In a nutshell
- Import into Autodesk® AutoCAD® from Google Earth (KML or KMZ), OpenStreetMap (OSM or PBF), Shapefiles (SHP), GPS, Points (many formats), Excel, Access, ESRI ArcInfo®, MapInfo, GML, 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.
- Alphanumeric data tables as AutoCAD XDATA.
- Powerful and Easy to use Background Maps.
- Not only works in basic AutoCAD: also in Autodesk® AutoCAD® Map 3D, Autodesk® AutoCAD® Civil 3D, Autodesk® AutoCAD® Architecture, etc.
- Note: This app uses a custom installer (and not the standard App Store installer)
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 tables (files, data servers or data stores), display background maps and manage alphanumeric data and data tables
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 with polygons, blocks according to data values and mapped attributes, or labeling are only part of the application functionality when importing from spatial files, data servers, data stores, etc. The user can choose import the 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
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.
The export functionality includes options to export the handle and layer of the objects, as well as the block attributes and the text objects properties.
There are options for filtering the objects when exporting, and all the geometric operations needed to fit the target data format are automatically performed.
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 data.
The user can choose the appropriate CRSs from a complete CRS catalog or from a list which includes the most recent used CRSs.
The AutoCAD users (from v.2008), can choose among many Backgrounds Maps from many providers such as OpenStreetMap, Bing, MapBox, Ordnance Survey, etc.
The map images are automatically updated when the drawing view changes (zoom, pan, etc.).
Data structure management and direct data edition
The users can design and edit the structure which will be used to store the data. In addition, the data values can be modified in the palette of the application. There is a command to select objects according to the table that they are attached.
User data sources
Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD incorporates the UDS technology to easily connect with spatial database servers, or data stores. UDSs avoid having to enter a lot of connection parameters
Import/Export graphical features and alphanumeric data into AutoCAD drawings from/to:
ESRI Shape file - (SHP)
Google Earth file - (KML, KMZ)
OpenStreetMap file - (OSM, PBF) (1)
GPS exchange format file - (GPX) (1)
ASCII text file - (ASC, CSV, NEZ, TXT, XYZ, UPT)
SQLite file - (SQLITE, DB)
GML file - (GML, GZ, XML) (1)
Autodesk SDF file - (SDF) (3)
MicroStation v.7 file - (DGN) (2)
AutoCAD DXF file - (DXF) (2)
ESRI ArcInfo export file (ASCII) - (E00) (1) (2)
MapInfo file - (TAB) (2)
MapInfo interchange format file - (MIF/MID) (2)
GeoJSON file - (GEO.JSON) (1) (2)
Microsoft SQL Server Spatial database
MySQL database (1) (3)
Open Database Connectivity ODBC (1)
WFS data store (1) (2 and 3)
(1) Importing only (Read-only)
(2) OGR data source
(3) FDO provider
This is a 15 days trial version.