On Friday November 15th 2013 we almost had a sold out QGIS class. It was partly the price (Carol had just created the 2.0 version (the price and the software) and we ran this as a low cost workshop for Georgia URISA) and it was partly curiosity about the software.
It’s been an odd year for being a consultant. I effectively ended all affiliation with ESRI (on the business and training front) and that’s a bit scary given that was the first GIS Software I used in 1992. I don’t see myself ever stopping use of the software – you have to – it’s everywhere and it’s really good.
This year has had a common theme of “I need to get work done and I can’t afford the commercial stuff”. “We’re paying too much now….”. We’ve pretty much adopted “The best tool for the job” mentality. We don’t care what software is getting used – as long as your data is good and you are getting your job done.
That was the great thing about the new Intro class. It shows the good and the bad with QGIS – it has some quirks but we make sure you know what they are and we try to show how you can get your job done with your current software. We even do a comparison with commercial software so you know to reproject you do a “save as” and with the commercial software you use the reproject tool.
Anyway – watch for more classes and watch for more tutorials.