Improvements to the QGIS rule based rendering


The rule based rendering in QGIS has just got a make over to improve in some of the old usability issues it used to have.  Most of the improvements are UI related. If you would like to try them out you will need to grab a copy of the latest dev build (qgis-dev in OSGeo4W)

Main improvements include:

  • Nested rules.  If the parent rule evaluates to false none of the child rules are applied. This replaces the priority system in the old dialog.
  • Disable symbol for rules. Rules with no symbol only act as a check for the child rules e.g nothing is rendered for the rule but child rules still are (unless also disabled).
  • Drag and Drop rules (multi-selection is supported).  Rules can be dragged onto other rules in order to nest them and set up a rendering hierarchy.
  • Inline editing of rule labels, expressions, scales
  • Overall tweaks to the dialog

The new rule dialog

As you can see in the screenshot, the rules are now organized in a tree which clearly expresses which rules should be applied and when.

In the example above, all the rules under the Sealed rule will only be applied if that rule is true. The old system would have you managing all rules in one big list and dealing with priorities in order to get the rules to apply right, the new dialog is a major improvement.

And the results! As you can see below, QGIS will only render the colored squares if the Sealed rule is true otherwise it just shows a green line.

The rules applied

The work was sponsored by Ville de Morges, Switzerland and developed by Martin Dobias.  Thanks to both of them for these improvements.

More info:

Note: As this is a brand new feature there might be some bugs, or things that don’t quite work as expected. If you do find something don’t hesitate to file a bug report at hub.qgis.org so it can be fixed, or at least known about.

3 thoughts on “Improvements to the QGIS rule based rendering

  1. While I’m waiting OSGeo4W installer to install new dev-build of QGIS I must say that for a last year or two, QGIS made great improvement. I remember 1.4 version where I have started to use QGIS. In that time he was very unstable with basic GIS options. Today, we have nice set of options to deal with data, abilitiy to connect to many data sources, nice raster handling, plug-ins, active community and so forth.
    In my opinion, one thing is missing – relations (1:M) to other bussines data source. After that improvement I will uninstall ArcGIS for sure. :)

  2. Pingback: User defined expression functions for QGIS « Nathans QGIS and GIS blog

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