How to Buy
The first choice is whether you need Radian Studio, Manifold GIS or both. During the special introductory offer most people will get both. Which Manifold product is right for you depends on your priorities:
- I work with spatial and non-spatial data in my organization's database servers - Get Radian Studio. If you need to do GIS you might also want to choose a Manifold System edition as well.
- I'm happy with my current GIS (ESRI, MapInfo, etc.) but I need more horsepower to crunch data - Get Radian Studio.
- I don't work with GIS or spatial data but I do a lot of work blending and manipulating data - Get Radian Studio. It's a bargain at twice the price even if you never touch spatial data.
- I am mainly interested in presentation and map making - Choose a Manifold System edition and skip Radian Studio.
- I need to convert formats or review large images or vectors - Definitely Radian Studio to get large capacity, and probably Manifold System as well.
- I work with data and databases but I don't know SQL. Is Radian OK for me? - Yes. You'll use point-and-click Radian templates instead of SQL.
People in an organization who know they need to get into GIS but are just getting started will take advantage of the special introductory offer and get both Radian Studio and Manifold System Release 8.00 Universal x64 Edition. The bundle covers all bases and provides an almost unimagineable breadth and depth of capability at a revolutionary, low price. Nothing else comes close.
Manifold ® System is available in editions as listed in the Products page. Different editions provide choices for the following factors:
- Personal or Universal - Personal x64 Edition appeals to individuals on a budget. Most organizations and advanced users will choose Universal x64 Edition to "get it all" at what is still a very low price.
- 32-bit or 64-bit - No need to choose: Manifold in the past charged extra for 64-bit versions but now, all Manifold licenses provide true 64-bit operation in Windows x64 64-bit operating systems as well as 32-bit operation in 32-bit Windows. You must have 64-bit Windows to run 64-bit Manifold.
- All Inclusive or Optional Extensions - Universal Edition and Ultimate Edition include all features. Personal Edition does not include some specialized features that are available via three optional extensions: Business Tools, Geocoding Tools and Surface Tools.
- Internet Map Server Included or Not Included - All editions except Personal Edition include the Internet Map Server (IMS). Get IMS if you plan on running a web server that is GIS-enabled.
- Runtime or Full License - Runtime licenses are for programmers or web developers who create applications that call the Manifold API. Developers will buy one or more Universal licenses for their development needs and then will buy runtime licenses to deploy the applications or web sites they create.
- Products for Large Organizations - License Server and Ultimate x64 Edition have special capabilities that appeal to large organizations with many Manifold licenses.
All three optional extensions are built into Universal and Ultimate editions. If you need those extensions Universal Edition is a better value than Personal Edition. The optional extensions are offered so users with licenses other than Universal can add more features if over time they decide they need them.
- For more details on the Business Tools extension see the Manifold Business Tools page.
- For more details on the Geocoding Tools extension see the Manifold Geocoding Tools page.
- For more details on the Surface Tools extension see the Manifold Surface Tools page.
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- All prices are in US Dollars. Prices are subject to change without notice.
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Deciding between Personal and Universal Editions
Most individual users beginning with Manifold will choose between Personal Edition and Universal Edition. The rule of thumb is if the extra cost of Universal is not a big deal then Universal is definitely a far better value. Universal includes all Enterprise level features, all three optional extensions and IMS. That is more power than legacy GIS companies typically sell for tens of thousands of dollars, so in terms of sheer power and "everything included" convenience you cannot beat Universal Edition.
For all that, do not think that Personal Edition is some sort of limited tool: it's not, and it includes more than most legacy GIS products will deliver for thousands of dollars. Personal will connect to a vast array of different GIS file types, both raster and vector, and connects to an immense array of DBMS products as well. It includes Spatial SQL at a level that no other GIS product at any price can match. If you do not need to work with specialty "spatial" DBMS, do not need to work simultaneously with others in your organization on the same data sets, do not need IMS or the specialized features in the three extensions, then you can get an immense amount of breadth and depth of GIS power in Personal edition for a very low price.
Some users are not sure if they will ever want to use IMS or other features so they get Universal Edition to give themselves the option at some future point of exploring IMS or anything else that can be done with Manifold. The price difference is slight so the "all inclusive" convenience is worth that to many users.
Choosing Universal Edition
More advanced individual users, almost everyone involved with GIS as a business and almost all organizations will use Universal Edition.
Enterprise features included in Universal make it much easier for users to share data if there is more than one GIS user within an organization. These same features greatly assist in organizing data in many projects, so that even single users who work with a lot of data will use Enterprise features to save time and to stay organized. Enterprise features also provide direct connection to spatial DBMS and export to .e00 format.
For the small difference in price from Personal to Universal, almost all business or organizational users will choose Universal Edition.
Do you need Geocoding?
The Geocoding Tools package is built into Universal and Ultimate editions but is not included in Personal Edition. The Geocoding Tools package is $25 when ordered as an optional extension for Personal Edition or for Manifold editions previously sold such as Professional or Enterprise Editions. Many business users in the US will choose Geocoding Tools, either as an optional extension or as part of Universal.
Geocoding Tools provide street address geocoding, enable street address navigation, enable web-based geocoding server data sources (such as Virtual Earth), enable third party geocoding data sources (such as MapPoint) and turn on the ability to use the Manifold US Geocoding Database as a source for automatically-created maps of any US county.
The Manifold Geocoding Database is a free data set but you must have Geocoding Tools capability to use that database. It may be acquired by free download from the Product Downloads page. The download is large, 801 MB, but given the popularity of broadband, high-speed Internet most users will be able to download the Geocoding Database for free with no problems.
Users outside of the US will also take advantage of the Geocoding Tools bundle, but normally will do so for street address geocoding purposes using an external, auxiliary geocoding data source such as a web-based geocoding data source.
- For more details on Geocoding Tools see the Manifold Geocoding Tools page.
- For a detailed checklist comparison of Geocoding Tools to a typical legacy geocoder, see the Manifold Geocoding Tools Compared to MapInfo MapMarker page.
Do I need a 64-bit Edition?
All Manifold licenses now offered provide full 64-bit capability if you are running 64-bit Windows. That's a very big deal since true 64-bit operation makes a big difference in performance. Don't even hesitate about this. Get a 64-bit edition of Windows and run 64-bit Manifold.
You need a 64-bit, x64 Windows operating system to run 64-bit Manifold. When Windows boots up you'll see a clear "x64" as part of the Windows logo if you are running 64-bit Windows. Note: Surprisingly many computer system vendors will sell 64-bit processors with 32-bit Windows installed. In that case, as far as Windows is concerned you have a 32-bit processor.
A 64-bit Manifold license can be run either in 32-bits or 64-bits, and the serial number issued for a 64-bit Manifold license can be used to activate either a 32-bit or a 64-bit Manifold installation. This allows Manifold licensees to run their Manifold licenses both on a 64-bit desktop and on a 32-bit notebook. (The Manifold license allows use on both a main desktop computer as well as on a notebook computer so long as the two installations are not run at the same time - See the Licensing page for a summary.)
Should I order Optional Extensions Today?
If you think you might need any of the optional extensions the rule of thumb is simple: don't buy them today together with Personal Edition but instead buy Universal Edition. Universal Edition is a much better buy than Personal Edition plus optional extensions, even if you only plan on getting a single extension. The three extensions are offered as options to upgrade previously purchased licenses that do not have those features. They are also handy in case a Personal Edition licensee later on wants to extend Personal Edition.
Visit the Business Tools, Geocoding Tools and Surface Tools pages for details on these extensions. If you think you might ever need them, the cost difference to Universal is so small that it is probably a good idea to get Universal.
Keep in mind that Personal Edition includes a vast array of features even without extensions. For example, a common misconception is that one must order the Surface Tools package to give Manifold the ability to work with surfaces and to show surfaces as 3D views. That is not true, as 3D visualization is a built-in part of every Manifold edition, including Personal. The Surface Tools package extends those capabilities and adds new features, such as a sophisticated surface computation dialog, watersheds capability, visible area computation and the ability to see profiles and elevations.
What Should I get for IMS Applications?
Easy: Get Universal x64 Edition. See also the What to Buy for IMS page.
Should I Get a Runtime License?
Probably not. Runtime licenses are for programmers and for web developers who already have learned Manifold using full licenses and who will know when it is time to start buying Runtime licenses. If you have a full license such as Personal Edition or Universal Edition, you can do program development with that license because a full license also exposes the same API a Runtime license does (a full license is a superset of a Runtime license).
Note that runtime licenses are all x64 licenses: runtime license serial numbers may therefore be used to activate installation in either 32-bit or 64-bit Manifold installations.
Advice for Applications Developers
Every Manifold license is a development environment. There is no need to buy some separate "objects library" because each Manifold license exposes the Manifold API. In fact, every Manifold license from Personal on up includes sophisticated development facilities as well, such as the Manifold Debugger, the ability to script in .NET or ActiveX languages within Manifold with full syntax highlighting (coloring) in script windows. Developers may also use standard development environments such as Visual Studio to work with Manifold objects. Developers create applications that utilize Manifold in one of two ways:
- Standalone Applications - The classic way of developing applications that are then distributed to run locally on customer computers. Order one Manifold license of the desired type (from Personal on up) for each developer. Deploy the application to your customer by installing a Manifold Runtime license with each customer.
- Web Applications - Create your application as a web site utilizing Manifold IMS. There are many advantages of creating an application as a web application, not the least of which is that your cost of GIS becomes nearly zero. The requirements are the same as for an IMS application, discussed above.
See the following for information of interest to developers:
- What to Buy for IMS - Suggestions for products required for IMS applications development.
- Programming Manifold - A User Manual topic that discusses the merits of creating standalone applications or web applications.
- Developing Applications - A User Manual topic providing general advice to applications developers.
Ultimate x64 Edition provides Administrator Console for more advanced database administrator work to configure spatial DBMS data stores and to batch upload into Oracle. Ultimate Edition is normally used in organizations that have many Universal licenses used by many users to connect to a centralized spatial DBMS. In that case, a few Ultimate licenses will be acquired to enable administrators to configure the DBMS for use by others. See the Database Administrator Edition topic in the User Manual for details.
License Server provides floating licenses in organizations where many people need to use Manifold. Floating licenses can provide a very large cost savings in larger organizations. Because License Server costs $495 plus the cost of the floating licenses loaded into License Server, it is normally not used to provide only a few floating licenses in cases where it would be more cost effective to use standalone licenses.
However, there have been many License Server installations sold with only one or two floating licenses. That happens when an organization has one or two very valuable GIS staffers who need to be able to use Manifold on any computer in the organization, so the organization acquires License Server with one or two licenses. Users making such purchases remark that even with the cost of License Server such a Manifold installation is still much less expensive than legacy GIS software. See the Manifold License Server topic in the User Manual for details.
For Google Earth Users
Manifold is the world's finest tool for creating KML / KMZ for display in Google Earth. This is such a popular use of Manifold there's a web page just for Google Earth users! Visit the Manifold Tools for Google Earth page to learn more.
For complete details on all Manifold products see the User Manual - The Manifold System user manual provides over 5000 pages of detailed information on every aspect of Manifold System. Hundreds of examples, including over one hundred detailed, step-by-step examples show how to use major Manifold facilities.
Manifold products are delivered by download over Internet. Downloads are large, typically 85 MB for 32-bit installation packages and over 100 MB for 64-bit installations. Users who do not have Internet connections allowing reliable download of such large files should arrange for a colleague or consultant who has a good Internet connection to download the installation files for them onto a local medium, such as a USB drive, that may be used to copy the installation files onto the target computer.
Manifold.net provides a very large range of free downloads that will enhance your use of Manifold on the Product Downloads page and the links it contains. For example, the free downloads from the Image Servers and Geocoding Servers page provide some of the most extraordinary and most popular features in Manifold System, unavailable at any price from other GIS vendors, like the automatically downloaded and composed images and maps seen at right of Sydney, Australia, and London, England.
Must I buy Maintenance or Support?
Routine maintenance for a Manifold release consist of free updates that may be downloaded at any time. No "maintenance" charge or other fee is required to download such updates. It is very important to take advantage of free updates. Free updates provide product improvements and fix bugs. If you have not installed the latest Manifold update you will not be able to utilize Manifold Technical Support.
All Manifold technical support is paid, with two prepaid incidents of standard technical support by email provided with a license. Additional incidents are very inexpensive, providing the lowest cost and highest quality technical support in the GIS industry. However, experience shows that users who read documentation in the suggested order and participate in the Georeference forum or other online communities will never use a technical support incident, not even one of their two free incidents. Most users, therefore, will not buy any technical support products until they need them. For information on technical support, please see the Support page.
Routine updates are published from time to time for a given release to fix bugs and to add new features. Manifold on startup will check via Internet for any updates and will notify the user that a new update is available. Routine updates may be downloaded and installed at no charge.
From time to time a major new Manifold release will be published. By tradition, a new release has been offered for a limited time to licensees of the previous release at a greatly discounted price. New releases have many benefits. They include many improvements, typically hundreds of new items, and they provide a fresh serial number with five more activations.
Although upgrading to a new release is not required, technical support is available only on the current release. Because of the low cost of upgrading and the many benefits from upgrading to a new release, almost all Manifold licensees will take advantage of the initial discount offer to upgrade.
When launched, Manifold will check the web for you and notify you if any updates are available. Even if you don't use Manifold you can get notifications by subscribing to an RSS feed. See the Using RSS for Update Notification page for details.
Manifold products are copy protected using a Serial Number and Activation Key system as described in the Licensing and Serial Numbers pages. A serial number allows installation on one machine, but there are up to five activations allowed to deal with tasks like replacing a failed hard disk, upgrading to a new Windows edition or re-loading Windows or moving the installation to a new computer. If Manifold is installed on one computer as licensed, normally five activations are plenty to enable use of a Manifold license for many years even without utilizing occasional upgrades to newer products that may be offered.
However, some users will run licenses for extremely long spans of time, perhaps in the case of a runtime license embedded in a legacy application that runs well and will not be replaced. Other users may have exceptionally bad luck with disk drives or hardware. To assist with such needs manifold.net provides additional activations in two forms: automatic free additional activations and manually purchased additional activations via the $50 Extra Activation Keys product available in the Online Store product list Services section.One year after issuance each Manifold serial number automatically gains the ability to get one more activation key, if requested. If that does not suffice, beginning one year after a serial number is issued users may purchase two additional activation keys via the Extra Activation Keys product for the current edition of Manifold once ever year thereafter.
This enables even very old Manifold licenses to continue being used despite the passage of many years or despite equipment failures or Windows upgrades. See the Additional Activation Keys page for details
Before purchasing the Extra Activation Keys product users should check their serial numbers on the Serial Number Status page. The page will report the date the serial number was issued and how many activations have been used. If any activations are available, do not purchase the Extra Activation Keys product. Instead, use the free activations that are remaining. If no activations are available and it is more than one year since the serial number was issued, do not purchase the Extra Activation Keys product either: if you request an activation for the serial number it will be automatically granted as an additional key for that year. Only purchase the Extra Activation Keys product if you have used up the free additional activation key granted each year.
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30 Day Lease
If you would like to evaluate Manifold in depth, buy the Universal 30 Day Lease product. For only $95 the lease allows you to run Universal x64 (which allows either a 32-bit or a 64-bit installation) on as many computers as you like for 30 days. Although the lease is not refundable and may not be extended, if you would like to purchase a non-leased Manifold license within 60 days the lease may be traded in for full upgrade credit of $95 toward your non-leased license. Even after 60 days you may still trade in the lease for a $45 credit. Try before you buy, or just use the Lease for short term or one-off projects.
Terms of Sale / Licensing
Manifold software products are licensed, not sold. See the Terms and Conditions of Sale for additional information. By ordering Manifold products you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Sale. Please also review the Licensing page for an important overview of licensing.
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