[Qgis-us-user] Newbie question about importing shapefiles and layers from Arcmaps

David Noble noblevideoman at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 2 13:23:34 PST 2022

 Judith,If you continue to have problems, then you might consider trying an older version of QGIS. Last year I bought new laptop to replace my old Win 7 desktop pc. Installed latest version of QGIS. Looked good, opened a new shape file layer and drew some lines. Had a devil of a time moving old points or adding points in between old points. Booted up the Win 7 pc and ran old version. Hooray, back to normal!-Dave   

    On Wednesday, March 2, 2022, 06:21:58 AM PST, Randal Hale <rjhale at northrivergeographic.com> wrote:  
Good morning and welcome to the list: 

If you're going to bring a shapefile into QGIS do one of the three things: 
   - Use the browser. It's like ArcCatalog and if you don't see it - right click in the toolbar section and activate it. It should appear somewhere on the edge and you can navigate to your data. 
   - If you drag and drop your data into QGIS - just drag the shp. Not the prj or any of the other files. 
   - Use the data source manager icon and add it using the vector tools.  Just add the shp. it will grab whatever other files it needs. 

QGIS won't lose/truncate your shapefiles. It will also open a ESRI File Based Database for viewing. You'll need to convert it to shapefile/geopackage to editing. 

Join the bigger QGIS User list for more news. QGIS (look in the documentation) has a free tutorial you can walk through. Email the list. Dig through youtube - the QGIS us group did a conference two years ago and there are some workshops up there for free. 


Enjoy - yell if you get stuck. 


On Wednesday, March 2, 2022 12:00:38 AM EST Judith Kerman wrote:

> I use Arcmaps as part of my volunteer work as a member of my local planning

> board. I’ve learned to make good use of fairly low-level skills. I’m now

> exploring QGIS as an alternative, especially so I train some other

> volunteers in my town without a budget.


> I find some things puzzling, and don’t know anyone expert I can ask

> questions. For instance, right now, I’m trying to understand what

> information is lost when I import an ArcGIS shapefile. QGIS won’t import

> the .prj files, but the resulting QGIS vector still seems to have the

> correct coordinates. Similar issues with raster files, and with the NY

> State Orthographic files - I can only bring in a TIFF or a jp2, but the map

> seems OK.


> Where can I get tips at my admittedly low level of background. I doubt I

> need high level analytical techniques, python, etc., to do useful work. But

> I’d like to avoid dumb mistakes.


> Suggestions welcome.


> Sent from my iPad



Randal Hale 

North River Geographic Systems, Inc 


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