Desktop GIS for Mac OS X

The last time I went looking for a desktop GIS application for my Mac all I found was the beast of a system that is GRASS (it looked so powerful, but yet so far beyond my reach to properly grasp).

Suddenly it seems that GIS apps for the Mac are all over the place: Quantum GIS and uDIG are two I tried tonight with good success (both are cross-platform PC-Mac-Linux).

The task at hand was updating an old MapInfo layer of The Old Farmer’s Almanac long-range weather forecast regions and getting it ready to live as a MapServer-friendly SHP file.

I began by exporting the MapInfo file as an ESRI shapefile using the trial version of MapInfo running on my Mac using Virtual PC. Both Quantum GIS and uDig then opened this file with no problems:

uDig Screen Shot Quantum GIS Screen Shot

Now the fun begins: I’ve got some “ZIP code in polygon” magic to perform and my next step is to see which tool supports this sort of thing best. Stay tuned.

Update: There’s also Thuban.

Comments

Alexandre Leroux's picture
Alexandre Leroux on July 25, 2006 - 13:56

There’s also OSSIM.org which is worth mentioning.

Howard Butler's picture
Howard Butler on July 25, 2006 - 15:02

I’m not sure, but I think QGIS should be able to read the MapInfo file due to its use of GDAL.

dylan's picture
dylan on July 25, 2006 - 16:32

There is an excellent MacOS X installer for GRASS6.1 with support for integration into QGIS. Couple this with PostGIS, and you have a very flexible GIS system. Note that the GRASS installer for the mac comes with gdal. here is a link:
http://wwwamb.bologna.enea.it/…

For hard copy maps, GMT compiles easily on the mac.

cheers,

D

Christian Harder's picture
Christian Harder on July 25, 2006 - 16:57

Question: Does ArcGIS running in XP inside of Parallels or Bootcamp on OSX on an Intel Mac qualify as a GIS on a Mac? Works great.

Willian Sanchez's picture
Willian Sanchez on September 7, 2006 - 14:06

For Mac platfforms there are TNTmips, which is a profeesioanl GIS and Remote sensing software, this tool is a strong rival for ESRI products, alos is a cross-platform between MAC, Win, Lunix and Solaris.

More information http://www.microimages.com

jon's picture
jon on December 12, 2006 - 02:03

What about doing a brief side-by-side comparison of the GIS packages for OSX? Or is that available somewhere else?

stephane's picture
stephane on March 24, 2007 - 18:20

on this page you ll find all kind of ressources which are GPS / GIS-related and working on Macs.

www.gueritte.net/geomax.html

Steve's picture
Steve on December 25, 2007 - 09:55

So? How did it go? Inquiring minds want to know! :-)

Agustin's picture
Agustin on June 27, 2009 - 13:03

There are some very interesting developments like openjump or udig not mentioned here; but I will recommend to take a look to gvSIG that is a good alternative to grass and gqis http://gvsigmac.blogspot.com/2…

Macken's picture
Macken on December 28, 2009 - 12:18

Yeah both Quantum GIS and uDIG are cross platform PC-Mac-Linux.I’ve tried them & they’re good one.Thanks.

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geomac's picture
geomac on February 26, 2010 - 14:35

You can also try MacMap® (www.macmap.com). The trial version is available there…

Rosacea's picture
Rosacea on July 18, 2010 - 04:31

For Mac platfforms there are TNTmips, which is a profeesioanl GIS and Remote sensing software, this tool is a strong rival for ESRI products, alos is a cross-platform between MAC, Win, Lunix and Solaris. Also, both Quantum GIS and uDIG are cross platform PC-Mac-Linux.I’ve tried them & they’re good one.

Amyn's picture
Amyn on December 4, 2010 - 16:56

You should try out Cartographica from ClueTrust. You can download a copy and a trial license from www.macgis.com.

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