Posted on 16 September 2019 by Kai Pastor

Mapper 0.9.0 is coming closer. There has been a lot of progress since v0.8.4. While we didn’t report any details here, we continued to provide snapshots of the development work for testing. The ‘unstable’ builds we used to provide for Windows via Open Build Service have been replaced by ‘dev’ builds for Windows, macOS and Android, published on our Releases page on Github. These builds are done on Microsoft’s Azure Pipelines service now, and we will create the official releases in the same way. Continuous integration in Azure Pipelines already helped a lot in verifying the quality of the source code.

The latest ‘dev’ build was published yesterday. Its major addition is support for enabling touch mode (i.e. the mobile user interface) on PCs, and access to the GPS location on Windows (for tracking in touch mode).

Since v0.8.4, the most prominent improvement is the extended OCD import and export, which now covers more versions and features. Another addition is GeoTIFF support. Of course there were significant updates to third-party components, and updates required for supporting new Android versions.

By testing the dev builds, you can help us to remove sharp edges before releasing Mapper 0.9.0.

There is work-in-progress on ISSprOM 2019 and ISOM 2017-2 symbol sets, but these are not included yet.

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Posted on 24 December 2018 by Kai Pastor

This patch release contains bug fixes, minor improvements and updated translations. Key changes:

  • Adds a “Toolbars” menu to the “View” menu, make un-hiding of toolbars easy (#1155).
  • Fixes printing and PDF issues with templates (#1163), opacity, grid lines (#733).
  • Fixes issues with details missing from maps being used as templates on Android (#1186).
  • Adds transparency to the default color for unstyled areas in GDAL/OGR templates, making overlap immediately visible (#1161). As an alternative, we added a setting for displaying GDAL/OGR templates in baseline and/or hatching style.
  • Fixes an issue with GDAL/OGR not being used by default for DXF and OSM (#1166).
  • The Android app no longer stores the compass-derived view rotation which could not be reset on the desktop (#1165).
  • Fixes some crashes on Undo operations related to Map parts (#1168).
  • Mitigates issues when using tool buttons during drawing (#1175).

Find the resolved issues on Github.
Known issues in v0.8.4 will be collected there, too.
The release contains 82 commits since 0.8.3, changing 72 source files, contributed by 11 persons.

Thanks to all the contributors and reviewers!

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Posted on 22 October 2018 by Kai Pastor

This patch release contains bug fixes and updated translations. Key changes:

  • The Android app now explicitly tells the system’s “media scanner” when it wrote a file. This should resolve most issues with invisible or corrupted files (which were healthy and valid on the Android device).
  • On Android, the GPS location marker is now much more visible, and it blinks after move-to-my-location.
  • Copy-and-paste of text objects will no longer create duplicate text symbols.
  • The application no longer crashes when undoing simple map part merges or when deleting GDAL parameters.

Find the resolved issues on Github.
Known issues in v0.8.3 will be collected there, too.
The release contains 59 commits since 0.8.2, changing 69 source files, contributed by 9 persons.

Thanks to all the contributors and reviewers!

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Posted on 11 August 2018 by Kai Pastor

This patch release contains bug fixes and updated translations. Key changes:

  • When exporting to OCD, template paths containing umlauts etc. (ÖÄÅ…) now properly use the 8-bit encoding (#1046).
  • When exporting to OCD, Mapper now tries to load hidden georeferenced images templates so that the position can be saved correctly.
  • The special color “Registration Black” is now correctly saved for all point symbol elements (#1086).
  • The icon for the delete-objects tool is now a trash bin.

Find the resolved issues on Github.
Known issues in v0.8.2 will be collected there, too.
The release contains 162 commits since 0.8.1, changing 81 source files, contributed by 27 persons.

Thanks to all the contributors!

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Posted on 05 August 2018 by Kai Pastor

The stable releases of Mapper support reading of OCD files from version 6 to version 12, and writing version 8 files. There are lots of shortcomings, for example the loss of georeferencing information.

Now a rewritten OCD export feature has reached our ‘unstable’ builds. It supports writing OCD format version 8 to 12. The new code removes some of the past limitations. It is accompanied by corresponding changes to the OCD import feature. Areas of improvement are:

  • map georeferencing (at least with version 9 and newer)
  • complex line symbols (no longer split on export)
  • area symbols with border (no longer split on export to version 9 and newer)

The OCD import may now also open version 2018 files. However, this is really experimental, as documentation for this format is not available ATM.

You may test this new code by downloading and running the unstable packages for Windows or Linux. We remind you that the new code is likely to have some bugs. Please take care (i.e. backups) of your map files when working with the unstable packages. If you find issues, please report them, so that they get fixed before release 0.9.

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