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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. Layer Browser (native data): 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. From Disk. If you have existing data in one of the supported formats, adding them to your Weather Defender map is simple.

3. 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.

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)

  • 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



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