Project: QGIS

Changelog for version: 2.8.0

This is the change log for the next release of QGIS - version 2.8.0 ' Wien'. Wien is German for 'Vienna' - host city to our developer meet up in November 2009 and again in March 2014.

Long Term Release

This is a special release since it is designated an 'LTR' (Long Term Release). LTR releases will be supported with backported bug fixes for one year, and will be in permanent feature freeze (i.e. no new features will be added, only bug fixes and trivial updates).

The purpose of LTR releases is to provide a stable and less frequently changing platform for enterprises and organisations that do not want to deal with updating user skills, training materials etc. more than once per year. The success of the LTR is very much down to you, our beloved users - we need your support to help funding bug fixes and making sure in your support contracts with support providers specify that any bug fixes done on your behalf are applied to the LTR branch as well as our normal development branch.

If an LTR is important to you, please consider also directly supporting the QGIS project, or encourage your commercial provider to use LTR as a basis for your enterprise solution so that everyone may benefit from a stable platform that is being continuously improved and refined. Note that for users and organisations that like to live on the frontier, our regular four monthly feature preview releases will continue unabated.

New Features

QGIS 2.8.0 is also a special release because it includes so many great new features, tweaks and enhancements to make the most popular Free desktop GIS even more feature filled and useful.

Whenever new features are added to software they introduce the possibility of new bugs - if you encounter any problems with this release, please file a ticket on the QGIS Bug Tracker.

Thanks

We would like to thank the developers, documenters, testers and all the many folks out there who volunteer their time and effort (or fund people to do so).

From the QGIS community we hope you enjoy this release! If you wish to donate time, money or otherwise get involved in making QGIS more awesome, please wander along to qgis.org and lend a hand!

Finally we would like to thank our official sponsors for the invaluable financial support they provide to this project:

A current list of donors who have made financial contributions large and small to the project can be seen on our donors list. If you would like to become and official project sponsor, please visit our sponsorship page for details. Sponsoring QGIS helps us to fund our six monthly developer meetings, maintain project infrastructure
and fund bug fixing efforts.

QGIS is Free software and you are under no obligation to pay anything to use it - in fact we want to encourage people far and wide to use it regardless of what your financial or social status is - we believe empowering people with spatial decision making tools will result in a better society for all of humanity.


User Interface

Improved/consistent projection selection

Symbology

Multiple styles per layer

Symbology

More data-defined symbology settings

Symbology

Map rotation in canvas, improved rotation in composer

Symbology

Live heatmap renderer

Symbology

DXF export: improve marker symbol export

Symbology

Raster image fill type

Digitising

Improved simplify tool

Digitising

Snapping improvements

Digitising

Advanced digitizing tools

Data Management

Custom prefix for joins

Data Management

Support for creation of temporary memory layers

Data Management

Support for calculations on selected rows

Layer Legend

Show rule-based renderer's legend as a tree

Map Composer

Label item margins

Map Composer

Grid improvements

Map Composer

Composer GUI Improvements

Analysis Tools

Measure dialog improvements

Processing

New algorithms

Processing

New geometric predicate parameter type

Browser

More responsive browser

General

Continuous testing framework and QA improvements

General

Bookmarks can be imported/exported

General

Improvements to expressions

General

Enter expressions into spin boxes

Data Providers

Support for contextual WMS legend graphics

QGIS Server

Add DescribeLayer Method to WMS

QGIS Server

Server python plugins

QGIS Server

Support for layer styles

Plugins

Python console improvements

Programmability

Custom expression function editor

Programmability

Run only the selected part of a SQL query

Programmability

Qt5 support

Programmability

Add comment functionality to expressions

Programmability

Bulk loading spatial index