My Mango Experience

The day started off like any other day but yesterday ArcGIS Server was still down and I could not focus on much as the calls rolled in and I was waiting on the new hard drive… So I decided to create a temporary property viewer really quick.

I fired up ArcGIS Online, and added some layers to try and re-create one of our most used maps services temporarily. I went through the process of adding a map sharing it, then created an app and shared that as well. Then I spent an hour or so tweaking this and tweaking that. It was OK but my fingers were hurting with all that clicking afterwards.

I really can’t stand the organization of ArcGIS Online. First of all they should make the stuff under the home menu sticky so you don’t have to keep clicking on the drop-down menu that can close you out of the map you are working on it’s just poor design.

Enter Mango Maps

I had my eye on Mango Maps a while back and decided to sign-up for a trial and toss a few layers over there to see how far I could take it while I was waiting for the rebuild.

Well…! it was a lot easier to use than ArcGIS Online. I liked that all of the main settings are fixed on the left side of the screen in an intuitive hierarchical fashion..

Wow you click on a function on the left and you get a tab of items you can control, fonts, color choices, labels, and tools you can turn on (imagine that). It just makes sense. The custom forms are so easy to create and respect the formatting that you set on your attribute fields. BTW you can leave the formatting alone and pick decimals, dates, and dollars (how nice of them). You can also turn on editing and permission on the layers with one soft click. ESRI could learn a few things from these folks. All the tools are so easy to deploy.

It’s not perfect by any means but for a cloud based mapping platform that cost you $1,1910 annually? It’s not bad at all. There were a few wiggles… The attribute search feature could use some work. You had no control over the look of the results and it did not let you search just one attribute field. I also would have liked to see a few more base maps namely Google base maps in addition to Bing. Also would like the ability to use rest endpoints and control the scale of layer labels.

Below are the links to the maps I made “real quick”: