Shapefiles to CAD with Data Intact

Discussion created by dluns2003 on Feb 29, 2012
Latest reply on Jan 8, 2013 by dkuehne-esristaff
Hi folks,

I found a few threads related to the question I am about to ask, but they were all 'dead' threads that apparently no one had answered. So, I will try again:

A client of mine requested that I convert a .shp of 2' contours into CAD for their use. However, the 'Export to CAD' tool does not preserve the actual table data- all the contour lines have the same shape, color, linetype, etc. My client has no way to see what contours are what once it is exported.

My question: can someone give me a brief walk-through of how I might be able to export these contours into CAD with the data table still attached? The only way I can think of to do this otherwise is to export each individual contour line into CAD on a separate layer that is labeled appropriately, then reassemble all the layers into a single CAD file again. Doable, but inefficient!