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User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig)

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User-friendly Desktop Internet GIS (uDig) is an open source spatial data viewer/editor, with special emphasis on the OpenGIS standards for internet GIS, the Web Map Server (WMS) and Web Feature Server (WFS) standards.

uDig is:

  • User-friendly, providing a familiar graphical environment for GIS users;
  • Desktop located, running natively on Windows, Mac OS/X and Linux;
  • Internet oriented, consuming standard and de facto geospatial web services; and,
  • GIS ready, providing the framework on which complex analytical capabilities can be built, and gradually subsuming those capabilities into the main application

For developers uDig provides a common Java platform for building spatial applications with open source components. The website provides series of clear tutorials covering making a simple tool through to releasing your own custom application.

Core Features

  • Desktop Client with Drag and Drop integration for File explorer and Web Browser
  • Integrate with your existing infrastructure: ArcSDE, Oracle, DB2 and more
  • Work with local files: Shapefile, jpeg, png, tiff and more.
  • Work with advanced spatial raster formats: ECW, MrSID, JPEG 2000
  • Support for compliant Web Map Servers (GeoServer, MapServer tested)
  • Integrated Web experience with an embedded browser that recognises OGC web services and smoothly adds links to the onscreen map
  • Style Layer Descriptor control of rendering allowing you to publish your Map using the same settings in uDig as with popular Web Map Servers
  • Deep integration of standards allowing the application to swap between the appropriate service as required for display, interaction and editing
  • Printing and PDF Generation
  • For Developers
    • Java Application built using the GeoTools, JTS Topology Suite
    • Industrial strength plug-in system provided by Eclipse Rich Client Platform
    • Use of native widgets

Implemented Standards

  • OGC Web Map Server (WMS)
  • OGC Web Feature Server (WFS)
  • OGC Web Feature Server Transactional (WFS-T)
  • OGC Simple Features for SQL (SFQL)
  • Web Map Server Cache (WMS-C)
  • OGC Style Layer Descriptor (SLD)


Website: http://udig.refractions.net/

Licence: GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL) version 2

Software Version: 1.2.2

Supported Platforms: Windows, Linux, Mac

API Interfaces: GeoTools, ImageIO-Ext, Java Advanced Imaging, Eclipse Rich Client Platform, Eclipse Modelling Framework

Support: http://udig.refractions.net/users/

Developers: http://udig.refractions.net/developers/

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