Right now that I am "obliged"to enter GvSIG, here is my first impression.
As I have been printing the 371 manual pages, I have formed the impression that this tool was made for AutoCAD and ArcView users. The similarity with ArcView awaited me with its simplicity "View of a chart on a map"but with AutoCAD not even close ... starting with the heading and distance nomenclatures using the @ symbol the style that We all learned with the R12 versions and that although they are considered obsolete, they are practical for surveying purposes. Of course, the construction capacities are minimal but I think they are almost enough.
This should be learned Manifold, with its uncomfortable way of "not wanting to look like ArcView" that while not bad with its handling of layouts down and the sidebar to the right; In the background is limited in a pedagogical concept called "learning by association" ... but do not tell them that their answer is the same:
"... the framework design used by some tools is obsolete ..."
Microstation has already left aside that mania that brought not wanting to look like AutoCAD, but maintains its own style is nothing wrong to make the bars as do windows users. Although it was a long time ago that you had to add a more practical nomenclature for the entry of bearings and distances to the AutoCAD style in your keyin ... to give an example.
The installation is definitely a wonder, no prerequisites ... being on Java the only question is if you want to install the appropriate virtual machine for the version to be installed.
That yes, it takes its time but without obstacles. Once installed it is ready for use ... good question, can it be installed without Internet having the JVM ready?
Although it is not in the style I would have preferred, in which a Quick book Form the first two chapters and then the rest to expand the functionalities ... is not wrong the didactics of the manual and especially in Spanish.
When they asked the Manifold's why they did not do a formal manual they said that online help was the best way to keep all changes up to date, while avoiding having to increase $ 25 per license in a printed manual that while arriving To the mailbox was out of date ... anyway, who takes them out of their subject ... it's not bad to be stubborn but J $$% & # lin if we would touch them all Bog down In making manuals for each tool to implement.
Having a good tool is great, Manifold is, but its support to the caveman is half taken from the hair ... said that the forums exist. I hope the geofumados of this application that I admire so much remember that we are still "clients" and a "client who paid for your license" you can not say ironies like: "please, do not waste your support tokens ... we do not expect you to come here with questions that are in the readme ... "ah, I forgot that they do not speak Spanish so I do not win enough to tear my clothes before such a select audience.
In summary, I think Manifold is one of the best commercial GIS software solutions, at an incredible price ... if I were Oracle I would buy it.
... and I like gvSIG, we'll see how long the romance lasts.