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I am trying to flatten an area and exclude all autogen from it and the tools I am using are BLNMarker and BLN2SHP. I have got the BLN files from BLNMarker and try to change them into .shp files but when I drop them over the BLN2SHP program nothing happens. What is wrong? Before you al suggest it, I already have been over to fsdeveloper but haven

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Hi,if I remember well, the beta version of the program bln2shp by Jim Keir needs two parameters, for examplebln2shp LKKV.bln fwwhere the mandatory second parameter means the type of the vector terrain polygon, so the method with the dragging of the bln file over the program in explorer maybe can't work?CheersVlada

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This is my first time trying to do this so please forgive me if I ask a really stupid/obvious question but, what other way is there than to drop the BLN over the program? Could you give me an example of what you mean by "needs two parameters, for example,bln2shp LKKV.bln fw"? Does that mean I change the title of the BLN? Thanks for your help.

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>This is my first time trying to do this so please forgive me>if I ask a really stupid/obvious question but, what other way>is there than to drop the BLN over the program? Could you give>me an example of what you mean by "needs two parameters, for>example,>bln2shp LKKV.bln fw"? Does that mean I change the title of the>BLN? Thanks for your help.>You would open a command window with a command prompt, ie C:bln2shp and then type at the command prompt what's listed above.It's how we did it in the dark ages, BW (before Windows!);-)

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If you want to run the program many times then you could make a batch file using an editor such as Wordpad. Here's an example I'm using:bln2shp.exe roads.bln fwbln2shp.exe roads.bln rdbln2shp.exe coastlines.bln hlbln2shp.exe excludes.bln exThe first parameter is the name of the .bln file. The second parameter defines what kind of shape file should be created: fw for road traffic, rd for roads, hl for coastlines and ex for exclusions.In this simple example, bln2shp.exe, the bln files and the batch file should be in the same directory. To run the batch file and to create the shape files, simply double-click the batch file in Windows Explorer.By the way, I'm using an old version of Jim Keir's very useful utility, and it has a few minor problems. Does anyone know if there is a more recent version available?Best regards, Chris

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Helo Chris,My copy, that should be the last that Jim released, has a date of August 21st.Best regards.Luis

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Hi Luis, Mine's the same. I'll probably email Jim in the near future, to ask if I can bundle Bln2Shp in any future release of AutoAsm.Best regards, Chris

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