I released version 1.2 of ZoomToBelgium for QGIS today. This QGIS plugin creates a button to zoom to any of the Belgian Provinces, Municipalities or Districts. In this new release provinces were added.
Recently I released a minor update for PluginLoadTimes for QGIS. You can download the most recent version of this plugin from within QGIS, because it is available in the official QGIS Plugin Repository.
If QGIS takes long to start, it is probably because some of the plugins you installed take a long time to load at startup. This plugin shows the latest load time of each plugin (QGIS startup, plugin installation,…). It does not give you information about the speed of plugins when they are used. With the information provided by this plugin you can easily decide which plugins to disable, to make QGIS start faster.
Sometimes a web service you use in your GIS application is offline and that results in a GIS application that doesn’t work as it should or doesn’t show the correct data. To avoid these problems you should have a local copy of the data of that web service. For a WFS service the data can be copied to a PostGIS database. This can be done using the command line utility ogr2ogr. This isn’t too hard but some people might be afraid to use the command line. So I wrote this guide about how to handle this from installation to automating the import procedure. Because this guide became pretty long I divided it up into 3 parts. Part 1 is about the installation of GDAL and ogr2ogr. Part 2 is about the use of ogr2ogr in a Windows batch file and part 3 is about automating the import procedure.