ArcGIS Pro is a 64-bit native application that combines the functionality of ArcMap, ArcScene, and ArcGlobe. It uses a modern ribbon interface to redefine how maps are made.
- [Instructor] Before we get started, I thought it'd be helpful to start out with an overview of exactly what ArcGIS Pro is, and where it fits in within the larger framework of the ArcGIS suite from Esri. The ArcGIS for Desktop suite traditionally included four core software applications: ArcMap, for creating 2D maps, ArcScene and ArcGlobe for working with 3D maps, and ArcCatalog, for organizing spatial data sources. In January 2015, that core suite was updated to also include a new software application called ArcGIS Pro, which modernized the approach to mapmaking.
ArcGis Pro is a completely new standalone desktop application that builds upon and combines the capabilities found in ArcMap, ArcScene, ArcGlobe, and ArcCatalog into a program that provides tools to visualize, analyze, compile, and share your maps in 2D and 3D environments. ArcGIS Pro can be installed right along with the other Esri GIS software, or it can be installed on a computer without any other Esri products. For most people, ArcGIS Pro will simply be an additional resource that they have at their disposal for making maps, and it won't fully replace any single program that they are currently using for their day-to-day work.
That might change, though, as Esri continues to develop ArcGIS Pro at an accelerated pace, with new, major updates and added features coming about every six months or so. With this new application release, Esri took the opportunity to rethink the entire process of making maps, and made some refinements along the way. These enhancements can be broken down into two categories: hardware capabilities and user interface modernization. On the hardware front, ArcGIS Pro takes a major leap over its counterparts in one key area. It's been developed as a 64-bit native application, which allows ArcGIS Pro to take full advantage of today's modern workstation-class computer hardware.
Most importantly, this means that computer memory in excess of four gigabytes can now be utilized when performing complex geoprocessing tasks, something that ArcMap simply isn't capable of doing. In fact, Esri recommends a computer with 16 gigabytes of memory installed for an optimal experience using ArcGIS Pro. Pro also supports multi-threaded processors and high-end graphics cards. These changes combine to dramatically improve the performance of ArcGIS Pro on higher-end computers. Because of this, though, you'll need a computer running a 64-bit version of Windows 7, 8, or 10 in order to run ArcGIS Pro.
Let's talk about the interface modernization. The user interface in ArcGIS Pro is dramatically different than the other tools in the ArcGIS for Desktop suite. It uses the same Ribbon design for organizing command buttons that has been seen in Microsoft Office for quite a few versions now. The Ribbons group commands together into logical arrangements that respond dynamically to the task and views that are currently in use. If you start working in 3D, for example, additional ribbons will appear that hold tools related to the added dimension. If you select a feature on the table of contents, you'll see Ribbons appear to edit the symbology for that feature.
By minimizing the commands on the screen at any one time, the user interface is simplified, which gives you more room to work. Since this is a drastic departure from what many users are accustomed to, this interface change will take some time to get used to. However, it'll hopefully make the process of making maps easier and faster once you get over the learning curve. Finally, ArcGIS Pro will allow you to work in 2D and 3D at the same time, something that previously required multiple programs. And if you've ever tried making multiple-page layouts in ArcMap and were surprised that you couldn't, you're in for a treat.
ArcGIS Pro supports multiple layouts within the same project. This is honestly one of the features that I'm most excited about. So that's ArcGIS Pro in a nutshell. A completely new application for making maps that leverages modern computer hardware and a new user interface. For this course, I'll be recording with ArcGIS Pro Version 1.3.1, which was released in August of 2016. You can read up on the current version by visiting pro.arcgis.com. With Pro, Esri is working on an accelerated release schedule, and there may be some updates that modify things slightly if you're following along with a future version.
I'll make sure to update this course as significant changes roll out.
- Creating a new map project
- Adding data sources to the project
- Managing data layers on the map
- Saving a project template
- Drawing new map features
- Querying and extracting features
- Creating geoprocessing models and packages
- Modifying the look and feel of the map through symbology options
- Adding map labels
- Working with 3D scenes
- Developing a map layout
- Sharing the map and data