Friday, September 02, 2011

Using AutoCAD file formats with open source libraries

Using AutoCAD file formats with open source libraries: Many experts use AutoCAD and its formats in engineering, design, architecture, geography, and related fields. It's often useful to combine the data that AutoCAD produces with GIS data such as shapefiles for placement on maps or for use inside Google Earth or Google Maps. Learn about two open source libraries—LibreDWG and dxflib—that make the AutoCAD DXF and DWG file formats more accessible. You also create a translator tool that will write to KML and shapefile formats and use the GDAL library to facilitate working with GML and shapefile formats.