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k234234
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Can you import mxd and mdb files (or data) into AutoCAD Map 3D 2011?

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07-13-2010 07:03 PM

 

Without exporting these files from ArcGIS into another format, can I somehow import the ArcGIS project data right into AutoCAD from the mxd and mbd files?

 

I received the mxd and mdb project files from a client and would rather not have to ask them to reformat for me. My ArcGIS version is too old to open these files, and I'd like to move completely away from ArcGIS if possible.

 

Thanks.

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tzzzzoddhepworth4253
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Re: Can you import mxd and mdb files (or data) into AutoCAD Map 3D 2011?

07-14-2010 06:58 AM in reply to: k234234

Yes, you can attach to MS Access (MDB) files directly from Map3D.  You might have to download an updated ODBC Driver if you're running on Win7 64-Bit.  Anything (virtually/almost) that you can connect to with an ODBC driver can be used in Map3D.

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jmurphy
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Re: Can you import mxd and mdb files (or data) into AutoCAD Map 3D 2011?

07-14-2010 03:09 PM in reply to: tzzzzoddhepworth4253

toddhepworth4253 wrote:

Yes, you can attach to MS Access (MDB) files directly from Map3D.  You might have to download an updated ODBC Driver if you're running on Win7 64-Bit.  Anything (virtually/almost) that you can connect to with an ODBC driver can be used in Map3D.


Wrong answer Todd, to the OP questions. The mdb he/she is referring to is a personnel Geodatabase from E$RI. He/she would need the GDAL/ORG provider and use data connect which is read only and I haven't seen one for 2011 version yet.

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Re: Can you import mxd and mdb files (or data) into AutoCAD Map 3D 2011?

07-14-2010 03:14 PM in reply to: jmurphy

Fair enough - my bad....

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Re: Can you import mxd and mdb files (or data) into AutoCAD Map 3D 2011?

07-14-2010 05:55 PM in reply to: tzzzzoddhepworth4253

OK - thanks, all - another question:

 

I'm just using the trial version of 2011 - if I us a previous version of AutoCAD Map 3D (is there a 2010?) will I be able to import data from ESRI mxd and mdb files directly into AutoCAD without having my client do some kind of special formatting for me?

 

And will I still need some kind of translater? I'm not sure what is involved in the statement that I would need:

 

"the GDAL/ORG provider and use data connect which is read only and I haven't seen one for 2011 version yet."

 

And should I expect some kind of data or formatting loss if the client does not format/export files in a special way?

 

My ideal solution would be to not have to purchase another upgrade of ESRI software (my version is 2005) and to read/write all GIS data in AutoCAD. I'm fine to go with some previous version of AutoCAD.

 

Thanks again,

 

David

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tzzzzoddhepworth4253
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Re: Can you import mxd and mdb files (or data) into AutoCAD Map 3D 2011?

07-14-2010 08:06 PM in reply to: k234234

I'm running Map3D 2011 on a Win7 64-Bit platform.

 

See the attached powerpoint and .txt files regarding attaching to personal geodatabases.

 

I can't post the E$RI .DLL files, however, it's not unreasonable to "hint" that if you install a free version of ArcExplorer, it's not unreasonable to assume that their software just might happen to install the requisite files that you'd have to copy.

 

No special formatting should be required.

 

Murph - I forgot that I'd gone through this routine with my first response.  Also, I sent you a message through your AU account.

 

Thx.

TDH

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k234234
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Re: Can you import mxd and mdb files (or data) into AutoCAD Map 3D 2011?

07-14-2010 08:56 PM in reply to: tzzzzoddhepworth4253

Thanks - I'll check this out. (when my computer comes back - it's gone for a few days)

 

I really appreciate your help,

 

David

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Re: Can you import mxd and mdb files (or data) into AutoCAD Map 3D 2011?

07-19-2010 03:44 PM in reply to: k234234

 

I got my computer back and tried the suggested OGRProvider.dll solution - it enables me to connect to the mdb file and see the layers. When I import them, however, some layers came through with details, and others lost formatting, labels, etc.

 

Is this about par for the course? or should I try to see what I did wrong?

 

By the way, the free version of ArcExplorer did not have the OGRProvider.dll, but I was able to download it from:

 

http://fdo.osgeo.org/content/fdo-350-downloads

 

The file I downloaded was this:

 

OGR Provider 
md5: f19076df4202ec15678bbd08de00fa09

 

FYI - I'm running XP Pro, 32 bit.

 

Thanks so much for your help,

 

David

 

 

 

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tzzzzoddhepworth4253
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Re: Can you import mxd and mdb files (or data) into AutoCAD Map 3D 2011?

07-19-2010 03:50 PM in reply to: k234234

About all I can say is that you now have as much, or more experience with this than I - I'm not sure about the styling, since I"d expect connecting to GIS resources to be randomly styled, but that may be my limited experience.  Let's see if anyone else has more history & can add more to this discussion.

 

Sorry I can't be of much more help....

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Re: Can you import mxd and mdb files (or data) into AutoCAD Map 3D 2011?

07-20-2010 04:54 AM in reply to: k234234

David,

The formatting is not carried over between the different applications, only the geometry and attributes. It's up to the user and application to format/display/theme as they need. This includes the labeling, you need to edit the style and tell AutoCAD Map3D how you want the labels to display.  

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