A Comparison of Maptitude and Standard TransCAD


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.

Additional Notes on GISDK and Compatibility

The GISDK included with Maptitude is limited to the functions supported in Maptitude. 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.

Supported Data Structures Maptitude Standard TransCAD
Point Layers Yes Yes
Line Layers Yes Yes
Areas Layers Yes Yes
Raster Image Layers (e.g. BMP, GeoTIFF, JPEG, MrSID) Yes Yes
Matrices   Yes
Route Systems   Yes
Networks   Yes
Transit Networks   Yes
GIS Features Maptitude Standard TransCAD
Geocoding Yes Yes
Geographic Analysis (e.g. areas of influence, bands, density grids) Yes Yes
Surface Analysis Yes Yes
MapWizard Thematic Mapping Yes Yes
GPS Interface Yes Yes
Map Locator/Overview Window Yes Yes
Feature Selection/Geographic Queries Yes Yes
Aggregate and Disaggregate Attribute Data Yes Yes
Basic Geographic Editing (e.g., add, delete, join, split) Yes Yes
Linear Referencing and Strip Charts   Yes
Interchange Editor   Yes
Conflation Tools   Yes
Statistics Maptitude Standard TransCAD
Summary Statistics Yes Yes
Linear Model Estimation and Evaluation Yes Yes
Spatial Statistics Yes Yes
Tabulations and Cross-Tabulations   Yes
Correlation Matrices   Yes
Transportation Procedures Maptitude Standard TransCAD
Shortest Path on a Line Layer Yes Yes
Shortest Path with Turn or Transfer Penalties   Yes
Address to Address Shortest Path Yes Yes
Multiple Shortest Path Yes Yes
Network Partitioning Yes Yes
Network Bands (Drive-Time Rings) Yes Yes
Traveling Salesman Yes Yes
Travel Demand Forecasting   Yes
Trip Generation, Trip Attraction, and Trip Balancing   Yes
Trip Distribution   Yes
Mode Choice Analysis   Yes
Traffic Assignment   Yes
Transit Assignment   Yes
O-D Matrix Estimation   Yes
Routing   Yes
Arc/Street Routing   Yes