Saturday, 31 January 2015

Google Earth Pro is (according to slashgeo) about to be free.

'Slashgeo.org' have just posted a new entry siting the following:-

"The Google Earth Blog (independent from Google) found out that Google Earth Pro is now free, it was formerly $400 per year.

There hasn’t been an official announcement yet, but as pointed out by a GEB reader, “the Google Earth licence support page for languages other than English states that from January 20th, 2015 the licence is free.” 

The GEB languages other than English list some features available in the Pro version not available in the Free version: “Although many of the extra features found in Google Earth Pro will only be useful to GIS users, a few features that our readers have expressed interest in using are: the built in movie maker, area and perimeter measurements and the ability to turn off terrain completely.” 

You’ll find more details about what the Pro version has to offer on the Google Earth Pro official webpage. Wikipedia lists GIS data importation and advanced printing modules part of its features".

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

QGIS Mobile is dead...long live 'QField'

QGIS has become one of the most successful Open Source GIS projects on the planet. From it's early beginnings as not much more than a Shapefile viewer to an ArcGIS alternative coupled with Grass GIS Modules there is very little general spatial functionality missing... well almost.

QGIS was never meant to be a convenient field data entry tool and QGIS for mobile was meant to fill the gap however as of December 2014 the project has been refocused to create a touch optimised interface aimed at field work using the QGIS libraries.

'QField' aims to take your pre-prepared QGIS project out into the field and maintain QGIS styling. Some of the promised tools include:-
  • More GPS centric editing.
  • Desktop compatibility.
  • Synchronisation.
  • Project preparation on QGIS Desktop.
  • Simple interface with just a couple of buttons.
  • Switchable use paradigm
Built from Qt5, QtQuick 2 and OpenGL.

For a proposed list of functions click here.



More information is available and developers wishing to contribute with a use case should contact:- info@opengis.ch

or mail:-

OPENGIS.ch GmbH
Via Cochetta 2
7152 Sagogn, GR
Switzerland

source: http://www.opengis.ch/android-gis/qfield/

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Grass 7 Beta 4 just announced.

Hope you are having a great Christmas. Just wanted to remind the Free and Open Source Geospatial Community about the Grass GIS 7 (Beta 4) release of a couple of days ago. My apologies if this has been copied to social media sites but worth mentioning non-the-less. As a huge fan of this workhorse of a product it has some major new enhancements and features in order to bring it more in line with the rest of the wxPython Geospatial Community. Have a look at the following link:

http://grass.osgeo.org/news/39/15/GRASS-GIS-7-0-0-beta4/

Below is a quick example (exported as an animated gif) of how easy it is to produce a series of raster map overlays onto some base lidar data (using the 'r.lake' module and the new animation module) in order to get an idea of the effects of rising river water levels over a thousand year period as a result of global warming at the current sea level rise of 3mm per year (for this demo no other environmental factors have been taken into account).


The new animation module 'g.gui.animation' is capable of including several animations in a single window and able to support 3D, Space/time Rasters, Voxel/Volume and Vector data. Just got to get that legend working properly.

Installation for Ubuntu 14.4? users via'terminal':

Ubuntu 14.4: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:grass/grass-stable; sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install grass70-core; grass70-gui; To start: grass70