|Product||Company||Operating System (OS)||EDU?|
|ArcGIS||Windows||Yes: 1 year free|
|GeoMedia||Windows||Yes: 1 year free|
|MapInfo||Windows||YES: EDU Price or 20-day demo|
|TNT||Windows, MacOS X, Linux and Unix||YES: EDU Price or free TNTlite|
|-||Windows, MacOS X, Linux and Android||Open Source! (free)|
|-||Windows, MacOS X, Linux and Unix||Open Source! (free)|
Undoubtedly the most widely used software in the GIS market. For students, ESRI offers a "1-year trial of ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop Advanced" (which includes all relevant extensions!). Below is a description how you can get it, if you are a student in Switzerland. For students outside Switzerland please contact the ESRI office of your country.
|1.) Go to the download site.|
|2.) Sign-up for a free Esri Global Account. Afterwards you come to the page where you can download the Esri software.|
|3.) Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (for German speaking students) or email@example.com (for French speaking students), providing all of the required information: last name, first name, organization (educational institution), department/institute, project title, partner company (optional), other remarks. Your email should look like this (German version).|
|4.) ESRI will check your application and send an email containing a valid license number.|
|5.) For authorization and installation process, please follow the instructions as described in the manual.|
For non-educational GITTA users we can offer a 60 day trial version. If you would like to receive a trial version please fill out the form of ESRI Switzerland (for people living in Switzerland) or contact the ESRI office of your country.
Intergraph's GeoMedia is another very popular professional GIS application. They do have a special education program with a free one year licence of the GeoMedia Professional full version available for every student!
MicroImage offers various products from the professional TNTmips to the free TNTlite version. They do also offer special academic licenses. TNT is not as popular as the three other commercial products presented above but it runs on nearly every operating system and they have an amazing long list of translations available.
Quantum GIS is a quintessential user friendly, cross platform (win/lin/mac) free and open source GIS desktop application.
Another popular open source GIS solution available is GRASS, the Geographic Resources Analysis Support System. It offers both a graphic (GUI) and text mode, is very popular amongst universities and it is available in nearly every operating system (Windows, MacOS X, Linux and many Unix flavors). And of course it is free!