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I'd like to create flat buffer in a polygon shapefile. I try to use buffer tool in ArcGIS 9.3, but I couldn't select the "flat" option in the endtype combo-box because the input feature is polygon. How can I select a flat buffer in buffer tool?

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  • Remember that the "flat" option is only available at the mighty ArcINFO license level.
    – SaultDon
    Jul 12 '12 at 16:24
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if i have understood what you meant by flat buffer on polygon, you could apply these steps :

  • feature to polyline.
  • Split at vertices
  • buffer with flat enabled
  • Append the original polygon to the buffer_result
  • dissolve on a commun value, if there's not a commun value, add a field to make commun value

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