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Finding and Using Data

Software Resources

Some of the data files and resources provided in SEED require specific software to view them. This page lists free versions of software (usually with some restrictions on use) that you can download from the Internet for this purpose.

Please note:

  • The inclusion of a software product on this page DOES NOT constitute an endorsement by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment or NSW Government. This page only provides suggestions.  Other, equally good, alternatives may exist.
  • The use of some software listed here requires specialist skills. The NSW Government is not responsible for inaccurate conclusions drawn from improper use of software.

Mapping and data software

File Type Name Location on Internet
Esri Web Service

ArcReader

QGIS

http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcreader

https://www.qgis.org/en/site/ 

Mbtiles

MapTiler

QGIS

https://www.maptiler.com

May require payment for large files

https://www.qgis.org/en/site/ 

MITAB

Mitab

QGIS

http://mitab.maptools.org/ 
Highly technical

https://www.qgis.org/en/site/ 

SHP

Esri Explorer Products

QGIS

http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/explorer

https://www.qgis.org/en/site/ 

WFS

WMS

ArcReader

QGIS

http://www.esri.com/software/arcgis/arcreader

https://www.qgis.org/en/site/ 

MDB Microsoft Access https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39358

Document and web software

SEED has a built-in Preview pane that allows you to view Microsoft Office and PDF documents without requiring the software on your computer. However, if you wish to open the documents outside of SEED, the following downloads are available:

File Type Name Location on Internet
PDF Adobe Acrobat Reader https://get.adobe.com/reader/
PDF is a common document format. If the Acrobat Reader is not already installed on your computer, you will be prompted to install it when opening the PDF.

DOC

DOCX

Microsoft Word Viewer https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=4

CSV

XLS

Microsoft Excel Viewer https://www.microsoft.com/en-au/download/details.aspx?id=10

XML

HTML

Web Browser These file types will open in the Internet web browser included on your computer or device.