The conveniences of a portable app
The installation process is not a prerequisite, as this product is portable. This means that, unlike installers, it is not going to add new items to the Windows registry and hard drive without your approval, and it is not going to leave any kind of traces behind after its removal.
Another noteworthy aspect is that you can easily copy the program files to a USB thumb drive and thus take OSM2SHP everywhere with you can run it on the fly, on any PC you come in contact with.
Method of use and available options
This utility only lets you upload an OpenStreetMap with the help of a file browser, as the “drag and drop” function is not supported, and neither is batch processing. Once you add an item, you can view the number of nodes and ways in the file.
In addition to that, you can easily choose to convert points, lines and polygons through some checkboxes. It is possible to save output files to a custom location on the hard drive, using an SHP, SHX or DBF extension. No other notable options are supported.
Conclusion and performance
The amount of resources required is low at all times and thus, the system’s performance is not going to be burdened in any way. The interface you come by presents a user-friendly environment, the response time is good and in our tests we did not register any errors, crashes or freezes. All in all, OSM2SHP is a pretty simple, yet powerful piece of software. Nonetheless, it is in dire need of an update.
Reviewed by Madalina Boboc, last updated on June 23rd, 2014
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Application descriptionMany GIS applications are using Shapefile format (.shp,.shx,.dbf). At this moment there is no easy to use tool to conv...