13 GIS programs you may not know

In this space I have talked about many programs, as popularized as those of the brands AutoDesk y ESRI, As well as those of lesser popularity but with good positioning as it is Bentley, Manifold GIS, And a Full list of programs Among those who have recently caught my attention the Open Source.

But beyond that there are other programs, which are not as well known, at least in our Spanish-speaking context. Some of the list are even well positioned in the Far East. Here is the list and to show one of them:

  • OCAD, intelligent cartography
  • Geokno, Geospatial Knowledge
  • Geoconcept, Geomarketing and something else
  • Supermap, ESRI style full range of products
  • SuperGeo, a software very positioned in the east, maybe more than ESRI
  • SevenCs, software for navigation and elaboration of nautical cartography
  • ScanEx, software for topography, GIS and remote sensors
  • RockWoRks, software for geology and research
  • Photomod, Specialized for photogrammetry
  • EZSurv, Extension on ArcPad to postprocess data with GNSS receivers
  • Pythagoras, CAD, GIS and VBA to spread
  • Orbitgis, Applications for handling web data
  • Guthrie, Programs for data transformation between shp, dxf, pdf, hpgl ...


This is one of those examples, little known in the current GIS context, where brands are fashionable than the rhythm of piracy. OCAD He is one of those who were born before the geospatial tendencies that we now know will mature, more in the need to digitize the products made by the Geographical Institutes and hence its slogan "Smart Cartography".

So the most important reason to think about OCAD is to produce maps that will end in printed formats.

Ocad GIS

OCAD supports the import of data from Shapefiles, vector files DXF, PDF, Adobe Illustrator and GeoTIFF. These are then integrated into an environment that can connect to databases via ODBC.


Perhaps one of the most valuable riches of OCAD is in what they call "smart cartography", where text, line or aura styles are a real taste. This is something that current GIS applications can not always achieve since they are not oriented to produce printed maps but to interaction; also because unlike the maps from before, which were true works of art, the graphics are only representations of what is inside the database, in many cases somewhat coarse.

Once the map has been made to taste, it can be sent to formats from where it came (shape, DXF, GeoTIFF), but in addition to printing formats such as EPS, PDF, AI, SVG. It is clear, that beyond what can be done with Corel Draw, OCAD is a GIS program, it supports the import of GPS data, georeferenced raster and vector layers and transformation of coordinate systems.

Ocad maps

Although its cycle focuses on the construction of data, editing and publication, quite in the logic of the cartography of the eighties. At the level of data management, maintenance and exchange is very limited; it barely has a viewer that works with an applet developed in Java where it emulates a tiling of vector data in a non-dynamic way. Despite its limitations, beyond its country of origin (Switzerland), OCAD has managed to reach more than 60 countries.

Surely OCAD will not be the shadow of what can now be done with gvSIG, if we consider OGC standards, IDE client, Windows Mobile and Android application, etc. But surely it is software that you have to have enough respect for your career, and if you want to make maps for printing purposes ... surely you have to think seriously.

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