Yes, I would agree.

Additionally I would see MapInfo's advantages in the user interface in
general, SQL performance on ODBC databases, and the vast amount of
projections provided by MI. The German edition of AV does not even ship with
the basic projections used in Germany. AV can only reproject maps in long /
lat.

Then we have "native" / direct access to Microsoft Access databases, which
AV does not have. Also I prefer MapInfo's way of "formatting" objects: in MI
it is object-based, whereas AV has strictly layer-based attributes. So in
order to produce a geological map in AV with different colors you have to
use thematic mapping. In MI you can format the object.

Raster image registration is much easier in MI. MapBasic seems to be an
easier to learn programming language than Avenue.

In AV I like more the spreadsheet like browser (the MapInfo table browser is
by far too simple), it is more intuitive to join tables,  and legending plus
map annotations seem to be more straight forward.

Thomas Gülden


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Subject:        Re: MI (Fwd) RE: MapInfo v.s. ARCVIEW


The first and foremost thing that I always name in thest AV vs MI duke outs
is the incredibly weak and unintuitive query functionality in AV compared
to the pretty powerful SQL database querying available in MI.  Few others
seem to be bothered by that---at least it doesn't get mentioned in many
comparisons I see. I think the differene in querying alone makes MapInfo so
far superior to ArcView that I only use AV to look at a shapefile before I
convert it to MI.  Then there's the inability of AV to run for 45 minutes
without crashing, but that's another story. Anybody else think the power
and straightforwardness of MI's query building is the major reason they use
it rather than AV?

Tim Rood

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