Overview of Creating and Editing Data

AutoCAD Map 3D works on two types of objects: features and drawing objects.

Use both AutoCAD Map 3D and AutoCAD to edit features and drawing objects. Many AutoCAD commands work on both types of objects. Some AutoCAD commands can only be performed on a feature after you extract its geometry and edit it as a drawing object. You can then save your changes back to the original data store with no loss of precision.

Most AutoCAD Map 3D operations are specific to one type of object or the other. Use the right-click menus to see the commands that are available for the selected feature or drawing object.

For features... For drawing objects...
Add features to your map using Data Connect.

See Overview of Bringing In GIS Features.

Add drawing objects to your map by attaching drawings and querying in objects.

See Overview of Bringing in Drawing Data From DWG Files.

Use a query to filter one or more layers. See Filtering Feature Layers. Query in drawing objects that match specified criteria and store them on a separate drawing layer. Other objects become part of the Map Base layer.
Edit features by checking them out and using AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map 3D commands.

See Checking Out Features, Using Feature Editing Commands, and Using AutoCAD Commands on Features.

Edit objects directly with AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map 3D commands.

See Overview of Using the Map Editing Tools.

Create new features using Display Manager.

See Creating New Features.

Create objects with AutoCAD and AutoCAD Map 3D commands.

See Working with Drawing Objects.

Create features from drawing objects.

See Creating a New Feature from a Drawing Object.

Create drawing objects from features.

See Extracting Feature Geometry and Exporting Maps to DWG Format.

Maintain data security. Use versioning (for data stores that support it) and check out data to lock it while you use it. See Managing Versions Lock or unlock objects or drawings. See Sharing Attached Drawings
Save features back to their sources by checking them in.

See Checking In Features.

Save drawing objects back to their sources by adding them to a save set.

See Editing and Saving Objects in Attached Drawings.

Organize data in feature classes. Use Schema Editor to create and edit these classes. See Overview of Working with Schemas Use Object Classification to group objects by their properties or data. See Using Object Classification.
Work with attribute data in the Data Table.

See Editing Features using the Data Table.

Work with object data in an object data table.

See Entering and Editing Object Data.

Work with joined external data in the Data Table.

See Editing Joined Data.

Work with linked external data in Data View.

See Overview of Viewing External Data Sources for Drawing Objects.

Use special commands available only for features.

See Using Feature Editing Commands.

Use special commands available only for drawing objects.

See Cleaning Up Drawing Data, Creating, Editing, and Managing Topologies, Using Map Editing Tools, Digitizing Points Using Coordinates, Working with Polygon Objects, and Annotating Drawing Objects.

Save features back to their original data store, copy them to a different spatial data format, or export to DWG.

Save drawing objects back to their original drawings or export to a variety of drawing and geospatial data formats.