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Manifold Release 9

Faster than Any Other GIS + Higher Quality

Faster · Easier · Lower Cost

Manifold often is 50 times faster than Spatial Analyst

Manifold Release 9 is a new GIS that makes spatial work easier, faster, and way more effective for both experts and non-experts alike. Manifold unleashes your insights with superior quality, speed and bulletproof accuracy, all at a cost of ownership lower than even free software. Only $95.

Image at right: A least cost, closest path analysis on an abstract slope surface, created by Manifold in $95 in nine seconds but requiring ten minutes in ESRI's ArcGIS Pro with Spatial Analyst, costing over $5000. Save thousands and run far faster with Manifold.

Curious how Manifold compares to ESRI products? See the Faster than ESRI collection of videos. Do in seconds what takes Spatial Analyst minutes or hours. See the Faster ESRI Workflow page to learn how to add Manifold to your ESRI stack.

"To process even one modest piece of down sampled LiDAR within my region in ArcMap took ~60 hours to produce the 30 inundation layers. As I mentioned previously, this may then require fixing and a re-run of the process. The same process on the same DEM using Manifold 9's distance toolset takes around 40 seconds per layer or 20 minutes for the 30 intervals." - Government user, computing flood levels (emphasis added)

Fast GIS is Fun GIS

Super fast speed brings a new level to "ease of use" - GIS is way easier when everything happens fast, even with bigger data, and you don't have to wait around for many seconds or minutes for jerky web interfaces or slow desktop software to do what you want. Do in seconds what takes minutes or hours in other GIS packages. Life is too short for slow GIS!

Manifold provides hundreds of vector and raster geoprocessing tools that with a point and click run ten, fifty, or even one hundred times faster than Spatial Analyst or other ESRI toolbox equivalents. Manifold plays well with ESRI to make it easy to add Manifold speed to your GIS workflow, or to use Manifold as your primary GIS for even greater productivity.

"Manifold 9's best feature is its wicked fast speed. It is great in all things but the rendering speed really is the best thing from an every day use point of view. It is what makes 9 so much easier to use than 8 and a host of other GIS's." - Forum post

Benefits

  • Way Faster - Do in seconds what takes minutes or hours in Arc or Q.
  • Bigger Data - Handle hundreds of GB of data. Open a terabyte project on a desktop PC.
  • Never Crashes - No matter how big or complex the job, Manifold never crashes.
  • Friendly with All - Interchange using popular GIS formats, including SDE, GDB and MDB Geodatabases.
  • Pays for Itself - Time is money. Save days and weeks for only $95, fully paid.
  • Easier to Use - Hundreds of point and click, single step, transformations and geoprocessing tools with less setup.
  • Connect to Everything - Use more formats and data sources than any other GIS.
  • Better Data Science - Far more advanced DBMS and SQL for better data science.
  • Higher Precision - Sub-pixel reprojection for rasters, and 170+ grids built in for NADCON5, HARN, and NTv2.
  • No Dumbing Down - Arc crashes so much with bigger data you often have to use downsampled, less precise data with ESRI. Manifold easily runs with full precision data with no dumbing down required.
  • Faster Launch - Only a 70 MB download, Manifold launches in half a second.
  • No Paywalls - Everything is included and built-in for $95. Get thousands of features and never have to buy anything extra.
  • No Puzzles - Manifold includes it all in a single, unified, highly orthogonal package that saves you time and money. No need to learn a patchwork of old, third party packages to do what should be built into the GIS itself, and no need to spend days playing software developer, trying to write bug-free code in Python for what Manifold delivers instantly with a point and click. Add Manifold to your GIS toolbox to complement those FOSS tools you know and love, to save time and effort when "free" software costs way more in time.
  • Better Scripting - If you like to code, Manifold supports 11 standard languages, including Python, V8, C# and Microsoft standard languages. Mix and match scripting inline in different languages on the fly within SQL expressions, and mix native SQL from DBMS packages like Postgres or Oracle within the same query as native, parallel, Manifold SQL. No limits, just ease of use and awesome power for GIS developers.
  • Super Documentation - Numerous videos provide a fast and easy start, and a lavishly illustrated, online User Manual written by full-time, professional, technical writers covers every detail of Manifold with hundreds of step by step examples. The API guide for developers provides hundreds of programmer to programmer examples, each given in C#, VBScript, and Python.
  • Honest Quality - Enjoy better quality with near-zero bugs. Bugs never pile up but are immediately eliminated within a week or two. No need to buy a maintenance contract - bug fixes are always free.
  • Affordable - For only $95, you can easily afford integrated ease of use, vast and comprehensive capabilities, results that are always correct, crash-free reliability, and eye-popping parallel speed.
  • Free Viewer - Publish multi-hundred GB projects created in Manifold that anybody can pop open in 1/10th second for free using Manifold Viewer - free to download, no registration required, and no ads or upsell.

Manifold handles huge data, both raster and vector, with never a crash. Add Manifold to your GIS toolkit and run big, complex jobs in Manifold to save time, to handle big data, and to avoid workflow disruption caused by crashes. Manifold also adds massive data science capabilities not found in other desktop GIS packages. ESRI users save big using Manifold for database connections and geoprocessing, instead of buying expensive options. FOSS users save big by saving days and weeks of time.

"Merging is fantastically fast in M9. I merged some lidar tiles a while back in a project which already contained nearly half a TB of lidar data. The 30000x22000 surface was merged and written to a new component in the project in an eye watering 3.5 seconds." - Forum post
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Manifold runs parallel on all cores

Faster by Design

Manifold is 64-bit and fully parallel throughout, automatically unleashing the incredible power of all of the CPU cores in your system. Four cores or sixty four, Manifold uses them all. Even faster, Manifold automatically launches massively parallel computations using thousands of available GPU cores for supercomputer speed. Running on a 24 core processor? Manifold will use all 48 threads.

"I have started to finally put v9 in my work and I must say "WOW" at least 10 times a day. It just keeps getting better and better." - Forum post

In contrast, QGIS is not at all parallel, and ESRI products are only partially CPU parallel - that's why they are so much slower than Manifold. ESRI has a split architecture where non-parallel applications like ArcGIS Pro launch partially parallel geoprocessing tools, with virtually no use of GPU parallelism in geoprocessing. ESRI tools do not use multiple cores effectively, often running only four to nine threads when Manifold runs 48 threads.

Image at right: Manifold computing Path Distance in 9 seconds, running 48 threads with 100% utilization (the vertical line at the right edge of each box) on a 24 core AMD Threadripper. Spatial Analyst on the same machine runs Path Distance with only nine instances at less than 30% utilization, taking 12 minutes. Add Manifold to your ESRI toolset for faster geoprocessing.

Manifold takes advantage of modern, manycore, desktop CPUs like the AMD 3900x, which delivers 24 threads at a consumer price anyone can afford. Even in smaller CPUs with eight cores that can launch only sixteen threads, work that takes hours or minutes in ArcGIS Pro can often be done in minutes or seconds in Manifold. When GPU parallelism kicks in, Manifold will often run 100 to 200 times faster than ESRI. Manifold's fully CPU parallel and GPU parallel architecture runs way faster than ESRI partial CPU parallelism, even in older CPUs and even with older, very inexpensive GPU cards.

Spend only $95 for Manifold and do geoprocessing ten to 200 times faster than Arc + Spatial Analyst that costs you over $5000 per seat. Amazing!

Video at right: 100x Faster - Watch Manifold do in 0.9 seconds what takes Spatial Analyst a minute and a half, over 100 times faster. Sure, Manifold is faster on a high-end machine that can run 48 threads. This video shows Manifold is faster even with fewer cores on an affordable desktop system.

At your fingertips

Includes Everything

Install one package and you have it all at your fingertips for only $95. No need to buy expensive extras or to struggle to integrate separate products. You know how ESRI 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.

Easy

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 crash-free Manifold quality set you free to focus on your business.


Handle Bigger Data with Ease

Computing contours on a 26000 x 38000 raster crashes ArcMap, and takes 21 minutes in ArcGIS Pro or 8 minutes in Q using GDAL. Manifold does the job in 11 seconds. Manifold is not only totally parallel for amazing speed, Manifold can also handle huge data with ease, instantly popping open projects with hundreds of GB in rasters or billions of vector objects, and then panning, zooming and geoprocessing without any delays.

"As a long time Manifold user, I'm simply awestruck by the performance gains. My colleagues are mostly ESRI users, but a few simple demos of intersecting large spatial datasets have won admiration from all." - Forum post

Manifold has the ease of installation and use of a desktop application, but inside runs the fastest, fully-parallel, spatial database engine ever created, handling hundreds of gigabytes and powering astounding stand-alone Manifold speed on the desktop, bottleneck-free connections to enterprise DBMS, and effortless connections to other database technologies like ESRI GDB file geodatabases, Oracle, SQL Server, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, and many others. Manifold is guaranteed to keep up with even the fastest enterprise DBMS, allowing you to work with data in-place, or to slice and dice data in combinations from native ESRI storage, enterprise DBMS storage, or using any of hundreds of formats. All that is built into Manifold with no need to buy any options.

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.

Leverage Everything

Manifold makes it easy to 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. It does all that with smart dataports that understand the ins and outs of different data sources, to make life easier for you. For example, Manifold knows all the SRID codes for coordinate systems used by different Enterprise databases, like Oracle and others, so you can just connect and use the data you want.

"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

Release 9 is built on Manifold's Radian spatial database engine, the fastest, fully-parallel, spatial database engine ever created. The engine is built into Manifold and totally automatic, so it's easy to use: pop open a Manifold project and it looks like any other desktop application with no admin worries, no complex configuration or puzzles about where data is stored. Save your project to a single file that you can copy, share, and archive however you like.

Manifold is so fast that it can connect to and use any DBMS, if you prefer to keep your spatial data in a DBMS like Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, or any other. Guaranteed to keep up with even the fastest enterprise DBMS you use, so you can work with enterprise 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 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

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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.

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.


Exceptional Support

Manifold fixes bugs in days, not in weeks or months, so bugs never pile up. Manifold provides free updates with no need to buy a support contract to get bug fixes. Every week or two a new build comes out you can download and use at no charge. New builds add dozens of new features and fix bugs. Manifold's outstanding User Manual, covering every detail with thousands of illustrations and hundreds of step by step examples, supported with an extensive video library, makes it easy to learn how to work magic with Manifold. Every license comes with two free technical support tokens for professional support direct from Manifold. A highly active and civilized user community guides the product and provides constructive, collegial support.


COVID-19 Response

Three Free Activation Keys in 2020 - To support installation on work at home machines, Manifold licenses will automatically qualify for three free additional activation keys in 2020. Additional keys are automatically granted when activation is requested for a license that has run out of keys.

Manifold Release 9 Prices

$95 - Manifold Release 9 Universal - Includes all Release 9 features. Every Release 9 serial number enables 64-bit operation in 64-bit Windows systems, 32-bit operation in 64-bit Windows systems (used for compatibility when integrating with other software that is limited to 32-bit operation), or 32-bit operation in 32-bit Windows systems. This is a fully paid license and is not a limited time license or a lease. Best buy.

Legacy Bundle - Buy Release 9 together with Manifold System Release 8 for total legacy compatibility:

$175 - Manifold Release 9 Universal + Manifold 8.00 Ultimate x64 - Includes both Manifold Release 9 and Manifold 8.00 Ultimate x64. Includes two standard tech support incidents by email.

The best classic GIS ever - Release 8 is the world's best classic GIS providing seamless desktop, enterprise, programming and web serving GIS in totally integrated product:

$95 - Manifold Manifold 8.00 Ultimate x64 - All features of the classic Manifold 8.00 product line in a single package, at the best price ever.


Experience Manifold Power in a Free Tool

Manifold Viewer is completely free - no need to register, no ads, no upsell, no soliciting donations - it's really free!

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. Viewer can also create and write spatial indices for entire folders full of LiDAR files, save connections to favorite files and data sources, and even edit and save localization files to translate Manifold into new languages.

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.

Viewer is a great way to share the amazing projects you create in Manifold for free. Publish multi-hundred GB projects created in Manifold that anybody can pop open in 1/10th second for free using Viewer. Publish projects that include automatic connections to your organization's databases and worldwide webserved data, and include pre-built, sophisticated analytics and dynamic reporting that users can launch with a point and click. Track pandemics, help first responders fight wildfires, or just help your organization do a better job.

See Manifold Viewer in Action.

Viewer's small download, instant launch, and clean display - free of convoluted ribbons and endless, confusing buttons - make it perfect for unskilled users. With Viewer a million people can share the dazzling analytics and insights you create with a single $95 Manifold license, all at fully parallel speed with no need to pay for costly, cloud-based, web processing. Like Manifold, Viewer never crashes, no matter how big or complicated the job.

See Viewer in action Watch the Manifold Viewer Introduction YouTube video.

"Mfd 9 is becoming a really good tool for sharing data with non-GIS folks. Clean interface makes it easy to teach others simple tasks. Easy to transfer a project. Easy to install software. Free viewer." - Forum post

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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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Manifold products deliver quality, performance and value in the world's most sophisticated, most modern and most powerful spatial products for GIS, ETL, DBMS, and Data Science. Total integration ensures ease of use, amazing speed, and unbeatably low cost of ownership, for only $95. Tell your friends!