GIS Softwares

What is a GIS Software ?

Geographic Information System software or GIS Softwares are computer-based tools for mapping and analysing things that exist and events that occur on earth surface. It is capable of capturing, storing, analysing and displaying geographically referenced information.

Which GIS Software to choose ?

Various GIS softwares are available in industry. Every GIS Software maker claims their software to be better than others which makes it difficult to choose the needed GIS software. The table below gives the name of  software, its utility & its company. You can then decide which software will work best for you depending on your need.

List of GIS Softwares

1 Arc View, Arc GIS, Arc Info Mapping, data analysis & data sharing ESRI
2 ERDAS Imagine Image Processing ERDAS
3 Map Info Professional Mapping & data analysis Map Info
4 Geo Media Professional Mapping, data analysis & data sharing Rolta
5 Small World Public Utilities Small World
6 TNTmips Mapping, Image Processing & GPS OPSIS System
7 IDRISI GIS and Image Processing
8 Map 3D, Topobase, Map Guide Digitization & access to CAD and GIS data AutoDesk
9 ENVI Image analysis, mining & exploitation etc. ENVI
10 Web 2.0 (Geospatial Web 2.0 Platform (GWeb 2.0) allows users to interact and add content on web (Examples of Web 2.0 include social networking  sites, blogs, video sharing sites, web applications)
11 VGI (Volunteered Geographical Information) ability to capture and share real time Geographical Information

Most widely used GIS Softwares

At present there are many softwares available in market. Some of the major companies in this field are : ESRI (For mapping & analyzing), Autodesk (with GIS capabilities), ERDAS
Imagine (for Image Processing), Intergraph – Geomedia Professional , Map Info -MapInfo Professional, Small World (Public Utility), OPSIS SYSTEM-TNTmips Pro (Mapping & Image
Processing) etc. The most widely used software is from ESRI which is considered among most reputed brand with large number of clients. ESRI has its GIS software with name ArcGIS.

GIS Softwares

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