A star is born, QGIS mobile is now QField

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It is with great pleasure that we want to announce the new name for what was briefly known as QGIS mobile.

Please welcome QField for QGIS™!

After long thinking about various names and variants including QGIS mobile, QTouch, OPENGIS.ch QGIS mobile, QWork, and many more, we felt that QField represents best what we want to archive. A field data capture and management app fully compatible with QGIS™.

QField allows you to take your QGIS projects out of the office for effective field work. By maintaining QGIS’ styling and edit widgets QField greatly reduces preparation time.

QField is an Open Source project led by OPENGIS.ch LLC with the whole development happening on Github. Currently we are running an invite-only alpha testing but as soon as the app will have a bit more functionality we will widen up the testers group.

QField will be released for free on the Playstore with the possibility of donating to the project via paypal (preferred) or by buying the QField for QGIS Karma edition app.

Another way to greatly help the project is, if you need a specific feature, contact us to sponsor its development.

QField is built from ground up to be touch oriented and easy to use outside and follows the following paradigm:
● GPS centric
● QGIS desktop compatible
● Fully working when offline
● Synchronization capabilities
● Project preparation on desktop
● Few and large buttons
● Switchable use paradigm (Display, Digitizing, Measuring, Inspection,…)

QField is built using Qt5, QtQuick 2 (both are supported and suggested by Qt) and OpenGL so it is future proof and it spearheads QGIS towards Qt5.

For feature requests, please contact us
For bug reports contact us or better file an issue on Github

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11 Comments » for A star is born, QGIS mobile is now QField
  1. Adeyemo Ayodele says:

    This is really fascinating…. Great job

  2. Is QField envisaged as an off-the-shelf product or will it enable the developers to do custom development such as by creating plugins

    • Matthias Kuhn says:

      The idea we have in mind is as with QGIS. To have a modular approach that allows to customize the application for a given use-case but at the same time offering a standard app which will be suitable for a broad range of standard applications with some customization available in the project configuration. At the moment we focus on the latter as we are not yet able to provide a stable API and a plugin mechanism but we always have modularity in mind.

  3. LayWriter says:

    QField will be released for free. WHEN exactly?

    • marco says:

      Hi, usually Uppercase is used for screaming, but I’ll assume you were not and are just anxious about knowing when QField will be released for free. As it is explainded on the website, QField is already available for free. Just proceed as requested on the installation page
      Regards
      Marco

  4. Terence Mothers says:

    Looking forward to learning how to integrate this into my current project, great job everyone at QGIS

  5. Jeff Froehlich says:

    HI. One question. Will there be a mac/iOS version in the future for ipads?

    • marco says:

      Hi Jeff, we would like to do that and don’t see any big technical problems. The issue is a legal one. App store and gpl software appear not to be able to coexist [1].
      While we could use a double licensing for all the code we wrote for QField, we are using plenty of cool libraries (QGIS, GDAL, GEOS,…) that are licensed under the GPLv2.

      Maybe we could download all this libraries at runtime bypassing the appstore constrains but I haven’t investigated yet if a feasible approach.

      Ciao Marco

      [1] http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/09/the-gpl-the-app-store-and-you/

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