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Google Earth, for viewing and creating KMZ/KML files Trimble Sketchup, for creating 3D models PointVue LE, Fusion/LDV, LAStools, for viewing LAS (LiDAR) files in 3D PyScripter, for Python scripting ArcGIS Diagrammer 10.0, for designing geodatabases and modifying schemas (ESRI XML workspace documents) (for 10.1 and for 10.2) Visual Studio Express (C# or ...


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GDAL: GDAL - Geospatial Data Abstraction Library When you don't know how to do it, you can usually do it with GDAL.


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QGIS. Although I do most of my analysis using ESRI based tools, QGIS is extremely fast for quickly examining a shapefile, and zooming/panning/reading the attributes. I don't mean this in a derogatory way, as QGIS is also a wonderful open-source desktop GIS; but for quick file opening/closing it's wonderful and the quickest I've found.


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Fiddler is excellent. Update Suppose I'm looking at a Web App, like Esri's Redistricting Online ... ... and I become curious about the mapservices it uses. I can fire up Fiddler and see what Urls it is accessing. I can right click and copy the url and paste into a web browser, since we're dealing with REST ... ...


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GIMP and INKSCAPE I use these two for cartographic purposes. Gimp has good raster support (until they get huge/GB in size, then you run it on a linux OS!) and Inkscape handles vectors really well.


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Firebug for Firefox Inspect HTML and modify style and layout in real-time . Use the most advanced JavaScript debugger available for any browser. Accurately analyze network usage and performance. Extend Firebug and add features to make Firebug even more powerful. http://getfirebug.com/ Like it as you can edit webpages online and see the changes ...


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Benjamin already mentioned SAGA GIS, but just the name so I would like to add more info about this excellent SW: SAGA (System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses) SAGA is also free and opensource like QGIS, but it is focused on raster data analysis and processing. The standard modules are: File access: interfaces to various table, vector, image and ...


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For statistical analysis, there is R. An integration of R with ArcGIS provides the Geospatial Modelling Environment. Using the right libraries you can easily handle shapefiles and raster data in R RStudio is a powerful IDE with debugging and improved data handling for R.


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Java Topology Suite, particularly JTS TestBuider (for Windows users, make a Shortcut to C:\Program Files\JTS\jts-1.11\bin\testbuilder.bat). With JTS TestBuilder, you can copy/paste WKT or WKB into the geometry inputs, and debug a geometry (especially if it is invalid and you want to know why) or explore spatial functions and spatial predicate operators, ...


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Color Oracle - a colorblindness simulator for Window, Mac and Linux. I use this for checking the "look" of my composed maps.


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Begin by considering the type of dam construction. Some dams are high, thin, and curved; others--including earth dams, which are perhaps commonest--tend to be straight across and quite thick, with slopes that vary from 1:2.5 to 1:5 (40% to 20%). For many examples, see the illustrations in B. Bassell's 1904 study on earthen dams. You need to create a DEM ...


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The OSGeo is a repository for the open source GIS community. There are a few applications highlighted here that may suite your needs. Quantum GIS (QGIS) - QGIS can handle a variety of vector and raster GIS data sets. The application interface is intuitive, and has a similar look and feel like ESRI ArcMap. The application may also be installed on a ...


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No-one's mentioned postgresql and PostGis yet for storing, organising and manipulating geodata.


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Eclipse and PyDev for Python coding - the latest version (finally) allows you to run a script without it being in the project, and has some other great features as well (break on exception etc.). That and the almost unlimited other number of extensions that you can install in Eclipse. Git for version control. Free, easy, and you don't need to install any ...


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OpenOffice/LibreOffice - I use this tool to make the maps layouts.


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Google use a self-developed tool called Atlas to maintain geodata. In this video from Google I/O 2013 you see how Atlas works (Atlas starts at 7:30 - but it is interesting to see the whole video).


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I wonder why MAPNIK has not been mentioned yet. It is also pluged in to QGIS. Very nice tool for easily making astonishing looking maps.


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Irfanview - for making simple image edits, such as cropping screenshots. Much more useful than MS Paint Free JavaScript Editor - for editing JS, but also CSS, HTML, etc. Contains some great error checking functions, including a direct link to JSLint Firebug - priceless when debugging a web application in FireFox PythonWin - arguably easier debugging than ...


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In a nutshell: Start with QGIS. There are several Free and Open Source tools for geospatial statistics. QGIS (Quantum GIS) There are several spatial statistics plugins in Quantum GIS, such as fTools: Tools for vector data analysis and management Zonal Statistics: Extended zonal statistics and report generation manageR: Interface to the R statistical ...


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The Gdal command line tools are quite useful. ogrinfo myshapefile.shp gdalinfo myrasterfile.tif ogr2ogr to convert files. Sometimes I also use the xpath tool (provided with the gnome libxml2 library) to inspect xml/xsd/kml files: cat my-insanely-complex-xml-file.xml | xpath "//Placename/text()" You get the idea.


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Self-link, but TileMill is very useful for exploring geodata, making pretty maps, doing analysis, etc. It's mainly for the presentation and exploration steps, while the heavy-lifting of analysis can be done in QGIS or similar.


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GeoDa is free, cross-platform software designed for dynamic visualization, exploratory spatial data analysis, and spatial statistics. It has been around for almost 15 years (starting as an ArcView 3.x extension, it was recoded to be independent of ArcView after ESRI abandoned the old AV architecture). It is associated with an illustrious group of GIS ...


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Based on your requirements, you may need a GIS stack: server, database, presentation, and then the analysis tools. I'd recommend GeoServer (http://www.geoserver.org) for server, PostgreSQL with PostGIS extension for database (http://postgis.net). This combination can enable easy distributed authoring/analysis and publishing using WFS, WPS, and WMS, which ...


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Commercial: FME Desktop " ability to take a point cloud that has no color information on it, and overlay it into an orthophoto to produce a colorized point cloud" http://blog.safe.com/2012/01/beating-lidar-into-submission-with-fme-2012/ LP360 Add-on to ArcGIS http://www.qcoherent.com/products/index.html LP360 for ArcGIS™ (Basic, Standard and Advanced) ...


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MapInfo would definitely do what you'd like it to do. However, in my opinion, the open source options have far surpassed the capabilities of MapInfo. Specifically, I suggest you look into QGIS. It can do everything MapInfo can do and more. I've never used it for retail business and service planning, but there are plenty of people on this site who could ...


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Disclaimer: Developer on the project, and hardcore advocate, but it is pretty awesome sooo... :) A lot of Arc* users tend to fit in well with QGIS. It provides the same kind of features, if not more in some areas. Provides good printing options. Can open pretty much any format under the sun. QGIS also has a progressing framework that can interface with ...


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FugroViewer - Fantastic program for viewing LIDAR data saved in LAS files. It has 2D, 3D and profile view. You can symbolize dots with all attributes stored in LAS files along with RGB colors.


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I am working at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay Ontario. I have created the same type of facility in my university last year, with the same needs. I have chosen to use QGIS with a PostGIS database. We do have educational licenses of ArcGIS and PCI for teaching purposes, but I am trying to stay away from all of that. If you have any other questions, or ...



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