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Path from Illustrator to ArcMap

April 11 2010 | 0 comments
Categories: ArcGIS Methods, Map Data

I have a client that wants me to take his adobe illustrator drawing, import it into ArcMap and convert his topographic contours into a polyline shapefile. As best I can tell, the only way I can see doing that would be to export the illustrator file as a .dwg or .dxf, then import that file into ArcMap. Once there, I could have a shapefile open in an edit session, copy and paste the CAD lines by creating a new feature using the shapefile as the target layer and then input attributes.

Is this possible, or is there another way to make this work?

Mapping Center Answer:

Your right on target--that's the best way we know to do that task.

We did a blog post on this a couple of years ago that the guidance still holds true:

http://blogs.esri.com/Support/blogs/mappingcenter/archive/2008/06/18/migrating-illustrator-file-ai-archives-to-arcgis.aspx

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