As a geomatics professional, I frequently use and like to promote the use of public/open source software alternatives to commercial products. As my first tutorial on this blog, I want to share a list of open source software packages which I have used and hopefully the list will grow over time.
- QGIS – A robust GIS Software package, which includes extensive tools/functionality.
- SAGA – System for Automated Geoscientific Analyses (SAGA) a GIS software package being developed at the of Physical Geography, Hamburg.
- GRASS – Geographic Resources Analysis Support System (GRASS), originally developed by the U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratories and now a powerful open source GIS software package.
- JOSM – Editor for Open Street Map.
- GPSBabel – A great tool for converting spatial data into different formats.
- DNRGPS – A tool for transferring/managing data from GPS receivers.
- SQLite – A public domain, self contained/serverless SQL database engine, which is used by a variety of major software projects including Mozilla.
- Geany – A GNU General Public License Integrated Development Environment (IDE)/text editor.
- Eclipse – A powerful and open source IDE, with many addition packages.
- Inkscape – A favorite tool for creating clean vector graphics.
- GIMP – GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), a great graphical software package for altering images.
- Blender – A popular and open source 3D animation development software suite.
(Last updated on Oct 22, 2014)