MapWindow 6.1.2: Download, Installation and Usage in Visual C# 2010 Express?

Jul 24, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Hi Mudnug,

I used MapWindow 6.0 (Orlando) and DotSpatial 12-15-2010 DLL Library (developed by Ted Dunsford) to learn the MapWindow 6 and DotSpatial programming 1.5 years ago.  I tried to resume my MapWindow 6 and DotSpatial programming with some difficulties for several weeks: (1) I just realize conclusively that the NuGET Package Manager does not support the Microsoft Visual 2010 Express of .NET 4 Framework in my doing the DotSpatial programming via your way of using the DotSpatial Plugin Template (Online Template in VC# 2010 EXpress). I don't have the regular version of Visual C# 2010 software in my office. Thus, I give up this approach completely.  (2) Recently, I checked my old MapWindow 6.0 (Orlando) and found out that it does not work in creating the Point, Line and Polygon features/shapfiles in my VC# 2010 Express for me.    

I am thinking to use MapWindow 6.1.2 to do the Open-Source GIS programming in my PC that is housed in the Microsoft NT 4 LAN System in my office - I need an approval from my Computer System Administrator to install the MapWindow 6.1.2. If I download and save the MapWindow 6.1.2 to the PC in my office and then I ask our office Computer Team to install it for me, I don't know to get the MapWindow 6.1.2 downloaded and installed in my PC, because you have 2 different ways of doanloading in (a) RECOMMENDED DOWNLOAD: ClickOnce Installer and (b) OTHER AVAILABLE DOWNLOADS: MapWindow6.1.2 with  Please help me and tell me how I can get the MapWindow6.1.2 with downloaded and installed into my my PC. 

Thanks in advance,

Scott Chang    

Jul 24, 2012 at 7:10 PM

If you're running NT 4 (from 1996) it probably is time to get a new computer. Otherwise, you should be able to install the .NET 4 Framework at and then use the zip.

Be aware that your browser may add an identifier to downloaded files which results in "blocked" dll files. You can follow the following link to learn how to "Unblock" files. Right click on the zip file before unzipping, choose properties, go to the general tab and click the unblock button.

Jul 24, 2012 at 9:57 PM

By the way, the ClickOnce installer works for most people using Firefox and IE to install the app without Admin rights.

Take note of the rest of downloads page as well:

MapWindow 6 Desktop GIS is an open source desktop GIS for Microsoft Windows that is built upon the DotSpatial Library.
This release requires .Net 4 (Client Profile).

  • Instead of downloading MapWindow for development purposes, get started with with DotSpatial if you are a developer.