Posted by: Anonymous
on August 15, 2008 08:41 PM
"These requirements make the QGIS learning curve quite high compared to ArcGIS."
My own experience suggests that this is primarily a matter of users being accustomed to doing things in ESRI software - that is the ArcGIS-way - and being disappointed when an alternative application works differently. QGIS is generally quite user-friendly. ArcGIS is not, in my opinion. Basic GIS functions are more intuitive in QGIS, as evidenced by the ease with which non-GIS professionals adapt to the interface. ArcGIS takes far more time and effort to gain basic proficiency. ArcGIS pays rewards to those that put the effort in to learning and adapting, but its easy to forget how much our expectations are molded by ESRI-specific experience.
Now GRASS - that's got a STEEP learning curve! Luckily, QGIS can be used as front-end to the many of the more esoteric but useful functions in GRASS. There's always more work to do, but I think QGIS is coming along nicely. For my purposes, the biggest limitations are in the printing and layout areas. Map production is still primitive, but improving. Thanks for giving QGIS some favorable press and an even bigger thanks to the QGIS developers for all the hard work.