Open Source Software vs Cheap Software

I’m a big fan of open source (using Firefox instead of IE, Thunderbird instead of Outlook and Open Office instead of Microsoft Office), but strangely enough there’s not a whole lot of open source GIS software that I use. Apart from little utilities like GeoTiffExaminer or 3DEM I tend to stay away from larger apps like Grass or SAGA-GIS.

Instead, I use (and religiously promote) 2 excellent and very much affordable products:

Global Mapper
Despite the fact that it does vectors, I primarily use this for its raster and elevation capabilities. Combining many TIFFs into an ECW, gridding terrain from contour lines or spot elevations, batch operations that in some cases even outshine FME. All that and a lot more for just $299…

Manifold
A full-featured desktop GIS that even comes with an Internet Map Server, 2D and 3D, geocoding, vector and raster. Like I said, full-featured. Available in various editions, but even the cheapest option, which will set you back $245 packs a lot of punch (and the “Ultimate” option is still priced below $1000).

So whenever you can, please give these two a chance. Not free, but for a small investment you will get a big return (and no, I’m in no way connected to either of them, except as an enthusiastic user).

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