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Create Shapefile from text or dbf. file   Allen Chapman Feb 16, 2005
Re: Create Shapefile from text or dbf. file   Dan Patterson Feb 16, 2005
Re: Create Shapefile from text or dbf. file   Alabo George Mar 09, 2005
Re: Create Shapefile from text or dbf. file   Paul Dixon Apr 08, 2005
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Subject Create Shapefile from text or dbf. file 
Author Allen Chapman 
Date Feb 16, 2005 
Message I want to be able to take a table that has northing, easting, and elevation data and create a shapefile from that data. All i could get toolbox to do was to export the data to another table, but i need it to create a shapefile too.

I remember how to do it in 3.2 but do not know how to do it in 8.3. 
   
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Subject Re: Create Shapefile from text or dbf. file 
Author Dan Patterson 
Date Feb 16, 2005 
Message don't have 8.3 but in 9, select Tools|Add XY data,
then right-click on the layer, select Data|Export data to create the shapefile 
  Geomatics, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada 
   
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Subject Re: Create Shapefile from text or dbf. file 
Author Alabo George 
Date Mar 09, 2005 
Message Right click on the class in the toc then click display x,y 
   
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Subject Re: Create Shapefile from text or dbf. file 
Author Paul Dixon 
Date Apr 08, 2005 
Message You need to modify a schema.ini file in the same directory as your text files. I had the same problem with some LiDAR data. My text files (110MB) had 4 Columns spaced with a " ". Write a file in Notepad.

Example
[107C07H15_ortho_cxyzi.txt]
ColNameHeader=False //If your columns have a header you don't need this line
Format=Delimited( ) //if delimited with a " "
CharacterSet=OEM
Col1=Class Float //Assigns a column header col 1
Col2=Easting Float
Col3=Northing Float
Col4=Height Float
Col5=Intensity Float

Save it as schema.ini in the folder that you your text dataset stored.

Make a database connection with ArcCatelog to your text file

Create a shapefile from XY table.