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Manifold vs. ArcGIS   Paul Petersen Aug 30, 2004
Re: Manifold vs. ArcGIS   Melita Kennedy Aug 31, 2004
Re: Manifold vs. ArcGIS   Arthur lembo Sep 12, 2004
Re: Manifold vs. ArcGIS   Paul Petersen Sep 20, 2004
Manifold vs. ArcGIS   Arthur lembo Sep 21, 2004
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Subject Manifold vs. ArcGIS 
Author Paul Petersen 
Date Aug 30, 2004 
Message Hello,
I was perusing the internet today and stumbled upon the website for Manifold. Frankly the price ($250) surprised me, considering they market their software as the greatest thing that's ever happened to the world of GIS. In other words, they make some pretty bold claims. My question is: for those who have used it, how does Manifold stack up against ArcGIS? Or are they even comparable? What features does ArcGIS have that Manifold does not? (and vice versa). Where does Manifold excel and where does it totally sink? Any opinions and reviews would be helpful, especially in how it compares and contrasts with ArcGIS 8-9. Thanks!

--Paul Petersen
 
   
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Subject Re: Manifold vs. ArcGIS 
Author Melita Kennedy 
Date Aug 31, 2004 
Message Paul,

I haven't used Manifold and don't have any details on the product. You might want to do some searches on the newsgroup comp.infosystems.gis. I know there have been multiple discussions about Manifold over the years. One way to access the older messages is through http://groups.google.com.

I would suggest using the Advanced Groups Search.

Melita
ESRI Product Specialist 
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Subject Re: Manifold vs. ArcGIS 
Author Arthur lembo 
Date Sep 12, 2004 
Message My students put together a 120+ page technical document that describes how to perform about 50 classic GIS operation in both ArcGIS and Manifold.

You can find it here:

http://dspace.library.cornell.edu/handle/1813/165

When I say classic, I'm referring to some 'classic' GIS functions that were described over 10 years ago - but, they are still valid today.

Take a look, and let me know what you think. I'm interested in doing an updated, and more modern version. So, if you can think of more modern tasks (topology rules, WMS access, IMS development), please list them. We'll draw on the list to put together another publication.

Regards,

Art 
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Arthur J. Lembo, Jr.; Ph.D.
Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences
Cornell University
1001 Bradfield Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 255 6328
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Subject Re: Manifold vs. ArcGIS 
Author Paul Petersen 
Date Sep 20, 2004 
Message Thanks Art. I've actually read your document and it's quite a resource. Great job! An updated "how-to" document would be very cool; modern functions that come to my mind are 3-d scenes and animations, transparencies, symbology import, and other cartographic chores, statistical analysis, data aggragation (XTools functionality), and advanced query. I just purchased Manifold and am planning on using it as a compliment to ArcGIS, so I'm interested in finding out what GIS tasks each software package is most proficient at. For example, there were a few tasks in the original ArcGIS/Manifold "How-to" paper that ArcGIS could perform and Manifold could not. Completely objective details like that are quite helpful for deciding which GIS to use for a given task.

-Paul 
   
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Subject Manifold vs. ArcGIS 
Author Arthur lembo 
Date Sep 21, 2004 
Message Those were good ideas.. I'll make sure to add those updated functions in the next revision. If you think of more, just let me know.

BTW, you can get some good training related to the product at www.gisadvisor.com

 
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Arthur J. Lembo, Jr.; Ph.D.
Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences
Cornell University
1001 Bradfield Hall
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607) 255 6328
ajl53@cornell.edu