[OSGeo-Announce] Stable GRASS GIS 6.4.3 released - Birthday release for 30 years of GRASS GIS

Anne Ghisla a.ghisla at gmail.com
Wed Jul 31 01:35:18 PDT 2013

e are pleased to announce the release of a new stable version of GRASS
GIS. This release fixes bugs discovered in 6.4.2 version of the program
and adds a number of new features. This release includes over
830 updates to the source code since 6.4.2. As a stable release series,
the 6.4 line will enjoy long-term support and incremental enhancements
while preserving backwards-compatibility with the entire GRASS 6 line.

The wxPython graphical user interface (wxGUI) has been improved in
terms of stability. The Python scripting language support is now better
documented. Additionally, native MS-Windows support continues to
mature. GRASS 6.4.3 debuts four modules related to image processing and
vector zonal statistics.

*Key improvements* of this release include some new functionality
(assistance for topologically unclean vector data), major speedup for
some vector modules, fixes in the vector network modules, fixes for the
wxPython based portable graphical interface (attribute table
management, wxNVIZ, and Cartographic Composer), fixes in the location
wizard for Datum transform selection and support for PROJ.4 version
4.8.0, improvements for selecting the Python version to be used,
enhanced portability for MS-Windows (native support, fixes in case of
missing system DLLs), and more message translations.

Source code download:

   - http://grass.osgeo.org/grass64/source/
   - http://grass.osgeo.org/grass64/source/grass-6.4.3.tar.gz

Binaries download:

   - winGRASS 6.4.3 standalone
   - winGRASS 6.4.3 in OSGeo4W
   - Arch Linux <https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/grass64/>
   - openSUSE One-Click
   - Mac OS X <http://grass.osgeo.org/download/software/mac-osx/>

   - ... further packages will follow shortly.

To get the GRASS GIS 6.4.3 source code directly from SVN:
 svn checkout
See also our detailed announcement:

First time users should explore the first steps
tutorial <http://grass.osgeo.org/documentation/first-time-users>
after installation.


GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is a *free and open
source* Geographic Information System (GIS) software suite used for
geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics and
map production, spatial modeling, and 3D visualization. GRASS GIS is
currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as
well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting
companies. GRASS GIS can be used either as a *stand-alone application*
or as *backend* for other software packages such as QGIS and R
geostatistics. It is a founding member of the Open Source Geospatial
Foundation (OSGeo<http://www.osgeo.org/> ).


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