Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD

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Introduction

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD is a powerful BricsCAD plug-in designed for BricsCAD users who need to import, export and manage spatial data in a simple, fast and inexpensive way, which includes many possibilities not seen so far in BricsCAD. It comes in a lightweight application that runs inside BricsCAD and allows the user to import and export geospatial data between BricsCAD drawings and geospatial files, data servers or data stores

Notes:

- The access to spatial data servers and stores is available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only

- The complete Export capabilities are available in the "Professional" edition only, although "Export the current status of the drawing to Google Earth" is a function available on the "Standard" and "Professional" editions

- The full managing of spatial data functionality and the background Maps are available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only


Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD preview screen


BricsCAD commands

Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD Ribbon (All commands can also be found in the drop-down Menu and Toolbar of Spatial Manager)


This is the list of BricsCAD commands included in Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD

  • Main commands
    • SPM: Show Palette. Opens and/or displays the application Palette
    • SPMCLOSE: Close. Closes the application Palette
    • SPMIMPORT: Import. Directly Imports features from geospatial files or tables without using the application Palette
    • SPMEXPORT: Export. Exports BricsCAD entities into geospatial files or tables ("Professional" edition only)
    • SPMSETCRS: Coordinate system. Sets the Coordinate Reference System (CRS) for the drawing
    • SPMCREATEKML: Export to Google Earth. Exports the current status of the drawing to Google Earth (one click) ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)
  • Background Map commands ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)
    • SPMBGMAPSHOW: Show. Shows the selected image Map in the background of the drawing
    • SPMBGMAPHIDE: Hide. Hides the background Map if it is displayed
    • SPMBGMAPREFRESH: Refresh. Regenerates the image of the background Map, which may be needed under certain graphic situations
    • SPMBGMAPIMAGE: Capture. Creates an BricsCAD raster image corresponding to the display view of the current background Map (Snapshot)
    • SPMBGMAPIMAGEPURGE: Purge. Delete 'orphan' image tiles and perform some other cleaning operations
  • Selection commands ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)
    • SPMSELECTBYQUERY: By Query. Selects entities by a simple or compound query over their data
    • SPMSELECTBYTABLE: By Table. Selects all the entities attached to a specific data table
    • SPMZOOMTOSELECTION: Zoom to Selection. Zoom to the selected entities
  • Data Table commands ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)
    • SPMDATATABLEDEFINE: Define Table. Defines, modifies or deletes a data table or its fields
    • SPMDATATABLEATTACH: Attach. Attaches one or more entities to a data table
    • SPMDATATABLEDETACH: Detach. Detaches one or more entities from their corresponding attached data table
  • Support commands
    • SPMOPTIONS: Options. Set of parameters to configure the application (includes also the functionality of SPMUPDATE and SPMABOUT)
    • SPMHELP: Help. Shows the application help (Wiki format)
    • SPMUPDATE: Updates. Checks if there is a new application release to be downloaded from Internet
    • SPMABOUT: Information. Shows basic information about the application and the installed release


Note: All the command names are also valid if you replace the prefix "SPM" for "SPATIALMANAGER". For example, "SPATIALMANAGERCREATEKML" is equivalent to "SPMCREATEKML", or "SPATIALMANAGER" is equivalent to "SPM"


Main features

  • General
    • Import/export spatial data into/from BricsCAD drawings
    • Publish to Google Earth
    • Background image Maps from Bing, OpenStreeMap, Mapbox, Ordnance Survey, NearMap, etc.
      • Configurable user Maps
      • Snapshots (BricsCAD Images) of the current background Map
    • Transformation of coordinates when importing, exporting, showing Background Maps, etc.
    • XDATA / Extended Entity Data (EED)
      • Viewer palette
        • Also shows some other data as the Blocks properties (Name and Attributes), Layer, geometric properties, etc.
      • Edit values directly in the palette
      • Hyperlinks
      • Managing data structure
        • Define, modify, and delete tables and fields
        • Attaching entities to a table
        • Detaching entities from their tables
      • Selecting entities by a simple or compound query over their data
      • Selecting the entities attached to a table
      • Zoom to the selected entities

  • Import processes
    • Entities imported into a new or open drawing
    • Batch import
    • Basic target layer or new target layers using a field value
    • Use blocks for points and centroids
      • Select the name of the Block according to the value of a field
      • Block insertion parameters from field values
    • Polygon fills and transparencies
    • Polygon centroids
    • Smart labeling of entities while importing
    • Spatial filter to import only the entities in the current view
    • Elevation and thickness from field values
    • Import data from tables as XDATA / Extended Entity Data (EED)
    • Speed up the processes skipping some wizard steps
    • Use the intuitive palette options or the quick import function
    • Save Tasks to replay the import processes so many times as desired

  • Export processes
    • Entities exported to geospatial files or servers
    • Export (Publish) the current status and style of the drawing to Google Earth (one click)
    • Select the entities to be exported
    • Option to export also the data of the entities and choose it from what Table and Fields
    • Option to treat the closed polylines as polygons
    • Options to export the Handle, the Layer and the Elevation of the entities
    • Options to export the Name and the Attributes of the Block References as well as their Rotation and Scales
    • Options to export Text entities and their basic properties (Rotation and Height)
    • Options to export the X/Y/Z coordinates, Length and Area of the entities
    • Automatic complex geometric operations
    • Filtering of incompatible entities
    • Option to open the exported file location directly

  • Data sources

Notes:

- The access to spatial data servers and stores, the XDATA / Extended Entity Data (EED) and the Background Maps are available in the "Standard" and "Professional" editions only

- The complete Export capabilities are available in the "Professional" edition only, although "Export the current status of the drawing to Google Earth" is a function available in the "Standard" edition also

- The Tasks technology is available in the "Professional" edition only


To get a first preview of the application, please watch this video:



To experiment the EXPORT capabilities (on the 'Professional' edition), please watch the following videos:



To know how to BATCH IMPORT works, please watch this video:


To take a look at the TASKS technology (on the 'Professional' edition), please watch this video:


To learn how is working the DIRECT DATA EDITION and how to MANAGE the DATA STRUCTURE (on the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions), please watch the following videos:


To know more about the attractive and useful BACKGROUND MAPS (on the 'Standard' and 'Professional' editions), please watch the following videos:


To know how to LABEL the entities WHILE IMPORTING, please watch the following videos:


To know how to Use the BLOCKS WHEN IMPORTING, please watch this video:


FAQs

Here you will find all the technical information available on the implementation as well as tutorials, additional data, etc.


Links

Here you will find some useful links to other pages of Spatial Manager™ for BricsCAD

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