Manifold GIS, something else with layouts

Some time ago I spoke in an article How print presentations are created using Manifold GIS. At that time we did a pretty basic layout, in this case I want to show a more complex one. This is the example of a map of agrological productivity; as the main map is the current use from a satellite image, at the bottom it has the agrological capacity maps of the Simmons Map and the potential use of the FAO.

Map for rent gis

Image 3132 How to do IMS with Manifold GISFirst, it is important to understand the structure of objects that Manifold uses, as I explained in previous article, Since those same objects are loaded into the layout according to the utility.


This is the vector layer, which in Manifold is indistinct, can contain mixed shapes, lines or dots, since they are all contained in a .map extension database. This drawing can have as children, other representations such as:

  • Table, which is the tabular display of the layer. This is unique by drawing.
  • Labels, which are the dynamic labels of a field displayed on the map. You can create as many layers of labels as you like, they are nested in the drawing and can also be unlinked.
  • Themes, of these I did not speak before, but they are thematic representations of the layer, they can be several and they are also nested to the map.

The map

It is the conformation of layers. This is armed with different themes, labels, raster. They can be drawings directly but it is not recommended as they will change as they are painted on a different theme, for that you prefer to call the themes. You choose what goes up, what goes transparent, what colors of theming, line, thickness, plot ... at our whim.

Map for rent gis

See the example in the previous image. It is how the standing map that is seen in the initial map is created. It shows how the labels, table and theme of the FAO land use map are nested, and these are loaded on a map type display.

Map for rent gis

The Layout

is the presentation for printing and nested to the map. You can have as many as required, and you can also be independent.

When in the layout view, the following contextual buttons are presented, similar to what is done with Arcmap, the former are for alignment and location of text boxes. Then there are the options to make horizontal, vertical lines, table, square from a central point, text, legend, north symbol and scale bar. They are not displayed in the bar but there are also commands to align and distribute. They are loaded with Tools> customize> alignment.

Map for rent gis

The following example shows the case of the legend, this can be loaded separately or within a dataframe. Additionally I have added a line of horizontal division but you can also add verticals with which you can make legends across.

Map for rent gis

So although Manifold does not bring more than a poor staff, the biggest work is in putting together the maps, then they just crawl to the page and adapt to the taste. In the properties (with double click) you can choose if you want to have a grid in the contour, if you want them to be geographic coordinates or projected UTM. Also the scale, symbology and north.

Additionally you can upload images as I have done with the corner shield and also Linked Excel tables As I have done with the blue box at the bottom.

So, in short, the same project supports many layouts, which are armed by maps, these by thematizations and thematizations are representations of vector layers.

And also the text boxes can have macros, as shown in the following image, where Layout name, description, date or project facilitates the layout.

Map for rent gis

And of course, once mapped it can be duplicated to create another, editing the source dataframes without having to build the template from scratch.

To send it out, right click on the layout and choose if you want to print, save as pdf with layers or as a high resolution image in .ems format. It can also be in .ai format for Adobe Illustrator.

In conclusion, very robust and attractive. Although it takes a while to understand its logic.

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