QGIS 2.8 – Wien released

Probably you already know:
QGIS 2.8 (Wien) has been released last friday!
2.8 is a long term release (LTR) version, that means it will be supported with updates for the next year.
As a stable and less frequently changing platform it should especially be interesting for use in enterprises/organisations who do not want to update more often than once a year.

The developer team has worked hard to bring us some really usefull new features:

Analysis tools

  • Scale widget
  • Measure dialog improvements


  • More responsive browser

Data Providers

  • Support for contextual WMS legend graphics

Data management

  • Custom prefix for joins
  • Support for creation of temporary memory layers
  • Support for calculations on selected rows


  • Advanced digitizing tools
  • Improved simplify tool
  • Snapping improvements


  • Enter expressions into spin boxes
  • Bookmarks can be imported/exported
  • Improvements to expressions
  • Continuous testing framework and QA improvements

Layer Legend

  • Show rule-based renderer’s legend as a tree

Map Composer

  • Composer GUI Improvements
  • Grid improvements
  • Label item margins


  • Python console improvements


  • New geometric predicate parameter type
  • New algorithms


  • Add comment functionality to expressions
  • Custom expression function editor
  • Qt5 support
  • Bulk loading spatial index
  • Run only the selected part of a SQL query

QGIS Server

  • Server python plugins
  • Support for layer styles
  • Add DescribeLayer Method to WMS


  • Raster image fill type
  • Map rotation in canvas, improved rotation in composer
  • Live heatmap renderer
  • Multiple styles per layer
  • More data-defined symbology settings
  • DXF export: improve marker symbol export

User Interface

  • Improved/consistent projection selection


For further information about the changelogs, visit: http://changelog.linfiniti.com/qgis/version/2.8/

About This Author

Simon is a research assistant in the field of remote sensing at Technical University of Munich (TUM). Currently he is working on methods to describe reed ecosystem parameters with the help of hyperpectral and LiDAR data. Besides geoinformatics he loves to do outdoor activities such as hiking and climbing.

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