I have a bunch of LAS file sets that I need to process. The current task at hand is to generate a "footprint" shapefile that contains polygons for each LAS tile. I am looking for a graceful way to generate this polygon shapefile for all the LAS files in a directory. I am using ArcGIS 10 with just about every extension you can have (academic site license).
At the moment, my workaround is to use LAStools
lasboundary.exe and then merge all of the individual shapefiles into single shapefile. However, this takes a while to execute and requires the additional merge step at the end.