1. Main Features
- Support for more than 250 different raster, vector, and elevation data types
- Spatial database support for SQL Server, MySQL Spatial, and other databases
- Plugin support for extending functionality
- Scripting capability to automate recurring tasks
- Batch processing that allows multiple selected files to be converted, reprojected, gridded, and renamed
2. Software Overview
Global Mapper is a GIS application used to view and convert vector, raster, and elevation data. It is developed for the Windows operating system.
The application supports over 250 different raster, vector, and elevation data types, such as 3DS Max, Blender, OBJ, COLLADA 3D, ERMapper Compressed Wavelet, ESRI Shapefiles, LandXML, and GeoJSON. You can also import and export spatial databases, including MS SQL Server, Oracle Spatial, and ESRI ArcSDE.
For data processing, Global Mapper provides batch processing that allows multiple selected files to be converted, reprojected, gridded, and renamed. It also gives you the feature extraction tool that can be used to analyze areas that match a color or color range that are within a certain elevation or have a specified slope layer.
Global Mapper is used by beginners and professionals and competes directly with other GIS applications developed by ESRI, GeoMedia, and MapInfo. The GIS tool supports a large variety of data types and provides helpful tools, such as feature extraction and batch processing. Although Global Mapper does not offer as many features as more expensive applications, like ERDAS IMAGINE, it is still a quality choice.
3. Supported File Types
|1||.BIL||ESRI BIL File|
|2||.BT||Binary Terrain File|
|3||.DT0||DTED Level 0 File|
|4||.DT1||DTED Level 1 File|
|5||.DT2||DTED Level 2 File|
|6||.GMP||Global Mapper Package File|
|7||.GMW||Global Mapper Workspace File|
|8||.HDR||ESRI BIL Header File|
|9||.JPGW||JPEG World File|
|10||.JPW||World File for JPEG|
|11||.KML||Keyhole Markup Language File|
|12||.KMZ||Google Earth Placemark File|
|13||.LAS||LIDAR Data Exchange File|
|14||.SDW||MrSID World File|
|15||.TFW||World File for TIFF|
|16||.VCT||IDRISI Vector Image|
|17||.VDC||IDRISI Vector Documentation File|
Updated: September 19, 2014