Release 9 for Fast GIS

Release 9

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Manifold Release 9

True Parallel Speed - Faster than Any Other GIS

A Better Experience

Overlays are easy in Manifold

Manifold is a new GIS and spatial engineering experience that blends spatial and non-spatial data to enable data discovery, analysis and management by experts and non-experts alike. Everything involves location and anything involving location is only as good as the quality of the spatial data you utilize. Manifold provides the world's finest tool for insuring that your spatial data unleashes your insights with superior quality, speed and bulletproof accuracy. Easy to use.

Map created with Manifold Release 9 using vector drawings, geocoded data and web server background.

Leverage Everything

Connect to almost any data imagineable, from enterprise DBMS servers to file databases to web servers to zillions of file formats. Manifold handles an almost unlimited range of data types in tables, vector data, raster data, drawings, maps and images.

"Because I can use a command window to write native queries Manifold is effectively a client for Postgresql, or indeed any other DBMS - I no longer need to rely on PGAdmin." - Forum post

You can blend, extract, transform, load, validate, manipulate, analyze, visualize, discover and slice and dice your data within Manifold or in-place in your preferred storage. Other applications can connect through Manifold to read/write data sources they otherwise could never touch. Exotic spatial formats? No problem. Manifold translates for you on the fly, read and write.

Manifold Release 9 for Spatial Engineering

Built for Speed

Manifold Release 9 is built on the Radian spatial database engine, one of the fastest, fully-parallel database engines ever created. Guaranteed to keep up with even the fastest enterprise DBMS you use to work with data in-place.

But you don't need an external DBMS: you can easily host large, complex projects and applications entirely within Manifold on your desktop. Manifold effortlessly cascades and nests hierarchies of projects with zero pass-through performance hit, so a single Manifold project can encompass terabytes of data while reaching out to exabytes of data in external servers. On your desktop. Today.

"First of all - Radian Studio! Wow! It is really as fast as advertised." - Forum post.

Manifold is so much faster than any traditional spatial file formats that you'll probably want to upgrade your inventory of spatial files to use Manifold as your data store. Once transferred into Manifold storage a 100 GB image pops open instantly. Large vector data sets that absolutely crush traditional GIS applications pop open in seconds as well.

Do in 1/10th Second what takes others 30 minutes. See Manifold technology in action Watch the Gulf Bathymetry YouTube video of Manifold Viewer opening a project file in 1/10th second that the US Government website providing the data warned will take ESRI software 30 minutes to open in the equivalent ESRI native format. That's thousands of times faster for Manifold. Viewer effortlessly hill shades and styles and re-projects on the fly 7.5 GB of ultra-high resolution bathymetry data for the Gulf of Mexico. Re-projection can take hours in other packages but Viewer and Manifold do it on the fly, instantly.
Supercomputer speed

Your Own Supercomputer

Apply the effortless, easy power of Manifold point-and-click dialogs or the infinite power of automatically parallel Manifold SQL. Manifold unleashes the full power of all the CPU cores in your system and automatically launches massively parallel computations using thousands of available GPU cores for supercomputer computational performance unmatched by any other non-parallel GIS or spatial engineering tool. This isn't marketing hype: calculations that take minutes without Manifold can often be done in a second or two in Manifold. Don't settle for distributed data storage without parallel computation and don't settle for parallelism that requires custom coding by experts. Insist on the real thing: automatic, parallel computation with no parallel coding required. Manifold is the real deal: Nothing else comes close.

"Input: 220803 areas (coord count 4 to 841654, often highly convoluted). Output: 29306396 convex areas. Incredibly fast.." - Forum post on convex decomposition of polygons, in Manifold an easy function.

Parallel, Distributed SQL

Overlays are easy in Manifold

Adding Manifold to your toolset adds DBMS and SQL capabilities for more advanced data science. DBMS and advanced SQL have always been a weak spot in other GIS packages, but an outstanding strength of Manifold.

Inside Manifold runs the most powerful spatial DBMS ever created, all within a compact and totally unified Manifold desktop application with no admin burdens. It's all automatic.

Built upon manycore parallel CPU and massively parallel GPU DBMS infrastructure, Manifold includes a sophisticated, automatically parallel SQL query engine with a very high degree of modularity. Big tasks get split into small tasks, which get sent to different computation nodes using Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG) analytics. Manifold does that optimization automatically.

But Manifold goes much further than use of homogenous nodes. Some of those nodes, potentially many thousands of nodes, can be GPU cores, and those GPU cores can be different types of cores from different GPUs. Some of those nodes, also potentially thousands but more likely only a few dozen or few hundred, can be CPU cores. Computational nodes also can be external databases like Oracle or PostgreSQL. The query engine will split the work between any and all such nodes so that they all run in parallel. All that is included in every Manifold desktop at no extra cost.

Triangulate 5 Million Points instantly. See Manifold in action Watch the Triangulate 5 Million Points YouTube video of Manifold previewing in one second a triangulation of over five million points, and then writing out the triangulation as a new drawing with over ten million areas in under three minutes. Other GIS software takes from well over an hour for that to even more than a day. Download the data set in shapefile format and try it in any other GIS. Nothing else comes close to one second.

In addition to the query engine Manifold has a big roster of built-in SQL functions, both spatial and non-spatial, which all work within that parallel architecture. Manifold also provides a rich set of facilities to add very involved custom functions for execution within SQL using scripts written in popular languages.

All that parallelism happens automatically with no need for any parallel coding or manual setup of tasks. Write the SQL you already know and Manifold executes it as if a team of experts had parallelized it for you. No need for weeks or months of scary effort that older tools require.

It's also great to have everything you need for world-class spatial DBMS magic built into Manifold, with no need to install and maintain a separate DBMS. Manifold connects with ease and has perfect support for popular enterprise DBMS as well, but you don't have to use an external DBMS to get vast capacity and blistering speed. All that is built into Manifold.

Manifold is so fast and so powerful as a DBMS that many people use Manifold for data science and DBMS ETL having nothing to do with GIS: they like the speed, power, flexibility, point-and-click tools, SQL sophistication, and ease of use Manifold delivers for database exploration, analytics, and manipulation.

"When I said "Radian is much faster than PostgresSQL with uncomplicated SQL." I was thinking about the time I spend trying to get PostgresSQL server working rather than how fast queries work. [...] For dweebs like me having to run a database server on your home computer is daunting so a program [like Manifold] that has its own database functionality internal and local is much faster in terms of real effort time." - Forum post

LiDAR data from ArcGIS REST server with palette by Manifold

Above: LiDAR terrain elevation data for Charles County, Maryland, from an ArcGIS REST server. Palette and hill shading done on-the-fly by Manifold.

Superior Analytics

Manifold's modern technology delivers the most sophisticated spatial analytics in GIS or DBMS. Legacy packages have legacy limitations, such as separate layers or data sets for polygons, lines and points or tedious preparation to assure no overlaps for spatial overlays. Manifold provides a rich selection of spatial engineering tools, both point-and-click templates as well as massively complete SQL functions, that automatically handle any topology, no matter how strange, and simultaneously work with mixed polygons, lines and points with automatic blending of mixed database values and mixed projections as well. No other spatial data tool at any price can handle such difficult topological situations automatically.

"I went from only being able to generate watercourses/watersheds on relatively small DEM's to being able to generate watercourses/watersheds on SRTM data for the whole of the New Zealand mainland in 10 mins and 20 mins respectively on my 5 year old machine. Amazing work!" - Forum post."
Try LiDAR in Manifold Now. See Manifold in action Watch the Maryland LiDAR REST Server YouTube video showing the LiDAR data set illustrated above. Try it yourself with Manifold Viewer.

At your fingertips

Includes Everything

Install one package and you have it all at your fingertips. No need to buy expensive extras or to struggle to integrate separate products. You know how some software wants to charge you a few thousand more for the feature you need? Manifold doesn't do that. Manifold includes everything, right out of the box. All the extras are already built-in. Launch Manifold and you can do it all right away.


No Puzzles

Manifold was built from the ground up by a single, professional team as a totally seamless and superlatively complete package that saves you time and money. No need to figure out a jigsaw puzzle of quirky packages and no need to spend days playing software developer. Total Manifold integration and legendary Manifold quality set you free to focus on your business.

Professional Quality in Every Detail

Manifold delivers massively complete, totally professional capability in key details that far exceed amateur packages and are unavailable even in professional packages costing thousands of dollars more. Want NADCON 5 accuracy today? Can't get that in ArcGIS PRO 2.4, but NADCON 5 capability is built into Manifold at no extra cost. Manifold knows over 7500 projections (coordinate systems) worldwide, all of which are updated and supported directly by Manifold with no need to wait for updates to third party libraries.

Manifold includes extra high accuracy, point-and-click, conversion methods for coordinate system transformations, including hundreds of grid transformations worldwide for NADCON 5, NADCON, HARN, HPGN, and NTv2 high accuracy conversions. Manifold also knows all coordinate systems (SRIDs) used by major spatial databases, like Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, and DB2, and Manifold knows all collations used by those databases for various languages. Many claim to support Unicode, but without full database collations support like Manifold provides you don't have real Unicode capability.

Speed Demo - 22 Million Roads: Manifold pops open a 10GB project of all roads in the continental US, over 22 million of them, in 1/10th of a second, with instantaneous, no-delay panning and zooming, even when reprojecting 22 million polylines on the fly. Amazing! Edits go super fast too: Open a second project with over 842,000 roads in Pennsylvania and copy and paste those into the 22 million road project in seconds. Manifold delivers all that speed on an inexpensive desktop machine.

Special Offers

Trade up from 8 to 9 - Now is the time to trade up from Release 8 to the spectacular power and speed of 9. Keep your 8 license as well!

  • Trade in an unbundled Manifold Release 8 serial number on a Manifold 9 Universal plus Manifold 8.00 Universal x64 bundle before 29 February 2020 to acquire the bundle for a total price of only $395. Any non-runtime Manifold Release 8 license up through Universal Edition qualifies for this offer.
  • Trade in an unbundled Database Administrator or Ultimate Edition Manifold Release 8 serial number on a Manifold 9 Universal plus Manifold 8.00 Ultimate x64 bundle before 29 February 2020 to acquire the bundle for a total price of only $395.
  • The two offers above allow Release 8 users to trade up to 9 for a price of $395. In addition, their Release 8 license is replaced with a fresh Release 8 Universal x64 or Release 8 Ultimate x64 license. Wow! That's a big upgrade for Personal or Professional licensees at no extra charge!
  • See the How to Upgrade page for illustrated, step-by-step instructions on how to do an upgrade transaction on the Online Store.

Get a great deal on 9 ! Stock up on Release 9 licenses with January discounts:

  • Buy Manifold 9 Universal before 29 February 2020 and get a $120 discount off the regular price of $595 for a total price of only $475. Your Release 9 Universal license runs 64 bits and 32 bits and never expires, allowing immediate use of Manifold Release 9 and all Release 9 Cutting Edge builds at Universal level now and in the future.
  • Buy the two product bundle of Manifold 9 Universal plus Manifold 8.00 Universal x64 before 29 February 2020 and get a $165 discount off the regular, combined price of $840 for a total price of only $675.

This offer ends at midnight GMT on 29 February 2020.

Experience Manifold Power in a Free Tool

See Manifold Viewer in Action. Manifold Viewer is the free, read-only version of Manifold Release 9. Although Viewer cannot write projects or save edited data back out to the original data sources, Viewer provides phenomenal capability to view and to analyze almost all possible different types of data in tables, vector geometry, raster data, drawings, maps and images from thousands of different sources. Manifold Viewer delivers a truly useful, fully CPU-parallel and GPU-parallel Manifold tool that gives you parallel power and endless Manifold capabilities at zero cost.

No need to register, no adware, no requests for donations and no selling: use Viewer however you like, including commercial purposes. You can even redistribute Viewer, all for free. See Viewer in action Watch the Manifold Viewer Introduction YouTube video.

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Classic GIS Manifold Release 8 is the world's best GIS

Looking for world-class GIS in a classic product? Get Manifold System Release 8. Created by the makers of Manifold Release 9, Release 8 delivers by far the world's most reliable classic GIS, providing unmatched breadth and depth of professional and enterprise class power. Nothing else comes close at any price.

Release 8 delivers the world's best classic GIS together with exceptional data capabilities for a GIS. Release 9 delivers the world's best GIS with unmatched power and performance in GIS. Run Release 8 for entry level, classic GIS, or run Release 9 for superior, ultrafast GIS work, or get both products for your toolbox to enjoy a vast range of GIS and spatial data engineering capabilities no other ensemble can match.

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Mount St. Helens region

One meter resolution Digial Elevation data of the Mount St. Helens volcano crater and region to the north devastated by ejecta and lahirs flowing from the catastrophic eruption of 18 May 1980. The terrain elevation model, colored by Manifold using a palette, is shown in a map between an upper, partially transparent set of labels from a Google web server and overlaid on a streets vector layer also from a Google web server. The elevation data is over 3 gigabytes and displays, pans and zooms instantly in Manifold.

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