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OpenJUMP GIS Software Review

OpenJUMP GIS (JAVA Unified Mapping Platform) all started as a conflation project by Vivid Solutions Inc. After its initial creation, Vivid Solutions stopped the creation of JUMP GIS.

However, the company eventually decided to support it because of the overwhelming support from its user community. Eventually, it jump-started a larger community effort and the name was eventually chosen to be “OpenJUMP”.

Pros/Cons of OpenJUMP

Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of using OpenJUMP compared to other GIS software applications.

  • WMS and database connectivity
  • Wiki documentation
  • GPS support and compatibility
  • Plugins like Sextante
  • Dated user interface
  • Little-to-no raster functionality
  • Sparse updates on its development
  • Limited cartography options
  • 3D visualization and support
  • A small number of plugins





Data Support

Ranked #27 from 30 GIS Software

Open Source GIS


Although JUMP GIS was primarily used as a conflation software package. Over time, it’s grown into much more.

For example, OpenJUMP offers vector editing and raster viewing support. It has database connectivity in a wide range of GIS formats.

Raster support is at a bare minimum. The map viewer can import rasters for viewing. But there aren’t a lot of supporting tools.

You can create primitive maps in OpenJUMP. But it has limited support for symbology, labeling, and annotation.

OpenJUMP Plugins

OpenJUMP GIS has 15 or so plugins. Each one helps you extend the functionalities from a basic installation. For example, plugins include:

Summary: OpenJUMP GIS

All things considered, Jump GIS does the basics very well.

It started as a commercial tool for data conflation.

Then, it grew to a modest size following an open source project.

Even though its functionality is light, developers still support the project.