Frank Warmerdam is pretty good at following the release early, release often creed of open source development. It’s not uncommon to get more than one FWToolsrelease a month. Go Frank! However this proficiency adds work which this end user would just as soon avoid. So being a lazy guy, I spent a number of hours writing some scripts to save me 15 minutes everytime there is a new release. ;-)
The result is gdal_extras which is now available from http://code.google.com/p/maphew/
Basic use guide:
- unpack gdal_extras somewhere
- Install latest version of FWTools
- Open FWTools Shell and run c:\path\to\gdal_extras\gdal-extras-install.bat
And that’s it.
Other than the ease of adding these improvements to new installs, the utility I like the best is gdal-help, because I’m forever forgetting how to spell the commands.\ \ —-\ Optionally, create an NTFS Junction of c:\local\fwtools to c:\program files\fwtools2.0.4 so you can work with a path without spaces and still accept the defaults\ http://www.microsoft.com/technet/sys.../Junction.mspx\ http://sourceforge.net/projects/ntfslinkext\ \ The following components were written by others. There may be newer/better versions than what I have here.
.\bin\\ fusion.py - Mario Beauchamp \ gdalcopyproj.py - Schuyler Erle\ gdal_vrtmerge.py - Gabriel Ebner
gdal_SDE_9x.dll - Howard Butler