Click the File | Import command, the button on the quick access toolbar, or press CTRL+I on the keyboard to open the Import dialog. You can import graphic "trim" objects, background graphics, or some form of annotation. You can also import graphics into the plot by clicking the Insert | Add Graphic command.

Import Dialog

The Import dialog contains the following options:

The Import dialog appears, allowing you to import objects into your Grapher project.

Look In

The Look in field shows the current directory. Click the down arrow to see the directory structure. Click on the folders to change directories. The buttons to the right of the Look in field allow you to create new folders and change the view of the file list.

File List

The File list displays files in the current directory. The current directory is listed in the Look in field. The Files of type field controls the display of the file list. For example, if Golden Software Boundary (*.GSB) is listed in the Files of type field, only .GSB files appear in the files list. To see all files in the directory, choose All Recognized Types (*...) from the Files of type list. Double-click on a file to open it or single click the file and then click the Open button.

File Name

The File name field shows the name of the selected file. Also, a path and file name can be typed into the box to open a file.

Files of Type

The Files of type field shows the file format to be opened. To change the file format, click the down arrow and select the Closedfile type from the list. All Types (*.*) displays all files in a directory and All Recognized Types (*...) displays all files that can be imported with File | Import.

Formats available with the Home | IO | Import command in the plot window:


AN? ACR-NEMA Medical Image [.AN1, .AN2]

BLN Golden Software Blanking File

BMP Windows Bitmap

BNA Atlas Boundary

DICOM3 Medical Image


DLG USGS Digital Line Graph [.DLG, .LGO, .LGS]

DXF AutoCAD Drawing

E00 Esri ArcInfo Export Format

EMF Windows Enhanced Metafile

GIF Image

GSB Golden Software Boundary

GSI Golden Software Interchange

JPG Compressed Bitmap

JPEG-2000 Bitmap (.JP2, .J2K, .JPC, .JPT, .JPG2000, .J2000)

MIF MapInfo Interchange Format

PDF Raster

PLT Golden Software PlotCall

PLY Stanford PLY

PNG Portable Network Graphics



SEG Exchange Format

SHP Esri Shapefile

SID LizardTech MrSID Image

SP1 SEG Exchange Format

SUN Sun Raster Image

TGA Targa (TrueVision)

TIF Tagged Image

VTK Visualization Toolkit

WMF Windows Metafile

X AVS X-Image


Formats available with the Home | IO | Import command in the worksheet window:

ACCDB Microsoft Access

BLN Golden Software Blanking File

BNA Atlas Boundary

CSV Comma Separated Variables

DAT Data

DBF Database

MDB Microsoft Access

P1 SEG Data Exchange Format

SEG Data Exchange Format

SLK Sylk Spreadsheet

TXT Text Data

XLS Excel Spreadsheet

XLSX Excel 2007 Spreadsheet

XLSM Excel 2007 Spreadsheet


Click and drag the lower right corner to change the size of the dialog. The new dialog size is remembered the next time the File | Import command is used.


BLN and BNA files can be opened in the worksheet. USGS SDTS files may contain raster or vector data.

BLN and BNA Files

To open Golden Software Blanking .BLN and Atlas Boundary .BNA files in the worksheet, use File | Open rather than File | Import.


There are two separate types of SDTS files. The Topological Vector Profile SDTS files contain boundary line information and can be used as a graphic in Grapher. The Raster Profile SDTS files contain gridded elevation information and can be used to create a grid-based surface or contour map in Grapher. An uncompressed SDTS contains several files with the .DDF extension. All of the .DDF files are necessary to produce a graphic, i.e., you cannot copy just one .DDF file and create a graphic from it. You can choose any of the .DDF files when importing a base map with the Topological Vector Profile SDTS files.

See Also

File Format Chart

File Menu Commands