Ive been trying to find feature comparison data between AutoCAD MAP3D and GIS software such as Mapinfo and ARC GIS but it seems hard to find. Can any AutoCAD MAP3D users here give me some advice on how the GIS capabilities of AutoCAD MAP3D differ from those of these other GIS products.... is AutoCAD MAP3D a fullly functional GIS package?
Ok, I start
first: I don't know MapInfo, so I can only compare ArcGIS and Map3D (more used ot Map3D, of course).
second: whatever forum you start such a thread will result in "the software I use is the best", in that case here all use Map3D, so guess what percentage of users will mark Map3D as best
So you should also start such a thread in the ArcGIS and MapInfo discussion forums.
>> is AutoCAD MAP3D a fullly functional GIS package?
Yes, it is.
>> how the GIS capabilities of AutoCAD MAP3D differ from those of these other GIS products
The global points I see worth to be mentioned:
+ AutoCAD Map3D ==> editing geometry
+ AutoCAD Map3D ==> plot
+ AutoCAD Map3D ==> geometry cleaning / creation of topologies
+ ArcGIS ==> analyses
+ ArcGIS ==> data amount
And now waiting for others, that's just my 2c
- alfred -
Thank you Alfred
"ArcGIS ==> analyses
Would you be able to elaborate on this..... especially in terms of what Map3D cannot do?
e.g. statistics like show on each label of a polygon a pie-chart of a percentage value of a sum of any value in the attributes
or ... in some cases it's hard to get labels as text-objects in case of high number of polygons (Map3D gets then slow on screen) and sometimes the intelligence of Map3D is to high to hold a text within it's polygon (well there are workarounds for that).
But to be honest: analyses like "create a thematic map" can be done with every of these packages, the difference there is in very very small details.
- alfred -
>> DO you know how they compare in terms of spatial analysis?
I see no difference in doing analyses based on geography location/properties or on based on attributive properties.
Both doing that.
Maybe to give you one idea: besides the internal topological functionality in Map3D you have also the functionality from OSGEO built in (>>>click<<<).
- alfred -
Thanks, would greatly approciate coments from other members to
I concur with everything Alfred stated, just add that labeling features with attributes may be easier in ESRI.
The other main differeance AutoCAD Map3D has 3d build in, the last version of ArcGIS I used it was an add module that you paid extra for.
Alfred mentioned a plotting advantage for Map3D, and I have to agree that the multiple layouts is a huge advantage, but if you ever need to do a mapbook, (as some of us still do once in awhile), then the data driven pages in ArcGIS beats Map3D hands down.
I am primarily an ArcGIS user but actually started with CAD and I while I prefer ArcGIS for Making actual maps I do greatly miss the geometry editing ease of AutoCAD. Now I have Map 3D and am just getting into learning how to use it. The ribbon based layout is different from what I learned on (14 and 2000) but that will be a minor issue overall. Me I plan to use a blend of the two to my best advantage.
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