Although Maptitude is usually only used with conventional 2d maps, it is capable of 3d display and analysis.
Maptitude can draw a map as a vertical bar chart in what is called a Prism Map. This is a good way of presenting choropleth type data in a visually interesting manner.
Maptitude can also plot elevation data to create a surface resembling a landscape. This can be used for both visualization and for further analysis such as the determination of elevations, shortest routes, and visibility.
Elevation surfaces can created from gridded elevation data (Digital Elevation Model or DEM), or Maptitude can interpolate it from an arbitrary point layer using a Triangulated Irregular Network (TIN).