About the Spectrum Spatial Map Uploader
The Spectrum Spatial Map Uploader is a tool that copies the properties of the layers in a
MapInfo Pro map to a Spectrum Spatial server. It takes the information of one map stored in
MapInfo Pro and stores the equivalent information in a set of named resources on the server.
This tool can be downloaded from the Spectrum Spatial section of the Welcome Page, under
Map Uploader on the Utilities tab.
The map created on the Spectrum Spatial server will consist of a number of distinct parts
known as named resources.
- One named map whose name and location will be specified by the user.
- A named layer for each layer in the map plus a label layer. These will be created in their
own subfolder with a name is determined by the name of the map. Each resource will have the
same name as used in MapInfo Pro.
- A named label source for each layer that can possibly be labeled will be created in the
same location as the layers.
- A named table which will point to the data source used for each layer. This will be
created in the same location as the map and will use the MapInfo Pro table "alias" name as
its name. The named table frequently has the same name as the TAB file that was used to open
the table in MapInfo Pro.
The named resources that are created are used by Spectrum Spatial to draw the map and query
the data. Any application using Spectrum Spatial, including Spectrum Spatial Analyst and
Spectrum Spatial for Business Intelligence, will depend on these resources being created
Named resources contain different types of information.
- The named map contains the default geographic location, zoom level, and the ordered list
of named layers of the map as they were viewed in MapInfo Pro.
- A named layer contains all the style and rendering properties of that layer. These can
vary from nothing (when all the properties are stored with the data), to ranged zoom
constraints, or to one or more thematic definitions with many bins and styles or multiple
- A named label layer contains the list of named label sources. The order of these
determines the order of label processing while rendering the map. This order is identical to
the order in MapInfo Pro.
- A named label source contains all the label properties used for the set of labels from one
- A named table points to the data from the perspective of the server. If the data is in a
file (Native TAB, shapefile, GeoPackage), the named table must point to that data on the
server. If the data is in a database there must be a valid connection to that database.
Spectrum Spatial uses a named connection to help with this process. These connections must be
created before you run the Map Uploader so that the tool can use them to ensure that the data
in the map can be found.
Note: The tool does not copy data to the server. Any file based data must exist on the server
and be placed under a connection that is created in Spatial Manager before the
Map Uploader is used. The Workspace Packager tool that ships with MapInfo Pro can be used for