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Feature comparison between QGIS and ArcGIS for Desktop [closed]

I am learning to use QGIS and ArcGIS for Desktop but I cannot find the differences between them. What are the differences between the capabilities of QGIS and ArcGIS for Desktop?
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How to convert a vector layer to raster?

In qgis in the raster menu there is an item "convert vector to raster". This behaves strangely - I do not understand how it is supposed to work. I can select a vector file, an attribute and an ...
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How to overcome field truncation when converting OSM to shapefile with QGIS?

I am trying to convert an OpenStreetMap file into a shapefile, but I am having problems with the "tags" field being cut-off after 80 characters. With QGIS 1.4, I use the OpenStreetMap plugin to 'Load ...
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Can PostGIS and QGIS provide dependable multi-user editing?

After considering a few options, I'm trying to give my 15-20 QGIS 2.2 users the ability to concurrently view/edit one or two basic point PostGIS layers, largest one has just 16,000 records. I've ...
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Merging adjacent polygons in shapefile that has been split at tile boundaries?

I'm currently using building data from the Ordnance Survey Vectormap District and I've noticed that a lot of building polygons are split in 2 because of the way the OS split up the shapefile. This is ...
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Rubber sheeting in GRASS or QGIS

We are in the process of getting our property boundaries corrected and a side effect of this is that we need to move any assets that have been drawn relative to the property boundaries, so they are ...
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Compare similar lines and update layers

Here there are two layers with the representation of the streets and the idea is: We want to update the most recent layer (with the red line) with some of the data storaged in the other one (the light ...
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How to query OSM for all beaches facing west? - QGIS preferred

I want to identify all beaches on this planet (or a given subset of it) that are facing westwards (+/- 20-30 degrees). My idea is to use OSM as the data source. Extracting all polygons that have the ...
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How to load Ordnance Survey OpenSpace in QGIS?

The version of gvSIG that I have on my Android tablet will load OS OpenSpace layers and I wonder whether or not it would be possible for QGIS desktop to do the same? And if so, how? I have my own ...
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Monte Carlo simulation using QGIS and pgRouting on optimal sidewalk construction

I am new to spatial analysis and would appreciate some general direction on a project I am attempting, outlined below (I am starting from scratch). GOAL: To find the best locations to install 2000 ...
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How to export shape file to SpatiaLite

I have a shapefile with one layer. I can open it with QGis. Now I want to convert this shapefile or layer to Spatialite database. How can I do it? Is it possible to do with QGis?
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How to move vectors to specified coordinates in QGIS?

I have a layer of vectors located around, say, (100, 100), and I want to move them to new coordinate like (1000, 1000). How should I do it? Preferably using QGIS.
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How to create points in a specified distance along the line in QGIS?

I want to use QGIS creating points along the line, but in specified distance. I found two GRASS tools in SEXTANTE Toolbox: v.to.points v.segment I tried v.to.points, setting the maximum distance ...
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Why Do Colors Look Darker When Printed on Paper?

I made a map with a terrain-colored relief-shading in the background. I then exported them as PDF from Print Composer in QGIS. But when I print the PDF onto paper: the shaded-relief color in the ...
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How to perform Raster Reclassification in QGIS?

Is there a way to perform a reclassify of a raster image in QGIS? In ArcGIS you can do that in Spatial analyst Tools→Reclass→Reclassify Any ideas?
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Are there tools to directly import QGIS projects into Tilemill?

Now that there is a tool to convert an MXD to Tilemill, one must then wonder if the ability to open QGIS documents in Tilemill will ever exist.
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How to display only selected features on map?

Not sure if this option ever existed, but the new QGIS version hides a lot of things somewhere else and this seems so simple that I'm kind of convinced it was possible to do this before. I have quite ...
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Rasterfile clipping error: Cannot compute bounding box of cutline

I have a raster file and want to clip it, a vector file is supposed to be the mask layer. I use the most obvious method (Raster->Extraction->Clipper). No matter what I do, I get this error (see pic): ...
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Idiots guide to expressions for QGIS

I have no formal training in GIS and have learned on the fly with ArcGIS 9.3 at work and have been dabbling with QGIS on my own time for my business. Is there any resource recommendations ingeneral ...
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How to place elevation numbers on contours with uphill orientation and position?

I want to orient my elevation labels uphill. Is that possible? I'm currently using the labeling tool from QGIS (not that one in layer settings). I want the labels curved and uphill oriented (and I ...
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Polygon gradient fills / tint bands in QGIS

Is it possible to use a gradient fill on a polygon in QGIS? I would like to have my polygons with a colour at the edges, fading to clear/white as it moves away from the edge. The majority of the ...
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Is it possible to use symbols instead of colours to visualise raster cell values?

I have a raster image (GeoTIFF) with integer values. I know how to visualise raster values in QGIS using colormaps or similar, but I would like to assign symbols to each colour value instead - just ...
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Find pseudo nodes in free GIS software

Software gvSIG OA Digital Edition 2010 have tools topology for finding pseudo nodes in linear geometry. I set cluster tolerance 0.00002 and maximum number of errors -10000 for 20000 link count linear ...
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How can I uninstall Quantum GIS that was installed using OSGeo?

I installed QGIS using OSGEO4W, and would love to know how to uninstall it, because when I go to "Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall" the program does not appear in the list of installed programs. ...
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Is there a way to access QGIS plugins in Python?

Is there a way to access QGIS plugins in Python? I'd like to write a script to do some geoprocessing, and I'd like to use the clip, regular points and convex hull tools in fTools, as well as the Road ...
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Connecting ArcSDE to Quantum GIS for dummies?

I really have a need to be able to connect to and edit ArcSDE data in Quantum GIS. This question has been asked before and apparently is possible, but the instructions are just not specific enough ...
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Elevation profile 10 km each side of a line

How can I get an elevation profile for a band of terrain? The highest elevation within 10 km (on each side of the defined line) should be taken into account. I hope my question is clear. Thank you ...
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How to merge lines with slightly different endpoints in QGIS?

In QGIS, I have two lines. The endpoints are near each other, but not quite aligned. I'd like to turn the two lines into one, with the two endpoints merged into midpoints. The closest I've been able ...
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Open Source equivalent to Collector for ArcGIS to use with QGIS/PostGIS?

From my reading of the Esri web pages the Collector for ArcGIS is tightly tied to that platform. I would be delighted to learn that I am wrong about this. I have a strong interest in generic mobile ...
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Why do OpenLayers plugin layers appear shifted in QGIS print composer?

I'm having trouble with the OpenLayers Plugin of Qgis and the map composer: If I create an OSM-background layer and if I want to export this, the OSM-Layer looks perfectly all right in the normal ...
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Get Raster Values from a Polygon Overlay in Opensource GIS Solutions

I have two layers. A polygon-shape-layer with many tiles and a raster-layer containing CORINE 2006 land cover with many categories in a colourmap. I want to obtain for each polygon in the shapelayer a ...
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Is there a SVG symbol library for qgis?

Im currently using default simple symbol capabilities or dingbat fonts for point objects. Is there maybe a SVG symbol library for qgis that is a bit more extensive than that which is included? I've ...
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Is it possible to export geospatial PDF from QGIS via GDAL/OGR?

Is there any plugin for QGIS which would help me in exporting the map document as a geospatial PDF (similar to Terrago's GeoPDF)?
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How to import coordinate data from excel into QGIS?

I have an excel file containing data collected over many years as latitude and longitude coordinates for archaeological sites - how can I import it into QGIS as a new layer?
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How to display geoJSON from an URL in a layer?

I am looking for some type of plugin or code which would allow me to add a geojson URL, define the areas to input the lat/long variables from the visible Qgis canvas map and call/render the results ...
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shp2kml license expired, looking for free solution

So I work for a small African non-profit. I do all the GIS and data work. Most of the layers I create, I convert to kml layers so my boss can then use them quickly and easily in Google Earth. But now ...
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How to programatically check for a mouse click in QGIS

I want to know how to check for a mouse click in QGIS. I am trying to write a python plugin and want to provide functionality similar to the "Select Single Feature" tool that already exists in QGIS. ...
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How to copy the color styling to a color column in a layer's attribute table?

I have a polygon layer in QGIS that I have applied a random color style to each polygon. Under Layer Properties -> Style I selected a Categorized style and then generated a random color ramp. I added ...
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Shaded relief from DEM in GRASS and QGIS

I have been trying to get a good looking shaded relief model out of GRASS and Qgis for a day or so now and just can't seem to get it. The biggest problem I'm having is the valleys look like mountains,...
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How to create a new empty vector layer programmatically?

I am new to python and QGIS. I have looked at a few tutorials of python scripts for QGIS. All of them create new vector and raster layers with some existing data source. eg. shapefile or geotiff or ...
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How to have a drop down list for feature editing (attributes) in Quantum GIS?

I'm editing a lot of polygons of a shapefile in QGIS and i need to classify them, so i have to write the classes a repetedly a lot of times. In ArcMap there is an option to have domains set for the ...
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How to handle multiple map frames with different layers in one print layout?

Often I need two (or more) map frames in map layout to present different data next to each other. It is easy to make multiple map frames in QGIS Print Composer. BUT... It is in the nature of my work ...
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What cartographic line symbol could make a coastline represent water like this old map?

I live in a coastal area with lots of islands. Sometimes with a black and white map it's hard to distinguish land from sea. So I'm trying to replicate this old map's style. I'm trying to do this in ...
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How to join external tables with a shapefile's attribute table in QGIS?

I need to join a .csv table into an attribute table of a shapefile. I wanted to do this with QGIS and i don't seem to find anyway of doing it. I know that the mmqgis plugin does it, but my shapefile ...
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Is there a good qml or sld file available for QGIS + Openstreetmap data?

I'm looking for a qml file (or equivalent e.g. sld) to allow me to use QGIS to take Openstreetmap data and produce paper maps. I'm re-asking this question (it was asked once or twice over a couple of ...
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How to setup QGIS Master and Stable in parallel on one Linux system?

I mainly use the QGis Master (nightly build) for my Debian Linux and I'm quite happy with it. But for educational and demonstration purposes, I now have to work with the Stable(1.8) version. How can ...
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How to create lines to visualize differences between polygon features in PostGIS?

I've a PostGIS table polygon_b with some polygon features. There is also a table polygon_a which contains the same polygons as polygon_b but with minor changes. Now I want to create lines to visualize ...
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How to connect lines in a network?

I have a shapefile of lines and another of polygons. When two or more lines intersect a polygon they should be connected (snapped), but sometimes during manual digitization this doesn't occur. I need ...
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How to sort by multiple fields at the same time?

Is it possible to sort multiple fields at the same time in QGIS? For example, I'd like to sort a table by state name, and then within each state, sort by county name. This would be the same as the ...
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How to add Direction and Distance to attribute table?

anyone who can help. i just want to add direction (Bearing: i.e N 25 35 E) and Distance (Length: 125 meters) as my new field in polyline/line data. is there a plug-in to generate these fields? i tried ...