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Wolfboy183

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Hi

I am new to use of mapping software, and would like to know which software (preferably freeware at this point) would be a good program to start with?
I still have a lot to learn in terms of using data, etc, but what would be a good program to use just to make maps from scratch?

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http://trac.osgeo.org/osgeo4w/
http://sourceforge.n...jects/inkscape/

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GMT- The Generic Mapping Tools (Freeware)
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Arid Ocean Map Illustrations
http://maps.aridocean.com
Indie Cartographer
http://www.indiecartographer.com

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If you plan on becoming a professional in the GIS industry, start working with the best software. Go and get a 60 day trial of ArcView from ESRI.

http://www.esri.com/...l/evaluate.html

In a competitive market, it is best to learn and use what is being used by your peers.



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If you plan to create (possibly routable) GPS maps, the easiest and most versatile one to use is GPSMapEdit:
http://www.geopainting.com/en/

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check out goldensoftwares tools at http://www.goldensoftware.com (e.g. mapviewer, didger, surfer)




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