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dyerpart
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Can a .dwg be change to .shp, .dbf, and .shx extension

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07-31-2007 08:38 AM
I have a client asking us to change the extension to .shp, .dbf, and .shx is this possible. thanks for your help.
*Alain Cote
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Re: Can a .dwg be change to .shp, .dbf, and .shx extension

07-31-2007 08:53 AM in reply to: dyerpart
A .dwg is a .dwg unless you saveas, export or print to another format.

ACote
wrote in message news:5674854@discussion.autodesk.com...
I have a client asking us to change the extension to .shp, .dbf, and .shx is
this possible. thanks for your help.
*A+P
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Re: Can a .dwg be change to .shp, .dbf, and .shx extension

07-31-2007 09:11 AM in reply to: dyerpart
Sure, you can change any file to any extension you like.
But it just won't be usable by any other program.

FYI:
.shp are original AutoCAD Shape or Text font definition files
.shx are compiled AutoCAD Shape or Text font definition files
.dbf are usually database formated files

This is a good site explaining a number of file extensions various programs
use:
http://whatis.techtarget.com/file-extension-list-A/0,289933,sid9,00.html

Paul
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I have a client asking us to change the extension to .shp, .dbf, and .shx is
this possible. thanks for your help.
*R.K. McSwain
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Re: Can a .dwg be change to .shp, .dbf, and .shx extension

07-31-2007 09:23 AM in reply to: dyerpart
dyerpart said the following On 7/31/2007 10:38 AM:
> I have a client asking us to change the extension to .shp, .dbf, and .shx is this possible. thanks for your help.


Although A+P is correct regarding the file type explanation with regard
to Autodesk products, I bet your client wants an ESRI SHP file.

Those three files make up an ESRI SHP file.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shapefile

To do this, run the ._MAPEXPORT command and choose ESRI SHP file.
(You must have AutoCAD Map or a product built on Map such as LDT or C3D)


--
R.K. McSwain
http://rkmcswain.blogspot.com
*Brad
Message 5 of 9 (266 Views)

Re: Can a .dwg be change to .shp, .dbf, and .shx extension

07-31-2007 09:26 AM in reply to: dyerpart
Your client is asking for your information in a GIS usable format. Do you
have access to a copy of AutoCAD Map? I believe it can export the
information to .shp, .dbf, and .shx for use in GIS. I have tried to import
those file type in Map 3D from a GIS, and help says it can be done, but I
did not have much success with the .dbf files.

As mentioned in another post, just changing the extension won't work. They
need to be created properly.

Brad

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I have a client asking us to change the extension to .shp, .dbf, and .shx is
this possible. thanks for your help.
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Registered: ‎07-31-2007
Message 6 of 9 (266 Views)

Re: Can a .dwg be change to .shp, .dbf, and .shx extension

07-31-2007 09:44 AM in reply to: dyerpart
I have AutoCad land desktop Map version. Now I went there and under the export button, the only extension is the *.shp our client is asking for all 3. Thanks for all your help
*Brad
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Re: Can a .dwg be change to .shp, .dbf, and .shx extension

07-31-2007 09:54 AM in reply to: dyerpart
The .shx is a compiled version of the .shp. The .dbf is a database file and
may not be applicable if you have not created any links in Map to a
database.

Read the Map help topics:
Arcview Shapefile
Overview of Exporting
Overview of Shape Files

You may also want to post in the autodesk.Map.general discussion group for
more information.

Brad

wrote in message news:5675009@discussion.autodesk.com...
I have AutoCad land desktop Map version. Now I went there and under the
export button, the only extension is the *.shp our client is asking for all
3. Thanks for all your help
*Dilip Damle
Message 8 of 9 (266 Views)

Re: Can a .dwg be change to .shp, .dbf, and .shx extension

07-31-2007 10:59 AM in reply to: dyerpart
On Tue, 31 Jul 2007 22:14:12 +0530, dyerpart wrote:

> I have AutoCad land desktop Map version. Now I went there and under the
> export button, the only extension is the *.shp our client is asking for
> all 3. Thanks for all your help

When you export the .shp file from AutocadMap or similar product
it will create a set of all the three Files

.shp
.shx
.dbf

see after you export
--
rgds
Dilip Damle
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Life will be much easier if we just have a printout of
all the commands that exist in Autocad kept handy.
*James Murphy
Message 9 of 9 (266 Views)

Re: Can a .dwg be change to .shp, .dbf, and .shx extension

07-31-2007 08:02 PM in reply to: dyerpart
The shp file is the geometry of the objects, the dbf is the file that
contains any attributes for those objects, it does not need to be any link
to a database it can be any of the objects properties (length, angle, x-y
insertion point, layer, line type etc). The shx is the index file or the
file that connects the shp file to the dbf file.

--

Murph
The world is not FLAT so why is your GIS data?
http://map3d.wordpress.com


"Brad" wrote in message
news:5674974@discussion.autodesk.com...
The .shx is a compiled version of the .shp. The .dbf is a database file and
may not be applicable if you have not created any links in Map to a
database.

Read the Map help topics:
Arcview Shapefile
Overview of Exporting
Overview of Shape Files

You may also want to post in the autodesk.Map.general discussion group for
more information.

Brad

wrote in message news:5675009@discussion.autodesk.com...
I have AutoCad land desktop Map version. Now I went there and under the
export button, the only extension is the *.shp our client is asking for all
3. Thanks for all your help

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