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Re: GEOSTATS: To be or not to be a GIS, MapInfo

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  • Charles Huyck
    MapInfo, which some say is not a GIS, has some very strong features. MapBasic is a flexible language that doubles as a macro recorder. There is a pseudo-SQL
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 17, 1999
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      MapInfo, which some say is not a GIS, has some very strong features.
      MapBasic is a flexible language that doubles as a macro recorder. There is
      a pseudo-SQL dialog that adds operators like "Within", "Area", "Distance",
      and so forth to standard SQL, (which can interpret 90% or so of real SQL).
      This is very powerful statistical tool. MapInfo is also easy to learn, use,
      and customize. It is ideal for Fortune 500 companies who want limited
      capability on lots of computers for specific tasks. The product is also
      very bug free compared to ArcView, which makes it ideal for disaster
      response.

      The major drawbacks are no raster functionality, which obviously seriously
      impairs it's geostatistical capabilities, and lack of vision. They have
      done next to nothing to improve their analytical tools in the last 5 years.
      They are like what Mac was to Windows, they revolutionized the field, then
      stopped.

      I use ArcView with Spatial Analyst, MapInfo, and ENVI together. All of them
      do things the others can't. There are other powerful tools that are less
      expensive that might suit your needs better. Blue Marble Geographics makes
      several good tools. You might consider downloading an OCX and building
      functionality right into your database or application. It really depends on
      what you need.

      For detailed, heated, and somewhat silly comparisons between ArcView and
      MapInfo goto:
      http://testdrive.mapinfo.com/TDC/Mapinfo-L.nsf/12dcce0bd0474519852564370063
      f39d?SearchView
      and type in "ArcView"


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