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Thuban is an interactive geographic data viewer (GIS viewer) which features methods to visualize, explore, and analyze geographic inf

License: GPL (GNU General Public License)
File size: 846K
Developer: Thuban Development Team
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Thuban is an interactive geographic data viewer (GIS viewer) which features methods to visualize, explore, and analyze geographic information.

Here are some key features of "Thuban":
Vector Data Support: Shapefile, PostGIS Layer
Raster Data Support: GeoTIFF Layer
Comfortable Map Navigation
Object Identification and Annotation
Legend Editor and Classification
Table Queries and Joins
Projection Support
Printing and Vector Export
API for Add-Ons (Extensions)
Multi-Language Support: English, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Russian and Spanish
User Manual (English)

Python 2.2.1
wxPython 2.4 for Python 2.2 with wxGTK
proj 4.4.5 Projection Library
SQLite 2.8.3
PySQLite 0.4.3

What's New in This Release:
Add some support for wxPython 2.5 and 2.6. Thuban is still compatible with wxPython 2.4.
Change the way thuban deals with non-ascii text. The internal representation is now the user's default encoding. Thuban works a bit better with a unicode build of wxPython but there are still problems.
Various raster data improvements. Among other things, translucent images are now supported on a sufficiently recent wxWidgets (2.6). Also, only the part of the window actually covered by the image is drawn which means you canhave many raster images concurrently. Improved performance of map rendering for raster layers (by about a factor of 2 and even more when zoomed to small extents, measured for the Iceland demo).
Improved PostGIS support:
Tables don't have to have a column named "gid" anymore. The user can select the column to use for ids.
PostgreSQL views are supported too.
Support more PostgreSQL versions. 7.4 works now.
Added support for sizable points
The middle mouse button can be used for panning now.
Give a warning when the projection selected for a layer is probably wrong.
Updated shapelib.
Minimum version of GDAL now 1.2.5.
A registry for extensions.
New or improved extensions:
Improved WMS extension.
New Extension to dump bounding boxes of all shapes of the selected layer.
New extension: umn_mapserver for managing UMN MapServer projects.
New extension: OGR for using the ogr library in order to load various datasource formats.
New Extension: mouseposition. Tool to collect mouse click positions (map coordinates) in a dialog.
Added some documentation of the internals of Thuban. See Doc/technotes/
The Thuban manual has been partly translated to German

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