Prairie Coordinates release 0.4.2

by on April 4, 2016

After an email complaint about the app crashing when the “search by GPS” screen was loaded, I looked into some of the changes that were introduced with the Android 6.0 platform. The issue was a SecurityException that was thrown because in Android 6.0, certain permissions require the app to explicitly ask the user, including the […]

qosm: Open Street Map tiles in QGIS

by on March 11, 2016

There was once a time in QGIS where getting Open Street Map basemaps was tricky. ArcGIS long since solved this problems with ready-made basemaps available with a few clicks, but in QGIS there was the OpenLayers plugin, which was a rough go to use. In the first GIS short course I taught, this was the […]

{rcanvec} 0.1.4 release

by on January 14, 2016

Thanks to a GitHub issue raised by @HnyBadjr, I was able to fix a bug that didn’t properly parse NTS strings containing the letter “E” (in case you’re wondering, the algorithm to parse the NTS string starts at the beginning and stops parsing the series, which is a number, when the string can’t be converted […]

Canada Weather & Radar 1.1

by on December 24, 2015

After over a year without an update, it was high time Canada Weather & Radar got a facelift. Users frequently emailed requesting that alert notifications be cancellable, for dark text with transparent background for the widget, for a direct link to Environment Canada’s 24-Hour forecast for each location, and for a more modern looking user […]

{rosm} 0.1.3 release

by on December 13, 2015

We’re excited to announce a new release of the rosm package! A feature request was posted to export the images created by rosm as a raster package object, opening up possibilities for reprojecting and writing to disk OSM tiles for use in your favourite GIS. Thanks to Timothée Giraud, maintainer of the cartography package for […]

Prairie Coordinates 0.4 release

by on November 2, 2015

During the time I spent as a grad student (mostly not developing for Android), Google changed the way apps were designed and built (instead of using Eclipse, they now have their own Android Studio). Prairie Coordinates was the first app I ever built, and until this release still worked on everything Android 2.2 and up. […]

{rosm} 0.1.2 release

by on October 20, 2015

After playing a little bit with the OpenStreetMap R package, I decided that I couldn’t quite deal with its idiosyncrasies and that a new package could do things like enter coordinates in the usual (x, y) order and provide support for wrapping around the 180/-180 meridian (so one can make a proper map of Alaska). […]

{rcanvec} 0.13 release

by on October 18, 2015

After taking a GIS in R tutorial, I’m inspired to write an R interface for the CanVec+ dataset provided by GeoGratis. CanVec is a vector dataset of the data used to create Canadian topographic maps, which is very useful in creating basemaps of just about any location in Canada. By translating some code I wrote […]

{prettymapr} 0.1.1 release

by on October 11, 2015

When trying to make maps in R, a few things jumped out at me as being way harder than they had to be. In particular, scale bars, north arrows, and finding lat/lon bounding boxes seemed like projects I could solve by translating old Python code I’d written. Instead of specifying a length, position, number of […]

Introducing Canada Topo!

by on October 30, 2014

After months of poking away at this project, Fish & Whistle is proud to release the first version of Canada Topo. Canada Topo takes advantage of the free online topographic maps published by the Government of Canada. Canada Topo is designed to display the National Topographic System (NTS) grid for Canada and display topographic maps, […]

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