gvSIG Handbook

The "Welthungerhilfe GIS Starter Package 2.0" includes a pdf-version of the online manual of gvSIG 1.11 available on the gvSIG-homepage. Please note: Some sections are only available in Spanish.

To give you an overview, summaries of the 11 chapters of the manual are provided below.





This chapter briefly introduces gvSIG and its project background.

more details on pages 11-13



gvSIG Projects


gvSIG-projects are made up of different document types. There are three types of documents in gvSIG: views, tables and maps.

more details on pages 13-22





The gvSIG user interface consists of different working areas to manage vector and raster data of your gvSIG projects. The "View"-Window contains the "Table of Contents (ToC)", the "Locator" and the "Display Window".

more details on pages 22-61



Viewing and accessing Data


Different types of cartographic information can be added to a gvSIG-project. A wide range of vector and raster file formats can be loaded.

more details on pages 62-315



Editing Tools


There are two types of editing tools: the graphical and alphanumerical editing of layers or features.
Graphical editing allows creating, modifying and deleting vector features. Alphanumerical editing of elements includes the creation, modification and deleting of data associated with the elements using the field calculator.

more details on pages 315-416



Analysis and processing Data


The gvSIG "Geoprocessing Tools" offer a series of standard processes for vector layers, e.g. creating new vector information layers based on the spatial relationship of the source layers.

more details on pages 417-470

For raster data the layer functionalities and geographic transformation tools are explained.

more details on pages 471-550





This chapter illustrates how to set up the map (page size and measuring units) as well as inserting the map elements (legend, scale bar, northing, texts) and map exporting options.

more details on pages 550-572



Preference Window


The preference window allows customising gvSIG to your own needs. You can change the programme settings for language, the default projection or the selection colour.

more details on pages 572-595





This chapter describes the basic elements of the "SEXTANTE-Toolbar" and how to use the "SEXTANTE-Toolbox" and its 286 algorithms. Particular information about SEXTANTE algorithms is not given. If needed, use the context help (information button in the bottom line of the "SEXTANTE-Toolbox").

more details on pages 605-645



Scripting Extension


This extension allows creating your own scripts in different programming languages, such as Jython, javascript, beanShell or groovy.

more details on page 645-646





more detail on pages 646-649