QGIS Welcome Page

Whenever you start QGIS you basically do it because?
Right, because you need to do GIS work. Ah, how I love rhetorical questions to start a post.
And most of the time one continues to work on a QGIS project which he has prepared before. For me 99% of the time, I start QGIS, move the mouse to the top left over “Project” go to “Recent Projects” and select the one I want. If I am lucky my hand is stable enough to hover “Recent Projects” and not “New From Template” which I actually never use.
No longer!
At OPENGIS.ch we just introduced a nice “Welcome Page” to QGIS which lists the recently used projects. With a screenshot next to it!
That’s how my QGIS looks at start right now:
Screenshot from 2015-08-18 21-01-13
Instead of the filename it will show the project title if one is defined.
And you get some recent information about the QGIS project just next to it.
I would never want to miss this feature again.
… Coming soon to a QGIS near you …

13 Responses

  1. Nice feature. That’s the power of open source SW to follow closely the needs of the users.
    BTW: Can you point to some explanations what QGIS project templates are and how they can be generated?

  2. Hello Matthias,
    Thanks for you amazing work.
    I got one question for you regarding this welcome page feature. How would the project screenshot affect the loading speed of qgis?
    If there is a way, the most optimal (I think) would be to create a small snapshot every time the project is closing and then the software could use this snapshot, instead of creating a new snapshot every time qgis is loading.

  3. Nice! first use here on osgeo4w nightly. Couldn’t find a way to close the panel, and QGIS news and recent Project remain empty even after opening a project and reopening QGIS. Screenshot is saved in my profile though. Cheers
    Régis

  4. Very nice work! I wonder if it’s also possible to show this screen when the user closes a project by clicking the new project button. It would be a convenient way to swap to previously opened projects.

  5. SLM66

    It’s a nice job. But how can i get this ? It’s a plugin you created ? How can i hve this on my qgis ?

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