Category Archives: Software release

GRASS GIS 7.0.0 beta 3 is out, bringing further fixes and improvements

GRASS 7 sports very significant improvements and numerous new functions. For example, the improved graphical user interface makes it much easier to carry out complex GIS operations and handling of vector data has become much faster and more efficient with very large files. There is a large number of new analytical raster and vector modules and existing modules are now much faster (some even 1000 x faster). Beta 3 ships 390 fixes and improvements with respect to beta 2. For more details, go to

Version 0.61 of Zim is out

A new version (0.61) of the Zim desktop wiki, my favourite notebook / project organizer, was released today. Apart from a large number of under-the-hood improvements, it sports a number of very welcome new features.

  • A more flexible export, allowing to export pages recursively. I.e., apart from the whole notebook or a single page, you can now also export sub-nodes. This was very high on my wish-list, great!
  • And it is getting better with another point on my wish-list now implemented; the option to export multiple pages to a single output file.
  • Export templates now support many more instructions and expressions. I had a quick look at the help file, and it looks like this has become a very powerful tool, albeit with a steep learning curve. Let’s see how this can help to further improve my current export template for a adaptive website.
  • New plugin for editing sequence diagrams (sound interesting)
  • The “tags” plugin was changed to show full page paths in the per-tag view.
  • Floating ToC, see screenshot below.
  • Possibly my favourite new plugin, the Source view plugin, which allows inserting ‘code blocks’ in the page that will be shown as emdedded widgets with syntax highlighting, line numbers etc.

You can download the new version from the Zim wiki website.

The new floating ToC widget in action (Zim version 0.61)

The new floating ToC widget in action (Zim version 0.61)

Stable GRASS GIS 6.4.4 released

A new stable version GRASS GIS 6.4.4 has been released. It sports various bug fixes and a number of new features. Go here for more information.

You may be aware that there is also a GRASS GIS version 7. So which version should you go for? Well, it depends. Is long-term support, backward-compatibility with the GRASS 6 line and stability important to you. Or do you use the QGIS GRASS GIS toolbox a lot (which is not yet compatible with GRASS 7)? Go for the new GRASS 6.4 series.

Are you always looking for the latest of the latests, or is speed or the ability to handle very large data sets important to you? Have a look at list of new and improved features in GRASS 7. It is still in beta, so in theory less stable. But I should add that I am using this version for some time now (on Linux) and in my experience it is very stable.

Of course, you can also install both, they should run happily next to each other.


GRASS 7.0 beta1 is out

After a long wait, GRASS 7.0 beta is out! See here a summary of what is new in this release. Take your time, is is a long list :-).

In fact, GRASS 7.0 has been available for some time now for those willing to compile it themselves. So have I, and out of experience I can tell you, this is a great release, with tons of new features and improvements, including great speed improvements in handling vector layers, a whole new module for time series analysis, numerous interface improvements, etc.

Really, you should go over to the download page and give it a try! Good change you won’t look back after that.

A new great version of QGIS

Are you one of those people eagerly waiting for all those new features in QGIS that have been mentioned in the last couple of months on various forums and blogs? Well, the waiting is (almost) over. QGIS 2.2 is already available in OSgeo4W, Fedora, and Debian, while binary packages are being updated and will be available any time (or might already be available by the time your read this) on Continue reading

The all new shiny QGIS 2.0 has arrived

And it is looking great. I have been using the master (development) version for some time now, so I can tell you out of experience that this release rocks! Some of my favourites are the greatly improved map composer, great new styling features, integration of Sextante in QGIS core and much improved stability. For a list of major changes and new functions, go here. But, of course, don’t take my word for it, but check it out yourself and get a copy from the QGIS website. Continue reading