The aim of Time Manager for QGIS is to provide comfortable browsing through temporal geodata. A dock widget provides a time slider and a configuration dialog for your layers to manage.
Time Manager can keep multiple spatio-temporal layers synchronized. You have full control over animation speed and step size. Additionally, Time Manager enables you to generate image series based on your settings with just a few clicks.
The following videos show examples of what can be achieved with Time Manager:
For more examples, visit the TimeManager Youtube playlist.
To install Time Manager, you only need to allow “experimental” plugins in the QGIS Plugin Manager.
More information about necessary dependencies are listed on the plugin repository website.
The Time Manager source code is available on Github.
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Issues and feature requests
If you encounter an issue or want to request a new feature, please use the Time Manager issue tracker on Github.
In the literature
Time Manager has been discussed in the following publications:
- O’Brien, O. (2015). Open Source GIS Software. In C. Brunsdon, A. Singleton, eds.: “Geocomputation: A Practical Primer”. SAGE.
- Friedrich, C. (2014). Comparison of ArcGIS and QGIS for applications in sustainable spatial planning (Doctoral dissertation, uniwien).
- Nga, D. V., See, O. H., Xuen, C. Y., & Chee, L. L. (2012). Visualization Techniques in Smart Grid. Smart Grid and Renewable Energy, 3(03), 175.
- Graser, A. (2011). Visualisierung raum-zeitlicher Daten in Geoinformationssystemen am Beispiel von Quantum GIS mit „Time Manager“-Plug-In. In Proceedings of FOSSGIS2011, Heidelberg, Germany. ISBN: 978-3-00-034124-3; S. 73 – 75.