GIS Data comes from many places and in many forms. At ClueTrust, we're dedicated to making sure that you can get the data you need into your maps and analysis. For this, we've enlisted the assistance of the GDAL/OGR libraries from the Open Source Geospatial Foundation. In some cases, we have also implemented our own import and export capabilities to more closely match features in Cartographica with the features in the particular file formats.

Besides providing support for many native formats, Cartographica will also attempt to decompress formats ending in .gz prior to importing.

The tables below describe, for both the Vector and Raster formats, which formats are supported, whether they are available for import or export, what the expected file extensions are, and whether support is via GDAL or internal code.

Vector File Formats Supported

Name Primary Extensions Import Export GDAL Automated Testing
ESRI Shapefile shp Y Y Successful
GPX gpx Y Successful
ESRI Arc/Info Binary Coverage e00 Y Y Successful
ESRI Arc/Info Binary Coverage (ADF) adf Y Y Successful
GML gml Y Y Y Successful
KML kml Y Y Y Successful
Tiger rt1 Y Y Successful
MapInfo TAB tab Y Y Y Successful
MapInfo MIF mif Y Y Y Successful
UK NTF ntf Y Y Successful
IHO S-57 000 Y Y Successful
Vector SDTS ddf Y Y Successful
Atlas BNA bna Y Y Y Successful
OGR VRT vrt Y Y Successful
GMT gmt Y Y Y Successful
DGN dgn Y Y Y Successful
Personal GeoDatabase mdb Y Y Successful
EPIInfo Format rec Y Y Need Test Files
GéoConcept gxt, txt Y Y Y Successful
XPlane dat, txt Y Y Successful
Adobe Illustrator Y Successful
Autocad Ascii Drawing (DXF) dxf Y Y Y Successful
GeoRSS (ATOM,GML) xml Y Y Y Successful
GeoRSS (ATOM,W3C) xml Y Y Y Successful
GeoRSS (RSS,W3C) xml Y Y Y Successful
GeoRSS (ATOM,Simple) xml Y Y Y Successful
Czech cadastral exchange data format vfk Y Y Successful
PCI Geomatics Database File pix Y Y Successful
GPS TrackMaker gtm Y Y Y Successful
SQLite/Spatialite sqlite, db Y Y Y Successful
GeoJSON geojson Y Y Y Successful
Aeronav FAA dat, txt Y Y Successful
Hydrographic Transfer Format htf, txt Y Y Successful
PostgreSQL SQL Dump sql Y Y
NASA Planetary Data System lbl Y Y Successful
OpenAir Airspace and Terrain txt, dat Y Y Successful
Special Use Airspaces sua Y Y Successful
ESRI File GeoDatabase gdb Y Y Y Successful

Raster File Formats Supported

Name Primary Extensions Import Export GDAL Automated Testing
MrSID sid Y Y Successful
TIFF tif, tiff Y Y Successful
JPEG 2000 (MrSID) jp2, jpc, jpx, j2k Y Y Successful
ERMapper Compresed Wavelets ecw Y Y Successful
Arc/Info ASCII Grid asc, txt Y Y Successful
ARC Digitized Raster Graphics gen, thf Y Y Successful
ARC/Info Binary Grid adf Y Y Successful
AirSAR dat Y Y Need Test Files
Magellan BLX blx Y Y Successful
MS Windows Device Independent Bitmap bmp Y Y Successful
MapTech BSB kap Y Y Successful
VTP BT bt Y Y Successful
CEOS Image img Y Y Successful
DRDC COASP SAR Processor hdr Y Y Need Test Files
DIMAP dim Y Y Successful
TerraSAR-X Complex SAR xml Y Y Successful
Convair PolGASP Data img, hdr Y Y Successful
DIPEx dat Y Y Successful
DOQ (Unlabeled) nes, doq Y Y Need Test Files
DOQ nws Y Y Need Test Files
Military Elevation Data dt0, dt1, dt2, dhm Y Y Successful
ESRI HDR Labeled bil Y Y Successful
Erdas Image Raw img Y Y Successful
NASA ELAS bin Y Y Successful
ENVI HDR Labeled dat Y Y Successful
ERMapper Uncompressed Raster ers Y Y Successful
Envisat Image Product n1 Y Y Successful
EOSAT FAST Format fst Y Y Need Test Files
FIT fit Y Y Successful
FITS fits Y Y Successful
FujiBAS Scanner Image pcb Y Y Successful
Generic Binary hdr, bil Y Y Need Test Files
GSat File Format gff Y Y Successful
GIF gif Y Y Successful
BIGGIF Y Y Need Test Files
WMO GRIB grb Y Y Successful
Golden Software ASCII Grid grd Y Y Successful
Golden Software Binary Grid grd Y Y Successful
Golden Software Surfer 7 Binary Grid grd Y Y Successful
GSC Geogrid gsc, grd Y Y Successful
Grid eXchange File gxf Y Y Successful
Erdas Imagine img Y Y Successful
Image Display and Analysis (WinDisp) ida Y Y Successful
ILWIS Raster Map mpr, mpl Y Y Successful
InterGraph Raster cot, ctc, rgb, ctb, grd, crl, tpe, lsr, rle, cit, g3, g4, tg4, cmp Y Y Successful
USGS ISIS2 cub Y Y Successful
USGS ISIS3 cub Y Y Successful
JAXA PALSAR 5_ud, 5_ua Y Y Successful
JDEM mem Y Y Successful
JPEG jpg, jpeg, jfif, jif Y Y Successful
NOAA Polar Orbiter Level 1B mem Y Y Successful
Erdas LAN and GIS lan, gis Y Y Successful
FARSITE v4 LCP lcp Y Y Successful
Daylon Leveller Heightfield ter Y Y Successful
Vexcel MFF hdr Y Y Successful
Vexcel MFF2 hdr Y Y Need Test Files
NLAPS h1, h2, h3, hd Y Y Need Test Files
NITF ntf, nsf Y Y Successful
PCI aux Labeled aux Y Y Successful
PCI Geomatics Database File pix Y Y Successful
PCRaster map Y Y Need Test Files
NASA Planetary Data System lbl, img Y Y Successful
Portable Network Graphics png Y Y Successful
NetPBM pbm, ppm, pgm Y Y Successful
Swedish Grid RIK rik Y Y Need Test Files
Raster Matrix Format rsw, mtw Y Y Successful
Raster Product Format toc Y Y Need Test Files
RadarSat2 XML xml Y Y Successful
Idrisi Raster rst, rdc Y Y Successful
SAR CEOS img Y Y Successful
USGS SDTS DEM ddf Y Y Successful
SGI Raster Format rgb, sgi Y Y Successful
Standard Raster Product (ASRP/USRP) gen Y Y Need Test Files
SRTM HGT Format hgt Y Y Successful
Terragen Heightfield ter Y Y Successful
TerraSAR-X Product xml Y Y Successful
USGS ASCII DEM dem Y Y Successful
X11 Pixmap xpm Y Y Successful
GDAL VRT vrt Y Y Need Test Files
EarthWatch/DigitalGlobe Tiles til Y Y Successful
Rasterlite sqlite, db Y Y Successful
Northwood/VerticalMapper Classified Grid Format grc Y Y Successful
Northwood/VerticalMapper Numeric Grid Format grd Y Y Successful
R Raster Data asc, rdb Y Y Successful
SAGA GIS Binary Grid sdat Y Y Successful
HF2/HFZ Heightfield Raster hff, hf2, hfz Y Y Successful
ASCII Gridded XYZ xyz Y Y Need Test Files
NOAA gtx vertical datum shift gtx Y Y Successful
NADCON .los/.las Datum Grid Shift los Y Y Successful
NTv2 Datum Grid Shift gsb Y Y Successful
OziExplorer raster map Y Y Successful
ACE2 DEM ace2 Y Y Successful
ECRG TOC xml Y Y Need Test Files
SNODAS hdr Y Y Need Test Files
GRASS Ascii Grid asc, txt Y Y Successful
MG4 Lidar view Y Y Successful
NetCDF nc, cdl Y Y Successful
NetCDF Grid (GMT) nc Y Y Successful
HDF4 Data hdf, hdf4, he4, h4 Y Y Need Test Files
HDF4 Image hdf, hdf4, he4, h4 Y Y Successful
HDF5 Data hdf, h5, he5, hdf5 Y Y Need Test Files
HDF5 Image hdf, h5, he5, hdf5 Y Y Successful
Bathymetry Attributed Grid bag Y Y Successful

ClueTrust actively and rigorously tests each of our supported file formats in each of the asserted capabilities above. Even though this is the case, we cannot guarantee that every file format will be handled correctly in every file (owing to differences of opinion of what "correctly" is and variations in file versions and vagueries in some formats). What we can guarantee is that we're interested in making Cartographica the most astue import and export package on the market and so we want to hear about it when something isn't working to your satisfaction.

To this end, we are seeking files of various types for testing. If you have a problem importing data or exporting data, or if you have access to one of the file types that we don't currently have test files for and would be willing to provide one or more test files, it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact us via the Bug Report page and we'll coordinate pick-up of any files that are larger than are allowed.