In this movie, Adam explains the features and functionality of the new ArcGIS Pro project structure. Projects organize all of the resources and data connections required for your maps.
- [Narrator] We saw our first project file in the last chapter, and now I'd like to dig into exactly what makes up an ArcGIS Pro project. When creating a project from one of the built-in starting templates, ArcGIS Pro designates a home folder on your system that will house all of the resources for the project. One of those resources is a default geodatabase that'll typically store the results of any processing tasks that you might perform as well as any other spatial data that you choose to import into it. Also in the home folder will be a default toolbox for storing any custom data processing scripts and models that you might build for the project.
The project file itself only references and links to these resources in the home folder. You can always change which geodatabase and toolbox are the default for the project but it's probably best to keep them inside of the project's home folder on your computer. The project file does store 2D maps and 3D scenes, page layouts, layers and symbology, connections to external folders and servers, and descriptions and settings for all of these items. Collectively, these are all referred to as project items. By keeping all of the project items in the project file, it makes it easy to keep the project organized and to share or archive the project without having to go hunting around to pull everything together.
The ArcGIS Pro project file comes in a couple of different flavors. You'll see file extensions .aprx which is the standard ArcGIS Pro project file format. Usually this will be in the root of the project's home folder. .ppkx files are ArcGIS Pro project packages, essentially a project file and a home folder all zipped up together into a single file. The project package file format makes it extremely easy to share your project with others since everything is wrapped up together. Finally, the .aptx file is an ArcGIS Pro project template.
Templates store all of the same items in a project and are used as a jumping-off point to ensure that all of the projects across an organization are consistent. The template, when stored in your Windows user folder \Documents\ArcGIS\ProjectTemplates will be made available right on the ArcGIS Pro start screen but you can always browse your computer to find ArcGIS Pro project templates stored in other locations. So that's how projects work inside of ArcGIS Pro. They organize all of your content to make your work easier to manage.
- 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
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Getting Started
2. Establish a New Map Project
3. Work with Data
4. Geoprocessing in ArcGIS Pro
5. Symbolize Features on the Map
6. Add Map Labels
7. Working in Three Dimensions
8. Develop a Map Layout
9. Share Your Work
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