Global Mapper

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4.3 out of 5 stars

Global Mapper is an affordable and easy-to-use GIS application that offers access to an unparalleled variety of spatial datasets and provides just the right level of functionality to satisfy both experienced GIS professionals and beginning users.

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Global Mapper review by <span>Christopher H.</span>
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"For handling terrain data, Global Mapper is hard to beat for the price."

What do you like best?

I really like the ability to look and interpret 3D terrain data. LiDAR data is easy to manage within Global Mapper. If you need to perform QC on terrain data, Global Mapper works very well for that. Global Mapper can also many different data files. Great access to downloading online data from various sources.

What do you dislike?

Coming from ArcGIS, some of the analysis functions are not as straight forward but I'm not sure that's a fault of Global Mapper. It's not the best for digitizing. It can't handle geodatbases such as FGDB or FGDB but it can handle SHP files.

Recommendations to others considering the product

For a cheaper solution to ArcGIS, although not as expansive as Arc, it can handle quite a bit of the day to day GIS duties. The software is better with terrain data than ArcGIS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I work with LiDAR data to create contours and reproject terrain data. It handles LiDAR files with easy and is quicker to terrain related problems that ArcGIS.

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Global Mapper review by <span>Erik N.</span>
Erik N.
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"Good cost effective Image processing."

What do you like best?

Global mapper is a cost effective way to manage, clip, and even process imagery products. I have used this product to do everything from image processing, custom image tiles with scripting, LAS viewing/development, and managing image libraries. There is no better image software that can beat Global Mapper for the money! I always had great customer service with quick responses as well.

What do you dislike?

Clumsy overall layout. Some of the program settings are buried deep into the menu chains. Other than that I have no issues. This is nothing that can't be alleviated by reading the help menus.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Very powerful image editing and viewing software. Purchase in good faith that you will get your monies worth!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used this early on to solve some Image Tiling issues that no other software would solve. With a little help from the design team I was able to come up with a script that allowed me to accomplish the goal I set out to complete.

What GIS solution do you use?

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Global Mapper review by <span>Brandon M.</span>
Brandon M.
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"Great GIS Workhorse"

What do you like best?

Global Mapper will take just about any file you throw at it and export it in just about any other.

What do you dislike?

The lack of professional map making tools that other GIS software packages have.

Recommendations to others considering the product

The price is fantastic for what you get. The licenses are also perpetual, which you don't see very often anymore.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The conversion of files without complicated work flows.

Global Mapper review by <span>Farzain M.</span>
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"A GIS application that is used daily to make life easier. A great value."

What do you like best?

The ability to look at massive elevation data regardless of delivery format quickly and analyze a profile on the fly; makes Global Mapper our goto routing product. The 3d views allows for a great visual reference at the same time. Being able to drape imagery, be it local imagery or from an online repository makes it a very convenient tool to have around our GIS department.

What do you dislike?

The help document could be made a bit better to help novices use the application.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If there is a need to use/visualize elevation data, then Global Mapper is the way to go. For the level of simplicity, and the multitude of formats the data can be in makes this the GIS application we lean on.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The ability to look at cross slope and generate elevation profiles on the fly allow us to route and implement response quickly and accurately. Looking at elevation data as a 3d view is a great visual reference when not out in the field.

Global Mapper review by <span>Joe C.</span>
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"Global Mapper is a great tool for GIS interoperability and light analysis."

What do you like best?

It's a very powerful tool for converting data, especially for the price. Capable of reading a very wide variety of formats and performing a surprising breadth of analysis and data management tasks.

It doesn't do absolutely everything, but it's a very powerful companion to other GIS platforms.

The main developer is very active on the Global Mapper forums and willing to respond personally to requests. I've even heard anecdotes of him providing one-off builds if a new or improved functionality is suggested.

What do you dislike?

Not very much to dislike, my main gripe is that when I remote desktop to my work machine from home, I can't open the software with my single-use license. I typically work around this by having a co-worker physically sign in and open a session before I log back in, or I just leave a session running when I leave the office.

Some of the more complex analysis tools like watersheds don't offer as much control as might be desired, though they generally work fairly well out of the box.

Recommendations to others considering the product

There isn't a lot of accompanying documentation, but if you're uncertain whether Global Mapper can complete a particular task a quick Google search is usually illuminating. The main developer is very active on the Global Mapper forums and willing to respond personally to requests.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Converting from often unusual or unfamiliar file formats. I've also saved a lot of time using Global Mapper's batch conversion utility.

Global Mapper review by <span>Paul T.</span>
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"Brilliant software for converting geospatial files"

What do you like best?

Fantastically easy to use - it simply does the job at a very reasonable price.

Very easy to import almost all types of geospatial data formats and elevation daa.

Very quick to render images and models. Able to create "fly throughs" for presentations, videos, etc.

Conversion of file types and changing of projections is as easy as it could be. Only a limited amount of knowledge about geospatial data and projections is required.

A very reasonable price for a licence ($500 I believe).

What do you dislike?

I am struggling to think of things that I dislike about Global Mapper as it does a small things very well. This is not a piece of software for major gridding or analysis of geopstial data; nor is its cartographic outputs the most powerful, but that is not its primary function.

Really struggling to find something I do not like......at worst, the

Recommendations to others considering the product

Even though the likes of Arc and MapInfo are able to utilise each other's file formats, Global Mapper enables one to use either, whilst similtaneously rendering a .dtm, and also predicting pathways for flowing water.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Different companies, clients and software use a vast array of different file formats. Global Mapper enables quick and reliable conversion between these.

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