I want to create and edit Shapefiles for my application, and I'm looking for a free shape (ESRI) file editor - free for creating and editing.
Thanks in advance.
There are lots of free GIS tools available. One of the imho best is QuantumGIS: http://www.qgis.org. It is available for win/mac and linux.
But maybe you prefer openjump a tool written in java, which has special strengths in editing, topology-checking: http://www.openjump.org/
Also take a look at: http://freegis.org/
Also, if you do not mind some scripting in Python, there is Shapefile module for this.
Small example, create .shp with point features from coords in .xls:
del f, Path, wb,