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Create New Vector Dataset

The Orbit Desktop wizard “Create new vector dataset” makes it possible to create a new simple vector dataset and add it directly to the current Workspace.

Dataset List > + > New vector dataset

The wizard has 3 steps:


Set dataset file name, display name (optionally), spatial type (point, line, area), coordinate type (2D, 3D), dataset coordinate system and the basic legend parameter.

Choose a preset configuration if necessary. When choosing a preset configuration, a specific Attribute Set will be preset depending on the chosen configuration.
A Dynamic Symbols Dataset and GPX dataset can also be created by choosing the corresponding configuration.

Once the Dataset is created its Properties, Structure and Legend can be reviewed and modified, see Dataset Properties Window.

The current Map Coordinate System will be set as default Dataset CRS, change if required.
The available basic legend parameter depends on the spatial type:

  • point: symbol library and symbol name
  • line: outline color
  • area: fill color


Create the Attribute Set by adding Attributes. Set the attribute name, display name (optionally), data type (string, boolean, integer, float) and rule.

  • To add an attribute, an attribute name must be entered, to remove select the attribute and use the according button.
  • Attribute Name must be unique, no restriction on Display Name.
  • Once the Dataset has been created its Attribute Component and Rules can be reviewed and modified, see Dataset Structure.
  • When a preset configuration is chosen, a specific Attribute Set is already filled and can be modified and expanded if needed.


Finish dataset creation.
Open the File Save Window by finishing the wizard (square button). Set file location, name and type (storage format).

  • Directly available storage formats are Esri Shape file, Orbit Vector File and Orbit XML file. More information about supported vector resources, see Supported Resources.
  • Once saved, the dataset will be added directly as top layer of the Dataset List.
Last modified:: 2023/05/12 16:31