Tuesday, August 16, 2005

GDAL 1.3.0 Released

GDAL: GDAL - Geospatial Data Abstraction Library

Here's a little news for the ├╝ber-geek, mapping crowd - GDAL 1.3 was released today. This is a foundational piece of software for using imagery in most open source mapping applications.

This is mostly something MapServer users and mapping application developers need to check out. However, if you deal with imagery and are looking for a free (yet very robust and powerful) solution to manipulating it - check into GDAL.

Also of note is that it seems VB6 support has been added. Hmm - I'll have to check that out as that might make for an easy means to plug GDAL's functionality into ArcView and possibly elliminate some of the need for users to buy some of the extensions in order to handle certain imagery formats, etc. (Throw that little project on the pile ;)

The lead developer of this software, Frank Warmerdam, was recognized for his significant contribution to the open source, mapping community at the 2005 MapServer Conference in Mpls, USA.

Overview of Changes (1.3.0 release and earlier)

Sean Gillies Review/Comments


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