With the release of 2.10 right around the corner, it’s time to have a look at the new features this version of QGIS will bring. One area which has received a lot of development attention is layer styling. In particular, I want to point out the following new features:
1. Graduated symbol size
The graduated renderer has been expanded. Formerly, only color-graduated symbols could be created automatically. Now, it is possible to choose between color and size-graduated styles:
2. Symbol size assistant
On a similar note, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the size assistant for data-defined size:
What’s particularly great about this feature is that it also creates a proper legend for the data-defined sizes:
3. Interactive class exploration and definition
Another great addition to the graduated renderer dialog is the histogram tab which visualizes the distribution of values as well as the defined class borders. Additionally, the user can interactively change the classes by moving the class borders:
4. Live layer effects
Since Nyall’s crowd funding initiative for live layer effects was a resounding success, it is now possible to create amazing effects for your vector styles such as shadows, glow, and blur effects:
I’m very much looking forward to seeing all the new map designs this enables on the QGIS map Flickr group.
Thanks to everyone who was involved in developing and funding these new features!