Monday morning I went to update my QGIS install from OSGEO4W as I was running 2.8.1 on one of my machines and to my surprise the base install was QGIS 2.10.1…..
As all inquisitive geospatial innovators do, I though I’d download and give it a go….and I wasn’t dissappointed! What has really blown me away though is the addition of drop shadows to the feature menus. For years we have lived in a cartographic ignorance that the world with be saved by halos even though they are evil (Gretchen Peterson 2012), QGIS has just raised the bar with a set of effects which will, in my opinion, change the way we present maps.
Here is some of the Ordnance Survey OpenData which I have drawn up in the style of the OS Explorer maps….
This is my standard base map which uses a combination of OS OpenMap & Strategi – colours are based on a mix of the OS Explorer and provided colours from the OS Style sheet(s).
So, lets add a drop shadow onto the buildings:
You can see that by ticking the “Draw Effects” in the bottom left of the style properties you are given a new menu, this has options for inner glow, inner shadow, outer glow & drop shadow. The effects can be used in conjunction with the feature or you can render just the effect (without the feature).
A building is around 7.5m tall, so lets set the shadow for around 3m and this is what we get:
I think you’ll agree that at this scale it adds a nice little touch which brings the data to life a little.
Download QGIS 2.10 and have a go yourself….I think the next mission will be to put inner shadows on the water…….