I try to use qgis to create a custom topographic map for outdoor use: UTM, 1:50000.
What these maps usually have is a 1km x 1km grid, which at the bottom is labeled with a shorthand for the corresponding UTM grid coordinate:
Say the UTM easting of a vertical line is 05532000, then I'd label the line with 32. The 055 is redundant because every line in the map will have that part (provided the map doesn't cover too large an area), and the 000 is redundant as the grid lines are placed at multiples of 1000.
Now, I used qgis to create the grid, and I added a column to the corresponding data file containing the labels I'm after, but when I use the "Display labels" functionality in the properties of the shapefile, the labels occur in the center lines of the map, whereas I'd like to have them at the margin. I didn't really find a way in qgis to do that and would appreciate any help.
(If other open source software is better suited to create nice topographic maps from a GeoTIFF file, I'd also appreciate that, as long as it runs on Linux or Mac)