Blue Marble Geographics Global Mapper

Version16(as of 1/13/2015)
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Rating:3.7  |  7 Votes

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

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.

Primary File Type

.GMWGlobal Mapper Workspace File

Supported File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.GMWGlobal Mapper Workspace File
.GMPGlobal Mapper Package File

Additional Related File Types

ExtensionFile Type
.3DS3D Studio Scene
.7Z7-Zip Compressed File
.ACEWinAce Compressed File
.BLENDBlender 3D Data File
.BTBinary Terrain File
.CSVComma-Separated Values File
.DATData File
.DT0DTED Level 0 File
.DT1DTED Level 1 File
.DT2DTED Level 2 File
.ECWEnhanced Compression Wavelet Image
.GDBGPS Database File
.GWSGeoMedia GeoWorkspace File
.HDRESRI BIL Header File
.JPGWJPEG World File
.JPWWorld File for JPEG
.KMLKeyhole Markup Language File
.KMZGoogle Earth Placemark File
.LASLIDAR Data Exchange File
.LOCGPS Location File
.MDBMicrosoft Access Database
.SDWMrSID World File
.TAR.GZCompressed Tarball File
.TFWWorld File for TIFF
.TGZGzipped Tar File
.TRKGarmin Track File
.VCTIDRISI Vector Image
.VDCIDRISI Vector Documentation File
.ZIPZipped File
Updated 1/13/2015