Tipster Mike A. Porter shares a method for quickly importing GIS data into AutoCAD Map or Civil3D.
"You can drag and drop GIS data files (SHP files) from Windows Explorer to AutoCAD Map or Civil 3D, and it will connect to the data automatically. This is a real time saver!"
Notes from Cadalyst tip reviewer Brian Benton: Simply browse to your file location, select, hold, drag, and drop — the software does the rest. AutoCAD and its verticals have this type of functionality for many tasks: You can drag and drop a script file, LISP file, block, or other DWG file to insert it or import it into your current file. It can save a lot of time you would otherwise spend hunting for the right data.