Manifold Delivers first 64-Bit Windows GIS with over 630 New Features

Geocoding Data Servers - Manifold has long been able to provide street address geocoding using a three-way choice of geocoding data sources. Release 7x adds full support for web-based geocoding servers using an open source geocoding server API. Users can choose from a wide variety of free or paid web-based geocoding data sources.

New Manifold Editions - All Manifold System editions are now offered in 64-bit x64 versions. In addition, several new editions have been published:

Database Administrator Edition at $795 ($845 for x64 version) bundles features of interest to DBA's working within larger organizations using enterprise DBMS and GIS.
Ultimate Edition at $895 ($945 for x64 version) bundles a Database Administrator license together with the Manifold Option Pack of Business Tools, Surface Tools and Geocoding Tools.
License Server Edition at $1995 provides a server for administering floating Manifold licenses. Created in collaboration with a major US armed service, the License Server greatly simplifies administration and lowers IT cost of ownership for organizations using hundreds or thousands of Manifold licenses.

Benefits of 64-Bit Operation

Old-fashioned GIS products like ESRI run on 64-bit processors in 32-bit mode, requiring the processor to emulate an old-fashioned 32-bit processor. That's stupid. Manifold 7x can run in full 64-bit mode to make full use of the processor. It wastes no time on emulation and it allows the processor to use 64-bit wide memory fetches for higher bandwidth to memory as well as a larger, 64-bit memory addressing space. This means that the processor can use far more memory and use that memory more efficiently. Because many GIS tasks require lots of memory, especially those involving rasters and those operations involving complex spatial analytics, the ability to use more memory and to use that memory more efficiently means that the task can be accomplished faster.

The ability to use more memory and to more efficiently use memory in 64-bit systems ripples throughout the internal architecture of Manifold 7x and also provides opportunities for Manifold to leverage enhanced capabilities in 64-bit Windows. For example, many data structures are used throughout the system for stacks, buffers and other needs, and these data structures can be made both larger and implemented more efficiently in 64 bits. Windows itself in 64-bit editions has immensely greater capabilities for the capacity of important architectural components such as virtual memory, paging file size, hyperspace, paged and non-paged pools, system cache and system Page Table Entries (PTEs).

Product Manager Dimitri Rotow commented, "At manifold.net we thought it was absurd that a 14 year old teenager could expect to have a choice of 64-bit computer games for his or her new 64-bit desktop, but the GIS industry had not yet managed to deliver true 64-bit capability for GIS users. We therefore moved up implementation of full 64-bit capability for Manifold. Over one and a half million lines of code in thousands of modules were reviewed with new code or edits in hundreds of thousands of lines of code to make the quantum leap to full 64-bit operation. The campaign for 64-bit operation was originally planned as part of the 7.5 or 8.0 product evolutions scheduled for late 2006 and early 2007; however, given the very strong quality of 7.00 it was decided to bring 64-bit functionality forward into a 7x release issued this summer."

Manifold 6.50 or 7.00 users wishing to upgrade their 32-bit licenses to full 64-bit capability can order a $50 upgrade to x64 capability via the Manifold Online Store. Users of Manifold 6.50 or 7.00 runtime editions, such as Professional Runtime or Universal Runtime can upgrade to 64 bit operation at no charge by using the free download of 7x. Users of Manifold extensions such as Business Tools, Geocoding Tools, Surface Tools and the Option Pack automatically get full 64 bit operation for their extensions at no additional charge when upgrading their main Manifold license to 64-bits.

Comments on Oracle Spatial and DBMS Capability

Manifold's new enterprise level support for geospatial centralization on DBMS provides support for the world's largest GIS users using a DBMS-centric model that is avoids the "silo" problem introduced by old-fashioned, GIS-centric approaches like ArcSDE. Within Manifold, very large organizations can standardize first upon their DBMS and second upon a wide variety of tools and processes that interact with that DBMS without getting trapped in a "silo" run by any one GIS vendor. Manifold.net supports Oracle Spatial directly, without need of any proprietary middleware layer like ArcSDE. We believe that avoiding vendor-proprietary traps like ArcSDE is the key for an organization to share its DBMS data throughout the entire organization in as interoperable a manner as possible.

Manifold's superb support for Oracle was made possible through the assistance of Oracle's DBMS and Spatial engineering teams, who provided first rate support, encouragement and advice to manifold.net engineering. Progress was so rapid that many features originally not planned for initial release, such as full support for GeoRasters, were brought forward and included within Manifold. In addition, all Oracle and other DBMS features have been implemented in Manifold 7x as fully 64-bit code. Manifold 7x is therefore the only professional Windows GIS system that can interoperate seamlessly with 64-bit Oracle implementations in 64-bit Windows systems using fully 64-bit code at all times.

Manifold 7x also includes dedicated multiprocessing facilities to provide fully 64-bit multithreading and multiprocessing to take full advantage of however many processors or processor cores are available when connecting to Oracle or other DBMS. The same low Manifold price applies regardless of how many processors or processor cores are used in a system.

Although the highly successful collaboration with Oracle has yielded many special features within Manifold System that take advantage of Oracle's proprietary spatial technologies, manifold.net seeks to provide equal support for SQL Server and IBM DB2 whenever possible. Many new enterprise capabilities within Release 7x, such as concurrent multi-user editing of drawings linked from centralized DBMS storage, have been implemented in an agnostic manner to allow transparent function with SQL Server and DB2 and other DBMS products. Manifold users can simultaneously link, edit, and copy/paste vector drawing objects within the same project between multiple different DBMS providers at the same time. Users can edit a drawing resident in Oracle Spatial, copy objects from that drawing and paste them into a drawing resident in SQL Server or DB2. Manifold will automatically resolve all projection and precision issues on the fly.

Support for Journalists and Reviewers

Journalists wishing a review package of Manifold System Release 7x or to visit the Manifold Partners center should contact Dimitri Rotow at Email Contact or 800-556-5919 [Pacific Time Zone]. Journalists may use any image from any manifold.net web site when reporting on Manifold products.

Journalists visiting the San Francisco Bay are are encouraged to arrange a personal demonstration at the Manifold Partners center in San Mateo. Conveniently located near major airports and within a few minutes' drive of Oracle, IBM and Microsoft Silicon Valley facilities, the Partners center is easy to visit and a great way to see Manifold in action.

Interesting Links

Manifold Home Page www.manifold.net

Manifold News Page - This page includes numerous links to detailed descriptions of new releases.

Manifold Page for Google Earth Users

Tutorial for Google Earth Users

Manifold 7x User Manual

About manifold.net

manifold.net is a privately held company that creates cool GIS software, database software and software for 3D data visualization. It is best known for Manifold System, one of the most sophisticated GIS software packages ever developed. Manifold is the world's most rapidly evolving GIS product, with new releases delivering an average of over 1000 improvements per year. Manifold uses modern technology to deliver greater capability at a lower price than legacy GIS. For example, Manifold 7x Enterprise is only $395, yet it delivers more capability and works better than an ESRI bundle of ArcGIS + ArcSDE + ArcIMS + ArcObjects while costing far less and being easier to use. No wonder Manifold is emerging as the world's most popular professional GIS!


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