I’m sure you all have received once or are frequently getting large surfaces from outside sources that need to be trimmed down because you only want to see the area where you will be doing your work. That’s when Data Clips come in handy. On that note we have received a question from one of our customers stating something along these lines:
If we create a data clip boundary or an outer non-destructive boundary, it only hides the surface, and does not reduce it's size. What is the recommended way to actually clip the surface and make it smaller, to keep drawing file size to a minimum? What does a data clip boundary actually do?
The answer is that Data Clip creates a boundary by a polygon you applied so that any other action that comes after is being clipped to that boundary. This means that not only you will be seeing smaller area but you may see some performance improvements since you will have a draiwng file that is smaller. The trick is to move Data clip action prior to creation of the surface.