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sub-AutoCAD 2010 and 2011 Support Included
ArcGIS for AutoCAD, a free downloadable plug-in from Esri, is part of the ArcGIS system and plays an important role in facilitating the sharing of data between ArcGIS and AutoCAD. ArcGIS for AutoCAD can be used to access both free and premium maps from ArcGIS Online as well as enterprise GIS data and imagery published by ArcGIS Server, all from within the AutoCAD environment. In addition, ArcGIS for AutoCAD can be used to provide attributed GIS layer information in a CAD drawing when this information needs to be shared with ArcGIS.
The latest release of ArcGIS for AutoCAD contains significant improvements, including faster performance and enhanced map image quality when accessing map services in AutoCAD. In addition, with ArcGIS for AutoCAD Build 250, AutoCAD 2010 and AutoCAD 2011 are now supported.
Maps add a powerful visual context to a CAD design, making it easier to interpret the conditions and characteristics of a project site. GIS maps are authoritative resources for attaining this information and can best depict existing infrastructure and physical properties, roads, the natural environment, and more. Furthermore, this information can be accessed simply and with little effort by using ArcGIS for AutoCAD. The new version of ArcGIS for AutoCAD can access GIS maps from ArcGIS Online directly via the new ribbon interface in AutoCAD. A single click to the Esri Maps and Data Gallery on the ribbon interface will add GIS maps to an open AutoCAD session. Services can be accessed more quickly, and maps display with better image quality.
The updated plug-in also includes a new query by attribute feature. Objects filtered by the current feature class and GIS attribute values can be selected. Better support for secure and proxy servers is also offered with the new version.
Private engineering firms; public works departments; electric, water, and gas utilities; mining; pipeline; oil exploration; and other professions that work within AutoCAD and want simple and easy access to authoritative GIS content can benefit from using ArcGIS for AutoCAD, particularly when there is a need to be interoperable with the ArcGIS system. With ArcGIS for AutoCAD, AutoCAD users can save time by accessing GIS basemaps directly within AutoCAD and have confidence that they are working with the most current products of GIS analysis.
ArcGIS for AutoCAD Build 250 requires AutoCAD 2010 or higher versions. It is compatible with map services from ArcGIS Server 9.3 and higher for the Microsoft .NET Framework. To download the free plug-in and learn more, visit www.esri.com/autocadapp.