March 05, 2007

ArcGIS for AutoCAD

I’ve been anxiously awaiting this debut, we’ve done a lot of work and we are well prepared. The Head Coach has a schedule conflict and has given me (the assistant coach) the nod to take the head coaching roll of our undefeated high school girl’s freshman basketball team for their next game. It is one thing to make suggestions as an assistant coach, it’s quite another to make the decisions at game time and be responsible for them. I am excited to get the opportunity, and give it a try.

Here is something else new to try… as seen at the ESRI Federal User Group Conference in Washington DC this past December, the ArcGIS for AutoCAD application from ESRI is now available for download just incase you missed the ArcNews Article.

ArcGIS for AutoCAD is a no-cost ESRI application that loads on top of AutoCAD 2007 and gives me the ability to add one or more ESRI Map Service view(s) to my AutoCAD drafting environment. The coordinates of the ArcGIS Map Service and the AutoCAD view are fused together. With this new ESRI technology I have direct access to every GIS data format without conversion and without translation inside AutoCAD through ArcGIS Server. I as an AutoCAD user see what the GIS professional sees; finished high quality cartographic representations of complex GIS data structures, stored in a wide variety of different, raster, grid, image and vector formats. I see the results of high-end cartography and sophisticated spatial analysis as represented by the finished map, served with ArcGIS server. Arguably I get the most benefit… the results, without ever having to concern myself with what data types I am working with, where the data is stored or how I should display the map content. I can work directly with ArcGIS Map Services to add full GIS context to my AutoCAD session.

ArcGIS for AutoCAD introduces a new form of CAD Interoperability, by passing GIS right through CAD rather than relying on special data connections, translation or conversion. I need not concern myself with what GIS data types I can or cannot read in AutoCAD. I need not worry about setting up ways to recreate the symbology of GIS Maps. I see the GIS map as created by the GIS professional. I have direct access to the attribute records stored in the spatial databases where ever they may be stored. The GIS functionality is simply passed back and forth between the GIS server from requests I make in CAD. You can download the software from ESRI here. It requires access to ArcGIS Server 9.2 map services and AutoCAD 2007.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Don,

Will the users be able to edit the data from the ArcGIS Server using AutoCAD? That will definelty be a big win for us.

Thank You,

8:18 AM  
Blogger Don Kuehne said...


At this time the functionality includes the displaying of one or more georeferenced map services and to view feature attributes using the indentify tool.


8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

we dont have server, i can not get to the online services that we use.

7:29 AM  
Blogger Don Kuehne said...

The download version of ArcGIS for AutoCAD only supports non-credentialed servers at this time. ESRI is working on providing such a server of data in the near future for people to test out the functionality. I'll make a new posting when and if it such a server becomes available.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello, Don. We are very glad with the advent of ArcGIS for AutoCAD. How technical support of this program will be carried out? We had questions, but at a forum on there is no not one about ArcGIS for AutoCAD. Whether It is possible to write to you with technical questions? In particular, function identyfy map on AutoCAD 2007 does not work (look c=196*f=2333*t=244192*mc=0)
With the best regards
Dam, CAD&GIS Engineer.

3:02 AM  
Blogger Don Kuehne said...

I need a little more information about what is going on when you get the error. In the first version there was a known problem with working in AutoCAD Layout mode that should have been resolved in the current release. It is also probably good to remind people about the support forum like you have:

10:35 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Don,

We are using SDE and IMS. We hope to implement ArcGIS Server within the year. I would like to test out the functionality of ArcGIS for AutoCAD (A4A). Is there a public site which I can use to show its functionality? I assume A4A doesn't work with our current setup.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Don Kuehne said...

Versions of ArcGIS for AutoCAD prior to ArcGIS 9.3 work only with standard ArcGIS Map Services. Secure Servers that require authentification of the user and tiled Map Services would work at with these releases. Future releases hope to support both secure and tiled map services, which would including ArcGIS Online map services(that is tiled).

I know of many accessible servers, but none that have granted me permission to share their location in my blog... perhaps some of you out there might share?

10:30 AM  

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