Off-the-shelf mapping software has become less expensive and more capable, a double plus for agencies that are finding ever more uses for mapping and analysis applications.
BY EDMUND X. DEJESUS
Caliper Corp.'s Maptitude includes nationwide street maps and census information, and it can locate data by address. It's priced at $395.
' What is it? Mapping software lets you create digital maps, add data for presentation or analysis, and manipulate boundaries.
Want what you pay for
Edmund X. DeJesus of Norwood, Mass., writes about information technology.
ESRI's ArcView GIS includes a districting extension, which automates the redistricting process. The suite is priced at $1,500.
'Edmund X. DeJesus
San Rafael, Calif.
|Bentley Systems Inc.|
|Routing, manual and automatic modes, integrates with MicroStation||$9,995|
|Win95, NT||Parcel mapping,|
|Land survey input, manual and automatic modes,|
integrates with MicroStation
|Win95, NT||Water supply|
|Automatic plan generation, integrates with MicroStation||$9,995|
|Geographic and demographic data||Nationwide streets, census tracts, other types of data; can be located by address||$395|
|Raster-based imaging and analysis||Surface modeling,|
|3-D TopoQuads||Win9x, NT||3-D model of|
|USGS raster data, road and topographic vector data||$100|
|Xmap Business||Win9x, ME,|
|Street-level maps with|
|Address-to-address routing, demographic information||$100|
|ArcView GIS||NT, Win 2000||Visualization|
|Database integration, Web publishing||$1,500|
|NT, Win 2000||Visualization|
|Database integration, projectmanagement||$1,500 up|
|Manifold Net Ltd.|
Carson City, Nev.
|Database connectivity,raster images, vector drawings, terrain surfaces||$245|
|Raster images, database|
|File viewer, vector topological support, image processing||$2,500|
West Vancouver, British Columbia
|Terrain Tools||Win9x, NT||Mapping||Image handling, surveying and forestry versions||$179;|
|U.S. Geological Survey|
|GSMCAD||Win 3.1, |
|Mapping||Mapping application is one of many public-domain applications and software tools the Geological Survey maintains on its site||Free|
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