Display points without overlap

Discussion created by kiwi75 on Apr 12, 2013
Latest reply on Apr 12, 2013 by tereshenkov
Hello everybody,

I have a SDE dataset containing some 200.000 points. When I display them in full extent in ArcMap with a certain character marker symbol, they visually overlap as they are located very close to eachother (they still have different x-, y-coordinates though, so no identical points). Is there a way to only draw those points whose symbols can be fully displayed without overlapping another? The idea is, I want to be able to see more points the more I zoom in.
I tried using the method of labelling the points with the actual character marker symbol instead of giving it a symbology, to prevent overlap. The result would be just what I want, but it takes ages to render all the labels, so this is not an option.