Questions tagged [software-recommendations]

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Seeking iOS GIS applications/frameworks for mobile data acquisition?

I'm starting to develop an application for iPad which should enable the users to go to the field and acquire georeferenced information. The idea is to enable acquisition of points and polygons, and ...
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Are there any open source network analysis tools? [duplicate]

A researcher in my field* recently created an "Urban Network Analysis Toolbox", an ArcGIS extension built upon Network Analyst. It calculates a number of measures on urban networks, such as ...
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Alternative to Terrasync for Trimble Windows Mobile unit

I have a number of Trimble Nomad 900 series devices and am currently using TerraSync. TerraSync does the job, but are there any other alternatives out there that would be even simpler to use? ...
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Seeking developer-friendly web GIS? [duplicate]

I'm a recent Computer Science graduate who prides himself on his knowledge of software development and problem solving, but has no idea how GIS systems work. (Read: I'm a programmer.) I've been ...
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Looking for software to interface GPS data with PC

I have GPS Unit from Garmin (GPS 18xPC). I'm looking for software I can install on my PC that will allow me to interface with the data I collect on my GPS unit. Any help will be great
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Seeking native spatially-enabled SDK to deploy GIS data on iOS and Android mobile devices?

I am only interested in iOS and Android options that allow me to build native solutions to render/collect data. Response time is very important, since I want to be able to draw many geometries - not ...
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Looking for map calibration software and city database

I'm in need of a mapping software which, given a map, lets you calibrate it (choose which geographic coordinates project to which pixels on the map image) and then given a database of cities, you can ...
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Is the software used in the “seabed UFO” video GIS software? If so, what is it?

The icons almost make it look like the software is ArcReader or an ArcEngine based, but it's hard to tell from the video. I supposed it could not be GIS software at all. Is anyone familiar with this ...
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Calculating order of points along line?

I have a shapefile with transportation lines and another file with all bus stops along each line (with an attribute which links stops with specific lines to which they belong). I need to calculate ...
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Creating map package with multiple page sizes within one MXD of ArcGIS Desktop? [closed]

Are there any alternatives to an extension like MapLogic?
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Seeking Mobile GIS applications for Android Tablets? [duplicate]

I know that ArcGIS is available for Android, but does anyone know of any other GIS apps that are available for Android tablets?
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Completely brand new to GIS - Help picking technology from the pros [duplicate]

I'm new to GIS and need to learn for an internship. I've been reading a lot and now need help picking technologies to use... particularly the map serving technologies. Project requirements - Free ...
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What free programs should every GIS user have installed?

Note: This question is specifically about installed, desktop software. There is another question specifically about free cloud-based software and services. What free programs should every GIS user ...
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Freeware alternatives to eCognition? [closed]

Does anyone know any good freeware alternatives to eCognition? I need to do image segmentation and classification. I tryed the ecognition trial and it was really good. I'm doing the job with SPRING, ...
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Understanding location storage and query algorithms?

One of the most important aspects of a GIS-equipped database is that it provides the user with the capability to quickly query for all points within some arbitrary geographic area that match some ...
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Seeking tool to convert DD to DMS?

I am looking for either an online tool or one that I can download to convert DD to DMS. For example, I want to convert from: 41.590833, -93.620833 to 41° 35′ 27″ N, 93° 37′ 15″ W ... Those are the ...
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Recommendations for road maintenance management (on a small scale)

I am in a road association and we maintain our own 3 mile dirt road. In doing research on best practices for maintenance I discovered that other organizations use some mapping/GIS programs to help. ...
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Secure online GIS for sensitive data?

My company I started working for is looking to move from ArcInfo and MapPoint to an online GIS for easier data access/availability. Obviously the GIS capabilities needed are rather basic, but ...
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Calculating Net Primary Production (NPP)?

When I calculate Net primary production (NPP) for a local scale, what kind of software should I use? I always use ENVI, ERDAS IMAGINE, ArcGIS for Desktop and IDRISI. Is it possible to use these ...
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Seeking GIS Solutions And ROI For Local Government?

In your experience, what GIS solutions provide the greatest ROI for local government's responsibilities? Examples: Parcel management, managing CRM cases from the public, emergency response, etc.
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Online service to transform coordinates from WGS84 to NZTM and NZMG?

Has anyone come across a free web service / REST API to transform coordinates? I'm particularly interested in transforming from WGS84 to: New Zealand Geodetic Datum 2000 (NZGD2000 / NZTM) and New ...
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Comparing Google Earth Enterprise to ArcGIS for Server and GeoServer? [closed]

I'm working on a web app that includes mapping capabilities (currently just markers and KML overlays on an embedded Google Map). We're starting to outgrow the limitations of Google's free stuff, and ...
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What map source/API/tools are recommended to create Web GIS/Mapping application utilising Microsoft technologies? [closed]

I'm researching about technologies (around Microsoft tech) to create mapping application and would like to have advice/suggestions. Brief requirement to build mapping application with Microsoft ...
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Seeking open source GIS platform?

I'm looking for an open source GIS server or desktop package that supports as many file formats as possible, is fast, runs on Linux or Mac and can be controlled via an API. Planning to do very basic ...
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Options for crowdsourcing GIS data?

I am looking at collecting spatial information from a range of stakeholders to identify opportunities within a landscape. However, the data that we are collecting are not presently mapped and so we ...
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Migration from Oracle to PostgreSQL [closed]

I am new to databases. Is it possible to migrate from Oracle database to Postgres? If yes, do you know any tested solutions?
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Seeking OpenJump tool for point/node conflation/matching?

Are there any OpenJump tools for conflating (matching) two layers of point (node) data? I'm particularly interested in using such a tool to sync data with OpenStreetMap, where I've created a wiki ...
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Choosing web/mobile mapping API? [closed]

We are building a spatial application targeted to laypeople which will involve viewing and editing vector geodata (currently just points, but linestrings and polygons in the future) with a raster ...
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Solution for android map app with offline use?

I am in search of a way to develop an app for android with embedded maps which can work without an internet connection(i.e. can i get the tiles of the open streetmap for offline use?). I have ...
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Alternative cartographic software programs?

I am looking for an alternative software product for cartography other than ArcGIS and Adobe Illustrator. The graphic quality in ArcGIS outputs is substantially poor when compared to outputs in ...
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JavaScript library to read data from a WFS server?

Is there a JavaScript library available to read data from a WFS server?
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Freelancers, how do you handle deliveries to remote clients?

Freelancers and small business owners, how do you handle product delivery and support to your remote clients? Example: I have a client who knows enough about ArcMap to add a shapefile, turn layers on ...
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Basic Mapping Software

I have a desktop application for a client that needs to map a main subject location and around 5 "comparable" locations, within a range of 1-2 miles (often even less), from an aerial view, and zoom in ...
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What software to use as an all-around solution for mining GIS? [closed]

My employer wants me to look into constructing geology maps, modeling 3D subsurface geological formations, producing geological cross sections and other mining related products from various drill hole ...
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Any idea what software abc.net.au is using on the scrolling before/after earthquake aerials?

Japan Earthquake: before and after the copyright says: © Google, Digital Globe, GeoEye Guessing it's something of Google's since Digital Globe and GeoEye are probably only the aerial image's ...
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GIS - Beyond Earth

I wanted to open a discussion on GIS beyond Earth. Here are some questions so far. Would the term GIS be changed to something else since the term "geo" means of Earth (e.g. Lunar Information Systems ...
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Landscape software to analyze amount of dirt moved

I'm about to embark upon a design project for re-contouring landscape around my home. Assuming I get an accurate measurement of the landscape into the computer, and after I modify the landscape model ...
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Comparing different open source GIS servers?

I currently know the following open source GIS servers: Geoserver: java based, vector and bitmap support, also supports. Is now on par with mapserver (performance-wise). mapserver: c/c++, used to be ...
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Choosing GeoCoding service?

I'm looking for a web service providing a full address based on coordinates (and reverse). I'm ready to pay for that service. I don't want to use Google's API.
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Platforms for repetitive automated mapping?

I could give a lot of examples, but imagine you have to do, for example, a study in 10 different locations and have to generate a lot of maps with the same layout, legend. Maps can contain vector ...
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Tools for planning a building

I'm planning to build a cabin, and I'd like to combine all the GIS data available from my home country with my own measurements for placing and the cabin layout. That is, I need a tool which can: ...
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Map matching links and ideas? [closed]

I'm using OpenStreetMap and its vectorial road network and I'd like to implement a map matcher algorithm. Currently I'm able, for each GPS position, to retrieve the nearest road segment and ...
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Workflow for sharing inventory of stormwater network in Open Source GIS?

Our agency has collaborated with six townships and one city for preparing an inventory of stormwater network. We are using ArcGIS 10 (2 ArcView licenses) and ArcPad 7.1 (stuck with it since our ...
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What are some of the OSX GIS tools

Most Opensource tools are cross platform; however, some GIS tools such as ArcGIS are platform specific (windows only). What are some of the GIS tools that are usable on the mac? EDIT Although thank ...
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Getting US Highway exit geocodes using Google Maps API? [closed]

For our application, we need to get all the US interstate highway exits along with their Geocodes. Can you please explain how to get these using Google Maps API or Google Local search or otherwise? So ...
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Seeking tools for regionalization/redistricting?

I am looking for tools for regionalization / districting in GIS. So far I have been able to identify Districting ArcGIS extension (now also online) REDCAP (currently limited to 50k input polygons) ...
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Using Visual Studio 2008 or 2010 for ArcGIS Desktop? [closed]

Is there any differences, pros or cons between Visual Studio 2008 and 2010? I am going to buy Visual Studio and just want to be sure which one will work the best and have the most support going ...
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What software do you use as complementary to your GIS desktop/server? [closed]

What software do you use as complementary to your GIS desktop/server in your work as GIS programmers/analysts and what programs are an absolute must you can't do without?
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Is there a web page where I can test a WMS URL?

I am using JMP 9, which supports WMS maps (as a client), but it doesn't seem to be working now. Is there a web based, or small install GIS client on which I can test a WMS URL? [To clarify, I was ...
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Alternatives to Maplex Labeling Engine for ArcGIS Desktop?

I am running ArcGIS 10 (ArcView) with the standard labeling engine. I am very familiar with Maplex and have used it in the past but it still lacked the "feature-linked" functionality given the type of ...