Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD Overview
In a nutshell
- Import into AutoCAD from Google Earth (KML or KMZ), OpenStreetMap (OSM or PBF), Shapefiles (SHP), Geography Markup Language (GML), GPS, Points (many formats), Excel, Access, ESRI ArcInfo, MapInfo, PostGIS, SQL Server, SQLite, and many more geospatial sources
- Export from AutoCAD to Google Earth (KML or KMZ), Shapefiles (SHP), Points (many formats), MapInfo, PostGIS, SQL Server, SQLite, and many more geospatial targets
- Transformation of coordinates optional
- Manage alphanumeric data tables as AutoCAD XDATA. Viewer included
- Save Tasks to replay the import processes so many times as desired
- Interface simple, intuitive and productive
- Perpetual licenses. Pay once, no periodic fees
- Not only works in basic AutoCAD: also in AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, etc.
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD is a powerful AutoCAD plug-in designed for AutoCAD 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 AutoCAD.
It comes in a lightweight application that runs inside AutoCAD and allows the user to import and export geospatial data between AutoCAD drawings and geospatial files, data servers or data stores.
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD imports spatial data, into new or existing AutoCAD drawings, as AutoCAD objects and Extended Entity Data (EED/XDATA), using a powerful wizard which lets the user choose or select all the necessary import parameters in order to get differentiated spatial information in a CAD drawing.
Automatic layering, fill of polygons, blocks including mapped attributes, are only part of the application functionality when importing from spatial files, data servers, data stores, etc. Import polygons using "MPolygon" objects, even on basic AutoCAD.
The "Tasks" save all the import processes parameters and options in order to repeat these processes so many times as desired. It is possible to execute one or more "Tasks" at once.
Tasks preview video
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD exports objects from the drawing to spatial files or databases, and saves their Extended Entity Data (EED/XDATA) as alphanumeric data tables using a wizard, which shares some of the steps with the import wizard. In the same way, the user can choose or select the export parameters to define all the target data among a great number of possibilities.
There are options for filtering the objects when exporting, and all the geometric operations needed to fit the target data format (such as segmenting curved objects) are automatically performed.
• Case 1: Directly to Google Earth (KML) from your drawing
• Case 2: Coordinates to Excel from your drawing
• Case 3: Import a Shapefile and export it as 3D Google Earth
• Case 4: OpenStreetMap data. Edit and export to Google Earth
• Case 5: Import a Shapefile. Edit & export as Shapefile
Transformation of coordinates
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD will calculate geometric transformations of the features in line with the import and export processes, which will depend on the chosen Coordinate System (CRS) for the source and target (drawing) data.
The user can choose the appropriate CRSs from a complete CRS catalog or from a list which includes the most recent used CRSs.
User data sources
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD incorporates the UDS technology to easily connect with spatial database servers, or data stores, and also as the way the user can define the path to a particular spatial data file, including their own connection parameters.
UDSs avoid having to enter a lot of connection parameters, which are not easy to remember, and they are stored inside the user settings to take advantage of them in every application session.
Runs in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D and others
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD is not only compatible with AutoCAD but also with other AutoCAD based applications such as AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, etc.
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD Features
Import/export spatial data into/from AutoCAD drawings
Import or export spatial data between files, data servers or other spatial data sources, and objects in new or existing AutoCAD drawings. Use Extended Entity Data (EED/XDATA) to load or save spatial alphanumeric data tables. The import and the export wizards lead the user to select all needed parametersWatch this video...
Transformation of coordinates when importing or exporting
Geometric transformations of the features in line with the import and export processes. Coordinate reference system (CRS) of the source and target. Complete CRS catalog. Drop down list including the favorite or most recent used CRSs
Extended Entity Data (EED/XDATA) viewer palette
When selecting objects in the drawing, their EEDs/XDATAs will be shown in the "Properties" area of the application palette
Objects imported into a new or open drawing
Import processes can be performed in the current AutoCAD drawing or in new drawings. The application opens new drawings automatically if needed
Basic target layer or new target layers using a field value
Define a common target layer or select a field from the incoming data source to take its values as the target layer for each new imported object
Use blocks for points and centroids
Choose between AutoCAD Points or Block References when importing point features or centroid of polygon features. When using Blocks, "map" fields from the incoming data to Attributes included inside the Block definitionWatch this video...
Block insertion parameters from field values
Also use fields from the incoming data to define Block insertion parameters, such as scales and rotation
Polygon fills and transparencies
Fill polygon areas using AutoCAD Hatches and define the options for the Hatches such as pattern, angle and scale. Apply transparencies to the Hatches
Draw optional centroids when importing polygon features using AutoCAD Points or Block References
Elevation and thickness from field values
Take field values from incoming data to set the elevation and/or thickness for the new objectsWatch this video...
Import data from tables as Extended Entity Data (EED/XDATA)
Import Features data as Objects Extended Entity Data (EED/XDATA) to get more "intelligent" AutoCAD drawings
Speed up the processes skipping some wizard steps
Skip unnecessary steps for a particular job and go directly to the execution of the import process, to follow all the guidelines set by the import wizard
Use the intuitive palette options or the quick import function
Use the right-click menu on a particular data source to import from this source, or run the import command that avoids having to open the application palette if you do not want it
The Tasks allow to repeat any import process so many times as desired without needing to enter its parameters again. Manage and execute Tasks in the application paletteWatch this video...
Option to select "Polygons" (MPolygons) as the type of object to use when importing polygons (even on basic AutoCAD)Watch this video...
Objects exported to geospatial files or servers
From the current drawing to new or existing tables in files or schemas inside files or databasesWatch this video...
Select the objects to be exported
Choose between exporting the selected objects, the objects in a layer or the whole drawing
Option to treat the closed polylines as polygons
Most of the time the closed polylines represent polygonal elements on the target data format and this conversion can be automatic
Automatic complex geometric operations
Review and editing of the selected objects in order to export geometries accommodated in the target format, such as the polygonal segmentation on curves if required
Filtering of incompatible objects
There are a few object types not supported by the export processes (such as complex 3D objects), which are automatically filtered. The filter result is displayed before exporting
Manage your own shortcuts
Reference any folder in a physical or net drive and save this reference in the user configuration to quickly access the folder. Edit, remove or sort the shortcuts in the data sources palette
Access to spatial data files (SHP, GPX, KML, OSM, GML, etc.) (show full list)
Import/export from/to spatial data tables by accessing a lot of spatial data file types or folders or schemas inside complex spatial files
Manage your User Data Sources
Use UDS technology in the application to easily connect with spatial database servers, or data stores, or to define the path to spatial data files including their own connection parameters. Edit, remove or sort the UDSs in the data sources palette
Access to spatial database servers (SQL Server, PostGIS, etc.) (show full list)
Use UDSs to access tables and import or export them, by accessing a lot of spatial data servers, including simple or complex internal structuresWatch this video...
Access to other connections (WFS, ODBC, etc.) (show full list)
Also use UDSs to access special spatial information connections, such as WFS stores or ODBCWatch this video...
Manage schemas and tables
Create, delete and rename schemas. Delete and rename tables.
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD Editions
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD Technical resources
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD Requirements
- AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, etc. (see current Compatible AutoCAD applications)
- 100 MB free disk space, or more
- Windows Installer 3.1 or later
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD Assemblies
- Version 22.214.171.12406 (May 30, 2014): 32-bit / 64-bit
- Version 126.96.36.19944 (June 5, 2014): 32-bit / 64-bit
- Version 188.8.131.5297 (September 3, 2014): 32-bit / 64-bit
- Version 184.108.40.20631 (October 27, 2014): 32-bit / 64-bit
- Version 220.127.116.1169 (January 21, 2015): 32&64-bit
- Version 18.104.22.16863 (March 13, 2015): 32&64-bit
- Version 22.214.171.12446 (May 8, 2015): 32&64-bit