Products affected: MapInfo Pro™, Discover™
There are two different methods to import an ESRI .shp file into MapInfo Professional® and Encom Discover™.
A: Use MapInfo's File>Open menu option, and set the Files of Type to ESRI Shapefile. This option
requires the user to specify a projection, and the file is read-only (it cannot be edited within MapInfo).
B: Use the Universal Translator. This option will pick up the projection information in the shapefile, and
creates a MapInfo table that is editable.
To use the Universal Translator:
1/. Within MapInfo navigate to Tools>Universal Translator, open up this tool by clicking on the menu
2/. In the Universal Translator dialog, set the Source Format to ESRI Shape.
3/. Browse to and select the Source Files (Note that one can batch convert by selecting multiple files).
4/. Set the Destination Format as MapInfo TAB
5/. Specify the Destination Directory location by browsing.
6/. Press OK and open the generated MapInfo tab file using the MapInfo File>Open command.
UPDATED: December 4, 2019