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GRASS GIS releases version 6.2.1

This new stable release adds hundreds of new features, support for the
latest GIS data formats, and includes new translations for many languages.

The Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS) is a Geographic
Information System (GIS) used for spatial modeling, visualization of both
raster and vector data, geospatial data management and analysis, processing
of satellite and aerial imagery, and production of sophisticated presentation
graphics and hardcopy maps. GRASS combines powerful raster, vector, and
geospatial processing engines into a single integrated software package.

The GRASS GIS project is developed under the terms of the GNU General
Public License (the GPL) by volunteers the world over. GRASS differs
from many other GIS software packages used in the professional world
in that it is developed and distributed by users for users, mostly on
a volunteer basis, in the open, and is given away for free. Emphasis is
placed on interoperability and unlimited access to data as well as on
software flexibility and evolution rate. The source code is freely
available allowing for immediate customization, examination of the 
underlying algorithms, addition of new features, and fast bug fixing.

GRASS is currently used around the world in academic and commercial
settings as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental
consulting companies.

Software download at http://grass.itc.it/download/ and
numerous mirror sites.

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<b>The GRASS Development Team announces</b>

<h2>GRASS GIS 6.2.1 released [DATE]</h2>

We are happy to announce that a new stable version of
<a href="http://grass.itc.it">GRASS GIS</a> has been released today.
This release adds hundreds of new features, support for the latest GIS
data formats, and includes new translations for many languages.

The <i>Geographic Resources Analysis Support System</i>, commonly referred to
as GRASS, is a Geographic Information System (GIS) combining powerful raster,
vector, and geospatial processing engines into a single integrated software
suite. GRASS includes tools for spatial modeling, visualization of raster and
vector data, management and analysis of geospatial data, and the processing of
satellite and aerial imagery. It also provides the capability to produce
sophisticated presentation graphics and hardcopy maps.

GRASS is currently used around the world in academic and commercial settings
as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.
It runs on a variety of popular hardware platforms and is Free open-source
software released under the terms of the
<a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html">GNU General Public License</a>.

Joining GRASS's well-developed raster engine, the GRASS 6 series introduced
a new topological 2D/3D vector engine featuring support for vector network
analysis and SQL-based DBMS management of linked attributes.
This new release improves the integration and functionality of the raster and
vector engines, and greatly enhances 3D raster volume (voxel) support.

Additionally, this release debuts a new graphical GIS manager and menu system,
while an improved version of the old GUI display manager has been retained for
legacy support. The NVIZ visualization tool has been enhanced to display 3D
vector data and voxel volumes, and now supports the creation of on-the-fly
MPEG animations. Further improvements include substantial message translations
(i18n) with support for FreeType fonts, including multi-byte Asian characters,
and the inclusion of tools to create new project locations automatically
given a georeferenced data file or EPSG code.

This is the first release of GRASS as a proposed founding project of the new
<a href="http://www.osgeo.org/">Open Source Geospatial Foundation</a>.
In support of the movement towards consolidation in the open source geospatial
software world, GRASS is tightly integrated with the latest GDAL/OGR libraries.
This enables access to an extensive range of raster and vector formats,
including OGC-conformal Simple Features. GRASS also makes use of the highly
regarded PROJ.4 software library with support for most known map projections
and the easy definition of new and rare map projections via custom


<li><a href="http://grass.itc.it/grass61/screenshots/index.php">Screenshots</a>
of GRASS 6.2 in action

<h3>Platforms supported by GRASS</h3>

<p>GNU/Linux, Mac OS X/Darwin, Microsoft Windows (native using MinGW or with
full UNIX support via Cygwin), Sun Solaris (SPARC/Intel), Silicon Graphics
Irix, HP-UX, DEC-Alpha, AIX, BSD, iPAQ/Linux and other UNIX compliant platforms.
GRASS runs on both 32 and 64 bit systems with large files (&gt;2GB) supported by
many key modules.

<h3>Software download/CDROM</h3>

<li><a href="http://grass.itc.it/download/index.php">http://grass.itc.it</a></li>
<li><a href="http://grass.ibiblio.org/download/index.php">http://grass.ibiblio.org</a></li>
<li>numerous <a href="http://grass.itc.it/mirrors.php">mirror sites</a></li>
<li><a href="http://grass.itc.it/download/cdrom.php">GRASS on CDROM/DVD</a></li>

The new source code is available now and binary packages for major operating
systems will be published shortly.</p>

For details on GRASS software capabilities please refer to:
<a href="http://grass.itc.it/intro/general.php">http://grass.itc.it/intro/general.php</a>,
the previous <a href="announce_grass600.html">GRASS 6.0.0 Announcement</a>,
and the newly renovated <a href="http://grass.gdf-hannover.de/wiki/Main_Page">Wiki
collaborative help system</a>.

<h3>What's new in GRASS 6.2.1</h3>

(selected improvements)

<li>Numerous bug fixes
  <li>see the ChangeLogs
	(<a href="http://grass.itc.it/grass61/source/ChangeLog_6.1.0.gz">6.1</a>,
	<a href="http://grass.itc.it/grass62/source/ChangeLog_6.2.0.gz">6.2</a>)
      for details
<li>Source code quality/libraries:
  <li> The GRASS code base is now in large part ANSI C compliant
  <li> Ported <a href="http://mpa.itc.it/radim/wingrass/">natively to MS-Windows</a> (MinGW based)
  <li> Source code header files: improved, many compiler warnings fixed
  <li> Compilation: compatible with GCC 4.x
  <li> <a href="http://grass.itc.it/devel/index.php#prog">Programmer's Manual</a>:
       continued Doxygen integration and automated generation into PDF and HTML
       formats. Publicly available for download and perusal.
  <li> Improved policies for code submission specified in the SUBMITTING files
  <li> GRASS-SWIG prototype interface added (library bindings for Perl and Python)
  <li> DBMI: SQLite driver added; SQL parser extended (support for expressions, new types, etc.)
  <li> DBMI: MySql driver rewritten; MeSql added
  <li> Support for long map/mapset names
  <li> Raster maps: ZLIB compression bug fixed for tiny maps
  <li> Raster maps: optional large file support (LFS, experimental) for maps &gt; 2GB
  <li> Display: X11/PNG driver rewritten, added RGB-raster operations
  <li> Display: Movement toward X-Windows as an optional dependency (new multi-platform GUI support)
  <li> Display: High CPU use during interactive mouse functions fixed
  <li> Projection code database: updated to EPSG 6.11.2
  <li> Tcl/Tk 8.4 support for Debian and other platforms using threaded libraries
  <li> Full FFTW3 support for fast Fourier transforms
  <li> NetBSD configuration fixes
<li>  New quality control systems:
  <li> New internal GRASS test suite (scripts collection in "<tt>testsuite/</tt>")
  <li> New external <a href="http://www-pool.math.tu-berlin.de/~soeren/grass/GRASS_TestSuite/html_grass-6.2/">GRASS test suite</a> (TU Berlin)
  <li> New external <a href="http://web.soccerlab.polymtl.ca/grass-evolution/grass-browsers/grass-index-en.html">GRASS Quality Assessment and monitoring system</a>
       (&Eacute;cole Polytechnique de Montr&eacute;al and ITC-irst)
  <li> CVS-commit reports into <a href="irc://irc.freenode.net/grass">IRC '#grass' channel</a> via
       <a href="http://cia.navi.cx/stats/project/GRASS">CIA - The open source informant</a>

<li>  Graphical User Interface (GUI):
 <li> All modules: Major improvements in the auto-generated GUIs
 <li> <b>gis.m</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - GIS manager added as a
      replacement for <b>d.m</b> (optional)
 <li> <b>d.m</b>: Legacy support provides access to the latest features while
      preserving code maturity
 <li> QGIS integration: fixes for the GRASS plugin and toolbox available from
      <a href="http://www.qgis.org">Quantum GIS</a>
 <li> Continued behind-the-scenes infrastructure refinements for the next generation GUI

<li>GRASS Extensions Manager (GEM): <font color="red">NEW</font>
  <li>Configure, compile and install additional GRASS modules without needing
      the GRASS source code. Simplifies the addition of new modules or themed
      module groups.

<li> Modules/Scripts:
 <li> Message translation (i18N): added and extended to more than a dozen
      languages, Tcl/Tk GUI and shell script messages are now translatable
 <li> Documentation/man pages: various fixes and improvements (more examples
      added, including graphics, improved style, new introductory pages)
 <li> Raster modules: improved support for meta-data and map history
 <li> <b>d.correlate</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - create a graph of the
      correlation between data layers
 <li> <b>d.graph</b>: rewritten and extended, merged with d.mapgraph; support
      for symbols
 <li> <b>d.grid</b>: added support for geographic grid overlay on non lat/lon map
      projections and display of coordinate values
 <li> <b>d.labels</b>, <b>v.label</b>: d.paint.labels renamed d.labels;
      significant fixes and improvements to the label subsystem
 <li> <b>d.m</b>: improved layout; added functionality
 <li> <b>d.menu</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - creates and displays a menu
      within the active graphics monitor (tool for interactive scripts)
      (port from GRASS 5)
 <li> <b>d.mvmon</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - moves displayed maps to another monitor
 <li> <b>d.out.file</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - saves active display monitor
      graphics to an image file (PNG,JPEG,...)
 <li> <b>d.out.gpsdrive</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - exports display monitor
      to a <a href="http://www.gpsdrive.cc">GpsDrive</a> compatible backdrop image
 <li> <b>d.polar</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - draws a polar diagram for an
      angle map such as topographic aspect or flow direction
 <li> <b>d.rast.arrow</b>: many enhancements, support for magnitude as well
      as 360 degree directional inputs
 <li> <b>d.text</b>: added support for text rotation
 <li> <b>d.vect</b>: variable vector line width added, random colors for points and
      lines, dynamic width and colors from attribute data
 <li> <b>d.vect.thematic</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - customizable
      thematic mapper for vector map displays
 <li> <b>g.html2man</b>: fixes for improved man page output
 <li> <b>g.transform</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - utility to compute
      coordinate transformations based upon GCPs, including error analysis
 <li> <b>gis.m</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> alternative graphical GIS manager
      (see above)
 <li> <b>i.in.spotvgt</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - import SPOT-VGT NDVI
      satellite imagery into a raster map
 <li> <b>i.landsat.rgb</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - auto-enhancement of colors
      for LANDSAT imagery
 <li> <b>i.ortho.photo</b>, <b>i.rectify</b>: no longer signal completion with email
 <li> <b>i.spectral</b>: fix for finding <tt>gnuplot</tt>
 <li> <b>i.points</b>, <b>i.vpoints</b>: various fixes, including reverse transform
      overlay of vector maps from the target projection
 <li> <b>m.proj</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - utility to convert coordinates
      from one projection to another (automated frontend for <tt>cs2cs</tt>)
 <li> <b>NVIZ</b>: integrated into single user interface; animation labels; new
      fly-through navigation; direct output of animations to MPEG with FFMPEG
      library; menus polished; full Tcl/Tk 8.4 support
 <li> <b>ps.map</b>: many improvements (extended RGB support, etc), new vector fill
      patterns including vector legend support
 <li> <b>r.carve</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - hydrologic module for
      transforming vector stream data into a raster map, including the
      subtraction of stream depth from the output DEM
 <li> <b>r.flow</b>: block erroneous Lat/Lon calculations
 <li> <b>r.in.srtm</b>: support for US 1-arcsec tiles
 <li> <b>r.in.wms</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - download and import data from WMS servers
 <li> <b>r.in.xyz</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - creates a raster map from an
      assemblage of many coordinates using univariate statistics (LIDAR/Swath
      bathymetry import tool)
 <li> <b>r.lake</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - raises lakes in a DEM from a seed
      at a given water level
 <li> <b>r.le</b>: many stability fixes
 <li> <b>r.mapcalc</b>, <b>r3.mapcalc</b>: acos(), asin(), pow(), &amp;&amp;&amp;
      and ||| added for more intuitive handling of null data
 <li> <b>r.mask</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - create a MASK for limiting raster
      operations (port from GRASS 5)
 <li> <b>r.out.gdal</b>: added support for multiple CREATEKEY and METAKEY parameters
 <li> <b>r.out.vtk</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - converts raster maps into the
      VTK-ASCII format for 3D visualization
 <li> <b>r.profile</b>: improved handling of input data
 <li> <b>r.sim.sediment</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - overland flow hydrologic
      erosion model based on duality particle-field concept (SIMWE)
 <li> <b>r.sim.water</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - overland shallow water flow
      hydrologic model based on duality particle-field concept (SIMWE)
 <li> <b>r.sun</b>: fixed units in description; new shadow algorithm; correction
      factor for shadowing to account for the Earth's curvature
 <li> <b>r.support</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - raster map layer support
      module (port from GRASS 5)
 <li> <b>r.thin</b>: fixed maximum iterations for lines
 <li> <b>r.to.rast3</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - converts 2D raster map slices
      to one 3D raster volume map
 <li> <b>r.to.vect</b>: add flag to not build topology (for <em>r.in.xyz<em> + </em>v.surf.rst</em>)
 <li> <b>r3.*</b>: many code improvements and extended functionality for 3D raster volume (voxel) data
 <li> <b>r3.cross.rast</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - Creates a cross section 2D raster map 
      from a g3d raster volume map based on a 2D elevation map
 <li> <b>r3.out.vtk</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - converts 3D raster maps into
      the VTK-ASCII format for visualization
 <li> <b>v.centroids</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - adds missing centroids
      to a vector map's closed area boundaries
 <li> <b>v.db.addcol</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - creates one or more
      columns in the attribute table connected to a vector map
 <li> <b>v.db.addtable</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - creates a new
      attribute table and connects it to an existing vector map
 <li> <b>v.db.droptable</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - removes an existing
      attribute table from a vector map
 <li> <b>v.db.reconnect.all</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - reconnect vector maps
      to a new database
 <li> <b>v.db.select</b>: multiple column support added
 <li> <b>v.db.update</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - allows the user to assign a
      new value to a column in an attribute table
 <li> <b>v.drape</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - converts a 2D vector map
      into a 3D vector map by sampling an elevation raster
 <li> <b>v.digit</b>: new layout, tools added, bugs fixed
 <li> <b>v.dissolve</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - dissolve boundaries
      between adjacent areas in a vector map
 <li> <b>v.external</b>: GID search added; auto-search of FID added
 <li> <b>v.extrude</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - extrudes flat vector
      objects into 3D vector faces of a defined height
 <li> <b>v.in.dxf</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - rewritten for GRASS 6,
      support for 3D features added
 <li> <b>v.in.ogr</b>: repaired the <tt>--overwrite</tt> flag, selective import with WHERE option
 <li> <b>v.in.e00</b>: various fixes
 <li> <b>v.in.gns</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - imports US-NGA GEOnet Names Server
      (GNS) country files
 <li> <b>v.in.gpsbabel</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - import Waypoints, Routes, and
      Tracks from a GPS receiver or a GPS ASCII file into a vector map (supports many GPS formats)
 <li> <b>v.in.mapgen</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - imports Mapgen or Matlab vector maps
      (port from GRASS 5)
 <li> <b>v.kernel</b>: speed improvements
 <li> <b>v.lrs.*</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - Linear Reference System for
      vector line networks
 <li> <b>v.out.ogr</b>: 3D 'face' export added (3D vectors, for Google Earth KML format, etc.)
 <li> <b>v.out.vtk</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> VTK vector export
 <li> <b>v.patch</b>: attribute transfer, if table structures are identical
 <li> <b>v.rast.stats</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - calculates univariate
      statistics from a GRASS raster map based on vector objects
 <li> <b>v.report</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - calculates and reports geometry
      statistics for vector maps
 <li> <b>v.surf.rst</b>: default <tt>npmin</tt> option fixed; fix for reading
      spatially variable smoothing parameter
 <li> <b>v.to.rast</b>: added option to compute the direction (angle) of lines
 <li> <b>v.to.rast3</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - converts a vector points map
      into a 3D raster map
 <li> <b>v.univar.sh</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - calculates extended univariate statistics 
      on a selected vector map attribute table column
 <li> <b>v.what.vect</b>: <font color="red">NEW</font> - uploads the values of
      a given vector map into a coinciding vector point map's attribute table
 <li> Misc. display modules: Increased support for true-color RGB decorations
 <li> Misc. vector modules: Support for dynamic fill color and dynamic feature
      sizing from DB attribute columns
 <li> Scripts: Fixes for awk and related calculation problems for various locales
 <li> Scripts: Variable test portability issues fixed

For a comprehensive list of changes to modules see the 
  <a href="http://grass.itc.it/grass61/source/ChangeLog_6.1.0.gz">6.1</a> and
  <a href="http://grass.itc.it/grass62/source/ChangeLog_6.2.0.gz">6.2</a>
ChangeLog files.</p>
For a complete list of commands available in GRASS 6.2.1 see the
<a href="http://grass.itc.it/grass62/manuals/html62_user/index.html">online manuals</a>.</p>

<p><BR><i>We are always looking for testers, code developers, and technical
writers to <a href="http://grass.itc.it/devel/index.php">help us</a> maintain and accelerate
the development cycle.</i>

The GRASS GIS project is developed under the terms of the
<a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html">GNU General Public License</a>
(the GPL) <a href="http://grass.itc.it/devel/index.php">in the open</a> by
<a href="http://grass.itc.it/community/index.php">volunteers</a> the
<a href="http://mapserver.gdf-hannover.de/grassusers/map.phtml">world over</a>.

GRASS differs from many other GIS software packages used in the professional
world in that it is developed and distributed by users for users, mostly on a
volunteer basis, in the open, and is given away for free.

Emphasis is placed on interoperability and unlimited access to data as well as
on software flexibility and evolution rate.

Release history:
<li> GRASS GIS 6.1.0 technology preview released 11 August 2006
<li> GRASS GIS 6.2.0beta1 released 28 August 2006
<li> GRASS GIS 6.2.0beta2 released 30 August 2006
<li> GRASS GIS 6.2.0beta3 released 18 September 2006
<li> GRASS GIS 6.2.0RC1 released 26 September 2006
<li> GRASS GIS 6.2.0RC2 released 6 October 2006
<li> GRASS GIS 6.2.0RC3 released 24 October 2006
<li> GRASS GIS 6.2.0 released 31 October 2006
<li> GRASS GIS 6.2.1 released [DATE]

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