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4.4 Enter Attribute Data

Level of expertise required for this Chapter: Advanced; general Map Maker training

There are various methods to enter attribute data to the attached database (
DBF file).

A) If only one feature of one item is to be edited: In live layer mode, with attribute file linked > Edit-tool (at toolbar left) > Select the feature > Data > Enter data > OK. Don't forget to save.

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B) If attribute data of more than one feature (many polygons or lines or points) are to be entered, it is faster to enter through the Select option: In live layer mode, with attribute file linked > Main menu > Edit > Show Selection Manager > Select-tool (at toolbar left) > Select the features by dragging the mouse or by clicking the individual feature, holding the shift button on the keyboard > Selection Manager window: Under Selection there is a listing of selected features > Data (1, see below) > Table (2) > Click on column to be edited (3) > Column (4) >

> Set all rows to > Enter the value in the field next to ‘Set all to’ > Set all to > Check at ‘Table’ > Close window

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C) You can also enter attribute data at the database level of Map Maker, as explained in  Chapter 4.2: Main menu > Utilities > Database utilities > Edit database > Select folder and DBF file.

In this mode, you can edit column (fields) or rows (records). Be aware, that it will save only through the Save as … option into a new file.

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D) You can also enter attribute data outside the live layer mode.

You have to make the layer hit-able with its database:
At the Project manager window: Data link (1, see below) > On hit (2) > Tick: Make layer hit-able with the data query tool (3) > Database (4) > Ok (5)

You can then enter the data with the
Data-tool (at left tool bar):

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E) 1. Load the DBF file in Excel and edit it there. Keep the header row and the left column untouched, but you can add columns. Format all entries either as text or numbers.

2. After editing, save it as an XLS file.

3. Load graphical (
DRA) file into the live layer: For example, through Project manager, with XLS file of previous step as database: Project manager > Data link > Choose database > File type: XLS > Select XLS file

4. Transfer to live layer

5. Save as usual, including the
DBF file.


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