[GRASS5] New GRASS intro

Michael Barton michael.barton at asu.edu
Tue Apr 25 15:49:19 EDT 2006

With the move toward releasing GRASS 6.2, it¹s time we had a new intro to
greet users starting GRASS.

I¹d hoped to make something really spiffy, easy for first time users to
navigate without getting confused about GRASS jargon, but still quick for
experienced users. Alas, I haven¹t had the time to do all this before the
impending 6.2 feature freeze, but I did manage to update things somewhat
from the venerable, Spartan grey intro.

I¹ve rearranged the items on the intro screen to distinguish different
functions, changed the descriptions to make it clearer that locations are
for projections and mapsets are where a ŒGIS¹ is stored, etc. I also added a
new button to create a projection location from a georeferenced file (uses
GDAL/OGR via g.proj). Finally, I added some color to the intro. No I didn¹t
make it green, but I did add a nice GRASS graphic.

Many thanks to Markus who helped me get this committed to the cvs, where it
now resides for your geospatial enjoyment.

I think the next step would be to replace the g.setproj terminal screen for
defining projections with a nicer GUI one based on g.proj. Another thing
would be to add a search function to the excellent EPSG codes database.

Michael Barton, Professor of Anthropology
School of Human Evolution & Social Change
Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity
Arizona State University

phone: 480-965-6213
fax: 480-965-7671
www: http://www.public.asu.edu/~cmbarton 

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