QGIS 2.2 is now available for Windows through OSGeo4W installer. Packages for other systems are being prepared by the package maintainers.
The Windows packages are currently marked experimental, so you have to use the advanced install in OSGeo4W and check the ‘Exp’ radio button on the top to install them.
As release manager Jürgen Fischer announced:
Please test and report problems, so that I can soon promote them to ‘curr’ent.
Once that has happend, I’ll proceed with turning them into standalone
QGIS 2.2 will be released tomorrow, February 21st. Following the release of 2.0, the QGIS project decided to move to a time-based release plan with releases every four months. This provides a clear framework for developers, translators and documenters which makes it possible to plan ahead and know when tasks have to be finished to be included in a release version.
Similar to the 2.0 release, the project has invested considerable resources to make 2.2 “Valmiera” a successful release. I have already blogged about some of the great new features. Thanks to the project donors and sponsors it was also possible to fund developer time for many important bug fixes.
One of the greatest resources of the QGIS project are its users. One group that deserves our special thanks is the Swiss QGIS User Group. They collect a modest annual membership fee which provides a steady and growing crowd-funding that can be used to positively influence the QGIS project. For example, they invested in bug fixing for 2.0 and they are co-funding work on multi-threaded rendering for QGIS 2.4.
With the rise of new QGIS user groups “QUGs” all around the world, e.g. in Australia, the UK, and the US, I hope these groups will find ways to bring users together and to positively influence the development of QGIS towards the next releases.
This weekend, I had the pleasure to join Tim Sutton for the second edition of the QGIS Podcast. Every episode, the podcast aims to summarize the latest mailing list discussions and greatest new features.
This episode’s topics include: new CAD tools, usability and the new UX mailing list, new QGIS user groups (QUGs), point cloud support plans, and QGIS design.
If you would like to ask a question or suggest a topic, you can write to email@example.com.
If you want to become an active part of this year’s FOSS4G, it’s now time to start thinking about your contributions!
FOSS4G 2014 will be taking place in Portland, Oregon, USA from Sept 8th-12th. Like last year in Nottingham, there will be a regular track for presentations as well as an academic track and a series of workshops.
If you are looking for inspiration, you might want the check out last year’s programme or read about the interesting story behind this years conference logo.
With the major release of version 2.0, QGIS is once more returning to a fast release cycle. You can find the project road map on qgis.org. The QGIS 2.2 release is scheduled for Feb, 21st and we are already in feature freeze. This means that now is the time to get the nightly version, do some testing and report possible bugs before the new version is being shipped.
Like for version 2.0, the QGIS team has prepared a great visual change log listing many new features. For me, one of the feature highlights is the possibility to export maps with world files from Print Composer because it means that we can finally create high-resolution, georeferenced images comfortably from within the application.
Another feature which will help save a lot of time is the ability to invert color ramps. So far, we had to recreate the color ramp or use work-arounds involving expression-based color settings to achieve the same effect.
These are just my personal favorites. If you haven’t checked out the change log yet, I certainly encourage you to have a look and decide for yourself. Also, if you find the time, please help by testing and reporting any issues you encounter. This way, we can all help to make 2.2 another successful release.
and thank you for a great 2013!
It has been a very busy year between writing my first book, going to FOSS4G, writing my first journal article and continuing to write this blog. The blog view counter shows a staggering 310,000 views for 2013.
The most popular posts of 2013 were:
- pgRouting 2.0 for Windows quick guide
- Vintage map design using QGIS
- Group Stats tutorial
- the Print Composer 2.0 series
- and Public transport isochrones with pgRouting
All the best for 2014!
OSM place search and osmSearch are two plugins for QGIS which use the Nominatim service to find addresses and places. They are both still marked as “experimental” plugins, so users are expected to expect the unexpected.
Once installed, both plugins look very similar: There is an input text field and a results list.
A simple search with street name and house number returns the expected results. Interacting with the result shows some differences:
- OSM place search will highlight the location when you mouse-over the result in the list. On double-click, it will zoom to the result.
- osmSearch will highlight the result and move the map center to the result if you double-click but won’t zoom.
Both plugins can deal with umlauts (ä,ö,ü) but only osmSearch works with háčeks.
A nice feature of osmSearch is that it remembers your previous searches and offers an auto-complete function.
OSM place search on the other hand offers a reverse “Where am I” function (the arrow pointing to the left” which tries to find a name for the current map center location. Additionally, there are functions to add the current object as a new layer or mask layer.
Both plugins have strong and weak points. Combined, they would make a really strong tool but then nothing prevents us from having them both and choosing the best one for the task at hand.