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<span class="header">Quantum GIS Documentation</span><br>
<span class="subheader">Version 0.7<i>Seamus</i></span><br>
<span class="subheader">Version 0.8 <i>Titan</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
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<h2>Whats new in Version 0.7</h2>
<h2>Whats new in Version 0.8</h2>
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<li> On the fly projection support to automatically project layers from different coordinate systems
<li> Map Composer for creating map layouts
<li> Toolbox for running GRASS tools from QGIS. The toolbox can be easily customized to add additional tools
<li> Handling of spatially enabled tables and views in PostgreSQL has been greatly improved. QGIS can now load any table in the database that contains a geometry column
<li> PostgreSQL views containing a geometry column can be viewed in QGIS
<li> Raster graphing tool to produce a histogram for a raster layer
<li> Raster query using the identify tool allows you to get the pixel values from a raster by making it the active layer and clicking on the point of interest
<li> User preferences provides customizable settings for the digitizing line width, color, and selection color
<li> New symbols for use with point layers are available from the layer properties dialog
<li>WMS support
<li>Improved vector and attribute editing
<li>Improved measure tools with area measuring
<li>Attribute searching
<li>New legend structure
<li>Refactoring of API to allow the use of QGIS libraries in mapping applications
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<li> Spatial bookmarks allow you to create and manage bookmarks for an area on the map. Bookmarks are persistent and global; meaning they are available for all projects
<li> Measure tool allows you to measure distances on the map with both segment length and total length displayed as you click
<li> GPX loading times and memory consumption for large GPX (GPS) files has been drastically reduced
<li> Many enhancements to the digitizing tools have been made, including the ability to capture data straight into PostgreSQL/PostGIS, and improvements to the definition of attribute tables for newly created layers
<li> The Raster Georeferencer plugin can be used to generate a world file for a raster. The plugin allows you to define known control points in the raster coordinate system. Once enough control points are defined, the world file can be generated and the raster properly displayed in QGIS or other GIS applications
<li> Improvements to the Mapserver export tool
<li>Improved MapServer export tool
<li>Vector layer transparency and antialiasing
<li>GRASS support in all platforms
<li>Enhanced GRASS support and toolbox commands
<li>Enhanced vector editing, including copy, cut, paste, snapping and vertex editing
<li>Shapefile/OGR layer editing

<dl><dt><span class="subheader">New Requirements
<dl><dt><span class="subheader">Special Requirements
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<li><a href="">SQLite</a> version 3 is now required. Sqlite is used to manage the projections database and store persistent data such as spatial bookmarks.
<li><a href="">Qt 4.2.2</a> isn required.
<li>The <a href="">Expat XML Parser</a> is required for the GPS plugin. This vastly improves the speed and memory management when loading GPX files.
<li>The raster georeferencer plugin requires the <a href="">GNU Scientfic Library</a> (GSL).
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<li>Project files from previous versions of QGIS will likely not work. This is due to changes related to on the fly projection.
<li>Some internationalization (translation) files are incomplete. Updates to these files will be made available at at a later date.
<li>Project files from previous versions of QGIS will likely not work.
<li>Some internationalization (translation) files may be incomplete.

OS X Specific
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<li>On Tiger (OS X 10.4), button animation only works with Qt 3.3.5 snapshot. Previous versions of OS X are not affected.
<li>Some dialogs have cosmetic issues with buttons
<li>Due to a limitation in the Quicktime graphics engine, there is a limit on the number points allowed per feature. See the Readme that comes with the OS X dmg
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<li>The Windows release does not include the GPS plugin. The plugin will be made available at a later date.
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If think you have found a bug, please consider reporting it to the development team. The steps to report a bug are:
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<li>Go to the Bug Tracker at <a href=""></a>
<li>If you have a Sourceforge user id, login
<li>Under the Group heading, change the choice to Version 0.7
<li>Click on the Browse button. This will give you a list of open bugs for Version 0.7
<li>Review the list to make sure your bug has not already been submitted. If it has, review the submission and see if there is anything you can add to the bug report to aid the developers
<li>If your bug has not been reported, click on Submit New
<li>Change the Group to Version 0.7
<li>Enter a summary and a detailed description
<li>Submit the bug
<li>Go to the Bug Tracker at <a href=""></a>
<li>Read <a href="">Using Trac With QGIS</a> to learn about the submission process
<li>Review the list of current issues to make sure your bug has not already been submitted. If it has, review the submission and see if there is anything you can add to the bug report to aid the developers
<li>If your bug has not been reported, create a new ticket, making sure to either login to trac or provide your email address. Tickets lacking contact information are subject to deletion.
<span class="warning">Note - If you don't login or don't provide an email address your bug report will be of little value since we have no way of contacting you for further information and/or clarification.</span>
<dl><dt><span class="subheader">Installation Guide
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