Working with Manifold Forms

I love using forms in Manifold GIS to rapidly create applications for users.  Sure, you can create world class forms and applications with Visual Studio, but in literally minutes, you can create a functioning GIS application that you can start using immediately, or hand off to a friend.  Click on the image below, and I’ll show you how to do it:formintro

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1 thought on “Working with Manifold Forms

  1. Hello Art,

    Thanks for the post on Manifold Forms, I agree they are a great feature of Manifold 8 that is under appreciated. We do lots of field survey in Victoria, Australia (flora, vegetation classification & land use) and some Manifold Forms have allowed us to enter data (and bulk data in the field ) using tricks/ways not possible or easy with other software.

    I have done several of your courses which have been excellent. The Manifold scripting course was really valuable (even with nearly 20 years experience with Manifold, this really improved my understanding and use of the Object Mode and opened up so many coding opportunities, thank you!).

    I have yet to enroll in the Radian Studio course (I will do), but I have read the complete manual. Manifold is unique in providing such a readable document, although it only skims the surface of what is possible with Radian and no mention of forms at all.

    I apologize in advance if you are aware of the feature described below, or cover it in the course, . I found it quite by accident and it is really useful for those of us with lots of Manifold 32-bit forms.

    If you create a blank Manifold 8 map and import a script component (such as Art’s Form described in your clip above) then save e.g. Next open Manifold 9 (Radian Studio) and import the (extra point here – this saves importing all components into Radian which you may not always want to do and there is no dialogue box to select the components).

    Radian not only imports the script but converts it into a windows form that will work in the 64 bit version. With more complex forms, they won’t necessarily run immediately like Art’s Form does, but the coding of all the objects on the form is done without the need to create the form from scratch in Visual Studio. Generally minor parts of the coding will just need tweaking, but no form design work is required.

    Of course then the code in the script can be copied into Manifold 8 64-bit, to create a form there.

    This is important as I fear the Manifold in-bulit forms are likely a deprecated feature (i.e. unlikely in the Manifold 9 replacement for 8).

    Perhaps there is a course on using forms with Manifold. A range of sample forms showing how forms can enhance GIS work not just database work. Given Radian is both a sophisticated database and a GIS tool, a focus on forms would seem timely.

    Kind regards,


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