Tabular File

This interface is used to add a new layer based on a tabular file such as *.csv or *.dbf . A tabular file does not have a geometry attribute explicitly, however attributes like latitude, longitude can be used to form a geometry. Once a input file is chosen it is possible to see a few data in the Preview section.

Properties section shows all properties names and the default type suggested.  It helps to configure (or change) the data to its appropriate type or even configuring a new geometry as attribute.

Each combo box listed beside a property name holds a list of possible data types.  A  common use for this is to change the property type. For example, suppose LAT and LONG are properties of string type. If both are converted to double, it is possible to used them to create a point geometry. Thus the original data might not have spatial properties and be transformed into a spatial data.

It is also possible to select weather or not to import any of the properties, except for the primary key , if there is one.

It is accessed through:

Project > Add Layer  > Tabular File... 
  1. Choose the Input data  by clicking over  and find the tabular file *.csv or *.dbf in your file system.  After that the input file is opened and a preview of its content is showed.
  2. Preview table displays a few rows of data.
  3. Select on Properties the desired attributes and change their type if the default is not adequate.
  4. Geometry check box is used to decide weather or not to create a new geometry  based on two existing properties to represent a point:
  5. SRID - Inform the SRID number or choose one by clicking on the globe icon.
  6. Ok  - It adds a new layer based on the input data and on the configurations defined here.
  7. Cancel  - It closes the dialog without generating a new layer.