Connect Manifold to OGC services

Among the best capabilities that I have seen Manifold GIS is the functionality of connecting to data, both Google Earth, Virtual Earth, Yahoo maps and also to WMS services under the OGC standards.

Let's see how.

In this case, I want to connect an area of ​​Calle Valdemaría, as shown in the screenshot captured in Google Earth.


1. Create the approach.

For this, it is best to create A grid Of that area, so that in Manifold it is done:

  • image - «File / create / drawing»
  • - «Assign Projection
  • - «view / graticle» and I choose a range that covers this area and I press the «create» button
  • -I now select the layer and zoom in on the area.

2. Connect to virtual balloons

image -For this you just have to do "file / link / image" and select "manifold image servers" ... in another post we explain how to load these plugins.

-When selecting the service type, the region refresh icon is selected to recognize the coverage of the mesh we have created

-Once the layer is loaded, we assign projection.

image3. Upload them on a map

-For this a new layaut is created with «file / create / map» and we indicate the layers that we want to see, or we drag and drop them to an existing map.

4. To connect to OGC services

-In this case, I will use the services of CARTOCIUDAD, this is always done with «file / link / image» and I select the OGC IMS data option, placing the address « / CHARTOCITY ». In the panel I can choose the layers that this service has, I can even load each layer as a separate image.


5. The results.

It's a shame that I have to have so many images in the post, but to show the results achieved in these 7.45 minutes of operation with Manifold, here goes to get stuck:

With the Google Maps layer images


With the Virtual Earth layer images


With the Yahoo maps layer


With the layer of Virtual Earth streets


With the layer of CARTOCIUDAD


Definitely, if Manifold continues this way, many will end up investing $ 245 costing... although in my opinion the geofumados that must be behind Manifold should seek more aggressive strategies of marketing if they do not want to continue between the very geek and those who count their gratuitous benefits.

2 Replies to "Connect Manifold to OGC services"

  1. epa, every day you learn something ... thanks for the info, I'll try

  2. Yes, Manifold is very powerful when it comes to taking advantage of these external services. But I wanted to add - in case there is a reader who does not know the ability of Google Earth to use these WMS services for free - which can be very easily from GE:

    1- Locate the area of ​​your interest in the 3D viewer.
    2- Press the button to add a superimposed image (or Add> Image Overlay)
    3- In that window, look in the "Update" tab for the "WMS Parameters" button and press it
    4- In the new window that will open, press the "Add" button and paste the URL of the service you want to use.
    5- Wait a few seconds and you can choose which layers to display from the list on the left (you have to pass them to the right column and «Accept»)
    6- Set the parameter "Update based on the view" as appropriate (it does not need to be updated if it is static data)
    7- Again «Accept» and you can see the new layer of data chosen in Google Earth.

    If they do not use a particular WMS service, they will see that Google Earth has several of them available in the list. Some sometimes do not work, but it is well worth investigating them all.

    A greeting!

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