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How to view or import a pbf file (OSM data,binary format) in Arcgis or Qgis? Are any 3rd party applications needed?I would like to edit this file on any GIS Software.

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The ArcGIS Editor for OSM: http://esriosmeditor.codeplex.com/ should allow you to do what you want to do. Data is downloaded via the Xapi.

QGIS has an OpenStreetMap Plugin: http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/QGIS_OSM_Plugin

I have only used the QGIS plugin, and it worked well.

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If you want to do the processing up front, outside of a desktop GIS, the bleeding-edge version of GDAL/OGR can read .pbf files and write the data out to a different vector data format: gdal.org/ogr/drv_osm.html –  DavidF Oct 25 '12 at 15:59
    
The Qgis plugin only accepts .osm data in plain XML. You can use osmconvert to transform the pbf binary format into XML format. –  AndreJ Jan 16 '13 at 15:59

brigantine now can view and copy a pbf file (using GDAL Version 1.10 inside)

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