Compare GRASS, Surfer, and Esri ArcGIS

Pricing

 
Surfer® single -user
$849
USD
ArcGIS Online Subscription Plan Information
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricing
per year/per user
 
Surfer® concurrent-use
$1,699
USD
Additional Named Users and Service Credits
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricing
1,000 credits
 
Surfer® upgrade
$279
USD
 
Free Trial Unavailable
Free Trial Unavailable
Free Trial
GRASS
Free Trial Unavailable
Surfer
Surfer® single -user
$849USD
Surfer® concurrent-use
$1,699USD
Surfer® upgrade
$279USD
Free Trial Unavailable
Esri ArcGIS
ArcGIS Online Subscription Plan Information
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricingper year/per user
Additional Named Users and Service Credits
https://www.esri.com/en-us/arcgis/products/arcgis-online/pricing1,000 credits
Free Trial

Ratings

Meets Requirements
Meets Requirements
8.8
8.6
8.8
Ease of Use
Ease of Use
7.2
8.6
7.1
Ease of Setup
Ease of SetupNot enough data available
9.1
6.9
Ease of Admin
Ease of AdminNot enough data available
8.8
7.1
Quality of Support
Quality of Support
7.7
9.2
8.1
Ease of Doing Business With
Ease of Doing Business WithNot enough data available
9.2
8.2
Product Direction (% positive)
Product Direction (% positive)
9.2
8.3
8.3
Meets Requirements
GRASS
8.8
Surfer
8.6
Esri ArcGIS
8.8
Ease of Use
GRASS
7.2
Surfer
8.6
Esri ArcGIS
7.1
Ease of Setup
GRASS
Not enough data available
Surfer
9.1
Esri ArcGIS
6.9
Ease of Admin
GRASS
Not enough data available
Surfer
8.8
Esri ArcGIS
7.1
Quality of Support
GRASS
7.7
Surfer
9.2
Esri ArcGIS
8.1
Ease of Doing Business With
GRASS
Not enough data available
Surfer
9.2
Esri ArcGIS
8.2
Product Direction (% positive)
GRASS
9.2
Surfer
8.3
Esri ArcGIS
8.3

Features

Data Management
Data Capture
GRASS
8.7
Surfer
Not enough data available
Esri ArcGIS
9.2
Data Storage
GRASS
8.2
Surfer
Not enough data available
Esri ArcGIS
8.7
Data Manipulation
GRASS
8.7
Surfer
Not enough data available
Esri ArcGIS
9.2
Data Visualization
GRASS
8.0
Surfer
Not enough data available
Esri ArcGIS
9.3
Map Creation
Geocoding
GRASS
8.2
Surfer
Not enough data available
Esri ArcGIS
8.8
Buffer Zone Query
GRASS
8.1
Surfer
Not enough data available
Esri ArcGIS
9.1
Overlaying
GRASS
8.3
Surfer
Not enough data available
Esri ArcGIS
9.4
Publishing
GRASS
7.8
Surfer
Not enough data available
Esri ArcGIS
9.0
Analysis
Spatial Analysis
GRASS
8.7
Surfer
8.3
Esri ArcGIS
9.3
Reporting
GRASS
8.5
Surfer
Not enough data available
Esri ArcGIS
8.5
Real-Time Streaming
GRASS
8.3
Surfer
Not enough data available
Esri ArcGIS
9.2

Reviewers' Company Size

Small-Business (50 or fewer emp.)
Small-Business
(50 or fewer emp.)
31.3%
52.2%
25.0%
Mid-Market (51-1000 emp.)
Mid-Market
(51-1000 emp.)
56.3%
26.1%
37.2%
Enterprise (> 1000 emp.)
Enterprise
(> 1000 emp.)
12.5%
21.7%
37.8%
GRASS
Small-Business
31.3%
Mid-Market
56.3%
Enterprise
12.5%
Surfer
Small-Business
52.2%
Mid-Market
26.1%
Enterprise
21.7%
Esri ArcGIS
Small-Business
25.0%
Mid-Market
37.2%
Enterprise
37.8%

Reviewers' Industry

 
Environmental Services
25.0%
Environmental Services
31.3%
Government Administration
18.4%
 
Oil & Energy
12.5%
Oil & Energy
15.7%
Environmental Services
10.1%
 
Construction
12.5%
Research
13.0%
Higher Education
9.6%
 
Research
6.3%
Mining & Metals
9.6%
Civil Engineering
8.2%
 
Political Organization
6.3%
Civil Engineering
9.6%
Utilities
6.9%
 
Other
37.5%
Other
20.9%
Other
46.8%
GRASS
Environmental Services
25.0%
Oil & Energy
12.5%
Construction
12.5%
Research
6.3%
Political Organization
6.3%
Other
37.5%
Surfer
Environmental Services
31.3%
Oil & Energy
15.7%
Research
13.0%
Mining & Metals
9.6%
Civil Engineering
9.6%
Other
20.9%
Esri ArcGIS
Government Administration
18.4%
Environmental Services
10.1%
Higher Education
9.6%
Civil Engineering
8.2%
Utilities
6.9%
Other
46.8%

Reviews

Most Helpful Favorable Review
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Margaret C.
User in Oil & Energy

Grass is a great gis analysis tool that is easy to acquire online, inexpensive and easy to implement and to use. Grass is a feature rich tool that integrates really well with most other tools and software like opti-flow, EPANET and google earth.

Ernest B.
User in Oil & Energy

The use of Golden Software products increases the quality and clarity of my reports and presentations. Their software is at the top of the class because it is continually updated based on user input. Plus, when I have a problem, in a matter of minutes, I...

GH
User in Hospital & Health Care

ArcGIS is a one of a kind software which allows users with varying backgrounds the ability to work with Maps and Spatial Data. The integration with Python and SQL also gives programmers the ability to create custom script and code. Spatial statistics tools...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Most Helpful Critical Review
Nikhil G.
Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Higher Education

There are many website which support such operation like earthexplorer.usgs.gov which do the same. Functions to apply are not simple as ArcGIS

G
User

cost is a concern with decreasing budgets.

Aaron G.
User in Sports

Challenges with integrating assets from other software because of the map standards.

 
GRASS
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Margaret C.
User in Oil & Energy

Grass is a great gis analysis tool that is easy to acquire online, inexpensive and easy to implement and to use. Grass is a feature rich tool that integrates really well with most other tools and software like opti-flow, EPANET and google earth.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nikhil G.
Industry Analyst / Tech Writer in Higher Education

There are many website which support such operation like earthexplorer.usgs.gov which do the same. Functions to apply are not simple as ArcGIS

Surfer
Most Helpful Favorable Review
Ernest B.
User in Oil & Energy

The use of Golden Software products increases the quality and clarity of my reports and presentations. Their software is at the top of the class because it is continually updated based on user input. Plus, when I have a problem, in a matter of minutes, I...

Most Helpful Critical Review
G
User

cost is a concern with decreasing budgets.

Esri ArcGIS
Most Helpful Favorable Review
GH
User in Hospital & Health Care

ArcGIS is a one of a kind software which allows users with varying backgrounds the ability to work with Maps and Spatial Data. The integration with Python and SQL also gives programmers the ability to create custom script and code. Spatial statistics tools...

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aaron G.
User in Sports

Challenges with integrating assets from other software because of the map standards.

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Videos

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GRASS
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Surfer
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Esri ArcGIS

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GRASS
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Surfer
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