GIS Mapping Software

There are Free (Open Source) and non-Free (Commercial) GIS Mapping Software

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The following are Open Source (Free!) GIS Mapping software:

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Quantum GIS – Quantum GIS (QGIS) is a user friendly Open Source Geographic Information System that runs on GNU/Linux, Unix, Mac OSX, and MS Windows. QGIS supports vector, raster, and database formats and is licensed under the GNU General Public License.
QGIS lets you browse, edit and create a variety of vector and raster formats, including ESRI shapefiles, spatial data in PostgreSQL/PostGIS, GRASS vectors and rasters, or GeoTiff. You can create customized plugins and GIS enabled applications using Python or C++. Maps can be compiled for printing using the print composer.

GIS software free Quantum
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gvSIG – gvSIG is a Geographic Information System desktop application designed for capturing, storing, handling, analyzing and deploying any kind of referenced geographic information in order to solve complex management and planning problems. gvSIG is known for having a user-friendly interface, being able to access the most common formats, both vector and raster ones. It features a wide range of tools, such as query tools, layout creation, and geoprocessing, which turns gvSIG into the ideal tool for users working in the land realm.

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GRASS GIS – Commonly referred to as GRASS, this is free Geographic Information System software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization. GRASS is currently used in academic and commercial settings around the world, as well as by many governmental agencies and environmental consulting companies.

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MapWindow GIS – The MapWindow application is a free, extensible, Geographic Information System that can be used as an alternative desktop GIS, to distribute data to others, and to develop and distribute custom spatial data analyses.

uDig – another open-source GIS program. Windows/Mac/Linux

 

The following are Commercial GIS Programs:

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ESRI ArcGIS – ArcGIS is an integrated collection of GIS software products. It provides a standards-based platform for spatial analysis, data management, and mapping. You can use ArcGIS products throughout the enterprise on the desktop and via servers and mobile devices. You can also use ArcGIS to access online services. If you are a developer, ArcGIS gives you tools for building your own applications.

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Manifold GIS – Manifold 8 delivers a powerful GIS package at fairly low price. It handles both vector and raster data, includes spatial SQL, a built-in Internet Map Server (IMS), and other general GIS features. Manifold System has an active user community with a mailing list and online forums.

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Global Mapper – Global Mapper is a GIS software package developed by globalmapper.com that runs on Microsoft Windows. Global Mapper handles both vector, raster, and elevation data, and provides viewing, conversion, and other general GIS features.

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MapInfo – MapInfo Professional┬« is a Windows-based mapping and geographic analysis application. It comes with support for open source PostGIS, Microsoft SQL 2008, Excel 2007, and Office 2007.

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Didger – Didger allows you to convert paper maps, graphs, aerial photographs, or any other plotted information into a versatile digital format that you can use with other software. Didger can create new maps from the ground up or edit any map, drawing, image, or data set imported into it.

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Map Viewer – MapViewer is an affordable mapping and spatial analysis tool that allows you to produce publication-quality thematic maps easily.

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