I have a polygon shapefile that has a 100MB .dbf, and 500MB .shp file component. The reason it is so large, is that it is classified as a landbase for a whole district.
Everytime I view the file in ArcCatalog, or ArcMap, and move the view window slightly, the entire file needs to redraw from scratch. I have tried spatial indexing and importing into a geodatabase - neither approach provides any noticable performance improvement with respect to rendering.
Esri's help page suggests that that to improve shapefile performance, the user can generalize the file. While this would obviously work, I do not want to lose any information. Splitting the file up is not ideal since I am doing a lot of geoprocessing/queries with its entire area. I guess I could avoid viewing the entire area at once - but sometimes, for example, it is good to see what parts of the file a query has selected.
Is there any other approach I could take to improve rendering performance?
(In theory, building shapefile "pyramids" would be ideal - I'm unsure why ArcGIS has never supported such an approach - at least that I am aware of...)