[Qgis-developer] SEXTANTE for QGIS has been released

Salvatore Larosa lrssvtml at gmail.com
Thu Mar 29 17:26:43 EDT 2012

Great job, congratulations!


Il giorno gio, 29/03/2012 alle 23.11 +0200, Victor Olaya ha scritto:
> Hi all
> I am glad to announce that a first (tagged as 'experimental') version
> SEXTANTE for QGIS has been released. It includes, among other things:
> -Full support for SAGA algorithms
> -ftool(vector processes) and mmqgis algorithms (these are not only
> added to be used directly, but also as real examples of how to create
> new algorithms or migrate existing ones into the SEXTANTE platform)
> -Support for user-defined R scripts
> -Support for user defined Python scripts
> -Graphical modeler
> -Batch processing interface
> -History
> You can download it using the QGIS plugin installer
> Please, read the manual before using the plugin. You can access it
> selecting the "SEXTANTE help" option in the SEXTANTE menu.
> This version is still missing some functionalities, but should be
> fully usable. Users should be particularly aware of the following
> issues:
> -External applications (SAGA and R) have been tested mostly on
> Windows, but not so much in Linux, so problems might appear on that
> platform. No testing has been done at all under Mac OS.
> -GRASS algorithms have been deactivated, in order to have a working
> version as soon as possible. We hope to have GRASS incorporated into
> the set of available algorithms pretty soon
> -Although most algorithms support multiple formats for their ouput
> layers, these are currently limited to tiff for raster layers,
> shapefiles for vector layers and dbf files for tables. This can be
> changed easily and will be done in a next version
> -Calling external applications might not work if using layers such as
> those coming from remote services or DB connections. Please, use just
> file-based data by now (we are working on improving that as well, but
> it might take time... ;-) )
> -Using tables (and also opening those generated by geoalgorithms) is
> still a bit in development, since there is no built-in default method
> of opening independent tables. By now, attribute tables of vector
> layers can be used, but only if these are in shapefile format (since
> we can refer to the associated dbf file). We expect to change this
> soon, probably creating some plugin to improve that handling of
> independent tables (or if anyone can point us to an existing one that
> can be coupled with SEXTANTE, that good be even better...)
> Once again, read the manual before trying it, as it will greatly help
> you to understand SEXTANTE and what you can do with it.
> For developers: I know a lot of documentation is needed...hope to have
> that solved soon (or at least start to solve it). A SEXTANTE for QGIS
> developers manual is also on its way... there is already a mechanism
> to create QGIS plugins that register new algorithms in SEXTANTE
> (thanks to Alexander Bruy for the suggestion!), but still has to be
> documented. I am currently working on an well documented example case,
> to be released soon as well
> Of course, all bug reports and comments are welcome, since this is
> still a beta version.
> Thanks in advance for your interest.
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