ArcGIS vs QGIS vs LUCIAD Comparison

You must have come across this tug of war between ArcGIS and  QGIS. A rather shameless competition between a proprietary commercial GIS mapping software by Esri and Quantum GIS which is completely free and open-source. Logically, one would expect Esri’s proprietary product ArcGIS to triumph over the freely available QGIS – in terms of performance and functionality. But you might be surprised to learn that’s not the case.

I know I might get lynched by staunch Esri devotees for writing this. But I have to say from the outset that I really don’t intend to start any fights. What I’m simply stating here are facts, so you can cross-check and confirm yourself. It’s like saying that solar is cleaner than diesel. No amount of war can change that! But if there’s anyone with contrary opinion (s)he is also at liberty to table his/her points, without having to hurl pejoratives. We might also get enlightened as well.

True, if you were to create a list you would probably find that ArcGIS has more features than QGIS. However, I don’t think that is a very sound way to select software. It is more useful to ask ‘does the features needed for my use case work well?’  For what is the point of having a long list of features if  the software is barely usable – with constant, continuous crashing and errors of all kind for every processing function you perform. Chris, who had been using the software for over 10 years wondered why it is so difficult to execute geo-processing and basic functions on ArcGIS without receiving some kind of error. He says, “Not the kind of error that is due to something a user has overlooked, but an error which has no clear explanation”. Read his moving story which he posted here on:  ArcGIS is the worst software I currently use…

If you are seeking to make comparisons between ArcGIS and QGIS you might be stunned to know that QGIS actually has a better user-interface, has a faster load time and processing speed. Eric, who uses ArcGIS everyday  in his mapping career, had the grace to admit that even the experts at his company ever got used to waiting for it to load. Talking of processing speed, you might be interested to know that just creating a simple buffer takes around 2 minutes on  the latest version 10.6 of ArcMap/GIS Desktop. You might also be interested to read about Don Meltz’s famous clip operation on 20′ contours that took over 12 hours on ArcGIS versus a little over 17 minutes using QGIS.

Those who love Esri may still want to talk about cartographic capabilities and argue that ArcGIS has a better annotation capabilities for producing cartographic output. Well, where are you planning to deploy printed static maps in 2018? Again, even if you were to talk about cartography, ArcGIS does not even come close to the breadth of options that are available in LuciadLightSpeed.

So How Does ArcGIS Desktop compare with Luciad Lightspeed?

To be honest, it would be unfair to draw comparison between ArcGIS or QGIS and Luciad. It would be stretching ArcGIS and QGIS too much and compressing Luciad too bad. In one word: Lucy is simply in a class of her own. And that explains why you hardly hear of such comparisons between the two sets of tools? Even QGIS (with all its capability to read and write over 70 GIS data formats) is by far small potatoes when placed in context with the power of Lucy.

While ArcGIS (and QGIS) continues to break people’s hearts for consuming limited data, Luciad’s desktop solution comes ready-to-use, allowing users to drag ‘n drop or connect to more than 200 data formats. LuciadLightSpeed provides users with advanced visual analytics capabilities, to fuse, visualize and analyze geospatial data. This can include static and moving data, maps, satellite imagery, crowd-sourced data, full motion video, weather data and terrain elevation in many different geodetic references and map projections.

Geo-fencing, line-of-sight calculations, geo-triggered events, dynamic and complex route calculations and automated anomaly detection are just a mouse click away on LightSpeed. And you are sure that you can perform all this functions, fast and with no annoying errors, bugs or crashes.  Benchmark tests by academia and industry have found LuciadLightspeed to be over 100 times faster and more accurate than your traditional GIS software such as QGIS or ArcGIS.

If you have ever really used ArcGIS or QGIS you know how painful it is to handle large sized data sets. Real-time visualization of big-data is practically impossible in either of this software tools. But with LuciadLightSpeed you can actually visualize and analyse big-data it in real time. Because with Lucy, you don’t talk of big-data, you experience it!

Here is something else that you might find very difficult to comprehend if you are an ArcGIS user: Thanks to LuciadLightspeed’s optimized use of GPU, you can visualize of large volumes of tracks of any type of asset (troops, ships, trucks, planes, down to individuals or RFID-tagged pallets or goods) instantly in 60fps  What is even more unbelievable to a traditional GIS software user is that  LuciadLightspeed allows for on-the-fly combination of any data with accurate geospatial transformations and can perform advanced functions including real-time video draping, immediate line-of-sight analysis and dynamic density calculations. All of this is possible in 2D & 3D in one single application with one single view, no pre-processing, no intermediate geo-database required and with all data remaining in its original location and format! How is that for a software?

Having said that, allow me to ask a question: Who is still planning to use ArcGIS in 2018? Be my guest.

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2 Responses

  1. Herviou Serge says:

    open source?

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