File Format Chart

There are a number of important distinctions that can be made for different file types because each file format uses a unique set of characteristics. The important file format characteristics are outlined in the following table:

File Format

File Name

Import

Export

Coordinate Type1

Drawing Properties2

Text Blocks3

Content Type4

?10G

Globe DEM

X13

G

000

S-57 Electronic Navigation Chart

X12

R

V

ACCDB

Microsoft Access

X14

D

ADF

Esri ArcInfo Binary Grid

X13

X10

G

AGR

ArcInfo ASCII Grid

X13

X10

G

AIG

ArcInfo ASCII Grid

X13

X10

G

AM

Amira Mesh

X13

X10

G

AN?

ACR-NEMA Medical Image

X12, 13

P

R

ASC

ArcInfo ASCII Grid

X13

X10

G

ASC

CPS-3 Grid Format

X13

X10

G

ASC

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X13

G

ASCII Data

ASCII Data Files

X14

X9

R

D

ASI

Amira Stacked Images

X13

R and V

BIL

Banded Interleave Grid By Line

X13

X10

     

G

BIN

Raw Binary Grid

X13

X10

     

G

BIP

Banded Interleave Grid By Pixel

X13

X10

     

G

BLN

Golden Software Blanking

X12, 14

X9, 11

R

V

BMP

Windows Bitmap

X12, 13

X11

P

BNA

Atlas Boundary

X12, 14

X9, 11

R

   

V, D

BSQ

Banded Sequential Grid

X13

X10

G

BW

SGI-RGB Image

X12, 13

P

G

CLP

Windows Clipboard

Paste

Copy

O

X

X

R and V

COL

Amira Mesh

X13

X10

G

CPS

CPS-3 Grid

X13

X10

G

CPS3

CPS-3 Grid

X13

X10

     

G

CSV

Comma Separated Variable

X14

X9.11

   

D

CSV

Formatted Text Grid

X13

       

G

DAT

ETOPO-5

X13

G

DAT

Z-Map Plus Grid

X13

G

DAT

Data

X14

X9, 10, 11

D

DAT

Formatted Text Grid

X13

       

G

DBF

Database

X14

X 9

D

DCM

DICOM 3 Medical Image

X12, 13

P

DDF

SDTS Topological Vector Profile

X12

R

V

DDF

SDTS Digital Elevation Model

X13

G

DEM

USGS Digital Elevation Model

X13

X10

G

DGN

Microstation Design v7

X12

O

some

V

DIC

DICOM3 Medical Image

X12, 13

P

R and V

DLG

USGS Digital Line Graph

X12

R

V

DOS

ETOPO-5

X13

G

DTED

Digital Terrain Elevation Data

X13

G

DXF

AutoCAD DXF

X12,14

X11

RO

some

some

V

E008

Esri ArcInfo Export Format

X12

R

X

V

E008

Esri Grid Format

X13

R

G

ECW

ER Mapper

X12, 13

R

R

EMF

Windows Enhanced Metafile

X12

X11

O

X

X

R and V

EPS

Encapsulated Postscript

X11

P

X

R

ERS

ER Mapper Grid

X13

X10

G

FLD

AVS Field

X13

X10

G

FLT

Esri Float Grid Format

X13

X10

G

FTG

Formatted Text Grid

X13

       

G

GDB

Esri File Geodatabase

X12

R

V

GGF

Geosoft Binary Grid

X10

G

GIF

Image

X12, 13

X11

P

R

GEOJSON

GeoJSON Data Interchange

X12

R

V

GML

Geography Markup Language

X12

R

V

GPX

GPS Exchange File

X12

X11

R

V

GRB

World Meteorological Organization Grid

X13

G

GRD

ArcInfo ASCII Grid

X13

X10

G

GRD

CPS-3 Grid Format

X13

X10

G

GRD

NetCDF Grid File

X13

G

GRD

Surfer Grid

X13

X10

G

GRD

Geosoft Binary Grid

X13

X10

G

GRD

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X13

G

GSB

Golden Software Boundary

X12

X11

R

V

GSI

Golden Software Interchange

X12

X11

R

X

X

R and V

GXF

Grid Exchange

X13

X10

G

HDF

Hierarchical Data

X13

X10

R

HDR

GTopo-30

X13

R

G

HGT

SRTM Elevation Data

X13

R

G

HTM

HTML Image Map

 

X8

P

   

V

IMG

Analyze 7.5 Medical Image

X13

X10

R

IMG

ERDAS Imagine Image

X13

 

P, R

   

R and/or G

IMG

Idrisi Raster Image

X13

R

INFO

Leica Confocal Raw Slices

X13

R

JP2

JPEG2000 Image

X12, 13

X11

R

 

 

R

JPG

JPEG Compressed Bitmap

X12, 13

X11

P, R

   

R

KML

Google Earth KML

X12

X11

P, R

X

V

KMZ

Google Earth KMZ

X12

X11

P, R

X

V

LAS

LiDAR LAS Binary Data

X 14

R

D

LAT

Iris Explorer

X13

X10

G

LAZ

LiDAR LAS Binary Data

X 14

 

R

   

D

LGO

USGS Digital Line Graph

X12

R

V

LGS

USGS Digital Line Graph

X12

R

V

MDB

Esri Personal Geodatabase

X12

R

V

MDB

Microsoft Access

 

D

MID

MapInfo Data

X14

X9

D

MIF

MapInfo Interchange

X12

X11

R

some

V

NC

NetCDF Grid File

X13

X10

G

PBM

Image

X12, 13

P

R

PDF

Portable Document File (Raster)

X12, 13

X11

P

R

PDF

Portable Document File (Vector)

 

X11

O, R

   

V

PGM

Image

X12, 13

P

PLT

Golden Software PlotCall

X12

O

X

V

PLY

Stanford Polygon

X12

R

V

PNG

Portable Network Graphics

X12, 13

X11

P

PNM

Image

X12, 13

X11

P

PPM

Image

X12, 13

P

RAS

Sun Raster Image

X12, 13

X11

P

R and V

RAW

Binary Grid

X13

X10

RGB

SGI-RGB Image

X12, 13

X11

P

RGBA

SGI-RGB Image

X12, 13

X11

P

RST

Idrisi Raster Image

X13

P

R

RT*

TIGER/Line File

X12

R

V

SEG

SEG-P1 Exchange Format

X12, 14

X11

R

DV

SHP

Esri Shapefile

X12

X11

R

V

SID

LizardTech MrSID Image

X12, 13

P, R

SLK

Sylk Spreadsheet

X14

X9

R

D

SP1

SEG-P1 Exchange Format

X12, 14

X11

R

   

DV

STK

Metamorph

X13

R

STL

Stereolithography 3D Mesh

X10

SUN

Sun Raster Image

X12, 13

X11

P

R

SVG

Scalable Vector Graphics

X11

R

X

 

R and V

TAB

MapInfo Table

X12

 

R

some

 

V

TAR

SDTS Topological Vector Profile

 12

 

R

   

V

TAR

SDTS Digital Elevation Model

X13

       

G

TAR.GZ

SDTS Topological Vector Profile

X12

 

R

   

V

TAR.GZ

SDTS Digital Elevation Model

X13

       

G

TGA

Targa (TrueVision)

X12, 13

X11

P

TGZ

SDTS Topological Vector Profile

X12

 

R

   

V

TGZ

SDTS Digital Elevation Model

X13

       

G

TIF

Tagged Image

X12, 13

X11

P, R

TXT

Text Data

X14

X 9

D, G

TXT

Formatted Text Grid

X13

G

VCT

IDRISI Binary Vector File

X12

R

V

VTK

Visualization Toolkit

X12, 13

X10

P

V

WMF

Windows Metafile

X12

X11

O

X

X

R and V

WRL

3D Vector Model

 

X11

P

 

 

R

X

AVS X-Image

X12, 13

X11

P

 

 

R

XIMG

AVS X-Image

X12, 13

X11

P

   

R

XLS

Excel Spreadsheet

X14

X9

P

D

XLSM

Excel Spreadsheet 2007

X14

     

D

XLSX

Excel Spreadsheet 2007

X14

X9

D

XYZ

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X13

G

ZIP

SDTS Topological Vector Profile

X12

 

R

   

V

ZIP

SDTS Digital Elevation Model

X13

       

G

ZMAP

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X13

X10

G

ZYC

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X13

X10

G

ZYCOR

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X13

X10

G

1 When imported with Map | Base Map (Import column above must contain 12) or when exported (Export column above must contain 11):

R = real world coordinates such as latitude/longitude, UTM, etc.

P = pixel coordinates

O = other (i.e. page coordinates, metafile coordinates, etc.)

2 Contains properties such as line color, fill, etc.

3 Text blocks are editable. (When the All text as lines option is chosen in the export options, the text is not editable.)

4 Files can contain raster (image) information, vector (lines) information, or both. There is no raster to vector conversion in Surfer. If you have an image on screen and try to export it as a vector format, such as a DXF, the resulting file will be blank. If you have an image on the screen and have drawn polylines or polygons and export as a vector format, only the drawing objects are included in the file.

V = contains vector information only

R = contains raster information only

R and V = contains raster and vector information

D = contains data information

G = contains grid information

5 Not Used

6 Not Used

7 Not Used

8 The .E00 file format is not publicly documented by Esri. Although Golden Software has tested this .E00 import filter software with a number of publicly available .E00 files, it may not be compatible with all .E00 files created by all versions of Esri application programs. Golden Software is not affiliated with Esri, and this import filter software is not a product of, nor endorsed by, Esri.

9 The File | Save As command in the worksheet can be used to save this format.

10 The File | Save As command in the grid editor or one of the grid menu commands in the plot window can be used to save this format with the Save Grid As dialog.

11 The File | Export command in the plot window can be used to save this format.

12 The File | Import command in the plot window or Import dialog (i.e. Home | New Map | Base) can be used to open this format.

13 The Open Grid dialog (i.e. Home | New Map | Contour) can be used to open this format.

14 The File | Open or Data | Merge command in the worksheet can be used to open this format.

See Also

Import

Export

Save

Save As

Save Grid As

Data File Formats

ASCII Grid File Format

Color Spectrum File Format

Level File Format

Surfer Grid File Format