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Hipparchus is an "Open GIS" toolkit that enables software developers to incorporate geography into their applications without the use of monolithic geographic information system (GIS) solutions. Use of the Hipparchus Library of C language functions permits the C or C++ language developer to deal with the "where" of things without requiring arbitrary proprietary database management systems (DBMS) or graphical user interface (GUI).

Hipparchus uses a novel spatial indexing method and modern vector algebra to provide unprecedented speed, precision and flexibility to aid developers with an open approach to managing location information. Hipparchus provides unconstrained modeling and manipulation of 0,1 and 2 dimensional objects. Functions are included for

  • conversion to and from all popular coordinate systems
  • dynamically adjustable indexing
  • proximity, union, and intersection
  • mapping and display
  • debugging
The library also includes a third-order orbital modeler to aid in the management of satellite data.

Current Version:   3.0

License Type:   Commercial

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Targeted Platforms:

DOS, Windows 95/NT, OS/2, HP Apollo, IBM RS/6000, Mac, NextStep, Sun OS and Solaris, SGI, Digital Alpha, and Linux (Version 3.0)

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