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posted by LaminatorX on Thursday February 27 2014, @11:03PM   Printer-friendly
from the All-roads-lead-to-where-now? dept.

An Anonymous Coward writes:

"Good news, everyone! A brand-new version of QGIS has been released (changelog). QGIS, a full-featured GPL-licensed GIS program has been under active development for twelve years and is now at version 2.2. Funded by a wide range of organizations, the QGIS project lets users create professional-quality maps that compete well with the output of established proprietary GIS packages like ArcView and MapInfo. Notable features of the program include its support for a wide range of file formats, modular design, map server, web publishing, as well as easy python scripting, and an extensive python plugin library.

For those interested, versions are available for GNU/Linux, BSD, Windows, MacOS X, and Android here."

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  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by duvel on Thursday February 27 2014, @11:33PM

    by duvel (1496) on Thursday February 27 2014, @11:33PM (#8160)
    QGIS is catching up to the level of the commercial packets. Knowing that these packets are very often used in academic circles, where Open Source tends to be quite welcome, this may be a devastating blow to the commercial packets.

    And yet, one has to wonder if QGIS is able to map this: Map of the Internet []
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  • (Score: 1) by norite on Friday February 28 2014, @12:08AM

    by norite (3461) on Friday February 28 2014, @12:08AM (#8168)

    Agreed. Companies like ESRI ought to be getting worried; at the very least they should start dropping the price for the products. Why should businesses pay $$$ for an ArcInfo licence when it can be done for free in QGIS?

  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Friday February 28 2014, @12:11AM

    by frojack (1554) on Friday February 28 2014, @12:11AM (#8171) Journal

    I think you mean packages.
    Packets carry data on a network.

    The thing about this field is that it is so labor intensive to, and requires a lot of diverse skills that the cost of the software ends up being a tiny part of the bill.

    Its wonderfully geeky work if you can get it.

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  • (Score: 1) by Kromagv0 on Friday February 28 2014, @01:29PM

    by Kromagv0 (1825) on Friday February 28 2014, @01:29PM (#8470) Homepage

    Having played with various open source GIS tools (GRASS, UDig, and QGIS mostly) for my own projects this is welcomed. I have a couple of friends who work in the field and have used ESRI products as well as open source ones and have been told that it has been entirely possible to get by without the commercial package but is less convenient. Well now I will have to download it and give it a try and see what it makes easier.

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