Comparison of geographic information systems software

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This is a comparison of notable GIS software. To be included on this list, the software must either have a linked existing article or include references to independent sources verifying notability.

License, source, & operating system support[edit]

GIS software Freeware Libre Software / Open source Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix Web Other
ArcGIS Viewer(s)[1] No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Google Earth Plugin,KML, WMS
Autodesk[2] Viewer(s)[3] No Yes No Yes No No Yes No
Cadcorp Viewer(s)[4] No Yes No No No No Yes No
CAPAWARE Yes Yes [5] Yes No No No No No No
Chameleon Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes AMP No
Deegree[6] Yes Yes Java Java Java Java Java Yes No
Erdas Imagine[7] Viewers & Plug-ins No Yes No No No No Yes No
GeoBase Trial[8] No Yes No Yes Yes No Yes Traffic,WMS,ADAS,Routing
Geomajas[9] Yes Yes Java Java Java Java Java Yes No
GeoNetwork Yes Yes Java Java Java Java Java Yes No
GeoServer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Java No
GeoTools Yes Yes Java Java Java Java Java No No
GRASS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes via pyWPS[10] No
gvSIG Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Java Java No No
IDRISI[11] No No Yes No No No No No No
ILOG JViews Maps[12] Viewer(s)[13] No Java Java Java Java Java Java & DHTML/Ajax No
ITC[14] ILWIS Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
Intergraph [15] Viewer(s)[16] No Yes No No No CLIX Yes KML
(Vivid[17]) Open[18] JUMP GIS Yes Yes Java Java Java Java Java No No
Kosmo[19] Saig[20] Yes Yes Java Java Java Java Java No No
LandSerf Yes No Java Java Java Java Java No No
MapDotNet[21] No No Yes No No No No Yes
Manifold System No No Yes No No No No Yes No
Pitney Bowes[22] MapInfo Viewer(s)[23] No Yes No No No Yes Yes No
UMN[24] MapServer Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes AMP No
Caliper[25] Maptitude No No Yes No No No No Yes No
MapWindow GIS Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
ThinkGeo[26] Map Suite[26] Free Trial[27] No Yes No No No No Yes Geocoding and Routing plugins also available.
Oracle Spatial No No Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No
Ortelius[28] Mapdiva[28] Free Trial[29] No No Yes No No No No Vector-based map illustration drawing tool for Mac OS X
Panorama No No "GIS Map 2005" No "GIS Panorama" No No No No
PostGIS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No
QGIS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (Open layer Plugin,KML, WMS)
RegioGraph No No Yes No No No No No No
RemoteView No No Yes No No No No No No
Smallworld No No Yes No Yes ? Yes Yes No
Spatial Manager Desktop [30] Free Trial [31] No Yes No No No No No Tasks run also in the command window
Spatial Manager for AutoCAD [32] Free Trial [33] No Yes No No No No No No
SpatialFX | ObjectFX[34] No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Java-based mapping and imagery toolkit
SpatialRules | ObjectFX[34] No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Java-based rules engine for spatial and temporal data.
SPRING Yes Yes Yes No Yes No Solaris No No
Caliper TransCAD[25] No No Yes No No No No Yes No
TerraLib TerraView Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No No
MicroImages[35] TNTmips Viewer(s)[36] No Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No
Caliper[37] TransModeler No No Yes No No No No No No
uDIG Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No
AvisMap GIS Engine[38] Viewer(s) No Yes No No No No DHTML No
GIS software Free (Gratis) Open source Windows Mac OS X Linux BSD Unix Web Other

Pure server[edit]

Map servers[edit]

Name Language WMS WFS WFS-T WCS WMC SLD FES Other
Spatial Fusion Server[citation needed] Java/C++ Yes Yes No No No Yes No Included with CARIS Spatial Fusion Enterprise.
Erdas Apollo[39] Java/C++ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes JPIP, WMTS, REST
ArcGIS Server .NET/Java Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes SOAP, REST, KML
MapServer C Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Deegree[40] Java Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes
GeoMedia WebMap & SDI Pro .NET/C++ Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes WMTS
GeoServer Java Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MapDotNet C#/.NET Yes No No No No No No SOAP and REST feature and map services
Manifold System ASP C# Yes Yes No No No No No client and server
SpatialFX Java Yes No No No No No No Web-based client and server; REST, KML
Orbit EOS Java Yes No Yes No No No No Publish to clients, webclients, mobile clients. Editing Capabilities.

Map caches[edit]

Name Language WMS-C Other
ArcGIS Server .NET/Java No
Erdas Apollo Java/C++ Yes Including WMTS, WMS
GeoMedia WebMap and SDI Pro .NET/C++ No Offers WMS and WMTS based on a cache of tiles, but tiling schema is different from WMS-C
GeoWebCache[41] Java Yes Open source, WMS, WMTS, TMS, KML, Virtual Earth
MapDotNet[21] C#/.NET No File-based and SQL Server
MapProxy[42] Python Yes Open source, Full WMS support
TileCache[43] Python Yes Open source

Mixed[edit]

Name Language WMS WFS WFS-T WCS WMC Other
Geomajas[44] Ajax or Java Yes Yes No No No Full vectorial editing capabilities, support for complex relation models (1 to n, n to 1, inheritance) through Hibernate Spatial, printing functionality through iT3xt and OpenStreetMap compatibility.
Mapbender[45] PHP Yes Yes Yes No Yes A Geo-CMS that provides interfaces for displaying, navigating, querying, and editing WMS, WFS, WFS-T, and WMC data sources.
Mapbuilder[46] PHP or Java Yes Yes Yes No Yes Set of JavaScript widgets that provide interfaces for displaying, navigating, querying, and editing WMS, WFS, WFS-T, and WMC data sources. Uses OpenLayers as the rendering engine. Provides server-side script for saving the map as a WMC document.

Catalog servers[edit]

Name As a server As a client
Z39.50 CSW 2.0 OAI-MPH OpenSearch OpenSearch GEO RSS GeoRSS WebDav Z39.50 CSW 2.0 OAI-MPH OpenSearch OpenSearch GEO RSS GeoRSS WebDav
GeoNetwork Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes No No No No Yes

Pure web client[edit]

Libraries[edit]

Name Language WMS WFS GeoRSS Other
ArcGIS Server APIs[47] JavaScript, Flex, Silverlight, .NET, Java Yes No Yes JavaScript API accessible online.[48]
WMS-Map[49] JavaScript Yes No No allow the creation of dynamic maps including simple zoom functionality and clickable googlemap-like overlays.
OpenLayers JavaScript Yes Yes Yes support for navigation, icons, markers, and layer selection.
Leaflet JavaScript Yes[50] No No support for navigation, icons, markers, layers, GeoJSON
MapDotNet[21] JavaScript/HTML5 Yes Yes Yes digitizing, wkt rendering, draggable icons and content, geospatial queries (intersection, overlapping)
QuickWMS[51] JavaScript Yes No Yes
CivicMaps Tile Engine[52] JavaScript Yes No No drag and zoom. Intended for integration with Drupal.
SpatialFX[53] Java and JavaScript Yes No Yes Web client/server developer API, drag pan/zoom, drawing support, full DHS and MIL-STD-2525 symbology support.
SpatialRules[53] Java No No Yes Java-based rules engine for detecting spatial and temporal conditions. Designed for a detect-response paradigm to monitor large populations of dynamic objects with spatial and temporal attributes.

Applications[edit]

Name Language WMS WFS GeoRSS Other
Mscross[54] JavaScript Yes Yes No an Ajax Web GIS client
WorldKit[55] Flash No No
GeoMedia SDI Portal [56] .NET, ExtJS JavaScript Yes Yes Yes Generic web client; Also supports WMTS, WMS Time dimension, WFS-G, WCTS, WPS-CT, CSW 2.0.2 ISO AP 1.0, OpenLS, WMC

Mobile clients[edit]

License & platform support[edit]

Name Language Open Source W. Mobile Java CLDC Android iPhone Linux PDA
gvSIG Mobile[57] Java ME - CDC Yes Yes No No No Yes OpenMoko, Maemo
gvSIG Mini[58] Java ME - CLDC / Java Android Yes Yes(JVM) Yes Yes No No
TouchGeo[21] JavaScript/HTML5 No Yes No No No No

Feature comparison[edit]

Name WMS-C/WMTS WMS WFS GPS SHP GML GPX Raster Editing Routing Social Networks Others
gvSIG Mobile[57] No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Full vectorial editing capabilities both GPS and hand-based, SRS support, custom forms for alphanumeric attributes, vector symbology, thematic legend. SDI client.
gvSIG Mini[58] Yes Yes No Yes No No No No No Yes Yes OpenStreetMap data + other free tile services. Integration with Twitter, weather, Facebook, namefinder. Off-line.
TouchGeo No No No Yes Yes Yes No No Yes No No OSM, Google, Bing, MapQuest tile services, integrated with SQL Server and Dynamics CRM for read and write.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.esri.com/software/arcexplorer/explorer.html
  2. ^ "2D and 3D Design and Engineering Software for Architecture, Manufacturing, and Digital Entertainment". Autodesk. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Autodesk Design Review – DWF Viewer, Measure, Markup, and More". Autodesk.com. 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  4. ^ "downloads". Cadcorp. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  5. ^ "Capaware Software License (GNU GPL)". Retrieved 2012-11-13. 
  6. ^ "Building Spatial Data Infrastructures based on Free Software". deegree. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  7. ^ "ERDAS, Inc. - The Earth to Business Company". Erdas.com. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  8. ^ "Build Mapping Software on a Geospatial SDK". dev.telogis.com. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  9. ^ "Edit and integrate GIS data from within your browser". Geomajas. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  10. ^ "Welcome to PyWPS — PyWPS". Pywps.wald.intevation.org. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  11. ^ "Product Overview". Clarklabs.org. 2009-02-13. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  12. ^ "IBM ILOG Visualization for Java". Ilog.com. 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  13. ^ "IBM ILOG Visualization for Java". Ilog.com. 2010-06-25. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  14. ^ ITC (2009-08-20). "ITC - ILWIS - Remote Sensing and GIS software". Itc.nl. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  15. ^ "Advanced Geospatial Applications & Intelligence | Intergraph Capabilities". Intergraph.com. 2010-05-07. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  16. ^ "https://support.intergraph.com/Product/GeoMediaViewer.asp". 
  17. ^ "JUMP Unified Mapping Platform". Vividsolutions.com. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  18. ^ "Openjump Gis". Openjump.org. 2009-05-03. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  19. ^ "Kosmo-Plataforma SIG libre corporativa - Inicio". Opengis.es. 2006-05-01. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  20. ^ ": SAIG :. Sistemas Abiertos de Información Geográfica S.L. - La empresa". Saig.es. 2007-12-16. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  21. ^ a b c d "MapDotNet Home Page". Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  22. ^ "You have been redirected : Pitney Bowes Business Insight". Mapinfo.com. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  23. ^ "You have been redirected : Pitney Bowes Business Insight". Mapinfo.com. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  24. ^ "Welcome to MapServer — MapServer 5.6.3 documentation". Mapserver.gis.umn.edu. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  25. ^ a b "Mapping software, GIS, and transportation planning software". Caliper. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  26. ^ a b "Map Suite - GIS Software Components for .NET Developers using Visual Studio". ThinkGeo.com. Retrieved 2012-02-24. 
  27. ^ http://gis.thinkgeo.com
  28. ^ a b "Ortelius Macintosh Map Making Cartography Software | Mapdiva, LLC". Mapdiva.com. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  29. ^ http://mapdiva.com
  30. ^ "Spatial Manager Desktop". Spatialmanager.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  31. ^ http://www.spatialmanager.com
  32. ^ "Spatial Manager for AutoCAD". Spatialmanager.com. Retrieved 2013-12-12. 
  33. ^ http://www.spatialmanager.com/
  34. ^ a b "ObjectFX Corporation: Dynamic Geospatial Solutions". Objectfx.com. 2010-05-19. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  35. ^ "Geospatial Analysis Software for Mac & Windows". MicroImages. Retrieved 2010-07-05. 
  36. ^ Downloads
  37. ^ Caliper - Mapping software, GIS, and transportation planning software
  38. ^ Mapping Software Provider - AvisMap GIS Technologies
  39. ^ ERDAS APOLLO
  40. ^ deegree - Building Spatial Data Infrastructures based on Free Software
  41. ^ GeoWebCache – Trac
  42. ^ http://mapproxy.org
  43. ^ MetaCarta Labs: TileCache
  44. ^ Geomajas | Edit and integrate GIS data from within your browser
  45. ^ MapbenderWiki
  46. ^ Home - Codehaus
  47. ^ ArcGIS Server Resource Center
  48. ^ ArcGIS Server Javascript API for ArcGIS Resource Center
  49. ^ WMS Javascript Library
  50. ^ http://leafletjs.com/reference.html#tilelayer-wms
  51. ^ http://giserver.esrin.esa.int/quickwms/
  52. ^ http://maps.civicactions.net/
  53. ^ a b ObjectFX Corporation: Dynamic Geospatial Solutions
  54. ^ msCross: AJAX (WEB 2.0) WEB GIS Client (was UMN Mapserver Javascript interface)
  55. ^ worldKit :: easy web mapping :: Home
  56. ^ GeoMedia SDI Portal
  57. ^ a b ¿ Que es gvSIG mobile ? — gvSIG
  58. ^ a b Home - gvSIG Mini - Prodevelop

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