Mapping in Places


One should never confuse the Town of Highlands in Orange County (containing West Point, Bear Mountain, and Bear Mountain Bridge on the Hudson River) with the Town of Highland in Sullivan County (containing Barryville, Eldred, Highland Lake, Minisink Ford and Yulan on Delaware River), with the Hamlet of Highland in the Town of Lloyd in Ulster County (which also borders the Hudson River, and contains the Mid-Hudson Bridge to Poughkeespie).

The hamlet of Highland is pronounced as two seperate words — “high land”, stressing the syllables. In contrast, the Town of Highland in Sullivan County and Highlands in Orange County rhymes with “island”.

You can also drive from Ulster County to Orange County to Sullivan County, without ever crossing any other counties.

Quatum GIS 2.4 Is Out

I don’t know when my laptop automatically upgraded, but the new version of Quantum GIS is out. With Linux you get new versions of software, for free, with minimal hassle.

It has some pretty nice new features, probably most important of which is the use of multiple-processor cores. This day of age, almost all computers have multiple-processors, such as my Samsung laptop with four cores. At least for on-screen rendering, having a multi-threaded setup, dramatically speeds QGIS. It also seems quite stable. I’m not sure if the map export feature is multi-threaded – it doesn’t appear that way, but I didn’t watch the CPU monitor that carefully. But it also seems somewhat faster.

Another great feature is “Shapeburst” shading. This makes the lakes and waterbodies look like Google Maps, where the center of the lake is a lighter color, while it gets darker as the borders approach, to make things stick out and more glossy. You can also use “Shapeburst” shading with state lands, to make glossy, easy to spot state land borders, like the DEC has done for years with their state land maps.