My organisation uses mainly ArcGIS and we have a need to share data with contractors. I recently introduced QGIS (because one of our application uses WKT to import geospatial data and QGIS makes the conversion of various formats to WKT very easy) so I started to look at the geopackage format and QGIS as a data sharing solution - we want to stop using shapefiles because of the column length limitations.
Using QGIS I can create a geopackage with a single layer using 'save as', read and edit the layer using QGIS, read it using ArcGIS however, if I try to add layers to the geopackage using DB Manager (as per How to add another layer to GeoPackage in QGIS?) I get an 'error 11 connection to database failed'. I definitely have a connection to the geopackage in DB Manager as I can preview the existing layer and run a query (i.e. select * from [layer]).
This seems to be a bug (https://hub.qgis.org/issues/14981) that is not scheduled to be fixed so I'm wondering if there are any other tools or plug-ins available so that we can add layers to a geopackage using QGIS?
I am using Windows 10, QGIS 2.14.9 and ArcGIS 10.4.
Note: While I can add a layer to the geopackage using OGR2OGR, I cannot get 'buy-in' from our contractors, who are field specialists not IT professionals, to use command line tools instead of a GIS.
Note 2: I have discounted using spatialite for now because QGIS does not handle spatialite data created with ArcGIS. (DB Manager results in an error: dbname='H:/Temp/SQLiteTesting/BaseData/ArcSpatialite/Aspatialite.sqlite' table="arccatTrees" sql= is an invalid layer - not loaded)