[Gvsig_english] gvSIG and potential "migrants": what to do with
old AV projects? Idea for a new extension
Wolfgang.Qual at gmx.net
Sun Nov 18 20:33:33 CET 2007
thanks for your message. Really, I also consider things like labeling and symbology as probably the most important features that need to be enhanced. But at least for the symbology I know that there will be shortly an enhanced symbology available. So do not worry too much. Same holds true for the labeling function. I think that the developers are working hard on this, too.
And the mentioned Import-Extension: well - we are in the same position: lots of AV 3.2 projects and a little bit scared to put ArcView aside. In my opinion, users should not hesitate to write down wishes on this list. It may be that theses wishes cannot be implemented "tomorrow", but at least we can show what we would like to have in gvSIG and that we care about the development.
Regarding the import tool of ArcGIS: I did not test this by now, sorry. I would expect them to be able to develop a working import function (but maybe they are not that interested...). All I can say is that my colleague wrote a program to convert ArcView odb-files into mapfiles for the UMN Mapserver. The result is quite encouraging, therefore, I would expect it to be possible. AND important.
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> Datum: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 08:51:41 -0500
> Von: pvmstg <pvmstg at hotmail.com>
> An: Users and Developers mailing list <gvsig_internacional at runas.cap.gva.es>
> Betreff: Re: [Gvsig_english] gvSIG and potential "migrants": what to do with old AV projects? Idea for a new extension
> Hi Wolfgang,
> Yes I support this idea. But I think is not soon that developper
> could spend time on such import feature.
> I also need this to convince my colleage to use gvsig. We have 200+
> maps projects in av3 apr and av9 mxd format. So it's a egg and
> chichen problem. One day could start new project on gv_sig but still
> need arcmap and arcview to update old project. That's it's a big
> stop to introduce a third gis program. After 4 years in arcmap only
> 10% of aw3 projects have been remake in arcmaps projects.
> I saw a big drawback for now. In aw3 and better in arcmap v9 the
> symbol, querry for symbol in picto representation or labeling if far
> far more advance that it is on gv_sig. You can make you own
> symbologie by using picture, line, picto for fill or border in area
> and line. The picto could be a stack of many type of characters etc..
> So I think the first phase of development is to give gv_sig
> capability in labeling or symbol definition at the level of esrie
> arcmap layerfile (so import of and esri layerfile could be the first
> With these layering, symbols capability gv_sig could be (with for
> sure the dynamic graticule, utm, ddmmss, and square for roadmap) then
> appealing for new project.
> But after that.... yes, yes and import script. But since esri can't
> do it for the programs....they make themself, I think it's almost a
> dream to have developper find the way to do that on gv_sig. I know
> when in arcmap you have the import av3 project. We try it and no,,,,
> no maps made in aw3 could usefully be imported. You have the basic
> but you have anyway to start again. The hability to import project
> with all the symbology, personnal database, labeling etc it's a dream
> I hope for, even if I think its almost impossible.
> Just look at the problems for importing in openoffice the word
> files.... the works need to do that... GIS is far more complex so....
> Sincerely yours...
> Le 07-11-17 à 03:29, Wolfgang Qual a écrit :
> > Hi developers,
> > still, we are using ArcView 3.2 in our office, but - hopefully -
> > soon, we will use gvSIG instead. Now, colleagues came to me,
> > asking, what to do then with old ArcView projects. Well, you could
> > build them again in gvSIG, but wouldn't it be much better, if old
> > AV 3.2 or newer ArcGIS-mxd's could be imported into gvSIG? Just an
> > idea for a new extension.
> > It would also be possible just to import views from ArcView - so
> > called odb-files can be made in ArcView, which is just a simple
> > textfile, probably easy to process...
> > Would be interested in your thoughts about this. Maybe it would
> > also help to spread gvSIG even more widely!
> > Best regards,
> > Wolfgang
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