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30 Best GIS Software Applications [Rankings]

ArcGIS Pro QGIS ArcGIS Explorer Desktop Hexagon Geomedia MapInfo Professional FME Global Mapper gvSIG GRASS GIS Whitebox GAT
  1. Explore ArcGIS Pro resources such as tutorials, videos, documentation, instructor-led classes & more. Find answers, build expertise and connect with the ArcGIS Pro community.
    ArcGIS Pro modernizes GIS with a ribbon interface, 64-bit processing and 3D integration. It’s a massive overhaul with a focus on quickness, ingenuity and cartography. Even though ArcGIS Pro is a big machine with lots of moving parts, it earns top spot.

    #Mapping And GIS #Maps #Heatmaps

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    QGIS is a desktop geographic information system, or GIS.
    • Open Source
    QGIS 2 was one of the largest community efforts and open source progress in the history of GIS. And because it was community-driven, it became wildly innovative and inventive. Even though QGIS 2 is completely open source, it still rivals the best. But now, full support has shifted to QGIS 3.

    #Mapping And GIS #Maps #Heatmaps

  3. ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is a free, downloadable GIS viewer that gives you an easy way to explore, visualize, and share GIS information.
    ArcGIS Desktop is cutting edge in GIS. It raises the bar to the next level by doing what other GIS software can’t. Its success is that it’s expandable. From field apps to modeling and scripting, ArcGIS is a powerhouse for all things GIS.

    #PDF Editor #PDF Tools #Graphic Design Software 1 social mentions

  4. GeoMedia, a comprehensive and dynamic GIS software, extracts compelling intelligence from geospatial data to present actionable information.
    Hexagon GeoMedia has 40+ years of history. But lately, it’s taken a bit of a slide. Nevertheless, it’s still solid as GIS software. Especially, when you pair it up with ERDAS Imagine, you get arguably the best suite in remote sensing.

    #Mapping And GIS #Maps #Heatmaps

  5. Award-winning desktop mapping and spatial analytics software, carefully crafted and enhanced in collaboration with users like you.
    At its core, MapInfo Professional is all about locational intelligence. And just like GeoMedia, it’s been a tale of shrinking market share from its rivals. But don’t get fooled. MapInfo is still a well-rounded GIS software suite with more of a business decision-making focus.

    #Maps #Mapping And GIS #Maps & Navigation

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    Convert GIS file to CAD, KML technology and other spatial data conversion from Safe Software.
    Feature Manipulation Engine FME® isn’t a full-fledged GIS package. Instead, it wrangles and slays your data like a Jedi. It’s extremely powerful and has a surprisingly active community. In fact, its yearly World Tour is a blast to attend. But just don’t use FME® for making maps.

    #Data Integration #ETL #Integrations Platform As A Service

  7. Blue Marble's GIS software and training are used worldwide by GIS professionals who need affordable, powerful, and easy GIS mapping solutions.
    If your definition of “GIS” is limited to desktop applications, you’re not reading the winds correctly. I rarely use a desktop GIS, and yet I “do GIS” all day. (When I do use one, it’s QGIS or Global Mapper.) Much more important are the tools I actually use: Postgres with PostGIS being the mainstay, complemented by a suite of Python libraries for the server (SQLAlchemy/GeoAlchemy, Shapely, Fiona, rasterio, numpy, scipy, Matplotlib, tools for writing Mapbox vector tiles, reading/writing GeoJSON, and accessinging GDAL), and JavaScript for the client (lots of small GeoJSON-related packages, Leaflet, Leaflet-draw, Mapbox GL, OpenLayers3). Desktop GIS is dying.

    #Mapping And GIS #Maps #Heatmaps

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    gvSIG Mini Maps allows you to browse and navigate with GPS a full set of free on/offline maps from...
    If you eat, sleep and breathe GIS, gvSIG is free and open source GIS software. Its features may surprise you. For example, it has a field app, 3D capabilities and a desktop application. But it’s light on documentation. Especially, anything in English.

    #Maps #Maps & Navigation #Mapping And GIS

  9. GRASS GIS is a free Geographic Information System (GIS) software used for geospatial data management and analysis, image processing, graphics/maps production, spatial modeling, and visualization.
    • Open Source
    GRASS GIS is one of those suites that let you geoprocess until the night falls. It’s a loaded gun with sophisticated tools. It’s so powerful that you can unleash GRASS GIS in QGIS as a separate toolbox. But its clunky interface and stubborn map projection rules hold it back.

    #Maps #Maps & Navigation #Mapping And GIS 8 social mentions

  10. Whitebox GAT is an open-source, cross-platform GIS-based software package that is intended for advanced geospatial analysis and data visualization in research and education.
    • Open Source
    WhiteBox GAT is the diamond in the rough. If you need terrain and hydrological analysis, then it’s a superb choice. The LiDAR support is out-of-this-world. But it also has 360+ plugin tools. It deserves a higher ranking. But it’s just not strong in mapping, editing and data management.

    #Maps & Navigation #Tool #Maps

  11. Cadcorp SIS is an integrated family of geospatial products comprising desktop, web and developer products that has been designed to meet the needs of end users and application developers alike, for use in all phases of spatial data management - from…

    #Maps #Mapping And GIS #Heatmaps

  12. NOTE: GE Smallworld Network Inventory has been discontinued.
    GE's Grid Solutions business serves customers globally with over 17,000 employees in approximately 80 countries.

    #Inventory Software #Network Scanning #Inventory Management

  13. Manifold GIS is a combination of mapping, CAD, DBMS and image processing.
    Manifold System is something you can just pick up and get accustomed to quickly. Its highlights are its intuitive interface, programmability and 64-bit processing. Manifold GIS has a solid set of tools. But without the high price tag.

    #Maps #Web Mapping #Project Management 83 social mentions

  14. Maptitude is a mapping software that is fitted with GIS features that avail maps and other forms of data regarding the surrounding geographical areas. Read more about Maptitude.
    Maptitude (from Caliper Corporation) you say provides “little support for advanced geoprocessing”!!!!! Have you ever tried using it? Maptitude is based on a platform that produces TransCAD and TransModeler — the 2 most used transportation GIS software.

    #Mapping And GIS #Maps #Heatmaps

  15. GIS mapping and data editing application with built-in scripting environment and Free viewer
    TatukGIS is straightforward and well-rounded. Its leading features include its state-of-the-art editing, format support and scripting environment. Fun fact: The origin of TatukGIS is based on Tatuk Lake in British Columbia, Canada.

    #Maps #Mapping And GIS #Heatmaps

  16. AutoCAD Map 3D software provides access to GIS and mapping data to support planning, design, and data management.
    If you started using Autodesk, AutoCAD Map 3D has the same look and feel to it. Basically, AutoCAD Map bridges the gap between CAD and GIS. You get map layouts, data management and editing capabilities. By linking CAD and GIS, you get the best of both worlds.

    #Mapping And GIS #Maps #Heatmaps

  17. GoldenSoftware Surfer is full-function weather forecasting software that offers 2D or 3D mapping, modeling, and analysis mostly used by scientists or engineers.

    #Office & Productivity #Tool #Web App

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    NOTE: ILWIS has been discontinued.
    ‘Cos open source can be even bigger
    The 80s are making a comeback. As part of it, ILWIS is still embracing the era. But if you need remote sensing tools, it’s a decent place to look. There’s also 3D visualizations and stereo imaging. Despite its desperate need for makeover, ILWIS is versatile in specific niches.

    #Maps #Maps & Navigation #Mapping And GIS

  19. SAGA - System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses - is a Geographic Information System (GIS)...
    The name of the game for SAGA GIS is geoscience. If you go down this rabbit hole, you may get lost. Documentation lacks do much that you don’t even know the input and output. But it has some of the rarest tools you’ll ever find in GIS software.

    #Maps #Maps & Navigation #Mapping And GIS

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    GeoDa is a GIS-based software that provides a user-friendly and graphical interface to methods of exploratory spatial data analysis to conduct visualization, spatial analysis, spatial modeling, and spatial auto-correction.
    GeoDa is a specialist in statistical tools. As you work in this open source GIS software, you explore spatial statistics. Through state-of-the-art geo-visualizations and geo-simulations, it’s the ultimate tool for spatial modeling.

    #Maps & Navigation #Maps #Web Mapping 1 social mentions

  21. Bentley Map is an engineering-accurate, 2D/3D desktop GIS that provides infrastructure professionals with the right geospatial tools to create, maintain, analyze and share spatial information.
    Bentley Map combines the power of CAD with the strengths of traditional GIS. For example, it offers robust inter-operability, overlay tools and high quality cartographical output. It’s not only for 2D. But you can perform GIS analysis in 3D too.

    #Maps #Mapping And GIS #Heatmaps

  22. TerrSet system incorporates the IDRISI GIS Analysis and IDRISI Image Processing tools along with a constellation of vertical applications.

    #Maps #Mapping And GIS #Web Mapping

  23. MicroImages is the development team behind TNTgis software. We work with consultants, resellers and clients to offer geospatial mapping support. Call us now!

    #Mapping And GIS #Maps #Heatmaps

  24. MapWindow is a fully free and open source geographic information system project.

    #Maps #Maps & Navigation #Mapping And GIS

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    uDig is a desktop geographic information service (GIS) development platform. It was created by Refractions Research, which has been churning out GIS-related software since 1998. Read more about uDig.
    Volunteers world-wide work on this open source desktop application. Most of the focus for uDig is on database viewing and editing. Even today, updates continue to roll in. But the interface really just needs a fresh coat of paint.

    #Maps #Maps & Navigation #Mapping And GIS

  26. OpenJUMP is an open source Geographic Information System (GIS) written in the Java programming...
    You’ve got two tickets to the OpenJump show. Would you go? In short, Jump GIS is good at doing the basics. It started as a tool for data conflation. Then, it grew into a modest size open source project. Despite its light functionality, developers still support the project.

    #Maps #Maps & Navigation #Mapping And GIS

  27. NOTE: FalconView has been discontinued.
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    FalconView is a flight simulator so it’s unfair to compare in this list of GIS software. If you want to do fly-throughs, Georgia Tech built it for this purpose. Otherwise, you can render features in 3D like LiDAR and elevation.

    #Maps #Maps & Navigation #Mapping And GIS

  28. OrbisGIS is a cross-platform open-source Geographic Information System (GIS) created by research and for research.
    OrbisGIS is still a work-in-progress. It’s now released as a cross-platform open source GIS software package. Specifically, OrbisGIS is designed by and for research.

    #Maps #Maps & Navigation #Mapping And GIS

  29. Diva GIS is a geographic data analysis and mapping program based on GIS.
    Diva GIS is an open source GIS software package that’s simple and light-weight. Biologists use it for mapping biological richness and diversity distribution. It’s functional. But there’s not a lot here for mapping and functionality.

    #Maps & Navigation #Maps #Web Mapping

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