Introduction to Manifold GIS (v.6.5) Scripting
Do you want to learn how to automate tasks in Manifold GIS?
Based on overwhelming requests to learn how to write scripts for Manifold GIS, I developed a “2 day”* training course in customizing Manifold GIS 6.5 with VBScript.
Users of the training have indicated they were able to save THOUSANDS of dollars in consulting costs within the first day of using the training.
The course does not require any programming knowledge to follow along. Although, we recommend you pick up a good book on VBScript to have as a reference.
The best way to use this training is to do the following:
- Watch the video in one window, while working alongside the instructor in another window with Manifold GIS.
- Use a good pair of headphones in order to listen to the material
When you complete this course, you will be able to write your own scripts to automate GIS tasks. Many of our users started generating revenue by consulting on Manifold GIS projects within a week of taking this course.
Part I – Overview of the Object Model
Part II – Getting a hold of the Object Model
Finding the Components
The Drawing Object
The Table Object
The Surface Object
The Map Object
The Analyzer Object
The Query Object
Part III – Examples of Automating Tasks with VBScript
Shortest Path between cities
Separating State from County Borders
Part IV – Bonus Features
Integrating ActiveX with VBScript
Creating an Add-in
*with over 4 hours of video lectures, this course will equate to a two-day training course if you spend time typing in the code and running the programs.
Welcome to the course
This course will utilize the mexico.map file. You can download the file from the link below.
This is the first video that will provide you with an overview of the Manifold GIS object model. In this video you will learn what is on the object model, and how to navigate around the object model using VBScript.
Part II - Getting a Handle on the Components
All data in Manifold GIS is considered a component. These include the drawings, tables, queries, maps, scripts, and layouts. While a typical user will interact with the components using a mouse via the GUI, programmers will access the components through the object model. This video will show you how to instantiate the component object in Manifold, and find different properties and methods that make them work for the user.
Attribute data is found in the table object. The table object allows you to search for data and manipulate the database records in a Manifold project. This video will show you how to obtain and work with table information in Manifold using VBScript.
Part III - Applying Scripting Concepts to Automate Work
Part IV - Extending the Object Model Outside of Manifold
One of the cool things about object oriented programming is that you can interact with other products, without even having to open the application. In this lesson, you will learn how to connect to Microsoft Excel through ActiveX, and issue Excel functions on your Manifold data.