I recently tried to use QGIS and I wondered if you can convert a draft ArcGIS map (
*.mxd file) into a QGIS project (
This would avoid thematize the entire project.
geocat offers a commercial ArcMap plugin called 'Bridge' that can convert all of your ArcMap symbology to SLD (there is an open source alternative arcmap2sld). In QGIS you can import SLD and use this as style for QGIS layer. In bridge the tree structure of the TOC is exported as WMC, and the data as shapefiles (including metadata .shp.xml) and tiff's. I would want to create a tool in Qgis that can read the WMC, sld's and data and create a qgis project from that. Anyone interested in such a tool?
This looks like the sort of thing you want: https://underdark.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/converting-mxd-to-qgis-project-file/
The only working download link seems to be https://sites.google.com/site/lumtegis/files/Mxd2Qgs.zip
There's also one for doing ArcView 3.x files apparently: http://gix.sourceforge.net/