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Formats

The ICGC distributes geoinformation in different formats.

Image formats (raster)

JPEG

Only recommended for low resolution works.

MrSid (sid)

It is a georeferenced image format, compressed without quality loss. See also:

GeoPDF format

GeoPDF maps have geospatial capabilities that allow users to interact with the data in the territory. They also allow to have relevant data in portable devices and, then, to be there where the information is located.

GeoPDF files are compatible with all PDF viewers. To take profit of the "Geo" features of the GeoPDF files, you can add the free TerraGo Toolbar, by Terrago Technologies, as a complement of Adobe Reader.

Technical formats for CAD

On the page of any cartographic series (when needed), you can find:

  • Complementary files, to work properly with this kind of formats.
  • Technical specifications, that include useful information, as could be the elements of any layer.

DXF

Basically for AutoCAD and other applications that work with vectors (including Adobe).

DGN

Basically for Microstation.

Technical formats for GIS

On the page of any cartographic series (when needed), you can find:

  • Complementary files, to work properly with this kind of formats.
  • Technical specifications, that include useful information, as could be the layers structure.

Export

For ArcInfo.

Shapefile (SHP)

Basically for ArcGIS and other GIS applications.

MMZ

Basically for MiraMon.

Formats for GPS navigators

The ICGC does not distribute cartography in specific formats for GPS navigators, but the MrSid image format is compatible with some of them.

Formats for graphics

The ICGC does not distribute cartography in specific formats for graphics (vector), but the DXF format is compatible with some software related to this issue.

Other formats

KMZ

Basically for Google Earth.

Only buildings of the Topographic base of Catalonia 1:5,000 and of the Topographic cartography 1:1,000 v2.2 are distributed in this format.

ASCII GRID d'ESRI

Format related to ICGC Digital Terrain Models.