A look at gvSIG 1.10

After a few days of being Bypassing gvSIG 1.9, My impatience for bugs Of that version and Other gages, today I return to the gvSIG theme. Not having played this software for a long time has been productive for me, since opening this new version and comparing it with the photograph I had of that occasion is very interesting.

Logo-gvSIG-945 The life of a technological poet is not simple, review software by obligation, necessity or passion requires patience; using irony with the proprietary software that sponsors the header has been acceptable but understanding the promoters of an open source initiative has cost me more. Also being behind a keyboard can corrupt us with freedom in the art of questioning with the tonic of the moment, from an artistic sarcasm to the similarity the three opinions that two Jews usually have when they argue in a normal way.

I must acknowledge with sincerity, that the advances I see with this version have left me quite satisfied. Run it on the 1.6 version of the Java engine, compatible with Vista / Windows 7 and with the same project as last time ... the advance is definitely notorious. From the start it seems faster, cleaner interaction; a great work on usability despite the fact that it is Java and I do not intend to move to Linux yet. Surely after these 15 minutes of my admiration there are thousands of hours converted into code, not only of programmers in fetal position, but a complete community that has bet on testing, to answer the lists, to promote the conference and ultimately to take this tool along one of the most sustainable and systematized paths I have seen.

At the end of this chapter, with gvSIG what we all hope for is a tool that can be sustainable over time, the product of our initiative with a letter ñ, that we can offer to any municipality with the guarantee that it will not die when the money is finished. now he has sustained it. Especially for the strategic struggle that you can undertake ESRI, AutoDesk, Intergraph and Bentley once it is visible competition (That in a lot already is) Or by the generalization we saw in the beginning (And that has cost to reverse) For considering free software less competitive and uncertain in its sustainability.

But well, with half a foot in Holland, I do not have that much time to be romancing and my nostalgia will not always be productive. Let's see what has caught my attention in the first lines.

Clean installation

Contrary to previous times, in the process I only had to choose the Java virtual machine and the language, which must be the case. The rest, a continuous step.

It has been installed in:

«C: Program FilesgvSIG_1.10_RC1bingvSIG.exe»

Gvsig 1.1I do not see incompatibility with previous versions. But after seeing this, even knowing that it is an RC, I find no reason to keep old versions.

Also one more icon on the desktop with the gvSIG figurine will only confuse us.

For that, you have to go to the program files folder and uninstall from there. There is always a folder called Uninstaller which contains a routine to eliminate the installation. I recommend doing it from here, because the control panel may not be the fastest way or all the installed versions may not be displayed if we have been naughty with the registry.

Interesting features.

I do not have much time for now, to do a thorough review. But you can see the news of the version in the Discharge zone; For now I will focus on three news that I find interesting.

The location map. This has had a great advance, being interactive with different routines of visualization and less bugs. I even see it more robust than uDig and QGis do that already days or had.

It is possible to interact with it by making window approaches with the left mouse button. What is selected in the box will be displayed on the screen. Then with the right button, you can drag the box, keeping the size, and also if you click it will place the window of the same size right there.

Gvsig 1.1

With the wheel of the button it supports zoom, although I have not found a way to return to the extent original. Sure there must be something in the manual, which is the point where it should start.

The layer configuration in this location map is done in "View> Configure Locator".

Quick information. This is a routine of type tooltip, that displays the fields that are chosen, when placing the pointer on the layer. It allows choosing the layer, and fields, including calculated data (not stored) as area, perimeter and length.

Gvsig 1.1

I have not seen how to change that whole pink but it sure is possible, and it seems a bit slow at first if several fields are chosen. I do not have complexes with that color but I do not like that the Chiapanecos bother me ???? and, it is also likely that a AcerAspireOne It is not the fastest machine to do GIS.

Navigation Table. The most attractive thing I've seen. I had been half aware of the bugs that they mention in the distribution lists, but seeing it has left me satisfied. It consists of functionality similar to the one Geographics did with the Locate, it raises a table of attributes of the object, with buttons to move to the next and options so that the zoom or selection of the object is dynamic. Here the location map becomes attractive.

Gvsig 1.1

Be very careful with the lower buttons, because you can delete records, copy data from one element to another and save. It would also be necessary to see if this window could not be of fixed height, since it is a waste of space when there is little data; I did not try but if you had more than you can imagine a bar scroll. I selected a municipality to test and I loaded it, then the window was hung half with a Null.point.error.

Already later we will try other pints that brings this version.


In short, it seems to me a very robust version, with many changes that the community has been asking for. I also see that there is a great test, the couple of bugs that I have seen and I had heard them in the distribution lists and I am sure they are due to my little patience for processes running in the background.

Strong challenges remain with this
rsion, most for good. Already the days in the American continent They seem to be sounding strong, but we will have to put more, mainly with external cooperation projects. Other strategies work for Europe, but for this side of the pond it can be a valuable seed that can germinate explosively. In many Latin American countries there are cooperation projects that work with European Union funds or bilateral funds from Germany, Holland, Finland, Spain, to mention the strongest. Apart from this, there are cooperation projects directly managed by councils, autonomous communities or town councils by European companies, NGOs or municipalities with good sense of smell. In most of these projects there are transversal components such as environment, heritage, vulnerability, climate change, transparency portals, etc. which include desktop and web cartographic products.

It would not be a bad thing to be able to socialize more towards that niche, since the beneficiaries will accept the software that is provided to them and they will keep it as long as they are left with manuals and training. Also the resources can be stretched more if the licensing costs are minimized and in the long run the sustainability of the human capital formed will influence the dissemination of gvSIG, an action that the academy and the private sector that offers services in the area of ​​territorial ordering will have to appropriate. If you can influence policies for migration to free software ... so much the better.

There was an interesting initiative called GvSIG and cooperationMaybe you can insist on reliving it. Invest in the systematization of experiences and dissemination is the best that the association seems to be doing correctly. That's right, and must insist on the sustainability that comes from the collective demand because the replication of third parties would reinforce the progress already achieved.

It is worth asking that support be included for recent CAD formats, that will be a weapon that proprietary software will maintain. But it would be worthwhile to support the boys of Portable GIS to include this version soon because they have fallen short with the 1.1. We will look forward to the days of this year, sure there we will know more news.

From here you can download gvSIG 1.10

3 Replies to "A look at gvSIG 1.10"

  1. Thanks g!

    Indeed, from CartoLab we are collaborating in a water project that the NGO Ingeniería Sin Fronteras has in Honduras. We have a website where the gvSIG Fonsagua application is explained somewhat better on which we hope to continue working in the future.

  2. Thank you for the contribution Francisco, interesting to know that you have done a job in southern Honduras. Let's see if one day we agreed with the group and we had a cappuccino in Tegucigalpa.

    And indeed, the error happened to me when I deleted a selected record.

    I greet from a distance.

  3. I agree with your analysis, gvSIG is a program that is progressing at a good pace and in which the community is considered one of the legs of sustainability of the project.

    In fact the Navigation Table, is an extension from the community, developed by my colleagues of CartoLab.

    The error that gives you we think it is related to delete when you have made selections or have something selected. We believe that in the versions in development of the extension is solved anyway if you dare you can send us a description of the bug and the gvSIG log file, through the bugtracker osor, mailing lists, or my own mail.

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