Software & Tools

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Open Source Geospatial Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation has been created to support and build the highest-quality open source geospatial software. The foundation's goal is to encourage the use and collaborative development of community-led projects. This website serves as a portal for users and developers to share their ideas and contribute to project development. As the Open Source Geospatial Foundation grows and changes, so will this website. Please check back often and sign up to the mailing lists to monitor developments. To get involved, check out the Getting Started page.

ArcExplorer - FREE GIS!

If you don't have any ESRI products, you can download ArcExplorer for free from the ESRI web site. As a stand-alone application, ArcExplorer is a complete data explorer, allowing users to display and query a wide variety of standard data sources.


The makers of AutoCAD also produce GIS software. Products include:

  • Map 3D
  • MapGuide (now open source!)
  • Raster Design
  • GIS Design Server

Blue Marble Geographics - Geographic Explorer - FREE GIS!

Blue Marble Geographics' free explorer is a powerful tool that allows you to:

  • View raster and vector maps
  • Add Geography and Spatial Objects tabs to the Properties of the map file
  • Supports CAD/GIS file formats:
    • ESRI SHP
    • AutoCAD R14 DWG and DXF
    • MapInfo TAB and MIF
    • Microstation DGN (2D only)
    • Blue Marble BML
    • TIFF
    • Windows BMP
    • JPEG
  • Translate map file formats to and from SHP, DXF, DWG, TAB, MIF and DGN (read only)
  • Find, view, print, and copy any map fileto the clipboard based on it's geographic location.
  • Plus more!