GPlates 1.1 released

GPlates 1.1 released

What's new in version 1.1:-

  • The Recent Session menu can now restore the layer connections you were using.
  • Can display filled polygons for dynamic and static polygons (per-layer).
  • Added new OGRGMT file format ('.gmt') compatible with OGR library and ogr2ogr tool.
  • Improvements to topology build/edit tools including:

    • Ability to add sections to interior and boundary of topological networks.
    • Options to visualise triangulations associated with each network.
  • Velocity layers now calculate velocities inside static polygons (in addition to topological plate polygons).
  • Velocity layers can now calculate velocities at the vertices of polyline/polygon geometries.
  • Can now load and display higher resolution rasters, including up to 0.3 minute resolution global rasters for the JPEG format.
  • GPlates fitted with a novel cube 'loose' quad tree spatial partition, supporting region-of-interest queries, fast insertion of reconstructed geometries, hierarchical visibility culling.
  • Improved layers user interface including:

    • A button (in top-right of Layers dialog) to open the Colouring dialog.
    • Layers grouped by layer type.
    • A 'tick' icon for 'Reconstruction Tree' layers to toggle default layer.
    • Can prevent the default 'Reconstruction Tree' layer from changing when opening a new rotation file.
  • Improved file load/unload performance when many compute-heavy files already loaded - for example, dense velocity mesh cap files.
  • Improved export dialog general user interface.
  • New export options to control granularity of exports.
  • New OGRGMT exports for reconstructed geometries, flowlines and motion paths.
  • Export resolved topologies to Shapefile format.
  • Improved rendering performance for flowlines.
  • ... Plus a lot of other behind-the-scenes work to prepare for exciting future functionality.

GPlates 1.1 compiles and runs on Windows 7/Vista/XP, Linux and MacOS X. Download GPlates 1.1 from the Download page.

GPlates-compatible data have been made available. For more information, see the Download page.