means also additional funds for the development - but we hadn’t hear anything since then.
Can we expect sth in the near future?
Not a road map per se, but at the moment we are currently redesigning the UI from scratch. The new one will make much better use of the available screen space, be fully responsive (right down to mobile phone screens), and feature a dark mode.
It will also bring a few new features, for example:
- Better alternate airport filtering options (maximum search distance, minimum runway length, minimum ceiling/visibility)
- You will be able to go back and view any of your previous flights from the past few days (not just the latest one)
- More information will be presented on the briefing page, including a load sheet section and airport details (i.e. you’ll be able to see this info without needing to open the full OFP)
- A selection of curated airframes will be available to all users by default (Fenix A320, PMDG 737, etc.)
- The ability to share your flight options with other users, similar to how airframe sharing currently works
- An option to add comments to your saved flights
And more of course. At the same time, we’ve had to create a completely new API to power everything, so we’ve been quite busy. This is certainly the biggest redesign of SimBrief since it was created almost 10 years ago.
Other than that, you can also see which updates we’ve been making to SimBrief by checking the System Changelog. I count around 150 entries since the acquisition, and there is a lot that isn’t included in there, such as server migrations, SimBrief Downloader updates, unannounced/upcoming features, and general upkeep and maintenance.
Hope this answers your question.