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International Systemap Corp.

This B.C. based company is a developer of digital photogrammetric and orthophoto mapping systems.

PurVIEW converts Arc- desktops into precise stereo-viewing and accurate Virtual-Z 3D feature digitizing environment. The well-proven technology exploits geo-referenced aerial or space-borne imagery and DEM, standard data staples for orthophoto processing—also used in ESRI Image Server .

Orthophotos are uniform-scale map-like rectified imagery. Unfortunately, apparent tall feature leans—due to uncorrected object forms rarely modeled in a DEM—cause horizontal positional shifts for the tops…and lee-side occlusion for the base and adjacent features, hampering feature digitizing especially in urban and forestry applications.

PurVIEW eliminates this handicap as not only relief, but also tall objects all appear upright. Even feature occlusion in extreme cases can be overcomeby Virtual-Z digitizing the unaffected primary image.

Manifold System GIS

A U.S. based company, publishes Manifold® System, add-ins for Microsoft's Access® data base, data sets, utilities and other data visualization and analysis software, including user friendly GIS software. Manifold is a relatively inexpensive GIS option.

There is a helpful article by Arthur J. Lembo Jr. comparing common tasks in Manifold and ArcGIS  here. (Via the AnyGeo blog)


Web site for the popular GIS software. Provides technical tips, information on products, retailers and training.

Map Maker Ltd

Map Maker was originally designed for projects in developing countries where low-cost and ease of use are essential. They offer a free shareware software that allows for easy to use yet powerful GIS and map processing functions. Map Maker also offer a free GPS utility program for converting GPS data to Map Maker drawings.