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I have a shapefile containing points. I'd like to replace each point by the same shape, centered around the point, like the "Buffer" tool with shapes other than circles. How can I do that?

  • what type of shape? square? something else? – user681 May 21 '14 at 9:29
  • What I had in mind was a rotated square. But I suppose that if you can do it with a rotated square, you should be able to do it with any shape, right? – F.X. May 21 '14 at 9:34
  • do you need the rotated square for cartographic purpose or to do some GIS analysis ? – geogeek May 22 '14 at 10:15
  • GIS analysis. The squares correspond to parallel lines on the ground, which are not necessarily oriented North-South. – F.X. May 22 '14 at 11:11
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After more than 3 years, we have various options, but let me suggest Shape Tools.

One option is N-sided polygon, which I used to create a rotated square as below.

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    Thanks for letting us know, that sounds like a great solution! – F.X. Apr 13 '18 at 15:41
  • @F.X. Thank you! Honestly I was surprised receiving so quick response. – Kazuhito Apr 13 '18 at 15:54

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