So far it is one of the best (if not the best) CAD / GIS data viewers that I have seen, free and practical. Tatuk is a product line which born in Poland, just a few days ago the 2 version of tatukGIS Viewer was announced.
The other viewers
If we evaluate the free programs of other brands, provided to see data we will find at least one of the following aspects:
- Do not open projects such as: ArcView 3x apr, ArcGIS mxd
- The MapInfo map.
- Do not load microsoft V8 files
- No kml file formats
- They display some formats only by importing them
- You can not save layer settings as styles
- Can not save as project
What data does TatukGIS Viewer read
When you look at the functionality and ability to interact with other formats, you can see that the viewer is almost TatukGIS Editor, without the editing capabilities, analysis and some reading formats like FME and OGR. Perhaps for this reason, it goes beyond what the viewers of other programs do that specialize almost in their own formats and with a focus of just View and print.
|Vector formats and common CAD||-DGN V8 (la mayoria It does not)
-DWG 2000 (here if you are wrong)
-DXF ASCII and binary
|GIS Formats||-E00 ASCII and binary
-MID / MIF / TAB / MAP (Mapinfo)
-Open Street Map
|Databases||-ESRI personal data base
-Geomedia SQL Access Warehouse
-SQL BLOB (Simple Features)
-SQL Normalized (Simple Features)
-TatukGIS SQL binary
|Raster Formats||-Muuuchos, included:
WMS, MrSID, BIL / SPOT, IMG, ECWP server based, ADF.
|Projects you read||-ArcView 3x
-ArcGIS (there is A converter)
What attractive features does it have
Very clean interface, With side panels to the right in the style manifold which includes selected object properties, project layers, and a minimap; below you can load the attribute tables in attractive tabs. They can all be dragged as floating windows or moved freely.
Loading layers. The layers are loaded, it recognizes in a wonderful way the projection of many CAD / GIS formats, and reprojects on the fly in the viewfinder projection. It supports display, transparency, hierarchy, cache and rendering scales. You can also make groups of layers.
Styles to layers. You can apply theming to layers, both for line type, fill, fill pattern, bar graphs, pie, etc. These layer properties can be saved with an .ini extension to apply to others.
Tags. In the layer properties you can apply labels with very attractive styles that can be static or dynamic to the display so that they move so that while the layer is visible they can be seen. Includes HTML rendering.
Help. It allows choosing an attribute of the table that is displayed when hovering the mouse over the object (hints) and it also displays hyperlinks if they exist in the tabular data.
Measurement. Has measure tools (no snap) of rectangles, circle, path, polygon, orthogonal rectangle. Right-clicking allows you to copy the coordinate to the clipboard.
Language and style. With a simple click you can choose the language among which is Spanish, and also the interface style.
Print. It has a practical functionality to print, even to export to pdf.
Speed. All this does, with a very surprising agility, I have loaded 14 orthophotos ecw, 16 maps dgn, connected to an ArcView apr with 11 layers and from an Acer Aspire One ... panea very well.
Tabular data. The display of tables is very interesting, in the style UDig handles tabs that are added with a simple click from project layers. The spatial properties of the objects such as area and length are displayed, one of the interesting aspects is that the objects can be touched individually and choose the option that they are not visible even if the layer is. There are also a number of filtering processes, individual and group selection.
Save project. The project can be saved, in the style of an mxd / apr with extension .ttkgp to be able to open it again, however simple it may seem, it can be deployed by TatukGIS Inernet Server as an ASP.NET service.
It definitely replaces what any free brand viewer does, at a very efficient deployment speed. The best, the interaction with formats, standards and projects of popular programs (ESRI, OpenGIS, Bentley, MapInfo, Google Earth). Not bad for free.
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