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A project I am working on requires me to take maps drawn in illustrator and convert them to an .shp file before I can upload the .shp file to a tool which will associate data with the map.
I realise that to overlay this map onto Google Maps or other GIS mapping the illustrator map would need full projection info and coordinates, but I do not need this functionality at this stage.
I thought it would be possible to convert from .svg or another Illustrator format, but my initial searches have not turned up anything obvious.
Any help appreciated.

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A project I am working on requires me to take maps drawn in illustrator and convert them to an .shp file before I can upload the .shp file to a tool which will associate data with the map.
I realise that to overlay this map onto Google Maps or other GIS mapping the illustrator map would need full projection info and coordinates, but I do not need this functionality at this stage.
I thought it would be possible to convert from .svg or another Illustrator format, but my initial searches have not turned up anything obvious.
Any help appreciated.


There's MAPublisher, a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that, amongst other things, lets you georeference existing Illustrator files and export them to shapefiles.
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MAPublisher provides you many GIS functions with Adobe Illustrator. You can import many data formats (.shp, .mid-mif, .tab, .kml, .kmz...etc.etcc..). You can export your layers to a GIS data format (there are a bunch of the formats available, too). You can assign a coordinate system and re-project your map within Adobe Illustrator, too. Also, you can create attribute table and manipulate them as well.

That's a handy software :)

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If MAPublisher is a little expensive try outputting as a dxf or dwg file but be prepared to update your tables & georeference the drawing to the proper coordinates. I'm sorry there's no easier way that I know of.
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A project I am working on requires me to take maps drawn in illustrator and convert them to an .shp file before I can upload the .shp file to a tool which will associate data with the map.
I realise that to overlay this map onto Google Maps or other GIS mapping the illustrator map would need full projection info and coordinates, but I do not need this functionality at this stage.
I thought it would be possible to convert from .svg or another Illustrator format, but my initial searches have not turned up anything obvious.
Any help appreciated.


There's MAPublisher, a plug-in for Adobe Illustrator that, amongst other things, lets you georeference existing Illustrator files and export them to shapefiles.


As Hans mentioned Avenza Mapublisher 8.1 will allow you to work on a shapefile then export that shapefile for use in another application ... for example ESRI products, and does it quite cleanly. I work with the program often and have only had a couple small errors (of my own doing) but well worth the look into if you have the spare cash, last time I looked something around $1300 dollars for full app.
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