In 2015 we established a rule for releasing two gvSIG versions per year, that we achieved at the gvSIG 2.1 and gvSIG 2.2 versions. In 2016 the dynamics would be to release another two versions, gvSIG 2.3 and gvSIG 2.4, the first one before Summer and the other one at the end of this year. However we decided to broke the rules and we announced that we were going to release three gvSIG versions in 2016. Therefore we started the gvSIG 2.3 stabilization period in December in the last year, and in February we released the first RC version (release candidate to the final one). We planned to dedicate a few more resources to fix important bugs and release the final gvSIG 2.3 version.
However there have been good news that will make us follow the rules. That means, that we are going to delay the gvSIG 2.3 releasing some months, and only two versions are released instead three versions in 2016.
Good news? Yes, we aren’t going to provide resources to stabilize gvSIG because a large amounts of new functionalities have been contracted, that will allow to increase the quality of gvSIG (even more) and convert it in a more powerful GIS. These new developments have a deadline, so we have decided to dedicate all our resources to them. The secondary effect has been the delay of that version, that in the other side was changing the publishing dynamics.
And what are we working on? We are working in a large number of improvements. Some of them will be included at the next gvSIG 2.3 version. Here you have a short list with the main tasks:
- External map providers like Google Maps or Bing Maps access.
- Google Street View access.
- LiDAR data access and management (in 2D Views as well as in 3D ones).
- Vector data loading on 3D Views.
- Extrusion in 3D Views.
- Complete support of the projections database in 3D Views (currently it only supports EPSG:4326), so raster reprojection from 2D to 3D.
- Geoprocessing for building layers detection and creation, and automatic height detection from LiDAR data.
- LRS tools support for PostGIS database.
- CSV files importer similar to the Libreoffice one.
- New 3D functionalities (animation, temporary data…).
- Raster architecture refactoring (note: If you are going to make raster developments we recommend you to contact us so that your work can be integrated with the changes to be made).
- Projections support: finishing the transition started GDAL use in projections.
Now you sure will wait the next version enthusiastically.