Simple GIS News

​Check here for all of the latest press releases and updates regarding Simple GIS Software

​​September 19, 2018

Simple GIS Client 10.3 - Simple GIS Software announces the release of Simple GIS Client 10.3.  This release corrects a bug in the OpenStreetMap data wizard that prevented users from selecting a drive on their PC other than the C drive to extract the OpenStreetMap data.  In addition, version 10.3 also adds support for Albers Equal Area and American Polyconic map projections.  Also, version 10.3 now provides support for YCbCr encoded tiff images.  


August 20,2018

Simple GIS Collaborate plugin for Simple GIS Client - Simple GIS has released its Simple GIS Collaborate plugin extension for its Simple GIS Client application.  Simple GIS Collaborate was designed to allow users to package and share entire projects or individual data layers with other Simple GIS Client users. When you create a project or layer package with Simple GIS Collaborate, it generates a single self contained and compressed file of your project and all data. You can generate this file within a local folder on your pc or alternatively, publish the file to a folder in your Dropbox account using the built in Dropbox integration of Simple GIS Collaborate. You could then email this file (depending on size) or share this file with your entire team using a common Dropbox account or a shared Dropbox folder in your account. Any other team member running Simple GIS Client with the Simple GIS Collaborate plugin extension could download this file from Dropbox and load it onto their pc for use. Or consider the following scenario, you have a Simple GIS project file or special shapefile or other data layer you've been working in on your dekstop pc. However, you will be working remotely over the next week and would like to have the Simple GIS project file and data to work on your laptop while you're away. With Simple GIS Collaborate, you would simply package and publish your Simple GIS project to your Dropbox account. Then on your laptop, you could launch Simple GIS Client and using your Simple GIS Collaborate extension, download and unpackage your project file including all associated data to the folder of your choice on your laptop. You could then continue to work in your Simple GIS project for the remainder of the week. If you've made changes or edits to your data while working on your laptop then simply repackage and publish your packaged project file from your laptop back to your Dropbox account where it will be ready when you return to your desktop pc. Simple GIS Collaborate is intended to simplify the process of sharing Simple GIS projects and data with other users or machines.


Simple GIS Client 10.2.3 - In conjunction with the Simple GIS Collaborate plugin release, Simple GIS has released version 10.2.3 of its Simple GIS Client desktop GIS software.  This release improves on the management of plugin extensions within the Simple GIS Client application.  With this release, users can add and uninstall plugin extensions from within the Simple GIS Client software.


July 30,2018

2018 Simple USA Project & Dataset - The 2018 SimpleUSA Project and Dataset has been published.  This is a free download that provides a comprehensive GIS dataset of US streets, boundaries, cities, and points of interest.  This year's dataset also includes building footprints from OpenStreetMap. The SimpleUSA project is a free project to use with the Simple GIS Client application.  In addition, this dataset contains a national Geocode database based upon Tiger 2017 data from the US Census Bureau.  It also includes a national street routing database.  To download this dataset, visit the Free GIS Resources page of our website.


Simple GIS Client 10.2.2 - In conjunction with the Simple USA dataset release, Simple GIS has released version 10.2.2 of it Simple GIS Client application.  This is a minor release that includes an improved geoparser engine that provides better match results when geocoding against a Simple GIS geocode database.


July 7, 2018

Simple GIS Client 10.2.1 has been released.  This release corrects bugs related to the Open Street Map project template as well as bugs when trying to use some of the advanced editing features in Map Data View documents set to certain map projections.  There was an error in the previous version when trying to create a new street map based upon the regional street map project template.  These errors have been corrected.  In addition, certain advanced edit functions like the "Offset Line" function did not operate in Map Data View documents whose map projection was set to plate carree WGS 84, NAD 83, or NAD 27 projections or Web Mercator or World Mercator map projections.


June 10, 2018

Simple GIS Client 10.2 has been released.  This release corrects several bugs including:

  • Exporting Georeferenced PDFs at higher resolutions than 600 dpi.
  • Snapping accuracy when snapping features of different layers that are mapped in different map projections.

​In addition, version 10.2 introduces new exciting features including:

  1. New Chart objects for maps.  Now add charts to your map documents for publication.  Convey data within your map more effectively using these chart objects.
  2. New Census Demographic Calculator.  This new tool allows you to analyze your own polygon boundary features by approximating population demographic data within your polygon features.  Get population data by sex, age, race, income, education, housing, and more!
  3. New node move editing tool.  Now easily edit boundaries shared by multiple features.  Simply click and drag a shared vertex from one position to its new position and have Simple GIS edit all shape features that share this common vertex.

April 2, 2018

Simple GIS Client 10.1.1 has been released.  This release corrects a bug with converting USGS Topo Maps from GeoPDF to GeoTiff.  In addition, release 10.1.1 introduces:

  1. ​Map Table Documents.  These new objects allows users to easily add feature attribute tables to their map documents for publication.
  2. Derived geometry calculated fields now support displaying the x and y coordinate for point features in either your Map Data View Documents' planar projection units or in decimal degrees.  This gives users more control if they wanted to add an attribute table for a point layer containing waypoint features and display the GPS coordinates in decimal degrees while their map for instance may be in a Web Mercator projection.
  3. Addition of new point symbology to the standard symbol palette including Maki Symbols. 


March 12, 2018

Simple Client Update 10.1 has been released!  This release provides several bug fixes including:

  1. ​Correcting problem preventing labeling engine from labeling multi-part polyline features.
  2. Corrected error in classifying features when using proportional legend type
  3. Corrected error in Clip Layer function that was preventing layers that were part of a group layer from showing in the layer selection box.

In addition, update 10.1 also introduces several new features including:


  1. Support for Tile Mapping Services (TMS).  Now you can add TMS providers as base maps into your map documents.  Simple GIS even comes pre-configured to allow the user to add some of the popular providers including the Stamen Terrain, Toner, and Water Color tiles, and tiles provided by OpenStreetMap.
  2. Simple GIS is now integrated with the US Census Geocoder service and the ©openrouteservice.  This allows users to geocode or batch geocode addresses "out of the box" without users having to first create their own geocoding database.  In addition, users can obtain a free key from the ©openrouteservice which will allow them to use this free service to calculate routes or drive time rings.
  3. Added support for reading Excel data directly.  Now whether you have an Excel spreadsheet containing street addresses that your want to geocode, or a spreadsheet of data with x and y coordinates that you want to add as an event layer, Simple GIS can read this information directly.
  4. Easily add calculated geometry fields to your attribute table.  Calculate lengths, perimeters, or areas in the units of your choice and display as a calculated field in your attribute table.  
  5. New measurement tool.  New tool allows you to measure lines or polygons or select features to display their measurement values in the units of your choice, including Acres for area measurements.      
  6. Update to the US Census Data Wizard.  This Wizard now allows you to aggregate several selected fields into a single field in your output shapefile.  For example, if the census data is subdivided into several grouping by age and you wish to combine selected groupings into a single value and store in a single field, the new wizard will allow you to perform that operation. 


January 2, 2018

Simple GIS Client - Version 10 has been released!  Our most comprehensive and powerful release to date.  Version 10 introduces many new features including:

  1. Support for generating heat maps from point data using kernel density or inverse distance weighting algorithms.
  2. Advanced buffer analytics. Generate buffers at specific intervals and perform spatial analytics on features within buffers. Also includes support for generating drive distance or drive time buffers.
  3. New USGS National Map Interface. Allows users from within Simple GIS to search for and download freely available data from the USGS National Map service including topographic maps, elevation data, aerial imagery and more!
  4. Powerful new map publishing capabilities including generating map books, displaying map reference grids, and publishing directly to PDF. New Map templates make publishing easier than ever.
  5. New Cogo editing tools. Allows users to easily add new features using Cogo tools.
  6. Includes new links to popular WMS and WMTS services. Easily add base maps from across the world. ​


​Version 10  is one of the most feature rich and inexpensive desktop GIS applications around.  As always, users can download a fully functional 30 day free trial and see for themselves all that Simple GIS Client offers.  For more information see our Simple GIS Client product page.

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September 26, 2017

Simple GIS Client  - Version 9.5 has been released.  This release further improves rendering performance for imagery data plus offers improved performance for geocode matching and route analysis.  It also corrects a bug preventing users from adding dxf files to their maps. 

September 6, 2017

2017 SimpleUSA Project & Dataset - The 2017 SimpleUSA Street Map dataset & project has been released.  This is a free dataset provided by Simple GIS and is compiled from OpenStreetMap data as well as data from the US Census Bureau.  It also includes a Simple GIS routing and geocode database built from the OpenStreetMap data and US Census data.   The SimpleUSAProject file is a pre-configured  Simple GIS Client project file enabling users to use the geocoding and routing data within this dataset.  To download this dataset, visit the Free GIS Resources page of our website.

August 1, 2017

Simple GIS Client - Version 9.4 has been released.  This release improves rendering performance for imagery data and improved feature editing performance.  It also fixes a bug with the free hand editing tool with graphic layers.  In addition, version 9.4 improves the user experience for adding feature labels to the users map by automating some of the task required when setting up a layer's label definition.

July 18, 2017

Simple GIS Client - Version 9.2 has been released.  This release improves support for high resolution displays with sharper map rendering as well as sharper form and dialog box rendering.  In addition, a new Map Data View document export feature was added allowing the user to export their map as a georeferenced jpeg or bitmap image file that can be easily shared with other users.

June 18, 2017

Simple GIS Client - Version 9.1 has been released.  In addition to several bug fixes , this release corrects for recent changes in the US Census API service by the US Census Bureau to make sure the US Census Data On Demand wizard continues to function.  The Bureau is continuing to make changes to some of their API endpoints and Simple GIS will continue to correct the US Census Data Wizard in future releases as these changes become available.  In addition, memory management for the Open Street Map Data Wizard has been improved in version 9.1.  For some of the larger datasets associated with larger states, users with limited memory on their computers might have experienced difficulty downloading and processing these datasets.  Version 9.1 corrects this by limiting the amount of memory consumed in processing these larger datasets.  

June 17, 2017

Simple GIS Server - Version 3.2 has now been released.  This release offers significant improvements to the ease of publishing maps created in Simple GIS Client as as Web Mapping Service ( WMS ).  This version allows you to publish WMS maps very quickly and easily that can then be consumed by GIS clients that support the OGC WMS protocol.  This includes common "slippy map" java script mapping libraries that support the WMS protocol.

​​May 3, 2017

Simple GIS Client - Version 9.0 has now been released.  With this release comes many new features including data wizards to download and process data from the US Census Bureau and OpenStreetMap.  Create fully geocoded and routable detailed street maps by state.  Also download Census data from the 5 year community survey conducted by the US Census Bureau down to the census block level.  Also includes improved support for WMS  and WMTS map services.  Connect to popular services for background imagery and topology.  Includes a re-designed user interface for an overall improved user experience plus a fully integrated debugger makes customization easier than ever.

October 1, 2016

Build 8.2 of Simple GIS Client has been released.  This build incorporates and extends the features of the previous Simple GPS plugin as core functionality of Simple GIS Client making this functionality available to purchasers of the Simple GIS Client application for free!  With this new release, Simple GIS Client users can create their own Geocode and routing database for offline geocoding and routing functionality. 


2016 SimpleUSA Project & Dataset - In conjunction with the new release of version 8.2 of Simple GIS Client, we have released our 2016 SimpleUSA Project and Dataset.  This is a free download that provides a comprehensive GIS dataset of US streets, boundaries, cities, and points of interest. The SimpleUSA project is a free project to use with the Simple GIS Client application.  In addition, this dataset contains a national Geocode database based upon Tiger 2015 data from the US Census Bureau.  It also includes a national street routing database.  Our plan is update this dataset annually.


March 23, 2016

Build 8.1 of Simple GIS Client has been released.  This is a minor version upgrade that provides improved rendering and projection performance and enhanced buffering analytics.   To view an example of the new enhanced buffering analytics available, view the  video tutorial "Using Buffers in Simple GIS Client Application".


November 24, 2018
Simple GIS Software was just recognized as one of the top ten GIS Youtube Channels by Feedspot!

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  • Total youtube channels subscribers, video views, and video uploads
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  • Youtube search ranking
  • Feedspot editorial team’ objective and subjective review

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July 7th, 2019

​The Simple USA dataset has been updated with 2019 OpenStreetMap data.  This includes the free SimpleUSA project and dataset as well as the composite US dataset download via the OpenStreetMap data wizard in the Simple GIS Client version 11 application.  Individual US State downloads via the OpenStreetMap data wizard in Simple GIS Client had already been updated with 2019 data with the version 11 release of Simple GIS Client.  Now the composite US dataset has been updated as well.  Users can install the latest dataset  by downloading and running the Simple USA Project and Dataset installer from the Free GIS Resources page or by selecting the A. All (Entire US Composite Map) from  within the OpenStreetMap data wizard in the Simple GIS Client application. 

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June 11th, 2019
Simple Territory Mapper plugin for Simple GIS Client (Version 11.2 and above) has been released.  This new plugin allows users to easily create and manage territories by State, County, School District, or Zip Code boundaries.  The Simple Territory Mapper provides the following functions:

  • Create base territory geographies based on State, County, School District, or Zip Code boundaries.  Also, users can append custom data such as sales or management data from external tables or spreadsheets to these territory boundaries.  In addition, users can also easily append demographic data from the US Census Bureau to these boundaries.
  • Create new territory assignments from scratch or create assignments from user data in external tables or spreadsheets.
  • Easily manage these territory assignments by adding or removing regions and view results immediately using visual graphs based on selected balancing criteria.
  • Export territory assignments to excel, dBase (*.dbf), or csv files. 

​​June 11th, 2019

Update 11.2 of Simple GIS Client has been published.  This update provides the following bug fixes:

  • Issues with the sizing of column names on high resolution display devices.  In previous versions, the column name headings on attribute tables were not resized according to the corresponding increase in display resolution on high resolution display devices.  This issue has been resolved in update 11.2
  • Potential error normalizing data when summarizing layers or performing buffer analysis calculations.  Prior versions allowed you to select invalid fields to use to normalize aggregated data  in layer summary or buffer analysis calculations.  Version 11.2 corrects this potential error by removing invalid fields from the "Normalize By" selection box.

​In addition, the 11.2 update provides several enhancements including:

  • Performance of the export to shapefile function has been improved.
  • Users can now download and process US Census data by School District boundaries in addition to State, Congressional District, County, Census Tract, and Census Block Group boundaries.
  • Enhanced processing unmatched records from batch geocoding process.  Users can now edit and try different match types to process unmatched records from batch geocoding operations.
  • Added a new plugin manager dialog that allows user to easily view available plugins for Simple GIS Client and manage the installation of available plugins.


March 27th, 2019

Update 11.1 of Simple GIS Client has been published.  This update corrects the following bug fixes:

  • Issues with the visual form designer locking up under certain circumstances when adding new form controls
  • Batch geocoding threads being limited when batch geocode operations performed on local geocode database
  • Related documents not being deleted when performing mass deletes on shapefiles
  • Custom attribute forms not being saved for Simple GIS Server layers
  • Manually placed graphic labels visibility not being properly assigned to the layer being labeled.

In addition, the 11.1 update introduces new exciting form controls for your custom attribute data forms.  New controls added are:

  • Linked table control.  Easily link related external tables to your vector layers.  This feature allows you to display related records from external tables on your feature attribute data form.  Examples could include customer information or historical usage for water or electrical meter features or historical sampling data for  environmental features.
  • Graph data from linked tables on your custom attribute data form.  Now, easily add bar graphs depicting data from related records of linked tables on your custom attribute data forms.  Examples might include historical customer usage data or historical sampling data for features in your vector layer.

Update 11.1 is a free upgrade for existing licensed users of Simple GIS Client Version 11


February 18th, 2019
​​It's Here!  Simple GIS Client Version 11.0 Released!
Simple GIS is excited to announce the release of Simple GIS Client Version 11.  This is a major release with many performance improvements as well as introducing many new features and functionality.  New features include:

Custom Data Forms
Simple GIS now allows you to build custom data forms for your feature attributes using a visual form designer with no coding required. These custom forms give the user much more control of the visualization and editing capabilities of their feature attribute data including support for linked documents, combo boxes, radio groups, check boxes, and more.

Layer Selection Support when Converting Georeferenced PDF Topo maps to Geotiff using the USGS National Map Data Wizard.
Simple GIS now allows you to select which layers from the georeferenced pdf topo map you want converted to geotiff when using the USGS National Map Data Wizard.

Support for ArcGrid and File Geodb datasets from the USGS National Map Data Wizard
Simple GIS now supports downloading and converting ArcGrid and File Geodb datasets from the USGS when downloading data through the USGS National Map Data Wizard. Arcgrid datasets will be converted to geotiff and File Geodb data will be converted to shapefiles.

Support for free form text to be combined in a layer's label definition
Simple GIS now allows you to combine free form text with field data in your layer's label definition. This can help when you have multi-line labels of numeric data and need a descriptor with the data for clarity.

Added support for generating heat maps from polygon data.
Simple GIS now supports the creation of heat maps from polygon shapefiles. The operations are the same as creating heat maps from point shapefiles except that Simple GIS uses the centroids of the source polygons as the input points into the calculation.

Added default pre-defined demographic queries as well as the ability for users to save their own query definitions for re-use.
Simple GIS now comes installed with several pre-defined demographic queries based upon the US Census Bureau's American Community 5 yr Survey. In addition, users can still build their own query definition, but can now save this definition for re-use. This prevents the user from having to re-select all of the fields they want to include in their query. Once you save the query definition parameters, users can simply select this query definition from a list to re-apply on their new dataset. Also, this tool has been combined with the Create Buffers tool and Calculate Drive Time Rings tool allowing the user to combine demographic data with their buffer generation in a single step. The Calculate Drive Time Rings tool has also been improved to allow the input of multiple points manually, or bey selected point features of chosen layer, or by selected point features of graphics.

New Data Explorer Tool
The new Data Explorer tool to visualize and compare numerical data across multiple features within a single layer. This can be particularly useful when you have features containing data samples or demographic data and want to visualize comparisons between features.

Improved OpenStreetMap Data Download Support
The OpenStreetMap wizard has been improved by allowing you to download preprocessed OpenStreetMap data and Tiger data from the US Census Bureau for quicker installation by eliminating the need for data processing once downloaded to the users computer. Download data on just a single US State or select the “All US States” to download the entire dataset for the US. Datasets are geocoded and fully routable by Simple GIS. Great for offline use to map addresses, drive time buffer analysis, routing and navigation support. The new structure also allows for the inclusion of datasets from other regions outside of the US in the future.


Bubble Text and Bubble Label Support
Simple GIS now allows you to add bubble text or place a bubble label on your map. Bubble text and bubble labels creates text within a text box with a leader. To add, use the corresponding Bubble Text or Bubble Label tool.

July 16, 2019

Version 2 of Simple GIS Collaborate has been released! This new version introduces the ability to publish a portable map document. A portable map document packages a map from Simple GIS Client into a single, self contained file that includes the map and settings, all data layers, any custom data forms you have built for those layers, and and supplemental documents (photos, pdfs, spreadsheets, etc.) you have linked to features in your layers using the custom data forms. In addition, Simple GIS has released version 1 of its Simple Map Viewer application. The Simple Map Viewer application is a free lightweight viewer application for Windows that users can use to open portable map documents. This is intended to provide an easy way to share your maps created in Simple GIS Client as interactive maps with colleagues or clients. Simply publish your map as a portable map document and if your clients have the Simple Map Viewer application installed, they can open your portable map document to view and query your map and any supplemental documents you have linked to your maps.  For more information see the Simple GIS Plugins page.

Simple Territory Mapper Plugin for Simple GIS Client