deegree desktop is a desktop GIS application of the deegree project. It is based on established deegree technology and modular by design to allow for flexible and use-case dependant configuration, standards-based SDI integration and integration with other third party desktop components.
1. Download and Install
deegree desktop may be downloaded for Windows or Linux systems.
It will soon be available from http://deegree.org. From the menu bar choose "Download". There you will find an entry for deegree desktop with the most recent version of the application for both Windows and Linux systems.
1.1. Windows Installation
For Windows systems you should download a file called deegreeDesktop-0.4.8-pre4-Setup.exe.
Execute the downloaded file. An installation manager will guide you through the setup and assist you with the installation.
After successful installation you are now able to start the application. Depending on your choices during the installation process you may start deegree desktop with a desktop-icon, an entry in your startmenu or directly by executing the file deegreeDesktop.exe.
1.2. Linux Installation
For Linux systems you should download a file called deegreeDesktop-0.4.8-pre4-Linux-x86-Install.
Unpack the archive
tar -zxvf deegreeDesktop-*
Start the application
2. Features of deegree desktop
Some general features:
- platform independent (Java) runs on Linux- and Windows systems
- may be run as stand alone desktop GIS or as Java Web Start application, providing centralised administration in a large private company or public authority
- high degree of personalisation: project specific layout and functionality
- configuration and datamodel in XML
- data access (raster, vector) via: WMS, WFS, WFS-T, WCS, SHP, GML, WLD (georef. images), Database
- lazy loading of large data sets
- support for ~3500 coordinate reference systems (from the EPSG registry, plus additional CRS)
- powerful style editor based on SLD (with SLD import and export), classification is supported
- export maps and legends as images
- export layers as SHP or GML
- geoprocessing: buffers, intersection, create a point in polygon
- more digitizing and construction functionality
- direct read/write access for databases
- extensive help pages (german)
- creating new projects based on map preview
- bookmark a map section to easy navigate between different regions
- print vector maps to PDF (this includes vector output of svg symbols used when rendering)
- suports spatial querries
- geostatistics of objects are automatically genereated
- web processing services are supported
Selected improvements and new features for version 0.4.8:
- import vector data as database layer from:
- PostGreSQL/PostGIS-database (version 8.2/1.2, 8.3/1.3, 8.4/1.4)
- Oracle-database (version 10, 11)
- MS SQL Server-database (version 2008)
- georeferencing tool for raster images
Currently the documentation for deegree desktop is avaliable in German only. The documentation offers a more general overview, while the tutorial gives a step-by-step introduction to the main functionalities of deegree desktop.
deegree desktop documentation
deegree desktop tutorial
Both documents are constantly being revised, so look out for updates once in a while.
Adding features to deegree desktop is possible by adding new modules to the application. An introduction on this topic is given with HowToWriteNewModulesForIGeoDesktop. To integrate deegree desktop into eclipse read this article about EclipseIntegration