QGIS is an open source GIS desktop application that you can use to easily display Nearmap's True Ortho data. 

The True Ortho data is delivered in a GeoTIFF file.

Note: This application was not created by Nearmap. It is built, updated, and supported by QGIS. If you experience issues with this application, or would like to see improvements, please contact QGIS directly.

Tested version at time of document release: QGIS. 2.18.15.

This guide includes the following sections:

Viewing Nearmap True Ortho Imagery

  1. Open QGIS and Add Raster Layer by clicking the second icon on the left hand menu, or by selecting Layer → Add Layer → Add Raster Layer from the top menu:


  2. Browse and select the geocoded .tif file:

    You may need to zoom to the layer by s
    electing View → Zoom to Layer.

Pairing True Ortho with DSM

Nearmap’s True Ortho (high-resolution at 15cm GSD) is a perfect pairing with Nearmap’s DSM. The perfect alignment will enable users to view, edit and analyse features from the DSM using the True Ortho product as a visual guide.

Use the DSM geocoded .tif file that corresponds to the True Ortho file you are using.

  1. Add the DSM layer to the project in the same way you added the True Ortho layer:
    1. Select Layer → Add Layer → Add Raster Layer from the top menu.
    2. Browse and select the geocoded .tif file.
    The DSM layer is added over the True Ortho Layer:


  2. Double click the DSM layer in the Layers Panel to access its Layer Properties, then select the Transparency option:


  3. Change the Global Transparency to a percentage that allows you to see the True Ortho layer under the DSM layer. Click Apply, then OK: