Hi there- A bit of background first. Im a GIS analyst working with ESRI ArcGIS software; the same program Aces used to compile all the data for FSX (Roads, terrain, shorelines etc etc) Most of the worlds spatial data is held in GIS formats of varying formats: One of the most commone is the ESRI shapefile format (other formats can be converted in shapefiles without too much hassel). Obviously the SDK does provide some tools for resample of shapefiles (i.e.Shp2Vec.exe) which are great and allow one to convert a wealth of existing data for use in FSX. What Shp2Vec doesnt allow, unfortunately, is conversion of a point shapefile into a bgl containing scenery items (i.e. a point dataset could contain locations of Lighthouses with the GUID of that model held in the attribute table). If it did, it would be easy to place, say, all the lighthouses in a country using existing data. ArcGIS allows one to export a shapefile as an XML file so im hoping that it would be easy for someone to write a quick script/program re-order the XML into the formatting needed for bglcomp.exe (all the data needed is in the exported XML, it just needs to be reformatted: Lat/long coords, GUUID, Friendlyname, scenery complexity etc etc). Alternatively, its possible to export point data as a simple excelspread sheet or dbf file with each row containing information about a scenery object (lat, long, GUID, friendly name etc) Coders: How hard is to write this sort of program?? (Obviously some sort of common formatting standard would need to agreed for the shapefiles unless it is just as easy to search through the XML tags to extract the relevant pieces of info) Ill post some sample XML data soon. Cheers in advance.