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10047: The layer does not have distance visibility ranges set

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Layers typically benefit from having visibility thresholds set. By using these distance ranges efficiently on your layers will ensure that unneeded layers do not draw when the globe is zoomed out/in. Data-intensive or highly detailed layers may be more appropriate only when the globe is zoomed in to a larger scale. Also, by defining a typical scale range that the layer should be visible helps determine how vector features are distributed across the tiles.


  • Specify the distance range the layer will be visible.
    • Type values in the In beyond, and Out beyond boxes from the Globe General tab on the Layer Properties dialog box.
    • Visible distance range units are in the same units as globe display units set on the General tab of the Globe Properties dialog box.
  • Specify the scale range and which the layer will be typically seen.
    • Click Feature Properties from the Globe General tab and drag the slider. The graphic will reflect your scale choice.

More information

When adding data to ArcGlobe, use the Add Data wizard to set up the scale range and distance ranges in one step upfront. You can always update the visibility ranges later using the Globe General tab from the Layer Properties dialog box. Click Feature Properties to access the scale ranges slider.

Typically, for a better performing document, setting layer visibility thresholds and scale ranges are part of good document authoring techniques. This ultimately improves the way the layers will perform when used as a published globe service. For more information on setting distance-based visibility, see Scale dependant rendering in ArcGlobe.

When adjusting the display scale slider, the green range between the Far and Near ends is the recommended range with the black mark indicating the current or default value. Settings outside of the green area are available though you should be careful if increasing the level of detail. It will also increase the resolution of the displayed symbology and the memory usage for the layer. The typical scale value for your layer will decide the raster cell size for rasterized layers, and the tile distribution size for vector layers.