How to Use a WMS
Web Map Services allow you to display
air photos and other maps on your computer without having to download all
There are a number of ways to connect to a WMS:
Both ArcGIS Explorer and Google Earth can be used to view air photos through the Minnesota Geospatial Image Service. After downloading and installing the software, follow the step-by-step instructions below to add a mapping service.
A number of
information systems software packages can connect directly with the
service. Once connected, you can view and use
the images just as you would if they were on your computer.
Check your software manual or help files for specific instructions on how to add a mapping service.
Here are software clients known to be able to connect with WMS services (please let us know if you find others: firstname.lastname@example.org):
- AccuGlobe Desktop 2007
- ArcGIS 9.1 and above
AutoCAD Civil 3D and
AutoCAD Map 3D 2009 and above
- Step-by-step instructions (4 p., 2 MB, PDF)
Bentley Microstation V8i
- Step-by-step instructions (10 p., 1.2 MB, PDF)
- ERDAS Imagine 9.2 and above
- Global Mapper
- MaPublisher for Adobe Illustrator, 8.4 and above
- Minnesota MapServer 4.x and above
- Quantum GIS
Although you can connect to a WMS with only a web browser, it's much easier to use it effectively with
a website application that already has a connection set up and that
provides a user-friendly interface. See some
examples of applications that
use MnGeo's Geospatial Image Service WMS.
Create Your Own Web Application
web developers can add WMS services to their website applications. For example, see the
specifications for MnGeo's Geospatial Image Service.
Use without an Internet Connection
- DNR Export to Image tool for ArcGIS 10: Use WMS in the field without an internet connection.
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