Posted on 03 November 2014 by Kai Pastor

Beta release packages for the coming release are available as Mapper 0.5.96 from our downloads. It is almost a release candidate, i.e. no major changes to the program are planned. However, for the final release the documentation and the translations need an update, and a comprehensive release announcement needs to be written.

This is an beta quality release. It is recommended to make regular backups of original files. However, we believe that this release will be running very stable, and we will do our best to fix major bugs quickly in follow-up releases.

This version contains a lot of changes from 0.5.3, and a small number of bugs were fixed since 0.5.95. Depending on the features used in the new version, maps might no longer be readable in Mapper version 0.5.3 or older. We introduced a setting which allows to retain compatibility of files with older versions of Mapper.

For the first time, we offer 64-bit Windows packages (x64). These packages are required to make full use of more than 2 GB of RAM, e.g. when loading many or large templates. For Windows, the build tools were updated to a GCC 4.9.2. The installer package for Windows now deals more cleanly with file extensions, and it even adds Mapper as an alternative editor for .ocd files.

The Linux link is now pointing to the “openorienteering-mapper” repository which is meant for stable packages. The past packages from openSUSE Build Service were named “openorienteering-mapper-unstable” and have to be removed explicitly if you don’t want to have them both installed (which is possible, due to different file names).

To get started with the Android app, please read the manual page in the user wiki first! To install the .apk, you may need to (temporarily) enable app installation from unknown sources first. The location of this setting depends on the Android version; e.g. Settings -> Security -> Unknown sources.

Provided packages:

For getting a stable 0.6.0 we could need some help with:

  • testing for new bugs

  • revising documentation

  • updating translations.

We are looking forward to your feedback on bugs, annoyances or missing features.

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Posted on 13 October 2014 by Kai Pastor

Remark: 0.5.94 was withdrawn due to an issue which made it hardly usable.

Binary preview packages for the coming release are available as Mapper 0.5.95 from our downloads. This version contains a lot of changes from 0.5.3, and a number of bugs were fixed since 0.5.93. Depending on the features used in the new version, maps might no longer be readable in older versions of Mapper. We introduced a setting which allows to retain compatibility of files with older versions of Mapper. This preview has good quality and should not show serious issues. The underlying Qt framework was updated to version 5.3.2. However, Linux packages are built on openSUSE Build Service and use the distributions’ library versions.

Provided packages:

For getting a stable 0.6.0 we could need some help with:

  • testing for new bugs (not on production data, of course…)

  • revising documentation

  • updating translations.

We are looking forward to your feedback on bugs, annoyances or missing features. When you create trouble tickets, please select milestone 0.5.95.

Known issues / ticket system

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Posted on 27 July 2014 by Kai Pastor

Binary preview packages for the coming release are available as Mapper 0.5.93 from our downloads. This version contains a lot of changes from 0.5.3, so we recommend to use it only for testing with temporary copies at the moment. Depending on the features used in the new version, maps might no longer be readable in older versions of Mapper. We introduced a setting which allows to retain compatibility of files with older versions of Mapper. On the other hand, this preview has good quality and should not show serious issues. The underlying Qt framework was updated to version 5.3.1. However, Linux packages are built on openSUSE Build Service and use the distributions’ library versions. For Windows, the build tools were changed to a GCC 4.9.0 MXE toolchain, i.e. Windows packages are built on Linux.

Provided packages:

For getting a stable 0.6.0 we could need some help with:

  • testing for new bugs (not on production data, of course…)

  • revising documentation

  • updating translations.

We are looking forward to your feedback on bugs, annoyances or missing features. When you create trouble tickets, please select milestone 0.5.93.

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Posted on 02 April 2014 by Thomas Schöps

The first preview release of Mapper for Android is available now. It is compatible with devices running Android 2.3 or greater and focuses on mobile surveying using live GPS position display and free-hand scribbling. Direct map editing is supported too, however these tools have been ported from the desktop version with only little customizations for touch input yet. We are looking forward to your feedback and ideas.

This an alpha release. It is recommended to save often and keep backups of files which you modify with the program.

New features include:

  • GPS (if supported by device)

    • Live GPS display with position marker, accuracy circle and automatic gpx track recording

    • Point object placement with GPS

    • Temporary markers which can be recorded from GPS

  • Compass (if supported by device)

    • North direction display

    • Automatic map north alignment

  • Other

    • Touch cursor for precise finger input

    • Improved free-hand image scribbling with undo and redo

    • Free-hand line and area draw tool

    • Regular map auto-save

Program downloads

To install, download the .apk to your Android device and install it from there. You may need to enable app installation from unknown sources first. Where to do this depends on your Android version; e.g. Settings -> Security -> Unknown sources.

Important: to get started with the app, please read the manual page in the user wiki first!

**Known issues **

  • There is no app menu, so many tools and settings are not available.

  • Translations are not included.

**Reporting bugs **

The Bug tracker is the right place to lookup and report all kinds of issues with the program. You may also submit feature requests here.

Contributing

The user wiki is pre-filled with the program manual. If you have hints to share with the mapper community or want to extend the program documentation, please create a SourceForge account and start editing it.

If you are a programmer with experience in C++ / Qt, or want to help in any other way, we would like to welcome you at our developer mailing list. Useful places with resources are:

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Posted on 22 November 2013 by Thomas Schöps

A translation of Mapper to Czech is now available: Download Czech translation for Mapper 0.5.3 The file may be loaded into Mapper by opening the settings dialog, clicking the folder icon to the right of the language selector, and choosing the downloaded file.

Update: the symbol sets have now been translated too. Download Czech symbol sets for Mapper 0.5.3 They can be used as symbol sets for new maps by selecting “Load symbol set from a file …” while creating the new map. Alternatively, the files can be placed in the “symbol sets” folder of your Mapper installation which makes them show up in the symbol sets list for new maps. For existing maps, the symbol set can be replaced using the Symbols -> Replace symbol set… menu item.

The translation was created by Pavel Fric. Thanks a lot for contributing!

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