Saving or Exporting a Display Manager Layer
Concept Procedure

You can save or export information about geospatial layers in Display Manager (including annotation layers) to separate files. Only geospatial features are saved or exported.

This allows you to package data that is ordinarily stored in a central data store, such as an Oracle database, into a geospatial data file. However, all connection to the original data store is lost and changes you make to the SDF file will not update the central data store.

Saving vs. Exporting

If you use the export option, you can export a single layer to an Autodesk SDF (version 3) file. The resulting file contains geometry and attribute data, but no styling data.

If you have joined data to the layers you are exporting, the joined data is also exported. However, metadata is not exported with the layer. For information about exporting metadata, see Sharing Metadata.

If you use the save option, you can save one layer at a time. When you save a layer, you save its styling information and pointers to the data source that defines its geometry and attributes. You can drag and drop saved layers into any map to reuse them.

You cannot use a saved layer and an exported layer together because saved layers point to the current data for the layer while exported layers contain a “snapshot” of the data at the time they were exported, and these data definitions may differ.

Using Exported Layers

You can use exported layers for any of the following:

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