| September 24, 2005
(executable dated September 13)
the Utilities > Buffer dialog. Select a point, line or area
object and create an area shapefile around it at a designated
radius or width.
SDTS layer support. The SDTS file format is often used to distribute
vector or raster GIS data from the US Geological Survey.
the Utilities > Generate Cruise Points dialog. Select an area
object and fill it with either random or systematic points. The
generated points are saved as a shapefile, which can be used in
fGIS or transferred to a GPS unit for navigation. (Other GPS software
such as DNR Garmin Tool or OziExplorer would be needed to upload
the points to a GPS receiver.)
WGS84 to Lat/Lon Location to WTM dialog. WGS84 can also
be used with the Live GPS Utility. (Note: The Lat/Lon Location
to WTM utility is a "Go To" utility that works
with WTM, UTM or WGS84 data. If requisite shapefile layers are
loaded, it can also serve as a Public Land Survey System locator.)
prompts before removing a layer or deleting a field.
the Pan command to the view's right-mouse-click popup menu so that the view can be
panned while editing.
and Y fields in point shapefile attribute tables now automatically
update to 6 decimal places, rather than two (a significant change
for those using Lat/Lon coordinates).
/fGIS/ini folder with more .ini files (PDF
Available Field Lists on the New Shapefile Field Manager are automatically
saved to fGIS.ini (so they can be used whenever fGIS is used)
when the Add Field List or Delete Field List buttons are pressed.
Because of this, the Save Field Lists button has been removed.
the Shapefile Table dialog, the Field > Delete command has been moved to the Table > Delete Field command.
Legend checkbox removed from Map > Print > Print Map dialog
as this is now the default option.
Fix: The Split Shape tool, Edit Points tool, New Shape tool, and
Open Traverse Dialog buttons are now disabled until the Edit mode
is initiated. (These buttons were inadvertently enabled
on start-up with the last update of fGIS.)
Fix: If the user clicked on the Cancel button when creating a
new shapefile, the topmost layer in the Legend would become editable.
Fix: If the user pressed the Down Arrow key in the Shapefile Table
dialog, a new record would be added to the table. This is
no longer possible.
July 23, 2005
Corrected "fGIS_Setup.exe" to include the new "ini"
directory described in #9, below.
July 12, 2005
Incorporated the latest TatukGIS Developer Kernel changes. This
and writing MIF, DXF, DLG & GML vector layers.
2. New MrSID library, only ttkMrSid4.dll is required for MrSID
3. Vertices are now displayed for the layer specified in the Snapping
combo-box, while editing shapes.
4. JPEG2000 support added.
5. IMG file support added.
6. GML file support added.
7. Bug Fix: The Layer > Export Layer dialog would not add the
proper file extension if exporting to MIF or DXF formats. MIF
or DXF formats should now be exported properly.
8. Bug Fix: The join created by the Utilities > Join Access
Table to Shapefile dialog was not being properly saved to the
9. Added "/ini" directory with "ini" properties
files created to be used in Wisconsin DNR Managed Forest Law (MFL)
maps. Standard point, line and polygon display properties used
for MFL maps can be loaded by making a layer active and using
the function "Layer=>Load .ini".
10. Added "mfl_map_header_icons.doc", a Word map template
that includes moveable map icons.
11. Added "landscape.tpl", a fGIS map composition template
in landscape orientation.
June 28, 2005
1. Bug Fix: the Utilities > Join Access Table to Shapefile dialog
would only allow the fields from the first table in the database
to be used in the join. Now any field from any table in
the database can be used.
2. Bug Fix: the Layer > Load .ini File command was not loading
legend text properly.
The default installation directory for "fGIS_setup.exe"
has been changed to "C:\DNRAPPS" to accommodate Wisconsin
DNR users. If you prefer another location such as "Program
Files", then type in an alternate folder name in the setup
Updated the Help file to suggest using HyperCube from the US Army
Corps of Engineers for image warping and georeferencing in combination
May 10, 2005
Added the Utilities > Merge Shapefiles dialog. This
dialog can be used to merge multiple shapefiles into a new one.
All fields from all input layers will be included in the output
The Map > New Layer command now includes the New Shapefile
Field Manager dialog to retrieve default attribute table settings.
These settings are stored in a file named fgis.ini that is stored
in the same directory as fGIS.exe. The New Shapefile Field Manager
dialog can also be accessed from the Utilities > New Shapefile
Field Manager command. An example fGIS.ini file to be used
with the New Shapefile Field Manager is included (open it in Notepad
or other text editor).
Added the Utilities > Clip Shapefiles dialog. Use this
dialog to clip line or polygon layers to the boundaries of a polygon
Point layers can NOT be clipped using this dialog. To clip out
point layers, select the points using the Map > Spatial Selection
dialog, then create a new shapefile of the selected points using
the Layer > Export Layer dialog.
Added the Utilities > Repath Project File dialog. This
dialog is useful for modifying a project file after data, projects,
or directories have been moved.
Added WMF export capability to the Map > Export View
to Image dialog. Note that WMF graphics can only be exported at
screen resolution. The
vector layers in WMF images can be resized without loss of quality
in drawing programs. WMF images are not georeferenced.
An Access table join (created via the Utilities > Join Access
Table to Shapefile dialog) can be saved to and reloaded from the
Addition in the Load Library Layer dialog: When a new Env file
is selected with the Env > Set Env File command and the project
is saved, the new Env file name will be saved to a file named
fgis.ini and used as the default Env file.
the Load Library Layer dialog, layer display names can be specified
in a field named "Alias" in the layer table, however
the names stored in a .ini file will take precedence.
Added the "Increase Output Feature Size by" functionality
to the Map > Send Map to Word dialog.
Bug fix: the Edit > Paste Shape command did not work if there
were no other shapes in the shapefile.
10. The Import XY Table to Shapefile dialog now adds the new shapefile
to the view after creating it.
11. The Map > Print Map dialog now includes a "white legend"
checkbox that changes the Legend to white so that the background
of legend icons prints white.
12. Bug fix: The Layer > Load .ini File command would only
load the first legend item. Now it should load all.
13. Added the Minimize Window checkbox to the Search dialog.
14. The Map > Set Default Data Directory command was
added. This command will set the first directory that fGIS look
to for data, rather than the fGIS installation directory.
15. Updated language.ini.