Advanced GIS Software Development Kit

Global Mapper Pro SDK


The Global Mapper Pro Software Development Kit® is a powerful new addition to the Global Mapper SDK. The Pro version incorporates all of the point cloud processing functionality previously available in the (now retired) Lidar SDK, providing developers with numerous new and enhanced data processing and analysis tools including newly added support for developing Python scripts for use in the Global Mapper Pro application.
The Global Mapper Pro SDK provides developers access to advanced point cloud processing functionality, including the Pixels to Points® tool, which is used to process geotagged aerial images, usually collected with a UAV or drone, and use them to create a high-density 3D point cloud. Pixels to Points employs the principles of photogrammetry by deriving measurements from photographs and analyzing the relationship between objects in adjacent images to determine the three-dimensional coordinates of the corresponding surface.

The Global Mapper Pro SDK includes cutting edge point cloud processing capability, ensuring developers stay ahead of the curve with regards to point cloud and lidar data manipulation.


Advanced functionality includes: Angle right
  • Improvement to core Pixels-to-Point processing, including significant processing speeds on machines with NVIDIA GPUs.
  • A newly added function, GM_LidarSmoothQuery, allows the smoothing of a collection of Lidar points.
  • Support for developing Python scripts for use with the Global Mapper Pro application
  • The Pixels to Points tool – for creating a 3D point cloud from collections of overlapping images
  • API functions for a number of lidar operations, including automatic classification, feature extraction, spatial thinning, and more
  • Multiple gridding options for faster DSM or DTM generation
  • The ability to access, display, and manipulate point cloud files containing billions of data points
  • Automatic point classification tools that can distinguish buildings, ground, vegetation, power lines, utility poles, and noise
  • Feature extraction functionality to automatically create 3D building footprints, trees, power poles, and power lines
  • Advanced filtering options to efficiently remove erroneous or unneeded points
  • Customizable identification and reclassification of noise points
  • Lidar scripting commands for streamlining workflow
  • Point colorization from underlying imagery for realistic point cloud rendering
  • Built-in model for reporting key lidar statistics
  • Support for importing and exporting all major point cloud formats

Global Mapper Suite

Everything you need in GIS software
A comprehensive suite of GIS desktop and mobile applications as well as a software development kit with tools to satisfy the needs of a wide range of workflows.

Trusted by GIS professionals worldwide
Global Mapper® is a cutting-edge GIS software that provides both novice and experienced geospatial professionals with a comprehensive array of spatial data processing tools, with access to an unparalleled variety of data formats.

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The all-in-one GIS software
Global Mapper Pro® expands upon the extensive functionality of the standard version of the application for those with advanced workflows. It includes all features available in the standard version plus lidar/point cloud creation, classification, and analysis; advanced image, terrain, and vector editing and analysis; and scripting support for workflow automation.

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Geospatial data viewing and collection in the palm of your hand
Global Mapper Mobile® is an iOS and Android application for viewing and collecting GIS data. It’s a perfect complement to the desktop version of Global Mapper, providing maps-in-hand functionality for field data gathering. The Pro version of the application expands on the functionality of the application, with an array of professional-grade tools.

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