Create a group to
contain your user data layers. Right-click in the Map Manager
and select New then Group. Enter your new user
group name in capitals, such as MY DATA.
Click and drag to
re-position your new group within the layers of the Map Manager. You
will probably want your group to appear above the system layers
containing polygons and lines, so drag it above the FIELDS & PIPES
Add a new data layer.
You can do this in one of the following ways -
i) Select File then New Layer
ii) Click on the Create new layer button which is leftmost on
the button ribbon
iii) Right-click in the Map Manager and select New and then
Layer. Note: If you right click on your
new group, the data layer will automatically be created inside that
Browse to the folder
containing the file you wish to add and select the file.
GPinfo will allow you to add data in any of the formats listed in
the Files of type dropdown. Your data will probably be
in MapInfo or ESRI format.
On the Define Input
Data dialog, specify the co-ordinate system for your data.
The default is Lat/Lon GDA94 but you can change the datum or specify
If you select X/Y
co-ordinates, the Projection details dialog is displayed.
It provides a list of popular projections. Only the projection
parameters appropriate to the currently selected projection are
active at any one time. Note: If you specify incorrect
projection details your data will not display in the correct
position in relation to other data in the Map window.
Enter a name for your
new layer as it is to be displayed in the Map Manager. The
default is the file name itself but you can specify a meaningful
In the Properties
dialog for the new layer, set up display parameters using the
following tabs -
Layer - set Data Type to Geometry (for polygons or
lines) or Point, set Key to the unique identifier, set
Name to the attribute to be used in graphical selections and the
Finder tool. Note: If you are attaching Point
data, you must set the Lat and Lon fields.
Display - set display characteristics for the layer including
fill colour, line style, line colour
Transparency - set transparency for your layer if desired
Labels - set annotations for your layer
System - if you want to interrogate the new data, click
Can Query and Can Theme
A new layer is created
in the Map Manager with the specified layer name. Click and
drag the new layer into your new user data group.