[OSGeo-Discuss] Can I do the same GIS tasks with OS (as with ESRI)?

RAVI KUMAR ravivundavalli at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 25 22:31:47 PDT 2008

this is the kind of question I face when in my lectures evangelising OS GIS.
ArcGIS has many tools, though some prefer to call it a deluge of tools, which almost distance the user from understanding the concept of GIS.

Auto Complete Polygon: 
In Qgis which is a very userfriendly OS GIS you have 'Cut polygon', do try and find the difference.

Polygonising from lines:
Open JUMP has one of the most userfriendly approaches.
Create lines and polygonise in OpenJUMP and the software automatically 
creates a folder for Dangles (un-wanted line pieces)

The query is more for Vector GIS, I suppose.

It has so many features for Image analysis and Raster GIS, the commercial GIS need a barge pole to even touch it. The vector Part of GRASS is robust too.

Ravi Kumar

Markus Neteler <neteler at osgeo.org> wrote: On Thu, Apr 24, 2008 at 11:55 PM, George R. C. Silva
>  One thing GIS OS software could have are better editing tools. I do miss
> them alot, and the one is ArcGIS are unbeatable (i dont know any O.S.
> software that have 'autocomplete polygon', tons of snapping options, etc -
> btw, if you do, let me know).
>  FOSS is great, but it lacks (IMHO) better editing options.

We are working on that:

 -> wxPython (new GUI)

You can try out the prototype in GRASS 6.3.0 (released yesterday):

Get MacOSX, Linux and now even native MS-Windows binaries with *installer* at

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