This release builds atop the strong base established just a few weeks ago with the public release of Version 3. Here, we shift focus from restructuring the app’s internals towards adding several long-awaited features.
Mapping atop 3D terrain
We have added a new 3D terrain mode, allowing stunning new capabilities for multi-view mapping.
This system is based on Mapbox’s fantastic new Maps SDK.
This functionality was simple to add and performs amazingly well — Mapbox engineers deserve huge congratulations
for making this possible.
Right now, the only available DEM is Mapbox’s
terrain-dem-v1 tileset, but this may change in the future.
User interface rotation
Since its inception, Mapboard GIS has only been usable in landscape mode, due to the complexity of building an automatically-rescaling user interface. This limitation has finally been removed. The sidebar is now a floating panel, and the app can be freely rotated.
Map movement while editing
When editing with a stylus, it is often useful to reposition the map between edits. However, touch types have proven difficult to separate. We’ve finally removed this limitation, allowing easier map movement in all editing modes.
If desired, separation between Move and edit modes can be restored in Project Settings
Tile overlay improvements
- A bug with loading map overlays were fixed, leading to a more predictable experience when basemaps are loaded.
- More layer visibility settings were made persistent
- New warning messages were added for invalid MBTiles datasets and those missing overviews.
- The zoom range over which underscaled map overlays show up has been increased.
User interface improvements
We made a ton of small improvements to the user interface:
- Ensure the compass is never hidden behind the sidebar
- Rearrange some settings for clarity
- Make some forms more space-efficient
- Make snap panel visible in Reshape mode
- Hide Reshape tool for polygon editing
- Add a scalebar
- Add an experimental globe mode
- Improve map loading indicators
- Fix a small error in reported map scale
- Disable map pitch when 3D mode is disabled
Editing bug fixes
We fixed many small bugs with editing features:
- Fix snapping behavior for multipart lines
- Improved Topological erase tool to more correctly find intersections; partial fix for repetition of lines.
- Fix reshaping of multipart features
- Fixes for larger datasets in Spatialite:
- Much quicker internal implementation for snapping
- Automatically split large features by number of vertices for efficiency
- Improve continuous update mode for topology (although this still has a few notable bugs).
- Improvements to internal threading model
Now that the hard work of upgrading the fundamentals is done, we’re excited to be moving forward at a faster clip!