how to view ".grf" files?

Posted on 2009-02-11
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
hello, i'm working with a GIS tool that exports grf files as a route description.
what are my possibilities to view this file not in xml, but in whatever possible graphic?
Question by:toshi_
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    Expert Comment

     Graph Edit (graphedt.exe)
     Grapher (Grapher.exe)

    Good luck

    Author Comment

    hello Psychotec and thanks for the answer,

    i've installed both of them,

    graph edit ask me for more infos....?????
    the second only want rtf as file extensions.

    i suppose, graph edit is the one you think about,
    but possibly grapher.exe is not the same,

    could you tell me exactly where to download the second exe?

    note: the soft i'm generating grf from is ESRI Arc Logistics Route.
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    Expert Comment

    I thought .grf you mentioned was standing for a graphical file, but it seems to be Gravity Reference Field and this is what I read:
    A plug-in is available to export routes as .grf files for use in ArcLogistics Navigator.

    So you might need ArcLogistics Navigator to open those files.

    can you confirm?


    Author Comment

    yes , i confirm , that the file is generated by ArcLogistics Route.
    The file is an xml file with route infos, i add a sample to be more comprehensive.

    ArcLogistics haven't come out with their navigator, the app that shows the grf as in a GPS.

    question :
    what are my possibilities in order to render a file ready to import in a GPS., in order
    to show the road?
    what are the GPS input ? i know there's NMEA, but i think there's more possibilities.

    any help tip advice are welcome,

    thanks again.

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <GRFDOC version="1.3"><ROUTE_INFO><STOPS><STOP enabled="True"><LOCATION visible="True" closed="False"><POINT x="6.066068" y="46.197584"/><TITLE>Start (Serbeco S.A)</TITLE><COMMENTS>Address: rte de verbois 40, Aire-la-ville, Genève, 1288
    Geocode Address: RUE PRÉ SALOMON 25, SATIGNY, 1242
    </COMMENTS></LOCATION><DURATION>900.000000</DURATION></STOP><STOP enabled="True"><LOCATION visible="True" closed="False"><POINT x="6.205940" y="46.253625"/><TITLE>Collonge_02</TITLE><COMMENTS>Geocode Address: CHEMIN PRÉ ORSAT &amp; ROUTE HERMANCE, COLLONGE-BELLERIVE, 1245
    Arrive Time: 08:36:28
    Volume: 100
    Weight: 500
    </COMMENTS></LOCATION><DURATION>300.000000</DURATION></STOP><STOP enabled="True"><LOCATION visible="True" closed="False"><POINT x="6.224195" y="46.277589"/><TITLE>Anières_03</TITLE><COMMENTS>Geocode Address: ROUTE HERMANCE &amp; RUE ASPERGIÈRE, ANIÈRES, 1247
    Arrive Time: 08:45:41
    Volume: 75
    Weight: 500
    </COMMENTS></LOCATION><DURATION>300.000000</DURATION></STOP><STOP enabled="True"><LOCATION visible="True" closed="False"><POINT x="6.237005" y="46.282873"/><TITLE>Anières_02</TITLE><COMMENTS>Geocode Address: CHEMIN COURSON &amp; ROUTE CHEVRENS, ANIÈRES, 1247
    Arrive Time: 08:52:16
    Volume: 100
    Weight: 1'200
    </COMMENTS></LOCATION><DURATION>300.000000</DURATION></STOP><STOP enabled="True"><LOCATION visible="True" closed="False"><POINT x="6.226

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    Author Comment

    i've been looking for what grf stands for but without success,
    ....hope my sample can help you to help me ;o)
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    Accepted Solution

    I found this, you will need ArcPad with the streetmap extension which is for mobile:
    Although GRF documents are currently generated and maintained only by the ArcPad StreetMap extension, a simple custom ArcMap scriptavailable from the ESRI Web siteallows users to select features and write the necessary information to a GRF document. After the GRF document is transferred to a handheld device, it can be opened in ArcPad StreetMap and used to find a route.

    The ArcPad StreetMap extension speeds up the data preparation process and enhances productivity by providing local, high-quality maps, geocoding, and routing within an area selected by the user. In addition, as the GRFGenerator script demonstrates, with a little custom code ArcPad StreetMap can be easily integrated with other ArcGIS applications.

    Good luck

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