We have a power transmission network that we would like create a TPK for. This is so field crews can see some map data on mobile devices when they have no connectivity. We want to keep the file size as small as possible. So, we are thinking about buffering the lines 1/4 mile to 1/2 mile and using it as aoi, if we use an mxd as a input to the Manage Tile Cache Tool (I can see this if we want to overlay vector data on our imagery). Or updating the mosaic dataset boundary to the buffer if we go with only imagery.
So, we will end up with thin ribbons of data over a ~1000 sq miles. But the data area will only be ~10 sq miles or so.
We are wondering about the blank areas in the 1000 sq miles. Will tiles be generated for them?
I looked inside an exploded tile cache that was exported from a compact and it does look like it has the "extra" tiles. Will the compact cache have this as well? What about when we export the compact cache to a tpk? Will the tpk have the extra tiles?
Other suggestions for optimizing our cache size and build time? (I currently tend to use all my cores to make a compact cache and then export to a tpk.)