New Favorite Data Source

Choosing File - Create - New Favorite Data Source or right-clicking into the Project pane and choosing New Favorite Data Source will launch a menu providing one-click use of any data source that has been added to the list in the Favorite Data Sources dialog.  




Manifold provides five built-in data sources for imageservers.  These five favorites will be available if we do not remove them from the Favorites list.   Any other data sources we add to the Favorites list will also appear in this menu.

Favorites Can Be any Data Source

The built-in Favorites are imageservers but we can add any data source we like as a favorite.  For example, we might add a frequently-used connection to a PostgreSQL database.  If we keep archival data in Manifold .map projects we can add those as data sources.  For example, if we frequently use ESRI backgrounds we might add as a favorite the example project that contains a collection of many WMS servers that ArcGIS REST web server data sources.  Any time we want to add a collection of WMS servers to our project that we can use we could choose that favorite data source.   See the example in the Favorite Data Sources topic.

See Also

Web Servers


File - Create - New Data Source


Favorite Data Sources - View and edit the Favorites dialog for data sources, showing various data sources that may be added to the project with a single click from the list provided to the New Favorite Data Source menu.


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 imageservers 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 imageservers, 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 imageserver layer to create an area object in the drawing.


Example: Create a New Data Source from a Manifold Image Server - Manifold image server modules are snippets of code which use the Manifold Image Server Interface (ISI) to automatically fetch image tiles from popular image servers like Virtual Earth, Wikimapia, Yahoo!, Google Maps, Yandex and many others. Image servers can provide street maps, overhead satellite imagery, combinations of streets and satellite imagery and other data as well.  Using Manifold Image Servers is one of the most popular Manifold features.


Example: Create a New Data Source from a MAP File - Create a new data source from an existing Manifold .map project file.   This is the classic way to nest projects, one calling another, to create libraries of data and projects.   Access to nested projects has effectively zero performance loss and the links within projects take up effectively zero space so we can create huge constellations of data at our fingertips.


Example: Create a Data Source within an Existing Data Source - When a data source is writable, for example, if the data source is a Manifold .map file, we can work within that data source as if it were at the top level of our project.   For example, we can create a new data source that is nested within the existing data source.   This example shows how.


Example: Create and Use New Data Source using an MDB Database - This example Illustrates the step-by-step creation of a new data source using an .mdb file database, followed by use of SQL.  Although now deprecated in favor of the more current Access Database Engine formats, .mdb files are ubiquitous in the Microsoft world, one of the more popular file formats in which file databases are encountered.