Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD - FAQs: Interface

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  • Some components in the images on this page (providers, names, windows look, etc.) may be slightly different from those that will appear on your computer
  • Some application functions need to access the Internet from the application itself. If you experiment problems in any process, ask your network administrator if there is a Proxy server installed on your network. You can configure the Proxy settings through the application options
  • Some geographic data providers (Geocode, image Maps, etc.) may need a user account, which you can configure in the Service Provider API Keys settings through the application options

Application Ribbon, Toolbar and Menu in ZWCAD

The Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD Ribbon (if the Ribbon is available), Toolbar or drop-down Menu allow you access to the most common commands of the application (See here the complete command list)

Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD Interface

Application palette

The "SpatialManager" palette includes some of the main commands of Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD. From here, you will be able to manage your data sources, launch your import processes, define and manage thematic maps, manage the import tasks and many more. Like any ZWCAD palette, the "SpatialManager" palette can be arranged, docked, undocked, grouped, self-collapsed, etc., and resized, depending on the preferences and needs of each user or each job, by dragging its title bar, double-clicking on its title bar, etc.

You can open this palette in ZWCAD by executing the command "SPM" (or "SPATIALMANAGER"), and you can close it by executing the command "SPMCLOSE" (or "SPATIALMANAGERCLOSE")

The "SpatialManager" palette is split into two areas: the upper area is the "Data sources/Explorer/Tasks" area, and the lower area is the "Properties" area. Inside the palette, you can move the split line up or down to distribute the space for both areas as you need

  • Note 1: Selection of entities in ZWCAD may be a few slower when the "SpatialManager" palette is open, depending on the data of the entities
  • Note 2: Tasks and Thematic Maps are available on the "Professional" edition only

Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD Application Palette

Data sources area

In this area you can launch Import processes, create, edit or sort Shortcuts and User Data Sources (UDSs) ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only), etc. This area is shared with the "Explorer" and "Tasks" areas, and you can switch between them by clicking on the "Data sources", "Explorer" or "Tasks" tabs

Data sources Area

Contextual menus (mouse right-click)

Contextual menus

Content varies depending on the selected item

Explorer area

The 'Spatial Manager' Explorer shows in tree form specific elements of the application, such as Data Tables or Thematic Maps. Here, through the different contextual menus, you will be able to access many of the main application functions, manage Thematic Maps ("Professional" edition only) or Data Tables ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only), etc.. This area is shared with the "Data sources" and "Tasks" areas, and you can switch between them by clicking on the "Data sources", "Explorer" or "Tasks" tabs

Explorer Area

Contextual menus (mouse right-click)

Contextual menus

Content varies depending on the selected item

Tasks area

In this area you can save, manage and execute Tasks ("Professional edition only), which allow you to replay any import process as many times as desired without needing to enter its parameters again. This area is shared with the "Data sources" and "Tasks" areas, and you can switch between them by clicking on the "Data sources", "Explorer" or "Tasks" tabs

Function buttons and contextual menus (mouse right-click)

Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD Task manager Area

Properties area

In this area you can see information about any data source, tasks ("Professional" edition only) and, when you select any entity in your drawing, you will see special information about this entity; if the entity has some data attached, you can also see and edit the entity Extended Entity Data (EED or XDATA) here ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)

Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD Source data Properties

Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD Entity XDATA and other Properties

In the Properties area:

  • By placing the cursor over any data, if CTRL + C (standard combination for “Copy”) is pressed, the corresponding data goes to the Windows clipboard and can be exploited within the same application, or any other, using “Paste” or by pressing CTRL + V
  • If any data is not fully visible due to the width of the Properties area, a Tooltip will display by keeping the cursor over this data
  • When editing any field value in this area, you need press Enter or move to another field in order to validate the changes

Note: Because of performance considerations, the number of entities selected for which their data are shown in the application palette is limited by the system variable PROPOBJLIMIT

'Data Grid' palette ("Professional" edition only)

The 'Data Grid' palette of Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD allows you to view, edit, select, export, etc. the entities data in a table form

'Data Grid' palette

Learn more about the 'Data Grid' and all its features and functions


The wizards are the interface layout chosen for the main Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD commands ("Create user data source", "Import", Export, etc.). Using them you can go forward and backward through the options or parameters needed to complete a command or process

Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD "Create user data source" Wizard

Selecting a data Provider in the "Create user data source" wizard ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)

Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD "Import" Wizard

Setting up Import parameters in the "Import" Wizard


You can change the options and the user preferences of Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD by running the SPMOPTIONS command. The "Options" window includes five paragraphs ("General options", "License", "Background Maps", "Updates" and "About Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD"), to access the options or preferences of the application and also setup and information shortcuts

Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD Options

  • General options
    • Default open mode: you can select if an upcoming table from data source will be imported into the current drawing or into a new drawing, when double-clicking on the table in the Spatial Manager palette
    • Proxy Settings: If you are accessing the Internet through a Proxy server, you can configure the Proxy access parameters here. There are several processes in the application in which it is necessary to access the Internet from the application itself (Background Maps, license Activation, etc.). If you find problems accessing the Internet in any of these processes, ask your network administrator if it is being accessed through a proxy server and what the connection parameters are
    • Service Provider API Keys: Some Service Providers (Bing, Google, etc.) may require a user account for some or all of their services (Geocoding, Background Maps, Search Locations, etc.). Many of the provider accounts are completely free of charge or include a sufficient number of queries for most users at no charge. Anyway, if a certain provider requires an API Key for a certain service, in this options window you can review how to get the API Key, enter it, check its validity and examine which services of each provider may require an API Key
    • Show introduction page on 'Create user data source' wizard dialog ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)
    • Show introduction page on 'Import' wizard dialog
  • License (see "Licenses")
  • Background Maps (see "Background Maps ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)")
  • Updates (same as the SPMUPDATE command)
    • Check for application updates: although by default the application will check for updates automatically, you can click here to check for new application updates whenever you want
  • About Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD (same as the SPMABOUT command)
    • Application information: display the application "About" window

Proxy Settings window

Service Provider API Keys window

Configuration files

All the settings for Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD are stored in XML files. This is the list of configuration files:

  • Shortcuts.config: Shortcuts configuration
  • Tasks.config: saved Tasks ("Professional" edition only)
  • UserDataSources.config: User Data Source (UDS) configuration
  • UserSettings.config: Global application settings
  • BackgroundMaps.config: User Background Maps configuration ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)
  • BackgroundMapGroups.config: Background Maps Groups configuration ("Standard" and "Professional" editions only)

You will find them in the folder “user folder\AppData\Local\Opencartis\Spatial Manager for ZWCAD”

When a file is modified, an automatic backup copy of the file is stored in the sub-folder “backup” within the folder listed above. A backup file includes in its name the date and the time at which it is generated. If you want to restore any backup file, just rename it as the original configuration file and copy it to the appropriate folder, replacing the current application configuration file. You should carry out this operation after closing the application and we recommend you make a copy of the replaced file before replacing it

Note: The backup files are kept for 30 days, with a minimum of 15 backups before deleting any file

Sample files

You can find a small set of sample files, which you can use for your own tests, located inside the folder "Samples" (a subfolder of your application main installation folder)

Related links

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