Table 1. Supported data formats

Format

Decoder

Encoder

Component

GXY view

Lightspeed view*

Notes

Type

File extensions

ACE2

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.ace2

AIXM 3.3 and 4.5

x

 

Aviation Standards

x

x

 

Vector

*.xml

AIXM 5.1

x

x

Aviation Standards

x

x

 

Vector

*.xml, *.aixm5, *.aixm51

AML (STANAG 7170)

x

x

Maritime Standards

x

x

 

Vector

*.00, *.031

ArcSDE raster

x

x

ArcSDE

x

x

Requires legacy ArcSDE component.

Raster

*.agr

ArcSDE vector

x

x

ArcSDE

x

x

Requires legacy ArcSDE component.

Vector

*.agv

ARINC 424

x

 

Aviation Standards

x

x

 

Vector

*.txt, *.pc, FAA*, *ari, *.dat

ASDI/ETMS

x

 

ASDI

x

x

Requires Real-time Engine

Vector

*.asdi

ASRP/USRP/ ADRG

x

 

Defense Standards

x

x

 

Raster

*01.THF, *01.GEN, *01.QAL, *.SOU, *.IMG

AutoCAD DWG and DXF

x

 

CAD Connectors

x

 

supported up to version 2013

Vector

*.dwg, *.dwg.zip, *.dwg.gz, *.dxf, *.dxf.zip, *.dxf.gz

Azavea Raster Grid

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.arg, *.json

BCI

x

 

Defense Standards

x

x

 

Raster

*.matrxmap

BigTIFF

x

x

LuciadLightspeed

x

x

 

Raster

*.tif, *.tiff

Bing Maps

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

Microsoft Imagery Service

Raster

 

Binz

x

 

CAD Connectors

 

x

Raster

*.binz, tree0000.bin

BIL

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Raster

*.bil

BMP (and BPW)

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential**

x

x

Requires additional reference and positioning files

Raster

*bmp, *.bpw

BSB Nautical Chart

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.kap

BUFR SIGWX

x

 

Weather and Environment Standards **

x

x

Only files containing WAFS SIGWX data are supported

Vector

*.bufr, *.bin, or no extension

CADRG, CIB

x

 

Defense Standards

x

x

 

Raster

*.toc (CADRG)

CGM

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

 

 

Symbology

*.cgm, *.cgm.gz, *.cgm.zip

Collada 1.4.1

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

 

x

Visualization as 3D icons or embedded in KML

3D icons

*.dae

Convair PolGASP

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.img

CSV

x

 

Comma Separated Value

x

x

 

Vector

*.csv, *.tsv

DAFIF, DAFIFT

x

 

Aviation Standards

x

x

 

Vector

 

DB2 Spatial and Geodetic Extender

x

x

Database Connectors

x

x

 

Vector

*.db2

DMED, DTED

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential**

x

x

 

Elevation

*.dmed, *.dt0, *.dt1, *.dt2

DNG

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

Not applicable

Not applicable

Metadata format based on ISO metadata standards ISO 19115 and ISO 19139.

Metadata

 

E57

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

 

x

 

Lidar

*.e57

ECRG

x

 

Defense Standards **

x

x

Includes JPEG2000 decoder

Raster

TOC.xml

ECW

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors**

x

x

 

Raster

*.ecw, *.ers

ELAS DIPEx

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

 

ENVI .hdr Labelled Raster

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.hdr

EOSAT FAST Format

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

 

ERDAS Imagine

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.img

ERDAS Imagine Raw

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.img

Esri ArcInfo ASCII Grid

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential **

x

x

 

Raster

*.asc, *.grd

Esri ArcInfo Binary Grid

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.adf

Esri ArcInfo Export E00 Grid

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.e00

Esri Shapefile

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Vector

*.shp, *.shp.gz, *.shp.zip

Esri TFW, JGW

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Georeference

*.tfw, *.jgw

ETOPO

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Raster

*.ETOPO2.raw.bin, *.ETOPO2v2_MSP.raw, ETOPO5.DAT

Eurocontrol Asterix

x

x

Radar Connectors

x

x

Requires Real-time Engine

Raster

*.ast, *.asterix, *.astfin, *pcap

GeoPackage

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

OGC GeoPackage

Vector, raster

*.gpkg

GDAL Virtual

x

 

Advanced Raster connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.vrt

GDF

x

 

Graph and Routing Engine

x

 

 

Vector

*.gdf

GeoJSON

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Vector

*.json, *.json.gz, *.json.zip, *.geojson

Geospatial PDF

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors **

x

x

 

Raster

*.pdf

GeoSPOT

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors

x

x

 

Raster

*.DSC, *.REP

GeoTIFF

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential**

x

x

Multi-spectral and HDR images supported

Raster

*.tif, *.tiff

GIF

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

Requires additional reference and positioning files

Raster

*.gif

Golden Software ASCII Grid

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

 

Golden Software Binary Grid

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

 

Golden Software Surfer 7 Binary Grid

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

 

Google Earth Enterprise globe

x

 

Beta release of Google Earth Enterprise component

x

x

 

Raster

*.kiasset (directory)

GRASS ASCII Grid

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

 

GRIB V1/V2

x

 

Weather and Environment Standards **

x

x

 

Raster

*.grb, *.grib2, *.grb2, *.dat

GXF Grid eXchange File

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.gxf

HDF5

x

 

Weather and Environment Standards **

x

x

 

Raster

*.hdf, *.h5, *.he5, *.hdf5

HF2/HFZ heightfield raster

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.hf2

IENC (InlandECDIS)

x

x

Maritime Standards

x

x

 

Vector

*.000, *.031

Informix Geodetic Datablade

x

x

Database Connectors

x

x

 

Vector

*.ifx

Informix Spatial Datablade

x

x

Database Connectors

x

x

 

Vector

*.isd

ISO 19115 and ISO 19139

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

Not applicable

Not applicable

ISO metadata standards.

Metadata

 

JPEG (and JGW)

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential**

x

x

Requires additional georeference and positioning files

Raster

*.jpg

JPEG2000

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential**

x

x

Multi-spectral and HDR images are supported.
The decoder also offers support for the OGC standard GMLJP2, by decoding GML-formatted reference information from within JPEG2000 files.

Raster

*.jp2, *.j2k

JPEG2000

 

x

Advanced Raster Connectors

x

x

 

Raster

 

JPIP

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Raster

 

KML/KMZ

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential (KMLSUPEROVERLAY**)

x

x

 

Vector, raster

*.kml, *.kmz

LASer/LASzip

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

 

x

 

Lidar

*.las, *.laz

LRDB

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

LuciadMobile Raster Database

Raster

*.lrdb

LVDB

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

LuciadMobile Vector Database

Vector

*.lvdb

LuciadLightspeed JAI

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Raster

*.jai

LuciadLightspeed RST

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

Georeference and positioning file

Georeference

*.rst

Magellan BLX TOPO

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.blx, *.xlb

MapInfo MAP

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Vector

*.map

MapInfo MIF

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Vector

*.mif, *.map, *.mif.gz, *.map.gz, *.mif.zip, *.map.zip

MapInfo TAB

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Raster

*.tab

MGCP 2.0.1

x

 

Defense Standards

x

x

 

Vector

*.xml

Microsoft SQL Server

x

x

Database Connectors

x

x

Support for version 2008-2012

Vector

*.mss

Microstation DGN

x

 

CAD Connectors

x

 

Support for DGN V7 and V8

Vector

*.dgn, *.dgn.zip, *.dgn.gz

MrSID

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors

x

x

 

Raster

*.sid

NASA ELAS

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

 

NetCDF

x

 

Weather and Environment Standards **

x

x

 

Raster

*.nc, *.netcdf, *.xml(NcML file)

NITF/NSIF (STANAG 4545)

x

 

Defense Standards **

x

x

Includes JPEG2000 decoder. Multi-spectral and HDR images supported

Raster

*.ntf

NOAA .gtx vertical datum shift

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.gtx

NVG

x

x

Defense Symbology

x

x

 

Vector

*.nvg, *.xml

OGC 3D Tiles

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

 

x

 

3D meshes and point clouds

tileset.json

OGC GML 2 and 3.1.1

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

Extensible encoder/decoder

Vector

*.gml,*.gml31, (*.xml)

OGC GML 3.2.1/ISO 19136

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

Extensible encoder/decoder

Vector

*.gml, *.gml32, (*.xml)

OpenFlight

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

 

x

 

3D icons

*.flt

Oracle Locator

x

x

Database Connectors

x

x

 

Vector

*.ora

Oracle Spatial (GeoRaster)

x

 

Database Connectors

x

x

 

Raster

*.ogr

OpenSceneGraph Binary

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

 

x

 

3D meshes

*.osgb

PNG

x

 

LuciadLightspeed

x

x

Requires additional georeference and positioning files

Raster

*.png

POL

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

 

 

Vector

*.pol

PostgreSQL PostGIS

x

x

Database Connectors

x

x

 

Vector

*.pgs

PPM

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

Requires additional georeference and positioning files

Raster

*.ppm

S-52

Not applicable

Not applicable

Maritime Standards

x

x

 

Symbology

Not applicable

S-57

x

x

Maritime Standards

x

x

 

Vector

*.00*, *.031

S-63 Decryption

x

 

S-63

x

x

Requires Maritime Standards component

Vector

*.00*, *.031

SAP HANA

x

x

SAP HANA

x

x

Beta release

Database

 

SGI Image Format

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.bw, *.rgb, *.rgba, *.sgi

Snow Data Assimilation System

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.hdr

Spot DIMAP

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors **

x

x

 

Raster

*.dim

SQLite SpatiaLite

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

 

Database

*.spl

SRTM HGT Format

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.hgt,*.DEM

SVG

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

 

 

Vector

*.svg

Swiss DHM

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors

x

x

 

Raster

*.mlt, *.mbl

TIFF (and TFW)

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential**

x

x

Requires additional georeference and positioning files

Raster

*.tif, *.tiff, *.tfw

USGS DEM

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential**

x

x

 

Elevation raster

*.dem, *.dem.gz, *.dem.zip

USGS DOQ First Generation

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.doq

USGS DOQ New Labelled

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.doq

USGS LULC Composite Theme Grid

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

 

VPF (VMAP, VMAP2i DNC, UVMap,…​)

x

 

Defense Standards

x

x

Includes Geosym symbology

Vector

Various extensions for various formats based on VPF.

WMS

x

Not applicable

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

Web Map Service

Raster

Not applicable

WMTS

x

Not applicable

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

Web Map Tile Service

Raster

Not applicable

WCS

x

Not applicable

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

Web Coverage

Raster

Not applicable

WFS-T

x

x

LuciadLightspeed Essential

x

x

Web Feature Service

Vector

Not applicable

VTP Binary Terrain format

x

 

Advanced Raster Connectors (GDAL)

x

x

 

Raster

*.bt

Wavefront OBJ

x

 

LuciadLightspeed Essential

 

x

 

3D icons

*.obj

* If a data format has a check mark in the Lightspeed view column, you can take full advantage of Lightspeed view features such as hardware acceleration while you are visualizing the format in a Lightspeed view. If a format does not have a check mark in the Lightspeed view column, you should still be able to visualize it in a Lightspeed view by means of the layer adapting tools offered by LuciadLightspeed .

** Optionally supported by GDAL component as well.

Model decoders and encoders

For all formats supported in LuciadLightspeed there is a model decoder available. The naming convention for the model decoders is: TLcd_Format_ModelDecoder, for example TLcdSHPModelDecoder, TLcdGeoTIFFModelDecoder, and so on. The model encoders follow the same naming convention: TLcdSHPModelEncoder, TLcdGeoTIFFModelEncoder, and so on. A special case is TLcdGDALModelDecoder, which can decode any raster format that GDAL can decode by default and for which no dedicated model decoder is available.

For more information on a specific model decoder or encoder, refer to the API reference. Model decoder API documentation gives you information on the model structure, model reference and model descriptor. Furthermore, it states supported versions and specifications of the data type and known limitations and requirements. Model decoder API documentation can also specify useful settings, have sample code and contain performance tips.

In addition to the supported file formats as listed in Table 1, “Supported data formats”, LuciadLightspeed provides model decoders for: