Cyburbia connects planners, students, academics, urbanists, and others who are interested in or help shape the built environment. Welcome Amir. There is no core software package for every planner. Many planners use ESRI products for GIS applications. Adobe products (like Photoshop, Illustrator) for production of planning documents are great. I would also say some use AutoCAD or other drawing software. There are lots of programs available. It really is dependent on what you want to do with it. Since we do so many varying tasks, it is difficult to directly answer the question. A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. -Douglas Adams Welcome Amir. There is no core software package for every planner. Many planners use ESRI products for GIS applications. Adobe products (like Photoshop, Illustrator) for production of planning documents are great. I would also say some use AutoCAD or other drawing software. There are lots of programs available. It really is dependent on what you want to do with it. Since we do so many varying tasks, it is difficult to directly answer the question. Also you have to be able to express your ideas, so PowerPoint is useful (although I now use Prezi) as is PhotoShop or a freeware version. in my opinion adob photo shop have hight potential in domain of urban planing but My professors say should i used from ARC map Photoshop is great for cleaning up maps and making them ‘pretty.’ But you can’t really use it to create the map. Aside from the internal Navy systems I use: a web browser, Outlook, Word, AutoCAD Civil 3D, ArcGIS, Excel, Powerpoint, Adobe Acrobat. Some of my Oracle tables do supply data for ArcMap. The database in question is a large database full of regional infrastructure projects. I surprisingly don’t need to use Powerpoint all that often. Most of the stuff I present is in constant flux so by the time I finish a presentation, it is most likely out of date! I’ve used Adobe Illustrator in conjunction with ArcGIS/ArcMap. I found Illustrator’s tools can help me make far more attractive than just ArcMap alone. The bigger city and a few several town transform cad data in gis data, with the support of commercial software like ArcMap and Geomedia The 3D scenery are made in various way from a lot of architettural students/studios that greatly representing a future reality of soma place, with 3D Studio Max, SketchUp, ArcScene, CityEngine In many year I use this software (ArcMap, Autocad, Photoshop, 3DS…) and I was very pleased, but I was missing something, until I discovered MS Access. With MS Access I can really discover a GeoData and after this know-how i create big-database, helpful interface (with user-friendly idea), report and dashboard. data collection–>,data analysis–>,report info–>,create tematic maps–>,relation content–>,multimedia output–>,desktop share–>,web interface … I collect many problem of efficiently and I explore web for the solution and I find that GEO Open Source software (visit In the end of this post I can speak of PHP… I think that I’m not a software developers, but i create a fantastic way to view/mod/game with geo-data besides ESRI products etc. We also use tools work with spatial multicriteria evaluation (SMCE), which is useful for land use planning. There is one nice tool which is an extension of ArcGIS called communityviz. But there is also a software (for fee) Ilwis which has a nice SMCE tool ( Just to add one additional software: I personally like also packages like Free Mind (for making mind maps) which are useful for structuring discussion, problem analysis etc. can you more explain about Illustrator software and how do you used it , can i write a book about software performances in urban planing ? Source.