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I'm new to QGIS and have no programming skills, is there an easy/uncomplicated way to create multiple buffers around a line feature.

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Not as far as I know. I think you'll have to make the buffers in separate shapefiles (Vector -> Geoprocessing Tools -> Buffers). Nick.

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Thanks Nick, thats what I ended up doing, just a shame it isn't a one step move...yet! –  DeeDee Apr 4 '12 at 15:23
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I have had the same problem. I found that you can do multiple ring buffers in OpenJump.

Which is another open source GIS and may be suitable for your requirements.

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If you are just looking for visual buffering (not creating the buffers as accurate features), you can utilize the 'new symbology' and build up symbol layers, basing their size on map units. Click 'Change..' under the symbol to add layers. Also, look into rule-based symbols for logical control over what gets visually buffered.

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