Creating Previews of PDF Maps

The MapFish print module used by both MapFish and GeoExt generates PDF maps that can be saved to clients machines. Over time you can acquire hundreds of different PDFs, but unfortunately Windows XP does not generate thumbnail previews to help find them again later. The script below solves this problem by generating a PNG image […]

Logging OpenLayers with Firebug

I take it as given that anyone developing with Firefox and OpenLayers has Firebug installed. Firebug has a number of powerful tools that can make the previous nightmare of JavaScript debugging tolerable. One feature I recently “discovered” are the logging options. It’s definitely a timesaver over my previous method of putting temporary alert(vals); throughout my […]

Automated Diagrams and Documentation

As I previously wrote, one of the ways to get through the task of documenting a project is to turn the documentation process into a coding project. Documentation sometimes seems pointless as the likelihood of anyone other than yourself reading it are low to nil. To increase the chances pretty pictures always help. If they […]