shrug-l: RE: RE: CAD Annotation to ArcGIS 9.x shapefile

Ivey, Kenneth Kenneth.Ivey at
Mon Oct 13 13:42:57 EDT 2008

Here is something that I found on ESRI's ArcScripts page that could be useful:

This tool will convert an annotation coverage to a shapefile while maintaining its integrity on the attributes.  The shapefile's geometry will be a polyline and the angular orientation of text is preserved.  The annotation coverage must be a selected layer in the table of contents, and the new shapefile is stored in your system's temp directory. 

> Ken Ivey
> GIS Analyst
> City of Tallahassee
> Underground Utilities Department
> Stormwater Planning
> Phone: 850.891.6857
> Fax: 850.891.6880
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From: "Tripp Corbin" <tcorbin at>
To: <shrug-l at>
Date: Mon, 13 Oct 2008 10:39:49 -0400
Subject: RE: shrug-l: CAD Annotation to ArcGIS 9.x shapefile


If you have access to Autodesk Map 3D, it will export it to a shapefile like you want. I am guessing you don't have that though. Why do you want it as a polyline? I am going to guess it is so you can get the rotation angle and use labels. If this is the case, when you import the CAD annotation it should include a rotation field which you can use for labeling.


Tripp Corbin, MCP, CFM, GISP
Vice President, GIS/IT
ESRI Authorized Instructor
Keck & Wood, Inc. <>
(678) 417-4013
(678) 417-8785 fax

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Subject: shrug-l: CAD Annotation to ArcGIS 9.x shapefile


I am trying to use Arc 9.x to import a CAD annotation and convert it to a polyline shapefile.  ArcGIS 9.1 wants to create this as a point layer, however I would like to have it in a polyline feature class.  ArcView 3.2 does this nicely, however when moving over to 9.1, a point layer seems to be my only option.  Does anyone have any experience in this that might be able to assist me?

Nathan Nickerson 
Business Systems Analyst 
Information Systems Services 
City of Tallahassee 
(850) 891-8137

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