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Importing Spatial Data

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Point data can also imported from non-spatial sources and mapped using coordinate fields or geocoding of street addresses. There are two main ways that true spatial data can be imported into Maptitude.

An individual data layer can be added to a map using the Add Layer button on the Layers dialog box (select Layers… on the Map menu):

Layers dialog box

This will let you import from a range of vector geospatial files and sources including ESRI Shapefile (shp), ESRI Geodatabase (mdb), MapInfo TAB, Oracle Spatial database, and SQL Server Spatial database. This dialog box will also let you import raster layers.

Note that many formats such as the popular KML (“Google Earth”) format include varying kinds of data that is more correctly loaded as multiple layers. These are imported by selecting Open… on the File menu. This will let you open a wide range of different file formats, including complete new maps and non-spatial databases. However, you can also import a file as a layer (or multiple layers) into the current map. For example, you can select a KML file, and each entity type (point, line, area) will be loaded as its own layer.

See the Open dialog box for the full list, but other supported multi-layer formats include MapPoint / Streets&Trips (ptm,est); TIGER/Line; OpenStreetMap (osm); Ordnance Survey (ntf); and AutoCAD (dwg,dxf).

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