Sunday, January 31, 2010

uDig 1.2 M9

Welcome to the January milestone release of uDig. This release is made in conjuction with GeoTools 2.6.1 - with a number of improvements to the jdbc "next generation" plugins.


Installation Notes:
Download the package appropriate to your platform:
  • Windows: installer (including ECW support) or zip archive avaiable.
  • Linux
  • Mac
  • SDK: For use with SDK Quickstart instructions.

On windows and linux uDig includes a Java Runtime so you really can unzip and run. On mac uDig is able to check for Java Advanced Imaging and install if needed.

About uDig 1.2 Milestone 9

We have focused on the Software Developers Kit this release and have a new SDK Quickstart available. These instrucitons have been completely updated for Eclipse 3.5.1.

We have accomplished our goals for the uDig 1.2 series and will be issuing a release candidate shortly.

This release features:

Known problems:
  • Mac release unable to support the full range of imageio-ext formats (MRSID, ECW, etc...)
  • Linux64 release is not provided as we wait for a 64 bit release of ImageIO-EXT
  • Some repots of the Layers menu not showing up under the SDK release

About uDig 1.2

The uDig 1.2 series highlights a lot really great ideas the developer community has been playing with. We have upgraded the version of the GeoTools library we use - bringing give years of new developments in standard support, and a host of new raster and vector formats. An exciting addition is the use of the ImageIO-ext project allowing the use of raster formats supported by GDAL.

New and experimental capabilities of uDig 1.2 include:

  • ImageIO-EXT rendering enabling additional raster formats and working with images larger then memory
  • Tiled rendering (as an option in preferences) with a new flicker free panning tool.
  • Support for GeoWebCache and TileServer via WMS-C
  • WFS 1.1.0 support
  • Greatly improved ArcSDE support; multithreaded and faster.

This tech-preview is made available for your testing pleasure; please contribute bug reports and feedback! This milestone is a suitable baseline for your own development efforts.