Exporting Arc labels to AutoCAD

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08-16-2011 01:42 PM
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Hello everyone,

I am attempting to export labels from ArcMap 9.3 into an older version of AutoCAD DeskMap (use R14 format). I am able to export polyline, point, and polygon data as a .dwg or a .dxf file and it comes into AutoCAD just fine (properly georeferenced). However, although I am able to pull up labels in Arc itself (say for example the township and range labels on a grid of Alberta), I am unable to export them to AutoCAD. I create a point feature class from my initial layer (and do the appropriate attribute table modifications to get the text to show up), those labels show up just fine in Arc, but then when I attempt to export them, either with the Quick Export tool or the Export to CAD tool either a) only the points show up (correctly georeferenced with no labels) or b) the labels and points show up but are centered around 0,0 instead of where I want them to be. In case b, the text and points are tiny and compressed (the entire grid of township and range divides for Alberta compresses down to something like 13 meters).

Is anyone familiar with this process? If so, do you use any add-ons or is this something that you can do directly from Arc itself?

Thank you very much in advance for any help
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OK, made a little headway. Apparently the xy coordinates of the text are coming in wonky. We utilize UTM for our coordinate system (again, the polylines, points and polygons export to this just fine), but for some reason when we create the text feature class (with the associated points) it takes the lat/long coordinates and tries to turn them into UTM, so we're getting coordinates like -113.2376, 55.36101. Maybe I'm not selecting the right column to export?

Thanks again
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firstly�? intsall autodesk map or map 3D
sceondly�? use insert data tools�?choose shp filetype
when you import shp file you may choose the label field�? then you will acquire the result�??
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Hi zhangjisong thank you for your reply,

I have Autodesk Map 6 and AutoCAD Land Development Desktop 2i available, nothing newer.

Are you talking about using the Map -> Tools -> Import... method for bringing in shape files? Where you can attach Object Data from the SDE table exported by Arc? Because when I look under my Insert options I only have Block, External Reference, and Raster Image, no data or data tools.

As well, that's not an ideal option, as it requires me to bring in each and every feature in as its own shape file. I work for a seismic exploration company, and we access the IHS data servers through Arc to get the data we need. I've identified approximately 200 different features that contain data I may potentially need. Bringing in individual shape files and associating them with their data tables seems highly impractical. I need to be able to export a .dxf or .dwg, something which contains multiple layers all at once.

Thanks for your help.
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Dear infoscrounger,

According to zhangjisong's quote
zhangjisong
firstly�? intsall autodesk map or map 3D
sceondly�? use insert data tools�?choose shp filetype
when you import shp file you may choose the label field�? then you will acquire the result�??


I have tried to do the step and it's working well in AutoCAD Map 3D 2011,
1. Install AutoCAD Map 3D 2011
2. Map > Tools > Import > and select point file (.shp format) that containing text
3. Set current drawing coordinate system as your coordinate system > OK
4. At Import properties dialogue > select Points columm by click on the table
5. You would see Point Mapping dialogue > create as text from data > select field that containing you text ( i suggest you to create new text field at your attribute data, X and Y coordinates for each point as well ), you can set your text style then > OK
6. tadaaa... i wish you can see the text

Correct Me If I am Wrong 😄
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This is another way to convert ArcGIS label to CAD format:
1. Make a geodatabase
2. Import features (line, polygon, point) to your new geodatabase
3. Open feature in ArcMap ex. point features > label features
4. Right click > Convert labels to Annotation... give a name > convert
5. At catalog dialogue > right click at your geodatabase > export to CAD... name it
6. That's all folks...!!!
7. Good Luck 😄
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Thank you!

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