Golden Software Inc. this week has announced the release of Didger 5. Advanced georeferencing, digitizing, and coordinate conversion features have been combined into a low-cost, versatile program ideal as a geoprocessing and data conversion tool for map makers, cartographers, oil and gas professionals, geologists or GIS analysts.
Designed primarily for scientists, engineers, and mapping professionals, Didger solves the problem of combining data in numerous file formats and different coordinate systems, by providing extensive tools to transform GIS data on-the-fly into one cohesive coordinate system. Didger can precisely convert paper maps, graphs, aerial photographs, well logs, or any other plotted information into a versatile digital format that can be used with other mapping and engineering applications. It can create new maps from the ground up or edit existing maps, drawings, images, or data sets imported into it.
Didger 5 can now download online maps through WMS connectivity. This feature allows the user to create base maps for their projects by downloading image layers from countless online web mapping servers (WMS). Didger now connects to online data sources, allows the user to pick the layers desired for download, and seamlessly integrates the images into existing projects.
Didger’s user interface has been totally redesigned to make it easier and faster to use. Changes in properties can be seen immediately on the screen after they are made, the user can change the visibility of individual objects with the click of a button, and the enhanced Layer Manager allows all options to be quickly accessible. The user can customize the toolbars and menus, and choose from 3 different application appearances. The coordinate and projection system are now displayed in the status bar, so the user will quickly and always known what system they are digitizing in.
Didger has significantly extended its list of support file formats. Among many new file types, Didger 5 now imports and exports PDF and GeoPDF files, imports XSLX and XLSM files, exports SVG files, and exports to KML and KMZ files so the user can display projects in Google Earth.