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Table 2 Overview of the features of GeoReveal, GéoClip, and SVGMapMaker

From: Web GIS in practice II: interactive SVG maps of diagnoses of sexually transmitted diseases by Primary Care Trust in London, 1997 – 2003

GeoReveal GéoClip SVGMapMaker
GeoReveal is a powerful .NET application that combines geography and statistics to produce revealing interactive graphics for the Web. It produces fully interactive geo-statistical presentations. There is no requirement for a GIS. GeoReveal uses MID/MIF files that can be exported from practically any GIS.
Other information:
- Unlimited data fields and includes a comprehensive set of pre-defined templates
- Features a simple wizard driven interface and an advanced set of menus for users who need to fine tune the finished output
- Generates SVG data, overlay boundaries, overview and background maps. For UK Local Government users, SVG is also an e-GIF (e-Goverment Interoperability Framework) compliant format
- Presentations can include interactive charts that change to display statistics about the currently selected map region or area
- Map display can be changed after generation, i.e., ability to change map topic, map colour, number of ranges, and classification method
- Includes pre-prepared UK census boundary data and sample projects
GéoClip is a MapBasic program that takes TAB file information and turns it into interactive Macromedia® Flash presentations. There is also a version for ESRI ArcGIS. GéoClip does not currently have an SVG component.
Other information:
- Written in MapBasic and therefore dependent on having a MapInfo Pro licence
- Does not offer a very intuitive interface
- Limited to ten data fields and to only one page layout
- Users cannot remove the GéoClip logo/branding from the map page
- Can only produce Flash (proprietary format, not e-GIF compliant) and not SVG (open format)
- Some of its unique features like adjustable ranges and multiple themes are planned for the next release of GeoReveal
SVGMapMaker is a MapBasic program that takes TAB file information and uses it to replicate limited GIS functionality in a browser window. It cannot be considered as a geo-statistical tool, as the level of interactivity is limited. For example, there are no interactive charts as provided in GeoReveal.
Other information:
- Written in MapBasic and therefore dependent on having a MapInfo Pro licence
- Limited interface – no ability to change map topic and no statistical delivery
- Map display cannot be changed after generation, i.e., no ability to change map colour, number of ranges, and classification method
  1. A quick comparison of three tools available today for producing interactive SVG and Flash maps from desktop GIS projects: GeoReveal (from Graphical Data Capture Ltd, London, UK – http://www.graphdata.co.uk/product.asp?product_id=GeoReveal), GéoClip (from eMc3, a young company based in Toulouse, France – http://www.geoclip.net/an/), and SVGMapMaker (from TETRAD Computer Applications Inc, Bellingham, WA, USA – http://www.tetrad.com/svgmapmaker/svgmapmaker.html).