Importing ESRI Shape Files
Concept Procedure Quick Reference

AutoCAD Map 3D supports up to ArcView version 3.2 and 8.x.

About SHP Files

ESRI SHP files store both geometry and attributes (data) for features. A single shape can have as many as five physical files with the same filename, but different file extensions:


By default, AutoCAD Map 3D considers SHP files a multi-select, file-based format, that is, you select one or more individual .shp files during a single import process. You can change the default in the mapimport.ini file so that AutoCAD Map 3D considers SHP files a folder-based format (all files in the folder are included in the import) or a single-select format (only one file can be selected for import).

When importing SHP files, it is important that you have the complete set of .shp, .shx, and .dbf in the same folder. The import operation will work if you have only the .shp file, but only the geometries will be imported. To import data with its geometry, you need the full set of files.

The link to the data stored in the .dbf file can be maintained during the import operation, or the data can be imported into object data in the AutoCAD Map 3D drawing.

You can import TEXTSTRING information from SHP classes you bring back into AutoCAD Map 3D by importing points as text.

Import Restrictions

SHP files do not include color information. Imported objects have the same color as the AutoCAD Map 3D layer.

Point symbols, line styles, and fill styles are not maintained when importing from SHP files. Before the translation, put these items into one or more fields in the associated database so you can reassign the display properties of the graphical objects using these values in the drawing file.

Driver Options

SHP does not have import driver options.

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