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Leveraging ArcGIS Server Capabilities from Within the AutoCAD Application

Introducing ArcGIS for AutoCAD

ArcGIS for AutoCAD is a free AutoCAD application that allows CAD users to visualize and query GIS information from within their CAD environment without conversion. This application provides access to an ArcGIS Server map service in the native AutoCAD environment, giving users access to georeferenced map service images.

"Planned for release in spring 2007, ArcGIS for AutoCAD gives CAD users a simple way to connect to GIS enterprise data," says Don Kuehne, Esri product manager. "These users will benefit from the results of GIS analysis, through georeferenced cartographic products inside AutoCAD's editing environment for context and reference, without the complexities of conversion and translation."

The GIS map service feature attributes can be viewed via the Identify tool, and all vector, raster, and imagery formats that ArcGIS Server supports can be viewed in the CAD environment.

CAD users can

  • Dynamically interact with live GIS maps, including GIS symbology and data structures.
  • Include the results of GIS analysis and models (performed by ArcGIS) in their CAD designs.
  • Include GIS basemaps in their CAD products.

The map service is the first step toward full AutoCAD integration. ArcGIS Server can provide an excellent repository for sharing geospatial data across the enterprise.

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ArcGIS for AutoCAD requires ArcGIS Server 9.2 and AutoCAD 2007 and is available for download at

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