Importing Data

Weather Defender has been specifically developed to incorporate 3rd party maps and geographic data into the main application. At its core, Weather Defender hosts a poweful GIS engine capable of rendering dozens of geographic data formats and gigabytes of data.

There are three primary ways to import data into Weather Defender maps:

  • Import from Layer Browser
    Using the built in Layer Browser, you have access to a library of hundreds of weather and geographic data sets. This is the easiest way to import new data into your Weather Defender Maps.

  • Import from Disk
    If you have existing data in one of the supported formats, adding them to your Weather Defender map is simple.

  • Import from the Internet
    If you run across a supported dataset while browsing the web, you may download it to your Weather Defender map quickly and painlessly.

NOTE: Importing data from the Layer Browser was covered in the Getting Started tutorial, so we will start Importing Data From Disk.

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1. Importing Data From Disk

Pre-requisites
Step 1
Open Weather Defender and the map you wish to import your data set to.
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Step 2
Open File Explorer and browser to the folder containing the data set you intend to import. Position the windows so you can see both Weather Defender and File Explorer at the same time.
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Step 3
Click and drag the file over top of your Weather Defender map, then drop it.

If there is more than one file associated with your dataset, drag only the primary file. For example, if you are importing an ESRI Shapefile, drag and drop the .SHP file.

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Step 4
The new dataset will display on your map and a new layer button should be visible in the Map Layers window. Click the Save button on the tool bar to save your changes.
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2. Importing Data From the Internet

Weather Defender has the ability to download datasets directly from the Internet and import them into an open map. This can be a very effective way to customize both the appearance and usefulness of your Weather Defender maps.

The only pre-requisite is that online data be in one of the following supported GIS formats:
SHP, E00, MIF/MID, TAB, DXF, DGN, TIGER, GML, KML*, VPF, GDF, SDTS, DLG, GPX, TIFF/ GeoTIFF, JPEG, JPEG2000, PNG, BMP, BIL/SPOT, ECW, MrSID, IMG, CADRG, PixelStore and grid formats (ASCII GRID, FLOAT GRID, BT, DTED, ADF), CSV (x/y table)

* There is very limited support for KML/KMZ in the current version. This will be expanded upon in future versions.

Step 1
Using your favorite Web browser, find a web page that contains links to a dataset you wish to import.
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Step 2
Open Weather Defender and the map you wish to import your dataset to and position the Web browser so that you can see both windows on-screen at the same time.
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Step 3
Click and drag the link to the GIS dataset over top of your Weather Defender map, then drop it.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you are dragging the link to the actual GIS file (e.g., filename.gml) and not a web page (e.g., filename.html) containing the file.

You may also import ZIP archives (e.g., filename.zip) containing GIS files and they will be un-archived after the download completes.

Step 4
Weather Defender will initiate a download from that website.
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After the download is complete, the new data will display on-screen, assuming it is one of the supported GIS formats.

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To modify the appearance of imported layers, click the Customize Map Display button on the Layer's properties window.

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