Quantum GIS (also called QGIS) is a FREE open source GIS program who’s biggest selling point is it’s simplicity. This program should be the one used by anyone who wants to learn GIS. Because of this, the Institute uses QGIS as our classroom software to bring non-technical people into the GIS world.
Not only is it simple, it also packs some punch. It can do 100% of what the casual GIS user needs, and about 80% of what the power user needs. We strongly recommend this to anyone beginning in GIS.
A few tips on the installation process of Quantum GIS:
1. You can download the software from the Quantum GIS website
2. Click on “Download” on the left side of the front page.
3. Click on “Current Software”
4. You then want to download the 1.4.0 Enceladus Windows – Standalone version.
Click on the download link and click “Save”
5. Once downloaded – find the file on your computer, right-click on the file and click on “Run as..” or “Run as administrator”
6. Then click next and follow the simply installation steps (you do not need the sample data for the workshop)
7. A QGIS icon will appear on your desktop after the installation in complete. Simply double-click on the icon to launch the program.
8. If the program does not open, then you have to download and install Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86)
Quantum GIS will open correctly after installing Microsoft Visual C++