Software & Tools

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The makers of AutoCAD also produce GIS software. Products include:

  • Map 3D
  • MapGuide (now open source!)
  • Raster Design
  • GIS Design Server

Blue Marble Geographics - Geographic Explorer - FREE GIS!

Blue Marble Geographics' free explorer is a powerful tool that allows you to:

  • View raster and vector maps
  • Add Geography and Spatial Objects tabs to the Properties of the map file
  • Supports CAD/GIS file formats:
    • ESRI SHP
    • AutoCAD R14 DWG and DXF
    • MapInfo TAB and MIF
    • Microstation DGN (2D only)
    • Blue Marble BML
    • TIFF
    • Windows BMP
    • JPEG
  • Translate map file formats to and from SHP, DXF, DWG, TAB, MIF and DGN (read only)
  • Find, view, print, and copy any map fileto the clipboard based on it's geographic location.
  • Plus more!


CARIS has developed a suite of GIS products that runs under both Microsoft Windows and Unix. Typical users include mining and geological organizations, hydrographic offices, port management authorities, topographic mapping and cadastral (property mapping) agencies, forest companies, etc.

ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute)

Homepage of the makers of ArcView and ArcInfo. Contains conference information, on-line upgrades, support, information about new products, demos and much, much more.

Main ESRI site:

ESRI Canada: