Shape Viewer is a lightweight Windows application designed to help users check out the contents of SHP files which store geospatial vector data, such as points, line, and polygons.
Since this is a portable program, it is important to mention that it doesn’t leave any traces in the Windows Registry. You can copy it on any USB flash drive or other devices, and take it with you whenever you need to open SHP files on the breeze.
Shape Viewer sports a clean and straightforward interface that gives users the possibility to insert files into the working environment using the “drag and drop” support or built-in browse function.
What’s more, the program offers direct access to the files and folders stored in the computer, so you can easily select the SHP files.
Other important features worth mentioning enable users to zoom in or out, exporte the current coordinates to XLS file format, make file associations, as well as create SHX or DBF files.
Since there aren’t many configuration settings even less experienced users can master the process with just a few clicks.
During our testing we have noticed that Shape Viewer offers good image quality and without errors throughout the entire process. It manages to remain light on the system resources, so it doesn’t hamper system performance, nor interfere with other programs’ functionality.
To sum it up, Shape Viewer comes packed with limited features for helping you explore data stored within SHP files. It cannot compete with other powerful tools on the market, as it lacks advanced features.