An Interesting Use of the Object Data Manager

January 28, 2010

The Object Data Manager is one of those features that has been incredibly useful to a small percentage of users while being ignored by the vast majority. I’m sure that one reason it isn’t used more often is that users just haven’t found a way it should be used. So today I’m going to show you one way that a developer is using it to create interactive data on a cemetery. Follow the link and then click on the icon in the lower right corner of the page to see an example screen shot. As someone clicks on a lot number on the map of a cemetery, detailed data on that lot are provided in the Object Data Manager Docker.

Now I don’t expect that most of you will be doing maps of a cemetery. But try to brainstorm about what else you might draw that would become even more useful if objects had data stored about them. I’m hoping this will inspire more of you to use the feature and I’d be thrilled if you would post a comment and tell us all about it.

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4 Comments

  1. Char Tate

    This will be great to keep track of my landscaping project and my garden!

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  2. sad

    Thanks for the tutorial!
    1) Is there a way to utilze the Spreadsheet data outside of Corel?
    2) how do you re-order the data fields? example:
    Name
    Cost
    Comments

    Comments
    Name
    Cost

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  3. Fluid

    Saw the video yet couldn’t see any icons in the lower right. May be my browser – Firefox?

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  4. Foster D. Coburn III

    Fluid, it looks as if the site to which I linked has changed since this was originally written (3.5 years ago). Now there is a video showing exactly how it works in CorelDRAW.

    Reply

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