- unwieldy because it actually consists of several files (.shp, .shx, .dbf, .prj) and losing any of the component files makes it impossible for GIS software to open it,
- inconvenient, as the attribute name can be up to 10 characters long and the attribute value up to 256 characters long,
- vulnerable because it is a closed binary format,
- It is loved by GIS users and despite its drawbacks is the most popular.
- Virtually any software will open it, including QGIS.
- you can export data to Shapefile format
- you can create a data source from a Shapefile.