GeoTools e-Newsletter # 160:



GeoTools e-Newsletter # 160:

March 10, 2006
Bangalore, India

GeoTools V 6.19 update:

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New command added: GT_UNCLUTTER (Text Tools - UnClutter Text Objects): The GT_UNCLUTTER command is used to automatically move overlapping text objects around and unclutter the drawing. The program uses a compute-intensive (slow execution) but result producing algorithm to actually do a trial-and-error by moving the overlapping text around in all or any of the four directions, namely Up, Down, Left and Right or in two-direction combinations like Left-Right and Up-Down. By doing so, when it detects a clear space underneath the text, it is placed there.

The GT_UNCLUTTER is a very powerful tool to clean up your drawing and make it look pretty. You do not need to spend hours of your time manually moving text labels to make your drawing look pretty for a print.

The program uses a number of parameters in the 'UnClutter' operation. Each trial of a new position is defined by the direction of movement as well as a distance increment by which the text is moved each time. Setting these parameters judiciously is the key to obtain optimal performance.

There is also an option to use rotation of text for determining new trial positions. Even here, the new positions are based on Rotation Increments which have to be set appropriately depending on your data. This can improve performance.


Important note: While all of GeoTools commands are tested quite extensively before they are released, it is humanly impossible to test-run it under every different data type or operating environment. In the event that you notice any GeoTools command not functioning as expected, please bring it to our notice asap. We will attend to it and fix the problem as soon as possible.


Thank you for your continued support. As always, we welcome feedback at all times.

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