SAGA GIS 2.0 Beta (2nd Update)

SAGA 2.0 Beta (Update - December 07, 2005)

Dear SAGA users,

on November 3, 2005 the first SAGA user meeting took place at the University of Goettingen, Germany, with the aim to give room for discussions between SAGA developers and users, which included scientists as well as governmental and private organisations. To find out more about this very interesting meeting (discussion topics and presentation abstracts) go to the official SAGA homepage at

One good thing about the meeting was, that Victor Olaya, the author of the SAGA manual, could use this opportunity to join the conference and that there was time enough to integrate many of his ideas and source code extensions into the current SAGA version. Therefore we think it is now a good time to release again a new update to allow you to benefit from changes, bug fixes, extensions and many new modules. And please, do not forget to report any bug you find (they will be there, if you look close enough, for sure).

The most important new features to this release are:
- creation of pdf formatted documents from GUI and modules
- global settings for automatic use of grid file caching
- several bug fixes
- many new modules...

For the pdf creation the 'HARU Free PDF Library' has been statically linked to SAGA's API. You can download it at (you need to do so, if you want to compile the SAGA API on your own). All drawing functionality has been wrapped by a CPDF_Document class. Very likely this class will be replaced in future by one that writes OpenDocument formatted files instead of pdf documents, to allow the user easy editing. But this is not near future and will take a while.

That's all for this time.
And now have a lot of fun using SAGA 2.0!

Olaf Conrad

Goettingen, December 7, 2005


Posted by Olaf Conrad 2005-12-19

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