[GRASS-dev] Making start of GRASS GIS easier for newcomers

Rainer M Krug Rainer at krugs.de
Fri Jan 23 03:19:12 PST 2015

Yann Chemin <ychemin at gmail.com> writes:

> On 23 January 2015 at 15:46, Martin Landa <landa.martin at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> 2015-01-23 9:20 GMT+01:00 Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org>:
>> > my motivation to discuss the current welcome screen is that too many
>> > potential new users try to launch GRASS, do not get past that screen and
>> > walk away ("too difficult"). Yes, and they will likely not read the
>> manual
>> > but just take another GIS.
>> > This is a multiple times reported fact.
>> I have met a lot of GIS specialists who told me: I tried several times
>> to use GRASS in different decades and I end up with the same result, I
>> didn't managed to get my data in, so I gave up.
>> Yes, I also had those experiences told to me.
> Is it possible to open GRASS GIS wxGUI without setting the
> GISDB/Location/mapset yet?
> Then from "inside the opened software" you will need to go through those
> steps anyway before doing anything...
> Would that make any psychological difference?

I think this would make a huge difference - especially if the creation
could be done by triggerd upon import and

- asking for a directory (for the db),
- name of the location,
- name of the mapset, and
- taking the other parameter (projection, extend) from the data to be

Until a mapset is opened, the non-usable menu items could be greyed


>> It' a sign in my eyes that we should think how to simplify this step ;-)
>> Martin
>> --
>> Martin Landa
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Rainer M. Krug
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