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

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

ACCDB

Microsoft Access

X 14

 

 

 

 

D

ADF

Esri ArcInfo Binary Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

AGR

ArcInfo ASCII Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

AIG

ArcInfo ASCII Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

AM

Amira Mesh

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

AN?

ACR-NEMA Medical Image

X 12, 13

 

P

 

 

R

ASC

ArcInfo ASCII Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

ASC

CPS-3 Grid Format

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

ASC

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

ASCII Data

ASCII Data Files

X 14

X 9

R

 

 

D

ASI

Amira Stacked Images

X 13

 

 

 

 

R and V

BIL

Banded Interleave Grid By Line

X 13

X 10

     

G

BIN

Raw Binary Grid

X 13

X 10

     

G

BIP

Banded Interleave Grid By Pixel

X 13

X 10

     

G

BLN

Golden Software Blanking

X 12, 14

X 9, 11

R

 

 

V

BMP

Windows Bitmap

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

 

BNA

Atlas Boundary

X 12, 14

X 9, 11

R

   

V, D

BSQ

Banded Sequential Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

BW

SGI-RGB Image

X 12, 13

 

P

 

 

G

CLP

Windows Clipboard

Paste

Copy

O

X

X

R and V

COL

Amira Mesh

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

CPS

CPS-3 Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

CPS3

CPS-3 Grid

X 13

X 10

     

G

CSV

Comma Separated Variable

X 14

X 9.11

 

   

D

CSV

Formatted Text Grid

X 13

       

G

DAT

ETOPO-5

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

DAT

Z-Map Plus Grid

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

DAT

Data

X 14

X 9, 10, 11

 

 

 

D

DAT

Formatted Text Grid

X 13

       

G

DBF

Database

X 14

 

 

 

 

D

DCM

DICOM 3 Medical Image

X 12, 13

 

P

 

 

 

DDF

SDTS Topological Vector Profile

X 12

 

R

 

 

V

DDF

SDTS Digital Elevation Model

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

DEM

USGS Digital Elevation Model

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

DIC

DICOM3 Medical Image

X 12, 13

 

P

 

 

R and V

DLG

USGS Digital Line Graph

X 12

 

R

 

 

V

DOS

ETOPO-5

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

DTED

Digital Terrain Elevation Data

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

DXF

AutoCAD DXF

X 12,14

X 11

R O

some

some

V

E008

Esri ArcInfo Export Format

X 12

 

R

 

X

V

E008

Esri Grid Format

X 13

 

R

 

 

G

ECW

ER Mapper

X 12, 13

 

R

 

 

R

EMF

Windows Enhanced Metafile

X 12

X 11

O

X

X

R and V

EPS

Encapsulated Postscript

 

X 11

P

X

 

R

ERS

ER Mapper Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

FLD

AVS Field

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

V

FLT

Esri Float Grid Format

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

FTG

Formatted Text Grid

X 13

       

G

GGF

Geosoft Binary Grid

 

X 10

 

 

 

G

GIF

Image

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

R

GML

Geography Markup Language

X 12

 

R

 

 

V

GPX

GPS Exchange File

X 12

 

R

 

 

V

GRB

World Meteorological Organization Grid

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

GRD

ArcInfo ASCII Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

GRD

CPS-3 Grid Format

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

GRD

NetCDF Grid File

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

GRD

Surfer Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

GRD

Geosoft Binary Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

GRD

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

GSB

Golden Software Boundary

X 12

X 11

R

 

 

V

GSI

Golden Software Interchange

X 12

X 11

R

X

X

R and V

GXF

Grid Exchange

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

HDF

Hierarchical Data

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

R

HDR

GTopo-30

X 13

 

R

 

 

G

HGT

SRTM Elevation Data

X 13

 

R

 

 

G

HTM

HTML Image Map

 

X 8

P

     

IMG

Analyze 7.5 Medical Image

X 13

X10

 

 

 

R

IMG

ERDAS Imagine Image

X 13

 

P, R

   

R and/or G

IMG

Idrisi Raster Image

X 13

 

 

 

 

 

INFO

Leica Confocal Raw Slices

X 13

 

 

 

 

 

JPG

JPG Compressed Bitmap

X 12, 13

X 11

P, R

   

R

KML

Google Earth KML

X 12

X 11

P, R

X

 

 

KMZ

Google Earth KMZ

X 12

X 11

P, R

X

 

 

LAS

LiDAR LAS Binary Data

X 14

 

R

 

 

D

LAT

Iris Explorer

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

LAZ

LiDAR LAS Binary Data

X 14

 

R

   

D

LGO

USGS Digital Line Graph

X 12

 

R

 

 

V

LGS

USGS Digital Line Graph

X 12

 

R

 

 

V

MDB

Microsoft Access

 

 

 

 

 

D

MID

MapInfo Data

X 14

X 9

 

 

 

D

MIF

MapInfo Interchange

X 12

X 11

R

some

 

V

NC

NetCDF Grid File

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

PBM

Image

X 12, 13

 

P

 

 

R

PDF

Portable Document File (Raster)

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

R

PDF

Portable Document File (Vector)

 

X 11

O, R

   

V

PGM

Image

X 12, 13

 

P

 

 

 

PLT

Golden Software PlotCall

X 12

 

O

 

X

V

PLY

Stanford Polygon

X 12

 

R

 

 

V

PNG

Portable Network Graphics

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

 

PNM

Image

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

 

PPM

Image

X 12, 13

 

P

 

 

 

RAS

Sun Raster Image

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

R and V

RAW

Binary Grid

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

 

RGB

SGI-RGB Image

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

 

RGBA

SGI-RGB Image

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

 

RST

Idrisi Raster Image

X 13

 

P

 

 

R

SEG

SEG-P1 Exchange Format

X 12, 14

 

X 11

R

 

 

D V

SHP

Esri Shapefile

X 12

X 11

R

 

 

V

SID

LizardTech MrSID Image

X 12, 13

 

P, R

 

 

 

SLK

Sylk Spreadsheet

X 14

X 9

R

 

 

D

SP1

SEG-P1 Exchange Format

X 12, 14

X 11

R

   

D V

STK

Metamorph

X 13

 

 

 

 

R

STL

Stereolithography 3D Mesh

 

X 10

 

 

 

 

SUN

Sun Raster Image

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

R

SVG

Scalable Vector Graphics

 

X 11

R

X

 

R and V

TAR

SDTS Topological Vector Profile

X 12

 

R

   

V

TAR

SDTS Digital Elevation Model

X 13

       

G

TAR.GZ

SDTS Topological Vector Profile

X 12

 

R

   

V

TAR.GZ

SDTS Digital Elevation Model

X 13

       

G

TGA

Targa (TrueVision)

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

 

TGZ

SDTS Topological Vector Profile

X 12

 

R

   

V

TGZ

SDTS Digital Elevation Model

X 13

       

G

TIF

Tagged Image

X 12, 13

X 11

P, R

 

 

 

TXT

Text Data

X 14

X 9

 

 

 

D, G

TXT

Formatted Text Grid

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

VTK

Visualization Toolkit

X 12, 13

X 10

P

 

 

V

WMF

Windows Metafile

X 12

X 11

O

X

X

R and V

X

AVS X-Image

X 12, 13

X 11

P

 

 

R

XIMG

AVS X-Image

X 12, 13

X 11

P

   

R

XLS

Excel Spreadsheet

X 14

X 9

 

 

 

D

XLSM

Excel Spreadsheet 2007

X 14

 

     

D

XLSX

Excel Spreadsheet 2007

X 14

X 9

 

 

 

D

XYZ

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X 13

 

 

 

 

G

ZIP

SDTS Topological Vector Profile

X 12

 

R

   

V

ZIP

SDTS Digital Elevation Model

X 13

       

G

ZMAP

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

ZYC

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

G

ZYCOR

Z-Map Plus Grid Format

X 13

X 10

 

 

 

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