Introductory Examples

Example: Project Pane Tutorial

In this example we take an extended tour of the Project pane, engaging in a variety of simple but typical moves that are illustrated step by step.

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: Import Shapefile and Create a Map

Step by step process to import a shapefile and to create a map.


Example: Import a Shapefile

ESRI shapefiles are a very popular format for publishing GIS and other spatial data.  Unfortunately, shapefiles often will not specify what projection should be used.  This example shows how to deal with that quickly and easily.

Example: Create Maps

Maps are used to show layers that can be drawings, images, and labels.  This topic shows how to create new, blank maps, how to create maps from existing components, and how to create maps from other maps.

Example: Add Labels to a Map

How to manually add labels to a map.

Example: Closing without Saving

An example that shows how File - Close without saving the project can affect local tables and components differently from those saved already into a data source, such as an .mdb file database.

Example: Spectacular Images and Data from Web Servers

A must see topic providing a gallery of views illustrating how Manifold can use web servers such as image servers and other free resources to provide a seemingly endless selection of spectacular background maps, satellite images and GIS data with nearly zero effort.

Example: An Imageserver Tutorial

An extensive tutorial showing step by step how to add new data sources that are image servers, how to show them as layers in a map, how to create a new drawing that matches the projection of the map and how to trace over what is seen in an image server layer to create an area object in the drawing.

Example: Edit a Shapefile In Place

How to edit a shapefile "in place," that is, leaving the data in the shapefile and only linking it into a project and not importing it into the project.

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: Change Point Style

Using new Style panel controls to change point style, either very rapidly one property at a time, or using the total Style button to compose a new style with changes to several properties at once.

Example: Bounded Areas

Given line objects, the Bounded Areas transform template creates areas in regions entirely enclosed by overlapping or otherwise touching lines.  A quick look at how the Transform panel in the Contents pane helps create new drawings.

Example: Locations

Save Locations and use saved Locations to quickly navigate to desired views in windows.


Example: Create Many Locations from a Drawing

Given a drawing of points, we quickly create a folder with Locations for all of the points, allowing us to quickly pan and zoom to a local view around each point.

Example: Trace an Area in a Map over an Image Background

In a map with a drawing layer above an image layer (served dynamically by an image server), create an area object in the drawing by tracing over the outlines of something seen in the image layer below

Example: Transfer DEM Terrain Heights to Areas in a Drawing

Given a map with an image layer that shows terrain heights taken from a DEM, and a drawing layer that contains areas, using a small SQL query we transfer the average terrain height within each area to that area as a Height attribute for the area. Easy!

Example: Create a Map Showing OSM Use by Country

A start-to-finish real life example of map creation that combines various Manifold capabilities.  Copying a table of numbers from a web site, we create a map that is thematically colored to show usage of OpenStreetMap by country in proportion to the population of that country.

Example: Compare Sizes of Countries

An example that combines multiple facilities within Manifold to create a presentation that allows comparison of the relative sizes of different countries.