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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

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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
    
@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 at 6:17

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