I´m a MapInfo user, I´ve gone over to QGIS and it´s got a lot going for it, except for some "missing" simple features from MapInfo I just can´t do without.

  1. MapInfo Boundary Select - spatial query on the fly to select objects in one layer contained within objects in another layer.

  2. MapInfo Sum Attributes - show sum of numerical attribute fields on the fly for selected objected.

QGIS seems to have no simple solution to these. I've tried to dig out every related plugin I can find, with no real luck.

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    I'm in a similar situation. Might I suggest (from personal experience) that you'll get better/faster answers by asking each of these three questions one at a time - and perhaps primarily providing a summary of the task rather than by starting from naming the MapInfo tool. Chances are the solutions won't share much in common (i.e. not one plugin). Good luck. Commented Feb 11, 2015 at 23:15
  • Splitting these into separate questions with examples of exactly what you're looking for will really help!
    – Simbamangu
    Commented Sep 1, 2015 at 15:21

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I can help with questions 1 and 2 for which I find QGIS solutions quite simple.

Question 1: Use the spatial query tool (see doc here and button icon below).

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Question 2: Use Vector > Analysis Tools > Basic Statistics (see screenshot below). It is quite intuitive to use: select the vector layer on which you need statistics (like a column sum), then select the attribute on which you need statistics in this layer and validate. The result is a small table with basic statistics on the given layer and attribute.

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