Thursday, February 2, 2017

Geopaparazzi 5.2.0 is out!

We just released geopaparazzi 5.2.0 to google play.

The release comes with a whole pile of bugfixes (see here), but also some nifty new features. Let's have a look at the most important ones.

Geopaparazzi & gvSIG Online

Probably the most important feature is the compatibility with gvSIG online. This is an ongoing effort within the gvSIG Association. HydroloGIS and Scolab are currently working on the integration.

It is now possible to import and export geopaparazzi projects and spatialite databases from and to gvSIG Online. This enables the gvSIG Stack for proper digital field mapping with synchronization of data from and to the device.

Cesar from Scolab also added a nice feature that also people without the need of a serverside will appreciate: the possibility to add pictures to spatialite geometries. This has always been possible for notes in a geopaparazzi project, but now it is possible also for general spatialite layers.

Once you select a feature and enter the attributes editing tool, you will now have a new camera icon:

Tapping on it will open the images thumbnail view:

The images are saved in the database into a table allocated once this functionality is triggered for the first time.

Zooming the map view

Some users asked for a zoom-in-the-zoom functionality. This is due to the high resolution of the new devices' screens. The idea is to have a secondary zoom (let's call it scaling) that works in parallel to the geographic zooming.

So for each geographic zoomlevel the user is now able to scale the current image to make it more readable.

Look at the following comparison to better understand:

This feature addition has two main drawbacks:
  • we had to change the position icon with a vector image so that it would not get blurry too early (it was ugly already at first scaling). Well, that is probably no drawback...
  • the automatic center on gps will not work properly, since the bounds of the screen are affected by the scaling and the centering (for example while driving) will take place far outside the device's screen. For now I can live with that, I hope you also can.

And how do you scale up and down? Just long tap on the zoom button. The setting is kept until one exits the application through the exit button.

Load data folders

It is now possible to load folders of tilesources and folders of spatialite databases.

In the add-sources views in the lower left corner a sparkling new add folder icon is present:

Since this loads a lot of data, in the case of spatialite databases, all the tables are now added as not visible by default. The user will then enable the ones he would like to see.

Gps Status

Gps Status will no longer be the gps status app. It is not open source and it doesn't work any more with intent calling, so for now we will have the Gps test app to help out with gps status visualization. It is free and open source and definitely fits better in our family.

Other stuff

Apart of this, fixes have been done to the WMS 1.3 support, which wasn't properly working, a major languages update has been done and the we are updated to properly work with the latest Android 7 version.


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