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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 ...


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


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.


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 ... ...


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 ...


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.


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. Like it as you can edit webpages online and see the changes ...


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, ...


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 ...


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.


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


GDAL/OGR When data doesn't look right or work in my desktop GIS, a simple ogrinfo usually provides the answer. gdal_translate and gdalwarp for quick raster operations, and of course the gdal Python modules. Completely unrelated and more of a Web app, but ColorBrewer is great for figuring out color values for different data classes.


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


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 ...


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 ...


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


The full version of ArcGIS (ArcInfo) with all the extensions is far beyond anything that Manifold can offer, but it is also more than ten times as expensive - so that is a fair comment. The base-price listed above even seems low for the full version so I suspect it is for an ArcView or maybe ArcEditor licence rather than ArcInfo. QGIS does have digital ...


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 ...


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).


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" LP360 Add-on to ArcGIS LP360 for ArcGIS™ (Basic, Standard and Advanced) ...


Irfanview - for making simple image edits, such as cropping screenshots. Much more useful than MS Paint, and batch image processing! 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 - ...


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.


(1) An industrial-strength statistics package, like Stata or R. The question refers to "analysts" and I take that job to include deriving meaning from the data, helping people make appropriate conclusions, and identifying optimal actions. That more or less describes statistical analysis, but no GIS is suited for anything but the most limited of ...


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.


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 ...


Try Folium, it's really simple to get started: you create your project using Python and you just open the resulting map. If you want to go deeper, you can sort by descending level of simplicity: GeoDjango with additions like Django-Leaflet. Really best doc here FeatureServer More server side oriented but an OpenLayers demo MapFish alone. Based on now ...


Here are a few more I haven't seen mentioned yet. Pyscripter - The best Python IDE for windows I have used, and seems to getter with each release. Fiddler - A must for working with ArcGIS services (web debugging)


I think OpenLayers is the best. You can easily make WFS calls to an WFS service. If you want to just return data and not map features, you can also do this. Or map features without the data, or both. here are some examples:


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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