Golden Software Releases Didger® 5

Golden Software, Inc. announces the release of Didger 5. All the advanced georeferencing, digitizing, and coordinate conversion features combined into a low-cost, unbelievably versatile program. New features include automatically downloading online maps from WMS servers, redesigned user interface, and more import and export formats such as XLSX, GeoPDF, and KML/KMZ.

Golden, CO, September 20, 2013 --( Golden Software, Inc., the leading developer of affordable scientific graphics software, announces the release of Didger 5. All the advanced georeferencing, digitizing, and coordinate conversion features combined into a low-cost, unbelievably versatile program. This is the ultimate geoprocessing and data conversion tool for any map maker, cartographer, oil and gas professional, geologist, or GIS analyst.

Introduced in 1996, Didger is a leading competitor in digitizing software. Designed primarily for scientists, engineers, and mapping professionals, Didger solves the problem of combining data in numerous file formats and different coordinate systems, by providing extensive tools to transform GIS data on-the-fly into one cohesive coordinate system. Didger can precisely convert paper maps, graphs, aerial photographs, well logs, or any other plotted information into a versatile digital format that can be used with other mapping and engineering applications. Didger can create new maps from the ground up or edit existing maps, drawings, images, or data sets imported into it.

Didger 5 can now download online maps through WMS connectivity. This feature allows the user to create stunning base maps for their projects by downloading image layers from countless online web mapping servers (WMS). Didger now connects to online data sources, allows the user to pick the layers desired for download, and seamlessly integrates the images into existing projects.

Didger’s user interface has been totally redesigned to make it even easier and faster to use. Changes in properties can be seen immediately on the screen after they are made, the user can change the visibility of individual objects with the click of a button, and the enhanced Layer Manager allows all options to be quickly accessible. The user can customize the toolbars and menus, and choose from 3 different application appearances. The coordinate and projection system are now displayed in the status bar, so the user will quickly and always known what system they are digitizing in.

Didger has significantly extended its list of support file formats. Among many new file types, Didger 5 now imports and exports PDF and GeoPDF files, imports XSLX and XLSM files, exports SVG files, and exports to KML and KMZ files so the user can display projects in Google Earth.

The most popular new features in Didger can be found on the Didger pages at

Comments from Didger customers and beta-testers after reviewing Didger 5:

“Using Didger 5 to import, transform and display disparate data sets that start off using different geographic datums, is fast and easy. For some tasks, Didger 5 is a simpler and cheaper way of dealing with spatial data than using more expensive GIS solutions. Didger 5 means that non-GIS people can now, more easily, achieve the results they need and get on with their job. ” - Paul Maconochie, geotechnical engineer, Brisbane, Australia

“Didger is a very versatile and easy to use toolbox for manipulating and converting geo-data. It’s a handy companion for other Golden Software products (like Mapviewer) as well as for third-party-programs and opensource-tools.” - Kurt Trinko, Geography Teacher in higher education

“Used Didger for long time and very pleased with program.” - Irwin H. Billick, AWEC Consulting

Didger 5 operates in a Microsoft® Windows environment with Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8. Didger 5 is now available for a retail price of $389, with quantity discounts available. Upgrades from any previous version of Didger are available for only $129. Didger 5 includes free updates and free technical support.

Visit to download a free Didger 5 demo and place an order. Contact Didger technical support directly at
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Blakelee Midyett