Digital Geography

Short Announcement: QGIS 3.0 is on its way

QGIS 3.0 is the next big release in terms of features and tools. As it is stated in this e-mail chain we could expect this new major release in late 2017 and time is passing fast:
retire 2.14 in June 2017 2.18 becomes LTR from June 2017 to 2018 3.0 feature freeze in July 2017 release 3.0 in Sept 2017 release 3.2 as next LTR in release 3.0 + 4 Months (eta June 2018)
Yet this timeline is not strict and [was?] under discussion. We might expect a new candidate loaded with some cool and uncool features. Despite the new logo which was choosen two months ago we can see more features for this new beauty. New QGIS 3.0 logo candidate At the very moment we can see more then 250 features for this new release. About 30% are already finished:
  • preview for WMTS layers
  • Mouse wheel over sliders in color dialog to change value by increments
  • new algorithms for clipping, geometry and feature boundary box and point on surface.
The best feature in my eyes is the multiple projects at once feature. Also the change to QT5/PyQT5 and Python 3 are noteworthy. Here you can find other features that are delivered in QGIS 3.0:
  • Symbol clipping- Buffer around labels/symbols to “remove” drawing from the underlying layers.
  • a new cluster renderer as you know it form leaflet markercluster
  • Curved labeling on a simplified/smooth version of the geometry
  • labels can be masked with a polygon

    Label mask done by Hugo Mercier (source

  • new cool label connectors
  • topological coloring
  • dynamic styling of symbols and labels based on visibility state of layers through newly-introduced is_layer_visible() function
  • modeler export to PDF/SVG
  • raster color ramp shader auto-classification upon canvas extent change
  • Ctrl+TAB to toggle visibility of opened panels.
  • some more crazy rendering applications:
  • maybe some parallelization
  • GeoPackage editing support
What do you know about the next QGIS version? drop us a comment!

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Pablo Angulo
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Pablo Angulo

great news , hope soon Qgis 3.0 be able for MacOS.

Dami
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Dami

It is available on Mac, it’s just not as stable as on windows

Christoph Gruetzner
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Christoph Gruetzner

Good news. Hope one day it will be possible to plot earthquake moment tensor solutions (beachballs) in QGIS.

Friedrich Prinz
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Friedrich Prinz

Hi Christoph,
Who says its not possible to plot beach balls in QGIS?.
Here is the screenshot from my QGIS where I have plotted FMS for tibet. Fault data is from Uni-Tuebingen/Prof. Ehlers data repository.

Friedrich

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Christoph Gruetzner
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Christoph Gruetzner

Hi Friedrich, thanks, excellent news. Tried to find an online resource about how to do this. Would you mind to share some details? Which plugin do you use and what data format can you feed into that?
Thanks,
C.

Friedrich Prinz
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Friedrich Prinz

Hi, to the best of my knowledge there is no publicaly available QGIS plugin for this purpose. Online resource suggest to use 3rd party seismic library to generate beach balls. Actually, I wrote some of the python code back in 2005 during my MSc thesis and last months I wrote QGIS interface. Its an FMS generator plugin (without any thirdparty plugin) which is very buggy at the moment. Since, I am generating FMS nodal planes by myself, I still need to cross verify that all nodal planes are being correct and in proper order and fault types are properly marked.… Read more »

Christoph Gruetzner
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Christoph Gruetzner

Thanks for explaining!

ndawson
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ndawson

This article is extremely inaccurate. A lot of these features listed are from earlier versions. The 30% milestone is taken from the documentation work – not related to QGIS 3 in the slightest!!

Riccardo
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ndawson
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ndawson

There’s no official milestone list.

This list: https://gist.github.com/nyalldawson/95738ec265c7f9bdb64b15672c210bb7

is a bit old (was made in Jan), but it’s a comprehensive list of what was added to 3.0 at that stage and will later form the basis of the release notes.

Riccardo
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Thank you for the share. can I update the article with this link?

ndawson
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ndawson

Sure! If you like I’ll generate a new one tomorrow and can send that too. At lot has been added since Jan! Feel free to email me at nyall.dawson@gmail.com if you have any questions you’d like to run by me!

lkpalao
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lkpalao

Hi Riccardo, will the new version affect on how plugins are developed? The reason for this question is because I want to develop some plugins for QGIS and are using books that are based on QGIS 2.x version. One book is from Gary Sherman “Extending QGIS 2,x using Python plugins”. Thanks.