Spatial Manager Desktop™ - FAQs: Search Location ("Professional" edition only)

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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


  • Objective of this section
    • To learn how to search for locations (Postal addresses, streets, neighborhoods or other geographical objects) in your maps based on a search text
  • Topics in this section
    • Access the location search by text
    • Review the search results and the related data shown in the search window
    • Zoom to any selected result
    • Insert the geometry or envelope of any selected result

How can I search for locations of geographical objects in my map?

Spatial Manager Desktop™ includes the 'Search Location' function that allows you to search for locations through Internet location services based on your search text. Once you enter the search text (the more precise, the more accurate the location) and click “Search” (or press Enter), the results returned by these services (if found, one or more rseults) will be shown in the search window and include the following information:

  • Name: Full location name. Although you can resize the window if you want, if the full text does not fit, scroll over and a tooltip will be shown
  • Type: Location type. According to the classification provided by the localization service
  • Geometry: Geometry type. Point, Line-string, Polygon, Multi-Polygon, etc. The icon represents in a simplified way the geometry type but you can scroll over it and a tooltip including the geometry type text will be shown
  • Source: Location service source. The name of the Internet location service that returned the result
    • Note: Certain location service providers (such as Google) may require special terms of use for the users of this service. You can configure any special setting for such providers through the button "Configure Location Providers" or the "Service Provider API Keys" in the application Options ('SPMOPTIONS'). If this is not done, the results corresponding to these providers will not appear in the results table as they will not be available for query

You can sort the result rows according to the “Name”, “Type” or “Source” columns (direct or inverse order) by clicking on the column title

Search Locations in a map

'Search Location' window

'Search Location' window

How can I use the results shown in the 'Search Location' window?

The Spatial Manager Desktop™ 'Search Location' window allows you to select any shown result in order to:

  • Zoom to the location. By using the "Zoom" button or by double-clicking on the chosen result
  • Insert the Geometry in your map, and zoom to the Geometry. Points, Polylines, Polygons, etc., depending on the geometry type
  • Insert the geometry Envelope, and zoom to the Envelope. Internet location services usually also return a rectangular envelope of the geographic object found. This option allows you to insert this rectangle in your map
  • Notes:
    • The ‘Search Location’ window remains open until you close it so that you can repeat the actions with the results you want. In fact, you can navigate through the map, access the Data grid, etc. while the window is still on screen
    • You can use the 'Search Location' function even without any map document open. In this case, the insertion of features or envelopes will be processed in a new blank document

See also the 'Geo-coding' chapter

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