.SXD File Extension

A .SXD file is a StarOffice Drawing, created by ESRI.

Open with ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop. Available for Windows.

What is a .SXD file?

The file extension .SXD stands for a StarOffice Drawing file. This type of file is specifically created by a program called ArcScene, which is part of the ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop software suite. ArcScene is used primarily for working with geographic information systems (GIS) data in a three-dimensional (3D) format.

An .SXD file contains important information for 3D visualization, including links to the data sources that the scene is based on. This means that the file doesn't hold the actual data directly, but rather references to where the data is stored. Additionally, the file saves settings related to how the scene is viewed, such as the perspective or angle of the view, and the different layers that are used within the scene. These layers help in organizing the data and can be manipulated individually to adjust how the GIS data is displayed in 3D.

The primary purpose of an .SXD file is to enable the rendering or creation of 3D views of GIS data, which can be crucial for analysis and presentation in fields like urban planning, environmental science, and geography.

To open an .SXD file, you will need to use ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop, and specifically the ArcScene application. This software allows you to load, edit, and manipulate the file to effectively visualize and analyze the 3D GIS data.


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