ArcGIS vs. MapInfo Pro

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
ArcGIS
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Esri in Redlands, California offers ArcGIS, a geographic information system.
$100
per year
MapInfo Pro
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Pitney Bowes offers MapInfo Pro, a Geographic Information System (GIS).N/A
Pricing
ArcGISMapInfo Pro
Editions & Modules
Viewer
$100
per year
ArcGIS for Personal Use
$100
per year
ArcGIS for Student Use
$100
per year
Editor
$200
per year
Field Worker
$350
per year
Creator
$500
per year
GIS Professional Basic
$700
per year
GIS Professional Basic
2,750
per year
GIS Professional Advanced
3,800
per year
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ArcGISMapInfo Pro
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Community Pulse
ArcGISMapInfo Pro
Considered Both Products
ArcGIS
Chose ArcGIS
ArcGIS is overall a better program than most of the competitors. It is generally more user-friendly, has better displays, and more customization than other programs. It is especially useful in the geosciences and workplace settings, where data can be seamlessly shared among …
MapInfo Pro
Chose MapInfo Pro
I find ArcGIS more comprehensive but with a more confusing interface; however this may be because I learned MapInfo first. Surfer and Global Mapper do more specific things better; but MapInfo is a good overall product for sophisticated GIS.
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Best Alternatives
ArcGISMapInfo Pro
Small Businesses
Google Maps API
Google Maps API
Score 9.0 out of 10
ArcGIS
ArcGIS
Score 8.5 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Google Maps API
Google Maps API
Score 9.0 out of 10
ArcGIS
ArcGIS
Score 8.5 out of 10
Enterprises
Google Maps API
Google Maps API
Score 9.0 out of 10
ArcGIS
ArcGIS
Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
ArcGISMapInfo Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
8.4
(41 ratings)
9.0
(2 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
10.0
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
9.0
(12 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
ArcGISMapInfo Pro
Likelihood to Recommend
Esri
I'm very grateful to be able to use it, and I have a master's degree with a focus in Geospatial Analysis. There can be a bit of a learning curve, and I try to build user-friendly ways for volunteers to see & collect data. Meanwhile, if a colleague is less confident with building such a system, it may be more difficult for them to implement.
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Precisely
MapInfo Pro is great for creating and editing spatial data and creating both simple and complex maps. I find it easy to locate tools now that the software has transitioned to a ribbon based toolbar. I also love that you can expand on functionality in MapInfo by adding third party tools as well.
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Pros
Esri
  • Enterprise GIS - multi-user, multi-versioned geodatabase access through a host of apps and web tools really help people stay connected to data.
  • Cartography - fantastic control and customization available with the ability to automate workflows.
  • Training - tons of training videos, seminars, and other learning materials are easily accessed. The help documentation is superb.
  • Ability to manage an organization through dashboards is extremely helpful.
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Precisely
  • Gridding
  • Format conversions
  • Import of data is easy
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Cons
Esri
  • There is a steep learning curve for ArcGIS users.
  • It takes a lot of computing power for ArcGIS, as it can't be installed on every computer.
  • At times, tools can be outdated and there are many similar competitors making more web-based tools that can replace ArcGIS.
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Precisely
  • The 3D capability in Datamine is a little outdated and hard to use
  • The labelling can sometimes be a little hit and miss
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Likelihood to Renew
Esri
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
Esri
Once set up, the tools are extremely easy to use. I had a staff member develop a tool for field data collection, that included an external and internal dashboards to monitor progress in days. The field workers that collected the data, barely knew how to use a computer, and within minutes they could use the application that was configured for them.
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Support Rating
Esri
Unlike other platforms (ex: EMSI), there is no "help desk" new users can easily call into for troubleshooting or errors, and so you have to spend LOTS of time trying workarounds. This is also because the help center blog posts are usually pretty confusing, and many times do not include images or videos to help you along. Any such changes would be immensely useful!
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Precisely
MapInfo Pro customer support has always been quick and very helpful with any issues I have had with the software. They usually get back to you about your enquiry within 24 hours and they also tend to follow up to make sure your issue was resolved. I find it refreshing to be able to contact their experts quickly and easily.
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Alternatives Considered
Esri
My students love the "drop" feature in Google Maps, but besides that it truly doesn't compare. I love that you can add, delete, or change layers to this map to better understand its larger affect. There are many more ways to manipulate maps on ArcGIS than on Google Maps. I can also add personal details and information if I want to create a specific map, something that I am unable to do with Google
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Precisely
I find ArcGIS more comprehensive but with a more confusing interface; however this may be because I learned MapInfo first. Surfer and Global Mapper do more specific things better; but MapInfo is a good overall product for sophisticated GIS
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Return on Investment
Esri
  • ArcGIS saves us countless hours of manual paperwork by allowing us to conduct inspections in the field.
  • Due to the high upfront costs, the ROI will definitely take longer than other competing products
  • The PDF export feature allows us to share our maps with the public while maintaining control of the data associated with the map.
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Precisely
  • Tracking of drilling programmes
  • Gridding of data in the field
  • Saves time on hand drawing maps
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