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At college we use ArcGIS Desktop 10, but that does not function on my Mac so I have QGIS there instead.

I want to do my exercises with QGIS, but we use .lyr files with ArcGIS Desktop, and they are not supported by QGIS.

Does anyone know, how I can connect the *.lyr files to my *.shp files to use them on my Mac with QGIS?

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Do you need it to complete the exercise? It just has the display information, no? – Emily Apr 27 '12 at 16:12
there needs to be a tool built for QGIS to do this as ArcMap is the less accessible software package – gomapping Mar 16 at 17:33
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You need to convert the .lyr files to SLD. Then they should render fine in QGIS. Unfortunately, Converting ArcGIS layer style to Styled Layer Descriptor (SLD) file? requires that the conversion be done from within ArcGIS Desktop. Perhaps a classmate could help you by doing the conversion.

Another option, which I have not tested, would be to use this Arc2SLD converter. Perhaps another user can comment on that program's usability.

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Okay as long as I can convert it with ArcGis it's OK. We have it on our computers at the college, I just don't want to have to walk there every time I want to work with GIS. :-) – David Apr 27 '12 at 16:34
@David this isn't what you asked, but you could also look at using Remote Desktop to control the PC (running ArcGIS) at your college from your Mac at home. – Stephen Lead Jul 1 '14 at 6:17

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