Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD

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Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD is a powerful ZWCAD plug-in designed for ZWCAD 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 ZWCAD. It comes in a lightweight application that runs inside ZWCAD and allows the user to import and export geospatial data between ZWCAD drawings and geospatial files, data servers or data stores


- 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 ZWCAD preview screen

ZWCAD commands

Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD Commands Section in the application Palette (SPM)

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

  • 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
      • -SPMIMPORT [Task name]: Import (Command Line). Execute Task(s) from the command line, useful in Scripts, etc. ("Professional" edition only)
    • SPMEXPORT: Export. Exports ZWCAD 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 ZWCAD 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 ZWCAD drawings
    • Publish to Google Earth
    • Dynamic Background image Maps from Bing, OpenStreeMap, Mapbox, Ordnance Survey, NearMap, etc.
      • Configurable user Maps
        • XYZ / TMS, WMTS and WMS compatible
        • WMS multi-layer maps
      • Snapshots (geo-referenced ZWCAD 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
    • Raster and vector entities
    • Smart 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
      • Fill properties can be taken from fields values
    • 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)
      • Raster and vector entities
    • 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 Hatch entities and their properties (Name, Angle, Scale, etc.)
    • 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
    • Manage your own shortcuts
    • Access to spatial data files (SHP, GPX, KML/KMZ, OSM, PBF, LAS/LAZ, CSV, TXT, ASC, XYZ, MIF/MID, TAB, E00, SQLite, SDF, GML, XML, JPF, PNG, TIF, etc.)
    • Manage your User Data Sources
    • Access to spatial database servers (SQL Server, PostGIS, etc.)
      • Views and Tables
    • Access to other connections (WFS, ODBC points or WKB - Excel, Access, dBase,...-, etc.)
    • See current available Data Providers


- 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 these videos:


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


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