GMS:GIS Module

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GIS Module
Enabling ArcObjects
Converting GIS Data to Other Data Types
GIS to Feature Objects
Add Data
GIS Display Options
GIS Tool Palette
Raster Catalogs
GIS Commands

The GIS module allows manipulating ESRI type GIS data, such as shapefiles.

The GIS module is used to manage all external geographical data including:

  • Images (*.tif, *.jpg, *.png, *.bmp, *.pdf, *.ecw, *.sid, *m.00 (ENC), ...)
  • Rasters/DEM (*.dem, *.flt, *.asc, *.bil, *.tif, *.ace, ...)
  • GIS (*.shp, *.mif/mid, *m.00 (ENC), ...)
  • Lidar Surveys (*.las)

When opening a file recognized as a GIS data type, GMS will create an entry in the project explorer for that object. The object may contain any combination of the following:

  • image data (colors on a grid)
  • raster data (values on a grid)
  • vector data (vector objects)
  • GIS objects (data recognized as being native to ArcInfo, MapInfo, QGIS)

In addition to data type, the data source for a GIS object may be static (a single file) or dynamic (a link to a web site).

The icon, displayed to the left of the entry of the tree indicates what type(s) of data reside in that object and whether the object is static or dynamic.

The GIS module is included with all paid editions of GMS. GIS data can be imported using the Community Edition, but the GIS tools are disabled.