Erdas Imagine is an image processing software package that allows users to process both geospatial and other imagery as well as vector data. Erdas can also handle hyperspectral imagery and LiDAR from various sensors. Erdas also offers a 3D viewing module (VirtualGIS) and a vector module for modeling. The native programming language is EML (Erdas Macro Language). Erdas is integrated within other GIS and remote sensing applications and the storage format for the imagery can be read in many other applications (*.img files). Leica Geosystems also purchased ER Mapper to add to their mapping software. Imagine is tightly woven into the GIS fabric more than other image processing software packages and that is the advantage of this package.