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Likelihood to Recommend

ArcGIS

Of all the geographic analysis tools I have used, the one I always come back to is ArcGIS. The software is able to accomplish any geographic analysis task possible, and the time it takes to accomplish the task is usually much less than other tools. ArcGIS is well-suited for proximity analysis, transportation analysis, geographic coding, geo-regressions, and many, many other common analytical tasks for spacial analysts. The software is not well-suited for any analysis that doesn't need geographic analysis. It's only geography and geography's connection with statistics.
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Mapbox

Mapbox is great if you have a BI or Data Visualization problem while working with either large datasets or you want a high level of control on the design of your geospatial data. Also fantastic options for integrating maps onto your website or into your Android or iOS app. Basically, if you need a map in any shape, way, or form and you want a lot of detailed control over it, Mapbox is the way to go.
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Pros

  • Figures- from scales and legends to excellent graphic quality, ArcGIS is the best way to create detailed figures for reports and presentations
  • Spatial Analysis- for my line of work, being able to calculate densities and relationships between geologic and geographic features is very useful. ArcGIS does a great job of this.
  • Navigation- for such a high powered program, ArcGIS is surprisingly easy to navigate as a beginner. Though there are semester-year long classes available for learning more of the ins and outs, it is possible to teach yourself basic tasks in ArcGIS.
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  • Documentation is clean, easy to read, and very well organized which makes it easy to get going or learn something new
  • The online user interface makes it quick and easy to edit maps, upload new datasets, view analytics, or get API keys
  • Great integrations with Tableau and easy to develop for Android, iOS, or Web
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Cons

  • It is a program that in general is very difficult to use.
  • I do not like the interface, I think they should carry out a usability study to improve the work process, with the purpose that it is easier to use.
  • It is a program that requires updated computer equipment so that the functions of ArcGIS can work correctly.
  • I consider that there is little variety offered by ArcGIS for the design of cartography.
  • It is an expensive program that requires an investment that small companies can not cover.
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  • Storage space for free users of Mapbox Studio is very limited. Having a slightly higher storage limit for students might be helpful.
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Likelihood to Renew

ArcGIS8.0
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Simply because the program deserves it. It seems to me that it is a fundamental tool for the storage, analysis, and interpretation of medium and large-scale phenomena, unmanageable with traditional engineering software. Its versatility in the handling of the different "layers" with which the data is handled and interpolation tools, make this software a powerful ally both for companies and for the educational part of the universities.
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Usability

ArcGIS6.0
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It is a program that requires hours of dedication for learning the tools in order to understand it and use it to the best of its abilities.It requires tutorials or attend training activities to easily and uncomplicatedly perform a geographic information system. Experience tells me that a lot of work time is required to learn correctly the use of tools. It is a program of quality and the most complete of the market, but it is required to simplify its processes so that more people can use it.
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Alternatives Considered

ArcGIS does not have some of the geologic data mapping capabilities and tuning capabilities of Geographix, but in almost every other way, from map quality, manipulation of map properties, speed, and ease of use, I find ArcGIS far superior.
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One feature that made me go in favor of Mapbox was its stellar documentation. Google Maps and Bing Maps are the other alternatives I considered, but the learning curve with both of them is steeper than it is with Mapbox. Also, Mapbox Studio gives newbies a very simple, clean and easy to use environment to make and store maps online
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Return on Investment

  • When writing papers, ArcGIS is much quicker to use to create map figures than, say, drawing the figure in Adobe Illustrator.
  • When joining datasets, ArcGIS' spatial join abilities give a level of clarity not found in typical dataset joins (i.e. as might be done with a programming language).
  • ArcGIS' ability to interface with Python saves a ton of time for very large datasets involving repetitive work.
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  • I used the free version. The only investment was time, and I was rewarded with learning how to make maps with a great tool. I'd say I'm happy with my ROI!
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Pricing Details

ArcGIS

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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Mapbox

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
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