18 September 2013

QGIS Dufour (2.0.1) New Features

With the release of Quantum 2.0.1 there are some very nice new features.

New Features: (this post does not cover all new features!)

The New Plugin Manager
Easy to see which plugins are compatible with the version you are using.
Red indicates incompatible, though the upgradable option on the left panel will warn you that some older plugins might work.

Oracle Spatial (Direct Support)
One of my favourite things about Quantum GIS 2.0.1 - directly Oracle Spatial  support (no plugins required) comes standard out of the box (ok download).

Selecting Oracle Spatial data

Visual Modeller
Modeller this reminds my of cross between FME Workbench and Model Builder(ArcGIS).
Scripts and Visual dialogues can build up complex models that can be used for many different geoprocessing task, raster/vector conversions. This looks very promising for automated tasks.
 Test models come with QGIS 2.0.1

The Styler has improved vastly you can see that it has evolved into a  quality cartographic tool to control, colour, widths, fills and colour ramps.

"QGIS 2.0 has under gone some radical changes for its upcoming release. Some of these major changes relate to the API"

Please see the full details and code examples here http://nathanw.net/2013/06/13/new-qgis-20-api/

Many, many thanks:
Overall the stability is improved and this release has well worth been the wait. 
Congratulations to all programmers and developers making this a 'production' quality product.

Download this Software today if your are even slightly interested in GIS, Cartographic, Geographic Analysis:


QGIS-OSGeo4W-2.0.1-Setup-x86_64.exe (tested here on Windows 7)

10 September 2013

Community Driven - KidFriendlyPlaces.org

KidFriendlyPlaces.org is a mobile-friendly wiki that allows people to find, to share, and to review kid friendly places or activities anywhere in the world.

Parents (or grandparents, aunts, uncles, baby sitters, etc.) can use the kid-Friendly Places to find playgrounds, swimming pools, activities, kid-friendly accommodation, and other child-friendly places either in their own neighbourhoods or when they are traveling. 

Kid-Friendly Places is community-driven, meaning that users add, rate, and comment on places. This sharing means that Kid-Friendly Places has the potential to be as up-to-date as possible, and it means that the more people who use and contribute to the project, the better it gets, so sign up and start adding kid-friendly places in your neighbourhood! 

Coming Soon - Indoor Playgrounds. 
(updates via @KidFriendlyMap)


Mobile Version available: