New PDOK services
This post is mostly interesting for dutch readers, as our national OWS service ‘PDOK’ added some new services. And we made them (5000 layers) available via the PDOK services plugin.
Change predefined scales
But I also want to show that you can change the predfined scales that you see in the Scale part of the statusbar in QGIS. By default these go from 1:500 till 1:1.000.000.
But if you are a user who almost always uses your national WMTS service layers als background layers, you will have more QGIS fun when you use your OWN scales there.
Because using the QGIS scales on a PDOK WMTS service, you will see this:
…unsharp tiles because the dutch WMTS tileschema is not in line with the ‘oldfashioned’ scales that QGIS shows you…
But as said: you can determine the scales that you see in the dropdown yourself by loading a simple XML file. For PDOK I created two example xml files which you can download here as a zip file. Unzip it and it will show you two xml files.
Via Settings/Options select the Map Tools tab and remove all excisting scales by using the red minus symbol button. You can now ‘load’ one of the scale xml configurations, and the dropdown will now look like this:
Using these scales, optimized for those WMTS service, you will have crisp tiles:
In this way you can (as a heavy WMTS user) make it easier to view your services on the optimal scales. You can even remove some scales which you never use!
Shot version: choose YOUR best scale, Happy QGIS-ing!