GeoForst Lite, Getting Started – Part 1

Introduction

GeoForst Lite is a standalone program consisting of three parts, QGIS, a local datastore, and a QGIS map.

Installation

  1. Download QGIS version 2.x and install.
  2. Download GeoForst Lite.
  3. Unzip GeoForst Lite and move it to any directory you choose. Your home or documents directory is a fine place for it.

Adding Plugins

At this point you should have the ability to start the QGIS. There are a couple of ways to make this easy. Let’s step through the process.

Begin by opening the QGIS application, it should open to a blank project. At this point we need to add a couple plugins to make life easy. To do this, select the Plugins menu and select Manage and Install Plugins….

pluginsMenu

Now we want the good stuff, so let’s enable the experimental plugins and we are ready to get our plugins.

experimental

Okay lets get two plugins, the OpenLayers plugin and the osmSearch plugin. OpenLayers will let us display a variety of excellent base layers such as Google Terrain and Bing Imagery. This is really fantastic stuff. The osmSearch plugin lets you find locations by place name, which beats finding a location by pan and zoom alone. Search for those Plugins and install them.

Installing the OpenLayers plugin…
OpenLayers

Finally let’s add the OSM place search plugin…
osmSearch

At this point the setup is complete. Open the GForst_Lite.qgs file that you unzip and placed on your file system and there will be three layers under the External Layers group.

ExternalLayers

Note: The OpenLayers plugin layers need a kick in the pants to scale correctly when first added. Zoom in or pan a bit to force it to redraw. It’s wonky, but a small price to pay for a great addition to QGIS.

Next up

Adding Your Property to GeoForst.

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