In this chapter we summarize the four most popular (we think) cross platform desktop viewing, querying, and editing tools that work with PostGIS. We chose these particular desktop tools because:
Each we find offers something compelling that the others in the list do not.
We start the chapter off with a Feature Matrix that will compare these tools by ease of install, newbie use, plugin architecture, framework, databases and gis formats supported. We hope this matrix will give you a sense of which desktop tool(s) are right for your particular workloads.
In the sections that follow after the matrix compare, we cover how to install and use these tools to view PostGIS data and where applicable import other GIS data into PostGIS or export data out of PostGIS.
These tools also have scripting and extensible features that make it
fairly easy to customize them for specific workflows. Sadly we did not have any space in this chapter to show-case these features to do them justice. We do summarize them where applicable.
If you are interested in learning more about QGIS, check out Learning QGIS 2.0 by Anita Graser.
Stay tuned for our next book pgRouting: A Practical Guide published by Locate Press due out 1st or 2nd quarter 2017. Preview drafts available. Content is now feature complete.
© Leo Hsu and Regina Obe 2014