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Many shapes vs one massive shape?

Question asked by terrafirma_theo on Dec 22, 2017
Latest reply on Dec 22, 2017 by Dan_Patterson

I have a large polygon feature class made up of thousands of shapes.

 

In terms of performance and memory consumption, is it better to keep them as thousands of induvidual shapes or merge them all into a few shapes (each with many verticies)?

 

ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap used.

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