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Can't compile shapes

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11-16-2012 09:10 AM

I have been trying to write my own shape file, but can't get it to compile.  I have used TextEdit to save the file as Unicode-7 and Unicode-8, and I have also used Smultron to save the file as Western (ASCII) and Non-Lossy ASCII.

Whenever I try to compile my Arrow.shp file, I am told that I have a "Bad shape definition at line 2", and that there is an "Invalid shape element, or bad syntax".

The text in my shape file is everything between the lines below.



I have also tried shapes that use pen up segments and ones that use no special codes at all, only hexadecimal ones.

Anyone know what I am doing wrong?

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Re: Can't compile shapes

11-16-2012 11:07 AM in reply to: benlukes



A long time ago, when I was using AutoCAD version 12, there was a "golden" rule about shape file definition creation:

it is absolutely necessary to leave last line in text file blank, i.e. you have to hit Return (Enter) after last text line in shape definition file.

I successfully used with default plain text encoding for creation ARROW.SHP





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Re: Can't compile shapes

11-19-2012 10:42 AM in reply to: maxim_k

Thank you, that did the trick.

If that isn't in the documentation (I didn't see it), it should definitely be added.

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