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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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Improved interface design with customizable toolbars
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Support for multiple dockable map views
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Multiple surface display in the 3D View
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Full-range terrain and LiDAR display

Global Mapper Overview

Equally well suited as a standalone spatial data management tool and as an integral component of an enterprise-wide GIS, Global Mapper is a must-have for anyone who works with maps or spatial data.

  • Low-cost and easy-to-use GIS
  • Supports over 250 spatial data formats
  • Optional LiDAR Module for powerful point cloud processing
  • Advanced projection management using GeoCalc library*
  • Unmatched and complimentary technical support

*Requires current Geographic Calculator license

Global Mapper is more than just a utility; it offers a surprisingly extensive collection of analysis and data processing tools in a truly affordable package. Providing support for virtually every known spatial file format as well as direct access to common spatial databases, this remarkable application can read, write, and analyze all of your current data.


With a particular emphasis on terrain and 3D data processing, Global Mapper's out-of-the-box analysis functions include view shed and line-of site modeling, watershed delineation, volume measurement and cut and fill optimization, raster calculation, customized gridding and terrain creation, contour generation, and much more.

Complementing these powerful analysis tools is a complete suite of raster and vector data creation and editing functions offering everything from simple and intuitive drawing to image rectification and vectorization.

The release of Global Mapper 18 introduces an extensive array of new features and functions throughout all areas of the application. The most noticeable change for longtime users is complete redesign of the interface along with a fresh new logo and updated button graphics. The toolbars have been reorganized to promote more efficient access to critical functionality and each toolbar can now be customized by adding or removing buttons to reflect the requirements of each user. The toolbars can even be docked along the side or bottom of the main map window if required.

Global Mapper v18's<br />multiview display
Global Mapper v18's
multiview display

Global Mapper v18's
multiview display

For optimized layer and data management, the dockable Overlay Control Center has also been overhauled with a convenient tree view and updated right-click options. Similarly, the Configuration dialog box, in which most of the software's settings and options are established, has been redesigned to provide more straightforward access to the required preferences.

Functionally, the most significant developments in Global Mapper 18 have been implemented in the 3D Viewer. Load any 3D dataset or point cloud it will be immediately evident that the rendering performance has been drastically improved. Where previously, the 3D View displayed 3D data to the extent of what was visible in the 2D view, now the display renders all loaded data with dynamic updates displaying more detail and higher resolution as the map is zoomed and panned. This "infinite view" function enables the creation of truly stunning 3D data visualizations and provides the means to work with even the largest aerial or terrestrial point cloud dataset natively in a 3D environment.

The 3D View in Global Mapper 18 now allows the concurrent display of multiple raster surfaces and offers a "mole's-eye view" option for viewing data layers from a below-ground perspective.


Global Mapper 18 brings new flexible licensing option for single users needing migrate their license between two computers; typically a desktop machine for office work and a laptop for field projects. The Floating Single User License means that Global Mapper will be available whenever and wherever it is needed most.

Global Mapper's intuitive user interface and logical layout helps smooth the learning curve and ensures that users will be up-and-running in no time. Your company will quickly see a significant return on investment brought about by efficient data processing, accurate map creation and optimized spatial data management.

By providing a complete GIS translation solution out-of-the-box, Global Mapper simplifies the deployment of spatial technology in your company or organization. There's no need to juggle extensions or costly add-ons to gain access to the functionality that you need. Global Mapper's aggressive development and release cycle ensures that the product grows with you as your needs and requirements change. Now you can unblock the GIS dataflow logjam by providing a workable GIS software tool for everyone who needs access to this critical data.

At a fraction of the cost of traditional GIS alternatives and with free set-up and general use support, as well as flexible licenses including single seat, network and USB Dongle licensing, there's no reason not to add Global Mapper to your GIS toolkit.



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