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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 do you display related records in QGIS?

Coming from an esri background I have always used relationship classes in a gdb to display records related to a feature. Eg. Relate 1 survey point to many documents, photos etc. Does any one know how ...
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How to export Polygons to CSV with coordinates?

I am very new to QGIS, so please bear with me. I have a ".shp" file, which is contains a set of boundaries for suburbs of Australia. I opened it to QGIS and I would like to export it into a CSV file ...
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Developing Web Application For Map

I have huge data of maps usually most of the table are co-ordinates and the other are raster maps stored in SQL server 2008 and PostGres Server. I am using desktop application to analyse the data. ...
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Can I transfer custom QGIS settings from one computer to another?

Can I export custom general settings from my QGIS installation to a file so that I can transfer the settings to QGIS on a different computer? Does QGIS have them already saved to a file located ...
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Generate points that lie inside polygon

I have polygon feature and want to be able to generate points inside it. I need this for one classification task. Generating random points until one is inside the polygon wouldn't work because it's ...
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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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Divide a complex shape file into a grid

I have a decently detailed shapefile with polygon/multipolygon features (the file is about 500mb). It's actually a shapefile of the entire world, with the features representing coastlines. I need to ...
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How to create desire lines in QGIS?

How can I show the flow coming from an Origin-Destination matrix as desire lines? I need a result like the one in the picture below. I need to scale them proportionally to its value (coming from a ...
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One to Many Relationship in QGIS with PostGIS

Does anyone know of any tool that can do a One-to-Many relationship in QGIS. I have my data in a PostGIS database. I would like to be able to query spatial layers that are related to spatial or non ...
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Open source tool for point/node conflation/matching?

The Question Are there any open source tools for conflating (matching) two layers of point (node) data? Motivation I'm particularly interested in using such a tool to sync data with OpenStreetMap, ...
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Is it possible to create 3D dxf with OGR?

Does anyone know if it's possible to create a 3D dxf with OGR. I would like to assign our contour lines a z value and export them to dxf for some cad work. PS I know FME can do this, however I would ...
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How to connect to Postgres with QGIS?

Oddly, it should be simple, but I can't connect to a local PostGIS database. My installation is with Mac OS X (10.8), Postgres.app (in doc it's said to have PostGIS included) and Quantum GIS 1.8. ...
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How to create a map with states by attribute value?

I'm using Qgis, but I am quite familiar with R and python. So I could use any of these. I want a map of mexico but want to color the stats according to a certain variable. It goes from 0 to 100. So ...
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Creating Thiessen (Voronoi) polygons using lines (rather than points) as the input features?

I have a set of line features inside a particular polygonal boundary. For each line, I'd like to generate a polygon inside which every possible point is closer to the given line than to any other line ...
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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 do I generate a large number of maps?

I have to make a large number (hundreds) of distribution maps of species. I have a shapefile that contain the distributions for each species, and for each one, I would like to get a map as an image ...
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How to define Winkel Tripel in proj 4.8.0?

I have QGIS with proj 4.8.0 installed. I'd like to add Winkel Tripel projection which seems to be defined as +proj=wintri But that definition string does not work. Is this a bug in my proj version, ...
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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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How to change field length in QGIS

I have a shapefile I made in QGIS 1.7.4. One of the fields is a String of length 80. I'd like to make the field accept longer stings, but I can't figure out how to change its length. How do I do this? ...
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How to use map composer in a stand-alone script?

I'm trying to follow the map rendering section from the pyqgis cookbook, but I'd like to test this as a standalone application. I can do the first part, using simple rendering, but I'm a bit stuck ...
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Why can't I add most plugins under Ubuntu 12.04?

I loaded QGIS into 12.04 with much trouble but it works. Although I do not seem to be able to load most plugins. I go to fetch plugins and most are not loaded so I try to load some and they will not ...
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How do I specify a CRS for a fictional game map in QGIS?

I am about to start playing a steampunk RPG game called The Iron Realm, which uses a fictional world map. I have recently started using QGIS v1.7 and have no real experience with GIS sysstems. I have ...
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How to split a line at point positions?

I am a rooky with QGIS and i am stuck from a basic problems. I have a polyline and i have some points (2) on the polyline. I would like to know if there is a tool or script that i could use to ...
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Missing tools (icons) QGIS

I lost selection and navigation tools from the GGIS 1.8 toolbar when I tried drag then to different place. I can't get them back anymore. Where they disappear? All these tools are checked but are ...
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QGIS Server Capabilities Response doesn't contain any Layers

This question is similar as this one QGIS Server not working (problem with fast CGI), but with more details: I installed the latest QGIS from trunk on Linux (Ubuntu 11.04) in the non-default location ...
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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 edit layers from a FGDB - File Geodatabse in QGIS?

I think I've found the answer (you can't edit FGDB's) but there seem to be few reports around that it is possible to edit FGDB files in QGIS. Can anyone advise if it's possible to setup QGIS ...
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How to crop Shapefiles in QGIS?

I need to clip a large and very detailed .shp file in QGIS showing environmental data similar to a temperature map. Is there something like the very simple crop tool alike in photoshop where you can ...
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How to create curved labels in QGIS

I added an image, that explains my demand (see Schiefelsbach river). How can I do this? thanks
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How do I load a .dbf file into QGIS?

I want to use QGIS to extract lat/lng data from the vertices of polygons. There are about 400 polygons, each with maybe 200 vertices. I am having trouble with step one, getting the data into QGIS. ...
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Can I change properties of several layers simultaneously?

I'm working on bulk data. I have a few hundred GeoTIFF images imported into a QGIS project, and I'd like to modify their layer properties - things like the no-data-value, transparency of certain pixel ...
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What is the best way to connect spatial data with attributes in Excel table?

I have many attributes which are stored in an Excel table. They refer to USA counties. I need to somehow connect those attributes to polygons in some format (don't know which is the best) and ...
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Measuring the distance between lines and points in QGIS

Using QGIS - I have a vector of fault lines. I have point data in the form of a csv which I have also loaded into QGIS. I need to know how far each point is from the nearest fault line then enter ...
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Finding centrelines from polygons?

I was wondering if there is a way to create centre lines from polygons in QGIS? I have a polygon layer, but ideally need the centrelines as a separate file. Thanks, Alan
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How to perform Ordinary Kriging in SAGA via QGIS SEXTANTE Plug-in?

I'm trying to learn how to apply the kriging analysis in QGIS using the SEXTANTE plug-in and SAGA tools. It appears that I have my SEXTANTE and SAGA folders configured properly according to the user ...
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How to create heatmap (concentration of points) in QGIS?

There was already a question about it in 2010, where the answer was basically "use QGIS Heatmap plugin". I've also read on QGIS webpage that it is now "implemented as a native C++ plugin" My ...
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Why does QGIS's Clipper tell me “Computed -srcwin falls outside raster size” and how do I address it?

I'm trying to clip a heightmap to a small area that I'm interested in. When I attempt to use Raster > Extraction > Clipper I get an error dialog with the message ""Computed -srcwin falls outside ...
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Loading a raster using QGIS into a PostGIS2.0 enabled database

Following on from my attempt to install a postgresql 9.1 db with postgis 2.0 on windows 7, I am trying to figure out how to load a raster. I have successfully loaded a shapefile, and am trying to do ...
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Auto-calculate field (area or formula)

I'm wondering if anyone has any insight into the potential to auto-calculate the value of a field, either area or distance (ideally) or a formula (based on the values of say 2 other fields, or an ...
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Getting dataProvider from vector layer outside QGIS

I'm using PyScripter to explore PyQGIS API because of it's very handy auto-completion function. I've managed to get a handle on a PostGis vector layer by: >>> from qgis.core import * ...
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Is it possible to create multiple buffers using QGIS?

I'm new to QGIS and have no programming skills, is there an easy/uncomplicated way to create multiple buffers around a line feature.
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Calculating elevation profile of a trail?

What would be the best way to calculate an elevation profile of a trail remotely (without using altimeter/gps tracking your steps)? For example, to do it in the most rudimentary way you might take a ...
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How to get shapefile of river from OpenStreetMap?

I dont want to download whole map of an area. I just want rivers and other waterbodies present in an area in shapefiles so that I can use them in Qgis. I tried geofabrik but it is giving whole map and ...
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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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How to split non-contiguous feature in QGIS?

I have a shapefile with a feature that is non-contiguous. I want to split the areas on the left from the area on the right. However, QGIS's Split Features tool requires you to draw a line over the ...
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How do I use the Natural Earth SQLite DB with QGIS?

I just downloaded the Natural Earth data in SQLite format from http://www.naturalearthdata.com/downloads/. I had assumed that this would be a SpatiaLite database, but it appears not to be! QGIS is ...
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Easiest way to create historical street maps using QGIS

I want to make some historical street maps using QGIS. I understand how to upload a historical OS map from DigiMaps to QGIS, but I want to actually 'draw' the streets myself in order to have some ...
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Are there QGIS tools that will allow users to get tabular statistics from their table?

Are there QGIS tools that will allow users to get tabular statistics from their table? I kind of expected I would be able to just open the table, select the field I was interested in, right-click on ...
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How to use a field-to-RGB mapping for symbology in QGIS?

Using QGIS version 1.7. I have a plain text file that lists a set of rgb values against a code. I want to use this colour table to colour a polygon layer by mapping one of its attribute fields ...