Contents - Component

The Component panel of the Contents pane displays information for the active layer or window such as the projection (coordinate system) for the component.     The Component panel is the default panel open when we first click on the Contents pane tab.   If we have switched to a different panel in the Contents pane, we can switch to the Component panel by choosing it in the pull-down menu of panels.

 

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Open the Component panel in the Contents pane by pulling down the panel menu and choosing Component.   A keyboard shortcut of Ctrl+1 also switches the Contents pane to the Component panel.

Maps

When a map has the focus the Component panel will report projection information for the map as well as for the active layer within that map.   In the illustration below the buildings layer is the active layer in the map.

 

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The panel displays the active layer component, the table used by that component, the geometry field or tile field used, and the spatial index used.     Coordinate systems are reported in black color text if the coordinate system has already been correctly assigned, or in red color text if the initial coordinate system has not yet been assigned.  The records number reports the total number of records in the drawing (objects) or image (tiles).  tech_ravi_sm.png

 

Tech tip: Clicking on any component shown in the Component display will highlight that component in the Project pane opening folders as necessary in the Project pane to show the component.

Drawings

When a drawing has the focus the Component panel will report projection information for the drawing as well as for the active layer within that drawing, if the drawing has more than one layer.

 

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Coordinate systems are reported in black color text if the coordinate system has already been correctly assigned, or in red color text if the initial coordinate system has not yet been assigned.  

Tables

When a table has the focus the Component panel will report the number of records in the table.

 

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Images

When an image has the focus the Component panel will report projection information for the image as well as for the active layer within that image, if the image has more than one layer.

 

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Coordinate systems are reported in black color text if the coordinate system has already been correctly assigned, or in red color text if the initial coordinate system has not yet been assigned.  

Coordinate System in Black or Red

The Component panel tells us at a glance if a coordinate system needs to be assigned.  When a data source specifies the coordinate system to use, Manifold displays the coordinate system in black color.  If the coordinate system is shown in red color, we must click the coordinate system picker button and choose Assign Initial Coordinate System.

 

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Manifold shows the coordinate system in black color, as in the Latitude / Longitude coordinate system seen above at left, when the component has been created with coordinate system information or if it has been imported from a format that specifies the coordinate system to use.   When a component has been created without specifying the coordinate system or it has been imported from a format that does not specify projection information, Manifold will show the default Pseudo Mercator coordinate system in red color.   Red color warns us that we must assign an initial coordinate system using the Assign Initial Coordinate System dialog.

 

Notes

Clicking on a component shown in the Component display will highlight that component in the Project pane opening folders as necessary in the Project pane to show the component.

 

See Also

Getting Started

 

User Interface Basics

 

Maps

 

Drawings

 

Editing Drawings

 

Images

 

Labels

 

Selection

 

Style

 

Project Pane

 

Assign Initial Coordinate System

 

Repair Initial Coordinate System

 

Change Coordinate System

 

Contents - Layers

 

Contents - Record

 

Contents - Style

 

Layer Opacity

 

Example: Layers Tutorial - We take a tour of the Layers panel in the Contents pane, learning how to manage layer display order, select layers, turn several layers on and off at the same time, alter opacity settings for one or more layers and how to change background color.

 

Example: Style Panel Quickstart - A tutorial introduction to using the Style panel in the Contents pane to apply color, symbology, size and rotation to areas, lines and points in drawings.

 

Example: Edit Coordinates While Creating an Object - When creating an object in a map using a tool such as Create Area, right in the middle of the process we can edit coordinates in the Contents - Record panel's Coordinates tab.   This example shows the step by step process.

 

Example: Edit Attributes and Move a Point - We look at the attributes for a point in a drawing layer and edit one of the attributes using a more expanded Edit dialog.  We then move the point to a new location. Easy!

 

Example: Edit Attributes, Larger Text, IME for Asian Languages - A tour showing how to edit attributes in a drawing using the Record panel Values tab and the expanded Edit dialog, including advanced Unicode facilities and use of the built in Input Method Editor (IME) to input text in Japanese language.

 

Example: Assign Initial Coordinate System - Use the Contents pane to manually assign an initial coordinate system when importing from a format that does not specify the coordinate system.

 

Example: Change Projection of an Image - Use the Change Coordinate System command to change the projection of an image, raster data showing terrain elevations in a region of Florida, from Latitude / Longitude to Orthographic centered on Florida.

 

Videos

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 1 - This video shows how to download and use a portable installation for Manifold Future.  The video also shows the Contents, pane, layers and layer opacity, one click use of data source favorites, using your own archival favorite and getting record values instantly.  If you are using Viewer or Radian Studio, download and use the Future version to get access to all these powerful new features.

 

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 2 Editing - The video shows how to create new objects, how to add fields and vertices and move vertices around, how to edit existing objects and how to use simple selection methods to choose vertices to move together, including moving all objects.

 

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 3 Editing - The editing tour continues with a look at how to create branched objects, including how to create areas with holes and islands, how to add branches to lines and how to add coordinates between vertices in existing objects.  We finish up by creating an area that traces over a pond in the Luxembourg Gardens in Paris using a Google satellite view, and then we add a hole to that area and two additional islands.

 

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 4 Edit Attributes, Move a Point - We use Manifold Future to see how to view attributes of objects in drawings, including use of the new Edit dialog to view long, multi-paragraph text fields.  We edit fields and see how easy it is to preview edits and either accept them or abandon them. We switch to editing the geometry of objects in a drawing, viewing the coordinate locations and using mouse moves to reposition points. We edit the location of a point to correct an error in a drawing, using Google Satellite view to provide context for the correction.  Fast and easy, with previews all the way!

 

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 5 Unicode Attributes and IME -  We take a tour through Manifold Future attribute editing, showing how to edit attributes in a drawing using the Record panel Values

tab and the expanded Edit dialog, including advanced Unicode facilities and use of the built in Input Method Editor (IME) to input text in Japanese language.

 

Manifold Future - Future Tour Part 6 Cell Context Menu - A short video showing a fast and easy way to copy between cells in tables using the context menu.  Also... one step undo of pending changes,  setting the value of a cell to NULL and more. The context menu on cells is such a simple thing but it makes repetitive editing of tables much faster and easier.

 

Manifold Future - 5 Minute Style Quickstart - A five minute, fast and easy introduction to the new Style and formatting capabilities in Manifold Future. In just five minutes learn how to rapidly change colors, symbology, sizes and rotations for area, line and point objects in drawings.

 

Manifold Future - Example: Style Panel Quickstart - A video that repeats the Example: Style Panel Quickstart topic.  The video shows how to format points using the Style panel, including simultaneous formatting of multiple style properties using the same thematic format setup. See how to use free meteorology symbols from a popular, free font, how to use letters and other symbols as point symbology and more.

 

Manifold Future - Example: City Sizes by Population - A video that repeats the Example: Format the Size of City Points by Population topic. The video shows how to vary the sizes and colors of points in a map by the populations of cities those points represent, a classic example of thematic formatting. See also what the percentage numbers in the intervals list mean and how interval methods are automatically calculated by Manifold based on the data in the drawing.