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Does anybody know a way to convert a polygon (vector) in a shapefile to raster data WITHOUT using ArcGIS Explorer Desktop? Is there a way to do this 'progmatically' in C# (WPF with ArcGIS runtime library)?

Any ideas? Suggestions?

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You can use GDAL liblary. Gdal_rasterize can handle it easily. Here is the link

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I am late in the reply but it will help someone in the future. The http://gis-techniques.blogspot.com/2015/09/vector-to-raster-conversion-using-gdal-c.html provides a details description on rasterize layer using C# and Gdal without any ArcGIS dependency.

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