updated 10:00 am EST, Fri December 16, 2005
OpenOSX Grass Workflow Pro
OpenOSX today launched a new service dubbed "" that includes up to twenty hours of skilled MAC OS X GIS (geographic information system) programmer time used for customizing the open source GRASS Geographic Information System (GIS). GRASS (Geographic Resources Analysis Support System) is an open-source, free software GIS with raster, topological vector, image processing, and graphics production functionality. OpenOSX is offering a free evaluation to determine the feasibility of developing an automated or semi-automated solution, while Grass WorkFlow Pro is available with 10 ($600) or 20 hours ($1000) of custom programmer time.
OpenOSX said it started from a small map company that required some of the functionality of GRASS without the capital or platform for ESRI's ArcGIS with spatial analysis, and that it was the first to port GRASS to Mac OS X public beta. The company claims that with Mac OS X's Spotlight technology, along with its intimate GRASS, cartographic and open-source knowledge combined with the company's Mac OS X programming expertise, it can develop a potentially "faceless" GIS, which can be as simple to use as receiving a file or dropping files in a folder, automatically creating and publishing GIS product on the fly.