September 28, 2018

Split Multipart Shapes

Converts selected multipart shapes to single part features and stores them in new shapefile or geodatabase feature class.

  Available in XTools Pro for ArcMap and for ArcGIS Pro

Multipart shapes in polygon, polyline, and multipoint layers can be obtained, for example, after operations with layers that result in breaking an input polygon into several parts due to intersections with overlay layer polygons.

In general, multipart shapes do not cause any critical issues while mapping or performing spatial analysis. But there are some cases when multipart shapes are not applicable, for example, if you need to get information about specific property of the feature (size).

The tool splits multipart shapes into single part or single component features. Splitting into parts each of input feature parts will be converted to separate feature. Feature component may contain single or multiple parts (e.g. polygons with holes or polylines with branches). Splitting into components each of input feature components will be kept as separate feature.

The layer with source features can contain single part, multi-part or mixed shapes. If no features are selected, all layer features will be processed. Input multipoints can be split into parts only, in this case the output features will be points. The output attribute table of features will contain the same fields as the input table.