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I was exploring the possibility of creating a simple Data Viewer based on QGIS.

I would like to create an simple application that will open QGIS up with a limited set of tools & menus. QGIS would open up with a given Project file and data (in shapefile format).

Preferably, I'll like to make a stand alone installation program, that will configure QGIS and copy the data like I have mentioned above.

Is something like this possible?

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Yes, it is possible (but not sure if stand-alone program will be easy to create). And in several hours (or tomorrow) I will post here a link to the code that will cover a half of your task related to viewer creation (the server is down at the moment). –  SS_Rebelious Sep 18 '12 at 13:15
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I recently read a blog post by @Nathan W that described something very similar that he created. Take a look... –  RyanDalton Sep 18 '12 at 15:37
    
I think the question still is relevant. I am looking for a out of the box system. –  ragnvald Aug 12 at 8:28

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As I promised: here is a tutorial on creating stand-alone app that is very similar to your description (scroll page to the bottom to see the result). Unfortunately it is in Russian, but I suppose google-translate will provide some help.

Also you may find some inspiration here (GeoApt spatial data browser based on QGIS).

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Excellent!! This answers almost all of my answers except for the following: 1]This requires that QGIS be installed on the deployment target machine. Is there any way or combining the installation of this along with QGIS, so that both get installed? 2]How would I get a .qgs file to load, which would be used to save the rendering for 3 different shapefiles? –  Devdatta Tengshe Sep 19 '12 at 10:34
    
1)Yes, it is possible to have QGIS and your app to be both installed on one machine. But the details of exact realisation are up to you. 2) Not sure if I understand what are you going to do. Please, consider to post it as a proper separate question. –  SS_Rebelious Sep 19 '12 at 13:42

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