Shortens the geometry of a line feature from the ends by snipping specified distances, indices, or measure values. It operates on features with simple line geometry and polygons without holes.

The parameters specify a starting and ending point for the snipping. After execution, the feature's geometry will be a line representing the portion of the original line between those two positions, inclusive of the endpoints. New coordinates will be generated at the beginning or end of the line, if there are not already coordinates at exactly the specified positions. If the line contains three-dimensional coordinates, the Z value at each endpoint will be interpolated linearly from the original feature's coordinates between which the endpoint exists.

Input Ports

Output Ports





Distance, Percentage, or Measure Values

Measure Name



Editing Transformer Parameters

Using a set of menu options, transformer parameters can be assigned by referencing other elements in the workspace. More advanced functions, such as an advanced editor and an arithmetic editor, are also available in some transformers. To access a menu of these options, click beside the applicable parameter. For more information, see Transformer Parameter Menu Options.

Defining Values

There are several ways to define a value for use in a Transformer. The simplest is to simply type in a value or string, which can include functions of various types such as attribute references, math and string functions, and workspace parameters. There are a number of tools and shortcuts that can assist in constructing values, generally available from the drop-down context menu adjacent to the value field.

Dialog Options - Tables

Transformers with table-style parameters have additional tools for populating and manipulating values.

Transformer History

This transformer replaces the DistanceSnipper and VertexSnipper.


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Keywords: DistanceSnipper VertexSnipper