news The FMS Data Manager is now available! 2014-01-09

Today, together with the launch of cycle 1401, we are proud to announce a new service to our FMS Data offering - the FMS Data Manager! It is a client program which updates FMS Data for installed addon software with an automatic download and install procedure. Special effort has been put towards making the software easy to operate. Many users will find that the setup procedure simply consists of two steps: 1) automatically scanning the computer for all installed addons, and 2) performing a batch update. Go to here  to download the FMS Data Manager.

The FMS Data Manager also has more advanced features to accommodate special setups. For instance, it can:

  • Scan the computer to automatically detect and set paths for newly installed addons
  • Confirm that all addons are updated through a clear display of green indicators
  • Start with the computer and check for new FMS Data updates with set intervals 
  • Update all, or a subset, or the installed addons – individually or in batch
  • Perform an automatic backup before downloading updated FMS Data
  • Recover a previous backup from any previously downloaded cycle
  • Verify that the downloaded data is intact
  • Export/Import addon paths for a quick restore of manually added paths

All currently supported addon formats, except Project Magenta, are available via the FMS Data Manager, and more will be added as they become available. Project Magenta will be included shortly. All 57 addon formats, including Project Magenta, are also be available for manual installation via the Navigraph website for users who wish to continue updating FMS Data with the previous method. Furthermore, Access Codes, which unlock services based on FMS Data on servers hosted by other developers, are also available via both methods.

Currently, the FMS Data Manager is available in English for Windows desktop platforms, but extensive language support, as well as support for Mac and Linux, is expected soon.

To use the FMS Data Manager, one needs a Navigraph user account with access to either a single cycle of FMS Data or a 4- or 13-cycle subscription. One cycle is available for EUR 4.90 (EUR 3.92 for customers outside of the European Union). Go to here to subscribe to FMS Data.

Furthermore, these technical specifications are required:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 (Mac and Linux support available soon)
  • Min. 2 GB RAM 
  • Min. 40 MB disk + storage for data and backups
  • Broadband Internet connection (DSL or faster)

Registered FMS Data users are asked to report feedback in the FMS Data Manager forum. Feedback may be anything related to problems installing the Manager, problems scanning and detecting addons, issues with downloading and installing FMS Data, or any other general comments or suggestions. Non-FMS Data users may post questions in the Pre-purchase Questions forum.

One year ago, in January 2013, Navigraph changed FMS Data provider to Jeppesen. This has resulted in greater geographical coverage and an overall improved data quality. However, while the data is detailed and current, the FMS Data is compiled explicitly for ground based personal computer simulators and must not be used for real world navigation.