Spatial Manager Desktop™ - FAQs: How to Start?

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A powerful tool to manage spatial data but, how to Start it?

If you come here from the shortcut that starts the application, go directly to the paragraph below that starts as: "Finally, when you install Spatial Manager Desktop™, the setup application..."

Have you downloaded the setup program? If not, you need to download it from the Spatial Manager Desktop™ Download link

First of all you need to install Spatial Manager Desktop™ by executing the setup program. The name of the file to run will be different for each release of the application. It will appear as follows: SpatialManagerDesktop-X.exe, where "X" is the release number of the application

  • 32-bit and 64-bit versions: There are 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Spatial Manager Desktop™ but you do not need to worry about what platform is selected because the setup program automatically chooses the right version depending on the platform of Windows on your computer
    • Under some circumstances it may be of interest to run the 32-bit version even when working in 64-bit Windows since the application may be faster if the amount of data to be managed is not very large. If you want to install the 32-bit version (in addition to the 64-bit version) on a computer which has a 64-bit version of Windows, you must add the parameter "install32bits=1" (lowercase and no spaces between characters) when running the setup program. Watch this short video to learn how:

  • "Quiet" setup: You can install the application in "quiet" mode using the "/quiet" parameter, which will adopt the default values (installation path, etc.) and it will not be necessary to follow the installation process step by step. For example, from the Windows command line you can execute: [Path]/SpatialManagerDesktop-X.exe /quiet
    • "[Path]" is any local or networked path, where the installation EXE file can be found
    • "X" is the release number of the application
    • Note also that this command can be executed from a batch file (*.bat), which will facilitate the deployment of network or remote installations

Next, you will see the Spatial Manager Desktop™ icon placed on the Windows Desktop (two icons if you have installed the 64-bit and the 32-bit versions), which will let you start the application



Finally, when you install Spatial Manager Desktop™, the setup application also adds a Sample data set including some spatial files to your system. Watch this short video and follow the next steps to learn how to start using the application and to check that everything works fine


  • The Sample data folder (and subfolders) is a read-only folder, so select another folder when trying to write data through Export processes, etc.
  • 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

  • Launch Spatial Manager Desktop™
  • In the "Data sources" panel, expand the "Sample data" Shortcut to access the sample Shapefiles (SHP)
  • Right-click over any Shapefile (SHP) to load the spatial information into a new Map
  • Check the loaded Features and play with the Map
  • Load more Shapefiles (SHP) into the same Map or into new Maps
  • Try to load another kind of spatial files such as Google Earth KML, GPS/GPX, SQLite or XYZ point files
    • Note about Coordinate Reference Systems (CRS): if you want to merge into the same Map spatial data which has been saved using differents CRSs, you need to Transform the Coordinates of the incoming data so that they are consistent with each other. This can help you learn how the Coordinate Transformation works in the application. In the sample data set, the Shapefiles (SHP) and the SQLite and XYZ files were saved using the CRS "WGS 84 / Pseudo-Mercator" (SRID=3857), and the KML and GPX files were saved using the CRS "WGS 84" (SRID=4326) (mandatory for these formats)

So what now?

Now you can try to load and play with your own spatial data and create your own Maps, Shortcuts and User Data Sources. We recommend you take a look at these Wiki pages to learn more about:

And some useful links to other pages of Spatial Manager Desktop™:

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