What is a Shapefile and how can I use it?

Aimee Carson -

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. The Shapefile format was introduced by ESRI for ArcGIS software. It is now possible to read and write Shapefiles using a variety of free and non-free programs.

Shapefiles can be exported from the Action menu in SimplyMap, and used in ArcGIS or other GIS software.  Once exported, an email will be triggered to the user with a zip file that includes 5 different files:  

  1. .xls

  2. .prj

  3. .shp

  4. .shx

  5. .txt

These files will expire after 48 hours.

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