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Shapefiles and the lack of a better widely adopted interchange format. Poor 3D data support (visualization, editing, modeling, data format conversion) Bugs Lack of (thorough) documentation Metadata (GIS software defining its own metadata standard and essentially forcing it on you... also, where are the tools?!) Segmentation of GIS software features ...


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go to kingchaos and you have all the FOSS4G desktop GIS compiled for Mac: - GRASS GIS - Quantum GIS + PostgreSQL, PostGIS, GDAL and others (Mapserver) You have also OpenJump, GvSIG, Udig, Ossim and Cartographica (not free, 495 $) + R and R spatial packages + Merkatoor (OpenStreetMap editor) + some other things


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I've tried (not professionaly) MAPublisher. For what I could assess, it greatly improves the workflow for professional map design. I mean, truly professional. Most people work with a GIS software and then export it to a graphics package. What Ian described is that you can work with any GIS software that exports to SVG and then import it in a design ...


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(baby, bathwater): build a rich development environment. Encourage thousands to learn, develop and share tools with it. Encourage an ecosystem of 3rd party tools on said environment, some of them costing as much or more as the original tool. And then abandon the whole damn thing in favour of a new environment. With no migration path. And then do it again. ...


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Starrynight: http://www.starrynight.com/ It's a very nice software, it displays other planets and the universe. I found this paper too: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/meetings/lpsc2005/pdf/2213.pdf


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Pretty good list here.


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QGIS will run on OSX. You can download it from here: http://www.qgis.org/wiki/Download#MacOS_X


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Nasa WorldWind displays non-earth data for many planets.


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Try to check your WMS with the firefox plug-in - "WMS Inspector" - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/91406/


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That is SonarWave Lite by Tekmap. It's free and can be downloaded from the preceding link if you have some SONAR data lying around that you want to play with. The company who makes it also appears to make heavy use of GRASS and GDAL - so you can consider SonarWave Lite to be GIS-based, but for a very specific application. EDIT: I looked a bit more into ...


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Since you included the tag of "postgis" I assume that is one of the software/database package's you are interested in. The book "PostGIS in Action" was just finalized, printed and started shipping about a week ago. At $50, it's not a bad price. It appears to be quite comprehensive @ 520 pages, and could be a valuable reference guide for anyone interested ...


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I think the answer is based on if you are willing to go back to school or not. You did mention "formal training"; ultimately some of the best formal training you will get for computer science is in school. It also sounds like you already have a knack for programming. You picked up scripting with python through ArcGIS, which is already a really good thing to ...


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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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Google Earth does have Mars and Moon modes:


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QGIS can output as SVG which will allow you to edit it in Illustrator (or Inkscape).


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I've used GPSBabel to download data from GPS units onto my Ubuntu machine. The producer of you GPS unit should also offer more specific tools for download.


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If you already have an ArcGIS Desktop license, you can develop for ArcGIS Desktop applications already using one of the ArcObjects SDKs (included on the ArcGIS Desktop installation media). As for an IDE, since you are interested in using C#/.NET, I'd recommend the free Visual Studio C# Express Edition. If you need an ArcGIS Desktop license, you can request ...


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Throwing out the baby with the bath water in the never ending quest to develop new and better features. It's hard to be specific enough to be meaningful without naming names, but I'll give it a go. Whither goest the Integrated Command Line? AutoCAD has it right, having a command line integrated into a graphical point and click environment is powerful, a ...


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As for "Are there specific software packages for handling non earth data/coordinate systems?" there is NAIF SPICE provided by JPL. This has very accurate coordinate systems etc to cover surfaces of nearly all interesting celestial bodies as well as their relative positions and motions. It's not very closely tied to GIS, as techniques to gather the data and ...


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GIS Tutor is a good starting point http://www.gistutor.com/ specifically PostGIS - the wiki is a good starting point http://trac.osgeo.org/postgis/wiki/UsersWikiMain


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There are a few companies offering hosted solutions. A few that come to mind are Arc2Cloud, GeoIQ, WeoGeo, etc. Although some of them do not list this on their site, you can contact them and find out more about it. Personally, I have not used them directly and I prefer another route: using my own gis stack in the cloud. You can use ArcGIS ...


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This paper by Koichi Yagi shows how the accelerometer in a smart phone can be used to measure roughness. Update Whatever software you end up using, I think it needs the ability to manage road condition surveys. An important role of pavement management is prioritizing road repairs and deciding when to re-surface instead of repair. I'd like the road in ...


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I'll try to analyze your use cases from a QGIS perspective: Software that allows me to drive a specific route and store that as a working model. There is a GPS Tool for live tracking of GPS devices. But I guess you could go with the simpler version of loading the recorded GPX files into QGIS after collection. Download some GPS/County information to ...


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GRASS GIS can do the same job: http://grass.osgeo.org 3D tutorial volume calculation: r.volume nviz visualization tool:


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I think you'll be happier with CAD software than with a GIS. QGIS has a toolset called CADTools but you'll have difficulties importing any PDF or SVG.


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Also Stellarium. Just came across is today while installing ubuntu. http://www.stellarium.org/


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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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You will want to consider also if you are really looking for general programming or to keep more in the ESRI realm. While a lot of ESRI training is geared towards Arc developers a formal 'school' approach will get you thinking about things differently. One cost there is you will then see some things that will affect your ESRI work; since the patterns you ...


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Hossein, combining spatial maps with databases is the heart of GIS. Practically any GIS will allow you to do both of those things in a variety of ways - though a desktop interface, programatically, served remotely, etc. Here is an excellent list of free and open source desktop GIS packages. Quantum GIS, with a powerful collection of tool and an easy-to-use ...


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Don't know about your specific GPS, but we use DNR Garmin with many different Garmin units. You can download tracks, waypoints and routes and save them in a variety of file formats in both projected and unprojected coordinates. (Edited out a duplicate link due to improper pasting) EDIT DNR Garmin is limited to Windows operating systems. You might want ...



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