MapServer Version 5.2.0 Released

The MapServer PSC is proud to announce the release of MapServer version 5.2. The source code is available for download at:

Binary distributions will follow shortly. This is a significant release and users are encouraged to upgrade if possible. Nearly 200 tickets were closed as part of this effort. Major feature additions include:

* MS RFC 36: Simplified Template Support for Query Output
* MS RFC 37: Spatial Reference Improvements and Additions
* MS RFC 38: Native Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Support
* MS RFC 41: WCS_1.1.x Support
* MS RFC 42: Support for Cookie Forwarding
* MS RFC 43: Direct Tile Generation for Google Maps API

Full RFC text can be found at:

Notable enhancements include:

* performance enhancements for large shapefile handling
* performance enhancements for AGG rendering (an order of magnitude faster in some cases)
* fuzzy label outlines for AGG
* style-level opacity for AGG
* quantization and palette support for PNGs and RGBA modes
* SOS_1.0.0 support
* WFS_1.1.0 support
* proxy and http authentication support for cascaded WMS requests
* pre-clip label point computation (helps in tile generation)
* extent (e.g. shpext, mapext) template tag attribute handling

The full 5.2 change log can be found at:

I would like to thank all the folks that worked hard on this release, your efforts are greatly appreciated!

Steve Lime

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