Some cool new features in the upcoming QGIS 2.0

The upcoming QGIS 2.0 will have some really cool and useful new features. Check for example out the latest blog posts by Anita Graser aka Underdark, where she takes you on a tour of all the new features of the all new print composer. There are six posts highlighting the following new features: guidelines, multi-column legends, overview maps, html labels, map grids and rules and guidelines.

At you can read more about the upcoming ‘blend modes for layers‘. These effects, previously only found in photo/image editors like GIMP or photoshop, will allow you to blend layers together using various effects. Another feature you would normally expect in GIMP or the like is colour control for raster layers. This allows you to tweak the saturation, hue, grey scale, etc.

There is a lot more coming, but these changes alone are really impressive!


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6 thoughts on “Some cool new features in the upcoming QGIS 2.0”

    1. You can always try the development version if you are really impatient. You are more likely to run into bugs, but it gives you the opportunity to help the development by reporting those bugs. Having said that, I have rarely encountered (serious) bugs.

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