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OpenLayers 2.6 Release

April 15th, 2008 by crschmidt · 4 Comments

The OpenLayers Development Team is proud to announce release of OpenLayers 2.6. As of this final release, the OpenLayers 2.6 release closes 294 outstanding tickets. This is the largest of any OpenLayers release to date. This release features a number of major developments, including:

  • Integration of the CloudAmber “Google Like” popups for advanced visual display of information in popups
    • Resulting improvements throughout all popup code, including autosizing popups to the content they contain.
  • Improved panning of commercial layers like Google Maps and Yahoo! Maps
  • Animated panning of the map, using OpenLayers.Tween support
  • Layer Image transitions, for keeping images visible when zooming to allow smoother transitions
  • Client side reprojection support using built in transformations for spherical mercator, or the proj4js library for other projections.
    • Support for reprojecting vector data layers
    • Support for reprojecting user-facing controls like mouseposition
    • Support for programatically reprojecting points and geometries
  • Improved OpenLayers Styling, including:
    • OpenLayers.Style, OpenLayers.StyleMap, OpenLayers.Rule support for improved feature-attribute based styling
    • SLD read/write support
  • Support for reading and writing multiple versions of WMC.
  • Improved KML support, including KML styling support.
  • Improved GeoRSS Format support, including GeoRSS GML read support.
  • New ScaleLine Control for displaying visual scale
  • New NavigationHistory control for map history navigation
  • Localization/Better Internationalization support
  • Layer support for MapGuide Open Source
  • A number of new / improved handlers to make handling user interactions easier

A thank you again to all the people who helped to make this release happen.


The OpenLayers Team

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Prindle19 // Apr 15, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    Chris – awesome – will implement immediately.

  • 2 Faridur R Choudhury // Apr 27, 2008 at 3:45 am

    Excellent new features. Is there any tutorial which describes the use of Navigation History without using the control. i.e. How do we call Next and Previous from our own customised toolbar?

  • 3 andew gaskin // Feb 21, 2009 at 11:57 pm

    I want to load custom layers in to openlayers I’m looking for some advice to how to do it. A detail methodology or point me to one would be great.

    Andrew Gaskin

  • 4 Faridur Rahman Choudhury // Feb 22, 2009 at 12:08 am

    hi Andrew,

    It depends on what type of layer you would like to add. Openlayers natively supports nearly most vector/raster formats which are understood by OGR/GDAL. You can look at the documentation under Layers class and also the examples. If you want to load a layer not supported, you will have to write a renderer class. For this you’ll need to understand and decode the file format. In many cases, the formats are open but in a few cases they are propriety. Most of the open formats are already supported through OGR. For the propriety ones though, you will need license from the owners.