Discussion created by bkretzschmar on May 7, 2014
Latest reply on Apr 26, 2015 by aquee
The trace tool in ArcGIS does not work all the time, or is very finicky about it when it does.  I have been trying the whole day to encompass an area that is about 100 sq meters using the trace function from parcel lines so that I can create an easement.  However, no matter what I do, the trace tool never even shows that its tracing.  The few remote random times I do get it to start tracing, I have to pan around and this causes it to "break".  I have shutdown and restarted numerous times, and am completely frustrated at this point.  I even tried to use the old method (which worked all the time ESRI *cough, cough) of selecting what I'd like to trace and it still will not pick that it is supposed to be tracing that.  I've come to the point where I am drawing multiple polygons and merging them together, but still have not managed to finish off this area.

I have checked for geometry issues and have checked to make sure that all nodes are snapped together.  I have also tried drawing a polygon in another layer in the hopes that I could just get that to work and then copy/paste/merge them.  No go on that either.

Please fix your tools so they work the way they are supposed to.

~a frustrated GIS Senior Analyst