GvSIG 2, first impressions

In the course we decided to try the new GvSIG version, which although is not yet declared stable, it can be downloaded different builds to see what happens.

I downloaded the 1214, and even I hoped to prove the functionality of point and line symbols as xurxo told me, apparently I have to try the 1218. Here I left you the first impressions:

1. The face

Definitely, it was time to improve the iconography that was a little caveman.


2. The toolbars

It is now possible to show or hide toolbars that seems instead of being loose extensions also have a grouping category. These can be viewed as options at the time of install.



Also, some actions have been grouped in the top menu where you can apply to specific layers.

4. The help (Aid)

(Help) Although it does not seem a chm, help has this appearance and can be accessed without having to be browsing the pdf manual


3. The extras

(KML) Now to load a layer, in addition to the gml, shp, dwg, dgn and raster is has been added the alternative to load a kml although I do not see that it is possible to export to this format.

(Construction) have been added some new construction commands, such as spline and array. It is also now possible to see the commands whose extension is not active such as exploit, unite, break, stretch and those that in the previous version unless you were to extensions to activate them… you would know they exist.

(Remote Sensing) Apart from improvements in the raster layer functionality, several features have been created to work with images among which it is included classification, bands calculation, defining regions of interest and image profiles.

(Topology) Although this extension is available not only for version 2, we tested and it is indeed possible to convert an archaic shape in a topology with precision, rules and minimal amount of accepted errors.

4. For when

Only God knows, perhaps in the days of next week they will be saying when they expect to release a stable version.

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