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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Posted on 11 March 2018 by Kai Pastor

Four weeks after v0.8.0, we now present a patch release. Apart from bug fixes and updated translations, it even adds a few new features:

  • When exporting images, Mapper may now create a “world file”.
  • The paint-on-template tool gained the ability to add new blank image templates for scribbling.

A selection of other changes:

  • Corrections for some issues with opening or importing maps and data.
    • Fix for some maps not being loaded at all.
    • Fix for incorrect import of text object boxes from another map.
    • Fixes for some issues with importing OCD files.
    • Fix for crash when loading some files via GDAL/OGR.
  • Helper symbols (e.g. for field work) no longer affect the automatic symbol icon scaling.
  • Fixed a number of quirks of the paint-on-template tool.
  • macOS: Fixed missing menu items in some translations (at least Czech).
  • Android: Made the special touch cursor working again.
  • Android: Fixed loss of previous GPX track when tracking was started again on the same day).

Find the resolved issues on Github. Known issues in v0.8.1 will be collected there, too. The release contains 107 commits since 0.8.0, changing 78 source files, contributed by 12 persons.

Thanks to all the contributors!


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Posted on 11 February 2018 by Kai Pastor

We are proud to offer a you a new release which marks a significant step forward. This release brings ISOM2017 symbol sets, adding some new features to symbols where needed. For replacing symbols, but also for importing data e.g. from OpenStreetMap files, you may now use CRT files. A simple but effective query language helps you to identify objects beyond code numbers and layer names.

Not only with Android users in mind, a lot of work was done on symbol icon appearance. Especially on Android, you will benefit from the possiblity to change the symbol icon size. But you may now also hide or protected symbols in the mobile app. When drawing in the field, jump to your current location with just one touch, or switch easily to 1x or 2x zoom. Generally when drawing, you may now see azimuth and distance information if desired.

The symbol sets were integrated into the same system of online translation as the Mapper user interface, facilitating contributions. On the documentation side, there is now a PDF version of the manual.

A small selection of other changes:

  • Improved symbol icons also when exporting to OCD.
  • A “Find” dialog which can be used for complex queries for textual properties.
  • Modified pattern clipping (change in file format)
  • Modified dash symbol scaling (change in file format)
  • More robust template loading, reducing memory related issues on Android

Find the resolved issues on Github. Known issues in v0.8.0 will be collected there, too. The release contains 788 commits since 0.7.0, changing 583 source files, contributed by 27 persons.

Thanks to all the contributors!


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Posted on 05 June 2017 by Kai Pastor

We are proud to announce the release of Mapper 0.7.0. This release contains many visible and invisible changes over Mapper 0.6.x.

The software is build on top of a significant number of third-party components which have to be assembled and delivered with Mapper for Windows, Mac and Android. A new “superbuild” system (#674, helps to provide a consistent and reproducible set of sources, patches and documentation.

You may think this affects only developers. But wait: The superbuild facilitates the provisioning of Mapper updates, including security updates and bug fixes for third-party components, and the addition of new features which depend on third party components.

For example, Mapper starts using GDAL/OGR, adding access to many geodata file formats (#574). However, only a small set of vector data formats are supported at the moment. Shape file support is the only real addition so far. DXF file support is much improved. GPX and OSM support has some changes in behaviour. More formats and raster data will be added in future Mapper releases.

The text editor has been significantly reworked. Now it features input method support which helps not only for non-latin alphabets but also enables text editing on Android. A number of quirks were removed.

For DXF files generated by Terje's script for lidar data processing, there is now basic support for assigning symbols by a CRT file (#261).

More changes in brief:

  • On macOS, a nasty PDF export bug was fixed (#269).
  • This release fixes some bugs with importing OCD files. (Georeferenced templates were imported incorrectly for georeferenced OCD files, #879; Mapper may hang with some files, #875.)
  • A Chinese translation was added by a contributor, and many translations were improved.
  • JPEG2000 is no longer supported. The previous third-party component has been without updates for a while and was deactivated due to security issues. (We may re-add JPEG2000 in a future version, based on GDAL and another library.) Note that normal JPEG files still work unchanged.
  • The previous ISOM symbol set is renamed to ISOM2000. (Work on an ISOM2017 symbol set is in progress but not yet ready.)

Find the resolved issues on Github. Known issues in v0.7.0 will be collected there, too. The release contains 373 commits since 0.6.8, changing 480 source files, contributed by 14 persons.

Thanks to all the contributors!


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