QGIS 2.14 ‘Essen’ has been released

The QGIS development team has released version 2.14 of QGIS. This is a special release since it is designated an ‘LTR’ (Long Term Release), which means it will be supported with back ported bug fixes for one year.

This new version has a host of new features and improvements. See the visual changelog for a nice overview and head over to the QGIS home page to get your copy (it may not yet be available for all platforms. If not, revisit the page in a few days).

As a very happy user of QGIS, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the developers for their hard work, and to the sponsors (listed on the page with visual change log in case you are interested who has made this new version possible).

GRASS GIS addon to create smoothed legend image

I just uploaded a small addon for GRASS GIS, r.out.legend, with which you can quickly create a smoothed legend image for floating point raster maps (continuous values as opposed to categories).

You just select the raster layer, the dimensions and resolution required and the name of the output image. Other options are to change the font and font size and the image type (PNG, BMP, PDF and SVG).

Example of an output of the r.out.legend addon

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GRASS GIS 7.0.2 released

For those who haven’t seen it yet, GRASS GIS 7.0.2 has been released! See here for the announcement and here for a detailed overview of all the changes (over 190 of stability fixes and improvements since GRASS GIS 7.01).

For those still using GRASS GIS 6.4, GRASS GIS 7 offers a strongly improved interface, a considerable increases in speed and efficiency, support for huge files, and a long list of new modules to analyse raster and vector data, including a full temporal framework. Also important, as a stable release series, 7.0.x enjoys long-term support.

As usual, a great thanks to the developers!

First release candidate of the upcoming GRASS GIS 7.0.2 version

Fresh from the press, that is, the GRASS email list: The first release candidate of the upcoming GRASS GIS 7.0.2 is out. This upcoming stability release provides a series of stability fixes and manual improvements. This first  release candidate GRASS GIS 7.0.2RC1 provides 160 fixes and improvements. So first a great thanks for all the hard work of the developers!

There are also two new modules: r.import and v.import. Continue reading “First release candidate of the upcoming GRASS GIS 7.0.2 version”

The QGIS GRASS plugin is back

For me, one of the killer features of QGIS has always been the integration with GRASS GIS. With the GRASS GIS plugin, introduced about 10 years ago, QGIS basically provided an alternative interface for GRASS GIS. Sadly, it didn’t work well with GRASS GIS 7. So you can imagine how happy I was to see this crowd funding campaign, started in March this year by Radim Blazek, author of most parts of original GRASS plugin implementation, to upgrade the plugin. Continue reading “The QGIS GRASS plugin is back”

QGIS 2.10 Pisa is out!

The new QGIS 2.10 (Pisa) has been released, with many great new features, tweaks and enhancements. Check out the changelog for the highlights (you’ll need some time, it is again an impressive list of improvements and new features).

The source code and binaries for Windows, Debian and Ubuntu are already available via the large download link on the QGIS home page.  More packages will follow as soon as the package maintainers finish their work.

A big thanks to the developers, this is again an impressive piece of work!