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Quantum GIS uDig OpenJump gvSIG TerraView Kosmos WhiteBox


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Quantum GIS is easily the most mature, robust, and user-friendly. Cross-platform, too!


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I would look at OSGeo.org for this. They maintain a collection of Open Source GIS packages and utilities. This includes: GRASS OSSIM Quantum GIS gvSIG In addition, there are many useful tools and libraries, such as GDAL, OGR, OpenLayers, etc.


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Here's a vote for Quantum GIS with GRASS plugin enabled as your desktop application. (QGIS is available on Windows, MacOS X and Linux). OGR/GDAL will take care of nearly any file format. Store all your data on PostgreSQL/ PostGIS and serve it out with Geoserver. Link to QGIS API Documentation.


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You dont need to program to do this - you just need a desktop mapping package and your data in a standard format. Standard formats include shapefiles for points, lines, and polygons, and geoTIFFs for raster (gridded image-type) data. I use the Open Source Quantum GIS, but there are other Open Source applications. Commercial GIS applications will be way too ...


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There's a thread at the ESRI Forums on the issue: http://forums.arcgis.com/threads/166-Beta-10-Docking-Tools-toolbar-Vertically?highlight=dock+toolbars+vertically Currently, the toolbar cannot dock between the Table of Contents and map. The closest thing is that the tools can be docked vertically to the left of the TOC. For now, unless someone codes a very ...


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Portable GIS is a very useful set of Open GIS Tools that can fit on a USB stick and used on other computers and very good for field work on a laptop. Great for beginners or students without the resources to purchase for commercial GIS products. Newly updated version 2 contains a self-contained installer, updated versions of all the constituent software ...


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Bruce Bannerman has produced a Mind Map showing various Open Source Geospatial projects, with a summary of project features and links to project URLs at: http://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/User:Bruce.bannerman


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http://freegis.org/ - the oldest and perhaps most comprehensive directory of free GIS software and projects.


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We had this as well unfortunately - I believe it is a known bug. The only way around it we found was to clone data across the network to a local drive, but that isn't much of a solution I know. It has been fixed in 10 however... Found two possible solutions on the ESRI forum - the one that worked for us was to look at the registry settings, as shown here ...


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Unfortunately it's impossible to say how many people use QGIS. Tim Sutton regularly creates download stats for Windows stand-alone downloads: Last December, Gary Sherman followed a different approach and counted the number of unique IP addresses accessing the plugin repository and found: 35,603 unique IP addresses of users that accessed the ...


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There is a nice matrix (table) about "Matrix on OSGeo and COTS (Commercial off-the-shelf) software functionality", see this online spreadsheet. The effort of compiling the table was led by Tom McConnell, various project leads contributed to it.


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XTools pro http://www.xtoolspro.com/ stems back to ArcView 3.2


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I've got 2 monitors, running Vista 64 with ArcGIS 10.0. I opened arcmap, moved the window to the secondary monitor, undocked several commandbars and saved the mxd, then closed arcmap. When I reopened arcmap it placed the commandbars where I had placed them (in their undocked state), then prompted me for the mxd. I selected the mxd I had saved and it was ...


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SAGA GIS, System for Automated Geoscientic Analysis, is often under represented in floss GIS lists. SAGA developed from raster processing roots, and is thus very strong there, and grew into vector handling and analysis later. It is a mature tool.


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The programming language R is focused on statistics, but has some good mapping capabilities. I wouldn't use it to design a poster-sized map, but it has several packages for handling GIS tasks. The best part is that you can crank out spatial statistics without needing to leave the program.


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It might be poor form to post my own AddIns, but I'm doing it anyway(they are free and I don't post these in ESRI galleries). I wrote an AddIn with a single button(command) that fires up the browser to google streetview at the same extent as the ArcMap extent(avi movie). This is the one that my users ask for the most: GoogleStreetView.esriAddIn Select ...


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As others have said in comments, apparent detail when Zooming In has little or nothing to do with the software and everything to do with the data. Once you have the right data for your described purpose you can use just about anything to cut it up and print it. For imagery it doesn't even have to be "GIS" software, so long as it's an a standard format like ...


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UDig is Java based so it will run on all the major operating systems with no issues. Has good editing support.


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With my (limited) experience in GIS, I can't recommend you to start such a big task while having very limited amount of time. This might provoke bad solutions and underestimates the amount of small problems with integrating different FLOSS solutions. After this warning I will try to answer: First thing is that you shall not store a whole planet dataset on ...


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If you want to write stuff that avoids the scorn and derision of programmers, stuff that you can feel proud of in a portfolio, you'll want to get a really firm grasp of object oriented design and development (if you don't already). Mastering specific languages and frameworks can come later. By all means, use .NET and ArcObjects as the go-to language/API ...


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If you do need to program an application in java you might want to consider GeoTools which is a Java toolkit for handling GIS data. UDig (on the OSGEO Dvd too) and GeoServer both use GeoTools. Depending on how you store your data GeoTools may have a datastore that will connect with it directly (shapefiles, databases etc) or it's not too hard to write your ...


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If you are in the data creation business, I don't think that there is any substitute for Desktop GIS. The limiting factor in these cases, is the large sizes of data, which would take an inordinate time over any kind of network. The strength of Cloud based GIS is when you have a centralised server, serving out data, and viewing and limited editing ...


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I think it is going to move from desktop to cloud, and here's why. I currently run virtual training courses where the users log on to Amazon virtual machines to do the exercises. Similarly, if I want to do some testing I just fire up a machine and get to work. It's simple, it's configurable, and it's efficient; and I think it's going to soon reach the ...


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I am thinking you could do a spatial join of the points to your buffered polys which will join the attributes of both together, then you can select back the points that have matching ColumnX and ColumnY values.You can do just a Intersect or Identify as well, all three will give you a very similar result to append the attributed from the poly to the point ...


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I've now done a little searching myself on this and there seem to have been a few academic papers published with comparisons. Even the newest one is a year+ old now, but they do make for some interesting reading. An overview on current free and open source desktop GIS developments (PDF) - Comprehensive comparison of GRASS 6.3.0, QGIS 0.9, uDig 1.1, gvSIG ...


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1) ArcGIS or ArcObjects is a COM model, with a .Net, Java and C++ wrapper on top. So any .Net language or Java or C++ can be used. See the ArcObjects Help .Net, Java, C++ 2) I would suggest a refrence book wit a lot of content, like Begining C# or VB.Net from Wrox. 3) I would start by looking at thte samples in the dokumentations. Specially the add-in ...


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I'd suggest not relying on the ESRI samples to learn programming skills in general or .NET in particular. That's not a slam on the samples or the people who prepared them; samples are meant to show how a particular thing could or should work. For brevity, a lot of things are left out of samples. Also, most ESRI samples I've seen are not object-oriented but ...



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