Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD

Overview in a Nutshell

  • Import into AutoCAD or GstarCAD from Google Earth (KML or KMZ), OpenStreetMap (OSM or PBF), Shapefiles (SHP), GPS, Points (many formats), Excel, Access, ESRI ArcInfo®, MapInfo, GML (GML or GZ), PostGIS, SQL Server, SQLite, and many more geospatial sources
  • Export from Autocad or GstarCAD to Google Earth (KML or KMZ), Shapefiles (SHP), Points (many formats), MapInfo, PostGIS, SQL Server, SQLite, and many more geospatial targets
  • Transformation of coordinates optional
  • Backgrounds Maps powerful and easy to use
  • Search Locations
  • Terrain functions including 3D points from elevation services, DTM meshes, contours, etc.
  • Publishing to Google Earth
  • Alphanumeric data tables as AutoCAD XDATA. Manage data tables and fields. Query selection. Data viewer and editor included
  • Save Tasks to replay the import processes so many times as desired
  • Interface simple, intuitive and productive
  • Perpetual licenses. Pay once, no periodic fees
  • Not only works in basic AutoCAD: also in AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Civil 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, and GstarCAD

Spatial Manager™ for GstarCAD is a powerful CAD plug-in designed for AutoCAD or GstarCAD users who need to import, export and manage spatial data in a simple, fast and inexpensive way, which includes many possibilities not seen so far in CAD.

It comes in a lightweight application that runs inside CAD and allows the user to import and export geospatial data between CAD drawings and geospatial files, data servers or data stores, display background maps and manage alphanumeric data and data tables.

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AutoCAD and GstarCAD Import

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD and GstarCAD imports spatial data, into new or existing CAD drawings, as CAD objects and Extended Entity Data (EED/XDATA), using a powerful wizard which lets the user choose or select all the necessary import parameters in order to get differentiated spatial information in a CAD drawing.

Batch-import, automatic layering, fill of polygons, blocks according data values and mapped attributes, labeling, elevation, thickness or the spatial filter are only part of the application functionality when importing from spatial files, data servers, data stores, etc. The user can choose import the polygons using „MPolygon“ objects, even on basic CAD.

There are some advanced and powerful technics to speed up the import processes, such as Import-all sources from a folder, database schema or multi-table file and others.

The „Tasks“ save all the import processes parameters and options in order to repeat these processes so many times as desired. It is possible to execute one or more „Tasks“ at once.

AutoCAD and GstarCAD Export

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD and GstarCAD exports objects from the drawing to spatial files or databases, and saves their Extended Entity Data (EED/XDATA) as alphanumeric data tables using a wizard, which shares some of the steps with the import wizard. In the same way, the user can choose or select the export parameters to define all the target data among a great number of possibilities.

There are options to export the Coordinates, Length or Area, the objects Layer, Handle and Elevation, the Attributes and the name of the Block references and their properties, the Texts and their properties, the Hatches and their properties, etc. The objects will be automatically filtered when exporting, and all the geometric operations needed to fit the target data format (such as segmenting curved objects) are automatically performed.

Transformation of Coordinates 

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD and GstarCAD will calculate geometric transformations of the features in line with the import and export processes, which will depend on the chosen Coordinate System (CRS) for the source and target data.

The user can choose the appropriate CRSs from a complete CRS catalog or from a list which includes the most recent used CRSs.

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD and GstarCAD will also automatically creates a new drawing including geometrically regenerated objects from the current drawing according to the transformation between two CRSs

Background Maps

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD and GstarCAD allows to the CAD users (from v.2008), choose from among many Backgrounds Maps from many providers such as OpenStreetMap, Bing, MapBox, Ordnance Survey, etc. These maps will enhance the drawings quality and will let the users compare and check better.

The map images are automatically updated when the drawing view changes (zoom, pan, etc.) and the images resolution is automatically adapted to the view size. The user can define its own BG Maps in order to access WMTS/WMS/TMS map servers, import/export them and take static Snapshots of the Maps.

Search Locations

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD and GstarCAD include functions to geo-locate in your drawing postal addresses, streets, neighbor hoods or other geographical objects.

It allows you to access a text search window of locations and automatically zoom in or insert the geometry of the selected location or rectangular envelope.


Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD and GstarCAD allows you to create and manage Terrains and related objects.

3D Points / Blocks selected in drawing or built from Elevation service providers in any selected area.

2D or 3D Contours. Minor and major Contours. Contour labels. Layer separation and different color models. Contours attached to Data Tables including elevation values and type.

3D Terrain models, using 3D Meshes or other CAD/BIM objects. Automatic image projection and fitting of any Background Map (preset or user-configured) on one or more Terrains in their actual location.

Publishing to Google Earth

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD and GstarCAD includes a specific command designed to Export all or part of the objects in the visible Layers of the drawing and their data, to a KML or KMZ file (Google Earth) through a one-click operation.

The current Layers organization and the properties of the Layers and objects are considered when creating the resulting GE file, and this file can be opened in Google Earth (if installed).

Data Structure Management and Direct Data Edition

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD and GstarCAD will manage the alphanumeric data which may come linked to the objects in the import processes themselves but the users can also design and edit the structure which will be used to store the data. They can manage the tables and the fields according to their needs.

In addition, the data values can be modified in the palette of the application or through the powerful interactive Data grid, and there are two commands to select objects by Queries or according to the table that they are attached. As a plus, the application also provides a command that allows Zooming to the selected objects.

User Data Sources

Spatial Manager™ for AutoCAD and GstarCAD incorporates the UDS technology to easily connect with spatial database servers, or data stores, and also as the way the user can define the path to a particular spatial data file, including their own connection parameters.

UDSs avoid having to enter a lot of connection parameters, which are not easy to remember, and they are stored inside the user settings to take advantage of them in every application session.

Runs in AutoCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D and others

Spatial Manager™ is not only compatible with AutoCAD but also with other AutoCAD based applications such as GstarCAD, AutoCAD Map 3D, AutoCAD Architecture, etc.