Update format list in the "Add raster layer" dialog
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|Target version:||Version 2.0.0|
|Platform version:||Affected version:||1.8.0|
|Status info:||Causes crash or corruption:||No|
QGis 1.8 release is built with GDAL 1.9.1. This version of the library can handle lots of new file formats as you can read on the release page . The main problem is that those file formats are not listed on the filters shown to the user who wants to open a new layer or raster. To open those files formats, you have to select the "All files" filter which is a behavior not so natural: users generaly believe that they can open a file only if the format is listed in the open dialog filter list.
I've tested the following file formats and they are working pretty well under QGis:
I believe this is a bug and not a feature because it seems that QGis can open all of the new formats that OGR can open: it is only a user dialog problem.
For the next release, if QGis is built with the 2.0 version of GDAL, you could also add ODS (Open/LibreOffice file format for spreadsheet) in the filters.