In autocad 2013 is the best way still to convert data you have connected to, for example a shapefile, as feature data in order to convert that into polylines and text is the best method saving it all as a seperate drawing using the "save as autocad drawing command"? Is there way to do it individually in the current drawing so that I do not always have to be saving things out as seperate drawings and then copy and pasting them back into my working drawing?
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I guess that really is the second best alternative, is there any more other than doing the save as drawing command and the check out feature geometery command you suggested. Just looking at all my opitions.
you could also just import the features you want (applying a spatial or other filter) but you will loose the "style" settings for the imported features. Command: _mapimport
Thanks for interest! Basically for years I have been using the command Mapimport to bring in shapefile data into drawings because it created for me real polylines and points which I could then save my drawing and email it to a client as needed. I have randomly fooled around with connecting to the shapefile data through the taskpane and apply styles and creating labels for some of the data that is attached. I usually about 99% of the time just use the mapimport command because it is easier to work with and send to people but I just wanted to try the other way and see what my options are currently.
I only prefer the mapimport method due to the fact that with it when that I email the drawings everthing is contained within the drawing and I don't have to send a shapefile as well.
Basically i just wanted to know all my options on converting feature data into real polylines, text, and such and see which one I thought was best. So far I guess I like the "Save as drawing command"... I wish there was an option to just "Save as real polylines, text, and hatches, inside current drawing command".