Basic solutions, good business

There is always something that the tools of large companies do not do very well, on this they take advantage of small to develop solutions that fill the need of customers, generally they were.

Whether it is a good business or not, the model is interesting, they usually go to annual conferences to promote their products or services; I remember seeing one of the ESRI conferences in San Diego, a stand of Sketchup !, that software that Google later acquired. We have also seen that several of these small companies soon end up being acquired by large emporiums or selling the small solution that in the next version comes as a new extension.

Generally big companies let them work close by, so as not to harm their business and knowing that they complement them, although bad practice is usually acquired once you run the risk of affecting your business or to avoid the risk that goes with the competition.

There are thousands of businesses like that, which certainly move a lot of money under this model. In this case I want to show one of those examples that, since the wireless connection is fatal in this old hotel and after the rainy season has started, it seems that the night will be very long.

MapText

Map text This company is located in New Jersey, is dedicated to a very specific business, solutions for those who make maps and who do not want to break the coconut with the handling of text.

As we know, the labeling is done "to the beast" by most CAD / GIS programs and while it does not affect us much for cabinet work, when we take out a map that will go to press the cartographer of the company suggests that many bad texts accommodated move position. It is a terrible headache because there are so extreme cases that the only way is to convert the text into graphics.

And just at that moment arises MapText, with solutions for text placement without human intervention. Interesting basic functions are:

  • Automated Leadering
  • Block self-enumeration
  • Curved text in a shape
  • Curved text in linestrings
  • Data Tables
  • Level Contour Labeling

Now they also work with web-oriented tools, although their flagship product called Label EZ works with leading software vendors:

  • ArcGIS 8x and 9x
  • ArcInfo
  • ArcView
  • AutoCAD Map
  • Geomedia
  • Mapinfo
  • Microstation
  • MGE

A very simple product, oriented to a basic need of the companies that produce maps for printing, that simple seems but conceptualize it is not it.

Other examples:

Corporate Montage, made products for users of Microstation based on their great weakness of these: printing. Finally Bentley bought their solution and now offers it as CADScript and MAPScript by the way very robust to create output layouts of very high quality and indispensable functionality in the cartography of the past (printed as it says 2014 Cadastre)

Now they are entertained with CADform, a solution to normalize standards between AutoCAD and Microstation in conjunction with Altiva Software.

Axiomint, these are dedicated to many solutions that users of Microstation require and although their applications could be integrated by Bentley, has been respected to the degree of being considered almost a partner company (partner) as they also enter the training and produce a newsletter called Microstation Today. Maybe one of them speaks a day because their products are quite and very appreciated by Bentley users, more now that they are taking advantage of the xml format.

HNG Systems

They do almost anything, you just have to see their area of ​​expertise to determine what I call Geofumados; This is the case of a company that is treading this trend and, as their manager told me, they were about to sell themselves to a very large company but managed to overcome the temptation ... for the time being.

They make small solutions for large companies, either in Outsourcing or under conventional subcontracting; In the case of geospatial solutions include ESRI, Bentley and Manifold. By this time they already have their own products, such as Dossier Manager Of which I spoke to you last year and now work in MapBox, a smoker to cut the veins that is not intended to be a new GIS program but a geographical data manager for municipal use that works with Manifold 8x.

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