Spatial Manager Desktop™ - FAQs: Spatial files

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Introduction

  • Objective of this section
    • To load spatial information from files with single or multiple content using different methods
  • Topics in this section
    • File load methods: data sources panel (direct from or through UDS - "Standard" and "Professional" editions only), directly loading from Windows explorer or drag and dropping from the explorer to a Map
    • Multiple content files: files including internal folders and those files including multiple internal schemas and tables


How can I load a data table from a spatial file into a Map?

You can load a data table from a spatial file in Spatial Manager Desktop™ using the right-click menu over the file item itself, over a table from the file or over any UDS ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only) that refers the file, in the "Data sources" panel, to load its content into a new or existing Map. You can also double-click over the file item itself, over a table from the file or over any UDS ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only) that refers the file, in the "Data sources" panel, to load its content into a new or existing Map (this behaviour may be configured in the application settings)


Load a file in a Map


Load a table from a file in a Map


Load a table from a User Data Source (UDS) in a Map


Configure the double-click option


You also can load data tables from spatial files into a Spatial Manager Desktop™ Map by dragging and dropping them from Windows explorer. This way of loading allows you to load several files at one time, as long as these kind of files do not need additional parameters to load them (for example, loading SHP files). If the data Provider used for the files to load needs additional parameters, it is only possible to drag and drop one file each time (for example, loading KML files)

Also, it is possible to assign Spatial Manager Desktop™ as the application to “Open” a file type in Windows explorer and load directly this type of file into a new Map, by using a double-click or though the contextual menu in Windows explorer


How can I open directly the folder containing a file?

To open a file location in Spatial Manager Desktop™, use the right-click menu over the file item in the "Data sources" panel


Open the file location in Windows Explorer


How can I recognize each different type of file and its Properties?

To recognize each different type of file, you will see the different icons used for each data Provider in the "Data sources" panel of Spatial Manager Desktop™. In addition, when you select any file you will see its Properties in the "Properties" panel


Different types of files in the "Data sources" panel


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