Exercise 1: Connect to a new SHP file folder

Create a new, empty folder to contain the SHP files. To convert and copy data to the SHP format, you must be connected to this folder. You use Data Connect to establish connections to data stores, even when you do not add anything to the map from the data store.

NoteThis exercise uses the map you created with the map2d.dwt template and modified in Lesson 2: Use the Resulting SDF Files.

To create and connect to the folder

  1. Use Windows Explorer to navigate to the location where you copied your sample tutorial files.
  2. Create a folder for the SHP files.
  3. In AutoCAD Map 3D, switch the Task pane to Display Manager.
  4. Click Data Connect To Data.
  5. On the left side of the Data Connect dialog box, click Add SHP Connection.
  6. On the right side of the Data Connect dialog box, click the folder icon (not the file icon). Select the folder you created and click OK.

    Click the folder icon next to Source File Or Folder.

    Click Connect and close the Data Connect window without adding anything to your map.

To continue this tutorial, go to Exercise 2: Use Bulk Copy to move an SDF layer to SHP format.