Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD Overview
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD is an awesome AutoCAD plug-in designed for AutoCAD users who need to import 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 that allows the user to import geospatial data from spatial files, or spatial data servers, into AutoCAD drawings
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD imports spatial data, into new or existing AutoCAD drawings, as AutoCAD objects and Extended Entity Data (EED), 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.
Transformation of coordinates
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD will calculate geometric transformations of the features in line with the import 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 including 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 spatial data in AutoCAD drawings
Import spatial data from files, data servers and other spatial data sources, into new or existing AutoCAD drawings, as AutoCAD objects and Extended Entity Data (EED). The import wizard leads the user to select all needed import parametersWatch this video...
Transformation of coordinates when importing
Geometric transformations of the features in line with the import processes. Coordinate reference system (CRS) of the source and target (AutoCAD drawing). Complete CRS catalog. Drop down list including the favorite or most recent used CRSs
Extended Entity Data (EED) viewer panel
When selecting objects in the drawing, their EEDs will be shown in the "Properties" area of the application panel
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)
Import Features data as Objects Extended Entity Data (EED) to get more "intelligent" AutoCAD drawings
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 panel
Access to spatial data files (SHP, GPX, KML, OSM, etc.) (show full list)
Load spatial data tables, and import them, 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 panel
Access to spatial database servers (SQL Server, PostGIS, etc.) (show full list)
Use UDSs to load tables, and import them, by accessing a lot of spatial data servers, including simple or complex internal structuresWatch this video...
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD Editions
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