HowTo:  Import a MapInfo interchange format (.MIF) in ArcGIS 9.x

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  ArcGIS - ArcEditor 9.0, 9.1, 9.2  ArcGIS - ArcInfo 9.0, 9.1, 9.2  ArcGIS - ArcView 9.0, 9.1, 9.2




Instructions provided outline steps for importing an MapInfo interchange file (.MIF) using ArcGIS 9.x.



•  Start ArcCatalog.

•  Click View > Toolbars > ArcView 8x Tools.

•  Click the Conversion Tools dropdown list and select MIF to Shapefile.

[O-Image] Conversion Tools drop down

•  Browse to an input MIF file and specify the feature type to import. Also specify an output shapefile name.

[O-Image] MIF to Shapefile dialog

•  Click OK.

 Folder names in the path to the input and output datasets are limited to 8 characters. If input or output data are located in a path with folder names longer than 8 characters, the tool fails with the message:

Unable to finish conversion.

The same error message will be returned if more than 32763 nodes per REGION or LINE and 3000 polygons per REGION exist in the input data.


Source: an article from http://support.esri.com/