Compare Global Mapper vs Surfer

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comparison of Global Mapper vs. Surfer
based on data from user reviews. Global Mapper rates 4.3/5 stars with 22 reviews. Surfer rates 4.6/5 stars with 115 reviews. Each product's score is calculated by real-time data from verified user reviews.

Pricing

 
Global Mapper
$549
1
Surfer® single -user
$849
USD
 
Global Mapper LiDAR Module
$549
1
Surfer® concurrent-use
$1,699
USD
 
Surfer® upgrade
$279
USD
 
Free Trial
Free Trial Unavailable
Global Mapper
Global Mapper
$5491
Global Mapper LiDAR Module
$5491
Free Trial
Surfer
Surfer® single -user
$849USD
Surfer® concurrent-use
$1,699USD
Surfer® upgrade
$279USD
Free Trial Unavailable

Ratings

Meets Requirements
Meets Requirements
8.5
8.6
Ease of Use
Ease of Use
7.9
8.6
Ease of Setup
Ease of SetupNot enough data available
9.1
Ease of Admin
Ease of AdminNot enough data available
8.8
Quality of Support
Quality of Support
8.3
9.2
Ease of Doing Business With
Ease of Doing Business WithNot enough data available
9.2
Product Direction (% positive)
Product Direction (% positive)
7.3
8.3
Meets Requirements
Global Mapper
8.5
Surfer
8.6
Ease of Use
Global Mapper
7.9
Surfer
8.6
Ease of Setup
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
9.1
Ease of Admin
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
8.8
Quality of Support
Global Mapper
8.3
Surfer
9.2
Ease of Doing Business With
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
9.2
Product Direction (% positive)
Global Mapper
7.3
Surfer
8.3

Features

Data Management
Data Capture
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
Not enough data available
Data Storage
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
Not enough data available
Data Manipulation
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
Not enough data available
Data Visualization
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
Not enough data available
Map Creation
Geocoding
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
Not enough data available
Buffer Zone Query
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
Not enough data available
Overlaying
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
Not enough data available
Publishing
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
Not enough data available
Analysis
Spatial Analysis
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
8.3
Reporting
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
Not enough data available
Real-Time Streaming
Global Mapper
Not enough data available
Surfer
Not enough data available

Reviewers' Company Size

Small-Business (50 or fewer emp.)
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
22.7%
52.2%
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
50.0%
26.1%
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
27.3%
21.7%
Global Mapper
Small-Business
22.7%
Mid-Market
50.0%
Enterprise
27.3%
Surfer
Small-Business
52.2%
Mid-Market
26.1%
Enterprise
21.7%

Reviewers' Industry

 
Oil & Energy
31.8%
Environmental Services
31.3%
 
Civil Engineering
27.3%
Oil & Energy
15.7%
 
Information Technology and Services
9.1%
Research
13.0%
 
Wireless
4.5%
Mining & Metals
9.6%
 
Renewables & Environment
4.5%
Civil Engineering
9.6%
 
Other
22.7%
Other
20.9%
Global Mapper
Oil & Energy
31.8%
Civil Engineering
27.3%
Information Technology and Services
9.1%
Wireless
4.5%
Renewables & Environment
4.5%
Other
22.7%
Surfer
Environmental Services
31.3%
Oil & Energy
15.7%
Research
13.0%
Mining & Metals
9.6%
Civil Engineering
9.6%
Other
20.9%

Reviews

Most Helpful Favorable Review
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Alex F.
User in Civil Engineering

Opens any file type, whether its from ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Google Earth, literally anything we've come across that is mapping related we can run through Global Mapper no problem.

Consultant

Ability to print to a vector .pdf file so that the sharpness of the lines, symbols and text is maintained no matter how far you zoom in. I especially like that the .pdf file created allows layers to be turned on and off when the file is opened. It would...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Most Helpful Critical Review
User in Oil & Energy

I haven't used the product enough to form an opinion.

User in Oil & Energy

The amount of file formats Surfer can take is a bit limited compared to some of the competition.

 
Global Mapper
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Alex F.
User in Civil Engineering

Opens any file type, whether its from ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Google Earth, literally anything we've come across that is mapping related we can run through Global Mapper no problem.

Most Helpful Critical Review
User in Oil & Energy

I haven't used the product enough to form an opinion.

Surfer
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Consultant

Ability to print to a vector .pdf file so that the sharpness of the lines, symbols and text is maintained no matter how far you zoom in. I especially like that the .pdf file created allows layers to be turned on and off when the file is opened. It would...

Most Helpful Critical Review
User in Oil & Energy

The amount of file formats Surfer can take is a bit limited compared to some of the competition.

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