Development update

The next major version of Mapton is making good progress since a couple of weeks. The primary goal was the move from Java 8 to Java 11 and beyond, at the same time, a decision was made to replace the really great NetBeans Platform WindowSystem with WorkbenchFX in order to get a pure JavaFX experience.

As a bonus, the UI got declutterefied, so we don’t show more information than needed for a task.

With the move to WorkbenchFX, many dialogs are now overlays.

There are a couple of design issues to resolve in order to get a nice ‘toolbox’ environment so don’t expect a release this year, but don’t be surprised if there is… 🙂

Enjoy the screenshots below!



Mapton 1.1.2 released

This release contains a couple of fixes, new features and optimizations, such as.

  • FIX: Don’t crash the About dialog when on MacOS.
  • NEW: ‘AnalyticGrid’ – Creates analytic surfaces with ease from lat/lons with values, access with aggregate functions like min, max, sum, count, avg and median for each grid cell.
  • NEW: ‘GeoNames Visualizer’  – A simple demo of the AnalyticGrid.
  • NEW: ‘Update manager’ – used for plugin data updates.
  • OPT: Remove bundled GeoNames data, use update manager instead.
  • OPT: Separate each WMS source to a separate plugin.
  • OPT: Colorized icons possible from the options dialog.
  • OPT: Use tree based layer view along with a toolbar.
  • OPT: Reduced file size.
  • OPT: Improve the dark theme.

or as an image…

Get it from the download page.


Manage data updates

Manage your data updates with the recently added Update manager.

The Update manager assists in updating data provided by the plugins, not the plugin themselves.

First one out is the GeoNames search engine database, which is no longer bundled with Mapton, instead, you will be prompted to install it if it’s missing and update if it’s old. As a result of that, the got reduced from 61 to 55 MB. 🙂

This is part of the Mapton API available to plugin developers.

HiDPI – a huge improvement

As of today, Mapton now supports UI scaling.

It’s available in the development branch and in the new snapshot.

Start mapton with an argument like this:

mapton --fontsize 24

or edit your $MAPTON_INSTALL_DIR/etc/mapton.conf like this:

default_options="--branding mapton -J-Xss2m -J-Dnetbeans.logger.console=true -J-ea --fontsize 24"

fontsize 12 equals scale 1.0, so 24 will double it.