Is there any well working way to extract the X and Y coordinates of a polygon from shapefile to some sort of text (preferably csv)? The whole process should be somehow done automated through a (python-) script, since there are a lot of polygons. For now it doesn't matter if there is a solution in ArcGIS 10 or somethin hidden within the gdal-libraries or any other OS-GIS.
OpenJump GIS is able to show the coordinates of any object within a shapefile (which could be copied by hand). But as far as I know its not possible to use this function automated.