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at college we're using ArcGis at the moment, but sadly ArcGis 10 doesn't function on my Mac! So as I already have QGis on my computer, I just want to do my exercises with ist, but we do use .lyr files with ArcGis, that can't be used with QGis.

Does anyone have a clue, how I can connect the .lyr files to my .shp files?

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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
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You need to convert the .lyr files to SLD. Then they should render fine in QGIS. Unfortunately, the way that I know to do this requires that the conversion be done from within ArcGIS. 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 that programs 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
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