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Hi,

I am planning to do a project for which i want to use manifold. The problem is that the company that the project is intended for, uses ArcGis. I would like to know whether Manifold's files are compatible with ArcGis and geodatabase, and what is the procedure needed to import and export ArcGis files to manifold and vice versa.

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I am planning to do a project for which i want to use manifold. The problem is that the company that the project is intended for, uses ArcGis. I would like to know whether Manifold's files are compatible with ArcGis and geodatabase, and what is the procedure needed to import and export ArcGis files to manifold and vice versa.


Manifold .map files are not compatible with ArcGIS. ArcGIS's native format is not compatible with Manifold. I'm not sure about Geodatabase, but I wouldn't count on it.

The best way to drag data back and forth is through Shapefiles. Well-supported on both ends (and all through the GIS market for that matter). However, you will lose style attributes (color, linestyle etc).

More information can probabely be obtained over at the Manifold Community Site.

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I should also note that you can import ESRI Grids into Manifold, process them (raster math, hydrology, etc.), and export them as an ASCII file, which ArcGIS can read. The importing and exporting can be a hassle sometimes, but considering the spatial extension for Manifold costs $100, and does pretty much everything the $2500 ESRI spatial extensions does, it's usually worth it!

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Manifold can read data in ESRI created personal geodatabases and I think it can read stuff on other (SQL) geo -databases as well. The folks over at the Manifold forum would know the answer to that one for sure. I have however used Manifold to read and edit data in a personal geodatabase with a few glitches but nothing major.

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