(This blog post might as well have been titled “QGIS ❤ Wallpapers”)
Over the span of a week, QGIS received a set of improvements which greatly improved the canvas’ save as image function, as well as a brand new save as PDF feature.
Queue the usual slide of improvements:
Adding output resolution, width and height settings effectively frees users from the confine of their physical screen. Being able to fine tine the width and height in pixel also helps cartographers producing maps best-fitted for web-based content.
Saving as PDF feature is a real time saver, offering a fast path to vector export of maps without the need to go through creating a composer, adding a map item, etc.
All of these improvements are very useful to improve quick n’ dirty map export. It is however no replacement to the powerful QGIS composers. On that front, a QGIS core developer at North Road has launched a crowd funding campaign to modernize composers. For those cartographers out there publishing maps on various media forms (print, online, ebooks), seriously consider supporting this campaign.