It’s just a titanic work which has made by a Manifold’s user called tomasfa and that has been uploaded to that tool’s forum. It reminds me that Arthur J. Lembo’s work when he did a very systematic job of how to do the same routine with ArcGIS and Manifold. More than the comparative sense I was struck by the number of separated actions by subject that results in a very educational document so as to make comparisons of GIS tools when making a decision.
The comparison is based on a matrix that separates the normal use integration routines, please note, it isn’t based on Manifold’s routines but in the ArcGIS’; then identifies whether it’s done by ArcReader, ArcView, ArcEditor or ArcInfo. To the right is indicated if it’s done or not by Manifold GIS.
The views of the forum are somewhat biased and sectarian, which is not surprising as it is a specific application forum and the same would happen if the forum would be from the competition. It is also useful to understand some of the Manifold developer’s philosophy.
In this work I see at least these utilities:
- List GIS application routines
- List of areas to consider in a GIS application
- Compare what ArcReader makes regarding ArcView, ArcEditor and ArcInfo
- Compare ArcGIS with Manifold
Finally the document is not conclusive because it focuses on the comparison that is supposed to serve for decision making. Of course, the one to one comparison is not so simple, especially because ArcGIS is based on a basic tool and multiple extensions or specialized versions targeted to different niches. While Manifold is a tool that tries to do more routines for GIS users, all in a single tool (although it has scalability) so many things that make ArcGIS extensions are not included but in many of these exceeds what ArcGIS does with all its extensions and especially at a very low price.
Here I leave a list that seems great, only are the headers as each of these routines includes more than 1,100 tasks and to avoid losing the original sense I leave it in English.
Raster Editing and Vectorization
Mobile – GPS Integration
Multiuser Geodatabase Editing
Multiuser Geodatabase Archiving
Spatial Referencing Image Data (Georeferencing)
Linear Referencing (Routes)
Although the work is being completed collaboratively by forum’s users, here it can be downloaded the complete file