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amyruta
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Opening AutoCAD shape files

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02-06-2008 11:49 AM
I am a new user of AutoCAD 2008 and need to open AutoCAD shape source and AutoCAD compiled shape files. Extensions .shp and .shx respectively.

Any suggestions on how to do this?
*Gehenna
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Re: Opening AutoCAD shape files

02-06-2008 12:03 PM in reply to: amyruta
amyruta wrote:
> I am a new user of AutoCAD 2008 and need to open AutoCAD shape source and AutoCAD compiled shape files. Extensions .shp and .shx respectively.
>
> Any suggestions on how to do this?
>
Don't think you can open a shp (shape)file but you can include the shx
file in a new linetype - in some cases.
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amyruta
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Message 3 of 24 (13,214 Views)

Re: Opening AutoCAD shape files

02-06-2008 12:09 PM in reply to: amyruta
Don't think you can open a shp (shape)file but you can include the shx
file in a new linetype - in some cases.



New user...steps to try this?

Appreciate it.
*Gordon Stephens
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Re: Opening AutoCAD shape files

02-06-2008 12:16 PM in reply to: amyruta
Check out LOAD to get the shx files into the current drawing and SHAPE for
inserting each one. If you need to edit and remake them, take a look at
Express Tools MKSHAPE.
HTH
--
Gordon

wrote in message news:5840886@discussion.autodesk.com...
I am a new user of AutoCAD 2008 and need to open AutoCAD shape source and
AutoCAD compiled shape files. Extensions .shp and .shx respectively.

Any suggestions on how to do this?
*TomD
Message 5 of 24 (13,214 Views)

Re: Opening AutoCAD shape files

02-06-2008 01:20 PM in reply to: amyruta
You can open an SHP with any text editor, IE Notepad.

If I'm not mistaken, erroneous codes within SHP files during COMPILE are
returned with a line number, so you may want to investigate an editor with
that added. There are numerous cheap/free ones out there.

wrote in message news:5840886@discussion.autodesk.com...
I am a new user of AutoCAD 2008 and need to open AutoCAD shape source and
AutoCAD compiled shape files. Extensions .shp and .shx respectively.

Any suggestions on how to do this?
*Gehenna
Message 6 of 24 (13,214 Views)

Re: Opening AutoCAD shape files

02-06-2008 01:38 PM in reply to: amyruta
amyruta wrote:
> Don't think you can open a shp (shape)file but you can include the shx
> file in a new linetype - in some cases.
>
>
>
> New user...steps to try this?
>
> Appreciate it.
>
Investigate mkltype and inserting shx. "In some cases" still applies as
the shx file may be too large (in bytes) to be inserted into a new
linetype and/or incorrect for a linetype.
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JNieman
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Message 7 of 24 (13,214 Views)

Re: Opening AutoCAD shape files

02-06-2008 03:11 PM in reply to: amyruta
SHP is an Autocad shape file that is openable in notepad for reading/modifying. This is how you used to have to create shape files, actually, before the new tools were created to expedite this task.

Once the shape file (.SHP) was done, you then had to COMPILE it in order to load it into Autocad, or reference it within a linetype. This compiled file was a .SHX file. It'll look like jargon if opened in notepad because it's compiled. It is what you have to turn a shape file into, in order to use it in autocad.

That's the difference and that's how you use them.
*Gordon Stephens
Message 8 of 24 (13,214 Views)

Re: Opening AutoCAD shape files

02-06-2008 05:22 PM in reply to: amyruta
As an example, here is a drawing containing all the shapes from ltypeshp.shx
and tekton.shx - each was LOADed and then inserted with SHAPE.
--
Gordon


wrote in message news:5841123@discussion.autodesk.com...
SHP is an Autocad shape file that is openable in notepad for
reading/modifying. This is how you used to have to create shape files,
actually, before the new tools were created to expedite this task.

Once the shape file (.SHP) was done, you then had to COMPILE it in order to
load it into Autocad, or reference it within a linetype. This compiled file
was a .SHX file. It'll look like jargon if opened in notepad because it's
compiled. It is what you have to turn a shape file into, in order to use it
in autocad.

That's the difference and that's how you use them.
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caddtech2007
Posts: 8
Registered: ‎03-21-2007
Message 9 of 24 (13,214 Views)

Re: Opening AutoCAD shape files

05-09-2008 01:50 PM in reply to: amyruta
How do we bypass shape files (*.shx) when a file loads. It is crazy to have to continue hitting the cancel button on the dialog box that shows up each time we open files with *.shx in them. We have one file that I clicked the cancel button 35 times, before it would open the file. Or is something just not loading correctly. By the way we only have this problem when we receive files from other groups. Are they not sending all that is needed?
*A+P
Message 10 of 24 (13,214 Views)

Re: Opening AutoCAD shape files

05-09-2008 02:13 PM in reply to: amyruta
If you do a search on this forum, others including myself have answered this
question:
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What I typically do is find another shape or font file that I can copy and
give it the same name as what's been embedded in the drawing.
Granted, the shapes won't be accurate. But the drawing will open w/o having
to deal with the Shape search dialog box.
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Or request for the shape files from whomever you got the drawings.

Paul

"caddtech2007" wrote in message news:5927700@discussion.autodesk.com...
> How do we bypass shape files (*.shx) when a file loads. It is crazy to
> have to continue hitting the cancel button on the dialog box that shows up
> each time we open files with *.shx in them. We have one file that I
> clicked the cancel button 35 times, before it would open the file. Or is
> something just not loading correctly. By the way we only have this problem
> when we receive files from other groups. Are they not sending all that is
> needed?

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