MapWindow GIS is an open source GIS application that comes with support for data analysis, manipulation, and view options for geospatial data. You can use the utility as a mapping program, GIS modelling system and GIS programming interface (API) all bundled into a single layout.
The tool comes with a comprehensive set of features but the layout doesn’t look crowded at all. It is actually clean and you can explore the maps by zooming in or out.
In case you get lost configuring the dedicated parameters, you can check out the help manual which provides extensive information about the program’s capabilities.
MapWindow GIS lets you make use of projects for storing data which can be saved to your computer and imported for future editing options. The program offers support for plugins which can be installed for enhancing its functionality
You can import data from various file formats, such as ASC, BIL, DHM, IMG, FLT, TIF, AUX, PIX, BMP, GIF, MAP, JPG, SID, PNG or other ones. When it comes to exporting options, you can save maps to BMP, GIF, PNG, EMF or JPG file format and print data.
MapWindow GIS integrates handy features for helping you work with layers by importing information from SHP, ASC, IMG, BMP, JPG, PNG, GIF, WMF, ECW or other file format, and removing a layer or clearing all of them.
Bookmark manager, shapefiles and geoprocessing tools
The built-in bookmark manager enables you to keep track of your bookmarked views, as well as import/export info from/to XML/CSV file format.
You can view the attributes of shapes in the target layer, use the “Measure” tool for displaying the perimeter and area of shapes selected from the target layer, add labels, save the symbology to a file, activate the attribute table for viewing and defining shapes, as well as create and edit shapefiles with the aid of a plugin called “Shapefile Editor.”
The program comes with a handy set of geoprocessing utilities for helping you activate several raster operations (including clip by polygon, merge grids and reclassify), work with various projection functions, calculate polygon areas, dissolve shapes by attribute, and carry out clipping operations (using shapefile or polygon mask) and vector overlays (including intersection and union).
All in all, MapWindow GIS proves to be a reliable spatial data viewer that can be enhanced and modified with the aid of various plugins.
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