Getting Started

How to get going quickly with Manifold.

Projects and .map Files

Finding our way around a project.

Importing and Linking

Making the choice between importing data or linking to external data.

User Interface

Basic moves to view and navigate.

How to Edit a Single File

How to edit just a single file in place or as an import.


Maps contain layers that are drawings, images and labels.


All data in Manifold is stored in a table somewhere.

Editing Tables

User interface moves for editing tables.


Drawings display vector data that is stored in table.

Editing Drawings

How to edit existing objects in drawings and how to create new objects in drawings

Copy and Paste between Drawings

Copying and pasting objects between drawings, between tables or between drawings and tables.


Interactive selection is a very powerful Manifold tool.


Show only the records desired in a table window. Fast!  Easy!

Layer Opacity

Layers can vary opacity from zero to 100%, allowing layers below to show through partially transparent layers.

Web Servers

Connecting to web servers like WMS servers, Google Streets and much more.


Images display raster data, including photos, terrain elevation and multispectral data.


Labels display the content of attributes of objects in drawings.


Layouts provide an interface with which we can compose a print layout, to print to PDF or to a printer.

Data Types

Handy list of all data types Manifold works with.


All index types available in Manifold tables.

Add an Index to a Table

Most tables are created with an index automatically.  If not, here is how to add one.


Using the command window to write queries using SQL.

Spatial Data

Data that has to do with location is spatial data.


How coordinates make up objects in drawings.


Spatial data uses projections.  This topic provides first steps in a big subject.


Simple text comments in projects.


How to use 11 different scripting languages in Manifold.


How to get supercomputer computational analytic performance for next to nothing using massively parallel computation on hundreds or thousands of GPU cores.  Nothing else comes close.

Street Address Geocoding

Assigning spatial locations to street addresses.

Regular Expressions

Massively powerful notation for matching patterns in strings.