I gone back to see if I can work with a .gdb folder I received from a LidAR supplier. Another consultant is doing the GIS work on this project and is using ESRI Arc something or other. He has produced contour maps and slope class maps. I want to see if I can do similar in Manifold 9. Reading the manual there seems to be promise in Maniflold's database console but I can't find how to open the dialogue window in Manifold 9.
I started here on the Manifold.net sales websit on formats that Release 9 works with, it reads "For notes on ESRI geodatabasses see": http://manifold.net/info/formats.shtml
which leads me to "Manifold knows to look for SDE or Personal geodatabase data if we use Database Console"
But the help documentation on Tools > Database Console doesn't indicate how to open or where to find the Database Console. It's not under Tools nor an option in the File > Import or File > Link dialogue windows.
Reading the documentation, there is promise that maybe I can see the contents of the .gbb file to extract some content. The folder is 0.5 GB in size. When I try to open the folder and select the one .gdb file, I do extract one shapefile which is the area of interest shapefile I sent to the LiDAR supplier.
I believe I'm running the Universal version of Manifold which was the offer for those who bought Radian + Manifold 8 then upgraded in the first offer to Manifold 9 Universal. The .gdb folder is a folder I've downloaded from the LiDAR suppler and sits as a folder in Windows 7. I work entirely with files and folders in Windows My Docs, I don't have any databases.