ESRI Shape Format (SHP)

The LEADTOOLS Vector Imaging toolkit includes everything you need to create powerful 2-D and 3-D viewers, editors, and converters that support SHP along with other vector and raster image formats. This eliminates the need to install or license the original application that created the SHP-formatted vector objects, and allows you to include only the functionality for your specific needs.

Using Vector Imaging, you can:

The ESRI Shape format is a vector format created by the Environmental System Research Institute. The SHP file can support point, multi-point, polygon, polyline and multi-patches. This file format has a much faster drawing speed and more editing capabilities than other data sources. It is supported by the ARC Explorer 2.0 and ARCView.

This file format contains three files:

This file format is not supported in the Imaging toolkits.

The default extension used by this format is: SHP.

This file format does not support layers, grouping objects or embedded raster objects.

LEADTOOLS supports loading this format as a raster image, vector image, or SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) document.

File constants associated with this file format are:

Constant Read Support Write Support Description
FILE_SHP Yes Yes [255] ESRI Shape Environmental System Research Institute.

When SHP files are rasterized, they are 24 BPP.

The following table indicates which objects LEAD can load and which objects it can save:

Object Load Save
PolyDraw Supported Not Supported
Polyline Supported Supported
Vertex Supported Not Supported

Required DLLs and Libraries

Related Formats


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