How to Buy
The first choice is whether you need Manifold's revolutionary new Manifold® Release 9 GIS, or a classic, low-cost Manifold® Release 8 GIS, or both. Taking advantage of special offers for reduced pricing, many people will get both.
Release 9 is built on the massively parallel Radian spatial data engine, putting an incredibly broad range of formats and data sources at your fingertips, more than any other GIS or spatial tool. Nothing comes close to 9 for working with larger data at phenomenal speed. Release 8 does not have the raw power, speed and phenomenal DBMS sophistication of Release 9, but Release 8 exceeds any other non-parallel GIS, while providing far lower costs than ESRI and significantly lower life-cycle costs for many people than freeware.
As a mature product, Release 8 benefits from many thousands of features added for every last possible detail of doing GIS. Release 9 starts with a far stronger foundation but does not as yet have the vast, seemingly endless set of features found in Release 8 for cartography and presentation. Both Release 8 and Release 9 are famously bulletproof, with totally reliable quality.
Release 9 is gaining features at the rate of a few hundred per month: already 9 is a superior choice for anything having to do with data manipulation or analytics, and 9 already is a good choice for cartography and presentation. In addition to all the new, hypermodern and advanced features 9 has that 8 does not have (such as total CPU parallelism and automatically parallel spatial SQL), 9 will likely soon surpass even the enormous Release 8 feature set. Release 9 licensing commenced in December, 2017, based on reports from experienced Manifold users that they had already transitioned to using Release 9 beta builds for most of their GIS work instead of Release 8.
Which Manifold product is right for you depends on your priorities:
- I work with spatial and non-spatial data in my organization's database servers - Get Manifold Release 9. You might also want to choose a Release 8 edition as well.
- I'm happy with my current GIS (Release 8, ESRI, MapInfo, etc.) but I need more horsepower to crunch data - Get Manifold Release 9.
- I don't work with GIS or spatial data but I do a lot of work blending and manipulating data - Get Manifold Release 9. It's a bargain at twice the price even if you never touch spatial data.
- I am mainly interested in presentation and map making - Try the free Manifold Viewer to see if Release 9's existing cartographic and presentation capabilities are a good fit. If they are, go straight to 9. Otherwise, choose a Release 8 edition if you have a tight budget, and get both Release 8 and Release 9 if your budget allows.
- I need to convert formats or review large images or vectors - Definitely Manifold Release 9 to get large capacity, and probably Release 8 as well.
- I work with data and databases but I don't know SQL. Is Release 9 OK for me? - Yes. You'll use point-and-click Release 9 templates instead of SQL.
- I have a very limited budget. What's the right choice? - You cannot beat Release 8 for an absolutely vast range of capabilities at an incredibly low price.
- I just need to look at data somebody else created. What should I buy? - No need to buy anything. Get the free Manifold Viewer.
People in an organization who know they need to get into GIS but are just getting started will take advantage of special offers to get both Manifold Release 9 and Release 8 Release 8.00 Universal x64 Edition. The bundle covers all bases and provides an almost unimagineable breadth and depth of capability at a revolutionary, low price. Nothing else comes close.
See Release 9 technology in action Watch the Exploring Archaeology in France YouTube video to learn how to enjoy the pre-built, beginner-friendly project for Viewer that lets you discover thousands of archaeological sites and monuments throughout France, from giant Neolithic stone constructions to a Roman amphitheater hidden just off a road that tourists zoom by without even knowing it was there. Try it yourself with Manifold Viewer.
Manifold Product Options
Manifold ® Release 9 is easy to buy: there is one Universal edition that provides absolutely all Release 9 capabilities for one low price.
Manifold ® Release 8 is available as Ultimate edition, as listed in the Products page. Get all Release 8 capabilities for one low price.
Do I need a 64-bit Edition?
All Manifold licenses now offered provide full 64-bit capability if you are running 64-bit Windows. That's a very big deal since true 64-bit operation makes a big difference in performance. Don't even hesitate about this. Get a 64-bit edition of Windows and run 64-bit Manifold.
You need a 64-bit, x64 Windows operating system to run 64-bit Manifold. When Windows boots up you'll see a clear "x64" as part of the Windows logo if you are running 64-bit Windows. Note: Surprisingly many computer system vendors will sell 64-bit processors with 32-bit Windows installed. In that case, as far as Windows is concerned you have a 32-bit processor.
A 64-bit Manifold license can be run either in 32-bits or 64-bits, and the serial number issued for a 64-bit Manifold license can be used to activate either a 32-bit or a 64-bit Manifold installation. This allows Manifold licensees to run their Manifold licenses both on a 64-bit desktop and on a 32-bit notebook. (The Manifold license allows use on both a main desktop computer as well as on a notebook computer so long as the two installations are not run at the same time - See the Licensing page for a summary.)
What Should I get for IMS Applications?
Easy: Get Release 8 Ultimate x64 Edition. See also the What to Buy for IMS page.
Advice for Applications Developers
Every Manifold license is a development environment. There is no need to buy some separate "objects library" because each Manifold license exposes the Manifold API. In fact, every Manifold license from Personal on up includes sophisticated development facilities as well, such as the Manifold Debugger, the ability to script in .NET or ActiveX languages within Manifold with full syntax highlighting (coloring) in script windows. Developers may also use standard development environments such as Visual Studio to work with Manifold objects. Developers create applications that utilize Manifold Release 8 in one of two ways:
- Standalone Applications - The classic way of developing applications that are then distributed to run locally on customer computers. Order one Manifold license for each developer. Deploy the application to your customer by installing a Manifold license with each customer.
- Web Applications - Create your application as a web site utilizing Manifold IMS. There are many advantages of creating an application as a web application, not the least of which is that your cost of GIS becomes nearly zero. The requirements are the same as for an IMS application, discussed above.
Release 9 does not yet offer IMS capability, so applications developers working with the Release 9 API will create standalone applications. If you plan on developing standalone applications, without doubt you should go straight to Release 9 as the Release 9 API is far more sophisticated, far more powerful, and far easier to work with than Release 8. See the Release 9 API Documentation.
See the following for information of interest to developers:
- What to Buy for IMS - Suggestions for products required for IMS applications development.
- Programming Manifold - A User Manual topic that discusses the merits of creating standalone applications or web applications.
- Developing Applications - A User Manual topic providing general advice to applications developers.
- Release 9 API Documentation - Highly detailed API documentation for developers working with Release 9 with many examples provided simultaneously in C#, VBScript and IronPython.
For complete details on all Manifold products see the User Manuals page - Manifold user manuals provide thousands of pages of lavishly illustrated, detailed information on every aspect of the product. Hundreds of examples show how to use Manifold facilities.
Manifold products are delivered by download over Internet. See the Product Downloads page.
Manifold.net provides a very large range of free downloads that will enhance your use of Manifold on the Product Downloads page and the links it contains. For example, the free downloads from the Image Servers and Geocoding Servers page provide some of the most extraordinary and most popular features in Release 8, unavailable at any price from other GIS vendors, like the automatically downloaded and composed images and maps seen at right of Sydney, Australia, and London, England.
Must I buy Maintenance or Support?
Routine maintenance for a Manifold release consist of free updates that may be downloaded at any time. No "maintenance" charge or other fee is required to download such updates. It is very important to take advantage of free updates. Free updates provide product improvements and fix bugs. If you have not installed the latest Manifold update you will not be able to utilize Manifold Technical Support.
All Manifold technical support is paid, with two prepaid incidents of standard technical support by email provided with a license. Additional incidents are very inexpensive, providing the lowest cost and highest quality technical support in the GIS industry. However, experience shows that users who read documentation in the suggested order and participate in the Georeference forum or other online communities will never use a technical support incident, not even one of their two free incidents. Most users, therefore, will not buy any technical support products until they need them. For information on technical support, please see the Support page.
Routine updates are published from time to time for a given release to fix bugs and to add new features. Manifold on startup will check via Internet for any updates and will notify the user that a new update is available. Routine updates may be downloaded and installed at no charge.
From time to time a major new Manifold release will be published. By tradition, a new release has been offered for a limited time to licensees of the previous release at a greatly discounted price. New releases have many benefits. They include many improvements, typically hundreds of new items, and they provide a fresh serial number with five more activations.
Although upgrading to a new release is not required, technical support is available only on the current release. Because of the low cost of upgrading and the many benefits from upgrading to a new release, almost all Manifold licensees will take advantage of the initial discount offer to upgrade.
When launched, Manifold will check the web for you and notify you if any updates are available.
Do I Need a Money-Back Guarantee?
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 includes full SQL as well, with hundreds of spatial and other analytic functions.
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.
Viewer's small download (only 50 MB), 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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