Waiting for QGIS 2.2 – Composer Improvements (part 3)

Following on from parts 1 and 2, here’s some more composer changes which are coming in QGIS 2.2

  • Rotation support for all composer item types. Now anything you draw in a composer can be rotated, including scale bars, legends, attribute tables and html frames! Rotation of text labels has also been improved by making the border and background of labels respect the rotation of the label.
Every composer item can now be rotated...
Every composer item can now be rotated…
  • Resizing of rotated items has been improved. Now it’s possible to easily resize rotated items while keeping their correct shape. (There’s still one missing ingredient for complete support here – shear/perspective transforms. Unfortunately this will probably have to wait till 2.4).
Better resizing of rotated items
Better resizing of rotated items
  • Rulers can be shown or hidden in compositions
  • The ruler appearance has been tweaked, adding smaller divisions and better text placement
The ruler appearance has been tweaked
New tweaked appearance for rulers
  • A zoom to actual size button and short cut (Ctrl + 1) have been added
Zoom to 100%
New Zom to 100% button
  • Lastly, the status bar has a new zoom combo box, which shows the current zoom level and allows for quick zoom to several predefined levels. You can also enter an exact zoom level in the box for precise control.
New zoom levels combo box in the status bar
New zoom levels combo box in the status bar

As you can see, the print composer in QGIS 2.2 just keeps getting better! There’s a few other really exciting new additions which have landed recently too, but they deserve their own blog posts. Stay tuned…

4 thoughts on “Waiting for QGIS 2.2 – Composer Improvements (part 3)

  1. Hi Nyall, thanks for the updates to QGIS (I’m listening to the first podcast as I type). Got a query about the rulers and guides in Composer.

    I am using the new Print Composer features in the frozen development release 2.1 105ecfa. I am setting up a map template and using the new guides and rulers to lay out the page. I want the two box elements to snap to the guides. Moving the first frame (map frame) it seems that the centre of the box of the mouse handles snap to the guide and not the edge of the map frame. Moving the second element (rectangle) it also snaps to the centre of the mouse handles and not the edge of the frame as expected.

    I am running QGIS on Windows 7 32bit and I must say that running it on Linux Mint 16 (Ubuntu 13.10) it works as expected and features are snapped exactly edge to edge and corner to corner. Is this a Windows thing?

    1. Hi Ross,

      Thanks for reporting this. What’s actually happening is that it’s snapping to the mouse cursor location – not the edge of the item. It should only be happening with resizes, not item movement. It’ll be fixed for 2.2 🙂

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