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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:

  1. 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.

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

  3. Import from the Internet
    If you run across a supported dataset while browsing the web, you may add 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 with #2, Importing Data From Disk.



Importing Data From Disk

Pre-requisites:
  • You must have a dataset in one of the following supported 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)
  • Weather Defender uses WGS-84, decimal-degree format. If necessary, convert your dataset(s) accordingly.

Step 1
Open Weather Defender and the map you wish to import your data set to.

Step 2
Open File Explorer and browser to the folder containing the data set you intend to import.

Step 3
Position the windows so you can see both Weather Defender and File Explorer at the same time.

Step 4
Click and drag the file over top of your Weather Defender map, then drop it.

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

Additional Notes:
  • You may drag-and-drop multiple data sets at the same time by selecting more files
  • You may drag-and-drop entire folders
  • As an alternate to dragging-and-dropping using File Explorer, you may click Map Tab > Layers > From Disk... to locate and import datasets from disk.



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)

NOTE: ZIP archives are also supported

Step 1 Using your favorite Web browser, find a web page that contains links to a dataset you wish to import.

Step 2
Open Weather Defender and the map you wish to import your dataset to.

Step 3
Position the Web browser so that you can see both windows on-screen at the same time.

Step 4
Click and drag the link over top of your Weather Defender map, then drop it.

Weather Defender will initiate a download from that website and display the data onscreen, assuming it is one of the supported GIS formats.

You may also drag a ZIPped archive onto the map and Weather Defender will extract the GIS files and display them in their own Layer Group.

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