Working with .zig files

The last couple of days have shown some traffic being driven to my blog from search terms such as “opening zig file” so I thought I’d offer up a discussion of the format.

Abe Gillespie, the original developer of zigGIS, developed the zig file as a means of persisting PostGIS connection information used to access a layer and display it in ArcMap. He threw us a blast from the past by choosing the old Windows INI format as the zig file syntax. I admire the choice because, truth be told, I still use that format from time to time. For simple configuration information, it’s more efficient than XML.

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