[GRASS-dev] Making start of GRASS GIS easier for newcomers
ychemin at gmail.com
Thu Jan 22 07:35:17 PST 2015
"If we would find a way to automatically reproject data during import,
that would save a lot of work and explanation and it's useful not just for
Not only beginners, I work -always- with mixed data, I spend an enourmous
amount of time juggling with creating adhoc temporary locations only to use
them once for reprojection to a main Location. This would transform my
daily work... But indeed it is another topic...
On 22 January 2015 at 20:57, Anna Petrášová <kratochanna at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 9:41 AM, Martin Landa <landa.martin at gmail.com>
>> 2015-01-22 9:48 GMT+01:00 Markus Metz <markus.metz.giswork at gmail.com>:
>> > A suggestion for a compromise:
>> > Have a minimal welcome screen that says something like
>> > "Starting GRASS GIS in location X, mapset Y"
>> > nothing else, no list of all the available locations and mapsets
>> > Only two buttons: OK, Change
>> > Make OK the default, Change will bring up the current welcome screen.
>> > The user has then just to hit enter and GRASS is running. This would
>> > reduce the (confusing) amount of information on the current welcome
>> > screen. It would also give more space for a little graphic ;-)
>> > Location and mapset can be taken from GISRC, if that does not exist,
>> > create a new GISDBASE in the user's home, put the demolocation in it
>> > and use this (I think the wingrass installer is already doing that).
>> it make sense to me, I really like this idea. Martin
> I am not particularly fond of this idea, I change location and mapset
> quite often, so this is additional step. I agree GISDBASE and the
> demolocation should be already there during the first start. Then the user
> can just hits Start GRASS on the current welcome dialog and there is no
> need for the minimal welcome screen. It works like this for Windows
> already. It creates grassdata in My Documents if I remember correctly, I am
> not sure why not in home.
> What I struggle with when explaining students how to use GRASS is not
> really the welcome screen but reprojecting data. If we would find a way to
> automatically reproject data during import, that would save a lot of work
> and explanation and it's useful not just for beginners. This is a topic for
> a different thread, how exactly it should be implemented. No matter what we
> decide to do with the starting of grass, this should be implemented.
> Especially when user will start with empty location, they will want to
> import their data and then the reprojection is crucial. I saw a lot of
> cases when they just override the projection check to overcome the error
> they get and don't read.
> Any opinion on what can we do for this release?
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