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  • QGIS

    QGIS is a full functioning GIS that is easy and intuitive to use. It is quickly becoming the leading open source standalone GIS.

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AccuGlobe 2007

Free Windows GIS

AccuGlobe 2007 An easy-to-use tool to modify and analyse GIS data. The casual user, with limited GIS knowledge and expertise in GIS, can download a free version of AccuGlobe 2007 to allow them to develop, edit and view GIS data.

Recent updates include:

* On the fly projection (both vector and raster)
* Support for ECW raster layers
* Support for JPEG 2000 layers
* Support for PNG layers
* Legend grouping - will support groups within groups
* Dynamically show and hide whole or partial themes

Date October 8, 2004

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop

GIS Windows Free

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop

ArcGIS Explorer Desktop is a free GIS viewer that gives you an easy way to explore, visualize, and share GIS information. ArcGIS Explorer adds value to any GIS because it helps you deliver your authoritative data to a broad audience.

With ArcGIS Explorer, you can

  • Access ready-to-use ArcGIS Online basemaps and layers.
  • Fuse your local data with map services to create custom maps.
  • Add photos, reports, videos, and other information to your maps.
  • Perform spatial analysis (e.g., visibility, modeling, proximity search).

Note: Mac users should install Explorer for ArcGIS

Date October 8, 2004

ArcReader from ESRI

Free Windows GIS

ArcReader from ESRI

ArcReader is a free, easy-to-use desktop mapping application that allows users to view, explore, and print maps and globes. Anyone with ArcReader can view high-quality interactive maps authored by a high-level ArcGIS for Desktop product and published with the ArcGIS Publisher extension.

With ArcReader, you can

  • View, navigate, and print published ArcGIS maps using ArcReader (.pmf files).
  • Deploy your GIS data to novices and professionals alike.
  • Zoom, pan, and switch between map and page layout views.
  • Communicate more efficiently with the ability to graphically mark up maps.
  • Print published map and globe documents including all layer symbology and cartographic map elements on any supported printer.
  • Create custom ArcReader applications and embed ArcReader capabilities into existing applications.

ArcReader is included with ArcGIS for Desktop and is also available as a free download from the ESRI Web site.

Date September 8, 2015

Bentley View

GIS Windows Free

Bentley View

The infrastructure industry's BIM viewer of choice for interacting with IFC’s, DGNs, DWGs, and i-models, as well as point clouds and many other industry formats.

With millions of users, Bentley View is arguably the industry's most powerful free BIM viewer. Meeting the industry’s demanding needs for viewing BIM, Bentley View supports over 50 other file formats, including CAD and raster image formats.

Use Bentley View to explore the BIM 3D models as well as 2D drawings and detail sheets. Navigate the project via hypermodels if you have access to an i-model. Simply view files, search for objects, prepare lists, measure distances and areas accurately, and print drawings to scale, including to 3D PDF—all with full fidelity, without translations, on every desktop, for free.

Date January 12, 2005

CartoMAP Viewer


CartoMAP Viewer Free map viewing software, designed for ease of use. It supports ESRI shapefiles and MapInfo MIF/MID data formats and provides users with the ability to pan, zoom, query, fast find and order layers. Available in BDE and DBISAM versions.

Key Features:

  • Use with any database
  • Supports for ArcView shape and MapInfo files
  • Import DXF Entities
  • Various spatial analysis functions
  • Various thematic routines
  • Automatic labelling
  • Advanced line formatting

Date January 12, 2005

CrimeStat III


CrimeStat III

CrimeStat is a spatial statistics software package for the analysis of crime incident locations. CrimeStat is being used by many police departments around the US as well as by criminal justice and other researchers. Interfaces with most GIS software and is Windows-based.

Date May 12, 2005


GIS Windows Free

DIVA GIS DIVA-GIS is a free computer program for mapping and for analyzing spatial data. It is particularly useful for analyzing the distribution of organisms to elucidate geographic and ecological patterns.

It is aimed at persons who cannot afford generic commercial geographic information system (GIS) software, or do not have the time to learn how to use these, and for anyone else who wants a GIS tailor-made to analyze biological distributions.

DIVA-GIS supports vector (point, line, polygon) and image and grid data types. DIVA-GIS can help improve data quality by finding the coordinates of localities using gazetteers, and by checking existing coordinates using overlays (spatial queries) of the collection sites and administrative boundary databases. Distribution maps can then be made. Analytical functions in DIVA-GIS include mapping of richness and diversity (including based on molecular marker (DNA) data; mapping the distribution of specific traits; identification of areas with complementary diversity; and analysis of spatial auto-correlation. DIVA-GIS can also extract climate data for all locations on land. Ecological niche modeling can be carried out using the BIOCLIM and DOMAIN

Date October 5, 2009

Envitia MapLink Pro ENC Viewer

Free GIS

Envitia MapLink Pro ENC Viewer

The MapLink Pro ENC Viewer is a Windows application that provides the capability to visualise maritime S-57 data via compliant S-52 charting specification. The viewer also supports S-63 encrypted data. The viewer can be downloaded for free from the resources area.

The MapLink Pro ENC Viewer is a useful tool for anyone that has a requirement to visualise maritime charts prior to integrating them into an operational system. The viewer also demonstrates the high performance and accurate rendering available to developers and system integrators in the full version of MapLink Pro.

The viewer is built with the MapLink Pro SDK and provides an example of how developers can rapidly integrate nautical data and visualisation capabilities into maritime applications including ECDIS and WECDIS. MapLink Pro also enables Situational Awareness and C2 Systems to access the same data that is being used by ECDIS and WECDIS systems. MapLink Pro enables developers to combine maritime geospatial data such as ENC S-57 (S-63 S-52), AML, DNC, HCRF, DBDBV 6.2 with other non-maritime data sources (full list available on website). MapLink Pro also provides a set of web services that enable maritime interoperability through open standards.


  • Chart display with scale tools
  • Import S-63 and S-57 data
  • Full implementation of the S-63 standard
  • Configurable S-52 tables and symbology

Date April 28, 2015

Explorer for ArcGIS

GIS Mac Free

Explorer for ArcGIS

Explorer for ArcGIS allows you to access your maps, search and visualize your data, and display presentations. Functionality includes:

  • Experience a personalized app with your favorite maps, places, and contacts.
  • Discover maps.
  • View your data.
  • Share maps and data as images or links.
  • Search your data.
  • Give presentations with interactive maps.

Data requirements

To use your maps in Explorer, you must have an ArcGIS organizational account. Your maps can include data from ArcGIS Online, Portal for ArcGIS, and ArcGIS for Server.

Device requirements


  • Version 7 or later
  • iPad, iPhone, iPod touch


  • OS X Mavericks (10.9) or later


  • Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) or later
  • ARMv7 or x86 processor
  • OpenGL ES 2.0 support


Note: PC users should install ArcGIS Explorer Desktop

Date September 8, 2015


GIS Open Source Windows Free


FalconView is a PC based Mapping Application developed by the Georgia Tech Research Institute for the Department of Defense.

The software is widely used by the US DoD and Allied countries, but historically it has not been available to the general public. Thanks to an initiative by the US Air Force, a Free and Open Source version of FalconView is now available under the terms of the GNU LGPL license.

FalconView is a mapping tool and supports various types of display like elevation, satellite, LiDAR, KMZ and MrSID. SkyView mode can perform fly-throughs and even has the ability to open .MXD files.

Date April 28, 2015
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