Caliper

Maptitude

5 / 5 25 reviews

Who Uses This Software?

Banking Business Census Data Real Estate Enterprise GIS Franchise Mapping GIS Health Care Insurance Alternative to MapPoint Marketing & Sales Mapping Territory Mapping


Average Ratings

25 Reviews
  • 5 / 5
    Overall
  • 4.5 / 5
    Ease of Use
  • 5 / 5
    Customer Service

Product Details

  • Starting Price
    $695.00/one-time/user
  • Free Trial
    Yes
  • Deployment
    Cloud, SaaS, Web
    Installed - Windows
  • Training
    Documentation
    Webinars
    Live Online
    In Person
  • Support
    Online
    Business Hours

Vendor Details

  • Caliper
  • www.caliper.com
  • Founded 1983

About Maptitude

Maptitude GIS and mapping software gives you the tools, maps, and data you need to analyze and understand how geography affects you and your organization. Maptitude is the most capable and least expensive, full-featured mapping software available. Designed for data visualization and geographic analysis, Maptitude comes with a comprehensive library of nationwide and worldwide maps, including complete US street maps, demographics, and boundaries (such as Census Tracts and ZIP Codes).


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Maptitude Features

  • 3D Imagery
  • Census Data Integration
  • Geocoding
  • Image Exporting
  • Image Management
  • Interoperability
  • Labeling
  • Map Creation
  • Near-Matching
  • Reverse Geocoding
  • Spatial Analysis
  • Behavioral Mapping
  • Dashboard
  • Dynamic Maps
  • Element Analytics
  • Embeddable Maps
  • For Sales
  • For Science
  • Radial Mapping
  • Territorial Mapping
  • Website Analytics

Maptitude Reviews Recently Reviewed!

Great but lacking a few features

Oct 12, 2017
4/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
3 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
4 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: easy to use and speedy to map
comparable for ease of use to the discontinued MapPoint but offers lots of stronger features.
The Video tutorials are a really good resource (they dont cover everythign however)

Cons: Would prefer the ability to print large scale maps with street level detail
Leader lines for clustered pins would be handy to help identify places
Web offering/sharing zoomable maps not on par with competitors (Maptive)
a bias towards US mapping

Vendor Response

by Caliper on October 13, 2017

Hi, Ben! Maptitude allows you to print large scale maps with street level detail. See "How Do I Use Layouts to Create a Wall Sized Map May 2015" here: http://www.caliper.com/maptitude/tips-and-tricks.htm#collapseMay15 . Our web sharing tools will take a massive leap early next year- stay posted!

Have used it for 22 years for hundreds of GIS projects

Aug 12, 2017
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money

Pros: It is a super-stable, powerful, easy to use, highly productive GIS. The speed at which it can manipulate data and display and label maps is amazing. It makes beautiful, colorful, well-labeled maps and if you really want to customize and automate your app you can use the built in GISDK language which has wonderful development and debugging tools. Their support is great also!

Cons: Can't really think of anything but this is primarily a desktop product. The web offering is not that strong. In fact nobody's is.

Best Value of GIS

Apr 14, 2017
4/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
Value for Money
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Comments: So we needed a product that would allow us to map where our customers are located and be able to analyze demographics. Overall, considering this is a one time buy and not a SaaS, it has excellent value. The ability to overlay your data with demographic information is awesome.

Maptitude GIS

Mar 10, 2017
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
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5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, logical sequence of steps for mapping procedures, quick making of several types of thematic maps, well designed procedure for spatial overlay -a critical feature for public health work, integration to Google Maps, routing capability, ease of selecting features, can be connected to ArcMap, 3D maps, buffers, unlimited number of columns and rows in the attribute data (not the case for other GISs- a big deal for public health data which often has 500+ columns) , Caliper's training videos, stability, tech support. Easy to make slides and fancy maps for presentations and publications. It is fast. Geocoding is quite good. I have geocoded a few hundred thousand death certificates in 30 minutes with a very high hit rate, sometimes higher than commercial geocoding companies. Video demos available through the Help menu. Merging, overlay, clipping, the usual GIS functions - straightforward. Provides a connectivity matrix to use for spatial modeling.

Cons: I would like to see more raster map capability, more higher level spatial analysis tools. However there are several open source/access tools which can be integrated with Maptitude to some degree. I would like to see the scripting language changed to Python. The current one is powerful but nothing like Python. The regression package should not be used to model spatial variables if you are interested in a real spatial regression as it does not take into account proximity. But Maptitude does provide a connectivity matrix of several orders which can be used in statistical packages like SAS, Stata, and R.

Overall: I am a public health scientist, epidemiologist, who studies the spatial/ geography of disease. This includes dealing with questions concerning disease clusters (e.g. several breast cancer cases in a neighborhood and its location to say, a toxic waste site) , the impact of air quality in some neighborhoods versus others, access to medical care and where people work, etc. When I started using GIS in public health about 20 years ago I started with Maptitude 3.0. I also had access to two other packages, ArcView and MapInfo. I attended a workshop in Iowa that used Maptitude and its cost was less than half of the other brands. (that is still the case) The cost really appealed to my boss and especially since Caliper included census data, rivers, streets, much more whereas the other vendors were charging the proverbial arm and a leg for data. Caliper still does this and includes even more. After a while I started teaching GIS to public health practitioners in my state (WA) and I learned the other packages because sometimes health departments had already bought software but no one knew how to use it. I made up a set of exercises all of which I could do in Maptitude but much to my chagrin about half I could not do in brands X. I taught in summer institutes which were a week long 8 hours/day. I found that by Monday afternoon we were making maps of all kinds and starting to do some really complicated stuff. With the other packages when I taught them it would be Wednesday afternoon before we could tackle the interesting problems. This has not really changed although brands X have improved a lot, but Maptitude has too and remains very easy to use, is stable, and has excellent documentation. You do not have to buy a bunch of extra books to learn how to use it. The PDF manual that comes with it is excellent. You really can teach yourself how to use it even for the most complicated problems. It remains the least expensive, comes with a ton of data, has excellent tech support done by people who get interested in what you are trying to do. But there is one more thing. I have a lot more to do than work (play!) with GIS - which I love to do. Maptitude is logically laid out and designed in a way that the procedures to do this or that stick with me even though sometimes I have to be away from it weeks at a time. Ordinary people can learn to use it; no need to be a GIS wonk. No need to necessarily hire a GIS technician.

Recommendations to other buyers: To be clear, although I have found Maptitude easy to learn and use, I mean that relative to other GIS software. You will still have a learning curve which is not as steep as others but will still require you to spend some time learning the software. However you can use it at several levels. from Simple thematic making to spatial modeling and interpolation. If you get stuck do the one minute exercises in the PDF manual or look at the videos.

Excellent, user-friendly GIS package

Oct 19, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Power, user-friendliness, included data.

Cons: Still lags behind Esri in terms of user base, but I get the sense that the user base is growing.

Overall: I've been a Maptitude user since the 1990s. I've found the software to be user-friendly and powerful, and if you have followed Caliper for any length of time you will find they are constantly adding useful features. On top of all this, Maptitude also includes an excellent set of country-specific data. Superb value for money, and really even ignoring price this is a powerful package. Five stars from me.

Recommendations to other buyers: Try it out!

Maptitude is great GIS software

Oct 17, 2016
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
5 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Ease of use, preloaded census data, flexible tools,

Cons: Can't think of any

Overall: I've been using maptitude for several years now in health care network analysis---I can't recommend it highly enough for evaluating the adequacy of a health care network--such as relationships from providers to people who need the care. The visual are awesome, and it's fairly easy to learn the software. Customer support is always prompt to fix a problem, and the support in getting help online is great.

Maptitude: The most affordable resource-rich GIS software

Oct 08, 2016
5/5
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4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Features & Functionality
4 / 5
Customer Support
5 / 5
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Pros: Most affordable.
Packed with advanced spatial analytics
Comes bundled with geodemographic data

Overall: I have been a Maptitude user for over 10 years doing research and teaching the next generation of Spatial Analysts. Maptitude is great value for mone because of the range of spatial analytic tools that come bundled with the main purchase. There is no need to purchase additional expensive add-ins.

The software comes bundled with geo-demographic data, street network files, and other data sets primarily focussing on North America and the UK. There are several global data sets available as well.

Given that Maptitude is topology-sensitive, it can do spatial analysis that some other GIS cannot. Furthermore, it is very fast with large data sets.

Personally, I would like to see two additional features in Maptitude. First, I'd like to see the ability to create a script of the commands being executed so that one could rerun the same analysis by simplifying re-executing the log file on the updated data sets. Second, I'd like to see better integration with the freeware R to extend Maptitude's capabilities.

Even without my wishlist, Maptitude packs more functionality than any other desktop GIS know off and at the most affordable price.

Maptitude is the Best for Ease of Use and Affordability

May 29, 2016
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have used Maptitude exclusively in my 20+ years in health/hospital planning. It has been indispensable in my work. Mapping data oftentimes tells the story in a way other modes can¿t do. I was very excited at the prospect of being able to make custom maps efficiently with all the 'virtual' cartographic tools a health planner would need. Maptitude exceeded my expectations in both the product and the quality of support offered. If you know nothing about GIS and its power, and even if you do, the training is worth the money and effort.

Feature-Rich GIS Software with a Logical User Interface

Dec 23, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Maptitude has an incredible number of potential applications. My company purchased it as a major upgrade to the discontinued Microsoft MapPoint.

After discovering how much easier it is to accomplish what I did in MapPoint using Maptitude, I am discovering uses for it that were not considered during the time of purchase.

I am only scratching the surface of Maptitude's potential applications, and their support team has been incredibly helpful along the way.

Maptitude Excels

Jul 02, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Maptitude¿ Review

[Short version] : Maptitude¿ excels in the GIS software landscape due to its ease of use, intuitive GUI (familiar Windows interface first developed by Xerox¿ and Apple¿ in the 1980s), universal cut-copy-paste features (within and outside software, OS complying) and due diligence to database management protocol. It follows strict adherence to topology avoid the geometric pitfalls of shapefile based GIS. Spatial analysis tools are capable of handling very large datasets that are only limited by memory and processor speeds. Unlimited geocoding, complex spatial queries using without programming language knowledge and high quality cartography makes Maptitude¿ a few standard deviations above the industry average and the GIS software to beat.
(see longer review at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1VIDFCJR41YV7/ref=cm_cr_pr_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B00GDDLNF4 )

Excellent Software

May 22, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have had nothing but great experiences in my dealings with Caliper's customer service. When I have a question or request it has never been longer than one business day to get a a reply and generally much less than that.

Great customer service!

May 20, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: As a student researcher for the summer, I contacted them about a possible student discount. They have donate a copy for free! Thank you for supporting academics!

I'm excited to use this software - Will update after I use the product.

Quickest & best service I've received in a long time

Apr 16, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I am very impressed with Maptitude's response time and service level. It's rare that a company responds to inquiries so efficiently. The assistance they provided me was amazing!

Smooth customer service experience

Apr 04, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: My experience with Caliper was very smooth, the team responded very promptly to our enquiry, and were both accommodating and professional. For a busy research team, their customer service was both helpful and discerning, seamlessly reacting to our situation. Thank you, I look forward to using Maptitude!

Excellent customer service and good software!

Mar 20, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Excellent customer service and good software!

Fast and helpful customer service!

Mar 11, 2015
5/5
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5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I emailed the sales team with three questions about Maptitude, inquiring as to whether or not it would be useful for my PhD project. In under 10 minutes they replied with helpful answers to my questions. Excellent customer service, and look forward to using their product!

GIS technology for everyone

Mar 06, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I have worked with Caliper products for 10 years as a transportation/urban planner and they have always fulfilled my needs. Maptitude/TransCAD software are easy to use, organized and robust: able to cope with large datasets without any problems. The user interface is very clear and easy to understand. The exchange of data and databases across several formats is also very simple and functional. The two-way direct link with Google Earth makes my projects look really interesting. I have adopted Maptitude in my GIS classes and it has been a great success with the students. They get excited in learning the geoprocessing techniques with such a technology that Maptitude provides.

Excellent, prompt customer service

Mar 04, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I emailed asking a question about beginning my experience with Caliper, and I was very impressed to receive an extremely prompt, thorough, and helpful reply within less than a half hour! Thank you for your excellent customer service; I really appreciate it!

Maptitude is an Excellent GIS Software

Feb 15, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Maptitude loads quickly and is a user-friendly GIS software with excellent spatial analysis capabilities. My GIS professor prefers it to any other GIS software and is never shy in pointing out where it shines in comparison to the competition. It is much more reasonably priced as well!

Great value!

Feb 10, 2015
4/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Maptitude comes with a wealth of data at an unbelievably inexpensive price. The Australian data, with which I'm most familiar, if bought separately from other sources, would run into the thousands of dollars and I am stunned at the value for money.

Please don't think that value for money has compromised functionality or capability! Maptitude has a wealth of analytical features that satisfy my ongoing needs in the area of demographic analysis. Regular in the business/demographic sphere include thematic mapping, route planning, territory design, trade area analysis and location/allocation modelling.

A critical area is output and Maptitude has this covered with the ability to produce good quality maps of any size, a wide range of graphics formats and also Kmz/kml output for Google Earth. If there is one criticism, it's that the you can't produce a visual legend for Google Earth and if the exported geographic features have too many points, then they simply won't appear in Google Earth..a point reduction function would be very useful.

On the negative side. It is a slightly dated looking package, reminding one of the Windows XP software and it's annoying that you only merge two geographic features at a time, a definite disadvantage if you need to merge data from a variety of sources into one geographic layer. It makes it a bit fiddly.

This is not a package just for the professional, full time user. A newbie will find the package relatively easy to learn and the software site comes with a series of tutorials that will allow you to transition from newbie to effective novice relatively easily. That's given us the confidence to recommend Maptitude to non-GIS users such as sales managers, database analysts, franchise managers, advertising planners, retailers and merchandisers.

All in all, value for money, good quality output, a wealth of data and functionality and easy to use.

Maptitude - The Ultimate Geospatial Productivity Tool for Business

Feb 10, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I've used almost every GIS ever made starting in the early 1990's. The big question when approaching an analysis has always been "is the result worth the effort?" The things that slow you down are usually 1)finding and loading data, 2)finding and running procedures that do what's needed, and 3)making maps that tell the story. I've been using Maptitude since it came out in 1995 and it's always been the best tool for all three of these tasks. All of the data needed for most business analysis come with the package. The functionality is extremely robust, especially for the price, including advanced features in their more expensive TransCAD. Maybe the most important strength is the ease of making great looking maps that meet the needs of any presenter or audience (thanks to the powerful automatic labeling features). Maps and tables can be printed directly from Maptitude, but they can also easily be transferred to Excel, Powerpoint, or desktop publishing software.

Like all GIS software packages, there is a learning curve for some functions. Joining data is fairly easy but the dialog boxes can get cluttered when multiple joins appear in the drop-down list with truncated descriptions or cryptic labeling such as :1, :2, :3. But the learning curve is MUCH less steep than ArcGIS or MapInfo, and the price difference is very large, especially considering the bundled data and advanced functionality.

Bottom line: given Maptitude, Excel, and Powerpoint, the average GIS user can almost always be confident that the effort will be worth the result.

Cost-effective GIS for business analysis

Feb 09, 2015
5/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Maptitude is excellent for doing geographic analysis projects looking at: where existing customers are and new ones might be (including using the built-in demographic data); identifying hot-spots, patterns and trends that can't be seen in Excel. It is really helpful with network design tasks - which sites are best: centres of gravity; visualising size of flows between distribution centres; allocating volume to different depots.

If you're coming to Maptitute from a GIS background, I think you'll be impressed with what you get for your money. If you're coming to it from MapPoint or you haven't used GIS before, then it can take some time and the right head to be able to use the package. Either way, you can ask for a free demo, so you can see what you're getting.

Maptitude, my preferred GIS!

Feb 06, 2015
5/5
Overall
4 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: I tested several GIS packages, faced with the discontinuation of MapPoint, that I used for over 10 years.
Maptitude has become my preferred GIS program, offering so much more in power, flexibility, and ease of use.
My overall impression of the software is very positive indeed.
Pros: excellent geocoding; yearly updates; huge set of color themes and pushpins; dataview; built in help files, useful add-ins; excellent customer service; stability; data compatibility.
Cons: lack of a European map, to date only country packages are available; longer learning curve although this is not really a bad thing but associated with the myriad of useful possibilities.

Affordable and powerful geospatial analysis

Feb 05, 2015
4/5
Overall
3 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: With the demise of Microsoft's MapPoint product, we are currently recommending that our users move to Maptitude.

Compared to MapPoint, Maptitude is much more powerful and flexible. For example, a common complaint of MapPoint was that it was difficult to customize a map display; whilst with Maptitude, all parts of the map display and data themes are configurable. Maptitude also supports a much wider range of analysis and display tools. From the programming side, the API is also much more flexible.

On the downside, this greater functionality does increase the learning curve. Of course this also applies for pretty much all the GIS systems on the market. Caliper have helped by producing a range of online videos and free 'webinar' courses; and provide their own live training courses. Their support is also excellent - some of the best I've seen.

There are a number of low cost or free geospatial systems on the market with varying range of functionality. Now that MapPoint is no longer available, Maptitude is the only one that supports affordable driving distance calculations suitable for batch processing. Yes online services like Google and Bing offer this, but they will charge you $100s-$1000s for relatively small numbers of routes.

Excellent product

Feb 05, 2015
5/5
Overall
5 / 5
Ease of Use
5 / 5
Customer Support

Comments: Great functionality, with an amazing number of tools to display just about anything on a map.