Safe Software Introduces Free FME FDO Provider for AutoCAD Map 3D 2008 - Access to Nine Key Formats Now Faster and Easier -

Vancouver, BC, November 27, 2007 – Today Safe Software introduced a free FME® FDO Provider for AutoCAD® Map 3D 2008. Map 3D users now have a faster and easier way to access nine popular import formats from directly within the application’s Data Connect dialog box.

“Our FME technology has been an integrated part of AutoCAD Map 3D for almost a decade,” says Dale Lutz, Vice President of Development at Safe Software. “With the FME FDO Provider, the important data formats available through the data import feature are now also easily accessible through a more intuitive interface.”

Available for download today at, the free FME FDO Provider integrates with the Data Connect dialog to enable quick connectivity to key spatial data formats, including ESRI® ArcInfo Export (E00), Geography Markup Language (GML), and MapInfo TAB/MIF/MID. With just a few clicks, Map 3D users can conveniently read data directly, without having to copy the datasets. When the data changes, users’ drawings will automatically reflect the most recent information. Users can also easily upgrade to FME, a powerful spatial ETL platform, for access to over 200 additional CAD, GIS, raster and database formats, such as ArcSDE Raster, MapInfo SpatialWare, and KML (Google Earth).

“Safe Software is widely recognized in our industry as the experts for easy, efficient spatial data access,” said Peter Rieks, Product Manager at AutoDesk. “We’re thrilled that our AutoCAD Map 3D customers now have an even better way to leverage the power of FME within the Map 3D environment.”

Map 3D users can also download the FME FDO Provider today at Safe Software will also be demonstrating this new tool at Autodesk University in Las Vegas, from November 27-29 at Booth #112.

To learn more about how FME integrates with AutoCAD Map 3D and other Autodesk® solutions, please visit

About Safe Software and FME
Established in 1993, Safe Software is the maker of FME, the only true spatial ETL (extract, transform and load) platform that enables organizations to use and leverage spatial data in any format or application. FME is used by thousands of customers in over 116 countries in a wide variety of industries. It has also been an integrated component within AutoCAD Map 3D for almost a decade.

FME provides the most extensive format support and powerful transformations to help organizations efficiently address the complete spectrum of spatial ETL tasks – from data translation and transformation to federation and distribution. Used by most GIS, CAD, ETL, and DB vendors, FME has emerged as the de facto integrated spatial ETL solution. FME is available in desktop and server solutions, and is also easily integrated into third-party CAD and GIS solutions, as well as most IT environments. Visit for more information.


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