=DİFFRANCE BETWEEN MXD ANS SHAPE FİLES= Mxd visual face of Arcgıs program. When we complete and want to print project, our projects visual datas gives with mxd files. Mxd is most important differance between cad programs with GIS programs. Mxd files works with data base because of that we can’t take print immediatly. İn these kind of datas specify visual details of data bases. A true shape file is made up of at least three component files. <name>.shp, <name>.shx and <name>.dbf The .shp file is the spatial feature class in the form of points, lines, or polygons. The dbf holds the attribute data and the shx is the middle man that indexes the propr record (row) in the dbf with the proper feature. A lot of people use the term shape file like Kleenex and bandaid. There are other ways to store spatial data as feature classes in a geodatabase. There is a tendency to call these shape files when technically they are not. A mxd file is often times referred to as a map document. This document holds things like where feature classes are stored, how they are rendered.