[Freegis-list] Any freeware to edit shapefile?
bernhard at intevation.de
Fri Dec 19 16:53:32 CET 2003
On Fri, Dec 19, 2003 at 10:45:40AM +0900, Susumu Tanimura wrote:
> Still I could not find out an open source or freeware that can edit
> shapefile (not attribute but shape itself.)
Note that this list is about Free Software only.
"open source" is another word for Free Software,
which I do not recommend.
"freeware" is even more ambigious
and means gratis proprietary software in many cases.
> Does anybody know that?
There are several Free Software tools
which are quite good at reading and displaying shapefiles.
GRASS can certainly be used to edit vector information,
but you would need to import and export shapefiles for this purpose.
Apard from this I am not aware of a Free Software application
that can simply manipulate shapefile geometries in place.
Shapefile viewers using the Frank Warmerdam's shapelib
certainly are relatively easy to extend to modify the geometries.
We hope to add this to Thuban at some day, but it is not there yet.
> It takes much time to have steps, generate ASCII -> shapefile ->
> display, edit generate ASCII file -> shapefile -> display.
GRASS might help you with this process though.
If you really have to do it very often,
I suggest to consider improving Thuban for this purpose.
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