MapServer 5.0 was released yesterday. This new release brings a lot of enhancements and bug fixes and some back compatibility breaks. One of the most remarkable news is a rendering engine based on AGG library, this renderer significantly improves map output quality with a very good antialiasing and transparency processing.

An amazing rendering quality

The MapServer development team has done a great job with this release.

The new AGG rendering engine allows an incredible high quality antialisaed output: the following two images are taken with MapServer 5 and MapServer 4 respectively.

MapServer 5 antialias MapServer 4 no antialias

See the change log.

For a complete guide to the new features and about migrating from previous versions, take a look at the MapServer 5.0 migration guide.