OpenJUMP GIS 1.5.1 is shipping - with reliable CORE and valued PLUS edition

The past week OpenJUMP team has released OpenJUMP 1.5.1. As usual we added functionality and fixed bugs - since our last release. However, we made a hopefully user friendly decision: we will distribute a CORE and a PLUS version.

The CORE version is the usual OpenJUMP version. The PLUS version will contain OpenJUMP plus a number of useful plugins. For instance Sextante for raster analysis (still Version 0.6), CadPlans PrintingPlugin for… well.. printing,  DXF driver, PostGIS connector (for writing to PostGIS), Graph Analysis and Topology tools - that can be used for Quality Assurance, the Chart Plugin for creating charts, Beanshell editor etc.

Both versions come as handy zip (all platforms), install exe (Win) or jar-based installer (for Mac and Linux).

For the MacOSX users, we finally fixed a long pending bug, and saving layers is now possible again, without cumbersome procedures.

to download directly check here:
if you just want to know more:
(and don't forget our wiki… for documentation etc.)

Please note that some of the additional plugins are not yet translated and that we renamed some menu functions and moved some into other menus. Save as SVG is   now only available in PLUS as it required some special other functions. Currently we are working on documentation so you can more easily find them again.

some more highlights since OpenJUMP 1.4.1:
- new Fill-Polygon-Tool, an editing tool to create a polygon from a closed area
- new Noder Plugin : nodes/splits lines and polygons
- lots of new icons
- new Buffer Plugin including all options of JTS API
- more Attribute Calculator buttons/functions
- new Geometry Conversion tool
- added new options to the BlendLineStrings tool
- new AdvancedMeasurePlugin with more capabilities
- when closing OpenJUMP and non-saved in-memory layers exist a dialog pops up and data can be saved in shapefile or jml format
- SQL queries: saving, refreshing, editing, and max features
- a new Union/Dissolve/Merge plugin unifying old Union and Dissolve
- reworked and improved Auto-Assign PlugIn (takes now negative numbers and decimals)
- … more can be found in the changes.txt file

GeoNode 1.1 Released

We first mentioned it two years ago, and now the open source GeoNode 1.1 has been released.

What GeoNode is? "GeoNode is an open source platform that facilitates the creation, sharing, and collaborative use of geospatial data. The project aims to surpass existing spatial data infrastructure solutions by integrating robust social and cartographic tools. At its core, the GeoNode has a stack based on GeoServer, Django, and GeoExt that provides a platform for sophisticated web browser spatial visualization and analysis. Atop this stack, the project has built a map composer and viewer, tools for analysis, and reporting tools."

And what version 1.1 has for us: "

  • Improved documentation
  • Support for GeoServer 2.1, including:
    • GeoWebCache integration
    • direct Shapefile-to-PostGIS import from the GeoNode upload form (thanks to Matt Bertrand)
    • speed improvements to the way GeoNode manages GeoServer configuration
  • Support for GeoNetwork 2.6
  • Various UI improvements, including:
    • a new user profile page listing the user’s layers and maps
    • a “Get feature info” tool to identify feature attributes when viewing maps
    • improved map transitions and performance
  • Increased coverage in GeoNode’s automated test suite
  • Better feedback from admin tools (thanks to Ariel Núñez)
  • Installer for Ubuntu (thanks to Ariel Núñez)
  • Numerous bug fixes thanks to support from partners at last year’s roadmapping summit
  • Translations in…"

SpatiaLite 3.0 Released with Excel Spreadsheets Support

I failed to find much information about it, but SpatiaLite, the geospatial version of SQLite, reached version 3.0 about a month ago. Anyone knows where to find release notes? I find also funny that on SpatiaLite homepage, it is clearly stated that spatial is not special! :-) Yes, I'll share a followup to my previous entry on the topic (thanks for your feedback!).

On the SpatiaLite topic, here's a blog entry named Spatialite and Excel on talking terms: "The recent stable version of Spatialite, 3.0, supports linking to and importing Excel spreadsheet tables. Read on to see how it’s done. The developers of spatialite have added a driver for *.xls files (thru the FreeXL library ). You can either link to, or import a single sheet from an Excel file [...]"

Batch Geonews: 180,000 Free OrbView-3 Scenes, Car AR Driving, PostGISonline, Bing Maps Updates, Autodesk and Pitney Bowes Alliance, Obesity and Car Travel, and much much more

​This batch mode edition is unusually long. It covers the past month and a bit more. Yes, that's way too much and I won't try to repeat the experience ;-) Here's what I considered pertinent enough to share with you. Exceptionally, in some cases I haven't gave attribution to the source of the news, thank you for your comprehension.

On the geospatial open source front:

On the Esri front:

On the Microsoft front:

On the remote sensing front:

On the GNSS / GPS front:

In the miscellaneous category:

In the maps category:

Google Earth 6.2 Released: Seamless Globe and Google+ Integration

Yesterday, Google released Google Earth 6.2

From the announcement: "With Google Earth 6.2, we’re bringing you the most beautiful Google Earth yet, with more seamless imagery and a new search interface. Additionally, we’ve introduced a feature that enables you to share an image from within Google Earth, so you can now simply and easily share your virtual adventures with family and friends on Google+. [...] We’ve also made some updates to the search feature in Google Earth. Aside from streamlining the visual design of the search panel, we’ve enabled the same Autocomplete feature that's available in Google Maps." 

On the welcomed seamless globe: "While this change will appear on all versions of Google Earth, the 6.2 release provides the best viewing experience for this new data." Sri Lanka, before and after:

Sri Lanka

A quick reminder, Slashgeo has its Google+ page too (but it's inactive at the moment, that doesn't mean it's not worth adding it to your circles ;-).

Related, the GEB shares an entry named Google Earth 6 now required for Street View.

MapProxy 1.3.0 Released

We mentioned the open source MapProxy a few times since 2010, including the 1.0.0 release about a year ago. Less than two weeks ago, MapProxy 1.3.0 was released. Anyone with an interest in tile caching might be interested in reading this previous story named FOSS4G 2011: What about a Tiling Shootout?

Amongst the new features for the 1.3.0 release: "

  • RESTful WMTS: The MapProxy WMTS now also supports the RESTful API. This service also supports custom URL templates for your service.
  • CouchDB cache backend: You can now use a CouchDB as a backend for tile caches. Each cache gets stored into a separate database and you can configure the layout of the URLs of each tile. You can also add additional metadata for each tile."

Avenza Releases Geographic Imager 3.4 for Adobe Photoshop

- Now includes advanced spatial data import options -

Toronto, ON, January 23, 2012 - Avenza Systems Inc., producers of MAPublisher® cartographic software for Adobe Illustrator® and PDF Maps for Apple iOS, is pleased to announce the release of Geographic Imager 3.4 for Adobe Photoshop. This release is fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5.1, which is also known as Adobe Photoshop 12.1 in Adobe CS5.5, as well as Adobe Photoshop 12.0.4 in Adobe CS5.

"We're delighted to release Geographic Imager 3.4 with even more format support,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “We've also included new options to import and export images, providing users with even more ways to streamline and improve their data editing work flow. In addition, included are some priority fixes based on user requests and feedback,” he added.

Additional Geographic Imager 3.4 features

  • Fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5.1 (also known as Photoshop 12.1 in Adobe CS5.5) in both 32 and 64 bit
  • New import support for ERDAS IMAGINE (.img), Esri ArcInfo Binary Float Grid (.flt), and "DEM" grayscale GeoTIFF (*.tif) formats, including ability to import georeferenced images from Web Map Service (WMS) sources
  • New export support for BigTIFF, ECW (up to 0.5 GB), and NITF formats
  • Major enhancements to Advanced Import, including options to:
    • import multiple files of differing formats
    • resample and crop images prior to import
    • modify bands/channel color mapping and select specific channels to import for multiband/hyperband images
    • mosaic and import images as layers into existing documents specify and adjust DEM and DTM information and combine multiple DEM files on import
  • Enhanced Quick Save feature for quick format conversion
  • New ability to measure areas in images using the Adobe Photoshop Measurement Log panel
  • Various bug fixes and user experience enhancements

More about Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop

Geographic Imager is powerful software for working with spatial imagery in Adobe Photoshop that leverages the superior image editing capabilities of this raster-based image-editing software and transforms it into a powerful spatial imagery editing tool. Work with satellite imagery, aerial photography, orthophotos, and DEMs in GeoTIFF and other major GIS image formats using Adobe Photoshop features such as transparencies, filters, and image adjustments while maintaining georeferencing and support for hundreds of coordinate systems and projections.

Geographic Imager 3.4 is available immediately free of charge to all Geographic Imager Maintenance Program members and at prices starting at US$319 for non-maintenance members. Academic and volume license pricing are also available.

More about Avenza Systems Inc.

Avenza Systems Inc. is an award-winning, privately held corporation that provides cartographers and GIS professionals with powerful software tools for making better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac, Windows and Apple mobile device users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services. Visit for more details.

For further information contact:
Tel: 416-487-5116
Email: [email protected]


GDAL/OGR 1.9.0 Released

The OSGeo announced the release of GDAL/OGR 1.9.0. It's hard to ignore GDAL/OGR, which is at the core of many open source and commercial geospatial software. We mention it quite often. Version 1.8.0 was release a year ago. For the curious ones, ESRI's FileGeodatabase format is now officially supported by GDAL/OGR.

The summary of what's new: "This is a major new release including the following major new features:

  • New OGR drivers: ARCGEN, CouchDB, DWG, EDIGEO, ESRI FileGDB, Geomedia, Google Fusion Tables, IDRISI, MDB, SEGUKOOA, SEGY, SVG, XLS
  • Significantly improved drivers: NetCDF
  • Encoding support for shapefile/dbf (#882)
  • RFC 35: Delete, reorder and alter field definitions of OGR layers
  • RFC 37: Add mechanism to provide user data to CPLErrorHandler (#4295)
  • gdalsrsinfo: new supported utility to report SRS in various form (supercedes testepsg)"

Open Source Geonews: AntiMap, Fiona 0.5, QGIS 1.7.3, GeoServer 2.1.3, Shapefile-JS in HTML5, and more

Here's the recent open source geospatial news.

Open Source 'Google Vector Layers' Project

Mapperz made me aware of the open source Google Vector Layers project, allowing you to overlay your data over Google Maps.

Here's what it is: "Google Vector Layers allows you to easily add one or more vector layers from a number of different geo web services to a Google Maps API based application. Currently there's support for ArcGIS Server, Arc2Earth, GeoIQ and CartoDB with more planned."

​And how it's done: "Google Vector Layers works by listening to map events (pan and zoom) and then fetching features within the map bounds after each event. This method works great for data sets with lots of features that you want to interact with, but not load all at once."

There's demos if you want to try it live.

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