OpenJUMP Version 1.6.1 Released

Open Jump 1.6.1 released on 12 April 2013!!!

Great lightweight PostGIS geom viewer. Now can write back to PostGIS too!

Version 1.6.0 New Features

  • adding support for GeoTIFF with transformation matrix georeferencing courtesy of Nicolas Ribot
  • add arrange view horizontally and vertically to the view menu
  • add a PostGIS writer including 5 options to create a PostGIS table, to insert rows or to update an existing table.
  • add a "selection" parameter option to RunDataStoreQueryPlugIn
  • add Dynamic Attributes based on beanshell snippets + persistence in openjump project files.
  • add Tools > Generate > Create Point Layer from Attribute Table
  • add Tools > Edit Attributes > Join Table... to attach attributes from an one layer to another layer based on a unique ID field
  • add 6 plugins derived from Noder plugin available in LayerView context menu
  • add Merge selected features in place in LayerView context menu (FR 3506380)
  • add Offset curve plugin
  • add View > Map decoration > NorthArrow plugin
  • add densifier function in Tools > Analysis > Geometry functions (FR 3516240)
  • add Tools > Edit Attributes > Add 3D Geometry Attributes plugin
  • add Tools > Edit Attributes > Add Geometry Attributes plugin


Jump, jump everybody jump.

MapGuide Open Source 2.5 Released

After v2.4 last fall, MapGuide Open Source 2.5 has been released. Can anyone share thoughts or links regarding MapGuide's user community? Is it still vibrant as it used to be?

Major new items from the release notes: "

  • PDF-based QuickPlot? for Fusion (RFC 124)
  • Google Street View widget for Fusion (RFC 125)
  • Support for user coordinate system dictionaries (RFC 127)
  • Integrated IDE API documentation support for Java/.net (RFC 129)
  • New enhanced Java wrapper API (RFC 129)
  • Streamed HTTP feature/data/SQL query results (RFC 130)
  • Various AJAX Viewer UI and functionality improvements
  • Enhanced Redlining widget with expanded data format support  more info
  • Fixes and enhancements to assorted Fusion widgets and templates  more info"

Open Source Geonews: OpenStreetMap iD Map Editor Beta 1, EuroGlobalMap, GeoServer Beginner's Guide, and much more

Here's the recent open source / open data geonews in batch mode.


Open data:

Everything else:

Scala-based high performance geoprocessing library GeoTrellis adds vector support in new version 0.8

The GeoTrellis team is very excited to announce the availability of GeoTrellis 0.8 (codename “Atlantis”), which is a major new release that is a huge step forward towards our goal of a general purpose, high performance geoprocessing library and runtime designed to perform and scale for the web.

As you delve into GeoTrellis 0.8 in more depth, here are some new features you may want to explore:

For more information, see the Azavea Labs blog here:

Slashgeo Now a Proud Media Partner of FOSS4G-NA 2013 in Minneapolis May 22-24

We informed you a few times already about the upcoming FOSS4G-NA 2013 conference in Minneapolis in May 22-24, what's new is Slashgeo is going to be a proud media partner of the event!

Reminder: "FOSS4G brings together public and private-sector stakeholders, innovators and developers who are at the forefront of free and open source software for geospatial applications. FOSS4G-NA 2013 will offer a broad program to discuss and build tools to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems and business needs. FOSS4G-NA 2013 follows on the success of the 2012 conference held in Washington, DC.  This regional event complements the larger FOSS4G International Conference, the leading global conference organized by OSGeo focusing on Free and Open Source Software for Geospatial."

Avenza Releases MAPublisher 9.2 for Adobe Illustrator

- Includes streamlined export options and new automation tools -

Toronto, ON, March 26, 2013 - Avenza Systems Inc., producers of the PDF Maps app for iOS and geospatial plugins for Adobe Creative Suite, including Geographic Imager for Adobe Photoshop, is pleased to announce the release of MAPublisher 9.2 for Adobe Illustrator. This exciting release includes a number of new and exciting product enhancements. Export has been improved and streamlined to make it easier to quickly export MAP Views and MAP layers. Also included in this release are several new tools including Automation and Path Utilities.

"We're delighted to release MAPublisher 9.2 which includes improved export functionality and advanced map-making automation,” said Ted Florence, President of Avenza. “Not only can our users create high-quality maps with MAPublisher, they can also use it to increase file interoperability across multiple platforms and overall workflow efficiency,” he added. “We've improved export to geospatial PDF because we are focused on delivering this very popular format to suit the needs in many industries and agencies in all levels of government and to make it easier to produce maps for our mobile PDF Maps platform.”

Enhancements and new features of MAPublisher 9.2

  • Streamlined export document to geospatial PDF with clearer indications of how layers and attributes are being handled and exported to appear in Adobe Acrobat.
  • Improved MAP View and MAP layer export with multiple layer export supported.
  • Export document to image can export a georeferenced image of the entire artboard.
  • New Automation tool to configure settings that initiate MAPublisher operations upon data import to automate map production, such as manage MAP Views, apply MAP Theme stylesheets, create grids and graticules, label using MAP LabelPro, and export to geospatial PDF.
  • New Path Utilities tool to perform optimization actions on line and area layers.
  • New ability to view attributes in a tear-off panel.
  • Various user interface and performance enhancements to improve usability.

More about MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator

MAPublisher for Adobe Illustrator is powerful map production software for creating cartographic-quality maps from GIS data. MAPublisher tools leverage the superior graphics design capabilities of Adobe Illustrator to manipulate GIS data and to produce high-quality maps with accuracy and efficiency.

MAPublisher 9.2 for Adobe Illustrator is available free of charge to all MAPublisher users with an active maintenance subscription and as an upgrade for non-maintenance users at US$599. New licenses are US$1399. MAPublisher FME Auto and MAPublisher LabelPro are also available as add-ons to MAPublisher 9.2 at prices starting at US$399 per license. Academic, floating and volume pricing are also available. Prices include one year of full maintenance. Visit for more details.

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 to make better maps. In addition to software offerings for Mac and Windows users, Avenza offers value-added data sets, product training and consulting services, as well as the PDF Maps app for purchasing and using maps on iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch devices. Visit for more details.

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

uDig 1.4 Released

The open source java desktop GIS uDig released its version 1.4. uDig also officially joined LocationTech recently (here's our previous entry on LocationTech).

What's in the 1.4 release: "

For users:

  • GeoScript editor allowing scripting directly from the uDig application
  • Document view for working with attachments and hot-links
  • New graticule map decorator supporting metric coordinate reference systems
  • WMS 1.3.0 now enabled by default

For developers:

  • Provided under a dual EPL and BSD license with associated refresh of a all headers, plugin license and about.html files.
  • Transition to Maven command line build is complete with both product and SDK builds
  • SDK is a complete target platform (no longer requires an Eclipse Download).
  • Based on GeoTools 9.0-M0

Release notes:

Key Deadlines are approaching for FOSS4G’13

It might feel like a long way off, but Maptember (the month formerly known as September: is fast approaching, and the key dates for ensuring your participation are perhaps nearer than you might think. As a community led event, the content for FOSS4G is driven by user submissions, which is then reviewed and voted on by the community! A truly democratic process that ensures that the programme reflects the latest developments, trends and issues affecting the OSGeo Community in 2013. The final programme is then shaped and moulded by the Local Organising Committee and published in May – early enough to whet the appetite of anyone holding back on making their final travel arrangements! In order for all this to happen in good time for September, sorry, Maptember, deadlines for submissions are:

  • for Workshops: 31st March
  • for Presentations: 12th April, and
  • for Maps: May 31st (details to be announced!)

Also of note is the end of the Early Bird Registration: 31st May


Slashgeo Media Partner of FOSS4G-CEE 2013, 17-19 June, Bucharest - Romania

The FOSS4G-CEE 2013 conference will be held in Bucharest, Romania, on June 17-19. It was mentioned in a recent press release, and today I'm glad to announce that Slashgeo will be a proud media partner of the event!

From the press release: "This year's edition has a target of approximately 300 participants interested in geospatial open source applications. They will enjoy the presence and talks given by important personalities in the geospatial field, that have already confirmed their attendance. The event will take place in Bucharest in the newly built National Library of Romania. Activities will unfold during three days (17-19 of June), being shaped as oral presentations and hands-on workshops. All of these will address, in detail, the way in which free and open source software for geospatial (FOSS4G) can be successfully applied in the following:

  • Application development;
  • Interoperability and open standards;
  • FOSS4G implementations for INSPIRE;
  • Transition to FOSS4G;
  • Case studies of FOSS4G implementations:
  • FOSS4G in education;
  • Analysis, manipulation and visualization of geospatial data;
  • Open geodata;
  • Digital and historical cartography"

FOSS4G North America Program Announced, Early Bird Deadline April 1

We mentioned in January the upcoming FOSS4G-NA 2013 conference in Minneapolis May 22-24. Yesterday, the organizers announced the preliminary program and early bird registration deadline.

The keynote speakers according to the preliminary program pdf:

  • "Eric Gundersen, CEO at MapBox. With names like USA Today and Foursquare leaving Google Maps in favor of MapBox, Eric will be discussing the business proposition and value of commercial open source geospatial. Hear why “giving away the code” does not mean giving away the farm.
  • Bibiana McHugh, IT Manager of GIS and Location­Based Service, Portland TriMet. A true instigator, Bibiana started what became Google Transit. Her team has made nearly all TriMet data accessible for anyone to use and develop on. She will touch on aspects of making open source successful in government, working with the developer community and open data.
  • Erek Dyskant, Sr. Analytics Engineer at Democratic National Committee. Regardless of your political affiliation, it is clear that the Obama Campaign must have done something right. Erek will provide a more technical discussion on how they used an open source geospatial stack to support the campaign and describe what drove the intentional choice of using open source.
  • Paul Morin, Director of the NSF and NASA funded Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota. He makes maps for Wired, Scientific American and National Geographic and is co­author of “Exploring Geology” one of the best selling introductory geology textbooks. Morin contributed to David Attenborough’s Frozen Planet and is the US representative for geospatial data to the Antarctic Treaty System. His group of less than two dozen people are mapping both the Arctic and Antarctic at sub­meter resolution with a combination of open source and proprietary tools, and a lot of imagery."

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