Digital Geography

30. June 2015

Attention: QGIS 2.10 is coming!

Four months ago QGIS 2.8 was released. The Long Term Release will be suppported for the next 2 years. Besides this LTR version QGIS is updated in a four month cycle. So let’s say hello to QGIS 2.10.

QGIS 2.10 “PISA”: changelog

QGIS 2.10 “PISA” Splash Screen

With the new release we will see some minor and some bigger changes in QGIS. You can download it using the OSGEO4W installer and the Linux packages. Tim from linfiniti made a nice list of features on this changelog. Let me list my favourites:
  • New zonal statistics features: The old build-in function only served a limited number of stats. This is providing way more freedom of choice.
  • Improved geometry rotation tool: it’s easier than ever to rotate vector data when digitizing. Especially for the guys in the field of line documentation (gas/oil/water/electricity) this might be helpful.
  • Layers with joins can now be filtered: I have to admit that I hate joins. I love it all in one file. But with this nice function you can apply a filter on the attributes of the “master” file.
  • Visualise and modify the graduated renderer using a histogram: A nice and convenient way of altering your colour scheme according to the visual distribution of data.
  • Live layer effects for layers and symbol layers: If you want to create stunning maps, this is definitely for you.
We have to thank the following persons:
  • J├╝rgen Fischer (norBIT) – Germany
  • Matthias Kuhn (OpenGIS) – Switzerland
  • Marco Hugentobler (Sourcepole AG) – Switzerland
  • Sandro Mani (Sourcepole AG) – Switzerland
  • Vincent Mora (Oslandia) – France
  • Nyall Dawson – Australia
But we should keep in mind all the testers and bug fixers around the world that help to develop QGIS to what it became today! Furthermore a thank you to the long list of sponsors.

A question on usage/ development

I am curious: How is QGIS used in the so called developing economies and “Newly Industrialized Countries”? Why is there no remarkable impact? I mean, there are loads of internet pages in Pakistan, India, Indonesia and China where you can talk about downloading and hacking products from Redland. But what about the usage of QGIS in those economies? Why is there only few development support from there? I am looking forward your comment below.