pane gives you quick access to frequently used features,
and groups these features into task-related views. Use the Task
pane to create, manage, display, and publish maps.
The Task pane
There are four tabs:
- Display Manager,
where you manage features stored in data stores (databases, geospatial
data files, and raster files), attach drawing files, and change
the appearance of features. Each geospatial feature class is a layer in Display
Manager. You can add drawing layers as well.
- Map Explorer,
where you view the elements of your map project. Such elements include
the files you connected to as sources, queries you used and saved,
and templates for linking drawing objects to data. Use this view to
query in objects from attached drawings and to view the data for
Book, where you divide a large
map into "tiles." Each tile is rendered on a separate page. You
can publish map books in various formats, both for printing and
for online display.
where you bring in and work with survey point data.
Each view of the Task
pane has its own menu area. You can also right-click any
item in the Task pane to see a customized
menu for that item.
Use these techniques for the Task
Explorer to manage the data sources included in your
Explorer to manage the following:
To attach a drawing to the current map
- Drag the file from Windows Explorer to
the Map Explorer tab of the Task pane.
To use a database in a drawing
Do one of the following:
- From Windows Explorer, drag a database
file to the Map Explorer tab of the Task
If the Map
Explorer tab does not immediately display the data source, right-click
a blank space in the Map Explorer tab. Click Refresh.
- Right-click the Data
Sources folder on the Map Explorer tab
and select Attach.
AutoCAD Map 3D automatically
creates the required files for communicating with the database application.
However, for some database types, you must configure these files
Manager lets you create display maps. Each display map
contains a set of styled layers. You can have more than one display
map in a map file, and you can style the same data differently in
Use Glossary to add
features to your map, or drag data sources into Display
Manager to add them as layers. For example, drag an SDF
file from Windows® Explorer into the layer area to add
Use these techniques in the Display
To use the Style Editor to
style geospatial features
- In the SampleMap.dwg file,
select the Parcels layer in Display Manager.
- To change the color of the parcels, click
the Style button in the Task Pane menu
- Click in the Style field
in the middle of the Style Editor window.
- Select a different Foreground
color and click OK.
- Close the Style Editor by
clicking the X in its top right corner. The changes are displayed
in your map.
To continue this tour
of AutoCAD Map 3D, go to Properties Palette