Feature Classes & Shapefiles

Discussion created by Youngy on Nov 24, 2011
Latest reply on Nov 28, 2011 by nahmed-esristaff
Hi all,
More information than a problem but I thought everyone should be aware..
We have a large geographical dataset which we clip using the geo-processing tool to our boundary. That clipped area is exported to a feature class in a file geodatabase - OK and 99% of the time we use feature classes in a file geodatabase or Sde. When the need does occasionally arise, it is then exported to a shapefile for emailing purposes. Bearing in mind we now have a shape area and shape length field automatically generated when exported to a feature class - now transposed to the shapefile's field structure. Should any further edits be required to the boundaries, the shape area field within the now shapefile is not updated. I know a shapefile does not come as standard with area fields but I thought if they were exported from a feature class then these would be updated, apparently not. Thought I would let you know in case anyone else is using shapefiles for measurements....