My analysis is based on vector data. When I need to model or automate processes I code them. When I need other symbols I customize them. So non of Nick's problems is mine because Manifold 8 still is unbeaten in this respect and the layout capabilities more than adequate to - no, not what I would wish but - what efforts and time my customers pay for .
How much longer are you prepared to wait for the release of Version 9 before you give up on Manifold Software Ltd, jump ship and migrate to another GIS product?[/b]
Dimitri would push us to use the best tool for the task. I never was "loyal" to manifold violating this advice (AutoCAD MAP and Civil 3D, ArcGIS 9 and 10, qGIS/PostGIS). The pair Manifold/Enterprise Server on PostgreSQL still is my personal favorit to get complex things done quick in a group of coworkers.
But for all that I have a problem with the uncertainty of the release date of version 9 that has not been addressed: As raster data is not my main concern I don't share the worship of future GPU computing and doubte that the long wait is worth it. For my team the announced internationalization would be by far more important to accept manifold as THE now tool. Now that ArcGIS 10 has gained a lot of stability (for an ESRI product) it's hard to make them stay with ArcView 3 until finally Manifold comes in a customizable or finished german version. There is one of Art's video tutorials in german. Still it would take a lot of time for me to familiarize them with the Manifold GUI. It's hard to recognize the simple and stringent handling when you don't understand the keywords. The Manifold style of not refering to well-rehearsed vocabulary of legacy GIS is no help nor the new style of the forum, that asks for more Manifold skills to put a question in correct and complete english words than the answer will have.
I nevertheless vote for continuing participation in the forum, tonyw, perhaps to NOT disappear in the faceless thing that once was a community.