GEOTRANS: The Geographic Translator
Entry ID: GEOTRANS
Abstract: GEOTRANS (Geographic Translator) is an application program which allows you to easily convert geographic coordinates among a wide variety of coordinate systems, map projections, and datums. GEOTRANS runs in Microsoft Windows (95 and NT) and UNIX Motif environments.
The user interface of GEOTRANS is similar to that of a calculator. To convert a set of coordinates, simply select the coordinate ... system or map projection, and the datum, in which your coordinates are defined, enter the source coordinates, select the coordinate system or map projection, and the datum, to which you want the coordinates to be converted, and click on the Convert button. The resulting coordinates will be displayed. Because the GEOTRANS application stores your previous selections, you can convert additional coordinate sets from the same source by just entering the new coordinates and clicking the Convert button. You can change any of the coordinate system, map projection, or datum selections at any time. Currently, twenty-five different coordinate systems, map projections, grids, and coding schemes, and over two hundred different datums, are supported.
GEOTRANS can also be used to efficiently convert large numbers of coordinates contained in text files. The file format is very simple. A multiline file header defines the coordinate system or map projection, and datum, of the coordinates contained in the file. Following the header, each line contains a single set of coordinates, separated by commas. Using the GEOTRANS file processing interface, you can select an existing file of coordinates to be converted, define the coordinate system or map projection, and the datum, to which you want to convert the coordinates, and specify the name and location of the output file that is to be created. GEOTRANS then converts the input file and creates the output file as a single operation.
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1. The GEOTRANS source code ("the software") is provided free of charge by the
National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) of the United States Department of
Defense. Although NIMA makes no copyright claim under Title 17 U.S.C., NIMA
claims copyrights in the source code under other legal ... regimes. NIMA hereby
grants to each user of the software a license to use and distribute the
software, and develop derivative works.
2. Warranty Disclaimer: The software was developed to meet only the internal
requirements of the U.S. National Imagery and Mapping Agency. The software is
provided "as is," and no warranty, express or implied, including but not
limited to the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for particular
purpose or arising by statute or otherwise in law or from a course of dealing
or usage in trade, is made by NIMA as to the accuracy and functioning of the
3. NIMA and its personnel are not required to provide technical support or
general assistance with respect to the software.
4. Neither NIMA nor its personnel will be liable for any claims, losses, or
damages arising from or connected with the use of the software. The user agrees
to hold harmless the United States National Imagery and Mapping Agency. The
user's sole and exclusive remedy is to stop using the software.
5. NIMA requests that products developed using the software credit the source
of the software with the following statement, "The product was developed using
GEOTRANS, a product of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency and U.S. Army
Engineering Research and Development Center."
6. For any products developed using the software, NIMA requires a disclaimer
that use of the software does not indicate endorsement or approval of the
product by the Secretary of Defense or the National Imagery and Mapping Agency.
Pursuant to the United States Code, 10 U.S.C. ß 2797, the name of the National
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