6.7. Format conversions

ArcGIS provides a variety of different conversion functions between vector and raster data formats similar to other GIS software. As both of these formats have their advantages and disadvantages (see section 2.2.) in terms of data management, analysis, and display options, format conversions should be clearly linked to a precise purpose (e.g. when an elevation model is only available as raster data, but a map containing contour curves has to be created). There are various tools available to switch between data formats. See the Conversion Tools toolbox to view all of the options. The most common conversions are between raster and vector formats. Conversion operations can lead to data loss or decreased precision – so apply these functions with care.

6.7.2. Raster to vector