You can access existing
spatial and attribute data in ESRI SHP files, which store both geometry
and attributes (data) for features. A single shape can have several
separate files: SHP (shape geometry), SHX (shape index), PRJ (projection
information), CPG (code page files), IDX (spatial index), and DBF (shape
attributes in dBASE format). AutoCAD Map 3D treats each SHP and associated
DBF file as a feature class with a single geometry property.
When you view and edit
features from a SHP data source, you can do the following:
- Select the feature classes to include
in your map.
- Set conditions to limit the features
in your map.
- Style, theme, and edit the features.
- Lock the file when you connect to it.
- Automatically update the data source
with any edits you make.
- View and edit the schema definition.
You can bring SHP data
into your map in two ways:
- Use Data Connect to
view and edit the data directly in the SHP file. Use this method
to edit geometry and attributes or to style and theme the data.
For information, click the Procedure tab at the top of this Help
- Import the data into this drawing, which
converts it to drawing objects. Use this method to clean the data
or to create a DWG file. You can export the objects back to SHP
information on customizing the SHP FDO provider
refer to the FDO API Reference
and the FDO
Provider for SHP API Reference