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gvSIG Desktop

Desktop GIS

gvSIG is a Geographic Information System (GIS) desktop application designed for capturing, storing, handling, analysing and deploying any kind of referenced geographic information in order to solve complex management and planning problems. gvSIG is known for its user-friendly interface and being able to access all common vector and raster formats. It features a wide range of tools for working with geographic information (query, layout creation, geoprocessing, networks, etc.), which turns gvSIG into the ideal tool for users working in the land realm.

gvSIG is known for:

  • integrating in the same view both local and remote data through OGC standards.
  • being easily extendible, allowing continuous application enhancement, as well as enabling the development of tailor-made solutions.
  • being available in over 20 languages (Spanish, English, German, French, Italian,...) .
  • being available for Windws, Linux, and Mac OS X platforms:

Core Features

  • Provides common GIS tools like data loading, map navigation, query map information like alphanumeric information, distance measurement, thematic cartography, legend edition using common legend types, labelling, feature selection by many selection types, data tables with statistics, ordering, table relations, table linking, layout manager, geoprocessing tools, CAD, raster processing, etc.
  • Interoperable: able to work with most known data formats:
    • raster : ecw, ENVI hdr, ERDAS img, (Geo)TIFF, GRASS, ...
    • vector & CAD: shapefile, GML, KML, DGN, DXF, DWG
    • databases: PostGIS, MySQL, Oracle, ArcSDE
    • remote: ECWP, ArcIMS, OGC standards
  • Discovery services client to localize data resources within an SDI (catalogue and gazeteer services)
    • Catalogues: Z3950, SRW, CSW (ISO/19115 and ebRIM)
    • Gazetteers: ADL, WFS, WFS-G
  • More than 290 geoalgorithms via SEXTANTE library and GRASS integration
  • Integrated advanced CAD tools:
    • vector data: modify, create and delete elements
    • command console typical element in CAD software
    • tools like help, grid, command stack, complex element selections
    • tools for inserting elements like points, polygons, lines, ellipses, etc...
    • tools to modify its rotation, symmetry,...
  • Integrated advanced raster tools:
    • georeferencing and reprojecting
    • export, clipping
    • look up tables, histogram
    • filters, vectorization
    • overviews and regions of interest management
  • Scripting support
  • Powerful reprojection engine via PROJ4

Implemented Standards

Advanced client support of numerous Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards

  • Load WMS, WFS and WCS layers
  • Export/import of SLD legends
  • Export/import of Web Map Context (WMC)
  • Search on catalogues with CSW (ISO/19115 and ebRIM)
  • Search on gazetteers using WFS-G recommendation



Licence: GNU General Public License (GPL) version 2

Software Version: 1.11

Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac


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