Safe Software Announces New Support for Statistics Formats

Vancouver, BC, November 24, 2009 – Safe Software today announced that they have added support for statistics formats in FME, the leading spatial ETL (extract, transform and load) solution. This new support enables GIS professionals to easily move spatial data into statistics applications for analysis. Now organizations can gain an even more complete view of business information for improved planning, analysis and decision making.

GIS professionals can also use FME to quickly bring geo-referenced statistical results back into their geographic information systems so they can visualize this information. This will equip decision makers with new intelligence that combines the power of GIS and statistics.

Introduced in response to customer requests and market feedback, FME’s new support for popular statistics formats such as SPSS, R and SAS was developed in partnership with Circle Systems, the makers of Stat/Transfer, the industry-standard statistical data conversion product.

"We’re pleased to be involved in this initiative to bring statistical insights to the GIS market," says Steven Dubnoff, President of Circle Systems. "This advancement will add the rich dimension of statistical analysis to the GIS professional’s toolkit."

Safe Software will continue to expand its support for statistics data in FME through the coming year. The initial rollout can be experienced first-hand in the latest FME beta at:

"Our primary goal at Safe is to enable organizations to access data in the applications they want to use," says Dale Lutz, Vice President of Development at Safe Software. "Our new support for statistics formats is a major step toward bridging the interoperability gap between the worlds of statistical analysis and GIS."

FME enables users to translate data between a wide variety of data types, including GIS, CAD, database, 3D/BIM, raster, web, and now statistics. Users can also manipulate and integrate their data as required, providing end users with spatially-enabled data they need to use. For over 16 years, Safe Software has empowered GIS professionals to overcome interoperability barriers so that spatial data can be accessed when, where and how it’s needed. Organizations interested in learning more can visit

About Circle Systems
Since 1986 Stat/Transfer has provided fast, reliable, and convenient data transfer between statistics packages, spreadsheet programs and databases for thousands of users, worldwide. Circle Systems’ customers include universities, research institutions, government agencies, and software OEM’s. Stat/Transfer offers ease of use, flexibility and power to the statistics professional. For further information visit

About Safe Software and FME
Safe Software powers the flow of spatial data with its software platform, FME. The recognized standard in spatial ETL (extract, transform and load), FME is the only complete solution for data conversion. It delivers the most extensive format support for data translation and integration, and provides unlimited flexibility in data model transformation and distribution. FME is used by thousands of customers worldwide in a variety of industries including government, utilities, and petroleum. Its powerful data access technology also makes FME the choice of leading GIS, CAD, and database vendors for integration into their own solutions. Designed for true data interoperability, FME unleashes spatial data so people can use it where, when, and how they want to. For more information, visit