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This article is from the Geographic Information Systems FAQ, by Lisa Nyman lnyman@census.gov with numerous contributions by others.

6.2.5: What public domain or shareware GIS/carto software is available and where is it? (Geographic Information Systems)


OzGIS Mapping System Version 10.3

OzGIS is a software system for displaying geographically referenced
data, such as Census data or environment data, as maps and diagrams on
screens, printers and plotters on an IBM PC compatible. DOS and
WINDOWS versions are available.

The OzGIS mapping system is available for anonymous ftp from many sites.

Both DOS and WINDOWS versions are available from the SIMTEL20
archive and mirrors:
OAK.Oakland.Edu (141.210.10.117), wuarchive.wustl.edu (128.252.135.4),
archive.orst.edu (128.193.2.13), ftp.uu.net (137.39.1.9), nic.funet.fi
(128.214.6.100), src.doc.ic.ac.uk (146.169.3.7), nic.switch.ch
(130.59.1.40), archie.au (139.130.4.6), or nctuccca.edu.tw (140.111.3.21).

The WINDOWS version is available on the major FTP site ftp.cica.indiana.edu
and mirrors in directory pub/pc/win3/misc:
530-USA Sites: wuarchive.wustl.edu [128.252.135.4]
530- gatekeeper.dec.com [16.1.0.2]
530-Non-USA Sites: monu6.cc.monash.edu.au [130.194.1.106] (Australia)
530- nic.funet.fi [128.214.6.100] (Finland)
530- ftp.uni-stuttgart.de [129.69.8.13]
530- ftp.iij.ad.jp [192.244.176.50] (Tokyo)
530- ftp.technion.ac.il [132.68.1.10] (Israel)
530- src.doc.ic.ac.uk [146.169.2.1] (London)

The DOS software is available as 7 files OZD101A.ZIP to OZD101G.ZIP, and
the WINDOWS version as 13 files OZW103A.ZIP to OZW103M.ZIP

You should also get a copy of Info-ZIP's free portable UNZIP program,
which is recommended for these archives. It is file unz50p1.exe in directory
/pub/msdos/zip This is a self extracting file i.e. just type UNZ50P1 and you
end up with UNZIP.EXE which you use as e.g. "UNZIP OZD103A" to unpack each
of the files.

You should look at the file OZ*A.ZIP first as it contains a set of example
maps and basic specifications as text files. You need to put the file in a
new \OZGIS on your PC hard disk,UNZIP it, and type OZDEMO. The demo displays
a series of saved screens (standard VGA) that should give a good idea of the
capabilities of OzGIS.

Requirements:
DOS6.0: 286, 640K ram, EGA, 8meg disk
WINDOWS3.1: 386+, 4meg ram, mouse, 8meg disk

The basic price of OzGIS (until end 94) is A$500 (US$350), with educational
discounts and various options. VISA and Mastercard accepted.
See the ORDER.DOC file.

OzGIS is developed by The Clever Company, QMDD box 6108,
Queanbeyan, Australia 2620.
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The Defense Mapping Agency (DMA) is also a source of considerable
cartographic software and information. Unlike the NMD/USGS
and NGS, DMA information is international in scope. Some products
(mostly maps) are sold through the USGS, but an outlet for software
and other geodetic information is currently unknown.
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Fractal Landscape Generators

Many people have written fractal landscape generators. For example
for the Mac some of these generators were written by
pdbourke@ccu1.aukuni.ac.nz (Paul D. Bourke).
Many of the programs are available from the FTP sites and mail
archive servers. Check with Archie (a well known example is Fractint -
besides fractal images, it generates height fields).
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U.T.M. and State Plane Coordinate Conversion Software

This program by John Banta is Windows shareware and is available at
http://www.connect.net/jbanta
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R2V

R2V for Windows and Windows NT, a raster to vector conversion system.
The system combines the power of automatic digitizing technology
with a menu-driven graphical user interface in the Microsoft Windows and
32-bit Windows NT environment.

System features:

Input: Images in TIFF format, supports bi-level, gray scale and color images.
No software limit for image sizes.Also supports SPOT satellite image
format.

Output: MapInfo(MIF), DXF, ArcView 2 and Arc/Info vector file formats
and TIFF format for images.

Vectorization: Fully automatic and fast. It extracts vector data from maps,
aerial photos and even satellite images of bi-level, gray scale
or color types.

Vector Editing: A complete vector editor is provided using the scanned image as
backdrop.

Image Processing: Vertical and horizontal flip, transpose, crop a region,
smoothing using median filter, negate. Pixel values can be viewed
in realtime using the Pixel Tool. Various image type conversion
functions.

Vector Registration and Merge: Registration is performed using a geometric
transformation derived from user specified control points. Multiple
vector sets can be merged into a single set.

Print: Any printer supported by Windows.

Demo: A demo version of the system is available by anonymous ftp at
ftp://ftp.std.com/pub/r2v/r2vdemo.zip
or disk by request.
Prices: US$1495.00 US$960.00 for educational use.

For more information, please contact:
Able Software Co., 5 Appletree Lane, Lexington, MA 02173
Phone: 617-862-2804 FAX: 617-862-2640
Email: able@world.std.com

 

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