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<span class="header">Quantum GIS Documentation</span><br>
<span class="subheader">Version 1.3.0 <i>Mimas</i></span><br>
<span class="subheader">Version 1.4.0 <i>Enceladus</i></span><br>
<span class="warning">Please read this entire document for important information about this release.</span>
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<!-- This documentation describes the Quantum GIS (QGIS) application. More
information on QGIS is available on the web page at http://qgis.org. -->
<h2>Whats new in Version 1.3.0 'Mimas'?</h2>

<h2>Whats new in Version 1.4.0 'Enceladus'?</h2>
<p>
Please note that this is a release in our 'cutting edge' release series. As
such it contains new features and extends the programmatic interface over
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features, we recommend that you use a copy of QGIS from our Long Term Support
(LTS)1.0.x release series.
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<p>
Please note that this is a release in our 'cutting edge' release series. As
such it contains new features and extends the programmatic interface over QGIS
1.0.x and QGIS 1.3.0. If an unchanging user interface, programmatic API and
long term support is more important to you then cool new and untested features,
we recommend that you use a copy of QGIS from our Long Term Support (LTS)1.0.x
release series. In all other cases we recommend that you use this version.
</p>
<p>
This release includes around 200 bug fixes, nearly 30 new features and has had
a lot of love and attention poured in to it to take our favourite desktop GIS
application another step on the road to GIS nirvana! So much has happened in
the 3 months since our last release that it is impossible to document
everything here. Instead we will just highlight a couple of important new
features for you.
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<p>
Probably the biggest new feature is the addition of the new vector symbology
infrastructure. This is provided alongside the old implementation - you can
switch using a button in the vector layer properties dialog. It does't replace
the old symbology implementation completely yet because there are various isues
that need to be resolved and a large amount of testinhen it is considered
ready.
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<p>
QGIS now has a field calculator, accessible via a button in the attribute
section of the vector properties, and from the attribute table user interface.
You can use feature length, feature area, string concatenation and type
conversions in the field calculator, as well as field values.
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<p>
The map composer has had a lot of attention. A grid can now be added to
composer maps. Composer maps can now be rotated in the layout. The limitation
of a single map layout per project has been removed. A new composer manager
dialog has been added to manage the existing composer instances. The composer
widget property sheets have been completely overhauled to use less screen space
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<p>
Various parts of the user interface have been overhauled with the goal of
improving consistency and to improve support for netbooks and other smaller
screen devices. Loading and saving of shortcuts. Position can now be displayed
as Degrees, Minutes, Seconds in the status bar. The add, move and delete vertex
buttons are now removed and the node tool is moved from the advanced editing
toolbar to the standard editing toolbar. The identification tool has also
undergone numerous improvements.
</p>
<p>
A render caching capability has been added to QGIS. This speeds up common
operations such as layer re-ordering, changing symbology, WMS / WFS client,
hiding / showing layers and opens the door for future enhancements such as
threaded rendering and pre-compositing layer cache manipulation. Note that it
is disabled by default, and can be enabled in the options dialog.
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<p>
User defined SVG search paths are now added to the options dialog.
</p>
<p>
When creating a new shapefile, you can now specify its CRS. Also the avoid
intersections option for polygons is now also possible with background layers.
</p>
<p>
For power users, you can now create customizable attribute forms using Qt
Designer dialog UIs.
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<h2>Whats new in Version 1.3.0 'Mimas'?</h2>
<p>
This release includes over 30 bug fixes and several useful new features:
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