Spatial Manager™ for ZWCAD PRO

general General

Import/export spatial data into/from ZWCAD drawings

Import or export spatial data between files, data servers or other spatial data sources, and entities in new or existing ZWCAD drawings. Use Extended Entity Data (EED) to load or save spatial alphanumeric data tables. The import and the export wizards lead the user to select all needed parameters and many interesting options

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. The catalog and the drop down lists include the most recent used CRSs

Transform the coordinate system of a drawing

Transform the Coordinate System (CRS) of a whole drawing or a set of selected objects, which automatically creates a new drawing including geometrically regenerated objects from the current drawing according to the chosen transformation between two CRSs

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Background Maps

Choose from among many Backgrounds Maps from many providers such as OpenStreetMap, Bing, MapBox, Ordnance Survey, etc., or user-defined maps. They enhance the drawings quality and allow the user compare and check better

Search Locations

Access to Internet geo location services through the text search window and automatically zoom in or insert the geometry of the selected location

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Advanced terrain technology that includes an intuitive interface to create terrains and other related entities: 3D Points (drawing or elevation Internet services), Contours, 3D Terrain models, etc.

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Extended Entity Data (EED) viewer palette

When selecting entities in the drawing, their EEDs will be shown in the "Properties" area of the application palette. The values can be edited directly in the palette and can include hyperlinks

Managing the data structure

Design and edit the structure which will be used to store the data attached to the entities. Manage the tables and the fields according to the needs. New tools available to attach, detach and select data

task Import processes

Entities imported into a new or open drawing

Import processes can be performed in the current ZWCAD 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 entity

Use blocks for points and centroids

Choose between ZWCAD Points or Block References when importing point features or centroid of polygon features. When using Blocks, you can select a field to choose the Block References names to insert and "map" fields from the incoming data to Attributes included inside the Block definition

Block insertion parameters from field values

Also use fields from the incoming data to define Block insertion parameters, such as the scale and the rotation of the Block

Polygon fills and transparencies

Fill polygon areas using ZWCAD Hatches and define the options for the Hatches such as pattern, angle and scale. Apply transparencies to the Hatches

Polygon centroids

Draw optional centroids when importing polygon features using ZWCAD Points or Block References

Labeling entities while importing

Choose a data field to label any entity: point type, linear type or polygonal type (centroid). Smart text location for the linear type entities. The properties for the new texts (rotation, height, etc.) can be taken from other data fields

Spatial filter

Import only the entities in the current view

Elevation and thickness from field values

Take field values from incoming data to set the elevation and/or thickness for the new entities

Import data from tables as Extended Entity Data (EED)

Import Features data as Entities Extended Entity Data (EED) to get more "intelligent" ZWCAD 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

Batch Import

Import all the files from a folder in one go. If needed, separate the content of each file in different Layers

Import Tasks

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 palette

task Export processes

Entities exported to geospatial files or servers

From the current drawing to new or existing tables in files or schemas inside files or databases

Select the entities to be exported

Choose between exporting the selected entities, the entities 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

Options for entities geometry data

Export the coordinates X/Y/Z, the Length, the Area and the Elevation in new fields of the data tables

Z-Coordinate and Elevation

The Z-coordinate is exported in all the cases. If not available, the entity Elevation is exported as the Z-coordinate

Options for entities properties

Export the Handle and the Layer of the entities in new fields of the data tables

Options for Block references

Option to export the Name, Rotation, Scales and the Attributes of the Block references in new fields of the data tables. The names of the fields and the Attributes will match

Options for Texts

Export the Text entities and their basic properties (Rotation and Height)

Options for Hatches

Export the Hatch entities and their properties (Name, Angle, Scale, etc.)

Automatic complex geometric operations

Review and editing of the selected entities in order to export geometries accommodated in the target format, such as the polygonal segmentation on curves if required

Filtering of incompatible entities

There are a few entity types not supported by the export processes (such as complex 3D entities), which are automatically filtered. The filter result is displayed before exporting

Opening help

Upon completion of any export process to a file, the file location can be opened directly. When exporting to a KML or KMZ file it can be chosen to open the file in Google Earth (if installed)

data Data sources

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 structures

Access to other connections (WFS, ODBC, etc.) (show full list)

Also use UDSs to access special spatial information connections, such as WFS stores or ODBC

Manage schemas and tables

Create, delete and rename schemas. Delete and rename tables.

coords Transformation of coordinates

Unified CRS system

Use the same tools (the CRS Catalog essentially) to assign the Coordinate Reference System to a drawing or to define the CRSs to the source and the target when performing the import / export processes

Smart Transformations

The application helps when entering any configuration setting. For example, if you are importing from Google Earth (KML), the source CRS is automatically set to WGS84 and the target CRS can be set to a standard projected CRS

Updated Coordinate Systems objects list

The objects list includes more than 14000 Projections, Ellipsoids, Coordinate Systems, Coordinate Transformations, etc. for all the areas and geographic segmentations of the Earth. This list is often extended, revised and updated. The Catalog includes a set of practical tools to filter, search or group the most recent used CRSs

backmaps Background Maps

Easy Map control

Use the tabs in the Background Maps window to display a specific Map Provider Group, where the selection boxes show a preview image of the available Maps in this Group. Quickly show and hide any Map. Regenerate tools

Base Maps to design

It is also possible to set Background Maps in empty drawings in order to have a cartographic base when starting a new piece of work or project even without defining a specific Coordinate Reference System

User Maps

Configure new Groups and new Maps by entering a minimum of data. There are also tools to edit the Maps configuration data or delete them from the list. Import - Export user BG Maps in order to share them


Get static ZWCAD raster images from the Maps. Up to four levels of image resolution. Provides interesting solutions to define different maps for different Viewports and/or Views, as an advanced Printing or Publishing tool, to combine Maps or to clip the Maps

location Search Locations

Advanced search

Once you enter the search text and click “Search”, the result(s) returned by Internet search services will appear in the window and include the location Full Name, Type, Geometry type, and the Location service source. You can sort the result rows according to different window columns

Location and geometries

Select any result row and you will be able to Zoom to the location, Insert the Geometry in your drawing, Points, Polylines, Polygons, etc., depending on the geometry type, and zoom to the Geometry, or Insert the geometry Envelope rectangle, and zoom to the Envelope
Choose “Fill areas using Hatches” in order to add a Hatch when inserting Polygonal geometries or rectangular Envelopes

Persistent window

Note that 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 drawing, edit the drawing, etc. while the window is still on screen

terrains Terrains

3D Points

Use Points or Blocks selected in the drawing or built from Elevation service providers in any selected area

2D or 3D Contours

Create minor and major Contours, label Contour altitudes, separate in different Layers and different color models. Optional attached Data Tables will include Contour elevation values and types

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3D Terrains

3D models generation using 3D Meshes or other CAD/BIM objects from the selected 3D entities

GE Publishing to Google Earth

Quick creation and use

Regardless of the advanced Export capabilities of the application the user can find a specific tool to Export all or part of the objects in the visible Layers of the drawing and their data, to a KML or KMZ file (Google Earth) through a one-click operation. In addition, it is possible to open the file directly in Google Earth (if installed)

"Clone" the drawing

The process will consider the current Layers organization and the properties of the Layers and objects. The elements in the KML/KMZ file will assume the colors, weights, etc. of the objects in the drawing. A subdivision based on the types of the objects in the Layers will be also created for each Layer

alphdata Alphanumeric data

Data structure

The data Tables can be automatically created and structured when importing elements from any data sources, but the application includes all the tools that the users need to create new Tables and edit or delete existing Tables. When a Table is modified or deleted, all the entities attached to the Table will be automatically updated. Create, edit or delete Fields in any existing table. You can assign a default value to any Field and select the type of data for the Field (Text, Integer, Date, etc.). As happens with the tables, if any alteration occurs in the Fields of a table, the application will automatically update all the attached entities

Entities management

Automatic or manual Attachment of Entities to data tables, view and edit directly the field Values individually or for a selection of Entities, Detachment of Entities and Entities Selections based on a specific attached table. Direct access to Hyperlink fields from the application Palette

Data grid

Interactive and synchronized palette where you can view, edit, etc. the entities data in any table in the drawing. You can also select entities from the 'Data Grid', export the data from the tables and many more

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Selecting entities in drawings by simple or compound queries. Complete queries or query to the current selection and add the result to the current selection. Selections based on a specific attached table. Zoom into the selected entities