The Eigth Day of XYMas…OpenJump

Dec 31, 2019 | GIS, OSGEO

Yeah – What?

So my one dirty secret is I use OpenJump more than I ever talk about. What is it?

From the website:

OpenJUMP is an open source Geographic Information System (GIS) written in the Java programming language. It is developed and maintained by a group of volunteers from around the globe. OpenJUMP started as JUMP GIS designed by Vivid Solutions.

So what do I use it for? I’ve got GRASS, OGR, and QGIS…so why?

Why Not. It works. This year I was dumping out Geopackages for a client. Client couldn’t read them. QGIS could. OGR2OGR could. GRASS was happy. ArcPro wasn’t giving the client an error log anywhere to make life easier when it wouldn’t read the Geopackage – so I loaded it into OpenJump and I got an error with an explanation. I fixed it. Life moved forward.

Sometimes If I get data (screwed up shapefiles) that won’t work in QGIS I toss it in here. Maybe I need just some random check so things get opened here. It doesn’t seem there is any developer overlap between OpenJump and QGIS/GRASS/Anyone. So it’s my sanity check…and yes it has a small user base but it’s worth playing with if nothing else than “you can because it’s free”.

The developers aren’t quick on a release candidate and that’s fine – I sorta like that it’s trailing the pack a bit in cutting edge things.

So for this eighth day of XYMas – show a random little known project some excitement.

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