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QField and QGIS News in Home Office Times 🏠

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Hi <<First Name>>,

In these challenging times, where everyone can help by staying at home, visits in person are reduced to an absolute minimum. Therefore we thought you might be interested in getting some news in a different way. Read further to find out all about the new QField[Cloud], the latest QGIS LTR and our brand new online courses about QGIS and Model Baker.

News from our remote team

You might know OPENGIS.ch since the days when we were two founders hacking from their home, or maybe you have been working with us only since recently and already know our bigger team. Thanks to you we now are seven highly motivated “Geo-Ninjas”, working hard on innovative open source solutions for your GDI.

We’ve always embraced a very modern work culture: Agile workflows, working time flexibility, public transportation and - especially important nowadays - 100% remote.

Since its inception, OPENGIS.ch has been all about allowing its team to strive for their perfect work-life balance by working where and when they prefer, and thus we have always been using remote working techniques and tools.

In this challenging time, many are confronted with having to work remotely and plenty of questions pop up. Don't hesitate to ask us. We love to share experiences.

Of course - as soon as the circumstances will allow it - we’ll be happy to visit you again, from one of our perfectly placed remote offices :-)

QField 1.4 - Olavtoppen is out

After an intense testing period, this February we proudly released QField 1.4 – Olavtoppen. 

Olavtoppen!? Yes, the highest point of Bouvet Island, the remotest island on Earth. And sure enough, if we could go, QField would follow us there.

QField 1.4 Olavtoppen stands for even better usability thanks to a handy portrait mode and plenty of new functionality like splitting existing features and compass integration. Thanks to a successful crowdfunding, we added native camera and gallery support.

Read more on our blog and as usual, get it on play store or download it from GitHub.

QField 1.5 is coming

With 1.4 out of the oven, we immediately started working on the next iteration and already have a new beta release. With 1.5 Piz Palü QField brings you awesome features like GPS tracking for lines and polygons, support of soft constraints in feature forms, custom fonts and much more.

You can already check it out by becoming a beta tester.

The Window and the Cloud ☁️

QFieldCloud is getting close

Some of you may already have heard the rumours. QFieldCloud is coming this year. QFieldCloud's unique technology allows your team to focus on what's important, making sure you efficiently get the best field data possible. Thanks to the tight integration with QField, you will be able to start surveying and digitising data in no time.

Receive the latest information by registering on the official QFieldCloud Website.

QField is coming to Windows

Many asked about using their windows tablet, we heard you and delivered, you can immediately get your beta release for Windows and enjoy the real QField experience on your tablets and why not even desktops!

Springtime is QGIS upgrade-time

Last month QGIS 3.10.4 A Coruña replaced 3.4.15 Madeira as the long-term release. So if you did not yet already, it’s now the time to upgrade.
The QGIS.org association has started a survey related to your usage of QGIS LTR and the frequency of upgrades in your organisation.

Please take two minutes to help QGIS take important decisions.

Do you know our QGIS sustainability initiative?

Last year OPENGIS.ch launched this initiative to allow us to invest time in hidden tasks that are necessary to deliver stable and reliable software like QGIS. For every support contract of more than 10 days, we donate days to the initiative. In addition, all unused hours at the end of each contract are donated to the initiative. By getting one of our support contracts you help enable a long term and sustainable development of the QGIS ecosystem.

Become a hero, get a support contract :-)

Online courses

QGIS

This spring we plan to run QGIS online courses in German and French. The courses will be held using our usual ratio of maximum 1:6 teacher to student and will come with a 15% discount on the prices of the regular courses.

  German French
Beginner Wed. 22. April 2020
Thu. 23. April 2020
Wed. 6. May 2020
Thu. 7. May 2020
Advanced Wed. 29. April 2020
Thu. 30. April 2020
Wed. 13. May 2020
Thu. 14. May 2020

Get more information here or directly book your seat here.

QGIS Model Baker

Are you already using QGIS Model Baker to create your projects and manage data import or export from and to INTERLIS? Or do you want to start doing that?

We are planning to offer a webinar about the handling of INTERLIS files in QGIS using Model Baker. Interested?

Pre-register here to receive more information about the webinar.

See you soon

That's it, we hope you enjoyed! Let us know how you liked our newsletter on a 10 seconds survey.

Stay healthy, see you soon and don’t forget to contribute to your favourite tools!

Your OPENGIS.ch Team
Marco, Lucie, Olivier, Mario, David, Denis, Matthias
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