This update is an opportunity to highlight some of the work the GeoCat Bridge team has been doing. Their goal was to improve both the technology and the product ahead of our release.
Highlights of QGIS plug-in
Developing a QGIS Plugin for GeoCat Bridge has been a great chance to take a look at the different rendering engines used by QGIS, GeoServer, MapServer and MapBox.GL.
Navigating platform differences
The development work on the QGIS plug-in revealed a few differences that are not so easily addressed.
Given an original map in QGIS Desktop, with rendering rules selected based on scale:
- QGIS is calculating scale based on measuring an approximate width of the current map.
- GeoServer has a choice of scale methods, the default scaleMethod=ogc approach using a simplified scale calculation for interoperability, and scaleMethod=accurate taking into account the ellipsoidal shape of the earth.
We look forward to discussing these differences with the respective open source projects.
GeoCat Bridge QGIS plug-in availability
GeoCat Bridge provides a great one-click publishing story for Desktop GIS users. GeoCat Bridge publishes your geographic data, metadata and mapping to your choice of open source server platform.
We are pleased to offer GeoCat Bridge to our customers as both an ArcMap extension and, shortly, as a QGIS plug-in. To obtain GeoCat Bridge please see our product page. A trial evaluation is also available.
Part of a vibrant Open Source community
GeoCat is pleased to be a member of the open source community. We would like to acknowledge everyone’s support with answering questions, reviewing pull-requests, and generally being amazing.