Are you a Geoninja or a Geobluffer?

Got a few minutes? Want a bit of fun?….Try my Geotest!

As I’ve been offline a bit recently I thought that there is no better way to apologise and put a smile on people faces than to post a quiz…there are 10 questions which are all based around basic GIS.

The quiz is here

Geoquiz

Remember, it is only a bit of fun…..

1/10 You’re a geobluffer

2/10 Have you even used GIS before?

3/10 You are but a Geopadawan

4/10 Do you use Apple by any chance?

5/10 Well done….now read some books on the subject!

6/10 The force is strong in this one….

7/10 Good score! One day you’ll find the “on” button and we will all be looking for new jobs

8/10 Trainee Geoninja

9/10 A full on Geoninja…Congratulations!

10/10 Wow! I am impressed! You deserve a medal or an award or something….but not here, the honour of getting 100% should be enough for someone of your talent!

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Nick D

First impressions QGIS 2.10 Drop Shadow Effects

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…..

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…..

QGIS 2.10 Pisa

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….

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2015
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2015

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:

Piza Drop Shadow

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:

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2015
Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2015

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…….

Nick D