Does anyone know of really good mapping software? I am looking for some for work to map out vehicle fleets across the world. It needs to be able to import data from excel. Cost is not an issue.
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- Jul 2011
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- Oct 2010
What do you mean by mapping? Geodata collected from say GPS / manual entry? Size of the fleet? Type of data stored? Web based or Win/mac client?
SaaS or license model? Who will be the final user? Languages covered? Customization or other specific requirements?
Contact a local software integrator who can do that sort of research for you, but do prepare a price tag, it really makes a difference if you have 300 USD or 30,000 USD for this (if you have 300 or 3,000 you'll have to do the research yourself, this is too small to bother)
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- Jan 2011
If all you want to do is draw a good-looking map, Illustrator works, but if your needs are more along the lines of storing and manipulating hundreds or thousands of different layers of geospacial information in a database, then your solution will be something else.
Do a Google search on GIS systems (geographic information systems). The wikipedia article, for example, will introduce you to the complexities of the whole thing.
We use ERSI's ArcView/ArcGIS for GIS data, but when we need a good-looking map instead of just a data-filled functional map, we open the ArcView shapefiles (a geospatial vector data format) in Illustrator, then work from there. If we need web-based maps, we'll often take the ArcView data and convert it to KML files which can be used in conjunction with Google Maps or Google Earth.
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