|Title||Body||Technical Expertise Required||Cost||Additional Information|
|3D World Studio|
3D World Studio is a modeling program useful for visualizing real world data utilizing tools developed within computer gaming environments. The program allows you to create buildings and terrain and export your visualization into a variety of formats.
Standard license is $49.95
Professional standard software for creating original vector-based graphics. Includes powerful drawing tools and brushes.
The ai file format is a common vector format for exchange and its feature set allows creation of complex vector artwork. Illustrator imports over two dozen formats (including PDF and SVG). Of particular use to data visualization is importation of SVG, or scalar vector graphics, which is an W3C recommendation, and is often exported from other programs.
|No programming||Cost-basis|| |
There are many extensions and plug-ins available for customizing this software, including those at the following link: http://www.adobe.com/products/illustrator/extend.html
Photoshop is a comprehensive photo editing tool produced by Adobe Systems. Users can manipulate photos, graphics, and other raster images using a variety of tools and predefined filters. Photoshop also allows users to record specific photo editing steps, which allows for automated batch processing. Photoshop is available as a stand-alone product, but is also part of Adobe's "Creative Suite" family of products. Photoshop Extended is an enhancement to Photoshop, and provides for enhanced 3D creation and editing.
"Amber" refers to two things: a set of molecular mechanical force fields for the simulation of biomolecules (Amber) and a package of molecular simulation programs which includes source code and demos (AmberTools).
|Basic programming skills||Cost-basis|
ArcGIS Desktop is a collection of software products for building complete geographic information systems (GIS). produced by Esri. ArcGIS Desktop 9 provides an integrated GIS, combining object-oriented and traditional file-based data models with a set of tools to create and work with geographic data. The following three applications comprise the ArcGIS Desktop software suite:
|Basic programming skills||Cost-basis|| |
Asymptote is a vector graphics language that can be used for technical drawing.
Being a language, it gives ultimate control to the user. Typesetting of labels and equations is done by LaTeX, which produces high-quality PostScript output. It provides a portable standard for typesetting mathematical figures and generates output in PostScript, PDF, SVG, or 3D PRC vector graphics.
|Basic programming skills||Free|| |
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asymptote_%28vector_graphics_language%29
DBDesigner 4 is an open source visual data design application that includes functionality for database design and data modeling. It is primarily designed for use with the Open Source database platform MySQL. It includes specific functionality for database and data design including documentation, Structured Query Language (SQL), and reverse database engineering for any ODBC-compatible database. For the MySQL database platform DBDesigner has largely been succeeded by MySQL Workbench which is an integrated development environment (IDE) .
|ESRI ArcGIS Explorer|
ArcGIS Explorer is a geographical information system (GIS) viewer to explore, visualize, and share GIS information. It provides a freely-distributable way to share products produced by ESRI's commercial products.
There are two versions: one for the desktop, the other on-line. The on-line version includes support for time-enabled maps.
|No programming||Free|| |
There is a free SDK available for download.
|ESRI ArcGIS Server|
ArcGIS Server is a component of the ESRI suite of commercial software focused on the ability to create, manage, and distribute GIS services over the Web to support desktop, mobile and Web mapping applications.
The user can choose from Basic, Standard, or Advanced editions of ArcGIS Server. Costs vary depending on the level of service required.
Available in the cloud computing environment: http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcgisserver/cloud.html.
|ESRI ArcGIS Web API's|
|Basic programming skills||Free|| |