Manifold Radian Studio

A couple weeks earlier I got together for lunch with some of my local GIS colleagues. We were reminiscing about Manifold GIS and wondered what happened to the company. I remembered playing with it when it first came out but lost the serial number for it after we ordered it and wasn’t able to get it reinstalled on my new machine so that was the end of my Manifold GIS adventures. Last Friday I received an email from Manifold Sales announcing their new product called Radian Studio.

“Connect to almost any data imagineable, from enterprise DBMS servers to file databases to web servers to zillions of file formats. Radian handles an almost unlimited range of data types in tables, vector data, raster data, drawings, maps and images. You can blend, extract, transform, load, validate, manipulate, analyze, visualize, discover and slice and dice your data within Radian or in-place in your preferred storage”- Radian Studio Manifold Software Limited, Feb 19, 2017.

I was kinda shocked mainly due to the conversation that I had with my colleagues earlier… we did not realize Manifold was still in business…

[dropcap style=”background”] T [/dropcap]urns out we were wrong not only is there an updated version of Manifold GIS but their new product Radian Studio is worth a look. I went to their website to figure out what this was about. First thing I noticed was no video just a bunch of written descriptions.  I’m one of those people who need to see software in action for me to get a grasp of what it does and how useful it would be in the work I do everyday so I sent off a message back to sales asking for some videos. They pointed me to two videos (one below) from Art Lembo who I knew briefly when he was a Professor at Cornell.  BTW the data he’s using is from Tompkins County. Art has some videos and offers a course on his site if you are interested in diving into Radian Studio or Maniforld GIS. Radian is priced at $395.

If you work with data from multiple sources this is definitely worth a look.
One of our conversations during lunch was how to get data from SQL Server to PostgreSQL
this looks like it would more than do the job. Check out the users manual.