I have both ArcGIS 10.0 and QGIS 2.0

How can I reproduce a specific ArcGIS color ramp in QGIS?

If possible, I would like to simply convert the Esri *.style file but perhaps there is another approach that I am not aware of.

I would prefer not to have to manually create a new QGIS color ramp from scratch.

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    Your Question contains two questions which does not align well with the Q&A format of GIS SE. Would you be able to use the edit button to revise your Question so that it focuses on the single question of more importance to you, and then research/ask the other one separately, please?
    – PolyGeo
    Jan 21, 2014 at 23:07
  • Well, I removed the second topic. When will my question be posted to the Stack Exchange world?
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    Jan 23, 2014 at 22:19
  • It has been posted on GIS SE since yesterday. Our Comments are made to try and help it attract the attention of potential Answerers.
    – PolyGeo
    Jan 23, 2014 at 22:23
  • Technically, an ArcGIS *.style file is a Jet v4 database (= MS Access database), and can be opened with any tool that can view *.mdb files, like mdb-tools for Linux, or via pyodbc within Python. The table "Color Ramps" has 5 fields and contains the color information in binary form. I try to dig deeper here, but this may take some time. If we know more details, it should be possible to generate a QGIS xml or use cptutils.
    – lavarider
    Jan 30, 2014 at 11:12

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You could use one of the tools in this thread to convert your ArcMap style to SLD. And them load the sld style in QGIS. I haven't tested this, just an idea.

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