I am happy to announce the release of version 2.50 of PlanetGIS. This is an important update because it introduces a change in PlanetGIS’ storage format, in line with development being done on PlanetGIS 3.0. From version 2.50 onward, PlanetGIS can store labels along with the geometry of features. While you still have the ability to label features with values from a database, storing labels with the geometry allows for extremely fast rendering of labels for large maps. If you have downloaded the SA-Roads or SA-Places maps, you have probably noticed a significant wait when Planet loads the labels from the Access database. This is no longer the case with these maps, and version 2.50! You can download this latest release from here.
PlanetGIS 2.50 also introduces two major improvements in automatic map labeling:
- Symbols (point features) can now optionally be drawn only if their labels can be displayed - no more unlabeled points if you don’t want them.
- Label prioritization gives you the ability to determine which labels should be dropped in favour of labels of other layers when conflicts occur.
Other improvements since version 2.43 include:
- Google Earth (KML/KMZ) export.
- Improved hatching & the ability to create custom hatches.