TransCAD is a sophisticated transportation planning application with extensive capabilities for the transportation planning industry. TransCAD has many data structures or objects that are not present in Maptitude.
Both TransCAD and Maptitude share similar formats for point, line, and area layers. However, TransCAD matrices, networks, and route systems cannot be viewed or imported into Maptitude.
TransCAD has extensive capabilities for manipulating route systems that are used for many things in transportation including designation of routes that connect locations along highways, transit networks, and air links. In TransCAD, you can create, edit, and display route systems as well as perform analysis of route system characteristics.
TransCAD supports linear referencing. TransCAD can query and display geographic data in route-milepost format, create data in this format, adjust mileposts, and create strip charts.
TransCAD has extensive capabilities for manipulating matrices. Matrices are used for distance and travel time tables as well as for maintaining flow information. In TransCAD, you can have an unlimited number of matrices of virtually unlimited size. There are numerous functions supported for performing matrix calculations. TransCAD also supports interactive matrix editing and display of matrix information in the form of desire lines.
TransCAD provides control over network turn restrictions, turn penalties, and transfer penalties and network links can be enabled and disabled.
In TransCAD, you can calculate summary statistics, produce tabulations, and cross-tabulations, correlation matrices, perform linear model estimation and evaluation, and calculate spatial statistics.
Maptitude is a Geographic Information System (GIS Software) that is designed to store, retrieve, manage, display, and analyze all types of geographic and spatial data.
Maptitude lets you produce maps and other graphic displays of geographic information for analysis and presentation. With these capabilities, Maptitude is a valuable tool to visualize spatial data. Maptitude is one of the most popular GIS software packages and has extensive functionality. The Maptitude capabilities include map and layer controls, visualization tools, geocoding, GIS mapping tools and geographic analytics (territory building tools, buffers, Thiessen Polygons, geographic overlay, hot spots, weighted center, shortest path, drive-time bands, drive-time territories, measuring tools, desire lines, surface analysis, data classification, GPS support, internet mapping, and facility location), imagery/raster tools, and relational database capabilities. Maptitude can find shortest paths on line layers one at a time, but does not support the TransCAD network tools.
Base TransCAD has most of the GIS capabilities of TransCAD but many fewer procedures for transportation planning and analysis. Procedures included with both versions of TransCAD include network creation, shortest path calculations, network partitioning, and the creation of network bands (isochrones). Procedures not included with Base TransCAD are all of the travel demand forecasting and routing/logistics procedures.
Planning utilities which permit importing of CTPP and PUMS files, import of TranPlan, MINUTP, emme/2, and TRIPS files are not included in Base TransCAD.
There are some additional capabilities for public transit that are part of TransCAD that are not in Base TransCAD. These include transit O-D estimation, shortest path based upon schedules, and traveler information functions.
Lastly, TransCAD has many advanced features for editing line layers that are not included in Maptitude or Base TransCAD. These include creation of interchanges and conflation of less accurate line layers to more accurate ones.
The GISDK included with Maptitude is limited to the functions supported in Maptitude. The GISDK for TransCAD is included with Base TransCAD. The capability to run batch mode scripts is only included with TransCAD and will not run with Base TransCAD.
Caliper does not guarantee the compatibility or interoperability of Maptitude and TransCAD. As part of our product development activities, enhancements to underlying file formats may appear first in one product and not in the other. TransCAD and Base TransCAD will always be perfectly compatible at the same Version level, e.g., TransCAD 8.0 and TransCAD Base 8.0.
|Supported Data Structures||Maptitude||Base TransCAD||Standard TransCAD|
|Raster Image Layers (e.g. BMP, GeoTIFF, JPEG, MrSID)|
|GIS Features||Maptitude||Base TransCAD||Standard TransCAD|
|Geographic Analysis (e.g. areas of influence, bands, density grids)|
|MapWizard Thematic Mapping|
|Map Locator/Overview Window|
|Feature Selection/Geographic Queries|
|Aggregate and Disaggregate Attribute Data|
|Basic Geographic Editing (e.g., add, delete, join, split)|
|Linear Referencing and Strip Charts|
|Statistics||Maptitude||Base TransCAD||Standard TransCAD|
|Linear Model Estimation and Evaluation|
|Tabulations and Cross-Tabulations|
|Transportation Procedures||Maptitude||Base TransCAD||Standard TransCAD|
|Shortest Path on a Line Layer|
|Shortest Path with Turn or Transfer Penalties|
|Address to Address Shortest Path|
|Multiple Shortest Path|
|Network Bands (Drive-Time Rings)|
|Travel Demand Forecasting|
|Trip Generation, Trip Attraction, and Trip Balancing|
|Mode Choice Analysis|
|O-D Matrix Estimation|