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xanadont

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Apr 23, 2010, 1:20:16 PM4/23/10
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We have some exciting news. The next version of zigGIS will
officially return to being truly open source. That means zigGIS 3.0
will be free to download and use.

Of course this doesn't mean zigGIS 3.0 will be free to develop.
Though zigGIS is held near and dear to the hearts of the Obtuse
Software team it cannot be developed on love alone. So we we'll be
seeking funding in ways alternative to selling licenses. We'll follow
a more traditional open source model of accepting personal donations
and corporate sponsorships and selling support contracts.

Version 2.x will continue to be supported on the forums here and
licenses sold at obtusesoft.com. However, all funds will be applied
directly to the development of 3.0.

Make no mistake, there's a very long road ahead; a free-to-use, open
source model comes at the cost of longer development cycles since it
requires fund raising. But we think it's worth it. We'll first
develop the roadmap, create a new site more suited to open source
development and community involvement, and then, of course, the actual
3.0 development. Our immediate order of business is publishing the
plan for financial support. The roadmap will follow soon thereafter.

We think we've got some unique ideas on how we can pool the GIS
community's talent and input. Our concept is generally based on Seth
Godin's "tribe" idea. See his very inspiring and entertaining video
here: http://www.ted.com/talks/seth_godin_on_the_tribes_we_lead.html

The Obtuse Software team is stoked and looking forward to zigGIS's
next evolution. As always, we'll keep you informed via forum
announcements and twitter (@zigGIS). And, of course, feel free to
contact Abe, Bill, or Paolo directly via email (our first name at
obtusesoft.com).

-Abe

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xanadont

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Apr 23, 2010, 1:22:55 PM4/23/10
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A little more info with some background can be found at my blog here:
http://abegillespie.blogspot.com/2010/04/prodigal-extension.html

-Abe

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Apr 27, 2010, 8:57:32 AM4/27/10
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Thanks news on the blog is very intersting. Learn more about ZigGIS
history is great and wish you the best for next release.

maphew

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Apr 27, 2010, 6:51:27 PM4/27/10
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As someone who's purchased zigGIS I'm very happy to see the project
return to the open source ecosystem. I feel a lot more comfortable
with a product's longevity when the code is open and there is a
vibrant community. I wish you a long (and prosperous!) future.

With regards to the business model, you might want to look at what
Aladdin Ghostscript did: the open source version lagged behind the for-
sale verson by about a year, and the commercial version was guaranteed
to become open at a scheduled time. See http://winpdb.org/2010/03/copyright-and-delayed-release/
for this and some related thoughts from another fine developer seeking
to live openly and still have a roof over his head.

xanadont

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Apr 27, 2010, 7:07:51 PM4/27/10
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Actually, we will be following a similar model at least while 3.0 is
being developed. Version 2.x will remain for sale and supported as we
raise funds for 3.0. So the only way you can run zigGIS today is by
purchasing licenses. Once 3.0 is fully funded 2.x will become free
and open source itself. I think that strikes the best balance of a)
raising funds and b) giving back to the community.

But, of course, we're open to discussion. We'll have our detailed
funding plans published hopefully sometime next week.

Thanks for the input and support!
-Abe

On Apr 27, 6:51 pm, maphew <map...@gmail.com> wrote:
> As someone who's purchased zigGIS I'm very happy to see the project
> return to the open source ecosystem. I feel a lot more comfortable
> with a product's longevity when the code is open and there is a
> vibrant community. I wish you a long (and prosperous!) future.
>
> With regards to the business model, you might want to look at what
> Aladdin Ghostscript did: the open source version lagged behind the for-
> sale verson by about a year, and the commercial version was guaranteed
> to become open at a scheduled time. Seehttp://winpdb.org/2010/03/copyright-and-delayed-release/

Imran Inamdar

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Jan 25, 2013, 9:32:24 AM1/25/13
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Hi Abe,
            I have download code from Google and compiling and run.
            Its relay good to viewing  Postgis Layer in arc map but is read only.
           so i want to latest ZigGis code if possible or your latest demo version.
        

          Thanks again to all Members...............   
      
Best Regards

   Imran Inamdar.

Abe Gillespie

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Jan 25, 2013, 10:09:49 AM1/25/13
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zigGIS has been shut down for a while.  The best alternative we can suggest is ST-Links.  Good luck!

Paolo Corti

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Jan 25, 2013, 10:12:58 AM1/25/13
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Or, there is this interesting GDAL plugin, about which Bill blogged about [1]
Bill: did you checkout how it works with PostGIS?
Does it support editing?
cheers
p

[1] http://blog.geomusings.com/2013/01/22/checking-out-the-gdal-slash-ogr-plugin-for-arcgis/
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Abe Gillespie

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Jan 25, 2013, 11:17:56 AM1/25/13
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It looks like the GDAL plugin is read-only at the moment.

Hi, Paolo!  Congrats on the new job.

William Dollins

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Jan 25, 2013, 11:48:12 AM1/25/13
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The OGR plugin works great with PostGIS but, because it uses plugin workspaces, it's read only. Esri was supposed change that at 10.1 but Ragi said there seems to be a bug.

Bill

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