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Drag and Drop to Import Data
Tip# 4163 By Mike A. Porter On 22-Jul-2013
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Categories : Import
Software type : AutoCAD 2014
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Quickly import GIS data, or a script file, LISP file, block, or other DWG file.

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.


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Comment by Maeding,James
Posted on 2013-07-22 14:29:21
thai is interesting, as it comes in as Map Data, which cannot be touched with normal autocad skills. You get MAPBULKFEATURE when exploded, which cannot be exploded further. I like your tip though, as the old Map tools are a bit cluncky compared to new ones in the mapwspace dialog. The ease of drag and drop should pave the way for getting people (like me) to better learn the newer tools.
Comment by Jurado,Daniel
Posted on 2013-08-22 09:47:08
James M, You can use MAPIMPORT if you need to bring in the data as AutoCAD entities. It breaks all ties with the original data but it can be manipulated "Old School".