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Tutorial 1 - First Steps

INSENSA-GIS is a free and open source software for computing and displaying GIS raster data.


  • Getting started
  • Installation
  • Creating a new project
  • Importing files

Getting started:

INSENSA-GIS depends on the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and works with Windows 32bit/64bit, MacOS-X or Linux.

If you are not sure which Windows version you are running, go to:
Start Menu / Control panel / System and Security / System and look for 32-bit or 64-bit Operating System.

Go to 'Get INSENSA-GIS' at and download the program.

Go to where you can upgrade or download Java choosing the appropriate version.

Unzip the program into a folder of your choice.

Starting the program

To launch the program double click on the insensa file inside the the extracted folder.


  • click on 'Create New User'
  • press 'Add' and choose a User Name
  • define a workspace

Choose a folder on your hard drive where the workspace should be stored.

Creating a new Project

  • assign a name for your new project

Now you are ready to start using INSENSA-GIS

The INSENSA-GIS interface consists of three components:

  • left pane: your file directory tree
  • middle pane: information display
  • right pane: view options and map display

You can display different graphical representations and informations about the files:

  • Maps
  • Scatter-plots
  • Charts
  • Tables

Files are organized in fileSets.

Adding new FileSets:

To import your data or the data available for the exercise add a new fileSet.
Go to File/New/FileSet, click on the icon in the toolbar or use the shortcut CTRL+n, (STRG+n).

Assign a name to your fileSet.
It is possible to import files or folders.

Supported File formats:
You can import the following raster formats:

  • ascii
  • EsriGrid
  • Geotiff

Additional help is available through the Help Menu or F1 inside the program.

For further questions, problems or feedback use the Forum.

Next tutorial is coming soon.