Should I be downloading QGIS or GRASS?

I want the program with the most features. Most importantly, I have a lot of .lyr files. Can either of these softwares convert to shp and if so, how can I do it?

I've tried exporting through grass, it runs but no image appears. It says something about "try setting parameters".

  • Aren't .lyr files just symbology? AFAIK, they can't be converted to .shp by any piece of software because a .shp represents underlying data that a .lyr only knows the location of (on disk). Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 8:37
  • If you give us more details we can help you... With this info I can tell that QGIS probably works, if you need there is also Grass plugin available
    – Ale
    Commented Feb 17, 2015 at 9:32

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you should downloading QGIS, as it is nowadays coming with GRASS inbuilt in it as a pugin. QGIS is capable of handling all layer vector layers with shapefiles.

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