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Analysing landscape visibility

PixScape software is dedicated to the analysis of the landscape visibility from raster data. This software integrates the main functionalities available in standard GIS in this domain and offers other original features such as tangential view and multi-resolution analysis.

PixScape has been developed at the research laboratory ThéMA in Besançon (France).



PixScape is open source and distributed under GPL license. The software is developped in Java and runs on any computer supporting Java 7 or later (PC under Linux, Windows, Mac...)
It runs also on cluster supporting OpenMPI for Java and on GPU card supporting CUDA.


User manual

Manual: manuel-en.pdf

Sample data

Sample project for testing PixScape: sample_project.zip

Source code

PixScape is licenced under GPL. The source code can be downloaded from the sourcesup git repository:

git clone git://git.renater.fr/pixscape.git


Sahraoui Y., Youssoufi S., Foltête J-C., 2016. A comparison of in situ and GIS landscape metrics for residential satisfaction modeling, Applied Geography, 74, 199-210.

Sahraoui Y., Clauzel C., Foltête J-C., 2016. Spatial modelling of landscape aesthetic potential in urban-rural fringes, Journal of Environmental Management, 181, 623-636.


About the software application and its use gilles.vuidel@univ-fcomte.fr