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(Stranger )
09/21/01 05:59 AM
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I can't figure out whether I need to use GeoMedia Pro 4.0, ArcGIS 8.1 or MicroStationJ GeoGraphics for general purpose GIS + future extension for facilities management.
That would be great to hear any suggestions, especially quality over price information

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10/17/01 11:50 AM
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ESRI is by far the bigger company and has many more options, however, that does not make it the better quality. An example is Microsoft compared to Macintosh. The Mac is a better quality operating system, however MS marketed itself better. Therefore, most people use Windows. If you want to be safe, go with ArcGIS, you will all the support you need to get started (like Windows).

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10/23/01 10:49 AM
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If you don't want to spent thousands of dollars, do check out

or search for Manifold System.

This is a REALLY powerful GIS program, but unlike
ESRI ( or unlike M$ ) they don't do exhibitons etc. so the cost is WAY down.

They retail their product at $245.00 US!

Reading on their webpage, it appears to me that I way overpaid ESRI since some of the options available in Manifold aren't available.

Do check it out for yourself.

P.S. Manifold does import and export Shape and .e00 files as well as A LOT of other ones.


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11/01/01 10:51 PM
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MS Geographics is a fledgling GIS. A pretty good AMFM tool but it's thematic tools are not as developed or as supported as those of ESRI. It's frustrating to not be able to turn on/off individual features (ex. fire hydrant #134). It is nice, however, to work within one software package. ESRI wants users to create graphics in a separate cad system, then open ESRI to perform GIS analysis.

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09/02/04 06:59 PM
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I would recommend a product called Cadcorp SIS,, I have in the past used GeoMedia (which I quite Like, MapInfo, which is OK but limited and ESRI (Which has pretty a bad UI but good functionality and cost a bomb to get all the modules to do the serious stuff and link to RDBMS). I would say cadcorp SIS has the functionality of ArcInfo with all its modules and the ease of use of GeoMedia at the cost of MapInfo. I have played with Manifold which is also quite good as a general GIS tool.

It all comes down to what you want it to do. Interoprability, Editing, True 3D and Topology is probably Cadcorps strong points which is what I use and like.

Good luck with whatever you end up using

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