In this example we create a new data source from an existing .map Manifold project file. The existing project is an import into Manifold of the "Northwind Traders" example database used with Microsoft Access and JET databases.
We launch Manifold and choose File - Create - New Data Source. The dropdown menu provides a list of favorites to choose from as well as a More... option.
We choose More... to launch the New Data Source dialog.
In the New Data Source dialog we change the name from the default Data Source to a more descriptive name, Nwind example. We choose File: manifold as the Type and then we click on the [...] browse button to browse for the .map file we wish to use.
We navigate to where the .map file is located, click on it to highlight it and then press the Open button.
This adds into the Source box the path to the .map file we would like to use. We press Create Data Source to create the new data source.
A new data source is created in the project.
If we hover the mouse cursor over the new data source a tooltip will report the connection string used to connect to that data source, in this case the simple path to the .map file used.
If we expand the data source by clicking on the + box icon next to Nwind example we see that it does, indeed, consist of Microsoft's Northwind Traders example database imported into Manifold. This data source is fully read/write. We can work with it just as if all the tables and other components had been imported into the top level of our project.
File - Create - New Data Source
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