Optimal Scales for Tiling Packages?

Discussion created by merlich on Aug 23, 2011
Latest reply on Sep 7, 2011 by MBranscomb-esristaff
What is the optimal scales for creating tile packages?  Using the default that goes down to 1:1,128 only zoomed into the highways layer.  It still needs to go down several more layers to get closer up views of the streets level.  This is using map data encompassing 3 U.S. states.  Last Thursday before I left on vacation, I added in a bunch more levels including 1:568, 1:284 (halfing the previous scale similar to the default scale settings).  The default includes 20 different scales (which typically will take 12 hours to process on my machine).  When I returned from my vacation today, it was still processing scale #23.  I stopped the processing since 5 days seemed long enough for processing.  So, what is the optimal scale level that should be used for street level views and are there other settings that can impact the processing speed/scale?

We have another map set that includes only one small city.  For that data, the default scale values are just fine.