Digital Geography

22. February 2014

QGIS 2.2 is coming. Be prepared!

The undercover GIS queen “Underdark” a.k.a. Anita Graser came up with this headline today and we had seen some little insight in the upcoming QGIS release already. So it is in the OSGeo4W installer but it is still experimental…

If you are ready and would like to add some valuable information to the most recent version QGIS 2.2 codename Valmiera give it a try:

QGIS 2.2 Valmeira

But if you rely on a stable version, you should skip it at the moment and wait some more weeks for the new cool features:

  • Support for measurement in Nautical Miles
  • One to many relations support
  • DXF Export tool
  • Paste as new vector layer
  • WMS legend graphic in table of contents and composer

The new release scheme of QGIS will follow a denser cycle. So we will probably see some more drive in the QGIS development. But it will rely on the community and as far as I can see QGIS still fails to get some big impact in development countries and countries like India and China where it seems more common to crack some ArcGIS software as I see it in some bigger facebook groups.
My wish: spread the word about the successfull QGIS and let it grow! Keep your heads up developers, you’re doing great stuff!

Background: QGIS is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System that runs on multiple operating systems and is an interesting alternative to the proprietary ESRI ArcGIS suite. You can download and use it for free. Just visit

and choose your language and operating system and off you go with one of the most advanced open source desktop GIS we know.