Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD - FAQs: Export ("Professional" edition only)

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If the selected objects to be exported have been imported in AutoCAD using Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD, and they include XDATA when they were imported, the XDATA will be also exported as data tables linked to the outcoming Features if the Target support data tables
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If the selected objects to be exported have been imported in AutoCAD using Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD, and they include XDATA when they were imported, the XDATA will be also exported as data tables linked to the outcoming Features, if the Target support these data tables
  
  

Revision as of 13:14, 11 March 2015

Contents

Introduction

  • Objective of this section
    • To learn how to define export processes and their parameters and manage coordinate transformations
  • Topics in this section
    • Targets: data sources
    • Export parameters: AutoCAD objects selection, objects report, treat closed Polylines as Polygons
    • Transforming the coordinates: source and target, favorite coordinate systems, searching in the coordinate systems table and transformation parameters


How can I Export AutoCAD objects as spatial features?

You can export AutoCAD objects as spatial features into files or databases by executing the SPMEXPORT command of Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD, which you will find in the "Spatial Manager" AutoCAD ribbon. This will launch the "Export" wizard of the application, which shares some of the steps with the Import wizard. The command not only exports the selected objects but saves their XDATA as data tables (see below)


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While running the "Export" wizard, you can select the export parameters that match your needs:


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  • Export selection:
    • Select all objects: all objects in the drawing will be exported
    • Only selected objects: only a selection of objects will be exported. You can select the objects before execute the Export command or by using the Selecting button on this window
    • Select objects in a layer: only the objects included into an AutoCAD Layer will be exported. You can select this layer using the drop-down list on this window
  • Treat closed polylines as polygons: when checked, all closed Polylines in the drawing will be exported to the target as Polygons features. Most of the time the closed polylines represent polygonal elements on the target data format and this conversion can be automatic
  • Objects report: the application shows here the total number of the objects which will be exported and any warning previous to the export process, such as the total number of unsupported objects which will not be exported or others


How can I configure the spatial Target when exporting from AutoCAD

When you export using Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD you must to select the exporting destination. If needed, you also must to select the data provider and its parameters


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First, you select the destination for the exported data: a file or a table inside a file or a database (or inside a schema of a file or a database)


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Next, you select a file type (the data provider). This step is not required if you have selected some destination which defines its own data provider (such as a SQLite table or a PostGIS table)


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Then, you configure the export data provider connection parameters, if needed (Image: sample of the KML/KMZ files data provider)


How can I define a Transformation of coordinates when exporting?

When you are Exporting AutoCAD objects as spatial Features using Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD, you will see that you can choose a Transformation of coordinates from the source to the target, in the "Export" wizard. That means that the application will calculate a geometric transformation between the source and the target data, which will depend on the chosen CRS for the source (drawing) and for the target (outcoming Features) data. You can choose the appropriate CRSs by clicking on "CRS catalog...", in the CRS dropdown list for the source or for the target data. In the CRS table you can:

  • Filter the CRSs by type (Geocentric, Projected, etc.)
  • Choose a CRS by clicking on its row in the table
  • Search CRSs by typing the search criteria in the "Search" box. You can type here as many words as you like separated by blanks. The application will find all the rows including all these words in a column of the table

After choosing a pair of valid CRS for a Transformation, you can choose the geographic Area to apply it to (the application will choose by default the most common Area for this Transformation)

Note 1: as you will see, the CRS dropdown list will include more and more CRSs as they have been previously chosen in other Transformation operations, so that you can choose your "favorite" CRSs directly from the dropdown list without having to access the CRS Table all the time

Note 2: if the application "knows" the CRS of the source and/or the target data, they will be chosen by default. You will be able to modify this choice except in cases where only one CRS is valid; for example, for a KML or a KMZ file the only valid choice is the CRS WGS84 (SRID 4326), because these types of file are always defined using this CRS


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Is there any limitation or modification in the original objects when exporting?

Yes, there are some limitations and also may be automatic changes in the objects when they are exported using Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD

  • Limitations:
    • Filtering of incompatible objects: there are a few object types not supported by the export processes (such as complex 3D objects or MText), which are automatically filtered. The filter result is displayed before exporting on the first window of the exporting wizard
  • Modifications
    • Some objects, such as Blocks or External Reference, are exported as Points (Insertion Points). In the case of the Blocks or XRef, you must to Explode them before exporting if you want to export their internal objects. The objects report on the first window of the export wizard also warns the user about the number of Blocks and XRef Insertions if any has been selected to export
    • Automatic complex geometric operations: the application will review and editing the selected objects in order to export geometries accommodated in the target format


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Sample: segmentation of an AutoCAD Circle when exported to a Polygons Shapefile (SHP)


How are XDATA exported?

If the selected objects to be exported have been imported in AutoCAD using Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD, and they include XDATA when they were imported, the XDATA will be also exported as data tables linked to the outcoming Features, if the Target support these data tables


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