I'm trying to run the Simplify Line tool on a 50m contour line set that won't process in the topo to raster tool as it says I have too many vertices. These can be removed by using the Simplify Line tool (thank you desktop help) however I'm stuck on what my "reference baseline" measurement should be in the Simplification Tolerance input section? Quoting the tool help it says "For BEND_SIMPLIFY algorithm, the tolerance you specify is the length of the reference bend baseline". Unfortunatley I have no idea what this means!!...Can anyone please point me in the right direction here?
On a side note, asides from running the Simplify Line tool is there any other way to reduce the amount of vertices in my contour shapefile? The contour file covers a large area and I have a feeling that the topo to raster tool may still crash even after the simplify line tool has ran. Is there anyway perhaps to increase the amount of points(vertices) the tool can process similar to increasing the max number of unique values a raster can handle?