I am working in AutoCAD map 3D 2011. From my research online, I understand it should be able to import shape files whereas normal versions cannot. I am unable to get my version to recognize the cesus tiger shape files. I am interested in the road information only. I have noticed online that that there should be a "map" or "mapping" option on my toolbar and there is not. Can anyone give me some insight on this?
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Thanks! This actually worked, but i still have some problems. I'm importing this into an existing drawing with gps coordinates. This command doesn't let me import the gps data. My tiger maps files include DBF, IDX, PRJ, SHP, XML and SHX. I'm new to shape files so i'm not sure what files are what, but i need the data to math with the existing drawing. Thanks for the help.
Sounds like your shapefile and your existing drawing are lying in two different CRS (Coordinate Reference System).
I've no Autocad at home, so here are a few steps "by rote":
1] open the existing drawing
2] set its right CRS with _ADESETCRDSYS command
3] _MAPIMPORT and browse to the .SHP file
4] in the Mapimport dialog window, declare the CRS of the shape.
In that way, the .SHP will be converted on-the-fly to the drawing's CRS.