My geoscientists like to work with MapInfo and ArcGIS. I require a common 1 band raster format that can hold obscene amounts of data without damaging the data (compression). I have tried .tif and found it to be rather unhappy once it's starts to gain a few GB. I'm now inclined to move to .ers Question 1: What universal analytical raster is best?
In this particular case we have CSIRO file geodatabase rasters (around 7GB uncompressed). I can not see them directly with: ERDAS ER Mapper, or ERDAS Imagine, nor MapInfo Professional 12.5+ (with the fgdb api). Therefore I need to bring them out to an intermediate raster so I can export them to .ers or ecw with ERDAS. Question 2: What intermediate raster is best?
So far ArcGIS exports to massive .tif has failed as a universal analytic raster and intermediate raster. I'm now testing the Esri grid. Does anyone have good advice?