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Eduard creates beautiful and accurate Swiss-style shaded relief images for maps.

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Eduard is a relief shading app for cartographers who create terrain maps.

Download Eduard on the Mac App Store
Download Eduard Demo

Download Eduard on the Mac App Store or download a free demo. Eduard Demo does not include import and download functionality. 

Eduard requires a Mac with macOS 12.3 Monterey or newer, and supports Macs with Intel and Apple M1 and M2 chips.

New in Version 1.1 (20 Jan. 2023): Eduard 1.1 can now create texture shading and adjust the contrast of dark slopes.

Swiss-style relief shading with machine learning with Eduard (Grenoble, France)

Swiss-style Shading with Machine Learning

Machine learning in Eduard enables cartographers to create Swiss-style shaded relief within seconds from digital elevation models.

Light Rotation

You define the overall direction of illumination and Eduard locally adjusts the direction of illumination to show small details and emphasize large landforms.

Left: top-left illumination. Right: bottom illumination.

Light rotation for relief shading with Eduard. Left: top-left illumination. Right: bottom illumination (Ticino, Switzerland)
Shaded relief rotation with Eduard (Ticino, Switzerland)

Map Rotation

Eduard rotates the shading and the direction of illumination to fit your map.

Aerial perspective increasing (Rigi, Switzerland)

Aerial Perspective

Eduard makes mountain peaks stand out or gives all landforms the same prominence.

Aerial perspective increases from left to right.


Eduard helps you to remove distracting terrain details and adjust the granularity of the shading to the scale of your map.

Generalization increases from left to right.

Shaded relief generalization with Eduard (Andorra)
Elevation data download with Eduard

Elevation Data

With Eduard you can quickly download elevation data from almost anywhere on Earth* or import all common elevation file formats**.

Watch Eduard being introduced at the NACIS 2022 conference.
The presentation includes demos of Eduard's main features.

Privacy Policy

We take your privacy seriously. We do not collect any of your personal data. Our customer records are not for sale or trade, and we will not disclose our customer data to any third party except as may be required by law.


Any information that you provide to us via email or other forms of communication is held in strict confidence. This includes your contact information (including your email address), as well as any data that you supply to us.


Third-party Services: You can use Eduard to download elevation data from OpenTopography and AWS Amazon (Mapzen). You can consult the OpenTopography privacy policy and the Amazon AWS privacy policy.