Unofficial gvSIG Mobile for Linux-based handhelds is maintained by :

Juan Lucas Domínguez Rubio
juan_lucas_dr [at] yahoo [dot] com


11 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi,
    first of all thanks for bringing us such great application. I’m trying it with the shapefiles of Italian archaeologic sites for University of Bari (Italy, Apulia).
    Now, where can I paste the shapefile to make GvSig Mobile able to read it? Where are .shp stored?

    Thanks again


    Posted by Fradeve | 16/03/2009, 4:08 PM
  2. Hello, Franceso.

    Any of the two “…” buttons in the layers tab should show a file browser to let you choose a *.shp file, so you should be able to reach ir wherever it is in the phone’s file system. The file chooser starts at “/”, so click on “/” to enter subfolders. You need to copy the SHP, SHX and DBF files to your phone (i always use a ssh session) and then choose the SHP file. Then you have to select the check box to the left to make that shapefile visible. As I said, try not to load very large shapefiles, because the eprformance is not very good in this first version. I hope I can improve it.

    Regards, Juan Lucas

    Posted by gvsigmobileonopenmoko | 16/03/2009, 5:56 PM
  3. Hi,
    first -thank you for your great application! I especially like the possibility to use wms servers. Are you planning to add geotiff support in the future? Or possibility to cache wms tiles from given location?
    Regards, Tom

    Posted by Tom | 17/05/2009, 10:46 PM
  4. Hello, Tom. Thanks for your message.

    In my experience, handheld devices (pocket pcs, smartphones and such) are too slow to deal with large raster files, except for the super-fast formats ECW and JP2000, and in those cases you still need a compiled librery (dll or so), which I curretly do not have for ARM-Linux, so it would only be possible to open a Geotiff image if it’s a small one (and I should find the code to open it somewhere).

    An alternative to this would consist in using Gdal2tile (I think tyhat’s its name) to create a number a levels with tiles like the ones I’m using for web map servers.

    What do you mean by “a given location”? You mean those tiles would be copied to the sd card from another source and the app should use them? Yes, that’s also a possibility.

    Juan Lucas

    Posted by gvsigmobileonopenmoko | 18/05/2009, 12:24 PM
    • Hi Juan,
      thanks for the answer. Yes, I meant coping tiles from WMS server and storing it on the SD card. That would be handy in the field.
      But… I don’t have a clue how to do this ;-)
      Thanks for your help!

      Posted by Tom | 19/05/2009, 8:51 AM
  5. When do you plan on releasing the android version of gvSig Mobile?

    Posted by Tyson | 03/06/2009, 11:00 PM
  6. Hola Juan, soy un agente forestal de Aragón que uso gvsig en el oficina y usaba gvsig mobile en el campo con mi ppc particular, pero este desastroso verano que hemos tenido por estos lares, mi ppc murió, demasiado polvo y ceniza para su gusto. Por lo que llegó la hora de sustituirla (por su puesto la respuesta de mis superiores fue que ellos no me obligaban a usar mi móvil particular) he conseguido que movistar me “regale” una htc dream basada en android.
    Después de mucho bucear por la red y casi resignarme a no tener un sig para usar en el campo, me encuentro con este esperanzador blog.
    El problema es que mis conocimientos son de usuario final me pierdo en programaciones etc. y mi ingles también es bastante malo. Pero me ha parecido enteder que se puede usar gvsig mobile en un terminal android. Si es así yo estaría encatado de poder probarlo y hacer de betatester.
    Muchas gracias y un saludo

    Posted by Alberto | 01/10/2009, 7:59 PM
  7. Hi Juan,
    I’m writing about gvSIG mobile in archaeology field for university; could I take some of the screenshots I’ve posted here on this blog to include them in my work? Of cource my paper will be released under CC-BY-SA ;)

    Posted by Fradeve | 23/01/2010, 6:57 PM
  8. Hi Juan

    I am having an issue with GvSig Mobile on my Nokia N810, running Maemo Diablo. I have followed the instructions and it has installed the icon to my Applications menu, however when I click on the icon nothing happens?

    I am new to Maemo and to GvSig so I am a little lost. Any ideas on how to fix this?

    Posted by Alex | 05/10/2010, 2:37 AM

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