GeoServer Blog

GeoServer 1.5.4 Released

The GeoServer team is pleased to announce the availability of the latest stable release, 1.5.4.

This release mostly cleans up stuff for Google Earth and Maps.  Generated maps now line up perfectly on Google Maps, with a fix to the projection code.  This allows us to replace the Google Maps overlay demo with OpenLayers, so it works with GMaps, Yahoo! Maps and Virtual Earth.  Google Earth will now zoom to the exact location of the dataset, and has further support for ‘time’ elements.

There are additionally a few improvements for Oracle users, including proper Shapefile output, and the ability to run in an Oracle Application Server.  Also new is Arabic rendering support and fixes for serving additional content through GeoServer.

Full changelog is located here.

This release is based off the brand new GeoTools 2.3.5 stable release.

Thanks to all the users and contributors who helped out with testing and feature suggestions, this project would not be possible without all of you.

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GeoServer 1.6-beta4 released

The GeoServer team is pleased to announce what should be the last beta release in the 1.6 series.  So please download, help us test, test, test, and RC1 should come out soon.

Beta4 has a number of great improvements, all across the board.  The versioning support has had a number of improvements and bug fixes, soon we should have some easy to use tutorials and stable examples, but for the impatient you can try to figure things out from an early example and the foss4g tutorial.  Google Earth support has some nice improvements, with better sizes for icons and the addition of the KML ‘LookAt’ tag, which zooms you straight to where your data is, plus a number of bug fixes.

GeoJSON support has been updated to the latest spec, and the ‘www’ portion of the data directory is now working properly, allowing anyone to ship demos to be served by GeoServer.  For the next release we will show some examples of how to do this.  Also new is support for ‘component WMS’, which allows GeoServer to do on the fly rendering of layers that reside on other servers.  In the WMS request you just specify the SLD and the location of the WFS and GeoServer gives you the rest.  There is also support for Arabic labels.  GeoServer is also now working properly in Oracle Application server.

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GeoServer Tutorials from FOSS4G

Just quick note, the GeoServer team just put on a new workshop at FOSS4G.  The conference is just getting started, but after we finish up here we’ll work in the coming weeks to make those materials more generic and available to all.  For those who want a preview, or those in the workshop who want to follow up on what they’ve done, the materials are available in the docs at FOSS4G 2007 Workshop.  In time these should result in some nice new high quality documentation.  Thanks to everyone who attended and provided feedback on the software and the workshop.

If you’re at the conference and are using GeoServer do swing by The Open Planning Project’s booth in section A, a number of us should be there at most times.  There are also a number of talks, and we’ve now got the times for them:

We also encourage you to check out Tim Schaub’s OpenLayers - Agile Geography in a Browser talk, which will include an application built with GeoServer’s versioning capabilities.  After his talk we’ll post it live for people to preview, so see it there first.

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GeoServer 1.6-beta3

The GeoServer Project is pleased to announce the release of the third beta of 1.6.0, now available for download.  The main focus of this release has been a number of performance improvements, done by Andrea Aime.  These center around the WMS, and can be seen most clearly on layers that do not have any labels.  Soon we should improve the labeling as well, so keep an eye, since GeoServer is getting legitimately _fast.  _Other improvements include fixes in reprojection in the WFS, with some of the WFS 1.1 work being backported to WFS 1.0.  This allows us to do things like digitize on top of Yahoo! Maps and save the points back to GeoServer, where it automatically puts it in the right projection for the dataset.  The final improvement for beta 3 is our GeoJSON implementation is now part of the standard distribution instead of a separate download.  I for one am excited about this, as it’s about the only coding I’ve done in the past year.

Also, if you’re attending FOSS4G then please find us, we love talking to people who are actually making use of GeoServer.  Many of us will be at TOPP’s booth, and perhaps we will try to pull together a BOF or something.  And of course will be at the workshop and sessions on GeoServer.  See you there!

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GeoServer Hits 10,000 Downloads!

As many know, GeoServer 1.5.3 was released this past August. Well the numbers are in and it appears that 1.5.3 was warmly welcomed by the masses. August reported a record breaking 10,550 downloads of GeoServer in one month!!

For more information check out the SourceForge statistics over this year which show the August spike. Also of interest are the statistics gathered over the life of the project available here.  Over its lifetime GeoServer has been downloaded over 180,000 times.

So, what can we infer from all this? Well for one thing GeoServer is definitely becoming more and more popular as the months go by. Special thanks to all of our users out there who have helped GeoServer reach this exciting milestone.

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