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madmax
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Registered: ‎12-22-2005
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New guy import shapefile problems

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12-22-2005 01:17 AM
Hi. I'm trying Map 3d 2005 for the first time. Launch Map 3d, at the black screen - model tab - attempt to import a shapefile - set the coordinate system & check import polygons as polylines - click ok, some processing occurs - then I'm left with just the black screen again.

Any tips much appreciated!
*Murph
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Re: New guy import shapefile problems

12-22-2005 05:10 AM in reply to: madmax
Zoom Extents

Murph

wrote in message news:5044124@discussion.autodesk.com...
Hi. I'm trying Map 3d 2005 for the first time. Launch Map 3d, at the black
screen - model tab - attempt to import a shapefile - set the coordinate
system & check import polygons as polylines - click ok, some processing
occurs - then I'm left with just the black screen again.

Any tips much appreciated!
*Tripp Corbin
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Re: New guy import shapefile problems

12-22-2005 05:40 AM in reply to: madmax
Do what Murph said. Map does not automatically zoom you to the location of
your data once the import is complete. You must do that manually. You can
also verify that import was successful by watching your command line. It
should tell you how many entities were imported.

A couple of other quick tips to remember for future reference.
1. Don't bury your shapefiles to deep in your folder/directory structure.
This can cause problems. The closer to the root folder the better.

2. Long File names can also cause issues when attempting to import
Shapefiles.

3. If the standard Map import fails try the Mapimport4 command. This command
accesses the old Map import engine before they switched Safe Software's FME
engine. It will import files that the standard import will not. But a word
of caution, if the import fails, this command has been known to eat parts of
the shapefile. Always make sure you have a back up copy of your shapefile
before you use the Mapimport4 command.

4. There is no such thing as an Annotation/Text Shapefile. There are only
point, polyline, and polygon shapefiles.

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madmax
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Registered: ‎12-22-2005
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Re: New guy import shapefile problems

12-22-2005 10:44 AM in reply to: madmax
Many thanks to you both, shapefiles coming thru loud & clear!

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