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                          Global Mapper 13

Create Better Maps with Global Mapper

Global Mapper is more than just a utility; it has built in functionality for distance and area calculations, raster blending, feathering, spectral analysis and contrast adjustment, elevation querying, line of sight calculations, cut-and-fill volume calculations, as well as advanced capabilities like image rectification, contour generation from surface data, view shed analysis (including Fresnel) from surface data, and triangulation and gridding of 3D point data. Repetitive tasks can be accomplished using the built in scripting language or comprehensive batch conversion functionality.


Experience the power of professional mapping
easy to use viewer/editor capable of displaying the most popular raster, elevation and vector datasets (now including GeoPDF®!)
convert, edit, mosaic, reproject, print, track GPS
utilize GIS functionality on your datasets
unsurpassed technical support with no extra support fees!

Global Mapper also includes the ability to directly access multiple online sources of imagery, topographic maps, and gridded terrain data. This includes access to worldwide high resolution color imagery from DigitalGlobe (watermarked access for free), detailed street maps from OpenStreetMap.org, and access to the entire TerraServer-USA/MSRMaps.com database of USGS satellite imagery and topographic maps free-of-charge. Global Mapper also has the ability to easily access WMS data sources, including built-in access to elevation data and color imagery for the entire world, and to view elevation and vector data in true 3D with any loaded data draped on top of it!

Global Mapper is a comprehensive software package which includes much more functionality than listed here.



 

                                                                                                          

 

Overview

Global Mapper is more than just a utility; it has built in functionality for distance and area calculations, raster blending, feathering, spectral analysis and contrast adjustment, elevation querying, line of sight calculations, cut-and-fill volume calculations, as well as advanced capabilities like image rectification, contour generation from surface data, view shed analysis (including Fresnel) from surface data, watershed delineation, terrain layer comparison (including differencing), and triangulation and gridding of 3D point data. Repetitive tasks can be accomplished using the built in scripting language or comprehensive batch conversion functionality.
3D Path Profile

Have you ever received a dataset that does not match the projection of your current project? Simply load the dataset into Global Mapper, change the projection, and save the file to match your coordinate system. If the dataset is larger than the area you are interested in, export the data using the crop feature and change the projection and format of the data at the same time.
Aerial

Your data files can be loaded as layers, for example a Digital Elevation Model (DEM) can be loaded with a scanned topographical map to create a 3D view of the map. A digital aerial image can be draped on the surface together with vector contour mapping to create a stunning and informative graphic. The results can be printed, or the workspace can be exported to a high resolution raster image for use in a presentation or report.

                                                                                                          

Global Mapper Features

Global Mapper supports viewing of dozens of the most common data formats:

•GeoPDF®
•DLG (DLG-O & SDTS)
•DRG
•DOQ
•DEM
•DGN
•DTED
•DWG
•ESRI File Geodatabase (FGDB)
•DXF
•GPX
•SDTS DEM
•ECW
•MrSID (Imagery & Lidar)
•ESRI Shapefiles
•E00
•Vertical Mapper GRD
•GML
•JPEG2000
•CADRG/CIB
•GeoTIFF
•KML/KMZ
•Lidar LAS
•Arc Grid
•Tiger/Line
•SEGP1/UKOOA P-190
•SEG-Y


And many, many more! Click to find out more about the formats supported by Global Mapper.

Provides direct access to DigitalGlobe high resolution color imagery and OpenStreetMap.org detailed street maps for the entire world from within the application!

Provides direct access to the complete TerraServer-USA/MSRMaps.com satellite imagery and USGS DRG topographic map archive for the entire US free-of-charge within the application!

Provides easy, direct access to WMS, OSM, and TMS data sources, including built-in access to the complete 10-m and 30-m NED databases, the 3-arc second world SRTM terrain database, 1.5-arc second world ASTER GDEM terrain database, and color global Landsat imagery free-of-charge within the application!

Supports true 3D viewing of loaded elevation and 3D vector data including draping of any loaded imagery and vector data over the 3D surface.

Crop, reproject, and merge/mosaic any combination of raster data and elevation data, including DRGs. You can also crop data to an area feature. Data will automatically mosaic into the correct location relative to each other using positioning information associated with the data.

GeoPDF® SUPPORT! You can import GeoPDF® files and export any collection of loaded data to new Geo-enabled PDF files, making your data accessible to any user without requiring them to have any mapping knowledge.

DIGITIZING SUPPORT! You can digitize new vector (area, line, and point) features by drawing them with the mouse. You can also edit existing vector features. Newly created and editing features can be saved to any of the supported export formats. In addition, shapes like rectangles, circles, ellipses, arcs, buffers around existing features, and concentric range rings can be easily created as well. You can also input features via a series of distance/bearing/COGO coordinates.

GPS SUPPORT! You can track a compatible GPS device connected to your computer's serial port or USB port in real-time over any loaded data. In addition, you can mark waypoints at the current GPS location and record a tracklog of where your GPS device has been while connected, all seamless with your loaded map data! With supported devices (such as the RavTrack GPS Transponders from RaveonTech) you can even track multiple GPS devices in order to perform fleet management functions. You can also send any loaded data to comaptible Garmin GPS devices (like Oregon and Colorado devices), thus allowing you to easily view imagery and other data on your handheld Garmin device.

PROJECTION/DATUM SUPPORT - Global Mapper supports accurate conversions between a large list of projection systems and datums. NAD27 and NAD83 HPGN/HARN datum conversions in the US use the NADCON conversion method, and the NTv2 datum conversion method is used for the NAD27 (Canada), AGD66, AGD84, and NZGD49 datums. Custom datum conversions can be easily added in either 3-parameter or 7-parameter form if a required datum transformation is not already supported.

EXPORT SUPPORT! You can export both vector, raster, and elevation data to a variety of formats (see below). You can merge any combination of data sets, regardless of source scale, type, and projection. You can also breakup your data into a regularly spaced grid on export if you'd like as well. Get more details about formats!
•Vector Data (i.e. DLGs, Shapefiles, DXF, etc.)
◦Arc Ungenerate format
◦AutoCAD DXF format
◦CDF format
◦CSV format
◦Delft3D (LDB) format
◦DeLorme Text/Drawing format
◦DGN format
◦DWG format
◦ESRI Shapefile format
◦Garmin PCX5 TRK and WPT formats
◦GPX (GPS eXchange Format)
◦KML/KMZ (Google Earth) formats
◦InRoads ASCII format
◦Landmark Graphics format
◦Lidar LAS format
◦Lowrance LCM format
◦Lowrance USR format
◦MapGen format
◦MapInfo MIF/MID format
◦MapInfo TAB/MAP format
◦MatLab format
◦MOSS format
◦NIMA ASC format
◦PDF (Geo-enabled) format
◦Platte River ASCII Digitizer format
◦PLS CADD XYZ Grid format
◦Polish MP (cGPSMapper) format
◦SEGP1 format
◦Simple ASCII Text format
◦Surfer BLN format
◦SVG (Scalable Vector Graphic) format
◦TomTom OV2 (point database) format
◦Tsunami OVR format
◦UKOOA P/190 format
◦USGS DLG-O format
◦WAsP .MAP format
◦ZMap Plus XYSegId format
•Raster Data (i.e. imagery, scanned maps, etc.)
◦BIL/BIP/BSQ formats
◦BMP
◦BSB Marine Chart format
◦ECW format
◦Erdas Imagine format
◦GeoTIFF format
◦KML/KMZ raster format (including super overlay support)
◦Idrisi format
◦JPG format
◦JPG2000 format
◦NITF format
◦PDF (Geo-enabled) format
◦PNG format
•Elevation Data (i.e. DEMs, etc.)
◦Arc ASCII Grid format
◦BIL format
◦BT (Binary Terrain) format
◦DTED format
◦DXF (3D-point, 3D-mesh, and 3D-face) formats
◦Erdas Imagine format
◦Float/Grid file format
◦Geosoft Grid format
◦GeoTIFF DEM format
◦Gravsoft Grid format
◦Idrisi format
◦Leveller Heightfield format
◦Lidar LAS format
◦MapMaker Terrain file format
◦Optimi Terrain file format
◦PGM Grayscale Grid file format
◦PLS CADD XYZ Grid file format
◦RockWorks Grid format
◦SRTM HGT format
◦STL format
◦Surfer Grid (ASCII and binary) formats
◦Terragen Terrain file format
◦USGS DEM format
◦Vertical Mapper (MapInfo) Grid
◦VRML format
◦Vulcan3D Triangulation format
◦XYZ ASCII Grid format
◦Zmap Plus Grid format


IMAGE RECTIFICATION! You can graphically rectify (georeference) any JPG, TIFF, or PNG image and save the results to a new fully georeferenced image. Vector data can also have a rectification process applied to it after loading to allow morphing vector data to fit other data sets.

CONTOUR GENERATION! You can create contours for any combination of elevation data. You can also specify the contour interval to use. The generated contour data can then be exported to any of the supported vector export formats (see previous item for a list).

Automatic triangulation and gridding of 3D point (i.e. LIDAR) data sets, such as ASCII XYZ files. This allows you to convert a set of elevation samples into a fully gridded data set, which can then be used for contour generation, line of sight analysis, and view shed analysis, among other things. The data can also be exported to any of the supported elevation grid formats, such as USGS DEM.

Multi-Spectral Support! With Gloabl Mapper you can easily load and display imagery with more than 3 bands of data and configure which bands are used for the red, green, and blue color channels. You can also export your multi-band imagery to new multi-band GeoTIFF files and configure exactly what is the input for each exported band.

Support for combining/comparing terrain surfaces, such as DEMs. This allows you to generate a new terrain surface by combining/comparing two loaded terrain surfaces with operations like subtraction (difference), averaging, and min/max. The results can then be exported to any of the supported elevation grid formats, such as USGS DEM.

WATERSHED DELINEATION! You can automatically determine stream flow and delineate the watersheds for those streams based on any loaded terrain surface data. The generated line and area features can then be exported to any support vector format, such as Shapefiles.

DENSITY GRID CALCULATION! You can automatically calculate density (heat) grids from loaded point data sets, including both simply counting point densities and calculating densities from some numeric attribute of the point features.

TILED WEB EXPORT SUPPORT! Any loaded data can be exported to tiles for the Google Maps, Bing Maps, and NASA World Wind interfaces, as well as any OSM or TMS-compliant server. The JPG or PNG image tiles are setup for immediate display and the necessary HTML or XML files are also created.

ATTRIBUTE TABLE JOIN SUPPORT! You can join tables of attribute values to loaded spatial data by matching the attributes to the spatial data by some attribute.

ATTRIBUTE CALCULATION SUPPORT! You can create/update attribute values of loaded data based on a combination (including mathematical operations) of other attribute values or any numeric value.

Advanced screen capture. You can capture the contents of the screen to a BMP, JPG, PNG, or (Geo)TIFF file of user-specified resolution.

Batch conversion of almost any input data data files to any compatible export type.

Automatic collar removal for DRG, DOQQ, BSB, GeoPDF®, and other formats. You can now have the collar of USGS DRG, DOQQ, BSB (marine chart), and GeoPDF® files automatically clipped off. This allows you to seamlessly view a collection of adjacent files. Manual collar cropping is also supported.

Supports opening SDTS DLG, SDTS DEM, and most other file types directly from .tar.gz and .zip archives. This saves the major headache of decompressing each SDTS transfer into a separate directory.

Comprehensive view shed analysis using loaded elevation grid data from a user-specified location, transmitter height, and radius.

3D Path Profiling and Line of Sight (LOS) capabilities, including receiver/transmitter heights, minimum clearance (including Fresnel zone analysis), and earth curvature options.

Advanced measurement capabilities, including multi-segment path lengths and headings, enclosed area, and cut-and-fill volume calculations either along a path or within an enclosed area.

Supports the easy creation of geological features, like strike-and-dip points, with attributes like azimuth and dip displayed in a visual manner.

Advanced drawing capabilities, including custom area fill styles and point symbols, dozens of supported line styles, and line and font sizes scaled to an actual size on the ground or a fixed number of display pixels.

Ability to link vector feature attributes to web sites or files.

Support the latest DEM and SDTS DEM formats, including decimeter DEMs.

Supports opening DLG-O and DEM files directly from gzipped archives. This means that you can save space and hassle by not having to decompress the data after you download it.

Slide over text. When you move your cursor around the screen you'll get a description of the nearest feature automatically displayed in the status bar.

Supports keyboard navigation. You can pan about with the arrow keys and zoom in/out with the page up/page down keys.

Search and edit load vector data by name, attribute value, or description.

Load and display JPG images with embedded EXIF positioning data at the location that the image was taken with your EXIF-compatible camera.

                                                                                                          

Vector Formats Supported by Global Mapper
ASPRS LIDAR LAS Files
ATLAS BNA (Boundary File)
Alberta Township System (ATS) Format
Anuga Triangulated Mesh Format
Arc/Info Export Format (E00)
AutoCAD DWG (DraWinG) File
AutoCAD DXF (Drawing Interchange File)
BAG (Bathymetry Attributed Grid) Files
CDF (GES Cartographic Data Format)
CML, CXF, and TAF (Italian Cadastral Exchange Formats)
COLLADA 3D Models
CompeGPS RTE, TRK, and WPT Formats
DBF (DBase III+) Files
DMDF (Digital Map Data Format) Format
DeLorme Text Files
Delft3D (LDB) Files
EMF (Windows Enhanced Metafile) Format
ESRI File Geodatabase Format
ESRI Personal Geodatabase Format (MDB) Files
ESRI Shapefiles
FCC Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) Files
GML (Geography Markup Language) Format
GPS TrackMaker
GPX (GPS eXchange Format) Files
Garmin PCX5 Format Waypoint (WPT), Route (RTE), and Track (TRK) Files
Garmin TCX (Training Center Database) Files
GeoPDF® Files
HTF (Hydrographic Transfer Format)
Hypack LNW (Planned Line) Files
Idrisi Vector (VCT) Format
JPEG Image with Embedded EXIF Position Information
KML/KMZ Formats
LMN (Spectra Line Management Node) Files
LizardTech MrSID MG4 Lidar
Lowrance LCM (MapCreate) Format
Lowrance SonarViewer Format
Lowrance USR
MagicMaps IKT Files
MapInfo MIF/MID and TAB/MAP Formats
MapMaker DRA (Drawing) Files
Marplot MIE Files
MicroStation DGN Format
NIMA GNS (GeoNet Names Server) Format
NMGF (Noise Model Grid Format)
NOAA DSDATA Geodetic Control, SDTS Format
NTF Grid/Contour Format
OCAD .OCD Files
OpenStreetMap (OSM) Files
Orca XML
OziExplorer Waypoint (WPT), Route (RTE), and Track (PLT) Files
PLS-CADD XYZ Files
Platte River ASCII Digitizer Format
Polish MP (cGPSMapper) Format
S-57 Digital Chart Files
S-63 Encrypted Digital Chart Files
SEGP1/UKOOA Seismic Shotpoint Format
SEGY/UKOOA Seismic Shotpoint Format
SMT KINGDOM Software Planimetric Polygon Format
SOSI Files
SPS (Shell Processing Support)
STL Files
Surfer BLN Files
TAF (Italian Cadastral Exchange Format)
TIGER/Line Files
Tobin .bas (TDRBM II) Format
TomTom OV2 Files
USGS Digital Line Graph, Optional Format (DLG-O)
USGS Digital Line Graph, Spatial Data Transfer Standard Format (DLG/SDTS)
USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
USGS Land Use and Land Cover Data (LULC)
VPF (VMAP0, VMAP1, DNC) Files
Vulcan3D Triangulation (.00t) Files
WAsP .MAP Format
XTF (eXtended Triton) Format


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ASPRS LIDAR LAS Files

Description:
The ASPRS LIDAR .LAS format is a binary format for storing 3D point data collected with LIDAR instrumentation. Global Mapper v6.07 and higher can directly import this format and view it either as a 3D surface or as an elevation-colored point cloud. Global Mapper v9.00 and higher can export loaded gridded elevation data and 3D point cloud data to new LIDAR LAS format files. With v10.02 and later, you can customize the names used for the LIDAR classes found within LAS files by creating a lidar_classes.txt file in the Global Mapper installation folder and adding a line for each class number to override with a format of lidar_class,class_name, like 3,"My Custom Class Name". In Global Mapper v11.02 or later if you load LAS files with format 2 or 3 that include color information, the specified colors will be used to render the Lidar points if they are loaded as a point cloud rather than the default elevation-based rendering of the point cloud.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

LAS Format Home Page



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ATLAS BNA (Boundary File)

Description:
The Atlas BNA format is a text format used by some products like Surfer, Golden Software's MapViewer and Caliper's Maptitude for loading boundary data. Global Mapper v13.00 and later can directly import .bna files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

BNA Format Page



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Alberta Township System (ATS) Format

Description:
The Alberta Township System (ATS) is a land surveying system used in the Canadian province of Alberta and other parts of Western Canada. Data for the ATS system is distributed in ATS format files. Global Mapper v11.02 and later can directly load ATS v4.1 files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Alberta Township System Wikipedia Page



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Anuga Triangulated Mesh Format

Description:
The Anuga Triangulated Mesh format is used by the ANUGA Hydro open source application to store generated meshes. Global Mapper v11.02 and later can directly load these files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

ANUGA Hydro Wikipedia Page



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Arc/Info Export Format (E00)

Description:
The E00 format is the Arc/Info exchange format for groups of vector coverages.



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AutoCAD DWG (DraWinG) File

Description:
The DWG format is a vector data format used by AutoCAD and other applications. Global Mapper v8.01 and later can import DWG format data. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can export loaded vector data to DWG format files. Global Mapper v11.01 and later can load DWG 2010 format files. Global Mapper v11.02 and later will also automatically look for and use a WLD file to offset and scale the coordinates in a DXF file to a real-world coordinate system.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Autodesk Home Page



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AutoCAD DXF (Drawing Interchange File)

Description:
The DXF format is a tagged data representation of all the information contained in an AutoCAD drawing file. Tagged data means that each data element in the file is preceded by an integer number that is called a group code. A group code's value indicates what type of data element follows. This value also indicates the meaning of a data element for a given object (or record) type. Virtually all user-specified information in a drawing file can be represented in DXF format. Global Mapper v11.02 and later will also automatically look for and use a WLD file to offset and scale the coordinates in a DXF file to a real-world coordinate system.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Autodesk AutoCAD DXF Documentation



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BAG (Bathymetry Attributed Grid) Files

Description:
The BAG (Bathymetry Attributed Grid) is a non-proprietary file format for storing and exchanging bathymetric data developed by the Open Navigation Surface Working Group. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can import this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Bathymetry Attributed Grid



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CDF (GES Cartographic Data Format)

Description:
The Geographix CDF format is a format commonly used in the petroleum industry with applications like Geographix and Petra. Global Mapper v5.07 and later can export loaded vector data to this format and Global Mapper v8.00 and later can import data from files in this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

GeoGraphix Home Page



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CML, CXF, and TAF (Italian Cadastral Exchange Formats)

Description:
The CML (Cadastral Markup Language), CXF (Cadastral Exchange Format), and TAF formats are used for the exchange of cadastral data in Italy. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can import these formats.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Italian Mapping Agency



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COLLADA 3D Models

Description:
COLLADA is a royalty-free XML schema that enables digital asset exchange within the interactive 3D industry. COLLADA model files are commonly used by software like Google Earth to represent 3D models (these are typically model.dae files). Global Mapper v11.02 and later can directly load some of these files, but only a limited subset of the data that is supported in COLLADA is supported in Global Mapper.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

COLLADA Home Page



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CompeGPS RTE, TRK, and WPT Formats

Description:
The CompeGPS RTE, TRK, and WPT format are used by the CompeGPS application for storing routes, tracks, and waypoints. Global Mapper v7.04 and later supports loading data from these formats.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

CompeGPS Home Page



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DBF (DBase III+) Files

Description:
DBF files are used to store tables of information. Usually they accompany an ESRI Shapefile to provide attribute information, but they can be used to store a database of point features. Global Mapper v6.04 and higher can directly import DBF files.



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DMDF (Digital Map Data Format) Format

Description:
The Digital Map Data Format (DMDF) is an ASCII format used primarily for the transmission of terrain data, including gridded terrain, contour lines, and spot elevations. Many Alberta DEMs are provided in this format. Global Mapper v9.00 and later can read in the DMDF format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (SRD)



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DeLorme Text Files

Description:
Some DeLorme products support loading vector data from text files. Global Mapper v10.02 and later can export data into DeLorme text formats, including a drawing format for storing any kind of vector data (i.e. areas, lines, and points) as well as specific formats for line and point data sets.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

DeLorme Home Page



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Delft3D (LDB) Files

Description:
The Delft3D (LDB) file format is used by Delft Hydraulics Software for storing vector line data. Delft3D (LDB) can be exported from any loaded line data using Global Mapper v9.03 and above. Global Mapper v10.01 and later can directly import Delft3D (LDB) format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Delft Hydraulics Software Home Page



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EMF (Windows Enhanced Metafile) Format

Description:
The Windows Enhanced Metafile (EMF) is used to stored a rendered Windows graphics image. Global Mapper v9.00 and later can extract some vector features (i.e. areas, lines, and points) with style information from most EMF files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Wikipedia Entry on Windows Metafile Format



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ESRI File Geodatabase Format

Description:
The ESRI File Geodatabase format allows for the storage of different types of mapping data. Global Mapper v13.00 and later can extract vector data from GDB data sets created with ArcGIS 10 or later.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

ESRI Home Page



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ESRI Personal Geodatabase Format (MDB) Files

Description:
The ESRI Personal Geodatabase Format is basically a Microsoft Access database (MDB) file containing spatial vector data. Global Mapper v10.00 and later can import data in this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

ESRI Geodatabase Page



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ESRI Shapefiles

Description:
A shapefile stores nontopological geometry and attribute information for the spatial features in a data set. The geometry for a feature is stored as a shape comprising a set of vector coordinates. Global Mapper supports loading Shapefiles directly from .tar.gz files, so you do not need to uncompress your Shapefile data if you do not want to.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

The National Atlas of the United States of America



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FCC Antenna Structure Registration (ASR) Files

Description:
The FCC ASR database stores the locations and information, like heights, for antennas and towers in the US. The data comes as a set of .dat files. You just need to load the co.dat file to bring the entire database into Global Mapper. The entire database can be freely downloaded from the FCC at the link below. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can import this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

FCC Antenna Registration System



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GML (Geography Markup Language) Format

Description:
The Geography Markup Language (GML) is the XML grammar defined by the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) to express geographical features. GML serves as a modeling language for geographic systems as well as an open interchange format for geographic transactions on the Internet.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

GML Wikipedia Page



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GPS TrackMaker

Description:
The GPS TrackMaker file format is used to store user waypoints and track logs from GPS devices. These files can be loaded into Global Mapper v7.00 and above.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

GPS TrackMaker



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GPX (GPS eXchange Format) Files

Description:
GPX (the GPS Exchange Format) is a light-weight XML data format for the interchange of GPS data (waypoints, routes, and tracks) between applications and Web services on the Internet. These files can be loaded into and exported from Global Mapper v6.02 and above. With Global Mapper v10.02 and later, if a GPX waypoint contains a link to a local image file, that image will display whenever you select the point with the Feature Info tool and the image will also be embedded in any exported KMZ format files for use in Google Earth.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

GPX: the GPS Exchange Format



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Garmin PCX5 Format Waypoint (WPT), Route (RTE), and Track (TRK) Files

Description:
The Garmin PCX5 waypoint (WPT), route (RTE), and track (TRK) file formats are used to store user waypoints, routes, and track logs from GPS devices. The WPT and TRK files can be loaded into Global Mapper and exported from it in v6.00 and above. Global Mapper v9.01 and later can import RTE files as well.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Garmin



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Garmin TCX (Training Center Database) Files

Description:
The TCX format is used by Garmin's personal fitness products to store fitness information, like running information. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can import TCX files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Garmin



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GeoPDF® Files

Description:
GeoPDF® is a published extension (OGC 08-139r1) to the Adobe PDF file format. It is used to present GIS and mapping data in a standard Adobe Systems PDF. This extension adds a coordinate transformation matrix and other metadata to allow transformation of PDF coordinates to a projected Cartesian coordinate system. GeoPDFs often include other advanced PDF features such as layers and object data which can add significant GIS functionality to the file. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can both import GeoPDF® files and export new Geo-enabled PDF files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

GeoPDF® Wikipedia Page
USGS Map Store (DRGs in GeoPDF® Format in MapLocator)



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HTF (Hydrographic Transfer Format)

Description:
HTF is a format used primarily for storing sounding data. It is used by the Australian Hydrographic Service (AHS). HTF is now the preferred distribution format for AHS sounding data and will be used by all Hydrographic Surveying Force (HSF) Units to render digital sounding data to the AHS as well as to exchange data between HSF Units. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can import HTF formatted data.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

AHS - HTF Home Page



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Hypack LNW (Planned Line) Files

Description:
The Hypack LNW format is a text format used for storing named line data for use with software from Hypack, Inc. Global Mapper v12.00 and higher can directly export loaded line data to this format. Global Mapper v13.00 and higher can import this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Hypack, Inc.



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Idrisi Vector (VCT) Format

Description:
The Idrisi Vector (VCT) format is used by Clark Labs Idrisi software to store vector data. Global Mapper v11.01 and later can load data in this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Clark Labs Home Page



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JPEG Image with Embedded EXIF Position Information

Description:
With Global Mapper v10.01 and later, Global Mapper can load JPG files with embedded EXIF position information that associates a location with the image. When loaded these create a single point feature that you can then select with the Feature Info tool to view the JPG image. There are several cameras on the market that can automatically embed this information in a JPG image. As an added bonus, when you export these picture features to a KMZ file for display in Google Earth, the image itself will automatically be added to the KMZ file, making it easy to distribute collections of geo-referenced pictures to other for viewing in Google Earth.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

GPS-Fotografie (German Site)
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KML/KMZ Formats

Description:
The KML format is the format used by Google Earth to add data for display over the built-in data. The KMZ format is just the compressed form of the KML format. Global Mapper v7.04 and later can export loaded vector data to KML/KMZ files. Global Mapper v8.00 and later can import vector data from KML/KMZ format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Google Earth Home Page



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LMN (Spectra Line Management Node) Files

Description:
The SPECTRA Line Management Node (LMN) is used to specify the parameters for a survey, the survey lines and enable shooting and to define survey specific details such as the GRS, stations and obstacles. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can import this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

The Spectra Line Management Node



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LizardTech MrSID MG4 Lidar

Description:
The LizardTech MrSID MG4 format is a format which uses advanced compression techniques to achieve extremely high compression ratios when storing Lidar data sets. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can import MrSID MG4 format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

LizardTech Home Page



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Lowrance LCM (MapCreate) Format

Description:
The Lowrance LCM (MapCreate) format is used to display your own custom map data on Lowrance GPS devices. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can export loaded vector data to new LCM format maps for use on your Lowrance mapping devices.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Lowrance Home Page



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Lowrance SonarViewer Format

Description:
The Lowrance SonarViewer software generates comma-separated files containing spot depth information obtained from Lowrance GPS sonar products. Global Mapper v7.04 and later can import this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Lowrance Home Page



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Lowrance USR

Description:
The Lowrance USR file format is used to store user waypoints and track logs from GPS devices. These files can be loaded into Global Mapper v6.09 and above. Global Mapper v9.02 and later is required to load Lowrance USR v3 files which include depth information.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Lowrance Electronics



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MagicMaps IKT Files

Description:
The IKT format is used to store tracklogs generated by the MagicMaps software application. Global Mapper v10.00 and later can import this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

MagicMaps Home Page



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MapInfo MIF/MID and TAB/MAP Formats

Description:
The MapInfo MIF/MID and TAB/MAP formats are both formats used by the MapInfo software package to store vector map information. Global Mapper can import and export data to these formats.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

GIS Data Depot Download Center



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MapMaker DRA (Drawing) Files

Description:
The MapMaker DRA format is used by the MapMaker application to store its vector mapping data. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can import data from DRA format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

MapMaker Home Page



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Marplot MIE Files

Description:
The Marplot MIE format is an ASCII vector format used for storage by the Marplot application. Global Mapper v6.07 and higher can directly import this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Marplot Download Page



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MicroStation DGN Format

Description:
MicroStation DGN format files are files compatible with Bentley's MicroStation product line. You will need Global Mapper v7.03 or later to import DGN files created with MicroStation v8 or later and also to export DGN format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Bentley System, Inc. Home Page



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NIMA GNS (GeoNet Names Server) Format

Description:
NIMA is now able to provide complete files of geographic names information covering countries or geopolitical areas. The files are not in customary gazetteer format, but are in a special format amenable to input into geographic information systems, databases, and spreadsheets, giving end users powerful capabilities for data analysis, manipulation, and display. The files contain names for all types of features. The file fields are described in description of file fields. Names are in reading order. The files are ASCII files and are tab delimited. The files are zip files. Dates indicate when the file was generated from the database.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

NIMA GNS Data Site



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NMGF (Noise Model Grid Format)

Description:
NMGF is a standard file format used to store sets of georeferenced data points. These data sets, also know as grids, represent measurable quantities that vary with geographic location. Examples include predicted noise levels around an airport, monthly records of rainfall across a state, and water temperature measurements in a lake. Global Mapper v13.00 and later can load NMGF format files.



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NOAA DSDATA Geodetic Control, SDTS Format

Description:
Control point data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Geodetic Survey (NGS). Recently made available in SDTS format. Note that Global Mapper will display only the SDTS version of these data, and will not display the native NGS data sheet format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

NOAA DSDATA Home Page



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NTF Grid/Contour Format

Description:
The NTF (National Transfer Format) grid file format is used primarily by the UK Ordnance Survey to store gridded elevation data (i.e. DEMs) as well as vector data. Global Mapper v7.02 and above supports loading gridded elevation data from NTF files. Global Mapper v8.01 and above also supports loading vector contour data from NTF files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

UK Ordnance Survey



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OCAD .OCD Files

Description:
This format is used by the OCAD cartography application for storing vector data. Global Mapper v9.01 and later supports importing vector data from OCAD .OCD format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

OCAD Home Page



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OpenStreetMap (OSM) Files

Description:
The OpenStreetMap (OSM) file format is a XML-based file format used by the OpenStreetMap project. OpenStreetMap creates and provides free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways. Automatic support for loading data in this format is provided via Global Mapper v9.03 and above. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can export any loaded vector data to new OSM XML format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

OpenStreetMap Home Page
OpenStreetMap Download Page



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Orca XML

Description:
The Orca XML format is used to store obstacle information for use by Orca software. Global Mapper v12.01 and later can export loaded point and line features to Orca XML files.



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OziExplorer Waypoint (WPT), Route (RTE), and Track (PLT) Files

Description:
The OziExplorer waypoint (WPT), route (RTE), and track (PLT) file formats are used to store user waypoints, routes, and track logs from GPS devices by the OziExplorer application. The WPT and TRK files can be loaded into Global Mapper v6.00 and above, and the RTE files can be loaded into v9.01 and above.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

OziExplorer



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PLS-CADD XYZ Files

Description:
The PLS-CADD file format is a file format used by the PLS-CADD application by Power Line Systems to store both vector and gridded elevation data. Support for exporting loaded data to this format is available in Global Mapper v6.00 and above. Automatic support for loading data in this format is provided via Global Mapper v9.02 and above.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

PLS-CADD Page



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Platte River ASCII Digitizer Format

Description:
The Platte River ASCII Digitizer Format, also known as the GeoGraphix Township/Range Digitizer Format, is a comma-delimited ASCII text format for land grid data. The format assumes that township and range data are stored as polygons. This is an excellent and simple way to distribute land grid data as it loads readily into GeoGraphix, Petra, and IHS Spatial Explorer, and is straightforward for writing conversions to other mapping systems. Global Mapper v8.01 and later can export loading township and range polygons to this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Platte River Format Description



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Polish MP (cGPSMapper) Format

Description:
The Polish MP format is the format used by cGPSMapper and other applications that allow the creation of custom maps for Garmin GPS devices. Global Mapper v8.00 and later can both import data from MP files and export data to MP files. There is also special support for the MP_TYPE attribute that is used to specify the Garmin type code for features. If you provide a MP_TYPE attribute value in the default attribute list for a feature classification, that will be used to automatically classify features from MP files on import and to determine what type value to write for features of that type on export to new MP files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

cGPSMapper Home Page
Great Plains Mapping (GPS Lake/Hunting Maps Created using Global Mapper and cGPSMapper)



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S-57 Digital Chart Files

Description:
S-57 files are used by many hydographic agencies around the world to store vector marine chart data. To load S-57 charts in Global Mapper, simply load the .000 file or load the chart file(s) directly from a .tar.gz or .zip archive. Global Mapper v6.00 and above can load files in this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

NOAA Electronic Navigational Charts



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S-63 Encrypted Digital Chart Files

Description:
S-63 files are basically encrypted S-57 charts used by many hydographic agencies around the world to store vector marine chart data. An S-63 chart is locked to a particular Global Mapper license and can only be loaded by installations using the same license that was used to request the S-63 chart files from the data provider. To load S-63 charts in Global Mapper, you must first use the File->Create S-63 User Permit File to create a permit file that you provide to the S-63 data provider. The data provider will then provide you with S-63 chart files based on that user permit. You can then load the the .000 file(s) from the provided data set, or if the data was provided in an archive file, simply directly load the .tar.gz or .zip archive. Global Mapper v11.02 and above can load files in this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

S-63 Wikipedia Page



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SEGP1/UKOOA Seismic Shotpoint Format

Description:
The SEGP1 and UKOOA file format is a file format used by seismographers to store seismic shotpoints. Global Mapper v7.04 and later supports loading data from the SEGP1 format. Global Mapper v9.01 and later also supports loading the UKOOA variant of SEGP1 data. Global Mapper v10.00 and later can export loaded 3D line and point vector data to new SEGP1 format files. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can export loaded data to new UKOOA P/190 format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Society of Exploration Geophysicists



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SEGY/UKOOA Seismic Shotpoint Format

Description:
The SEGY file format is a file format used by seismographers to store seismic shotpoints. Global Mapper v13.00 and later supports loading data from the SEGP1 format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Society of Exploration Geophysicists



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SMT KINGDOM Software Planimetric Polygon Format

Description:
The SMT KINGDOM Software Planimetric Polygon Format is a simple ASCII text format used by SMT's KINGDOM software to represent polygons. Global Mapper v8.01 and later can import this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Seismic Micro-Technology (SMT) Home Page



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SOSI Files

Description:
SOSI files are commonly used in Norway for storing vector data sets as well as referencing raster image files. Global Mapper v10.02 and later can import SOSI (*.sos) format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

SOSI File Format Specification



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SPS (Shell Processing Support)

Description:
The SPS format is used for storing 3D seismic survey data. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can import data from SPS format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

SPS Format Specification



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STL Files

Description:
STL is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software created by 3D Systems. This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping and computer-aided manufacturing. STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three dimensional object without any representation of color, texture or other common CAD model attributes. All versions of Global Mapper can export loaded terrain grids to STL format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

STL (file format)



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Surfer BLN Files

Description:
The Surfer BLN format is a text format used by Surfer products for storing vector boundary data. All versions of Global Mapper can export loaded area and line data to Surfer BLN files and Global Mapper v10.01 and later can directly import .bln files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Golden Software: Surfer Product Information



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TAF (Italian Cadastral Exchange Format)

Description:
The CXF format is a format used for the exchange of cadastral data in Italy. Global Mapper v11.00 and later can import this format.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Italian Mapping Agency



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TIGER/Line Files

Description:
The TIGER/Line files are extracts of selected geographic and cartographic information from the Census Bureau's TIGER (Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding and Referencing) database. Prior to the 2007 TIGER/Line release the data come in a custom TIGER format which Global Mapper can directly import. Starting with the 2007 release, the data is released as a series of Shapefiles which any version of Global Mapper can read, but only Global Mapper v9.03 and later can automatically classify and color.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

TIGER/Line Home Page



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Tobin .bas (TDRBM II) Format

Description:
The Tobin .bas (TDRBM II) format are files used by Tobin software applications to store culture and hydrography data, primarily for the US. Global Mapper v11.02 and later can directly load .bas format files.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

Tobin Home Page



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TomTom OV2 Files

Description:
The TomTom OV2 file format is used a TomTom Navigator POI file used to generate POI files for loading onto TomTom GPS devices. TomTom OV2 files can be exported from any loaded point data using Global Mapper v9.03 and above.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

TomTom Home Page



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USGS Digital Line Graph, Optional Format (DLG-O)

Description:
Vector data derived from U. S. Geological Survey (USGS) topographic maps. Global Mapper will not display DLG-S data, an older format that is no longer sold or supported. Most USGS DLG-Optional data do not contain record delimiters. Global Mapper does not require that delimiters be added, and will display DLG-O data with or without delimiters. Other software may require either the absence or presence of delimiters.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:

USGS Geographic Data Download Page
USGS Geographic Data Download Page
Ask USGS



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USGS Digital Line Graph, Spatial Data Transfer Standard Format (DLG/SDTS)

Description:
Vector data derived from USGS topographic maps. Spatial content is equivalent to DLG-O, but physical format and metadata content are more robust. Scales are 1:24,000/25,000, 1:100,000 and 1:2,000,000. DLG/SDTS data are derived directly from DLG-O data, which continue to be produced and sold as before.


Web Pages and FTP Sites:
USGS Geographic Data FTP Site
USGS Geographic Data Download Page
Ask USGS
SDTS Home Page
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USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS)
Description:
The Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) contains name and locative information about almost 2 million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States and its Territories. GNIS was developed by the USGS in cooperation with the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) to promote the standardization of feature names.
Web Pages and FTP Sites:
GNIS Download Site
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USGS Land Use and Land Cover Data (LULC)
Description:
The Land Use and Land Cover (LULC) data files describe the vegetation, water, natural surface, and cultural features on the land surface. The USGS provides these data sets and associated maps as a part of its National Mapping Program. The LULC mapping program is designed so that standard topographic maps of a scale of 1:250,000 can be used for compilation and organization of the land use and land cover data. In some cases, such as Hawaii, 1:100,000 scale maps are also used. Global Mapper currently supports the GIRAS format of these files. The grid cell (CTG) format is not yet supported
Web Pages and FTP Sites:
USGS Geographic Data Download Pag
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VPF (VMAP0, VMAP1, DNC) Files
Description:
VPF (Vector Product Format) files are used for vector data sets such as VMAP (Vector Map of the World) and DNC (Digital Nautical Chart). To load a VPF database, either select the dht file at the root of the VPF database tree or select the lht file at a lower level to load just one coverage from the database (the latter option is usually useful for DNC charts). Global Mapper v6.00 and above can load files in this format.
Web Pages and FTP Sites:
NGA Raster Roam - VMAP Downloads
NGA Digital Nautical Charts
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Vulcan3D Triangulation (.00t) Files
Description:
The Vulcan3D Triangulation file format is used by the Maptek Vulcan application for working with triangulated terrain surfaces. Vulcan3D files can be imported to and exported from Global Mapper v9.03 and above.
Web Pages and FTP Sites:
Maptek Vulcan Home Page
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WAsP .MAP Format
Description:
The WAsP .MAP format is an ASCII format using by the WAsP (Wind Analysis and Application Program) for representing elevation contour and terrain roughness data. Global Mapper v8.01 can both import and export this format.
Web Pages and FTP Sites:
WAsP Home Page
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XTF (eXtended Triton) Format
Description:
The XTF format is used to store bathymetric data and side-scan sonar data. Global Mapper v11.01 and later can load data in this format, although currently only point features for each sonar ping are loaded, with attributes detailing the ping strength for each angle.
Web Pages and FTP Sites:
Wikipedit Page on XTF


 

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