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Anybody have experience with Manifold?

I don't myself, but a good friend of mine has bought a copy. We both do volunteer conservation work & the ArcView was just too expensive. He likes it quite a bit -- though he is a software techie and has patience to configure it all properly.
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Remote Sensing Scientist for the USGS based out of South Dakota but since I live in Santa Cruz, I worked at NASA-Ames Research Center in Mtn View and University of California at Santa Cruz. Masters in Geography because that's where the GIS/Image processing classes were. This was 12 years ago, when we were using GRASS early ARC/INFO and ERDAS image processing. I can't believe the cost of the programs now! Haven't touched GIS in years. Not retired, just moved on to something else.

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I do some GIS work on my job using ArcMap 8.3. I work with mapping demographic and economic data for economic development purposes. Don't get to do as much with it as I would like, but do enjoy what mapping I do. I usually work with existing maps and databases of geocoded information, I don't do any data collecting. Even though I don't do alot and have very little formal training, I've learned to do some cool things with it.



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I've worked as a GIS tech/specialist for 10 years in Parks Canada. Have used Spans, PCI Geomatica, ArcView, ArcGIS, and MapInfo Professional. Haven't used Manifold yet, but have heard many good things about it and I'm contemplating buying it for home. I won a free copy of ArcGIS Desktop at a user group meeting and gave it away, so that gives some insight into what I think of ArcGIS. It is an industry standard powerful tool, but it is a resource hog and would have killed my home machine. ArcView 3.3 is not pretty, comparatively, but it runs on anything and the scripts and extensions available for it make it useful. Google Earth is a decent GIS product if you dig into the database features. It is way more impressive in many ways than ArcGlobe.


I know of a few other GISers who have turned cachers that haven't posted here yet, and have met a few cachers who are GIS users or professionals so there may be some affinity.

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