ArcGIS for AutoCAD is a free of charge downloadable plugin from ESRI, currently available for AutoCAD 2007, 2008 and 2009.
With this functionality AutoCAD users have access to the ArcGIS Server Map Services and the desired map will be shown as an image behind the CAD-data.
The styling of the map is done by the server and the user can get info about the GIS-attributes.
This functionality is view only and doesn’t allow editting of the ArcGIS-data by AutoCAD.
AutoCAD Map/FDO is functionality to connect directly to for example an ESRI ArcSDE server and is available for AutoCAD Map 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.
With this functionality AutoCAD Map users can make a selection of the GIS-feature classes they would like to connect to in their CAD-environment. These are not displayed as an image, but as vector data. That makes it possible to “snap” to them in drawing mode.
The styling of the map can be done by using AutoCAD Map Display Manager. The GIS-attributes are available in a so called Data Table, where you can select a record to highlight the corresponding object in the map ( and vise versa ).
This functionality allows you also to edit the ArcGIS-data by AutoCAD Map.
see also: Direct access to Spatial Data using FDO-technology
Direct access to Spatial Data in an open structures stored by other software or processes in files and databases is very important for a flexible organization.
For example AutoCAD Map can combine design drawings from AutoCAD or AutoCAD Civil 3D with available data from other systems.
AutoCAD Map can connect to Oracle Spatial, ESRI ArcSDE, Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL databases. There are also FDO-providers to connect to file based datasource, like SDF, ESRI Shape and several raster-formats. And also FDO-providers that enables Map to connect to OGC-webservices.
Some FDO-provincers are developed by Autodesk, some by the opensource community.
Goto http://fdo.osgeo.org for more info about the opensource FDO-technology.
AutoCAD® 2010 software
AutoCAD Map 3D 2010 software is built on the latest release of AutoCAD platform.
User friendly Ribbon Interface
The new ribbon-style user interface ( UI ) can advance the productivity, because it reduces the number of clicks. This interface presents the different functions in a concise visual format and let you select the desired functions quickly. The ribbon is customizable and can be tailor made for every user.
Improved functionality for importing Survey data
AutoCAD Map 3D survey functionality focuses on asset data collection and mapping. This feature allows you to organize, manage, and effectively use data collected in the field within the AutoCAD Map 3D environment. The functionality includes:
– ASCII point and LandXML data import
– Survey datastore and schema
– Point groups
– Creation of FDO features from survey features
New Data Analyse functionality
A couple of new overlay functions have been added, that substantially enhances the data analysis functionlity in AutoCAD Map:
– Symmetric difference
Note: these functions work only with FDO-features
New Workflow Framework
Using the Windows® WorkflowTM Foundation, AutoCAD Map 3D makes it easy to automate repetitive tasks with a new and powerful workflow framework and user interface.
With this framework, you can build, save, and share simple and complex workflows with a visual editor. Workflows can include logic and initiate calls to other workflows—all with a single mouse click, improving efficiency and consistency in results.
AutoCAD Map 3D 2010 supports now Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with the new Spatial functionality.
And there is an Autodesk FDO-Provider for GE Smallworld available in the Subscription Center for users with an Autodesk® Subscription contract.
Today I’ve applied for the Autodesk Developer Network ( ADN ) membership again.
Before I joined Autodesk, the DevTech engineers where an important source of information for me as application developer. Also in my time at Autodesk, they where ( together with Product Mngt and Product Support ) the first point of contact for technical questions.