ESRI Shape Format (SHP)

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:

Main file: *.shp

Index file: *.shx

DBase file: *.dbf

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

When SHP files are rasterized, they are 24 BPP.

The following table indicates which objects LEADTOOLS ePrint Professional can save:




Not Supported




Not Supported


Related Formats: CGM - Computer Graphics Metafile, DRW - Micrografx Designer DRaWing, DWF - DWF Format, DXF - Drawing Interchange Format, EMF - Windows Metafile Formats, GBR - Gerber Format, PCL - Printer Command Language Format, PCT - Macintosh Pict Format, PDF - Portable Document Format, PLT - PLT / HPGL Format, WPG - WordPerfect Vector Format, WMF - Windows Metafile Formats