California Department of Fish and Wildlife

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Department of Fish & Wildlife
Biogeographic Data Branch
1807 13th Street, Suite 202
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 322-2493 • Email BDB

Software Information & Help

DFG uses ESRI GIS software almost exclusively. Provided below are some helpful free GIS software packages, as well as other software-related items. Many other user-provided tools and utilities for ESRI GIS software programs are available at ESRI ArcScripts.


Free GIS Software

GPS Data Processing

Geotagging Photos with GPS, and Working with Geotagged Photos

  • GPicSync Geotagging photos using GPS data
  • EasyGPS Geotagging photos using GPS data
  • Atom GPS Geotagging photos using GPS data
  • ArcPhoto Working with geotagged photos in ArcMap

General GIS and GPS

ArcGIS / ArcCatalog Productivity Tools

ArcGIS_Explorer

ArcGIS Explorer is a free, downloadable GIS viewer that gives you an easy way to explore, visualize, and share GIS information. With ArcGIS Explorer, you can

  • Access ready-to-use ArcGIS Online basemaps and layers.
  • Fuse your local data with map services to create custom maps.
  • Add photos, reports, videos, and other information to your maps.
  • Perform spatial analysis (e.g., visibility, modeling, proximity search).

Download: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer/


Quantum GIS

Quantum GIS (QGIS) is an Open Source GIS that runs on Linux, Unix, MacOSX, and Windows. It supports vector, raster, and database formats.

Download: http://www.qgis.org/


DNR Garmin

Windows application to download/upload data to a Garmin GPS and convert GPS data to ESRI shapefile format. This application replaces the older VB Garmin application.

Download: http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mis/gis/dnrgps/dnrgps.html


Waypoint +

Shareware windows application to download/upload data to a Garmin GPS.

Download: waypoint.zip (Version 1.8.00 - an older version used for certain applications)

For the current version visit the Waypoint+ Home Page


GPicSync

Uses your GPS track to geotag your photos by comparing timestamp information.

Download: http://code.google.com/p/gpicsync/


EasyGPS

Uses your GPS track to geotag your photos by comparing timestamp information.

Download: http://www.easygps.com/help/geotagging.asp


Atom_GPS

Uses your GPS track to geotag your photos by comparing timestamp information.

Download: http://www.vso-software.fr/products/atomgps/photo-geotagging.php


ArcPhoto

ArcMap tools for working with geotagged photos. Create point layers with thumbnail map tips.

Download: Acquire from ESRI ArcScripts


California Teale Albers .prj files for ESRI GIS software

This download provides Coordinate System/Projection (.prj) files that implement the California Teale Albers projection (both NAD27 and NAD83 datums) within ESRI software. See the instructions with the download for further information.

Download: CA_Teale_Albers_for_ESRI.zip (zip file)


CA Teale Albers .csd file for Trimble Pathfinder Office software

This download provides a Coordinate System Database (.csd) file that implements the California Teale Albers projection (both NAD27 and NAD83 datums) within Trimble Pathfinder Office Software. See instructions with the download for further information.

Download: CA_Teale_Albers_for_Trimble.zip (zip file)


XTools Extension for ArcGIS

This is a very full-featured extension for ArcGIS Desktop that includes many analysis, conversion, and table management tools. Around $200 per license.

Download: XTools home page


ArcCatalog Object Filter from ArcScripts

This script adds a toolbar to ArcCatalog 9.x that allows you to filter objects (datasets, folders, sde layers, etc) in the contents view window. Very handy when working with SDE connections that list out tons of datasets and you want to quickly find one.

Download: Acquire from ESRI ArcScripts