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Is there any software that can easily create a Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) without using a script?

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I second that mention of QGIS and the "save as SLD" plugin - it will even allow you to publish it directly to GeoServer without having to "save" to a file first. – spatialguru Dec 19 '12 at 8:25
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You can try these:

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If you are an ArcGIS Desktop user. Have a look at GeoCat Bridge:

If you're looking for webbased solutions, try GXP Styler:

QGIS now has native support for SLD.

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Here are two more options:

  1. You can install the GeoExt Styler extension and use it directly to set the styles.

  2. If you have ArcGIS desktop, and want to convert from your Map Documents/ layer files to sld files without any headaches, you can use Arc2Earth. They even have a free (free as in Beer) community edition, which you can use to export the sld files of layers one at a time. As someone who is far too invested in ArcGIS desktop, I can't overstate how easy it has made my life.

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You can use Tilemill. it allows you to export SLD (compatible with mapnik)

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Use geoserver CSS module It creates SLD by it's own, there is no need to learn SLD.

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