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Learn QGIS - Fourth Edition

By : Andrew Cutts, Anita Graser
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Learn QGIS - Fourth Edition

By: Andrew Cutts, Anita Graser

Overview of this book

QGIS 3.4 is the first LTR (long term release) of QGIS version 3. This is a giant leap forward for the project with tons of new features and impactful changes. Learn QGIS is fully updated for QGIS 3.4, covering its processing engine update, Python 3 de-facto coding environment, and the GeoPackage format. This book will help you get started on your QGIS journey, guiding you to develop your own processing pathway. You will explore the user interface, loading your data, editing, and then creating data. QGIS often surprises new users with its mapping capabilities; you will discover how easily you can style and create your first map. But that’s not all! In the final part of the book, you’ll learn about spatial analysis and the powerful tools in QGIS, and conclude by looking at Python processing options. By the end of the book, you will have become proficient in geospatial analysis using QGIS and Python.
Table of Contents (8 chapters)

Where Do I Start?

Welcome to QGIS. There has never been a better time to start using QGIS, you have made a great choice! You may have already started using QGIS 3.4, you may have experience with older versions, or you may be familiar with other GIS software. No matter where you are on your learning journey, the first time you install any software can be a little daunting.

This chapter is all about getting a feel for the software, building your confidence, and developing the urge to explore. By the end of this chapter, you will grasped some of the basic ideas and concepts.You will be in the perfect position to begin working with data, designing and styling it, and working toward creating a map.

In this chapter, we will cover the following topics:

  • Installing QGIS
  • What has changed since QGIS 2.x?
  • Toolbars and GUI
  • Getting help
  • Setting up
  • Community of users