It has been released the 2 version of Portable GIS, a simply wonderful application to execute from an external disk, a USB memory and even a digital camera the necessary programs for the handling of spatial information both at the desktop and web level.
How much does it weigh
The installer file weighs 467 MB, but it requires at least 2GB free in a USB to be able to install it, once once decompressed and running walks by 1.2 GB the required space.
What programs do you include?
It is amazing what it does, because from a USB memory can run the following programs:
Desktop GIS Software
- uDig (1.1.1)
- GvSIG (1.1.2)
- Quantum GIS (1.02)
- PostgreSQL (8.4.01) (PgAdmin III and Psql Tools)
Programs for web services:
- MySQ Database server
- Postgre SQL Data server
- Xampplite: PHP,
- Apache (1.6.2)
- Geoserver (1.7.6)
As additional applications:
- FWTools: ogr, gdal, python, mapserver, openEV (2.4.2)
- Tilecache (2.10)
- Featureserver (1.12)
- PgAdmin III (1.10)
- OpenLayers (2.8)
And also come these utilities:
- SqlSync (platform for database synchronization)
- GeoMetadataExtractor (extracts metadata from georeferenced images)
- Shp2Text (converts files to shp, with columns of coordinates)
- Ogr2Gui (GUI for OGR toolkit)
- ShapeChecker (checks and corrects corrupted shape files)
How it works
The installer is simply downloaded, executed and the drive where it is to be installed is chosen. This creates an executable that contains the menu, a folder called "usbgis" that contains all the programs and even an autorun.info file.
Whenever the USB is connected, it requires "Portable GIS setup" to be executed, so that the system recognizes the route that the browser has assigned to the disk. After that, it's just using the programs and period. It is ideal to work with netbook computers, or to walk it in a memory when traveling or bouncing between offices without a fixed equipment.
One of the biggest attractions is the server type applications, for the case Apache or geoserver, that only to learn to install them the first time occupy a good time; In this case it is only necessary to press the "start" or "stop" button to stop them.
The OpenLayers, Tilecache, and Featureserver programs run from the index.html file, once the Apache server has been http://localhost).
In the case of QGis, it includes Grass, just select the directory when executing it the first time (.. \ usbgis \ apps \ Quantum GIS \ grass). It will also be necessary to do so if you connect to another computer and the system assigns another name to the unit.
PortableGIS is served under GPL license and works only on Windows operating systems.