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Is there a possibility to load .adf files to Quantum GIS?

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Does "Add Raster Layer" not work? – underdark Mar 21 '12 at 13:52
Unfortunately "Add raster Layer" is not working. I get an error that: .adf is not properly source of raster file – com Mar 21 '12 at 13:57
adf is ESRI coverage. It takes not just one folder but several to make a coverage. – Brad Nesom Mar 21 '12 at 13:59
@Brad Nesom I am conscious of this. I have .e00 file, info folder (.dat and .nit files), and the proper one (with .adf files). That's why I am asking, what is the right way to add coverage file to Quantum GIS. – com Mar 21 '12 at 14:08
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Arcinfo .adf files can be raster or vector.

Try Quantum's Add Vector Layer, select source types of Directory and ArcInfo Binary Coverage, and then select the directory containing the .adf files. There will be second dialog asking which sub-layers to add; coverages are a composite datatype that can contain any combination of points, lines, polygons, and annotation.

You can also add the .adf file directly, without choosing the directory type, but then you don't get to choose which geometry to load.

For background info see Arcinfo Binary Grid format and Arcinfo Binary Coverage format pages.

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+1 Excellent advice! – com Mar 22 '12 at 7:13
i didn't get the second dialog, just said not a recognised data source – user7178 Apr 27 '12 at 5:09
@Nick, it may be that the directory is not a valid arcinfo coverage or raster. Try using the command line ogrinfo and gdalinfoon the data and see what is says. Ex: ogrinfo z:\arcdata\coastline – matt wilkie Apr 27 '12 at 19:07

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