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Re: PostGIS 1.4.0 Beta 1

From: Paul Ramsey <pramsey(at)opengeo(dot)org>
To: PostGIS Users Discussion <postgis-users(at)postgis(dot)refractions(dot)net>, OSGeo Discussions <discuss(at)lists(dot)osgeo(dot)org>, pgsql-announce(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: PostGIS 1.4.0 Beta 1
Date: 2009-06-16 22:24:45
Message-ID: 30fe546d0906161524y640290b7ie2b637dd53406a79@mail.gmail.com (view raw or flat)
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FYI, there is a newer GEOS just now available:

 http://download.osgeo.org/geos/geos-3.1.1.tar.bz2

On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 2:12 PM, Paul Ramsey<pramsey(at)opengeo(dot)org> wrote:
> The PostGIS team is super happy to announce that a beta release of
> PostGIS 1.4.0 is now available for download and testing!
>
>  http://postgis.refractions.net/download/postgis-1.4.0b1.tar.gz
>
> The 1.4 series includes a large number of new features, fixes,
> speed-ups and mini chocolate chip cookies.
>
> PostGIS 1.4 is best consumed along side helpings of the latest Proj4
> and GEOS libraries:
>
>  http://download.osgeo.org/proj/proj-4.6.1.tar.gz
>  http://download.osgeo.org/geos/geos-3.1.0.tar.bz2
>
> We appreciate all possible testing and feed-back you can provide to
> make the upcoming 1.4 release a high quality affair. The sooner we get
> feedback, the sooner we can release 1.4.0!
>
> Here are some more details about 1.4:
>
>  - API Stability
>   - As of the 1.4 release series, the public API of PostGIS will not
>         change during minor releases.
>
>  - Compatibility
>   - The versions below are the *minimum* requirements for PostGIS 1.4
>   - PostgreSQL 8.2 and higher on all platforms
>   - GEOS 3.0 and higher only
>   - PROJ4 4.5 and higher only
>
>  - New Features
>   - ST_Union() uses high-speed cascaded union when compiled against
>         GEOS 3.1+ (Paul Ramsey)
>   - ST_ContainsProperly() requires GEOS 3.1+
>   - ST_Intersects(), ST_Contains(), ST_Within() use high-speed cached
>         prepared geometry against GEOS 3.1+ (Paul Ramsey)
>   - Vastly improved documentation and reference manual
>         (Regina Obe & Kevin Neufeld)
>   - Figures and diagram examples in the reference manual (Kevin Neufeld)
>   - ST_IsValidReason() returns readable explanations for validity
>         failures (Paul Ramsey)
>   - ST_GeoHash() returns a geohash.org signature for geometries
>         (Paul Ramsey)
>   - GTK+ multi-platform GUI for shape file loading (Paul Ramsey)
>   - ST_LineCrossingDirection() returns crossing directions (Paul Ramsey)
>   - ST_LocateBetweenElevations() returns sub-string based on Z-ordinate.
>         (Paul Ramsey)
>   - Geometry parser returns explicit error message about location of
>         syntax errors (Mark Cave-Ayland)
>   - ST_AsGeoJSON() return JSON formatted geometry (Olivier Courtin)
>   - Populate_Geometry_Columns() -- automatically add records to
>         geometry_columns for TABLES and VIEWS (Kevin Neufeld)
>
>  - Enhancements
>   - Core geometry system moved into independent library, liblwgeom.
>         (Mark Cave-Ayland)
>   - New build system uses PostgreSQL "pgxs" build bootstrapper.
>         (Mark Cave-Ayland)
>   - Debugging framework formalized and simplified. (Mark Cave-Ayland)
>   - All build-time #defines generated at configure time and placed in
>         headers for easier cross-platform support (Mark Cave-Ayland)
>   - Logging framework formalized and simplified (Mark Cave-Ayland)
>   - Expanded and more stable support for CIRCULARSTRING,
>         COMPOUNDCURVE and CURVEPOLYGON, better parsing, wider support
>         in functions (Mark Leslie & Mark Cave-Ayland)
>   - Improved support for OpenSolaris builds (Paul Ramsey)
>   - Improved support for MSVC builds (Mateusz Loskot)
>   - Updated KML support (Olivier Courtin)
>   - Unit testing framework for liblwgeom (Paul Ramsey)
>   - New testing framework to comprehensively exercise every PostGIS
>         function (Regine Obe)
>   - Performance improvements to all geometry aggregate functions
>         (Paul Ramsey)
>   - Support for the upcoming PostgreSQL 8.4 (Mark Cave-Ayland, Talha Bin
>         Rizwan)
>   - Shp2pgsql and pgsql2shp re-worked to depend on the common
>         parsing/unparsing code in liblwgeom (Mark Cave-Ayland)
>   - Use of PDF DbLatex to build PDF docs and preliminary instructions
>     for build  (Jean David Techer)
>   - Automated User documentation build (PDF and HTML) and
>     Developer Doxygen Documentation (Kevin Neufeld)
>   - Automated build of document images using ImageMagick
>     from WKT geometry text files (Kevin Neufeld)
>   - More attractive CSS for HTML documentation (Dane Springmeyer)
>  - Bug fixes
>   - http://trac.osgeo.org/postgis/query?status=closed&milestone=postgis+1.4.0&order=priority
>

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