A COMPARISON OF MAPSERVE AND OTHER MAPPING SERVICES

Stefani Mavrou

February 02, 2021

We've taken the leg work out of comparing mapping sites that cater for the professional user, such as architects and surveyors amongst many others. Although not an exhaustive list, we chosen the leading sites and looked at a number of points to compare them on, particularly those that are important to the professional user. Note that the comparison was correct as of 1st Feb '21 but for up to date information, please visit the sites directly. 

MAPSERVE PROMAP CENTREMAPS GETMAPPING UKMAPCENTRE EMAPSITE
Free MasterMap Previews yes no no no no yes
Starting Price for OS Mastermap (pay as you go) +VAT £14.44 £17.50 £14.30 £12.00 £23.55 £12.99
Starting Price for OS Mastermap (pro account) +VAT £13.72 £15.99 £14.30 N/A N/A N/A
Yearly Price of Professional Account +VAT £99 £395 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Instant Chat Help during Business Hours yes no yes no no no
Formats Offered DWG, DXF, GIS, PDF, PNG, GML DWG, DXF, PDF, JPG, PNG, DGN, GZ DXF, DWG, PDF, TIFF, GML JPEG, ECW, DGN, DWG, GML, ESRI shape DFX, DWG, GIS, JPEG, TIFF,  PDF DWG, SHP, GML, TAB, DXF, GDB, KML, TIFF, GIS, PDF

Payment Options

pay as you go (debit/credit)/ invoice for pro account

pay as you go (debit/credit)/ invoice for pro account

pay as you go (debit/credit)/ invoice for more than 50 p/m

pay as you go/ phone payments on orders over 150

pay as you go (visa/mastercard/ maestro)

pay as you go (debit/credit/ bacs via application)

Save Area Feature yes yes no no no N/A
Layers on DWG Format 20 (standard version)/ 67 (pro version) 121 10 18 14 60
Contours (depending on the area) 1m 5m 2m, 5m depending on site (1m-50m) 0.5m, 1m, 2m 2m
Building Heights yes yes no yes no yes
National Tree Map yes no no yes no no
Freehold information yes yes no no no yes
Listed Buildings yes yes no no no no
Refund Policy yes yes yes yes only at fault of website no
Historical Maps/Data no yes yes yes (through imagery) no yes
Aerial Imagery yes yes yes yes yes yes

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13 USES OF MAPPING FOR LAND AND PROPERTY PROFESSIONALS HOW IS MAPPING USED IN URBAN PLANNING?