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SHP Viewer - ESRI Shapefile Viewer, Shapefile Reader

 
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SHP Viewer

 

SHP Viewer is a simple shapefile viewer. The Esri Shapefile or simply a shapefile is a popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information systems (GIS). A shapefile is a digital vector storage format for storing geometric location and associated attribute information. This format lacks the capacity to store topological information.

Note: this software only availble on Mac App Store now.
 

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Glossary

 
Shapefile
A shapefile is a digital vector storage format for storing geometric location and associated attribute information.
Shapefile data format

A "shapefile" is actually a set of several files
Mandatory files :
.shp - shape format; the feature geometry itself
.shx - shape index format; a positional index of the feature geometry to allow seeking forwards and backwards quickly
.dbf - attribute format; columnar attributes for each shape, in dBase IV format
Optional files :
.prj - projection format; the coordinate system and projection information, a plain text file describing the projection using well-known text format
.sbn and .sbx - a spatial index of the features
.fbn and .fbx - a spatial index of the features for shapefiles that are read-only
.ain and .aih - an attribute index of the active fields in a table or a theme's attribute table
.ixs - a geocoding index for read-write shapefiles
.mxs - a geocoding index for read-write shapefiles (ODB format)
.atx - an attribute index for the .dbf file in the form of shapefile.columnname.atx (ArcGIS 8 and later)
.shp.xml - geospatial metadata in XML format, such as ISO 19115 or other schemas
.cpg - used to specify the code page (only for .dbf) for identifying the character encoding to be used
SHP Viewer

System Requirements

 

For Mac OS X
OS Mac OS X 10.6.6 or above, Snow Leopard support
Processor 1GHz Intel processor or above
RAM 256MB RAM (512MB or above recommended)
Free Hard Disk 20MB space for installation
Graphic Card Super VGA (800×600) resolution, 16-bit graphics card or higher


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User Guide

 
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