Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD - FAQs: Providers

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What are the data Providers?

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD accesses spatial data for importing and/or exporting using their own data Providers. The application can access different data formats and storage systems depending on the spatial data Providers installed


Which are the current available data Providers?

The available standard data Providers for Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD at this time are the following:

  • Spatial files
    • ESRI Shape file - (SHP)
    • Google Earth file - (KML, KMZ)
    • OpenStreetMap file - (OSM, PBF) (1)
    • GPS exchange format file - (GPX) (1)
    • ASCII text file - (ASC, CSV, NEZ, TXT, XYZ, UPT)
    • SQLite file - (SQLITE, DB)
    • GML file - (GML, GZ, XML) (1)
    • Autodesk SDF file - (SDF) (3)
    • MicroStation v.7 file - (DGN) (2)
    • AutoCAD DXF file - (DXF) (2)
    • ESRI ArcInfo export file (ASCII) - (E00) (1) (2)
    • MapInfo file - (TAB) (2)
    • MapInfo interchange format file - (MIF/MID) (2)
    • GeoJSON file - (GEO.JSON) (1) (2)

  • Spatial data servers
    • PostGIS database
    • Microsoft SQL Server Spatial database
    • MySQL database (1) (3)

  • Other spatial data sources
    • Open Database Connectivity ODBC (1)
    • WFS data store (1) (2 and 3) (4)


(1) Importing only (Read-only)
(2) OGR data source
(3) FDO provider
(4) OGR for WFS data stores will not be found in the data Provider list under some circumstances (certain AutoCAD Map versions and others). Please, use FDO for this data Provider

Note: certain data Providers are only valid for some Editions of the application


What are the parameters of the data Providers?

The parameters of the data Providers in Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD are the settings that the application needs to connect when reading (importing) or writing (exporting) spatial tables or files by using a given data Provider. Certain data Providers need the reading parameters and the writing parameters, and these settings can be different. Some other data Providers will only need the reading or the writing parameters but not both of them. You will see a parameters window every time the application needs them when running a given import or export process


KML/KMZ Google Earth file writing (export process) parameters window

Sample 1: KML/KMZ Google Earth file writing (export process) parameters window


OSM/PBF OpenStreetMap file reading (import process) parameters window

Sample 2: OSM/PBF OpenStreetMap file reading (import process) parameters window


Open Database Connectivity ODBC parameters window

Sample 3: Open Database Connectivity ODBC (creating a User Data Source) parameters window


ASCII file reading (import process) parameters window

Sample 4: ASCII file (custom settings) reading (import process) parameters window


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