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I would like to view a map of Indonesia / Australia / New Zealand like Google Maps, except that I'd like to customize the layers viewed: I'd like to use a topographic/bathymetric basemap, and show lat/long grid lines.

I just downloaded Google Earth and it's almost what I want except I don't want the spherical projection, I want a rectangular (Mercator?) projection.

Any suggestions?

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Plenty of fish in the sea.… – Roman Luštrik Oct 2 '12 at 9:32
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For a gratis program you can try ArcGIS Explorer, which comes in desktop and browser versions. I quick search using the browser version didn't show any data sources for lat/long lines, but with the desktop AE you can add a reference grid (also called graticule).

Open source: For desktop use, using data from your own computer, have a gander at Quantum GIS. For using internet data and local data UDig is worth looking at. These are only two of a number of good programs, see for more.

If you have some money to spend Global Mapper is very good at combining internet data sources and using different projections, and then of course there's the category defining (and expensive) ArcGIS. I've heard good things about Manifold GIS, but haven't done much more than look at it.

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You can try Wikimapia for it. It is also similar to Google maps.

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interesting -- thanks! no lat/long grid or topo, though :-( – Jason S Mar 1 '11 at 13:37
oh, never mind -- wikimapia classic has the topo/bathy. – Jason S Mar 1 '11 at 13:37

I'd second the idea for QGIS. The OpenLayers plugin will give you access to the regular base mapping: Yahoo, Google, Bing and Openstreetmap.

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Which OS do you use QGIS on? I can't get it working on Windows 7. Seems to have some path errors or something. – Eliptical View Apr 6 '14 at 3:51

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