Monday, December 15, 2014

The new GISIntenals site (providing Windows binary packages) is about to be released

GISInternals is an online system for creating daily built binary packages for the GDAL and MapServer projects. The anchestor of this system has been provided to be the Windows buildslaves for the osgeo buildbot in 2007. The build system in the current form (providing downloadable packages) has been set up in 2009. As of this time, the system has been continuously improved by adding more and more packages to make the life easier for the users and developers of these open source projects. During this time the number of the visitors and the amount of the downloads continues to grow, and the site has been visited from more than 160 countries around the world.
In 2014 December, I'm about to release a new version with several changes in the design and the architecture. The functionality has been divided into 3 portions: the GUI frontend, the file servers (php and backends) and the the build server. This approach will provide to increase the reliability and the availability of the site by the chance of using multiple build servers (upload agents) in the future.

If you would like to preview the upcoming version visit

There are several upcoming changes are planned to be released in December including support for the newer compiles and additions in the packages (like MapCache and the new GDAL drivers).

Friday, March 7, 2014

IntraMaps Roam first release - Windows QGIS Data Collection

Digital Mapping Solutions, and Nathan Woodrow, would like to announce the first version of IntraMaps Roam - a simple, but flexible, Windows based data collection application built using Python and QGIS.

IntraMaps Roam (or Roam for short) is a standalone, fully bundled, Python application that was created to do data collection with a QGIS backend. For those of you who have seen my QMap project Nathan started a year or so ago you can consider this a reincarnation of that project. Most of the code has been reworked and using the QGIS libs gave him full flexibility in layout.

The release page can be found at and the wiki with all the information to get started at: You can also take a look at the FAQ for the common questions:

Roam has been a great exercise in using and bundling QGIS libs with a Python application.

As Roam is based on PyQt and QGIS it is under the GPL2 license. Pull requests are welcome.


Happy mapping!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Announcing MapServer MapManager 1.0

Digital Mapping Solutions along with Tamas Szekeres is pleased to announce the open source release of MapServer MapManager.
MapServer MapManager is an easy to use Windows desktop GUI application (based on the MapScript C# API and GDAL C# API) that allows you to easily create and configure great looking MapServer map files. The application provides a set of dialogues for setting the various properties in the map configuration and renders the map directly on the screen allowing panning and zooming of the displayed area by using the mouse. The MapManager user interface provides common operations for selecting the features and inspecting the attributes for setting up labelling and changing the style and symbology. The created map configuration can then be saved into a map file which can be used by various MapServer CGI/MapScript applications. Mapserver MapManager also allows users to save the map images in various output formats supported by MapServer.
MapServer MapManager is provided with GPLv3 license.
The build SDK from gisinternals can be used to compile MapManager. For more information about building MapManager please refer to the Readme file.
Windows installers are provided in the following download locations. Certain GDAL drivers are provided as separate installers due to their custom licensing terms. When installing the GDAL driver plugins you should select the MapManager install location as the target directory.
Installers based on the current MapServer release (6.4.1)
MapServer MapManager
GDAL ECW driver
GDAL FileGDB driver
GDAL MrSID driver
GDAL Oracle driver

Installers based on the current MapServer stable branch (6.4) (compiled daily)
MapServer MapManager
GDAL ECW driver
GDAL FileGDB driver
GDAL MrSID driver
GDAL Oracle driver

For more information about using MapManager please refer to the online help.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Mapserver daily builds has been added to osgeo4w

The build server at has now been configured to provide daily built packages (x86 and x64) from the latest MapServer development and stable branches.

In addition to the mapserver core, the python and the java packages are also provided.

In the osgeo4w package selection page the following packages can be selected:

  1. mapserver,mapserver-python,mapserver-java -> corresponds to the latest release (these packages are being built manually as soon as a new release is issued)
  2. mapserver-dev,mapserver-python-dev,mapserver-java-dev -> corresponds to the latest master branch
  3. mapserver-stable-dev,mapserver-python-stable-dev,mapserver-java-stable-dev -> corresponds to the latest stable branch

When using the -dev and -stable-dev packages You should re-run the osgeo4w installer regularly to be up to date with the recent builds