Hi again Mark,
My comments on ESRI were directed at data formats, not so at software.
I am a QGIS user and it is indeed a powerful tool, especially when
combined with a few other FOSS4G tools, but my question is why would
GeoMASON only support non-standard formats.
I don't understand this sentence very well:
> However, 99% of the data
> that the user will need to import uses native GeoMason classes for reading
> shape files and Arc ASCII/Grid files.
When you start working with distributed data sources and distributed
processing, for instance compliant with OGC standards, you start using
GML most of the time, with GeoTiff and NetCDF occasionally.
Taking MASON as a pure desktop toolbox then this is not much of an
issue; the user can always use GDAL to convert the input data into
ESRI formats. But if we consider MASON as a workbench for software
that will eventually be made available to the web then this issue
might need some pondering.
When I start using GeoMason I'll try the GDAL data importer and
provide some feedback.