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I need to put together a Cartographic Desktop and was wondering what the consensus was: MapPublisher, Manifold or ...?

I'm going to be putting together a topo map of the Mt Hood area in the style of the National Geographic Trails Illustrated series. I have a PC with 64bit Win7 and Adobe CS4 (PS & Illustrator). many thanks

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Why not both? Manifold is a GIS application, MAPublisher (one p) is a cartography application. There is a degree of overlap between them, but they are aimed at different parts of the market. For editing and maintaining GIS data, Manifold beats MAPublisher. For producing a map, MAPublisher beats Manifold.
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It may be that you can get away without using MAPublisher, if you have good enough GIS software to prepare the data for Illustrator. I see the main niche of MAPublisher for workflows where one does not use that.
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I would say for GIS work Manifold, plus it's a far cheaper alternative then MAPublisher. But for publication MAPublisher makes the work flow easier, & the added touch of using Illustrator as a partial GIS. But what area of expertise you are looking to do? If you want to be a cartographic artist MAPublisher is king with Illustrator, if you want to be a GIS analyst then lay off MAPublisher & start off with Manifold building your income towards ArcGIS.

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At this point, I'll be producing outdoor recreation topo maps, so no GIS analysis (other than creating hillshading & contours from DEMs), so it sounds like MapPublisher is the consensus.

I use ArcGIS at my day job and I'm very familiar with it. In fact I'm using an evaluation license at home to do my first mapping job, but obviously it's not the most cost-effective solution for cartographic applications like this. MapPublisher is not exactly inexpensive either, and having not used it before, I want to make sure I'm making a wise decision.

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If you're on a budget I'd probably go with Manifold and Illustrator. If you have the extra cash you could add the Mapublisher plugin , but I wouldn't spend any money until you are certain you need to. You could also use ArcGIS alone. This past year at the ESRI user conference I was impressed by the quality of maps coming straight out of ArcGIS.



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If you're on a budget I'd probably go with Manifold and Illustrator. If you have the extra cash you could add the Mapublisher plugin , but I wouldn't spend any money until you are certain you need to. You could also use ArcGIS alone. This past year at the ESRI user conference I was impressed by the quality of maps coming straight out of ArcGIS.


I would agree. I began with Manifold and purchased ArcGIS when my income stream allowed. I've been getting very nice quality from ArcGIS directly.

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