Today I have been in an institution of cartographic production, of those who learned very well to program with Avenue, the initial intention was to present alternatives to the formal disappearance of ArcView 3x and the limitation of moving to ArcGIS 9.
It would have been more complicated if they had been Geomedia users to whom the comparison it would have been more extensive, or they had silver available and were able to acquire ArcGIS or lower cost Manifold applications. In a few minutes of exposure they have been satisfied with the benefits of GvSIG; Now I summarize what I think has convinced you:
1 It looks so much like ArcView and AutoCAD
The fact that GvSIG has such a similarity with ArcView 3x in its interface based on views, tables and layouts has been decisive. Then see that the way to build data with a resemblance to AutoCAD, with sufficient editing commands has influenced; Of course, we know that ArcView 3x users were highly critical of the difficulty in editing data accurately and the lack of topology.
2. It's free, or almost
The correct word is free to use, however the way they have visualized it is that to distribute it there is no need to buy a license. This institution developed some features on Avenue, and they were considering the possibility of moving to ArcGIS 9, what happens is that for the users of their applications it is difficult to acquire this type of license ... especially since they are low-income municipalities.
Of course, for this I have promised to give you a GvSIG course called "GvSIG for ArcView users" ... I think it will be interesting.
acquiring ArcGIS, ArcGIS Engine, ArcObjects, Gis Server, and ArcSDE cost them about $ 57,000. Now they will only invest $ 2,000 in a Java course, $ 1,000 in a GvSIG course and $ 2,000 in the development of good manuals ... It is not free of course, but it will only cost $ 5,000 because they have programmers who handle Java and know with their eyes closed the use of ArcView.
3. Multi-system compatibility
When developed on Java, it runs on Mac and Linux, it means that they would stop suffering from the service pack that supports the system they were thinking of implementing.
For now the decision has been made, they will only make a work plan that reflects the stage of training, development and implementation of the new version of their system. Best of all, they hope to systematize the experience into a post.
So yes, ArcView users like GvSIG. Two months from Be testing, is already producing results.
There I tell you how I'm doing.